Dowdallshill the venue for
Senior Championship clash

DOWDALLSHILL is the venue for this Sunday’s Avonmore Louth Senior Football Championship Final replay between Newtown Blues and St Patrick’s.

DOWDALLSHILL is the venue for this Sunday’s Avonmore Louth Senior Football Championship Final replay between Newtown Blues and St Patrick’s.

The two clubs played out a dramatic 1-7 to 0-10 draw two weeks ago in the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda, which led the the first Senior Championship Final replay since 2003.

Throw-in for the game which is due to take place this Sunday, October 30 is at 2.30pm as the Blues will look to finish the job and claim a 20th Championship for Louth’s most decorated club.

However, after surviving a real fright in the first game – John Kermode missed a last minute free to clinch the Joe Ward trophy for the Blues – the Pat’s will be looking to give the Blues a taste of their medicine on this Halloween eve decider.

The Pat’s will know that they got out of jail in the last match as Paddy Keenan (pictured) put in an imperial display, hitting 0-7 of his side’s ten points.

Standing head and shoulders apart from his teammates on the day, Keenan will be hoping that his side help to shoulder the burden this time round and turn up more determined than the last tie to win the game.

History points to a Pat’s win as they have a tremendous record in Senior Championship replays. Of course, this year they beat Mattock Rangers in the semi-final replay in Haggardstown, which booked them a final spot against the Blues.

They beat St Mary’s in 2003 in the replay after the first tie went to a draw and in 2006, they contested a trilogy with Cooley Kickhams in the semi-final, winning the second replay before eventually losing out to St Joseph’s in the final.

The Blues though will look at the last game and not history and point out that they were the better side and should of picked up Joe Ward on the first time of asking.

It’s a game that is evenly poised going into it and should give us more drama once again.

Extra-time will be played if required and the final is preceded by the Avonmore Louth Junior 2A Championship Final between Cooley Kickhams A and Dundalk Gaels. Throw-in time is 12:30pm (extra-time if required). It is fitting that the Avonmore Louth Senior Football Championship Final replay takes place in Páirc Naomh Bríd, Dowdallshill on Sunday as Dowdallshill GFC & AC are celebrating their 125th Anniversary. Hosting the replay will be a culmination of their year long celebration of their historic year.

Admission prices have been set for the game; €10 adults and €5 for students and OAPS.

Proceeds from the sales of the Avonmore Senior Football Championship Final replay programmes will be donated to local charities.

Car Parking restrictions in and around Dowdallshill for the Senior Football Championship Replay on Sunday 30 are as follows. There will be a strict no car policy for patrons inside the grounds from 11.45am until 45mins after the Senior Final has finished (approx 4.30pm).

Up to 11.45am a limited number of vehicles with the appropriate Disabled Parking Card (Blue Badge) will be allowed access to the grounds. However, patrons should note that these vehicles will not be able to exit the grounds until 45mins after the Senior Final has finished (approx 4.30pm). Additional car parking for Disabled Parking Card (Blue Badge) holders will be available near the ground after 11.45am.

Otherwise, the usual car parks will be available for all patrons in the surrounding areas.

Should you wish to make enquiries regarding car parking facilities within the grounds, please contact Des Halpenny (Louth County Board Secretary - 087 2679508).