Fallout from the weekend’s Senior Championship clashes

The county club championship heated up at the weekend with all four Senior quarter finals being played in two double headers at Haggardstown on Friday night and Dowdallshill on Saturday evening.

The county club championship heated up at the weekend with all four Senior quarter finals being played in two double headers at Haggardstown on Friday night and Dowdallshill on Saturday evening.

It was a Drogheda derby in haggardstown with Newtown Blues easily overcoming their less fancied neighbours O’Raghallaighs.

That same double bill also saw an heroic fightback from St Marys, as Alan Kirk scored a late penalty and a point to earn the Ardee men a replay with Dreadnots on Thursday evening.

Dreadnots had looked assured of victory, but that late rally put paid to a semi final berth for Paddy Clarke’s side for now.

Dreadnots player Liam Shevlin was quick to rally his side for the replay on Twitter after the game.

“Tough in the end to give away a peno, but it’s all to play for next week,” stated the Louth half back.

Saturday saw the two peninsula sides roll up their sleeves and deal with Dundalk Gaels and Mattock.

The current Ward Cup holders, St Patricks were made to fight for their semi final place as thirteen man Mattock proved stubburn oppositiion for Fergal Reels powerful oufit.

Mattock goalkeeper Mike Englishby and full back Martin Sherlock were both shown the line, but the Collon men still caused the Lordship giants problems right up until the latter stages of the clash.

Cooley Kickhams saw off the challenge of Dundalk Gaels thanks to the return from America of Brian White and Brian Donnelly.

Both men were introduced in the early stages of the first half and proved the difference as the sharp shooting of half forward Conor Rafferty edged the bout in favour of the green and gold.

Gaels forward Derek Crilly expressed his disappointment with the result on twitter afterwards.

“Gutted after tonight, lads gave it everything. Hopefully playing division 1 next year will push us on a level.”