01 Dec 2021

Gaels back in the big time after Division Two title success

The wait was almost unbearable as the rain pelted down on the crowd huddled together at the Gaels pitch.

The wait was almost unbearable as the rain pelted down on the crowd huddled together at the Gaels pitch.

It may have only been a couple of minutes, but it felt much longer.

Nervous faces checked illuminated mobile screens in the gloom, as Facebook and Twitter teemed with updates and results from across the county.

The final night of league action was coming to a nail-biting conclusion.

However there was only one result that the soaked crowd on the Ramparts wanted to hear.

Rival clash

Across town at the home of their biggest rivals, Mark McGeown was keeping up his end of the bargain for the Clans as he crashed over two late points to seal a two point victory over fellow title contenders St Mochtas.

The win was hard fought, especially considering that the home side had been reduced to fourteen men when Paul Gore was shown the line.

As the whistle blew down in Castletown the Clans players cheered and celebrated, believing they had won Division Two and with it automatic promotion back to the top table of county football.

Back at the Ramparts Derek Crilly’s goal and six point haul had earned the Gaels a towering twelve point win over Naomh Malachi, but nobody was sure if it was enough as the final whistle shrieked.

The big winning margin was needed in the event that the Mochtas had managed to defeat the Clans.

However, slowly but surely the result from the Ecco Road rippled through the massed Gaels following and the celebrations began in earnest.

Tight finish

In what was the tightest finish to a league campaign for some years, Dundak Gaels had triumphed on the final night, but it was a close run thing.

By virtue of the fact that they had beaten the Clans earlier in the season, the Rampart Road team came out on top as the dust settled on a night which could have seen three different clubs lift the title.

While the Clans were condemned to the first play off spot, St Fechins, St Mochtas and Geraldines filled out the remaining three places.

The Haggardstown team sneaked the last spot by the skin of their teeth, thanks to a one point victory over St Brides.

McEneaney magic

Louth forward Jim McEneaney was the difference, as he plundered seven points to capture that last place.

The Geraldines should be strong contenders in the play offs now, with the return of several key players imminent.

At the other end of the league, Roche Emmets bowed out of Division Two with a whimper.

On a desperately disappointing night, the Faughart side were well beaten by St Fechins on a scoreline of 3-12 to 2-6.

It appeared that Roche had resigned themselves to their fate before a ball had even been kicked on Thursday night.

Languishing at the bottom on just three points, they had won only one game all season and by half time on Thursday the writing was on the wall for their small group of faithful supporters.

Dan O’Connell tried in vain to get something from the match, but his five points were no were near enough to stave of relegation to the bottom league of Louth county football.


For Naomh Fionnbarra the heartbreak of a one point loss to St Josephs was tempered by the fact that even a victory wouldn’t have been enough to claw them out of the relegation play off spot.

John Dolan did his level best on the night, scoring a tremendous two goals and two points in a brave effort for the Ballygassan outfit.

The Barrs now face a daunting play off with the winners of the Division Three play off to see if they can maintain their Division Two status for next season.

That is no sure thing, with the possibility of a tough match against the likes of either a strong Glen Emmets side or even a Senior Championship Young Irelands outfit on the cards.

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