01 Jul 2022

Sheelan Shield Round 1 Wrap Up: O'Mahonys reign supreme in Dundalk Derby

Stephen Kilcoyne Sean O'Mahonys

Stephen Kilcoyne hit five points as Sean O'Mahonys defeated Dundalk Gaels in the Sheelan Shield. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)


St Patricks turned in a high scoring display as they proved too strong for Oliver Plunketts in the Paddy Sheelan Shield at Lordship on Saturday night.

The peninsula side kicked the first three points but suffered a setback as the Plunketts scored two quick-fire goals through Conor Haggans and Cian Brady to lead after 15 minutes. However, an Aidan McCann goal had the Pats back in front before Conor McGuinness and Danny O’Connor hit the net to give their side a 2-9 to 2-2 advantage at half time.

The hosts remained on top throughout the second half and a fourth goal from sub Ben McGuinness put the seal on a very satisfactory night for his side.

ST PATRICKS: Alex Gregory; Eoin O’Hagan, Eoghan Lafferty, Padraig Duffy; Conor Grogan, Kevin Toner, Jack Elvin; Eoin O’Connor (0-1), Ciaran Murphy (0-2); Aidan McCann (1-3), Danny O’Connor (1-2), Joseph Connor (0-3); Conor McGuinness (1-3), Tadgh O’Connor (0-2), Shane Murphy. Subs: James Savage, Daniel Tumilty, Josh Murphy, Ben McGuinness 1-0, Cillian White, Dylan O’Shaughnessy, Nathan Mills.

OLIVER PLUNKETTS: Luke Haggans; Cillian Matthews, Barry Reynolds, Alex Shields; Rickey Bateson, Robbie Brodigan, Cillian Smith; Dean Carolan, Stephen Keeley (0-1); Shaun Smith, Cian Brady (1-2), Aidan Lambe (0-1); Killian Nolan, Andy Morgan, Conor Haggans (1-0).


Sean O’Mahonys came out on top in this Dundalk derby at The Ramparts on Sunday as they edged out Dundalk Gaels.

The home side got off to a bright start with a Sean Murray free but the O’Mahonys took control and with Stephen Kilcoyne kicking three points, the visitors took a 0-6 to 0-1 lead into the break.

The second half began with Kilcoyne adding another from a free to open a six point lead only for Ryan Coleman to cancel out that score. The hosts then took control of the game and got back into the game with points from Luke Murray and Sean Murray as they reduced the gap to 0-7 to 0-6.

Stephen Kettle then made a goal-line clearance to deny Thomas Kavanagh and the visitors soon regained their composure as they tacked on the next two scores to open a three point lead before Ryan Coleman kicked his second point of the game to finish the scoring.

SEAN O’MAHONYS: Stephen Fisher; Robbie Galligan, Stephen Kettle, Ciaran Jamison; Oisin Breen, Chris O'Neill, Robbie Clarke; Brian McGuirk, Conor Martin; Sean Cassidy, Conor Finnegan (0-1), Sean Mathews; Ben McLaughlin (0-3), Stephen Kilcoyne (0-5), Conor Mackin. Subs: Terry Kelly, Eddie Maguire, Aaron Mackin.

DUNDALK GAELS: Conor Boyle; Mark Hanna, James Lynch, Kyle Rafferty; David McComish, Oisin Murray, Paul McCrave; Sean Murray (0-4), Jordan Keating; Liam Lynch, Luke Murray (0-1), Aaron Culligan; Ryan Coleman (0-2), Tomas Kavanagh, Ronan Shields. Subs: John O'Hare for R Shields, Luke Conlon for A Culligan.



Roche Emmets overcame a youthful Naomh Mairtin side as they made progress in the Paddy Sheelan Shield with a five point victory on Sunday evening.

A first half goal from Mark Byrne proved crucial as the hosts held on for victory in the face of a determined second half display by the Jocks.

Roche had the benefit of the elements in the first half and certainly made the most of the advantage as Byrne’s goal helped his side to lead by 1-7 to 0-1 at the break, with Jack Lynch scoring the Mairtins point.

Despite fielding without their top 24 senior players, the Mairtins battled back with points from Lynch, Tom Rooney and Dara McDonnell. However, the experienced Roche side did enough to hold out for a deserved victory.

ROCHE EMMETS: Evin Quigley; Jack McKay, Harry O’Connell, Dermot Carthy; Aidan Grant, Glen Stewart (0-1), David O’Connell; Eugene Murray, Sean Dawe; Dara Reilly (0-1), Kevin Callaghan, Caoimhin Reilly; Mark Byrne (1-2), Shane Byrne (0-1), Barry O’Hare (0-4). Subs: Adam McKay for H O’Connell, Paul Carroll (0-1) for K Callaghan, James Murphy for J McKay, Tom Quigley for D Reilly.

Naomh Mairtin: Joe Gordon; Jamie Winters, Eoin Cooney, Daniel Harmon; Tadhg O’Brien, Colm Egan 0-1, Shane Morgan; Dara McDonnell 0-2, Thomas Rooney 0-1; Craig Callanan, Gareth Lambe, Thomas Clarke; Ben Callanan, Jack Lynch 0-4, Oisin Gray. Sub: Sam Winters 0-1.


Ardee St Mary’s rose brightest early on Sunday morning to beat St Joseph’s at Darver in the Paddy Sheelan Shield.

Despite playing into the strong wind, it was the Mary’s who dominated the early part of the half until Jack Mulligan found the net for the Joes. His midfield counterpart Eimhin Keenan landed a goal himself to nudge Ardee ahead 1-5 to 1-4 ahead at the short whistle.

The second half, while always competitive, had less scoring opportunities. Craig Doherty equalised for the Joes but the Marys dominated thereafter to advance with four unanswered points, including one each from evergreen duo Ronan Carroll and Darren Clarke.

ARDEE ST. MARY’S: James McGillick; Jay Crawley, Karl Faulkner, Wayne Matthews; Noah Coyle, Evan Malone, Conor Keenan; Eimhin Keenan (1-0), Cillian Keenan (0-1); Kian Moran, Darren Clarke (0-2), Mark Fay; Ryan Rooney (0-2), Ronan Carroll (0-2) Luke Matthews (0-1). Sub Jonathan Commins (0-2).

ST. JOSEPH’S: Jordan Mackin; Lorcan McGeeney, Bernard Mulligan, Stefan Potts; Nathan Todd, David Kieran, Conor Neary (0-2); Jack Mulligan (1-1), Alan McKenna; Cian Sheridan, Evan McEnteggart, Alan Quigley (0-1); Craig Doherty (0-2), Jack Barron (0-1), Lorcan McGeeney. Subs: Conall Smyth, Shane Barron, Liam O’Leary, Killian McDonald.


A superb second half saw St Fechins bound into the quarter finals of the Sheelan Shield over St Kevin’s in Beaulieu. Leading 1-8 to 0-5 at the short whistle thanks to a first half Joe Corrigan goal, the home side were dominant all over the field and on the scoreboard against a below par Philipstown outfit.

Despite Finbarr Lynch and Sean Powderly’s best efforts in the full back line for the visitors, Ryan Walsh added to his tally to seal the big win for Paul Clarke’s side.

ST. FECHIN’S: Cody O’Neill; Niall McCabe, David Lally, Aaron McGlew (0-1); Eoghan Ryan, Dylan Rice, Alex Smith; Padraic O’Donohoe, Matthew Flanagan (0-1); Colm O’Neill, Brian Devlin, John O’Connell (0-2); Ryan Walsh (1-5), Joe Corrigan (1-2), Harry Haughney (0-3).  Subs: Mikey McMahon, Matthew Burnell, David Collier.

ST. KEVIN’S: Danny Crosbie; Sean Powderly, Finbarr Lynch, Darren McMullan; Karl Martin, Eoin McKenna, Josh McArdle Lynch; TJ Doheny (0-3), Brian Callaghan; Keelan Maher, Evan Doheny, Brandon Johnson; Patrick Clarke (0-2), Lee Crosbie (0-2), Tom Matthews. Subs: Cillian McCullough, Tomas Guinan


Clan Na Gael picked up their first win of 2022 over winless Naomh Fionnbarra at home on Sunday morning in the Sheelan Shield. Billy Smith came off the bench to dust off the one sided contest with a goal from the bench. At half time it was 0-7 to 0-1.

Barrs relied on scores from Thomas McCreesh and Adam Hanratty to keep them in the contest despite the strong showing from the Dundalk outfit and Paul Martin in particular.

CLAN NA GAEL: Cillian Rice; Craig Long, Brian McDonnell, Craig Callan; Paul Crewe, John Byrne, Tiernan Weldon 0-1; Robbie Curran (0-1), Conor Noonan (0-1); Mark Lee, Shane Carroll, Paul Gore; Sean O’Hanlon, Paul Martin (0-5), Gavin Gaffey (0-1). Subs: Billy Smith (1-1), Mark McGeown, Gerard Curran, Aidan O Brien.

NAOMH FIONNBARRA: Andy McCann; Hugh McGrane, Collie McGrane, Donnacha County; Killian Dunne, Cormac Reynolds, Matthew O'Reilly; Kalum Regan, Michael McArdle; Liam Markey, Thomas McCreesh (0-1), Conor Boyle; Adam Hanratty (0-1), Conor Osborne (0-1), Patrick McArdle. Subs: Ciaran Boyle, Luke Kennedy, Mairtin Murphy.


St Brides advanced to the next stage of the Paddy Sheelan Shield with a win over Young Irelands on Sunday morning.

St Brides started the better, aided with the stiff breeze, but the men in green and black came back into it. However the Knockbridge men led by the minimum at the interval 0-7 to 0-6. 

Patrick Reilly extended this lead early in the second half before the 'Islanders' levelled proceedings with points from Dermot Mone and Cathal Ferriter. Both sides exchanged points to leave it at nine points each by 40 minutes.

However The Reds moved up a gear soon after with three unanswered points. Peter McStravick pointed late on before Patrick Reilly slotted over an added time free kick to leave the scoreboard reading 0-13 to 0-10. St Brides now play Kilkerley Emmets in the next round.

ST BRIDES: Darren Breen; Ronan Bailey, Daniel McArdle, Ross Murnaghan; Evan Wynne, Darren Bailey, Kelvin Slowey; Bernard Laverty, Patrick Reilly (0-7); Jake McNamara, Ciaran Deane (0-2), Ross Kehoe (0-1); Brian Faul, Kevin Hearty (0-2), Neil Thorthon (0-1). Subs: Nathan Kirk, Michael Keane.

YOUNG IRELANDS: Fergal Sheekey; Stephen Bellew, Ciaran Murray, Peter McCourt; Robert Farrellm Peter Nixon, Cian O Naraigh; Ruairi Kelly, Peter McStravick (0-4); Leon Duffy, Liam McStravick (0-1), Cathal Ferriter (0-2); Dermot Mone (0-3), Cian O’Donoghue, Jordan O’Donoghue. Subs: Conn O’Donaghue, Caolan McCabe, Oisin McCabe, Aaron Fee, Dean Maguire.



Kikerley booked their place in the next round of the Sheelan Shield with a narrow two point victory over O’Connells at Páirc Chill Choirle on Sunday morning. The first score of the game came from the penalty as Conal Mcenaney made no mistake from the spot kick after six minutes.

The Emmet’s went further ahead landing the next three points from Owen Smyth, Sean McElroy and an excellent sideline ball from McEnaney.

O’Connells got on the board with a point from Niall Conlon and Paul McKeever got their second a couple of minutes later. The sides shared the next two points to leave the score 1-4 to 0-3 after twenty minutes. Kilklerley finished the half on top and goals from Shaun McElroy and McEnaney saw them lead by 3-5 to 0-4 at the break.

The Bellingham side got off to a flyer after the restart when McKeever found Cian Doyle and he fired his shot to the net and from the resulting kick out the ball found Doyle again and he coolly lobbed the keeper for his second goal in the space of a minute.

The visitors battled to the end but the Kilkerley defence held out to secure a two-point victory.

KILKERLEY EMMETS: Ultan McEnaney; Cillian Mulligan, Barra McCarthy, James Bellew; Fintan Brady, Eoghan Smyth 0-2, Tadhg McKeown; Cathal Bellew, Shaun McElroy (1-1), Cormac Bellew (0-1,) Sean Hand, Ewan McEnteggart (0-1);  Daniel McKeown, Conal McEnaney (2-3), Kieran Lennon. Subs: Conal Brady for K Lennon; Ciaran Clarke for T McKeown; K Lennon for J Bellew.

O’CONNELLS: Cian Geeney; David Hoey, Liam Kiernan, Sam Shearman; Cailum Woods, Stuart Osborne, Paul McKeever 0-1; Conor Kiernan, Ciaran O’Brien; Tadhg Kearney, Niall Conlon (0-4), Cian O’Dwyer; Bernard Osborne (0-2), Cathal O’Brien, Cian Doyle (2-2).

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