Mattock Rangers Aaron O Brien who bagged a brace in his side's win over the Geraldines. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
ST MOCHTAS 6-13 O' RAGHALLAIGHS 0-4
St Mochtas helped themselves to six goals on their way to a comprehensive victory over O’Raghallaighs on Saturday evening as they booked their place in the semi-final of the Paddy Sheelan Cup.
It proved to be a very difficult encounter for the Drogheda side as they simply couldn’t contain the rampant Mochtas at Louth Village.
By the time the half time whistle had sounded, the home side had all but booked their place in the last four as they saw Declan Byrne and Gerry Garland raise green flags while a brace from Jamie Farrell stretched the lead to 4-6 to 0-3 at the break.
The O’Raghallaighs continued to struggle in the second half in the face of a relentless attack from the Mochtas as goals from Cormac Smyth and Conor Garland sealed a very satisfying victory.
ST MOCHTAS: Jason Callan; Liam Lawlor, Ben Goss Kieran (0-2), David Lennon; Conor Garland (1-0), Danny Kindlon, Andrew English; Darren McMahon (0-1), Gerry Garland (1-0); Eamonn O’Neill (0-1), Jamie Farrell (2-1), Ciaran McMahon (0-3); Phily Englishby (0-1), Decky Byrne (1-3), Cormac Smyth (1-1).
Subs: Dylan Farrell for A English, Justin McCooey for D Kindlon, Jake Mason for P Englishby, Liam O’Flaherty for D Byrne, Ryan Cash for C Garland, Rian Colgan for G Garland, Owen Lennon for L Lawlor.
NEWTOWN BLUES; 3-13 COOLEY KICKHAMS 1-3
Newtown Blues turned in an impressive display as they secured a place in the semi-final of the Paddy Sheelan Cup with victory over Cooley Kickhams on Saturday night.
The peninsula side made the trip south boosted by their good performances in the groups stages, but were unable to build on those displays against a clinical Blues outfit.
The home side took a grip on proceedings from the opening whistle and with the help of goals from Conor Moore and Ciaran Cluskey Kelly, they were in a commanding position at the break as they turned around with a 2-7 to 0-1 advantage.
The Drogheda men were never seriously troubled in the second half as they added a third goal through Robert Carr. Although Patrick Johnston did find the net for the Kickhams, it was little more than a consolation for his side.
NEWTOWN BLUES: Johnny McDonnell; Evan McConnon, Thomas Costello, Joe Harte; Alan Connor, Emmet Carolan, Fergal Donoghue; Chris Reid, Ciaran Cluskey Kelly (1-0); Jamie Kelly (0-2), Ian Connor, Conor McGuirk (0-1); Emmet Murray (0-1), Robert Carr (1-2), Conor Moore (1-1). Subs: Cathal Broderick for A Connor, Brian Kermode for F Donoghue, Tristan Kierans for C Moore.
COOLEY KICKHAMS: Neil Gallagher; Ian Arnold, Eoin McDaid, Cormac McGuigan, Dylan McGarrity, Darren Marks, Joe Mee, Dean McGreehan, Peter Thornton, Enda O’Neill, Fearghal Malone, James O’Reilly (0-1), Michael Rafferty (0-1), Patrick Johnston (1-0), Peter Shields. Subs: Sean Hayes, Patrick Sheelan, Sean White, Richard Brennan, Michael Carron (0-1), Keith White, Thomas McCarragher, Gerard White, Aaron Carolan.
MATTOCK RANGERS 1-17 GERALDINES 0-7
Mattock Rangers marched into the Sheelan Cup semi-final with a dominant second half display over the Geraldines in Collon on Sunday morning.
An early goal from Oisín McKenna sent Rangers on their way despite the efforts of Ben Gartlan in the corner for the Geraldines, who shot over his two scores early in the first half.
At half time it was 1-5 to 0-3 and the Gers forced a couple of saves out of Stephen Smith upon the resumption. However, Mattock held firm and pushed on with county man Cathal Fleming amassing eleven points in the finish.
MATTOCK RANGERS: Stephen Smith; Alan Caraher (0-1), Cillian Hickey, Eoin McCluskey; Brendan Lacey, Daire Englishby, Cathal Clarke; Ben McKenna, Ryan Leneghan; Shane Hickey (0-3), Cathal Fleming (0-11), Terry Donegan; Jack Thompson, Aaron O’Brien (0-2), Oisín McKenna (1-0). Subs: Aaron Smith, Daniel Bannon, JP Watters, Sean Clarke, Darren Henry.
GERALDINES: Sean McEneaney; Paul Clarke, Paddy Hoey, Tiarnan Hand; Kevin Pepper, James Craven, John McCrohan; Michael Rogers (0-1), Brian Cafferty (0-1); Shaun Callan (0-2), Stephen Reidy (0-1), Josh Arrowsmith; Fearghal McDonald, Conor Rafferty, Ben Gartlan (0-2). Subs: Danny Nordone, Shane O’Hanlon 0-1, Sean Connor, Liam Cafferty, Niall Brennan.
DREADNOTS 1-12 HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS 1-8
Dreadnots advanced to the semi-final of the Paddy Sheelan cup after a deserved victory against Hunterstown on a sunny and windy Sunday morning thriller that blew the St Patrick’s Day cobwebs off.
A tight first half saw reliable Clogher duo Pepe Smith and Peter Kirwan give the hosts a slight 0-5 to 0-4 lead at half time. The second half opened with a Hunterstown counter attacking goal when substitute Oisin McGee pounced on the hosts’ turnover.
However, John O’Brien’s side finished the stronger with a superbly worked passage of play that saw Darragh Shevlin rifling the ball into the net to kill the game as a contest.
DREADNOTS: Ciarán Cunningham; Jack Taggart, Pop Rath, Josh Kirwan; Carl Monahan, Barry Faulkner, Ciaran Finnegan; Anthony Lynch, David O’Brien; Derek Shevlin, Darragh Shevlin (1-2), Conor Shevlin (0-1); Dean Hyland (0-2), Pauric Smith (0-4), Peter Kirwan (0-3). Subs: Pat Lynch, Owen Murphy, Craig Lynch.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Niall Carrie (0-1); Marty Lennon, Paddy Taaffe, Adam O'Reilly; Conor Reaburn, David Carroll, Philip Traynor; Tony McKenna, Ryan Ward; Alan Landy, Aaron Levins, Jamie Ward (0-1); David Finn (0-1), Glen Matthews (0-1), Dean Burns. Subs: Donovan Sheridan, Paulie Carrie, Oisín McGee (1-1), Colm Murphy (0-2), Benny Lennon (0-1), Jamie Callaghan, Caolan McCabe.
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