01 Jul 2022

Division 2 Roundup: Dundalk sides showing their cards early with impressive performances

Craig Doherty St Josephs

Craig Doherty fires home St Joseph's first goal in their Div 2 league game against the O'Connell's. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)


A fine performance from Sean O’Hanlon helped Clan na Gael open their Division Two campaign with a victory as they recorded a four-point win over Oliver Plunketts on Saturday evening.

The corner forward chipped in with a personal tally of 2-4 as the Dundalk men held off a second half revival from the Plunketts at Mell.

The opening period belonged to the Clans as O’Hanlon found the net twice to see his side lead by 2-7 to 1-3 at half time. A goal from Sean Boyle helped the hosts retain hope for the second half.

The Plunketts raised their game in the second period and cut the gap to four points but the Clans defence held strong to ensure their side got off to a winning start.

CLAN NA GAEL: Cillian Rice; Craig Callan, Paul Gartland, Brian McDonnell; Paul Crewe (0-1), Craig Long, Joh Byrne; Robbie Curran (0-2), Conor Noonan; Paul Gore, Shane Carroll (0-1); Mark Lee, Jason Cullen (0-2), Billy Smith (0-3), Sean O’Hanlon (2-4). Subs: Ian Carr for P Gartland, Conor Smith for I Carr, Gavin Gaffey for M Lee, Mark McGeown for B Smith, Gerard Curran for S Carroll.

OLIVER PLUNKETTS: Aaron Donnelly; Barry Reynolds, Davy McTeggart, James Lambe; Josh Hynes, Cillian Matthews, Cillian Smith (0-1); Robbie Brodigan (0-1), Stephen Keely (0-1); Sean Boyle (1-1), Dean Carolan (0-1), Adam Lambe (0-2); Kristian Nolan (0-3), CIan Matthews (0-1), Sean Callaghan (0-1). Subs: Sean Rice for Carolan, Ricky Bateson for Hynes.


Hunterstown Rovers struck three late points to snatch victory away to Kilkerley Emmets on Saturday night. Glen Mathews, Tony McKenna and Daithi Carroll landed the decisive points as Hunterstown made a winning start in their bid to land the Division 2 title they narrowly missed out on last season.

The game began with a Cathal Bellew point only for Hunterstown to hit back through Carroll, Alan Landy and Mathews. In an end-to-end game, Kilkerley levelled through Eoghan Smyth and Conal McEneaney but it was Rovers who scored the only goal of the game through Aaron Levins just before the break to lead by 1-5 to 0-5.

Fionn Cumiskey came to the fore for the hosts as he contributed six second half points in a fine display off the bench. Despite losing Brian Brady to injury, Cumiskey’s scores had the Emmets leading by a point entering the closing stages.

However, it was Hunterstown who found an extra gear in the closing stages and three unanswered points saw them secure the win.

HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Niall Carrie (0-1); Adam O'Reilly, Martin Lennon; Conor Reaburn; Daithi Carrioll (0-3), Paul Carrie, Killian Taaffe; Tony McKenna (0-1) , Ryan Ward; Glen Matthews (0-5), Aaron Levins (1-1), Brendan Lennon; Caolan McCabe, Alan Landy (0-1), Dean Burns.

KILKERLEY EMMETS: Rian Hand; Tadhg McKeown, Cillian Mulligan, Barra McCarthy; Ewan McEnteggart, Eoghan Smyth (0-1), Fintan Brady (0-1); Shaun McElroy, Aaron Crawford; Cormac Bellew, Sean Hand, Brian Brady (0-1); Daniel McKeown, Conal McEnaney (0-2), Cathal Bellew (0-2). Subs: Fionn Cumiskey (0-6) for McEnaney, Conall Quinn for B Brady, Micheal McGeown for McEnteggart.



Roche Emmets had to withstand a Jack Butterly inspired third quarter revival before securing a deserved victory away to Naomh Fionnbarra on Saturday evening.

The teams shared the opening four points before Roche took a lead which they never relinquished with some good points from the Byrne brothers, Shane and Mark.

The Barrs rallied with a 45 from Hugh Osborne after a good goal chance was deflected wide having twice hit the crossbar. A Jack Butterly free kept the Barrs in touch as they trailed by 0-7 to 0-4.

The Faughart men made the brighter start to the second half with a couple of points before two goals from Jack Butterly had the Togher men level going into the last quarter. 

Roche then took the game by the scruff of the neck and reeled off a number of points and goals from the Byrne brothers and that saw them take a commanding lead.

A third major from Butterly with another excellent finish to the bottom corner proved little more than a consolation for the hosts.

ROCHE EMMETS: Evin Quigley; Harry O’Connell (0–1), Sean Dawe, Dermot Carthy; David O’Connell, Glen Stewart (0-1), Aidan Grant (0-1); David Quigley, Peter Lynch; Dara Reilly, James McDonnell, Tom Quigley; Kevin Callaghan (0-1), Shane Byrne (1-5), Mark Byrne (1-5). Subs: Barry O’Hare (0-2 )for K Callaghan, Jack McKay for T Quigley, Paul Carroll  for D Reilly, Calum Grant for D O’Connell, Liam Dawe for J Mc Donnell.

NH FIONNBARRA: Andy McCann; Stephen Doyle, Colin McGrane, Hugh McGrane; Matthew O'Reilly, Cormac Reynolds, Niall Woods; Kalum Regan, Hugh Osborne (0-1); Adam Hanratty, Conor Osborne (0-1), Michael McArdle; Mairtin Murphy, Jack Butterly (3-4), Ciaran Murphy.  Subs: Ciaran Markey for C Murphy, Colum Kierans for S Doyle, Oisin Madden for M McArdle, Conor Boyle (0-1) for M Murphy, Seanie Vaughan for M O'Reilly.


St Josephs got their Division Two campaign off to a winning start with a ten-point victory over the O’Connells at The Grove on Sunday evening.

The visitors started better with points from Alan McKenna and Conor Neary and a couple of minutes later they had the ball in the net after a good move was finished by Craig Doherty.

A Robert Quigley free got the Bellingham side on the scoreboard but his opposite number 13 Alan Quigley pointed to maintain their five-point lead. Points from David Hoey and Quigley reduced the margin to a goal, but Alan Quigley and McKenna helped increase the gap to 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.

The home side got the first point of the second half from Quigley and a couple of minutes later they were awarded a penalty and Agnew made no mistake from the spot kick to leave one between the teams.

It was then that the game turned as the Dromiskin men hit a purple patch scoring 2-3 without reply with the goals coming from Daire Smyth and Alan Lynch and the points from Alan Quigley and a brace by Ben Collier.

In between all that the Bellingham side were reduced to 14 when Niall Conlon received his marching orders and there was no way back for the hosts as the Joes went on to record a comfortable win.

ST JOSEPHS: Jordan Mackin; David Kieran, Ben Mulligan, Stefan Potts; Conor Neary (0-1), Killian Staunton, Nathan Todd; Jack Mulligan (0-1), Alan McKenna (0-3); Ben Collier (0-3), Daire Smyth (1-1), Evan McEnteggart; Alan Quigley (0-2), Craig Doherty (1-2), Alan Lynch (1-0). Subs: Conall Smyth (0-1), Killian McDonnell, Cian Sheridan, Liam O’Leary. 

O’CONNELLS: Cian Geeney; Liam Kiernan, Conor Byrne, Emmet Byrne; Paul McKeever, Conor Culligan, David Hoey (0-1); Ciaran O’Brien, Sean Cairns; Stuart Osbourne, Niall Conlon, Bernard Osborne; Robert Quigley (0-7), Jackie Agnew (1-1), Cian Doyle. Subs Andrew Sharkey for B. Osbourne, Andrew Keenan for p. McKeever, Craig Sharkey for D Hoey, Conor Kiernan for C O’Brien, Cian O’Dwyer (0-1) for C Doyle.


Possibly the game of the entire round of league fixtures. This Division Two encounter in the Gaelic Grounds was most certainly the only draw.

Jordan O’Donoghue was the man who held his nerve for the Irelanders in a tense finish. The visitors were in control and looked on course for victory thanks to goals from Cathal Ferriter and Dean Maguire.

O’Raghallaigh’s battled back and nearly stole the two points on offer with Ruairí Moore excellent in the fightback. Barry Flanagan and Danny Reilly came off the bench to hit the back of the net, but O’Donoghue would settle the matter with his only point from play.

DUNDALK YOUNG IRELANDS: Fergal Sheeky; Stephen Bellew, Conn O’Donoghue, Peter McCourt; Robbie Farrell, Peter Nixon, Caolàn McCabe; Oisin McCabe, Ruairí Kelly (0-1 free); Dermot Mone, Dean Maguire (1-1), Cian O’Donoghue (0-1); Jordan O’Donoghue (0-5, 0-4 free), Cian O Naraigh, Cathal Ferriter (1-3). Subs: Ciaran Murray, Brendan Prendergast, Aaron Fee, Alan Hanks, Leon Duffy.

O RAGHALLAIGHS: Joe Flanagan; James Morgan, Stephen Murphy, Kevin Magee; Emmet King, Chris Smith, Joe Meehan; James Moonan, Ben Sweeney; Jack Carr, Eoin Moore (0-1), Ewan Sweeney; Ben Rogan (0-2), Kyle McElroy (0-2), Ruairi Moore (0-4). Subs: Cillian Curran for E Sweeney, Danny Reilly (1-2) for S Murphy, Barry Flanagan (1-0) for B Sweeney. 



Dundalk Gaels got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a double score win over St Kevins on Saturday evening in Division Two at the Ramparts.

The home side got the perfect start when Thomas O'Connell flicked to the net for the first of two goals with the evergreen Sean McCann instrumental in the perfectly floated ball in. Lee Crosbie settled Thomas McNamee’s side with a brace of frees.

O'Connell netted his second goal of the game after claiming a Dylan McKeown high ball ahead of the Kevins’ goalkeeper and full back. Another placed ball from Crosbie made the scoreline 2-5 to 0-4 at the turn.

The second half had an inevitable feel to it with the Gaels happy to keep possession and the Philipstown men at arm’s length. Louth U20 McKeown was in fine form and importantly kept the scoreboard ticking.

Kevin’s found the scores hard to come by, Cameron Maher pointed their first from play and Cian Callan netted a consolation goal at the death, but the Gaels were comfortable winners in the end.

DUNDALK GAELS: Conor Boyle; Eamonn Kenny, Oisin Murray, James Lynch; David McComish, Andrew Curley, Mark Hanna; Sean Murray, Jordan Keating; Luke Murray (0-2), Sean McCann (0-1), Aaron Culligan; Ryan Coleman, Dylan McKeown (0-6), Thomas O'Connell (2-3). Subs: Barry Watters, David Moloney, Ronan Shields, Errol Boyle.

ST KEVINS: Josh Finlay; Eoin Mc Kenna, Finbarr Lynch, Darren Mc Mullan; Karl Martin, Cameron Maher (0-1), Keelan Maher; Brian Callaghan, Evan Maher; Patrick Clarke, Cian Callan (1-0), Adam Cromwell; Tom Matthews, Lee Crosbie (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 45’), Ronan Sands. Subs: Josh McArdle Lynch, Emmett Callan.

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