29 Sept 2022

Division 1 Roundup: No big shocks as league table begins to take shape

Ben McKenna Mattock Rangers

Ben McKenna of Mattock Rangers trying to pass by a Geraldines player. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Hollywood Developments Division One Round Three


Mattock Rangers turned in an impressive second half display as they picked up their second win of the campaign to move top of the Division 1 table.

There was little to choose between the teams in the first half with scores hard to come by in the early stages. Liam Flynn was on target for the hosts but scores from Ben Gartlan and Beanon Corrigan replied to give the Gers an advantage.

However, the Collon men picked up the pace before the break and Cathal Fleming and Alan Caraher were on target to give their side a 0-6 to 0-4 lead.

Despite losing Ben Watters to a Black Card Mattock were able to get a grip of the game with an Aaron O’Brien ‘45’ starting a run of points that saw them stretch their lead.

A Ben Gartlan goal gave the visitors some hope in the final quarter but Flynn and Shane Hickey found the net at the other end to make sure of the victory for Mattock.

MATTOCK RANGERS: Stephen Smith; Alan Caraher (0-2), Cillian Hickey, Ben Markey; Brendan Lacey, Cathal Clarke, James Caraher; Ben McKenna (0-1), Cathal Fleming (0-5); Jack Thompson (0-1), Ben Watters, Shane Hickey (1-2); Aaron O'Brien (0-1), Oisín McKenna (0-1), Liam Flynn (1-1). Subs: Daire Englishby, Pauric Bannon, JP Watters, Eoin McCloskey, Caoilte Hickey, Darren Henry.

GERALDINES: Des Reenan; Tiarnan Hand, Nickey Mackin; Brian Cafferty, James Craven (0-1), John McCrohan; Gareth Neacy, Matt Corcoran; Josh Arrowsmith, Beanon Corrigan (0-1), Shane O’Hanlon (0-1); Fearghal McDonald, Shane Rogers (0-2), Ben Gartlan (1-1). Subs: Adam Gartlan, Paddy Hoey, Stephen Reidy, Conor Rafferty, Michael Rogers.



St Mochtas got off the mark in Division 1 at the third attempt as they ran out comfortable winners over Dreadnots at Louth Village on Saturday evening, inspired by goals from Ben Goss Kieran and Cormac Smyth. 

After the disappointment of losing their opening two games, the Mochtas will be happy to get back to winning ways against a disappointing Dreadnots outfit. In their defence, the Dreadnots travelled with a depleted team and were unable to match the dominant hosts in the second half.

The game failed to catch fire in the opening half as the teams struggled to find their range in front of the posts and after a rather uneventful 30 minutes the teams went in level at two points apiece.

It was a different story in the second half as the Louth Village side got on top from the opening whistle. They made full use of the elements in their favour as they landed a series of points, including efforts from Gerry Garland and Ciaran McMahon, while goals from Smyth and Goss Kieran sealed a welcome win.

ST MOCHTAS:  Jason Callan; Liam Lawlor, David Lennon, Andrew Lennon; Conor Garland, Andrew English (0-1), Oisin Callan; Ben Goss Kieran (1-1), Darren McMahon (0-1); Liam O’Flaherty (0-1), Gerry Garland (0-4), Jamie Farrell; Cormac Smyth (1-3) Ciaran McMahon (0-2), Eamonn O’Neill. Subs: Owen Lennon for O Callan.

DREADNOTS: Dylan Cassidy; Nathan Sutherland, Derek Shevlin, Ciaran Finegan; Callum Skinnader, Daragh Shevlin, Conor Shevlin (0-1); Pauric Smith (0-1), Fergal McGuigan; Eoghan Murphy, Dean Hyland, Ciaran Cunningham (0-1); Rory Fitzpatrick, Ken Shevlin, Peter Kirwan (0-1).



Two goals inside a minute at the start of the second half provided the platform for the Newtown Blues as they recorded a three point win over St Patricks.

The Pats went into the game looking for their first win of the campaign but despite a good performance, the goals from Ciaran Cluskey Kelly and Declan McNamara proved their undoing.

In what proved to be a lively encounter at Newfoundwell on Saturday, the hosts were quickest to settle and had the first three points on the board. However, that was cancelled out by a Danny O’Connor goal before Gavin Gregory gave the visitors the lead.

After the teams traded points, it was a late score from Tadhg O’Connor that saw the Lordship side extend the advantage to 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

The Blues responded with the first point of the second half before Cluskey Kelly and McNamara put the Drogheda men in the driving seat and the lead was increased to seven early in the final quarter.

The Pats did give themselves hope with a Jason Woods goal and although they added points in the closing minutes they were unable to complete the comeback as the Blues held on.

NEWTOWN BLUES: Johnny McDonnell; Conor Ayson, Alan Connor, Evin McConnon; Fergal Donoghue (0-1), Emmet Carolan (0-2), Cormac McQuillan; Chris Reid, Ciaran Cluskey Kelly (1-0); Jamie Kelly, Colm Judge (0-2), Conor McGuirk; Conor Brannigan (0-1), Ross Nally (0-6), Conor Moore (0-1). Subs: Declan McNamara (1-0) for C Brannigan, John Kermode for C McGuirk, Emmet Murray for C Judge.

ST PATRICKS: Rory Duffy; Ross Murphy, Barry Dunne, Cillian White; Joseph Connor, Ciaran Murphy, Conor Grogan (0-1); Cathal Grogan, Eoin O’Connor; Tadhg O’Connor (0-3), Danny O’Connor (1-0), Aidan McCann (0-1); Jason Woods (1-3), Gavin Gregory (0-1), Adam Finnegan (0-1). Subs: Conor McGuinness for Cathal Grogan, Darren Connor for G Gregory, Padraig Duffy for A Finnegan.



A second half goal from Thomas Clarke helped Naomh Mairtin claim a two point victory over St Marys at Monasterboice on Saturday evening.

In a game where both sides were missing a number of regulars due to their involvement with the county panel, the hosts had been trailing by two points at half time, before Clarke’s goal but them in charge.

However, Ronan Carroll almost snatched victory in a dramatic finale, but he missed the target with a goal chance. The Jocks went into the game seeking their first win of the campaign and had first half points from Stephen Campbell, Wayne Campbell and Conor Whelan.

The decisive score of the half came from Tiarnan Corrigan as his goal sent the Marys in with a 1-2 to 0-3 lead.

The third quarter saw the teams exchange points as the Ardee men looked to have the slight edge, but Clarke’s goal changed the game. That score put his side one point ahead and two further scores had them three ahead entering the closing stages.

The visitors continued to battle to the end and pulled a point back through Darren Clarke and they almost snatched victory with Carroll’s late chance.

NAOMH MAIRTIN: Craig Lynch; Mark Whelan, Tom Sullivan, Connor Smyth; Cian Sands, Evan Whelan, Jack Murphy (0-1); Val Leddy, Wayne Campbell (0-1); Paul Berrill, Dara McDonnell (0-1), Stephen Campbell (0-1); Conor Whelan (0-1), Thomas Clarke (1-3), Bryan McQuillan. Subs: Tom Gray for P Berrill, JP Rooney for S Campbell.

ST MARYS: Alan McGauley; Eimhin Keenan, Karl Faulkner, Paraic McKenny; Wayne Matthews, Evan Malone, Carl Gillespie (0-1); RJ Callaghan, Robbie Leavy; Tiarnan Corrigan (1-0), Darren Clarke (0-1), Kian Moran; Ronan Carroll (0-2), Jonathan Commins (0-1), Conor Keenan. Sub: Conor Gillespie (0-1) for W Matthews, Jay Crawley for P McKenny, Mark Fay for T Corrigan.



In a repeat of last year’s Intermediate Championship Final, St Fechins once again came out on top to as they remain among the early pace-setters in Division 1.

For Cooley it was another case of ‘what might have been’ as for the third successive occasion they came out on the wrong side of the result after a tight contest.

Goals from Paul Matthews and Ryan Walsh along with five points from Niall Devlin were crucial as the Fechins made it two wins from three outings.

Both goals came in the opening half as the hosts made a bright start but at the other end a goal from Patrick Johnston kept his side in contention by cutting the gap to 2-3 to 1-3.

St Fechins looked in control for much of the second half as they added a further eight points. Cooley battled to the end and Johnston’s late goal made it a nervy finish, but they were unable to complete the comeback as the hosts held out for victory.

ST FECHINS: Cody O’Neill; David Lally, Niall McCabe, Mark Holohan; Cian Gorman, David Collier, Aaron McGlew; Paul Mathews (1-0), Dylan Rice; Colm O’Neill, Harry Haughney (0-1), John O’Connell; Ryan Walsh (1-5), Brian Devlin, Niall Devlin (0-5). Subs: Matthew Flanagan, Eoghan Hackett, Adam Kirwan, Alex Smith.

COOLEY KICKHAMS: Neil Gallagher; Ronan Mc Bride, Eoin McDaid, Daire McDaid; James O’Reilly, Darren Marks, Patrick Hanlon; Peter Thornton, Cormac Malone; Fearghal Malone (0-3), Brian White (0-3), Enda O’Neill (0-2); Cian Connor, Patrick Johnston (2-0), Gerard Hanlon. Subs: Richard Brennan, Peter Shields (0-1), Dylan McGarrity, Michael Rafferty, Cormac McGuigan.



The last game of round 3 was played late on Sunday night on the Point Road and it went emphatically in the way of the visitors as St Brides overcame an out of sorts Sean O’Mahony’s side who had won their first two games in the league.

Brides full forward Kevin Hearty helped himself to a goal in the first half and that major opened up the margin for the Knockbridge men to take control the contest from that point onwards. Ben McLaughlin did find the target for the hosts to make it 1-4 to 0-3 at the break.

In the second half, despite McLaughlin’s best efforts with a neat goal, the unbeaten O’Mahony’s could not pull back the deficit. Instead, county panellist Sean Marry picked off points at will to push Declan McCoy’s side joint top of the table along with six other teams.

SEAN O’MAHONY’S: Johnny Connolly; Robbie Galligan, Cris O’Neill, Kian McEvoy; Thomas Rice, John O’Brien, Sean Cassidy; Conor Martin (0-1); Shane Brennan; Kyle Carroll, Conor Finnegan (0-1), Terry Kelly; Ben McLaughlin (1-2), Stephen Kilcoyne, Conor Mackin.

ST. BRIDES: Darren Breen; Ronan Bailey, Cillian Kirk, Jarlath Cassidy; Andrew Smyth, Mick Keane, Sean Brennan (0-1) Bernard Laverty, Paddy Reilly (0-1); Jake McNamara, Sean Marry (0-4), Rob McCaughey; Ciaran Deane (0-1), Kevin Hearty (1-1), Kieran McArdle (0-2). Subs: Steven Hoey for Smyth, Jack Mccaughey for Brennan, Liam Molloy for McCaughey, James Costello for S Hoey, Ross Kehoe for Jake McNamara.

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