Aidan McCann bagged two goals for St. Patrick's in their Paddy Sheelan Cup win over Dundalk Gaels in Dundalk on Sunday. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Paddy Sheelan Cup Group C
Dundalk Gaels 1-4 St. Patrick's 2-9
St. Patrick’s got their Paddy Sheelan Cup campaign off to a winning start when they overcame the challenge of Dundalk Gaels on Sunday morning.
Aidan McCann was the scoring hero for the Lordship side as he grabbed a brace to ensure the visitors came out on top by eight points.
The opening score of the game didn’t arrive until the seventh minute, but it was an important one for Pat’s as McCann found the back of the net. Gaels worked hard to stay in touch, but points from Jody Keenan and Joseph Connor had Pat’s leading by 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time.
The visitors continued to dominate the game in the second half and stretched their advantage with the help of points from Cathal Grogan and Aaron Mills.
Any lingering doubt about the outcome disappeared five minutes from time when McCann added his second of the game. Gaels’ only score of the second half didn’t arrive until the 57th minute when Dylan McKeown scored a goal that proved little more than a consolation for his side.
Dundalk Gaels: Micheal Lambert; James Lynch, Gary Shevlin, Eamon Kenny; David McComish, David Moloney, Andrew Curley; Seán Murray, Errol Boyle; Luke Murray, Jason Clarke, Paul McCrave; Gerard McSorley, Eanna McArdle, Dylan McKeown (1-0)
St. Patrick’s: Martin McEneaney; Daniel Rice, Eoghan Lafferty, Jason Woods; Ciarán Murphy, Darren O’Hanlon, Conor Grogan; Thomas McCann, Jack Murphy; Tadhg O’Connor, Cathal Grogan (0-3), Aidan McCann (2-2); Joseph Connor (0-1), Martin Breen, Jody Keenan (0-2)
Subs: Aaron Mills (0-1), Barry Dunne, Stefan Breen, Eoghan O’Connor, James Savage
Referee: Kevin Carroll (Sean McDermott’s)
Dundalk Young Irelands 1-9 Cooley Kickhams 2-11
Cooley Kickhams got their season off to a winning start with a five-point victory over Young Irelands at DkIT on Sunday morning.
There wasn’t a lot between the teams throughout the game, but Cooley always had the slight edge and two first half goals from Declan Sheelan set them on the road to victory.
Those goals helped the peninsula side take a grip on the game, but Young Irelands battled well and scores from James Prendergast and Dean Maguire helped them cut the gap to 2-4 to 0-6 at half-time.
The Dundalk men kept themselves in the game in the second half and pulled a goal back from Peter McStravick in the closing stages. However, Cooley did enough to preserve their lead with Brian White, Michael Carron and Fearghal Malone contributing important scores over the hour.
Young Irelands: Ife Kwelele; Peter McCourt, Cian O Naraigh, Stephen Bellew; Derek Maguire (0-1), Jamie Browne, Paddy O’Callaghan; Peter Nixon, Kevin Keelan; Peter McStravick (1-1), Jordan O’Donoghue (0-2), James Prendergast (0-3); Cian O’Donoghue, Dean Maguire (0-2), Caolan McCabe
Subs: Aaron Fee, Luke Hazzard
Cooley Kickhams: Seán Hayes; Dylan Mc Garrity, Keith White, Dean McGreehan; James O’Reilly, James Loughran, Gerard White; Peter Thornton (0-2), Fearghal Malone (0-2); Patrick Johnston, Brian White (0-1), Aoghain McGuinness (0-1); Emmet Rogan (0-1), Michael Carron (0-2), Declan Sheelan (2-1)
Subs: Josh McShane, Emmet McGuigan, Neil Gallagher, Aodhan O’Hanlon (0-1), Cormac McGuigan.
Referee: Anthony Briscoe (Stabannon Parnells)