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LMFM Minor Football Division 2 Final

Dunshaughlin 1-12 North Meath Gaels 0-6

Dunshaughlin led from start to finish.

Dunshaughlin came out of the traps at lightning pace and Luke Mitchell had kicked over 3 points within 3 minutes of the throw in, the 1st point coming after 25 seconds. Dunshaughlin  certainly looked like at that stage they were going to build up a big lead playing with the breeze on  what was a bitterly cold afternoon in Pairc Tailtean.

In that first half Dunshaughlin played some beautiful football, were a joy to watch and were dominant in almost every position in the field. Some of the point taking was top drawer from Mitchell and his fellow Minor All-Star Mathew Costello. The goal Dunshaughlin so deserved, came in the 26th minute when Costello broke through from midfield, passed to Harry Dunne and received a pass back which he blasted to the net giving Ryan Skelton no chance of stopping.

Dunshaughlin led 1-8 to 0-1 when we all went to get a cup of hot tea but should have been out of sight at half time.

In the 11th minute with Dunshaughlin leading by 5 points (all scored by Mitchell) to no score it looked like the rampant Dunshaughlin were going to make it count on the scoreboard,  a Dunshaughlin goal scored by Conor Gray was disallowed as the referee had blown for a penalty before Gray booted it to the net after Ruairi Kinsella was hauled down in the square. The penalty was struck by Mitchell and for the 2nd time in this 2018 championship the North Meath Gaels goalkeeper Ryan Skelton saved a penalty from Mitchell. Mitchell did however convert the resultant 45. Between there and halftime Skelton pulled off 3 more fantastic saves and with Dunshaughlin putting 2 other goal chances wide Dunshaughlin supporters were wondering would we be regretting those missed chances later on.

With Cian Hegarty marshalling the resolute defence it was the 23rd minute before North Meath Gaels got their first and only point of the 1st half (a free from just outside the 20m).

Ciaran McCarrick, Costello’s midfield partner was also causing havoc for North Meath and Harry Dunne was in a great battle with the big Kilmainhamwood No. 5 Kian Gillespie.

The 2nd half started almost the same as the 1st with Mitchell pointing within the 1st minute. Dunshaughlin had two more missed chances for goals saved by man of the match Skelton and another goal chance put wide of the posts  during the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half. North Meath Gaels got their first and only point play in the 5th minute as they began to battle with the breeze behind them. Mitchell scored again in the 13th minute but North Meath Gaels then scored three frees in a row during the next 13 minutes leaving the score 1-10 to 0-5. Dunshaughlin were paying well in defence and North Meath Gaels were not allowed to significantly eat into the Dunshaughlin lead and the game was well over as a contest when substitute Colm Keane scored a soccer style point in the 27th minute. Costello scored Dunshaughlin’s final point in injury time.

A fantastic year for this bunch of lads to come away with the Liam Tolan cup and a fantastic journey from Nursery to Minor champions with Manager and coach Paul Murphy, selectors Jim Mitchell and Damien Kennedy and Ronan Dalton who was also a selector for a long period in the early years. Also Seamus Reilly must have been so proud as he looked down and saw the boys in Black and Amber play so well.

For Paul Murphy it was a special year as he was also a selector for the Meath Minor Team which won the Leinster Championship, a Meath team containing top scorer Mitchell and captained by Costello. The publicity shy Murphy was reluctant to chat before the final about the year  but did promise he would share his thoughts with us later.

Dunshaughlin’s accomplishment  of limiting North Meath Gaels to only scoring six points over the hour can be put into perspective when considering North Meath’s scoring record in their previous four games is taken into account, scoring 19 goals (avg. 4.75) on their way to the final and an average of 28 points per game.

Congratulations to all the boys and management on their fantastic win.

It was great to see Kevin Bawle return to play for Dunshaughlin after a long injury sustained in a hurling game. Kevin took the place of Sean Kennedy who had played every game in the championship but was unable to line out due to injury.

After the game County Board Secretary Mairead Delaney along with Alfie and Teresa Tolan presented the Liam Tolan Cup to Dunshaughlin joint captains Odhran O’Riordan and Kevin Bawle.

Dunshaughlin: Gary O’Connor, Odhran O’Riordan, Cian Hegarty, Kevin Bawle, Paul Kean, James Traynor, Luke McCarthy, Mathew Costello 1-3(two frees), Ciaran McCarrick, Sean O’Connor, Conor Gray, Harry Dunne, Ruairi Kinsella, Luke Mitchell 0-8(three frees, one 45), Darren Murphy. Subs: Darragh Byrne for O’ Connor (half time), Fursey Blake for Kinsella 41m, Colm Keane 0-1 for Murphy 54m,  Shane Kennedy for Gray 62m, Brian Clinton for Traynor 62m, Ethan Mahase, Liam O’ Connor, Jack Brady, Cillian McCool, Cian McLoughlin, Robert Walker, Bill Jennings, Aaron Murphy, John McDonagh.

North Meath Gaels: Ryan Shekelton, Jamie Fagan, Dara Dunne, Dean Carpenter, Kian Gillespie, Harry Corscadden, Gary Breslin, Brian Cassidy, Niall Bennett, Jack Slavin, Niall Conlon, Conor Owens, Cormac Sheehy, Dean Martin 0-4, Callum Crosby 0-2. Sub: Johnny Reilly

Referee Martin Dawson

 

I also attach below match report from the Hogan Stand

MFC Div 2 Final: All Stars Costello and Mitchell lead Dunshaughlin to glory.

Dunshaughlin’s Luke Mitchell with Jamie Fagan North Meath Gaels during the MFC Division 2 final at Pairc Tailteann

Minor All Stars Mathew Costello and Luke Mitchell led the way as Dunshaughlin claimed the LMFM Meath Minor Football Championship Division 2 title at a cold Pairc Tailteann.

Dunshaughlin 1-12 North Meath Gaels 0-6

The Meath minor pair accounted for 1-11 of their teams tally as North Meath Gaels were defeated.

Michell had four points on the scoreboard inside ten minutes and had a penalty saved brilliantly by North Meath keeper Ryan Shekelton on the 12th minute. The full forward added another two points before the break. His county team mate Costello accounted for a goal and two in the opening thirty minutes, the goal coming with 5 minutes left to play. The Meath Hill, Drumconrath, Kilmainhamwood amalgamation got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute courtesy of a Callum Crosby pointed free. Dunshaughlin went in at the break 1-8 to 0-1 up.

Their lead was never threatened in the second half. North Meath came in to the game a little more and were rewarded with points from Dean Martin (4) and Crosby. Mitchell (2), Costello and substitute Colm Keane kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Black and Ambers as they went on to record a comfortable win.

The highlight of the game for the North Meath combination was the performance of keeper Ryan Shekelton who produced a string of outstanding saves to keep the winners tally down.

After the game County Board Secretary Mairead Delaney along with Alfie and Teresa Tolan presented the Liam Tolan Cup to Dunshaughlin joint captains Odhran O’Riordan and Kevin Bawle.

Dunshaughlin: Gary O’Connor, Odhran O’Riordan, Cian Hegarty, Kevin Bawle, Paul Kean, James Traynor, Luke McCarthy, Mathew Costello 1-3, Ciaran McCarrick, Sean O’Connor, Conor Gray, Harry Dunne, Ruairi Kinsella, Luke Mitchell 0-8, Darren Murphy. Subs: Darragh Byrne, Fursey Blake, Colm Keane 0-1, Shane Kennedy, Brian Clinton

North Meath Gaels: Ryan Shekelton, Jamie Fagan, Dara Dunne, Dean Carpenter, Kian Gillespie, Harry Corscadden, Gary Breslin, Brian Cassidy, Niall Bennett, Jack Slavin, Niall Conlon, Conor Owens, Cormac Sheehy, Dean Martin 0-4, Callum Crosby 0-2. Sub: Johnny Reilly

Referee Martin Dawson

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