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Senior championship 1st round

Gaeil Colmcille 1-11 Dunshaughlin 0-13

Gaeil Colmcille’s Brian Hanlon broke Dunshaughlin’s hearts putting over a 4o meter free in injury to give the Kells team a one point victory in the opening round of the Meath SFC at Skryne on Thursday night.

Dunshaughlin had two changes to the starting line up as injuries ruled out midfielder Ronan Geraghty and Full forward Caoimhín King. Ray Maloney and Mathew Costello came into the starting line up.

For a game played in terrible conditions the quality was excellent with drama not only at the end but throughout the game. Gael Colmcille will be pleased at the nature of their win as they finished with only 14 players.

For Dunshaughlin, although gutted to lose at the death, there were a lot of positives including younger players making their championship debuts, most notably last years Meath Minor captain and All Star minor Mathew Costello who kicked seven points and would be a strong contender for Dunshaughlin’s man of the match.

It was all looking good for Dunshaughlin in the first quarter when they held a 6 points to one point lead after 16 minutes, opening the scoring in the first minute which was quickly equalised a minute later but during the next 12 minutes Dunshaughlin were rampant and scored five unanswered points. Four of those 6 points came from Costello’s boot (3 frees) with Tadgh O’ Dhuslaine scoring the opener and Ben Duggan the third.

Unfortunately the game changed in less than a minute when Dunshaughlin conceded a free in their own half and from the free kick Gael Colmcille’s Liam Ferguson won the ball 20 meters out from goal and pointed from an acute angle. Gael Colmcille won the resulting kickout and found Seanie Curran who gave Adam McDermott the Dunshaughlin keeper no chance to leave a point only separating the sides at 1-02 to 0-06 after 18 minutes. Matthew Moyles scored a nice point from play to stretch Dunshaughlins lead again but the Kells men drew level again with 2 points, one a free. Costello scored 2 more points before the interval, one from a free which in between the Kells men got one themselves. It left Dunshaughlin up by one at the interval (1-5 to 0-9).

Gael Colmcille started the 2nd half strongly and lead for the first time in the game in the 6th minute but shortly after their number 11 Sean Curran gave the referee no option but to issue a straight red, after Curran attempted to headbutt Dunshaughlin’s Niall Murphy in front of  both linesman and referee.

Conditions were getting worse and the rain was coming down heavier and scores were getting hard to come by, Seamus Mattimoe increased the Kells lead to 2 points with a free  but Dunshaughlin were not going down without a fight and got 2 points, one each from Costello and O Dushlaine to make it level at the three-quarter stage. Gael Colmcille pulled one point ahead again in the 16th minute and there was no more scores for almost another 10 minutes but during that period Dunshaughlin almost got a goal but for a fantastic save by the Kells keeper from substitute, as the other Minor All-star Luke Mitchell shot for goal.  Dunshaughlin then lost  Ray Maloney to a black card and was replaced by Eric Casserly

With five minutes to go Gael Colmcille extended their lead to 2 points but a minute later Ben Duggan pulled one back for Dunshaughlin and with a minute to go Dunshaughlin equalised, but it was controversial as Mitchell’s shot was awarded, but only after the intervention of referee Cormac Reilly who deemed the Carry-Lynch had stopped the ball going over the bar by putting his hands up through the net.

It set up a grandstand finish and spectators expected at least 3 or 4 minutes of injury time considering there were stoppages, for red card, black card, injuries and five 2nd half substitutions.  Just into injury time a free was awarded to Gael Colmcille’s 35 meters out from the Dunshaughlin goal which was pointed and just Adam McDermott was kicking the ball out at one minute 20 seconds into injury time to everyone’s surprise the referee blew the final whistle.

In this very entertaining game where experience was key to Gaeil Colmcille’s success but Moyle’s young guns will be very disappointed at getting nothing from the game and will rue missed chances. However, they will be confident in the knowledge that is a team going in the right direction and can look forward to their next outing on Easter Sunday against Senchalstown with confidence knowing that they are well capable of challenging for a qualification place.


Dunshaughlin – Matthew Costello 0-7 four frees; Ben Duggan 0-2; Tadhg O Dushlaine 0-2; Matthew Moyles 0-1; Luke Mitchell 0-1.

Gaeil Colmcille – Brian Hanlon 0-4 two frees; Seamus Mattimoe 0-4 three frees; Seanie Curran 1-0; Liam Ferguson 0-1; Evan Sheridan 0-1; Ryan Farnham 0-1.

Dunshaughlin – Adam McDermott; Oisin Foley, Fergus Toolan, Niall BYrne; Dan Ormsby, Niall MUrphy, Ray Maloney; John Crimmins, Niall Hurley; Tommy Johnson, Matthew Costello, Matthew Moyles; Wes Goodwin, Ben Duggan, Tadhg O Dushlaine.
Subs – Adam Kealy for Ormsby 25 mins, Luke MItchell for Goodwin 43m, Shane Gallogly for O Dushlaine 56m.
Black card – R Maloney (replaced by Eric Casserly 50m),

Gaeil Colmcille – Justin Carry-Lynch; Paul Tormay, Barry Smith, Barry Tormay; Conall Courtney, Cormac Keegan, James Reilly; Cian Doogan, Evan Sheridan; Oisin Reilly, Seanie Curran, Liam Ferguson; Seamus Mattimoe, Ryan Farnham, Brian Hanlon.
Subs – Stevie McManus for B Tormay 37 mins, Fionn Ferguson for Doogan 47m.

Red card – Seanie Curran








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