Royal Gaels Win Local Derby

Adult League Division 1
Full Time:
Royal Gaels: 3-16(25)
Dunboyne: 3-14(23)
Half Time :
Royal Gaels 1-06
Dunboyne 1-05

Royal Gaels saw off an injury time come back from their close neighbours in what was a thrilling top level game. Captain Laura Murray led her team which consisted of both experienced star players and top quality minor players to a fully deserved win.

Royal Gaels Scorers:

Niamh Gallogly 2-01
Tara Ryan 0-05
Susie O’Rourke 1-02
Niamh O’Sullivan 0-06
Rachel Huijsdens 0-01
Petra Reilly 0-1

Laura Bourke for Laura Murray
Niamh Curtin for Susie O’Rourke
Caoimhe Rooney for Molly McNamara
Eimear Traynor
Orlaith Moyles

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Under 12 Division 6 Cup Final v Donaghmore Ashbourne Match Report
On the morning of Sunday June 17th, our team drove in to Dunganny with a mix of excitement and nervous anticipation in the air. The girls arrived into the dressing room sporting their cool black and amber wristbands, kindly gifted to them by Mick Summerville. A full squad of 21 girls decked out in their Crown jerseys headed on to the Astro and the game kicked off. A panicky start with a very quick point from Orlaith McEntee to put Royal Gaels ahead. Ashbourne responded with an attempt at goal but were denied by the cool hands of goalie Caitlin Summerville. Ashbourne persisted and followed with a point to equalise and then another to put them into the lead. It was like a game of cat and mouse as each team snatched possession over and back like a yoyo. The improvement in both teams was very evident since we last met in April and in particular the Ashbourne defence proved quite a challenge for Royal Gaels. Undeterred, the Gaels persisted and after a lovely point from a free by Isla Brennan, Grace Summerville somehow managed to get through the Ashbourne defence and buried it in the back of the net.
The teams settled down a little and after a number of wides from Ashbourne, the score at half time was Royal Gaels 1-2 to Ashbourne’s 2 points. After half time and as the weather deteriorated the game of cat and mouse returned again. Every single one of our players played their hearts out and the pressure continued right through the second half. Ashbourne displayed great marking and made it very difficult to score. Even still, Orlaith McEntee put it over the bar from a free, scoring our only point of the 3rd quarter. Ashbourne responded with a point and this game was tense to the end. As the rain got heavier, it made the Summerville sisters; Grace & Niamh, more determined than ever and set up Olivia Quinn for a great point from play. The Royal Gaels defence was as strong as ever and Joy Osas and her team-mates didn’t allow any more scores from Ashbourne. One more point from play from Olivia Quinn and the sound of the final whistle as the Royal Gaels jumped for joy. The final scoreline was Royal Gaels 2-5 to Ashbourne’s 0-3 and there were tears of joy and a proud crowd of supporters cheering on Captain Tara Glennon and her team as she raised the Cup, an amazing reward for a hard-working close-knit team.
The team was treated to a BBQ celebration back at the Dunshaughlin GAA Clubhouse where their coaching team of Brian, Alan, Kenny, Simon & Derry showed off their cooknig prowess behind the BBQs. Sunday June 17th will always be remembered, not just for being Father’s Day but for the day that these 21 girls won the Under 12 Division 6 Cup in Dunganny. A proud and happy day and most of all a great celebration of this fantastic team.
Team: Orlaith McEntee (1-2), Grace Summerville (1-0), Olivia Quinn (0-2), Isla Brennan, (0-1)Tara Glennon (Capt.),Katelyn Robinson , Siún Hartigan, Emily Fairbrother, Erica Salmon, Emma Griffin, Holly Anderson, Áine McTigue, Ellie Dervan, Molly Marsden, Mia Summerville, Niamh Summerville, Joy Osas, Emily MacCanna, Aoife Murphy, Caitlin Summerville, Lacey Sherlock.


The u12 Div 1 final brought our girls face to face with near neighbours Ratoath on Sunday. Having watched their buddies on the Div 6 team take victory, the girls warmed up determined to match their achievement. Captain for the day Eileen Gannon won the toss and elected to play with the wind. The girls got off to a bright start but were unable to convert a number of chances that were created by the driving runs of Kinga Basinka and Erin Grey. In goals Anna Duffy wasn’t facing much threat on her goals and she was well protected by Keva McTigue and Sarah Duffy in front of her. Up front Grace O’Connor and Claire McDonagh were working tirelessly to get onto end of good supply from Megan Duignan and Annie Lynch. Ratoath were coming more into the game and took the lead with a couple of good points. The first half ended with Anna Duffy kicking over a fine free.
Ratoath 0.04
Royal Gaels 0.02
Some personnel changes were made at halftime with Caoimhe Donnelly and Caoimhe McCool getting on the ball a number of times and Lucy Boyle adding much needed energy. Ratoath were picking off points and gradually exteding their lead. However our girls are nothing if not courageous and pulled a goal back through Anna Moyles to bring it back to a 1 score game. However the old footballl cliche about not conceding just after scoring came to mind and unfortunately Ratoath got another goal to extend their lead again.
With the clocking ticking down our girls really began to open their shoulders and drove forward at every opportunity in search of goals and Megan Duignan was unfortunate to see a scorching shot just rise over the bar.
Final Score
Ratoath 2-07
Royal Gaels 1-04
Disappointment for the girls can be reduced by the fact that they reached a shield final. It is fantastic achievement to get to the top 4 of Division 1. Division 1 football is not easy and the girls have made huge progress this spring. As always they have been a fantastic bunch to coach, energetic, skillful, enthusiastic and funny and thats only in the warm up.
A few weeks off now and then we will get back into training to continue improving our skills and teamplay




Half Time Result: Royal Gaels 2-11 Oldcastle 7-05
Full Time Result Royal Gaels 5-19 Oldcastle 8-10
Extra Time Half Time Result: Royal Gaels 1-03 Oldcastle 0-02
Extra Time Full Time Result: Royal Gaels 2-04 Oldcastle 1-05
Overall Result: Royal Gaels 7-23 Oldcastle 9-15
Venue: Dunshaughlin 27th may
When you see two teams come together and put on a show that was seen in Dunshaughlin on a Sunday afternoon in the U16 Div 2 Shield Final (missing All Ireland games that are not worth a mention) it makes the commitment by the parents , mentors and especially the girls all that worthwhile to see just how good Ladies Gaelic football has become. Neither team deserved to lose this incredible battle performed between two outstanding teams who kept the side line spectators nerves jangling for the entirety of the match.
In the first half Oldcastle looked the stronger team running through the Royal Gaels defence like a hot knife through butter to notch up a commanding lead with superbly taken goals hitting the back of the Gaels net and looked like it was never going to end. Although in reflection on the first half the Gaels had outscored Oldcastle 13 scores to 12 and the half ended on a score line of RG 2-11 to Oldcastle 7-05. They say Goals win matches and that is what seemed to be on the mind of the Royal Gaels team as they walked to the dug out at half time with heads down with the knowledge of a daunting task ahead.

But a half time team talk can and must have been inspirational because the will and commitment from every RG player had turned a corner and we got to see a sublime come back from a rejuvenated team that hounded the Oldcastle goal and a dogged defensive line that kept Oldcastle at bay and made them convert goal chance to points and bring the game back to level terms. In the dying minutes both teams went toe to toe taking point after point to level the game on numerous occasions before the referee blew the final whistle to take the game into extra time. Full time score – Royal Gaels 5-19 to Oldcastle 8-10.
With the momentum now swung in RG favour they began extra time with a spring in their step and took the lead and looked to have the game well in control with the first 10 minutes of extra time ending with RG leading 1-03 to 0-02. Now the tide had turned and it was Oldcastle’s turn to end the half with their heads down, but 10 minutes is a long time in football and credit to the Oldcastle girls who came out guns blazing in the second half of extra time to bring the game back on level terms once again with a goal and a point. With all to play for, after an epic battle the teams went toe to toe again, with screams and roars from the spectators play went end to end and with both teams level on 1-04 apiece, Oldcastle eventually took the lead with a hard fought point won over a battling Royal Gaels defence. With just a minute left on the clock a well worked move from the the backline up into the middle of the pitch left Oldcastle struggling in defence and the never say die attitude from the Royal Gaels girls paid off as a fine hand pass to forward Niamh McEntee left her one on one with the Oldcastle keeper and with her weaker left foot smashed the ball into the back of the net to give Royal Gaels victory in extra time on a score of RG 2-04 to Oldcastle 1-05. All credit to both teams on a highly entertaining game of football and we know there has to be a winner but both teams are winners for what was displayed in the U16 Div 2 Shield Final 2018. Thanks Girls.

Royal Gaels Team:
Back row– Sarah Maher , Leah Sheridan, Karla Kealy, Aine McKissock, Shauna Summerville, Aoibhinn Bracken, Kayleigh Fox, Clara MacCanna, Cathy Quinn, Ella Moyle, Lauren Brophy
Front row– Ciara Philips, Sarah Benson, Meabh Reilly, Katie Reilly, Nicole Fairbrother, Meabhdh Byrne, Jenny Reid, Niamh McEntee, Katelyn O’Dwyer
Royal Gaels Scorers:
Meadhbh Byrne 2-10
Clara MacCanna 1-04
Niamh McEntee 2-01
Leah Sheridan 1-01
Lauren Brophy 0-02
Ella Moyles 1-04
Aoibhinn Bracken 0-01



Under 12 Division 6 Semi-Final v Walterstown Match Report It was a warm and sunny Friday evening as the squad of enthusiastic girls lined out against Walterstown at home to a great crowd of supporters which created a great atmosphere and sense of anticipation. A fast paced game with great evidence of developing skills from both sides.
Royal Gaels began their attack early and after an ealy save, Oralith McEntee scored the first goal and Olivia Quinn the first point of the game. Walterstown fought back but great save by goalkeeper Caitlin Summerville and this set the tone for the back line defensive team which was rock solid throughout the game. Walterstown scored their first point but Royal Gaels, with some lovely gameplay responded with goals from Katelyn Robinson and Tara Glennon and another point from Olivia Quinn. Going into half time Royal Gaels were up 4-2 to 0-1 but they could not relax as Walterstown really put them under pressure in the third quarter and tested the home team’s defence.
Quinn scored her third point and the team went into the final quarter resolute but focused. The supporters were fantastic throughout the game and encouraged the team from start to finish. The last quarter saw the team really excel and the thoughts of making it through to the FInal became tangible. The backs once again sent opportunity after opportunity through mid-field and up to the forwards and Katelyn Robinson scored 2 goals and a point, Siún Hartigan scored a great goal and Grace Summerville worked hard and scored a lovely point and the last score of the game.These girls are a great example of how to work together as a team. The final scoreline was Royal Gaels 7-5 to Walterstown’s 0-4 and next stop is Dunganny on June 17th for the divisional Final.
Team: Katelyn Robinson (3-1), Tara Glennon (2-0), Orlaith McEntee (1-0) Siún Hartigan (Capt.)(1-0), Olivia Quinn (0-3), Grace Summerville (0-1), Emily Fairbrother, Erica Salmon, Emma Griffin, Holly Anderson, Áine McTigue, Ellie Dervan, Molly Marsden, Mia Summerville, Niamh Summerville, Joy Osas, Isla Brennan, Niamh Summerville, Emily MacCanna


Our u12 Div 1 team travelled to St. Colmcilles yesterday evening for their league semi final. With Caoimhe McCool as captain for the day, the girls completed their warm up before a big attendance buzzing with anticipation. Cilles had topped the group and were hot favourites but our girls were in no way overawed. The tension was soon dissipated by a few Christmas songs in the dressing room… don’t ask!! The Gaels began the game brightly and an early pointed free from Anna Duffy settled them down. As expected they were forced to do a lot of defending and this they did with Keva McTigue, Megan Duignan and the outstanding Eileen Gannon manning the barricades. The first quarter ended with the Gaels ahead by 2 points to nil.. Great start, drive on now girls! Erin Gray and Anna Moyles drove forward at every opportunity leading to some a great goal from Claire McDonagh. St. Colmcilles were coming into the game but Sarah Duffy was doing a great job on the dangererous wing forward ably assisted by Emily Carter. In goals Zara Wards kickouts helped relieve the pressure and she had a fantastic outlet in Kinga Basinka who won numerous balls and carried through the middle like a modern day Graham Geraghty! Half Time: Royal Gaels 1.03 Colmcilles 0.01 The second half saw the home side power into the game and they very quickly got on level terms but our girls never wilted and Lucy Boyle, Annie Lynch and Caoimhe Donnelly battled fiercely to withstand the growing pressure. The end of the 3rd quarter saw us behind by 6pts but the endeavour and effort was fantastic to watch. On came Holly Nixon in debut for Royal Gaels and some positional switches saw Grace O’Connor lend her considerable talents to the battle at midfield but the Colmcilles wave kept coming. At the final whistle, the Gaels were defeated but unbowed… They never flinched, never took a step back and more importantly, they continued to play their football. Yes there were some tears and some annoyance but the girls were magnificent and have been all year. Some less than impressive irish dancing and an impassioned dressing room speech couldnt lift the girls spirits, when really all it took was a 99 😊
So we move on to a shield final against either Navan O’Mahonys or neighbours Ratoath in June. Well done girls, we think you’re great!!! Final Score: Royal Gaels 1.04 St. Colmcilles 6.05



Junior B Championship Round 2

Venue: Dunshaughln 17th May 2018 7:45pm.

Half Time : Royal Gaels 4-03 Wolfe Tones 1-01

Full Time : Royal Gaels 5-13 Wolfe Tones 2-02

Referee: Paul Mooney

The second round of the Championship saw Royal Gaels make 6 changes to the starting team from round 1 but the strength in depth is remarkable and this was a fine performance, eventually, from the Dunshaughln girls. It took fully 11 minutes before the first score was registered in this match. While the home side racked up the wides the Tones ladies waited for an opportunity which came when Goalkeeper Lara Reynolds could only parry  a shot under pressure  into the palms of Wolfe tones Katie Melady for a goal.  

The black and amber side needed to stop the rot and immediately up stepped Aoife O’Shea to blast over the bar from a tight angle. Royals full forward Laura Bourke cut the deficit to single point with a a really well struck point . With Eimear Traynor and Molly McNamara now in control in midfield supported  by  centre half back Sadhbh O’ Muiris and Centre half forward Niamh Curtin this outstanding diamond were creating opportunities for their side with increasing regularity. Brilliant defending and smart  running off the ball by  Ellie McCarthy and sister Megan were pulling the Tones defence apart. 

When Katelyn Doherty tried to take on her marker and get clear the game started to change in her teams favor. Doherty added 2 goals to her teams score whilst Tones chipped over a point to stay in the game. The hard work of Aoife O’Shea eventually paid off when she won ball close in and smashed the ball to the back of the net. Doherty  scored  her hatrick before Curtin sprinted down the right hand side and hand passed over the bar to give her team a significant 11point half time lead.

Captain Aisling O’Donoghue was playing an intelligent game at corner back as she allowed the Tones’ captain Anna McHugh to play a sweeper role. O’Donoghue pushed forward regularly but always fell back into her half as an extra defender leaving crafty Anna up the field facing the speed merchants of the gaels attack. Sonia Leonard and Hayley Reynolds worked tirelessly to defend their goal but credit to the opposition who broke upfield and  scored an excellent goal midway through the second half. The home side kept the score board ticking over though  with significant scores coming from Katie Reilly making her Adult Championship debut and then a wonderful team goal started from in front of their own goal and finished by half back Mary McDonagh. 

There is a break from championship matches until early July so now it’s both League and the knockout Masita Cup competition which take centre stage.


Royal Gaels:Lara Reynolds, Hayley Reynolds, Sonia Leonard, Aisling O’Donoghue, Mary McDonagh(0-01), Sadhbh O’Muirri, Megan McCarthy, Eimear Traynor, Molly McNamara, Ellie McCarthy, Niamh Curtin ( 0-03), Katie Reilly ( 0-01), Aoife O’Shea ( 1-02), Laura Burke( 0-02), Katelyn Doherty (4-04). 

Wolfe Tones: Sinead Blaney, Rachel McGrath, Caroline Hughes, Shauna Sheppard, Alanagh McGarry, Aisling Whelan, Eimear Hubble, Aine Carr, Alanagh Lynch, Aoife McCloskey, Katie Melady, Chloe McKeever, Danielle Keys, Lisa Clarke, Anna Hughes.



Under 14 Division 1 –

Royal Gaels 3 -06 Seneschalstown 4 -06 

There was huge disappointment for our Under 14 Division 1 girls this evening as they suffered a narrow defeat to Seneschalstown in their final regulation league game. The Gaels await results elsewhere to determine the playoff places but progression is now unlikely.

Ella Moyles captained the Black & Amber and continued her excellent recent form with two first half goals. Ella and Abby McHugh partnered at midfield for the first time as the home side fielded without Molly O Connor and Leah Sheridan. Abby totally emptied the tank for the cause before coming off late in the game.  

The visitors started brightly and an early goal gave them momentum. The Black and Amber settled and it was clear a tense evening was to follow as the sides traded score for score. Two goals from Ella Moyles put the home side ahead with Niamh McEntee, Lauren Brophy and Abby McHugh raising white flags. The Gaels had no shortage of possession but the composed finishing of recent performances was absent as several good chances were wasted to put a gap on the scoreboard. 

Elena Kennedy, Niamh McEntee and Emily Manek were excellent for the Gaels through the opening half. As half time approached a big turning point arose when Seneschalstown goaled from a penalty awarded just after Katie Reed had clearly been fouled a moment earlier in possession. The visitors led by a single point at half time 3 – 1 to 2 – 3.  

The second half was a repeat of the opening 30 minutes as the Gaels failed to convert from good possession and crucially wasted a number of close in frees. Lauren Brophy pounced on breaking ball to goal from close range. The sides traded points with Niamh McEntee, Abby McHugh and Elena Kennedy scoring for the Black & Amber with Abby’s well struck penalty just going the wrong side of the crossbar. The visitors added some well taken points with some strong ball carrying also resolutely defended by Sarah Maher, Cathy Quinn, Grace Mulvaney and Katie Reed while Ella Dunne made some assured catches and clearances from the home goal. 

The crucial score arrived 5 minutes from time as a long range shot from the away side hit the corner of the net. A frantic finish followed as to their credit the Gaels laid siege to the away goal in search of an equalising score. It wasn’t to be however and the final whistle sounded to leave a goal margin between the teams. 

Training will continue until 30 May before a short break after which we will regroup to prepare for the great honour of hosting Feile Peile na nOg 2018 from 29 June to 1 July.

Thanks to all who came to support the girls. ‘Hon the Gaels !!

Scorers – Ella Moyles 2-0, Lauren Brophy 1-1, Niamh McEntee 0-2, Abby McHugh 0-2, Elena Kennedy 0-1

Royal Gaels Under 14 Division 1 v Seneschalstown – Ella Dunne, Grace Mulvaney, Sarah Maher, Katie Reed, Cathy Quinn, Zita Fox, Rachel Fraher, Abby McHugh, Ella Moyles, Niamh McEntee, Lauren Brophy, Elena Kennedy, Eabha Byrne, Abbie Blake, Emily Manek, Chloe McLoughlin, Abbie Roche