Although there was nothing at stake apart from local pride, Kiltale and Trim played out a very entertaining match in Boardsmill on Sunday.
A thrilling finish saw Kiltale score 1-03 to Trim’s 1 goal all after the 59th minute to turn a two point deficit into a one point win. The key score came when Jack Regan played a short free to the on-running James Kelly who smashed home the sliotar into the corner of the Trim net. Regan (2) and Kelly then hit further points in injury time before Trim produced their only goal of the match with the last puck of the ball.
Mark O’Sullivan, moved from centre back to the forward line, had hit Kiltale’s first goal 10 minutes into the second half.
Trim had lead the encounter for 59 minutes, but Kiltale were always on their coat-tails and never much more than one score away.
Kiltale progress to the semi-final in 4 weeks time with a 100% record where they will play the winners of the Ratoath or Killyon.
Trim will play the winners of the Kildalkey and Kilmessan.
Kiltale Scorers: J Regan 0-09 (7 from placed balls), J Kelly 1-02, M O’Sullivan 1-02, A Murphy 0-03, C Reilly 0-02, F McCabe 0-01
Kiltale: S. McGann; W. Mahady, I. Hughes, B. Reilly; C. Shirren, M. O’Sullivan, P. Kelly; A. Forde, J. Kelly; F. McCabe, C. McCabe, C. Reilly; A. Murphy, J. Regan, P. Durnin. Sub: C. McNally for Durnin.
MHC Div 2 FinalKiltale Boardsmill 1.08Clann na nGael 2.14
It wasn’t to be Kiltale’s day as just a couple of hours after the Junior Camogie side lost their final, the minor side which combined with Boardsmill this year couldn’t take advantage of a good first half display and eventually went down to an excellent Clann na nGael side by 9 points.Points from Eoghan Frayne (3, 2f), Conor Quinn (2, 1f) and Sean Lynch (1) matched the opposition’s six at the half time whistle, five of which were scored by Joe Ennis (3f) – the corner forward was to go on to dominate the scoring ending up with a very impressive 1.13 (9f) of his side’s total.
The team in green had a blistering start to the second half and by the seventh minute of the second period were ahead by six points thanks to goal and three points from Ennis. Kiltale Boardsmill’s scores dried up and a pointed free from Quinn was all they had to show in regular time of the second half.
The side in maroon were guilty of conceding too many scorable frees and the CnG no. 13 punished them with four more pointed frees and one from play.By the time we reached the 30th minute it was 1.13 to 0.07 and Kiltale Boardsmill went for broke, positioning Frayne in the full forward position – the Meath minor county football captain did get 1.01 from that position but it was too late as Cillian Heaney found the net late for the Athboy side late on to seal victory and ensure he was the one to lift the PJ Stenson trophy for 2020.
Kiltale Boardsmill:Liam Boyle; Tadgh Cotter, Sean McKenna, Charlie McCormack; Mark Flaherty, Craig Gilsenan, Senan Maher; Darragh McVann, Michael Brady; Conor Quinn (0.03), Eoghan Frayne (1.04), Sean Lynch (0.01); Vinny Walsh, Noah Lacey O’Dea, Liam Deegan. Subs: Tom Ryan, Luke Gallagher (for Deegan HT), Ryan Daly, Cathal Deitrichs.
It was a must-win match for both sides and they served up a goal-fest sharing eight of them in a pulsating affair in Kiltale which swung one way then the next for the 60 minutes plus.
It was Wolfe Tones first outing but after a slow start which saw Eoghan Frayne scoring 1-02 for the home side in the first twelve minutes, Scott Farrell netted to draw the match in the fourteenth minute.
Kiltale Bordsmill hit back immediatly though with a Sean Lynch goal and a Conor Quinn point and the maroons went into the first waterbreak a point to the good with Frayne and Vinny Walsh adding to the points tally.
Kiltale Boardsmill continued the scoring after the short break and took control of the match with points from Frayne and Quinn and another goal from the speedy corner forward Lynch, this left them five points ahead as half time approached and Tones were to score only once in the last 15 minutes of the half – vitally though the score was a goal from the ever lively no. 10 Kyle Moran just before the whistle.
Half-tme score Kil/Board 1-07 Tones 2-02
If Kiltale dominated most of the first half, Wolfe Tones did so early in the second, outscoring the home side by six points to one in the first 11 minutes but the points were to dry up for the purple and yellows, Walsh added another point for Kiltale just after the second water break but Tones weren’t finished on the goals front and Moran netted again in the nineteent minute of the second half to leave his side 3-08 to 2-09 ahead with eight minutes left.
The home side were now under pressure and needed a shot in the arm urgently, cometh the hour cometh the men as once again Lynch raised the green flag in the 23rd minute and Walsh netted a rasper four minutes later. Walsh added another point as did Frayne and things were back in control for Kiltale/Boardsmill as they turned a three point defecit into a six point lead.
Wolfe Tones were to get a consolation goal with the final strike of the sliotar through a Thomas Donegan penalty. Though a consolation goal, the score might have a large bearing on the group as point difference may be vital for Kiltale/Boardsmill having drawn with Dunderry in the first game.
The scenario is clear now, Dunderry must beat Tones by more than three points when they meet in the final game of the group if they are to qualify ahead of the Kiltale Boardsmill combination, definitely not a foregone conclusion as the freely goal-scoring Wolfe Tones side now have a game under their belt and with Eoin and Thomas Donegan as well as Kyle Moran in their side they will be a difficult side to beat.
Liam Boyle; Tadgh Cotter, Sean McKenna, Charlie McCormack; Senan Maher, Graig Gilsenan, Mark Flaherty; Ciaran McLoughlin, Darragh McVann; Conor Quinn (0.02 1f), Eoghan Frayne (1.06 1f), Vinny (1.02) Walsh; Sean Lynch (2.00), Noah Lacey O’Dea, Tom Ryan.
Subs- Ryan Daly, Luke Gallagher, Liam Deegan.
Diarmuid Heaney; Conor McKeever, Eoin Donegan, Colin Condra; Eoin Finnegan, Sean Murray, David Curtis; Thomas Donegan, Sean O’Hare; Kyle Moran, Joseph Smith, Ciaran O’Dea; Patrick Heaney, Lorcan McEntee, Scott Farrell.
Due to Dunderry’s pitch
being deemed unplayable this Rd 1 Minor clash was switched to
Kiltale, and what a fantastic game of hurling these teams served up.
Kiltale had won the PJ
Stenson trophy in 2019 and with the extra forces from Boardsmill are
vying to make it two in a row.
early command with points from Eoghan Frayne and Conor Quinn – a
scoring trend from these two that was set to continue throughout the
afternoon. Dunderry settled but trailed by 4 points to 2 coming up to
the first water break – Sean Lynch and a Quinn free for
Kiltale/Boardsmill taking the home side to their tally.
The water break was
slightly later than scheduled and Dunderry took advantage with an
expertly taken goal from Liam Rattigan which put the away side a
Another Lynch point was
followed quickly by a point from no. 11 Frayne that put
Kiltale/Boardsmill ahead again briefly but an Evan Nolan point made
it level soon after. Quinn and Jack Fagan traded points before the
break to leave the sides level 0-07 to 1-04 at half time.
The early part of the
second half belonged to the lads in black and white as they raced
ahead through the excellent Evan Nolan and Fagan, Kiltale/Boardsmill
responded with points from play from Frayne and midfielder Daragh
However there was a
pivitol moment 10 mins into the second half when Kiltale/Boardsmill
claimed Charlie McCormack was fouled but the referee waved play on
and Martin Coffey took full advantage to rattle to the net putting
Dunderry in control once more and they went in 4 points up at the
second water break and feeling in control.
It was all set up to be
a tense last quarter and so it proved, three Quinn points (2 frees)
closed the gap but points from Ross O’Brien and Niall Darcy kept
Dunderry in charge. At this stage Dunderry were still in control, 4
points up with 5 minutes left. A fantastic diving save to his right
by Liam Boyle kept the home side in the game at this stage, cleared
up by his excellent full-back Sean McKenna who was faultless all
started to put some long balls into full forward Noah Lacey O’Dea and
the tactic paid off with 3 minutes of normal time left when the ball
dropped to the no.14 and he struck low to the net – one point game.
As tensions ran high
Kiltale/Boardsmill were awarded a free which Frayne slotted over
under pressure to tie the game, but the drama wasn’t over. The
referee played 7 minutes injury time, and either side could have got
the winner, Dunderry got two difficult frees in this time but failed
There has been nothing
between these sides since they started playing Go Games against one
another some 10 years ago and again they were inseperable in this
There will now be a
toss of a coin to see who faces Wolfe Tones in the second round with
the other side awaiting to play th North Meath side in the final
Kiltale/Boardsmill:Liam Boyle; Tadgh Cotter, Sean McKenna, Charlie McCormack; Senan Maher, Graig Gilsenan, Mark Flaherty; Michael Brady, Darragh McVann (0-01); Conor Quinn (0-06 3-F), Eoghan Frayne (0-06-1F), Vinny Walsh; Sean Lynch (0-02), Noah Lacey O’Dea (1-00), Liam Deegan. Subs- Ryan Daly for Deegan, Luke Gallagher for Cotter. Tom Ryan.
Subs- Ryan Daly for
Deegan, Luke Gallagher for Cotter. Tom Ryan.
Evan Nolan 0-06; Liam
Rattigan 1-00; Martin Coffey 1-00; Jack Fagan 0-02; Niall Darcy 0-02;
Conor Nolan 0-01; Ross O’Brien 0-01;
Dunderry – With the Intermediate Hurling side having a disappointing Championship this year, it would be a massive boost for the small ball game in the parish if their Minors were to go on a good run in the MHC. Their form in the Minor Hurling League was encouraging and they have a home semi-final to look forward to when it resumes in the coming months. In Mark Nolan they have a shrewd operator on the sideline and with him in charge the team will be very well set up.
County Minor panellist Jack Fagan leads the team as captain and along with the Coogan’s (Cian and Liam), he will be the driving force behind their ambitions to land the PJ Stenson Cup. Their opening round game against Kiltale/Boardsmill will be crucial and if the League form holds through then Dunderry will be confident of victory but Kiltale are likely to have improved significantly from the form they showed back in February and March.
Manager – Mark Nolan. Selectors – Matthew Duffy & Paddy Darcy. Captain – Jack Fagan.
Kiltale/Boardsmill – Kiltale won the PJ Stenson Cup twelve months ago and this year they go in search of another success combined with Boardsmill. The Spring League was something of a disappointment for the team, but they have regrouped post lockdown and come into the Championship confident that they have turned a corner and are now on an upward curve. This is a difficult group and it will come as no surprise if the teams end up with a win apiece meaning score difference comes into play.
How they ultimately fare could depend on who lines out and if Eoghan Frayne steps across the white line on Saturday then Kiltale/Boardsmill will have one of the best free takers at his age grade in the county amongst their ranks. The dual player showed his ability in that Division 2 Final last year and he could have a busy few weeks ahead with Summerhill in contention for the Division 1 honours in the football. Others who are likely to be key for the combination outfit are Charlie McCormack, Sean McKenna & Conor Quinn.
Manager – Anthony Quinn. Selector – Francis Cotter, Kevin McKenna & Tomás Boyle. Captain – Sean McKenna
Wolfe Tones – It is brilliant to see Wolfe Tones fielding in the Minor Hurling Championship on their own two feet after a long time combined with Navan O’Mahonys and they come into the Championship fancied by many to make it a historic season by going on and winning it outright. There is excellent work being done in the club promoting hurling and seeing them field a Minor side on their own is testament to this.
County Minor panellist Eoin Donegan is a big player for them, and his strength and power is likely to be deployed around the centre of the field. If he can help form a platform for the team in the middle third then the ‘Tones will be well on the way to challenging for honours, especially if the likes of Ciaran O’Dea and Thomas Donegan can reach their potential.
Manager – Alan Connell. Selector – Ken Boyd. Captain – Eoin Donegan.
2019 Winner – Kiltale
Playing For – PJ Stenson Cup
Predicted finalists – Clann na nGael & Kiltale/Boardsmill
This year’s Cúl Camp in Kiltale will be from Tuesday August 4th until Friday 7th. See attached link for registration, which opens this Wednesday. Please keep an eye on this website for times as there have been a number of changes already today and the website crashed this morning! If you previously booked you will have a Priority Access Code and that can be used now. For everyone else, please register on Wednesday.
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At the launch of the Men on the Move project at Trim Castle were (L to R): Philip Cassidy (Irish Cycling Legend), P.J Gallagher (Comedian), Ruairi Murphy (Meath LSP) and John Tobin (Friends of St. Josephs, Trim).
Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the HSE is launching an exciting new project Men on the Move in Meath this August 2014.
Men on the Move is aimed at men in Meath aged 30 and over to get them active, have fun and improve fitness levels. Men on the Move will offer men a variety of activities throughout this new project. It involves weekly activity sessions which are tutor lead.
You don’t need to be fit to take part- the training sessions are structured so that you can find the level appropriate for you to join and progress your fitness at a pace to suit you.
The Men on the Move project will commence with an information evening on Wednesday 27th August at 8.30pm in Kiltale GAA.
The information evening will outline what the Men on the Move activity programme involves and also includes a FREE health check for men so call into the above venue for your health check or just a chat about your health.
If you are interested in Men on the Move contact Ruairi Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email email@example.com