Championship Reports

November 8, 2018

Dunshaughlin 2-10    Walterstown 2-11
Referee: Brendan Darby
Venue: Pairc Tailteann
Match Info: 2pm throw in
Walterstown surprised Dunshaughlin with a last minute point from Alban Crosbie to win this exciting first round Senior Football Championship played in ideal conditions in Pairc Tailteann. The opening exchanges were fractious with both teams ‘getting to know each other’ in typical Championship fare. The first score didn’t arrive until the seventh minute when Ronan Gogan tipped over a fierce goalbound effort from Walterstown full forward Thomas Walsh. Good work from Anthony Johnson started a move that Conor Staunton got on the end of to equalise three minutes later. However Dunshaughlin didn’t score for another 20 minutes in a period where the Garlow cross outfit were dominant. A goal on 16 minutes and three further points from Walsh left them 1-4 to 0-1 ahead as half time approached. A late flurry of points from Dunshaughlin brought them back in the game. Ray Maloney started the scoring tapping over after good work from Niall Murphy. Caoimhin King caught the resultant kick out and charged forward to score a great individual point. Conor Devereux and Martin Reilly pointed brilliantly in the next two attacks and despite another point from the Blacks, Dunshaughlin were probably relieved to go into the break only 1-5 to 0-5 behind. However Walterstown extended that lead with two points straight after the resumption. The scoring frenzy continued with Staunton and Walsh swapping scores, the latter a booming free kick from close to half way. Six minutes into the second half neat interplay between Maloney and King set David Crimmins up on goal. Crimmins cleverly passed across to Staunton who empatically blasted the ball to the back of the net. This left the score 1-8 to 1-6. Two Devereux frees levelled matters by the 41st minute. A Walsh free was cancelled out by another King point after a terrific block and dispossion from Cathal O’Dwyer in midfield. A minute later Dunshaughlin went ahead for the first time in the match and they did so in style with a magnificent goal from the 21 yard line from Ray Maloney. Dunshaughlin failed to build on this lead and five minutes later Kit Reynolds bundled the ball to the net to level matters yet again. A terrific save from Ronan Gogan a minute later kept things level but yet another Walsh free left Walterstown a point ahead as the game entered injury time. By this time Dunshaughlin were down to 14 men when Staunton was sent off for a second bookable offence. When Niall Murphy pointed a free after a foul on Mick Ahern it looked as though the spoils would be shared, but a last gasp point from Crosbie who gathered the ball from the rebound when Gogan saved a goal effort from Walsh won it for Walterstown. An amazing statistic from the game was that Dunshaughlin scored all but two of their points in a period of 15 minutes starting just before half time. They will have to take this form and extend it to the full sixty minutes if they have any chance to resurrect their Championship hopes with a victory over Senchalstown in the next round. Best for Dunshaughlin were Ronan Gogan, Caoimhin King, Ray Maloney, John Crimmins and Conor Devereux Dunshaughlin – Ronan Gogan, Tommy Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Kevin Ward, Eoin Hegarty, Mick Ahern, Caoimhin King (0-2), Ray Maloney (1-1), John Crimmins, Conor Devereux (0-3 2 frees), Martin Reilly (0-1), Cathal O’Dwyer, Conor Staunton (1-2), David Crimmins, Niall Murphy (0-1 free) Substitutes – DEnis Kealy for Reilly, Ken Mc Tigue for Ward

Dunshaughlin 1-17    St. Mary’s 2-10
Referee: Hugo Whoriskey
Venue: Ratoath
Match Info: 6.30 pm
Dunshaughlin survived a second half onslaught by St Marys to run out four point winners in this Junior B first round encounter played in Ratoath on Sunday evening. St Mary’s had come down from Junior A this year and were expected to prove a difficult proposition for last years beaten semi finalists. But in the opening 20 minutes it was all Dunshaughlin as they raced into a 1-9 to 0-1 lead. The Black and ambers played some outstanding football in this period with a number of scores being set up from defence. Trevor Dowd and Emmet Staunton both scored 3 points with David Devereux and wing backs Tadgh O’Dushlaine and Cillian Dennehy also getting on the scoresheet. When Staunton got on the end of another flowing move, started by Fearghal Delaney who was having a fantastic game at corner back, to rifle to the net it looked as though Dunshaughlin would run out comfortable winners. However in a small sign of things to come the Donore outfit scored 3 points before half time with a solitary effort from Dowd in reply from Dunshaughlin to leave the score 1-10 to 0-4 as referee Hugo Whoriskey brought the half to a close. The second half was an entirely different game. A couple of shrewd substitutions from St Marys improved things for them and they scored a goal in the first minute of the half. Dowd replied with a point but then St Marys went on an amazing scoring spree bagging 1-6 without reply to lead by 2-10 to 1-11 with ten minutes to go. At this stage the momentum was all with the Marys men but in fairness to Dunshaughlin they showed an equal amount of courage and composure in the last ten minutes and scored six points in succession three from David Devereux, two from Dowd and a fisted point from Michael Johnson. It was a Jekyll, Hyde and Jekyll again performance from Dunshaughlin who were mightily relieved to survive a stirring comeback from St Marys. Best for Dunshaughlin were Fearghal Delaney, Emmet Staunton, Trevor Dowd, Duncan Geraghty and David Devereux Dunshaughlin – Stephen Clusker, Kevin Moyles, Fearghal Gogan, Fearghal Delaney, Cillian Dennehy (0-1), Ronnie Yore, Tadhg O’Dushlaine (0-1), Cillian Finn, Paddy McHale, Duncan Geraghty, Trevor Dowd (0-7), Emmet Staunton (1-3), David McMahon, David Devereux (0-4) Michael Johnson (0-1) Substitues – Mark Devanney for Dennehy