Seniors reach semi-final of championship

November 8, 2018


Edenderry seniors stormed into a semi final with a resounding fifteen point win over St Rynaghs on Friday night. The reds dominated from start to finish and gave quite a commanding performance but they will be well aware that tougher days lay ahead.


In what was quite a physical game this young reds side stood up to the challenge, got on with their game and played some great football throughout. There were eight u21’s starting on the team and but they showed maturity and were led excellently by Richie Dalton, Sean Pender, Wayne Mooney and Basil Malone.


Edenderry started the game strong and with just forty seconds on the clock Stuart Cullen pointed for the reds after some good work from Diarmaid Meleady and Richie Dalton. Three minutes later Ciaran Hurley pointed for Edenderry followed up by a Richie Dalton point. On seven minutes Keith McGuinness pointed from a free after Stuart Cullen was fouled while through on goal. St Rynaghs scored their first point in the tenth minute from a free and two minutes later got their second, again from a free. Keith McGuinness quickly re-established the reds lead after some great work again by Stuart Cullen and Derek Kelly. The goalkeeper pulled off a great save but the ball went over the bar. Derek Kelly scored in the fourteenth minute when Richie Dalton played him through and Edenderry were now leading 0-6 0-2.


Ciaran Hurley pointed in the sixteenth minute from a free after a foul on Stuart Cullen but that would be the last score for twelve minutes. St Rynaghs kicked their first score from play in the twenty eight minute but Keith McGuinness cancelled that out with a fine score a minute later. Perhaps the score of the game came in injury time when full back David Hanlon burst out of defence with the ball, ran the length of the pitch and slipped it off to Stuart Cullen who pointed his second of the game.


Half time:


Edenderry 0-9

St Rynaghs 0-3



Edenderry made a great start to the second half when Dan Nolan pointed after fifty seconds after some good play from Mark Young & Derek Kelly. Basil Malone scored after two minutes to stretch Edenderry’s lead to eight points. There was a ten minute lull in play before Mark Young kicked his first score of the game. St Rynaghs hit back with a point of their own but two minutes later Edenderry won a penalty for a foul on Derek Kelly.


Mark Young coolly slotted it away and straight from the kickout Edenderry won the ball and played it in to Stuart Cullen who turned his man and sent the ball to the back of the net. The two goals came within thirty seconds of each other and effectively ended the game as a contest. Six minutes later Rynaghs scored their fifth point of the game and their third from frees. Keith McGuinness pointed his fourth of the game on twenty three after some good play from Martin Keogh. Substitute Sean Doyle kick two points, one in the twenty fourth minute and one in the twenty ninth to round off Edenderry’s scoring. St Rynaghs had the final say of the game in injury time they scored a point.


Full time: 

Edenderry 2-15

St Rynaghs 0-6 


Edenderry will be delighted with how the team played with some great support play and some fine scores taken. A total of nine different scorers on the day was also very pleasing.


Team Sheet:

Brian Quinlan, Diarmaid Meleady, David Hanlon, Wayne Mooney, Colm Byrne, Sean Pender, Dan Nolan(0-1), Stephen Guing, Richie Dalton(0-1), Ciaran Hurley(0-2), Basil Malone(0-1), Keith McGuinness(0-4), Derek Kelly(0-1), Mark Young(1-1), Stuart Cullen(1-2)


Subs used: Martin Keogh for Basil Malone, Seam Moriarty for Stuart Cullen, Colin McNamara for Dan Nolan, Sean Doyle(0-2) for Ciaran Hurley, Johnny Hurst for Sean Pender


Referee: Martin Carty


Man of the match: Stuart Cullen