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DONAGHMORE-ASHBOURNE Under-15s Division 1 campaign came to an end last week in Piltown at the semi-final stage of the competition.
There could be no qualms about the result, with Colmcilles hitting three first half goals.
At the other end, the team carved out three goal chances of their own, with Ryan Murphy, in only his second full game in the forwards causing havoc, but foiled twice by the Colmcilles keeper.
Sam Dunne also had an effort cleared off the line.
The team struggled to win their own kickout in the first half despite Jodev Puchon’s restarts hitting the mark.
Lads struggled on the breaks and fumbled a bit of ball.
But, they also showed great leadership and nerve - signs of progress this year - to work some fine short kickouts through the likes of Daniel Holmes, Conor McNally, Andrew Skelton and Matthew Scanlon.
It might well have been a different game if we had secured four or five more of our own kickouts in the first half.
Two of Colmcilles goals came from unfortunate errors at the back, but with the amount of pressure coming on the defence, related to the struggle to win our own kickout, it wasn’t surprising perhaps.
It took a fine last ditch intervention by Evan O’Kane, and save from Jodev to prevent another Colmcilles goal, as the home side ramped up the pressure.
At the other end, Adam Doran notched a fine point and Zach Thornton went at his man and hit another.
But, precious little ball was getting to the inside line in the second quarter with a strong Colmcilles middle eight proving hard to handle, and a number of wayward foot passes under a lot of pressure, proving costly.
Credit has to go to Colmcilles for their work rate here, with lads given little time to settle on the ball, get their heads up and pick out a pass.
The team won the second half in a much improved display, with Michael O’Sullivan popping over two fine points, Oisin Daly hitting another and Zach Thornton popping one off his right this time.
But, they were too far back and couldn’t get the breakthrough goal required to lift them for a big push at the end.
A couple more goal chances went a begging after Colmcilles had a player black carded with 10 minutes to go, and packed their defence in a strong rearguard action.
Three or four more points could have been tagged on, but a goal was required, and it never came.
In general, the lads never stopped trying and working, with some fine covering tackles from Aidan Mackey, Matthew Scanlon, Eoin Kelly and Oisin Daly to prevent scores.
Leon Mahon and Jack Doran kept probing down the left wing and Colmcilles did well to keep them out, with Sam Dunne running hard at the opposition, and unfortunate in a couple of instances not to get scores.
The lads who came in all made an impact, with Alex McCann strong at the back, Niall O’Sullivan getting on a load of ball, Guy Sharlott getting stuck in impressively and Jack Lynch also getting himself heavily involved in the play.
Colmcilles have set a high bar at this level in terms of football ability, athleticism, work rate and physicality.
But, the lads are not a million miles off it - running Colmcilles closer than anyone else in the group stages - if they knuckle down over the coming months and the intensity at training is raised a level or two.
Overall, a lack of games possibly cost the team.
They were flying when Covid hit, defeating Rhode of Offaly and the Westmeath Feile winners, St. Loman’s with fine performances, racking up 3-13 and 5-12, but the scores didn’t come so freely in Division 1 of the Meath Championship.
With new players signing up and some old ones returning to the fray, more matches were required to bed them in and work out positions and tactics.
There is plenty of scope for improvement.
Going forward this group will mix with the current under-16s and move to minor next year where the club will again field two teams.
We are currently operating with 20, 2005 players, but the door is always open for anyone who wishes to come in and join the squad.
DONAGHMORE-ASHBOURNE: Jodev Puchon, Conor McNally, Evan O’Kane, Andrew Skelton, Matthew Scanlon, Aidan Mackey, Daniel Holmes, Oisin Daly (0-1), Eoin Kelly, Sam Dunne, Zach Thornton (0-3), Leon Mahon, Ryan Murphy, Michael O’Sullivan (0-4), Adam Doran (0-1), Jack Doran, Jack Lynch, Guy Sharlott, Niall O’Sullivan, Alex McCann ... See MoreSee Less
Donaghmore/Ashbourne started their first ever Junior D final on a breezy afternoon in Trim.They played against a stiff breeze in the 1st half.A physically stronger Boardsmill side raced into a 3 point lead within 5 minutes.The signs were ominous but the Ladies managed to settle with Hannah Slattery & Jennifer Warren getting on top in midfield, Hannah making surging runs into the Boardsmill defence.Unfortunately 3 scoring chances that followed were spurned until Orla Shortt popped up on the left wing to settle the nerves with a nicely taken point in the 12th minute.Two more wides followed before the water break.After the break a free was converted by Roisin O Connor in the 16th minute,Donaghmore/Ashbourne were totally dominant in this period & with half time looming Roisin O Connor scored another point this was added to shortly after by a Hannah Slattery effort.
Straight after the break a speculative shot from the right wing looped in over Chanice Dolan in the goal to give Boardsmill a 2 point lead.The Ladies unfazed settled to their task again.After 8 minutes a Maria Morgan turnover lead to a superbly taken point by Hannah Slattery.Alice Mc Grath scored a fine point after she won a kick out to bring the sides level. In the 13th minute excellent build up play led to a free kick executed by Roisin O Connor who judged the wind perfectly.Hannah Slattery scored a great point from the wing in the 15th minute.Roisin O Connor converted another free straight after,in the 17th minute a goal bound shot from Hannah Slattery struck the crossbar,the rebound was collected by Roisin Williams who managed to slide the ball under the keeper into the net.The margin was now 6 going into the water break.In the 18th minute Roisin Williams scored a free on the left wing.In the 22nd minute Boardsmill scored a scrappy goal but the Ladies didn’t panic & finished the game comfortably with a point from substitute Muireann Donnelly.Alice Mc Grath contstantly showing for the ball was awarded player of the match,there were also stand out performances from Clodagh Millington who was fearless in defence & attacked at every opportunity & Hannah Slattery who worked tirelessly throughout & scored 3 points.We are lucky to have big squad & everyone played their part throughout the campaign.
Captain Sarah Markham received the cup & thanked Tom O Connor,Brendan Howlin & all the backroom team.Ladies football is certainly on the up in Donaghmore/Ashbourne & we look to fielding 2 teams in the forthcoming league.A special word of thanks to Ben Stewart at CARJ Plumbing & Heating Ltd for his generous sponsorship.
Chanice Dolan,Ali Synnott,Sarah O Connor,Sarah Markham(Capt),Hannah Keogh,Clodagh Millington,Lucy Butler;Hannah Slattery (0-3),Jennifer Warren;Alice Mc Grath(0-1),Maria Morgan,Orla Shortt(0-1),Roisin Williams (1-1),Ashling Doherty,Roisin O Connor(0-4).
Substitutes Kate Heffernan for Ali Synnott,Shannon Condon for Lucy Butler,Muirreann Donnelly for Orla Shortt,Siobhan Brady for Hannah Keogh,Lesley Anne Walsh,Sinead Power,Niamh Linnane,Niamh Hughes,Ruth Redmond,Ciara O Sullivan,Emma Mather. ... See MoreSee Less
From the street leagues with Ann and Noreen, followed by mentoring by Eamon, Niall, Eddie, and Davey over the last number of years, four of the U17s stuck together and finished up this chapter of their hurling yesterday on home soil. Some great fun, hard win's, harder losses, but all well worth it, with hopefully life long friendships and a love of the best game within the GAA. Big thanks to all involved. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Minor Hurlers unfortunately bowed out of the Championship yesterday with a defeat 1-5 1-11 by the combined clubs of Loughcrew Gaels / Gaeil Colmcille. We wish the 4 full minors well as they progress to adult hurling next year. They and their parents yesterday recounted amazing road trips and battles throughout the county of Meath and memories made at underage games to last a lifetime. Best of luck in the future lads. #donash... See MoreSee Less