Upcoming Adult football fixtures
BFL Div 3 round 1
Donaghmore / Ashbourne GAA v Bective Friday 22/2/19 20.00 Ashbourne
BFL Div 5 round 1
Clonard v Donaghmore / Ashbourne GAA Saturday 23/2/19 16.00 Clonard
BFL Div 1 round 1
Donaghmore / Ashbourne GAA v Skryne Saturday 23/2/19 19.00 Ashbourne
AFL Div 1 round 4
Donaghmore / Ashbourne GAA v Ratoath Sunday 24/2/19 15.00 Ashbourne
Donaghmore / Ashbourne started well but fell behind to a Summerhill point before responding well, as after a good initial save by Summerhill’s netminder Tony Mc Donnell, it rebounded and was dispatched to the net by Dylan Brady. This was followed smartly by a point from Darragh McGovern, which was almost immediately canceled out by a Summerhill point. The action moved to the Donaghmore / Ashbourne half, with first a wide and then, with confusion in the Donaghmore / Ashbourne defence, Summerhill scored their only goal of the encounter. Summerhill enjoyed a good period of play, converting a free, following up with a brace from play. Don/Ash got their second point on the board, and shortly afterwards Summerhill’s Michael Byrne was shown a second yellow and sent off, with Donaghmore / Ashbourne converting the resultant free. Summerhill rallied after their reduction to 14 men with some pressure which yielded a point. The score at the break was Donaghmore / Ashbourne 1-3, Summerhill 1-7.
Donaghmore /Ashbourne went on the offensive right from the restart, with runs from Sean Curran and Paul Gilligan getting the ball into the forwards, with Dylan Brady converting. Another good passage of play saw a goal from Gary Sweeney with an assist from Andy Tormey, the sides level from the first time since throw –in. Summerhill then upped the ante, camping in the Donaghmore / Ashbourne half but the only serious goal scoring attempt went straight into Andy Colgan’s hands. A tussle involving Paul Gilligan and Summerhill’s Kevin Ryan saw both players yellow carded, with Donaghmore / Ashbourne deemed to be at fault and Summerhill converting the resultant free, their only score of the second period. A very good ball in from Summerhill resulting in a great Andy Colgan save, the rebound adding to the visitors’ tally of wides. The action switched to the Summerhill half, the Donaghmore / Ashbourne lads starting to use their numerical advantage, with a point from Darragh McGovern and then a lovely point from distance from David Carr. Possession was won from a kickout and an off-balance Dylan Brady scored another point, but with the net at his mercy could have notched up another goal. Donaghmore / Ashbourne kept up the pressure, with Andy Tormey converting the next Donaghmore / Ashbourne free. James Crumlish added a point quickly followed by his second point. Stephen Carton came on in place of James Crumlish, and was immediately involved in an exchange with Sean Curran and Andy Tormey, with a great pass by Andy to Darragh McGovern leading to the home side’s third goal. Dylan Brady’s point was the last score of the match, with a clash between Andy Tormey and the Summerhill goalkeeper Tony Mc Donnell resulting in a straight red for the Summerhill man. The final score was Donaghmore / Ashbourne 3-13 to Summerhill’s 1-8. Both sides having had a number of wides, goal chances and shots taken from too great a distance straight into the arms of the grateful keepers.
Donaghmore /Ashbourne Team and scorers
Andy Colgan, Jack Giles, Sean Curran, David Carr (0-1), Chris Twomey, Thomas McGovern, Paul Gilligan (0-1), Shane Melia, Killian Hogan, James Crumlish (0-2), Gary Sweeney (1-1), Darragh Mc Govern (1-3), Dylan Brady (1-3), Andy Tormey(0-2f), Leo Reilly.
Subs: Shaun Byrne for T. McGovern (30), Alan Murtagh for Twomey (30), Darragh O’Sullivan for Reilly (42), Stephen Carton for Crumlish (58), Declan Healy for Hogan (58).
Date: 27th January 2019 at 11am
Halftime: Dunshaughlin 0-3 Donaghmore Ashbourne 1-3
Fulltime: Dunshaughlin 1-6 Donaghmore Ashbourne 1-4
A cold and windy start to the A League in this robustly contested match where Dunshaughlin came away with 2 points after winning an event filled opening match. Donaghmore Ashbourne started the better with a well taken point against the wind by Leo Reilly in the first 2 minutes. Dunshaughlin piled on the pressure but Donaghmore Ashbourne seemed to have things under control until in the 8th minute Gary Sweeney got a black card. Immediately after that, Colm O’Mealoid received a red card for an off the ball incident. This derailed the Donaghmore Ashbourne effort but they managed to overcome that to respond positively with a goal on 13 minutes. Dylan Brady quickest and pouncing on a loose ball around the square. Paul Gilligan pointed two frees and then came a period of hard graft keeping out the Dunshaughlin attack until possession given away resulted in a free in stoppage time which was duly pointed. Dunshaughlin won the kickout and it too was fired over the bar to leave them 3 points behind at half time and facing the wind in the second half.
Dunshaughlin used their extra man wisely and managed to put more pressure on Donaghmore Ashbourne and score a point from play 5 minutes into the second half. Dylan Brady pointed to cancel that out after 39 minutes for the away side. Donaghmore Ashbourne dug in but an unfortunate mix up in defence left Jack Hannigan stranded when a ball wasn’t cleared and it was flicked over the keeper to give hope to Dunshaughlin on 46 minutes. They scored a point from play within a minute and started to gain the upper hand. Second half substitutions for Donaghmore Ashbourne for tired legs kept the game alive but with Dunshaughlin leading by a point they managed the game well, using the extra pair of legs to good effect. Donaghmore Ashbourne were reduced to thirteen on 57 minutes when Jack Hannigan received a black card after his earlier yellow and had to go off.
Dunshaughlin fired over another point from play to go two in front with a couple of minutes left to play and held out to win the contest.
Donaghmore Ashbourne Team:
Jack Hannigan, Jack Giles, Iarlaith O’Donnell, David Carr, Chris Twomey, Colm O’Mealoid, Paul Gilligan (0-2f), Shane Melia, Killian Hogan, James Crumlish, Gary Sweeney (bc), Darragh McGovern, Dylan Brady (1-1) , Andrew Tormey, Leo Reilly (0-1).
Subs: Declan Healy for Sweeney (Black Card), Jack McCarney for Healy, Darragh O’Sullivan for Tormey, Shaun Byrne for Reilly, Padraig Durkan for Crumlish.
Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA have four Adult Football teams at present within the club.
Our teams are expected to play at the following grades in 2019:
1st Team: Senior Championship Grade & A League Division 1
2nd Team: Intermediate Championship Grade & B League Division 1
3rd Team: Junior B Championship Grade & B League Division 3
4th Team: Junior D Championship Grade & B League Division 5
Our Adult Football Committee oversees all adult football in the club providing support for the four teams. They also provide help on match days with linesmen and umpires, stewarding for match fixtures in Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA and fundraising for the teams.
Our 2018 Adult Football Committee was chaired by PJ Durkan. The Secretary of the Adult Football Committee is Anne O’Connor and Adult Football PRO is Mark Byrne.
Senior and Junior squad Training has started on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the club. New players very welcome regardless of grade or age.
Gym Sessions for Junior players 7pm Mondays and Wednesdays.