A League and B League fixtures and results.
Championship fixtures and results for Senior, Intermediate, Junior B and Junior D.
|Date||Time||Competition||Round||Team 1||Score||Team 2||Venue|
|27/1/19||11:00||A League 1||Rd 1||Dunshaughlin||1.06 - 1.04||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Dunshaughlin|
|3/2/19||11:00||A League 1||Rd 2||Donaghmore Ashbourne||3.13 - 1.08||Summerhill||Ashbourne|
|9/2/19||18:00||A League 1||Rd 3||Simonstown||4.08 - 0.16||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Simonstown|
|24/2/19||19:00||A League 1||Rd 4||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Ratoath||Ashbourne|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 5||Wolfe Tones||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Páirc Mhic Eoin Kilberry|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 6||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Gaeil Colmcille||Ashbourne|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 7||Na Fianna||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Enfield|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 8||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Syddan||Ashbourne|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 9||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Skryne||Ashbourne|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 10||Oldcastle||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Millbrook|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 11||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Moynalvey||Ashbourne|
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 12||Navan O Mahonys||Donaghmore Ashbourne||Paddy O'Brien Park
|TBC||TBC||A League 1||Rd 13||Donaghmore Ashbourne||St Peters||Ashbourne|
|Date||Time||Competition||Round||Team 1||Score||Team 2||Venue|
|07/04/2018||16:00||SFC||Rd 1||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.21 - 1.11||Seneschalstown||Stamullen|
|20/04/2018||20:00||SFC||Rd 2||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.11 - 0.11||Blackhall Gaels||Simonstown|
|28/07/2018||19:30||SFC||Rd 3||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.09 - 0.13||St Peters||Dunsany|
|11/08/2018||19:30||SFC||Rd 4||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.15 - 0.09||Dunshaughlin||Ratoath|
|24/08/2018||20:00||SFC||Rd 5||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.12 - 1.12||Simonstown||Skryne|
|08/09/2018||16:30||SFC||Quarter Final||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.09 - 1.08||Ratoath||Pairc Tailteann|
|30/09/2018||13:30||SFC||Semi Final||Donaghmore Ashbourne||2.07 - 3.12||Summerhill||Pairc Tailteann|
|08/04/2018||16:30||IFC||Rd 1||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.09 - 0.11||Ballinlough||Sean Newman Park|
|21/04/2018||19:00||IFC||Rd 2||Donaghmore Ashbourne||4.10 - 1.12||Castletown||Seneschalstown|
|29/07/2018||15:00||IFC||Rd 3||Donaghmore Ashbourne||0.10 - 1.21||Duleek Bellewstown||Donore|
|11/08/2018||18:00||IFC||Rd 4||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.08 - 1.11||Bective||Ratoath|
|25/04/2018||16.00||IFC||Rd 5||Donaghmore Ashbourne||5.13 - 1.09||Oldcastle||Sean Newman Park|
|15/04/2018||14:00||JBFC||Rd 1||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.12 - 5.13||St Colmcilles||Dunshaughlin|
|28/07/2018||17.45||JBFC||Rd 2||Donaghmore Ashbourne||2.07 - 3.10||St Peters||Dunsany|
|12/08/2018||12:30||JBFC||Rd 3||Donaghmore Ashbourne||7.22 - 0.04||Duleek Bellewstown||Stamullen|
|25/08/2018||14:30||JBFC||Rd 4||Donaghmore Ashbourne||4.16 - 0.11||Trim||Sean Newman Park|
|09/09/2018||11:00||JBFC||Preliminary Quarter Final||Donaghmore Ashbourne||2.07 - 3.07||St Patricks||Ardcath|
|15/04/2018||18:00||JDFC||Rd 1||Donaghmore Ashbourne||2.13 - 2.14||Drumbaragh||Skryne|
|20/06/2018||20:00||JDFC||Rd 2||Donaghmore Ashbourne||2.11 - 2.13||Trim||Drumree|
|25/07/2018||19:45||JDFC||Rd 3||Donaghmore Ashbourne||0.15 - 1.13||Kilmainham||Dunshaughlin|
|09/08/2018||19:15||JDFC||Rd 4||Donaghmore Ashbourne||1.12 - 1.15||Longwood||Moynalvey|
|27/08/2018||20:00||JDFC||Rd 5||Donaghmore Ashbourne||0.04 - 1.17||Ratoath||Ashbourne|
It was a strange year for the adult footballers. Despite reaching the semi final of the SFC, in contention for the A League, winning the B League in a dramatic match and winning the Division 1 Minor Championship, it was contrasted by the Junior footballers not reaching their potential. It was a tough league for our third team, playing against mainly second teams in the Division 3 B League and the Junior B Championship. The fourth team introduced many young players to adult football and there were many fine performances on the field both in the Junior D championship and the Division 5 of the B League.
The seniors commenced the league in early February but due to the ‘inclimate’ weather in March it was to be a stop start campaign. 3 wins and a draw in the first four games allowed Gabriel Bannigan’s new management team see a lot of players in good competitive games but a 1 goal loss to eventual league winners Skryne in their fifth game made a nervy prelude to the Championship. The Championship first round one point win versus Seneschalstown, 1.12 to 1.11 in early April gave them the start they needed and they took that momentum to the second round versus Blackhall Gaels, shooting 1.16 and conceding 11 points.
Momentum was the key and over the next 8 league games in May, June and July they recorded 5 wins and 3 losses. These games led to the third round of the championship where Dunboyne lay in wait. A one point loss 0.13 to 1.09 put pressure on the squad to perform better and in the fourth round they produced a fine display against a gritty Dunshaughlin team to win 1.15 to 1.09.
The last round saw a draw match against the holders Simonstown to determine placing in the group. A quarter final beckoned versus neighbours Ratoath. Despite all the signs of it being a rip roaring derby, both teams were cautious and played the percentage game, both teams wary of each others strengths and capabilities. The end result was a nervy 1.09 to 1.08 win for the lads who controlled the game better. A semi-final against the impressive Summerhill who had already beaten St. Colmcille’s was the reward.
The lads started well in the semi final but without good ball into the forwards they began to concede ground to an impressive Summerhill team who led 6 points to 3 at half time. The second half didn’t start so good with Summerhill scoring the first of 3 goals to consolidate their position and from them on it was a game of catch up where Summerhill only had to maintain their lead to finish as winners. The scoreline of 3.12 to 2.06 didn’t do the lads justice and they would rightly feel they let the game slip away.
The Intermediate team blasted their way to the B League final and competed well in the Intermediate championship but a drain on players to the Senior team due to several players travelling over the summer weakened their core and ultimately was their down fall. The Intermediate Championship started well with a win in a rain soaked St Ultans versus Ballinlough winning 1.09 to 0.11. They held out to a late challenge to finish out the game in control. The lack of games before this match was evident with only one league game played in February.
The second round versus Castletown ended in a good win 4.10 to 1.12 but sterner teats were to come. As the league progressed the team performed well winning 7 games in a row. Duleek Bellewstown were the opposition in the third round of the Championship and they produced a masterclass in attacking football posting 1.21 to our 10 points, revenge indeed for a 31 point loss to our senior team last year.
The fourth round make or break match was against a seasoned Bective team who looked every bit a first team when winning out 1.11 to 1.08. Indiscipline in a frantic finish to the game was to cost them dearly. The last group game was against Oldcastle and again the first team won through, progressing at our expense. A B League final was to be our only consolation.
Skryne was the venue on a cold night in October and Simonstown were the opposition once again. It proved to be a great game of football with plenty of well taken scores and a very late bit of drama. With minutes remaining on the clock and 3 points down a brilliant penalty save by Dan Shanahan turned their fortunes around. Even though Simonstown tagged on another point to go four in front the lads were not finished yet. Pressure on the Simonstown defence allowed substitute Luke Wilson to gather and attack with menace. As soon as he started his run, panic alarms sounded in the Simonstown defence and when he received his return pass there was only one outcome, goal and
game on. With two minutes left on the clock Donaghmore Ashbourne supporters couldn’t believe their luck when possession was surrendered from the kick out and was duly pointed to level the game. The twist in the tale was to come when the ball was again overturned in midfield and Andrew Tormey coolly fired it over the bar with time just up, finishing with a 2.14 to 2.13 win.
Both Junior teams were hampered by the bad weather at the start of the year and lack of games was an all to familiar complaint. One game in February against Curragha, losing by one point, and playing our next game in Championship in April. St Colmcilles were the fancied team and despite the scoreline the lads played very well. The score of 5.13 to 1.12 doesn’t reflect how tight the game was until the concession of a couple of soft goals. Winning only two of their next 7 league games put them in a perilous position. The only high points were the performances and wins away to Ballinlough and the home game v Duleek Bellewstown. Still with championship to look forward to there was a chance of progressing. Although a 6 points loss to favourites St Peter’s Dunboyne left us at the bottom of the group the team believed in themselves and turned it around in the 3rd round versus Duleek Bellewstown running out 7.22 to 0.04 winners. Trim were next and a better performance won the day with a 4.16 to 0.11 win. The preliminary quarter final was played in Ardcath against St Patricks and despite starting badly the team put in a decent effort only to succumb to a breakaway goal to swing the tie towards the ‘Pats’ 3.07 to 2.07.
A final league game away to St Michaels gave the management a chance to test a few Under 21s for the upcoming Championship. An end to end game ensued but St Michaels experience won the day and qualified them for the league final against Duleek Bellewstown.
The fourth team gave some of our younger lads (and more seasoned campaigners) plenty of games in the Division 5 of the B league, when it eventually started in May. The championship started first with a one point loss to Drumbaragh and the team featured no less than 7 adult football debutants.
Narrow losses seemed to follow this team around and by the time the second round of the championship came around we had won only one game in three. We lost by 2 points to Trim 2.13 to 2.11 in Drumree in a hard fought game. A draw against Gaeil Colmcille and another one point loss to O’Mahonys was not great preparation for the third round of the Junior D. Again a one point loss to a good Kilmainham team 1.13 to 0.15. The fourth round against Longwood was a chance for some of the veterans of the club to play and each put on a good display. None more so than Michael Doherty and Timmy O’Regan who along with Mark Byrne brought the average age up by a fair bit. Indeed Mark was joined on the field by his son Liam during the game to join the few father and son combinations who have played championship football at the same time.
The fifth-round game was played in Donaghmore Ashbourne grounds but Ratoath prevailed that night, posting 1.17 to 0.04 against the severely weakened team. Such was the end of the championship for the year but the future looks bright with a lot of young players getting a taste of adult football for the first time and performing well.
The Under 21’s commenced their championship against a strong O’Mahonys team and felt they could have won the game in the end but for some wayward shooting in front of goal. O’Mahonys progressed on a score-line of 1.12 to 1.11 in Dunganny.
Roll on 2019!