FL2 round-up: Fechins clinch title

August 12, 2019

St Fechins clinched the Division 2 title when a 1-13 to 0-6 victory over Hunterstown Rovers on Saturday night saw them finish top of the table. The Termonfeckin side were level with O’Connells on 20 points but their victory over the Bellingham men earlier in the season meant they won the league on the head-to-head.

The match was played in a downpour but it did not stop St Fechins getting on the scoreboard with a point from Ronan Holcroft after five minutes. The visitors continued to score a further 1-6 without reply including a goal from Adam O'Neill that slipped through the goalkeeper’s hands.

Hunterstown scored two points in the closing minutes of the first half to cut the gap to 1-7 to 0-2 at the break through Glen Mathews and Padraig Matthews.

The second half again saw St Fechins score five unanswered points before the 25th minute where Hunterstown found their scoring boots with four successive points including efforts from David Finn and Colm Murphy. Adam O'Neill got the final score the Division 2 league campaign for St Fechins to cap a memorable season. Captain Bevan Duffy was presented with the McShane Cup from County Board Chairman, Des Halpenny. Bevan thanked the players and management team and also gave a special mention to all the supporters who came on such a wet evening.

O’Connells wrapped up their Division 2 league campaign with a 2-11 to 2-9 victory over neighbours Naomh Fionnbarra on a very wet Saturday night at the Grove.

Jackie Agnew opened the scoring for the home side with a point but Oisin McGee equalised with a point from a free for the visitors. The Bellingham side got the next four points from Robert Quigley, Andrew Sharkey, Cian Doyle and Conor Culligan to lead 0-5 to 0-1.

A Bernard Osborne goal helped the Barrs get back on terms but Andrew Sharkey hit the net for the hosts to give them a 1-6 to 1-3 lead at the break.

A Jackie Agnew goal gave the O’Connells breathing space midway through the second half and although Darren McConnon struck a late goal for the Finbarrs, the Bellingham side held out for victory.

The Joes and the Young Irelands closed out their League campaign with an entertaining tussle in wet conditions at Pairc Eire Og.

The first half was a very even affair as the Joes pointed through Craig Doherty (2), Alan McKenna and Jack Mulligan, while the Young Irelands replied through Jordan O’Donoghue, Derek Maguire, Aidan Sheekey and Dean Maguire to send the teams in level at half time.

The Joes had the slight edge in the second half as points from Doherty, Alan McKenna and Conor Neary kept them in front. Despite scores from Caolan McCabe and Jordan O’Donoghue the Joes were in a strong position when points from Doherty and Oisin McGuinness helped them lead by 0-13 to 0-9 entering added time. The Dundalk men refused to give up and hit three points but the final whistle sounded before they had a chance to snatch an equaliser.

Oliver Pluknetts avoided automatic relegation whey the defeated St Kevins by 3-1 to 0-4 at Philipstown.

Victory was enough to leapfrog Glyde Rangers and ensure the Drogheda side have a chance of retaining their Division 2 status the face Lannleire in the promotion/relegation play-off.

In a low-scoring encounter, the Plunketts saw Sean Callaghan score two first half goals to help his side lead by 2-1 to 0-2 at the break.

A goal from Conor Early was the visitors’ only score of the second half but it was enough to seal the victory. Lee Crosbie, Seanie Crosbie and Darren McMullen were on target for the Kevins.

Glyde Rangers suffered the disappointment of dropping down to Division 3A after they lost out to neighbours St Mochtas on a scoreline of 1-11 to 3-4 at Louth Village.

The home side had the better of the first half and a goal from Jamie Farrell saw turn around with a 1-6 to 1-0 lead. The only Glyde score of the half saw Ciaran Sheridan find the back of the net.

The Tallanstown side rallied in the second half and goals from Brian Duffy and Ciaran Sheridan give them hope of avoiding the drop. However, the Mochtas did enough to hold out as a late point from Declan Byrne proved the difference in the end. The result means that the Louth Village side will take on Clan na Gael in the
promotion/relegation play-off.

Dundalk Gaels also confirmed their place in promotion/relegation play-offs after defeating Kilkerley by 3-11 to 0-8 in Kilkerley.

The opening period was a competitive affair with the Gaels leading by 2-4 to 0-7 at the break thanks to goals from Gerard McSorley and Padraig Fallon. However, the Emmets were very much in the game as Tadgh McEneaney (5), Ultan McEneaney and Michael Begley pointed.

It was a different story in the second half as the visitors dominated throughout and a goal from David McComish stretched their advantage. Kilkerley only kicked one further point through Michael Begley.

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