Gerry Reilly Cup final: Cavan claim title number seven

August 14, 2023

Cavan's Jamie Clarke with Charles McCarthy Meath during the Gerry Reilly Cup final at Millbrook

Cavan 1-11 Meath 1-8

Cavan claimed the Gerry Reilly Cup with this three point win over Meath played in showery conditions in front of a large crowd at Millbrook. PHOTOS

The visitors played with the aid of a strong wind in the opening half and were on the scoreboard first through half back and captain Senan Macken. Despite playing against the elements Meath dominated the next ten minutes and were rewarded with points from Cormac Nuggent and Evan Kelly along with a fine goal from Pat Crawley. Cavan worked themselves back into the game and by the 25th minute they were in front with seven unanswered points. Adio Metlovas pointed from a 45, Joshua Sheue (2), Jamie Clarke, Freddie McGuigan, Andrew Hill and Tyler Hayes accounted for that scoring burst before Nuggent added his second and Cavan went in at the break 0-8 to 1-3 in front. 

Ciaran Sheridan narrowed that lead with the first point of the second half. Odhran Madden and Mackenzie Doyle traded points before the games crucial score arrived, Shercock’s Andrew Hill blasting to the Meath net after 13 minutes. Jake Madden and Cillian Rafferty pointed to leave two between the sides, but Cavan responded with a Ryan Nwaneri point. Kelly reduced the lead to two once more and the Royals looked set to take the lead but Senan Duffy’s goal bound shot came back off the upright. Sheue kicked the insurance point for Cavan soon after and the Gerry Reilly Cup was heading to the Breffni County for the 7th time and the first time since 2016.

After the game Cavan’s Joshua Sheue was presented with the ‘Man of the match’ award by Martin & Andre Reilly with Eddie O’Reilly

The Reilly family were in attendance to present the Cup, in memory of Gerry Reilly who tragically died in 1989. Oldcastle GFC were delighted to have Gerry’s mother Claire at the match, which she really enjoyed. Martin and Andre Reilly presented the Cup to winning captain Senan Macken, a Castlerahan man, to great applause from all the Cavan supporters.

Scorers for Cavan:  Andrew Hill (1-1),  Joshua Sheue (0-3,1f), Freddie McGuigan, Tyler Haynes,  Adio Metlovas(45), Senan Macken, Ryan Nwaneri, Jamie Clarke & Odhran Madden (0-1) each

Scorers for Meath:  Pat Crawley (1-1,1f), Cormac Nugent (0-2,2f), Evan Kelly, Cillian Rafferty, Ciaran Sheridan, Mackensie Doyle and Jake Madden (0-1) each.

Cavan:  Max McKeown (Cootehill Stars); Caolan Madden (Gowna), Aaron Dowd (Ballyhaise), Oisin Maguire (Mullahoran); Tyler Haynes (Ballinagh, Adio Metlovas (Cootehill Stars), Senan Macken (Castlerahan); Thomas Gilsenan (Killygarry), Ryan Nwaneri (Blackwater Gaels); Freddie McGuigan (Killygarry), Joshua Sheue (Cavan Gaels), Tadhg Sheils (Mullahoran); Andrew Hill Shercock), Jamie Clarke (Castlerahan), Lee Brown (Shercock).

Subs:  Odhran Madden (Gowna) for Sheils, Charlie Fallon (Killygarry) for Brown both half-time, Fiachra Brady (Gowna) for Clarke 45 mins, Eoin O’Reilly (Cuchulainns) for Hill 58m, Aaron Plunkett (Mullahoran for Macken 60m, Darragh Gilsenan Killygarry;  Luke Madden Kingscourt Stars;  Seamus O’Reilly Dernacrieve Gaels;  Charlie Fallon Killygarry; Shane McCabe Cootehill Celtic;

Conor Doyle Cavan Gaels; George Cullivan Cornafean; Paul Sheridan Lavey ; Ultan O’Reilly Mullahoran; Charlie Gillick Ramor United; Ryan Corr Crosserlough

Extended panel: Paul Cooney Laragh; Cian Platt Kingscourt Stars; Finn Crowe Cavan Geals; Ciarán Galligan Cavan Gaels; Seamus O’Reilly   Dernacrieve Gaels; Ryan Owens Killygarry; Luke Reilly; Knockbride; Shane Galligan Knockbride; Jack Cooke Lavey; Tiernan Flood Mullahoran; Cian McCrystal Ramor United; Cormac McEntee Gowna

Meath: Jamie Norris (Seneschalstown); Robert Hayes (Ratoath), Conor Black (St Patrick’s), Cillian Yore (St Ultan’s); Oran Meade (Simonstown), Thomas Sheridan (Oldcastle), Charles McCarthy (Seneschalstown); Cillian Rafferty (Syddan), Daniel Doherty (Donaghmore/Ashbourne); Ryan Brady (Walterstown), Cormac Nugent (O’Mahonys), Ciaran Sheridan (Dunderry); Evan Kelly (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Senan Duffy (Slane), Pat Crawley (Oldcastle).

Subs:  Mackensie Doyle (Simonstown) for McCarthy half-time, Conall Diggins (Ballivor) for Brady 37 mins, Jake Madden (Drumbaragh) for Nugent, Jack Doyle (Dunboyne) for Doherty both 40m, Rory McGrath (Ratoath) for Hayes 47m. James Donnelly (Bective),  Ryan McCaffrey (Ballivor),  Daniel Pierse (Dunderry),  Evan Demange (Drumbarragh Emmets) Cormac Smith (Clann na nGael), Eoin Feldman (Ratoath).

Referee Dean Alford Dublin

Thanks as always to Leo Halpin and Eddie Reilly for organising the tournament, and the many hours they put in. All our Oldcastle GFC volunteers who come together to make the day a success, well done. And to all the county teams who take part, their management and players and match officials. Fair play to you all.


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