Premier Division 1
Dunshaughlin 3-16 Gaeil Colmcille 2-10
A three-goal salvo in the three minutes before half time gave Dunshaughlin the platform for an
important victory over Gaeil Colmcille in the Premier Division 1 championship at Kells on Sunday
evening. The Gaeils looked the better team in the early stages, when, despite missing a number of
opportunities, they eased into a 0-5 to 0-3 lead midway through the half. Seán O Neill accounted for all
the Black and Amber scores up to that point but with the all-action Marc Leddy and Colm Keane
starting to hoover up possession in the centre, Dunshaughlin added 3-5 before half time while holding
the home side scoreless.
Adam Hanley, who gave an outstanding display up front, started the scoring spree with a point off a
mark, which was added to by a brace of points from both Colm Keane and Cathal McCormack. The
three goals arrived in quick succession late in the half, all well-worked; Sean O Neill slotted home the
first, then Cathal McCormack steered home after good work by Shane Gallogly and Fergus Toolan
netted just before the break.
Despite a spirited Gaeils’ fightback in the second half that yielded two goals the deficit was too great as
the winners continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with a procession of points. The best and
simplest one came midway through the half when Colm Keane grabbed a Mark Galvin kick-out, parted
to Mark Devaney who made ground and slotted over. Keane capped an impressive display with three
further points of his own, Cathal McCormack posted two, while Devaney added the final point and Wes
Goodwin also recorded one.
It took the defenders a while to get on top but once they did Jared Rushe, Eoin O Connor and Aiden
Fraher blunted the dangerous Gaeils’ full-forward line. Wing backs David Fildes and Odhran O Riordan
provided the launch pad for numerous attacks while Shane Gallogly controlled the centre, and used his
pace and power to get forward on numerous occasions. Sean O Neill accounted for 1-3 in the first half
while Cathal McCormack finished as leading scorer with 1-4. Fergus Toolan’s direct running and
strength drew a number of frees while Mark Devaney in the number 14 jersey, popped up in every
position on the pitch, helping out his defence and scoring a brace of points. Conor Mooney, who was an
early substitute when Jack Hetherington suffered an injury, won a number of kick outs with his
trademark leaps. The victory qualifies the Black and Ambers for the semi-final, where Trim are likely
Mark Galvin; Jared Rushe, Eoin O Connor, Aiden Fraher; Odhran O Riordan, Shane Gallogly, David
Fildes; Colm Keane (0-5), Marc Leddy; Fergus Toolan (1-0), Seán O Neill (1-3), Jack Hetherington;
Cathal McCormack (1-4), Mark Devaney (0-2), Adam Hanley (0-1). Subs: Conor Mooney for
Hetherington; Bill Jennings for O Neill; Paul Briody for Gallogly; Wes Goodwin (0-1) for Toolan.