30 Jun 2022

Division Two Roundup: Dundalk Gaels showcase defensive chops to stay at the top

Division Two Roundup: Dundalk Gaels showcase defensive chops to stay at the top

John O Hare of Dundalk Gaels has the beating of Harry O Connell from Roche in Friday evening's Div 2 game in Roche. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Hollywood Developments Division Two Round Nine


A steely second half display of defending allowed the Dundalk Gaels to win on the road against Roche on Friday night. The win further strengthens their grip at the top of Division Two.

In a tight game, three measly points from frees were all the visitors would allow Roche in the second half. With that security at the back, Mark Hanna and top scorer Dylan McKeown inspired the winners along with goal scorer Thomas O’Connell.

O’Connell’s first half strike came from the penalty spot and that made it 1-8 to 1-6 at the turn. Roche started the brighter with Caoimhín Reilly landing a brace before Kevin Callaghan put the hosts five ahead.

However, winning is a habit that the unbeaten Gaels cannot shake. Cathal O’Hanlon’s troops would shut down their opponents to claim their eighth win of the season.

ROCHE EMMETS: Conor Burns; Dermot Carthy, David Quigley, Harry O’Connell; James McDonnell, Sean Dawe, Aidan Grant; Glen Stewart, James McArdle; Gerard Browne (0-1), Barry O’Hare (0-4), Caoimhín Reilly (0-2); Kevin Callaghan (1-0), Shane Byrne (0-2), Mark Byrne. SUBS: David O’Connell for James McArdle, Jack McKay for Kevin Callaghan, Mikey McCourt for Caoimhin Reilly.

DUNDALK GAELS: Adrian Rafferty; Eamonn Kenny, Oisin Murray, Paul McCrave; David McComish, Andrew Curley, Kyle Rafferty; Sean Murray (0-2), Jordan Keating; Mark Hanna (0-2), Dylan McKeown (0-5), Tom Murphy; Jason Clarke, Thomas O'Connell (1-2), John O’Hare. SUBS: Sean McCann for John O'Hare, Luke Murray for Tom Murphy, Ronan O'Callaghan for Kyle Rafferty.


St Kevins maintained their good run of form with a hard fought win in the Upper Marshes on Saturday evening.

In a very tight opening 15 minutes the sides were level at two points apiece, before the Young Irelands hit a purple patch and opened up a four point lead with Cian O’Donoghue, Dermot Mone and Peter McStravick among their scorers.

However, the Philipstown side responded and Lee Crosbie kicked two good points to cut the gap at the break, with the hosts leading by 0-7 to 0-4.

St Kevins opened the second half in flying form and points from Lee Crosbie (2), Evan Maher and TJ Doheny put the Kevins into the lead for the first time in the game.

Young Irelands levelled, but their cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of Derek Maguire on 40 minutes. The Kevins then kicked on again with three excellent points from Doheny, Lee Crosbie and Karl Martin to give the Kevins a three-point lead. Young Irelands managed to get one back but Thomas McNamee’s side held out for another win.

ST KEVINS: Danny Crosbie; Eoin McKenna, Finbarr Lynch, Shane Meade; Karl Martin (0-1), Cameron Maher, Darren McMullen; Evan Maher (0-1), Seanie Crosbie; Adam Cromwell, TJ Doheny (0-2), Keelan Maher; Patrick Clarke, Lee Crosbie (0-7), Tom Matthews. Sub: Paul Duff for A Cromwell.

YOUNG IRELANDS: Fergal Sheekey; Stephen Bellew, Robbie Farrell, Conn O’Donoghue; Mickey Mone, Derek Maguire, Cian O Naraigh; Peter Nixon, Oisin McCabe; Dean Maguire, Peter McStravick (0-2), Ruairi Kelly (0-1); Jordan O’Donoghue (0-1), Cian O’Donoghue (0-2), Dermot Mone (0-2). Subs: Brendan Prendergast for R Farrell, Liam McStravick for S Bellew, Jay O’Hagan for O McCabe.


Clan na Gael could not break down a defensive Hunterstown Rovers side on Sunday evening as the men in red leapfrogged the Dundalk side into third place in the Division Two table.

The win hinged on a James Rogers goal in the first half, it allowed Rovers to open up a slender lead in what was a tense and tight affair.

Ryan Burns returned to club action with four big points while Conall McKeever landed a brace for the visitors. At 1-3 to 0-5 by half time, it was a delicately poised score and with that, the hosts then shut up shop for the second half with Colm Donnelly’s ultra-organised side packing their defence.

Dean Burns came off the bench to pick off two sweet points while the Clans only found the range once in the second half.

HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Donovan Sheridan; Conor Reaburn, Paddy Taaffe, Martin Lennon; Cillian Taaffe, Daithi Carroll, Tony McKenna; Marc Ward, Ryan Ward; Glen Mathews (0-1), Paul Carrie, David Finn (0-1); Oisin McGee, Ryan Burns (0-4), James Rogers (1-1). SUBS: Dean Burns (0-2), Jason Monaghan.

CLAN NA GAEL: Sean Smyth; Conor Smith, Donal Boyle, Brian McDonnell; Paul Crewe, Conor Noonan, John Byrne; Robbie Curran (0-2), Conall McKeever (0-2); Gavin Gaffey, Shane Carroll, Tiernan Weldon; Jason Cullen, Sean O’ Hanlon (0-2), Gerard Curran. SUBS: Mark McGeown for Cullen, Paul Martin for Donal Boyle, Stephen Coleman for Gavin Gaffey.


Kilkerley Emmets turned the form book on its head as they recorded a much-needed victory over O Raghallaighs at home on Saturday night.

The Emmets went on a scoring spree with Tadhg McEnaney and Fionn Cumiskey doing most of the damage to help their side move further clear of trouble at the bottom of the table.

By half time McEnaney had six points on the board, a tally matched by Cumiskey as the hosts took a healthy 0-12 to 0-3 lead, with Ben Rogan, Ruari Moore and Ewan Sweeney replying.

The visitors finished the half on top with points from Moore, Kyle McElroy and Eoin Moore to cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-6 at the interval.

However, Kilkerley regained control after the break, via a Cumiskey free followed by efforts from Brian and Fintan Brady. The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and extended the gap with scores from McEnaney, Cumiskey and the Brady brothers.

Ruairi Moore registered the only reply for the O Raghallaighs during that blitz, before kicking the final two points of the game.

KILKERLEY EMMETS: Ultan McEnaney; Tadhg McKeown, Cormac Bellew, Conal Brady; Ewan McEnteggart, Eoghan Smyth, Fintan Brady (0-2); Aaron Crawford, James Fegan; Darren Geoghegan, Tadhg McEnaney (0-10), Brian Brady (0-2); Fionn Cumiskey (0-9), Andrew McGuill, Cathal Bellew. Subs: Aidan Corrigan for McGuill, Kyle Cotter for Cathal Bellew, Darren Litchfield for Cumiskey, James Bellew for T McEnaney.

O’RAGHALLAIGH’S: Rob Smith; Jack Carr, Emmet King, James Morgan; Ewan Sweeney (0-1), Chris Smith, Joe Meehan; James Moonan, Ruairi Moore (0-2); Cillian Curran, Kyle McElroy (0-2), Daniel Morgan; Eoin Moore (0-1), Ben Rogan (0-1), Conel Rice. SUBS: Alan Doyle, Ciaran Reilly, Kevin Magee.


St Josephs gained a valuable two points in this bottom half of the table clash when they came through against the Oliver Plunketts by eight points on Saturday evening at Cluskey Park.

Despite playing into the wind, it was the Plunketts who had the better of the first 10 minutes with two early points. Their lead could have been greater except for a fine double penalty save from Jordan Mackin in the Joes goal on five minutes.

Following good work by Cian Sheridan it was Craig Doherty who fisted over the Joes first point on nine minutes. The sides traded points with Doherty pointing again from distance to leave the Oliver Plunketts leading by 0-4 to 0-2 on 21mins. 

The Joes had the better of the scoring in the final 10mins of the half with three unanswered points from Conall McCaul, Oisin McGuinness and Oran McParland to lead by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.

The game was decided in a six-minute spell in that third quarter. Craig Doherty picked his spot and hit the net on 36 minutes and two minutes later he added a second following a strong run by Conall McCaul.

Jack Barron for the Joes hit two points in the next three minutes to leave them leading by 2-7 to 0-4 on 42 minutes. The Oliver Plunketts rallied, adding four points, but the game was beyond them at that stage and late scores from Doherty and Conor Neary completed the win.

ST JOSEPHS: Jordan Mackin; Lorcan McGeeney, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts; Liam O’Leary, David Kieran, Conor Neary (0-1); Oisin McGuinness (0-1), Thomas Smyth; Cian Sheridan, Daire Smyth, Evan McEnteggart; Jack Barron (0-2); Conall McCaul (0-1), Craig Doherty (2-5). Subs: Oran McParland (0-1), Ben Mulligan, Oisin McGinn, Steven Carron.

OLIVER PLUNKETTS: Stephen Beirth; Barry Reynolds, Davy McTeggart, Gary Keogh; David Lambe, Cillian Smith, Tiernan O’Donovan; Stephen Keely (0-3), Conor Early (0-2); Kevin Keogh, Cian Brady (0-3), Conor Haggans (0-1); Sean Boyle, Cian Matthews, Niall Murtagh. Subs: Alan Shields for S Keely, Adam Lambe for K Keogh, Killian Nolan for C Haggans, Shaun Smith for S Boyle, Ricky Bateson for C Smith.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.