Fr Manning Plate Final
Louth 4-9 Leitrim 1-12
Louth u16s ended their season in fine style at Glennon Brothers Pearse
Park, Longford with a six point victory over Leitrim to add the Fr
Manning Plate trophy to the Gerry Reilly Shield trophy that they
picked up back in July.
Louth were quickest out of the traps with points from wing back Cathal
Fleming and team captain Daire Nally inside 4 minutes. Leitrim’s first
score was replied to with a Nally free on 9 minutes after a foul on
Mícheál Begley. Leitrim then scored a free before Louth’s first major
of the day arrived in the 14th minute, great play from Nally to find
Jonathan Commins who played a 1-2 with Craig Lennon, before the Ardee
sharp-shooter powered to the back of the Leitrim net to put the Wee
County 1-3 to 0-2 in front.
Nally then replied from play to a Leitrim point. Leitrim tagged on
another score and their goalkeeper then saved a Sean Healy goal
attempt in the 24th minute and Leitrim were soon only a point behind.
Louth recovered some daylight in the 30th minute – Cian Rogan’s
kick-out found centre half back who made a surging run before sending
a delivery into Nally who off-loaded to Ryan Walsh bursting through
from midfield, Walsh ran on before firing an emphatic finish to the
bottom corner of the Connaught men’s net to leave it Louth 2-4 Leitrim
0-6 at the break.
Ryan Walsh pointed from a free at the start of the second half,
Leitrim replying with a pointed free of their own. In the 38th minute
Louth delivered another hammer blow. Nathan Buckley turned the ball
over in the right-full back position and off-loaded to midfielder Joe
Mee who then traded passes with Hanlon before finding wing forward
Craig Lennon, exceptional throughout, and the Mochtas man put on the
after-burners, a scorching run left Leitrim men trailing in his wake
and he finished the run off with a scorching finish to the net to
leave it 3-5 to 0-7.
Louth were now rampant and should have been more than 3-9 to 0-9 ahead
with 50 minutes gone – their next four scores all from play; wing-back
Adam Harper after a run from his own half, the imperious Walsh from
midfield, Hanlon capping a fine hour’s effort with the 3rd, before
that man Lennon again went off on a run that he finished in style from
his left foot despite being considerably off balance.
The Leitrim goalkeeper made a fine save from a goal chance that fell
to substitute Eoghan Ryan on 54 minutes but he had no chance a minute
later, Paul McEvoy turned over a Leitrim attack in his own half before
releasing his Fechin’s team mate Ryan, who passed on to Healy, the
Monasterboice man then rifled an unstoppable shot into the bottom
right hand corner of the keeper’s net to leave the Wee County 12
points in front, 4-9 to 0-9.
Leitrim to their credit fought to the end and replied with 3 points
before a consolation goal arrived all of 5 minutes deep into added
time to leave the final score Louth 4-9 Leitrim 1-12.
In addition to those mentioned, Louth had outstanding performances
from Finbarr Lynch at full-back and all substitutes introduced.
Team Captain Dáire Nally collected the Fr Manning Plate Trophy at the
post-match presentation to end a memorable season following the team’s
three day trip to Kerry back at Easter and their Gerry Reilly success
in July. This team will now go on to represent their county in the new
“minor” grade in the 2018 Leinster u17 Football Championship where
they have been drawn in Group 1 alongside Dublin, Meath, Offaly,
Westmeath and Wicklow.
Louth Scorers: 1-2 Ryan Walsh (1f); 1-1 Craig Lennon, 0-3 Dáire Nally,
1-0 each Jonathan Commins and Seán Healy, 0-1 each Cathal Fleming,
James Harper & Ruairí Hanlon.
Louth Team: Cian Rogan (Cooley Kickhams), Jamie Winters (Naomh
Máirtín), Finbarr Lynch (St Kevins), Nathan Buckley (Ardee St Marys),
James Harper (St Kevins), Ruairí Hanlon (St Colmcilles), Cathal
Fleming (Mattock Rangers), Ryan Walsh (St Fechins), Joe Mee (Cooley
Kickhams), Craig Lennon (St Mochtas), Dáire Nally, captain (Newtown
Blues), Conor Faulkner (Dreadnots), Mícheál Begley (Kilkerley Emmets),
Seán Healy (Naomh Máirtín), Jonathan Commins (Ardee St Marys)
Substitutions: Paul McEvoy (St Fechins) for Winters Y/C 20 mins;
Eoghan Ryan (St Fechins) for Commins Injured HT; Adam Harper (St
Kevins) for Begley WDN 45 mins; Gabriel Bell (St Josephs) for Faulkner
WDN 46 mins; Conor Quigley (Kilkerley Emmets) for Lennon INJ 51 mins;
James McGillick (Ardee St Marys) for Mee WDN 56 mins.
Rest of Squad: Martin McEneaney (St Patricks), Caolán McCabe (Dundalk
Young Irelanders), Rian Aikpitanyi (Dreadnots), Patrick Johnston
(Cooley Kickhams), Padraig Duffy (St Patricks), Jay Crawley (Ardee St
Marys), Ewan McEnteggart (Kilkerley Emmets), Craig Callan (Clan na
Gael), Bobby Butterly (Stabannon Parnells), Gerard White (Cooley
Kickhams), TJ Doheny (St Kevins), Adam Fee (Roche Emmets), Joe Gordon
(Naomh Máirtín), Aaron McDonnell (Dreadnots), Darragh McCoy (Ardee St
Marys), Joseph Connor (St Patricks), Andrew Lennon (St Mochtas),
Tiernan Corrigan (Ardee St Marys), Aaron McArdle (Kilkerley Emmets).
Ben Goss-Kieran (St Mochtas), Tom Jackson (Ardee St Marys), Conor
McGowan (Geraldines), Conor Soraghan (Geraldines)