Division 2 League
Dundalk Young Irelands 2-7, O’Connells 1-14
O’Connells preserved their division two status with a hard fought four point victory over the Irelanders at the Upper Marshes on Sunday evening. The Bellingham team got off to a flyer in the first minute when Dean Stanfield found Niall Conlon who passed to Robert Quigley and he side stepped his man and shot to the net. Dermot Mone got the home team on the score board with a point but the O’Connells increased their lead with points from Quigley and Conlon. After quick kick out from the Dundalk side Dean Maguire went on a run and played a one two with Johnny Lynch before firing his shot low into the corner of the net and Lynch himself got the equalizing point a couple of minutes later. However the visitors got the next three points from Emmet Byrne and a brace of frees from Conlon. The Irelanders replied with points from Peter Nixon and Mone to cut the lead to one before Quigley got the last point of the half to leave the score at the break 1-6 to 1-4 in favour of the visitors. At the very start of the second half a long ball found Mone on his own one on one with the keeper but the former Louth goal keeper Stuart Reynolds made a magnificent save getting a hand to the shot pushing it out for a 45 which was converted by Maguire. A 45 from Quigley put it back to a two point game, but the game was then delayed for about 20 minutes after an injury to Irelands Robbie Farrell who was taken to hospital by ambulance. When the game resumed two quick points for O’Connells by Quigley and Conlon increased the lead to four but that was down to two after points from Mone and Maguire. Conlon again pointed to put his team 1-10 to 1-7 in front going into the last ten minutes but the sides were level a couple of minutes later when a long ball was parried into the path of Mone who ran on and made no mistake firing to the net. Quigley landed his second 45 and further points from Conlon and Paul McKeever and Conlon again sealed the victory for the Bellingham team who are now guaranteed division two football next season.
Young Irelands: Fergal Sheeky; Peter McCourt, Kevin Keelin, Robbie Farrell; Aidan Sheeky, Peter Nixon 0-1, Shane O’Connell; Andrew Nixon, Derek Rogers; Dermot Mone 1-3(2f), Dean Maguire 1-2(45), Johnny Lynch 0-1; Aaron Rogers, Sean McLaughlin, Jordan O’Donoghue. Subs Peter Flynn for R. Farrell, Simon Flynn for D. Rogers.
O’Connells: Stuart Reynolds; Salem Rifaie, John McLoughlin, Jason Carroll; Emmet Byrne 0-1, Jackie Agnew, Keith Woods; Sean Cairns, Dean Stanfield; Dean Corrigan, Paul McKeever 0-1, Stuart Osborne; Robert Quigley 1-5(1f,2 45), Conor McGill, Niall Conlon 0-7(4f). Subs Conor Culligan for S. Cairns, Sean Connolly for D. Corrigan.