Desmond’s Minors go Down to Churchill – and Other News

Desmond’s minors were defeated by Churchill in the county league final on Saturday evening in Austin Stack Park by 2-13 to 1-10.

By Pat Hartnett PRO

The team members were a little nervous from the start and Churchill opened the scoring with a point from Liam O Donnell.

After three minutes this was cancelled out by two points from Danny Hickey. Three frees from Paul Buckley restored Churchill’s lead but a point from a free by Hickey kept us in touch.

Kept in Touch

A Damien Doherty goal after 15 minutes and two points within five minutes extended their lead although we kept in touch with pointed frees from Danny Hickey and Adam O’ Donoghue. At half time Churchill lead by 1-6 to 0-5.

The teams exchanged points after the break.  Desmonds began to dominate possession and the game ignited with a great point from Luka Brosnan after a fine catch from Tadhg O’Shea and a well executed goal by Adam O’Donoghue.

Penalty Saved

The game now entered its decisive stage. Desmonds were awarded a penalty after Ethan Reidy was fouled.

Unfortunately, Danny Hickey’s kick was saved in the 15th minute and Churchill responded with a point from Liam O’Donnell and a well struck goal by Jason Mortimer after a great run through the defence.

Desmonds battled on and after another Hickey point when the referee failed to apply the advantage rule and disallowed a Desmonds goal after 20 minutes.

Team With Potential

The team could have scored 2-3 in those critical 15 minutes but Churchill kicked four points  to seal a six point win.

Great credit is due to a team with potential and to their management team of Willie Dom O’ Connor, Martin Downey and Domo Lyne.

Desmonds team: Dylan Browne, Kevin O’Mahony, Greg Curran, Kevin Keane, Ryan McGuire, David Shanahan, Tadhg O’Shea, Luka Bosnan, 0-2; Ethan Reidy, Adam O’Donoghue, 1-3 Ben Cooney, Darren Maunsell, Pairic O Connor, Danny Hickey, 0-5; Stephen Murphy.  Subs:  David Dillon, Jamie Heffernan, Colm Roche, Donal Geaney, Darren Donovan, Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Healy and Tommy O’Regan.


Wednesday 23rd:  U-17 – 9-a-side with Brosna/Knock/ Duagh and Beale in Castleisland at 6.45

Sunday 27th: Seniors v Milltown/Castlemaine at at home.

Monday 28th U-17 – Round 2 – teams and venue tbc

Wednesday 30th: District U-14 v Eoghan Ruadh.

Congratulations to Marguerite Hickey and David Brosnan who were married last Saturday.

Best of luck to Hannah Herlihy and Ciara Cronin as they  head to Offaly next weekend to play Dublin in the All Ireland U-14 ladies Semi Final.


County League Junior Desmonds 3-8 – Milltown/Castlemaine 1-7.

U-14 Ladies Co League: Desmonds 7-7 St Senans 4-11. Scorers: Kelly Ann Nix, 1-0; Clodagh Delaney, 2-0; Ciara Cahill, 1-1; Hannah Herlihy, 1-2; Kerry Costello, 1-2; Sophia McGaley, 1-1 and Johanna Moynihan 0-1.

U-14 Boys St. Mary’s 0-9 – Desmonds 0-4

Senior Ladies: Desmonds 6-11 Beaufort 3-11. Scorers Desmonds: Andrea Murphy, 1-5; Lorraine Scanlon, 1-4; Aine O’Connor, 2-0; Fiona Griffin, 2-1; Rachel Cronin, 0-1; Eibhlis Lynch, 1-0.

Boys U-12: Desmonds 5-19 – Tarbert 2-07.


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