St Martin’s Intermediate’s Successful Opening Win

St Martin’s kicked off their 2019 Intermediate league campaign with a good win over Young Irelands Gowran in sunny Palmerstown on Saturday afternoon.  Shane Kinsella put us in front with a free in the 2nd minute followed by a John Maher point from play.  Young Irelands then hit back to draw level and then move ahead.  The first half was a tense enough affair but Martin’s had a good spread of scorers with some good points taken by Jason, Mick, Tom, Luke and Colin.  Gowran were very reliant on the dangerous Paul Holden and Sean Carey.  Half time score was 0-12 to 0-09 to St Martin’s.  Young Ireland got the first score of the second half but Martin’s hit back with the next 4 points by Joe, Colin, John and Brian.  This proved to the difference and we managed to maintain our lead for the remainder of the game.  Score at full time was 0-21 to 0-16.  St Martin’s featured a number of young players making their debut at this level and all of them acquitted themselves very well. 

Team: Colin McGrath, Harry Kealy, Ollie Walsh, Noel Darcy, Brian Byrne, Paddy Nolan, Justin Manning, Mick Morrissey, Shane Kinsella, Brian Coady, Jason Shore, Thomas Breen, John Mulhall, John Maher, Luke Maher.  Subs Used: Joe Maher, Dean Farrell

 Management Team: Paul Brennan, Dermot Lawlor, John Dooley

Replay win

Muckalee with a replay win advanced to the next round against Dicksboro at their own ground. It was the home side that setteled the better and were on top in the first twenty minutes leading 1-5 with the goal coming from Sean Maher. Dicksboro notched four points to leave the score at the break 1-8 to 0-4. Three more points for Dicksboro after the break had them right back in the game but it was Muckalee that came to the fore to finish well on the score line of 2-12 to 0-10. Sean Maher added another goal in the closing moments.

Team Stephen Murphy, James Maher, Noel Darcy, Oliver Walsh, Brian Coady 0-1, Patrick Nolan, Shane Kinsella, Mick Morrissey 0-1, Joe Maher, Tom Breen 0-1, Tom Morrissey 0-3, John Mulhall 0-1, Sean Maher 2-0, Bryan Byrne 0-2, John Maher 0-3

Subs Harry Kealy (used), Jason Shore, David Walsh, Luke Maher, Darragh Quinlan, Robert Shore, Eugene Maher, James Carrigan, Conor Mulhall, Tommy Quirke (inj.)


Selectors Paul Maher, Eoin McGrath, Tom Cullen

Ref. Peter Burke


Draw game

St. James Park was the venue for the Senior Football Championship clash between Muckalee and Dicksboro on a wet and stormy day. Muckalee played against the wind in the first half and led at the break 1-3 to 0-5. The goal coming from Sean Maher and the points from John Maher. Tom Morrissey added a second half goal with points from Thomas Breen Joe Maher and John Maher . Muckalee looked set for victory holding a three point lead with time almost up but Dicksboro goaled to secure a draw when they were awarded a penalty only after Stephen Murphy had saved the initial shot. Result 2-7 each the replay will be in Muckalee. Harry Kealy made his debut at senior level in this game well done.

Team Stephen Murphy, James Maher, Noel Darcy, Shane Kinsella, Mick Morrissey,Patrick Nolan, Jason Shore, Tom Breen 0-1 , Joe Maher 0-1,  Darragh Quinlan,Tom Morrissey 1-0, John Mulhall, Sean Maher 1-0, Brian Byrne, John Maher 0-5

Subs David Walsh (used) ,Harry Kealy (used), Eugene Maher, Luke Maher, James Carrigan, Dean Farrell

Selectors Eoin McGrath, Paul Maher, Tom Cullen.

REf. Gabriel Rafter



Juniors bow out

The Muckalee Junior footballers were drawn away to Tullaroan in the Championship.The home side set the tone of the game with a goal after two minutes and went on to lead at the break 3-8 to 0-2. Paul Maher and Harry Kealy registered the points. The loss of players to the Senior side was a drawback to the team but in fairness to the lads the never gave up right to the end.The scores came from Darragh Quinlan, Dean Farrell, John Joe Kelly and Brandon Sheehan. Result Tullaroan 6-9 Muckalee 0-6

Team John Coonan,Ciaran FitzPatrick, Alan Murphy, Richard O Shea,Darragh Quinlan 0-1, Daniel Comerford, Eoin Murphy, JohnJoe Kelly 0-1, Harry Kealy 0-1, Dean Farrell 0-1, Paul Maher0-1, Conor Mulhall, Danny Quirke, Robert Shore, Eugene Maher,

Subs Brandon Sheehan0-1, James Carrigan (used)


Sel.Tom Dooley, John Ryan, Seamus Tynan, Anthony Maher.

REf.Sean McMahon


Stern test

Muckalee were away to Tullogher/Rosbercon in the first round of the Senior Football Championship in Tullogher. Bryan Byrne opened the scoring after five minutes to which T/R replied , further points from John Maher and Bryan Byrne had the visitors ahead approaching the break then T/B scored a fortuitous goal to leave the half-time score 1-4 to 0-5. On the resumption the Muckalee lads upped their game and built a five point lead but once again T/B were not finished and cut the lead to two points with a fine goal.  Muckalee responded well after a stern test to advance to the next round.A greater spread of scorers and a resolute defence in the second half was key to the success, Brian Coady pointed and goaled after taking a super pass from Patrick Nolan, Thomas Breen chipped in with two points, Joseph Maher, Canice Maher also pointed. John Maher and Bryan added to their added to their first half tally. Final score 1-13 to 2-6.

Team Stephen Murphy, James Maher, Noel Darcy, Shane Kinsella, Mick Morrisey, Patrick Nolan, Jason Shore, Thomas Breen 0-2, Brian Coady 1-1, John Mulhall, Tom Morrissey, Canice Maher 0-1, Sean Maher, Bryan Byrne 0-3, John Maher 0-5,2f.

Subs Joe Maher0-1, Eugene Maher, Darragh Quinlan, Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Conor Mulhall, Daniel Comerford.

Sel. Tom Cullen, Eoin McGrath, Paul Maher

Ref.John McCormack





Membership for 2019

Club membership is now due for 2019.  Membership can be given to your regular club membership collector or to any hurling or football club officer.  Membership can be paid in full or on a monthly basis by setting up a standing order using on-line banking.  Membership monies received are used to help cover the running costs of both clubs i.e. Team registration and levies, Hurleys/balls, Medical costs, Insurance, Facilities maintenance, Lights, etc.  Thank you for your continued support of St Martins GAA Club and Muckalee GFC.

Last game

Muckalee and Railyard played the last game of their group at the Community School in Castlecomer . Both sides were guilty of numerous misses during the first half which ended 1-5 to 0-2 Railyard ahead. The points were for John Maher and Tom Breen. A second goal for Railyard put them in control but in fairness to Muckalee they were not finished. Points for John Maher Brian Cody and a Tom Breen goal left one score in it with time running out but it was Railyard who pushed on with two points. Darragh Quinlan and Ciaran Fitzpatrick acquitted themselves well on their first starts in Senior Football. Final score 2-8 to 1-6.

Team Paul Maher, Shane Kinsella, Noel Darcy, Ciaran Fitzpatrich, Darragh Quinlan, Patrich Nolan, Sean Maher, Brian Coady 0-2, Tom Breen 1-1,Tommy Quirke, John Mulhall, Robert Shore, Eugene Maher, Bryan Byrne, John Maher 0-3, Conor Mulhall

Selectors Tom Cullen, Paul Maher, Eoin McGrath.

Ref. Peter Burke



First loss

In cold and stormy MW Hire Dunmore centre Graigue/Ballycallan proved too strong for the Junior Footballers from Muckalee. Under lights gale assisted Muckalee made a resonable start leading 1-4 to nil after twenty minutes but Graigue/Ballycallan were level at the break ssoring 2-1. Muckalee’s goal was scored by Robert Shore finishing to the net after a good team attack.The second half was mostly dominated by the the Ballycallan lads with Muckalee defending strongly,final score 3-7 to 2-6.

Team John Coonan, Sean Maher,Alan Murphy, Richard O Shea, Darragh Quinlan, David Walsh, Shane Kinsella, Colm Kealy, Harry Kealy, Luke Maher, Paul Maher, Daniel Comerford, Robert Shore 1-4John Maher 0-2, Eugene Maher, Dean Farrell,Danny Quirke, Tommy Quirke, Conor Mulhall,Ciaran Fitzpatrick,James Carrigan, Mark Coady (subs used did well)

Selectors Seamus Tynan, John Ryan,Tom Dooley,Anthony Maher.

Ref.Ger Grady


away win

Muckalee Junior footballers travelled to Urlingford to take on Emeralds in the League and despite the freezing conditions both sides served up a good contest. Early points from Shane Kinsella John Joe Kelly, John Maher and two from Robert Shore had the visitors ahead after 15 minutes . From there to the break it was Emeralds who dominated to level the score 0-5 each. Wind assisted Urlingford started well in the second then Harry Kealy goaled in the 35  minute to regain the lead. When Daniel Comerford finished to the net in 50th minute to stretch the lead to five points it looked a good lead but Emeralds scored a goal to reduce the lead to two points with minutes remaining. A point from Eugene Maher restored the three point margin , Robert Shore  and John Maher added to what the scored in the first half. Final score 2-11 to 1-11

Team Paul Maher,Ciaran Fitzpatrick Capt, Alan Murphy, Richard O Shea, Darragh Quinlan, David Walsh, Shane Kinsella0-1, Colm Kealy, Harry Kealy 1-0,Luke Maher, Tom Morrissey, John Joe Kelly 0-1, Robert Shore 0-3, John Maher 0-5, Eugene Maher 0-1.

subs Daniel Comerford 1-0, DeanFarrell, Danny Quirke, Conor Mulhall, James  Carrigan, all played

    selectors John Ryan, Tom Dooley, Seamus Tynan, Anthony Maher.

Ref. John Guinan


First outing

Muckalee had their first outing of the Senior Football League with an away game v James Stephens at the Kells road venue. It was the visitors who made the brighter start with points 4 points from Bryan Byrne but James Stephens finished the stronger to lead at the break 0-5 to 0-4. On the resumption Bryan Byrne levelled matters but the next two scores went to Stephens, Muckalee responded with points from Byrne,John Mulhall and John Maher to put themselves in a winning position but in an exciting finish a 21 metre free in the last play of the game levelled the game 0-8 each. This was an exact replica of the scoring pattern of the Junior game last night. Team Stephen Murphy, Noel Darcy, Oliver Walsh, David Walsh, Brian Cody, Patrick Nolan, Jason Shore, Thomas Breen,Mick Morrissey, John Mulhall, Tom Morrissey, Sean Maher, Eugene Maher  Bryan Byrne 0-6,3f. Shane Kinsella.

Subs Luke Maher (used), Darragh Quinlan(used), John Maher 0-1,John Joe Kelly, Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Conor Mulhall.

Selectors Tom Cullen Eoin McGrath, Paul Maher


Ref. Sean McMahon



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