Dissapointment for u14 Hurlers

Saint Martins and Piltown played their long awaited u14 Roinn B Hurling Championship Final in Ballyhale. In a championship that started with 17 teams both sides played their way to this final with some fine wins in what was a very competitive grade. On the day it was the lads from the south that finished as worthy Champions. The game started evenly with chances for both sides but Piltown took a grip on the game to leave the half-time score 1-9 to 0-2. Saint Martins responded in the second half to get well into the game and close the gap but a goal to Piltown settled matters with time almost up. Disappointment then for the Saint Martins team but they can look back on a great years hurling, winning the League , contesting the Feile Final and reaching the county final.  Bord NaOg laid on refreshments for the team at the Ranchers Return. Final score 2-10 to 0-8.

Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan,Matthew Shortall, Ciaran Nolan, Russell Kealy, Tristan Roche 0-3, Jack Farrell 0-1,Shane o Neill 0-1, Thomas Lalor Capt., Josh Dempsey 0-2, Bill Dowling, Shane Fahey 0-1, Luke Burke, Joseph Reid, Cillian Bryan.Niall Shore,Kyle Walsh (used) , Tommy Flynn,Cathal Keegan, Aaron Meany,Rory Buggy, Conor Egan, Thaigh Gill, Conor Dooley.




Into Final

St.Martins and Young Irelands of Gowran played their long awaited Semi-Final of the u14 Roinn B Hurling Championship, the venue was the James Stephens ground in Larchfield. In a well contested and sporting game Martins ability to take their goal chances and team work was the differance between the sides. Gowran  trailed at the break 0-7  to 3-4 . In the second half Martins took a grip on the game and went on to win 3-12 to 0-8. Three teams are still in contention for the other spot in the final Piltown, Tullogher/Rosbercon or Galmoy/Winegap

Team Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan, Matthew Shortall. Ciaran Nolan, Russel Kealy, Tristan Roche, Jack Farell, Shane O Neill. Thomas Lawlor, Josh Dempsey, Bill Dowling, Joseph Reid, Luke Burke,Shane Fahy, Cillian Bryan. Subs. Niall Shore, Tommy Flynn, Conor Egan, Kyle Walsh (used), Cathal Keegan(used), Conor Dooley, Aaron Meany (used), Rory Buggy(used).


Selectors Noel Shorthall, Sean O Neill, Anthony Maher

Ref. John Guinan         22/10/2016

League Champions

Saint Martins are Roinn B Champions for 2016 after a good win against Tullogher Rosbercon in a well contested  game in Danesfort. Martins lost the toss and had to contend with a strong wind in the opening half and this they did with some heroic defending from Patrick Brennan, Matthew Shorthall, and Ciaran Nolan outside them Russel Kealy, Tristan Roche  and Jack Farrell stood strong and resolute. Oisin Kelly somehow kept his goal intact with a great save from a deflected shot . The half time score was 0-6 to 1-0 in favour of the lads from the South. Wind assisted Martins took a grip at midfield early in the second half with Shane O Neill and Thomas Lawlor giving it everything in pursuit of victory.Up front the half forwards Josh Dempsey, Bill Dowling and Shane Fahy combined well with the inside line of Luke Burke, Joseph Reid and Cillian Bryan and a return of 1-8 was testament to their teamwork and skill on the day. Final score 2-8 to 0-8 from two skillfull sides. Captain Thomas Lawlor stressed the importance of the panel in the victory, and thanked the mentors. also Tullogher Rosbercon were complimented on their performance.   Scorers Luke 2-0, Josh 0-4,Tristan,Russell, Joseph,Thomas 0-1 each




Quarter Final win

Saint Martins and Glenmore squared off in the quarter final or the u14 Chgampionship in Thomastown. Glenmore had first use of the strong wind and built up early lead Martins fought back well to lead at the break 3-2 to 1-7. With both sides striving manfully to gain the upper hand the lead changed often but St.Martins showed character to secure a win with a late goal. Well done to both sides on a fine contest. Final score 4-8 to 3-9.

Team Oisin Kelly, Paddy Brennan, Matthew Shorthall, Ciaran Nolan, Russell Kealy, Tristan Roche, Jack Farrell, Shane o Neill, Thomas Lawlor, Josh Dempsey, Bill Dowling, Shane Fahey,Luke Burke, Joe Reid, Cillian Bryan,

Subs. Niall Shore, Kyle Walsh (used), Cathal Keegan(used), Aaron Meany, Conor Egan, Rory Buggy, Tadhg Gill, Conor Dooley(inj.)



Selectors Sean O Neill, Noel Shortall, Anthony Maher

Ref. John Walsh

Good start

Saint Martins u14 hurlers made a good start in the u14 Roinn B Champoinship getting a win against Danesfort. Johns Park was the venue on a nice evening with Danesfort getting first use of the fresh breeze. St. Martins trailed after the first ten minutes but fought back well to lead at the break 2-10 to 1-4. Wind assisted Martins kept up the pressure in the second half despite a late flourish from Danesfort to run out winners 4-20 – to 3-6.

Team Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan, Matthew Shorthal, Ciaran Nolan, Russel Kealy, Tristan Roche, Jack Farrell, Thomas Lawlor (capt.) Shane O Neill (vcapt.),Josh Dempsey, Bill Dowling, Shane Fahy, Luke Burke, Joe Reid, Cillian Bryan. Subs. Tommy Flynn (used), Kyle Walsh (used), Cathal Keegan (used), Rory Buggy (used),Aaron Meany (used), Conor Egan, Niall Shore,Tadgh Gill, Conor Dooley(inj.)

Selectors Noel Shorthall, Sean O Neill, Anthony Maher.

Ref. Stephen Delaney


Kealy Cup

Bennettsbridge u14 hurlers were the visitors to Muckalee to take on Saint Martins in  the final of the Kealy Cup. The evening turned out wet but that did not affect the players who treated the big attendance to a very entertaining contest, Saint Martins  ran out winners. Bord na nOg chairman Tom Cullen commended all and called on Paddy Kealy to present the Kealy Cup to acting captain for this special occasion Russell Kealy.Tea sandwiches and refreshments was served to the teams and supporters

Panel Paddy Brennan,Kyle Walsh, Shane O Neill,Matthew Shorthal,Bill Dowling, Tommy Flynn,Thomas Lawlor, Russell Kealy, Tristan Roche, Shane Fahy, Conor Dooley, Tadhg Gill, Conor Egan, Josh Dempsey, Cillian Bryan, Ciaran Nolan, Luke Burke, Cathal Keegan, Niall Shore, Oisin Kelly, Jack Farrell, Rory Buggy, Aaron Meany,All Played



Regional Feile nGael Tournaments

Feile 1 Feile 2

St. Martins u 14 Hurlers took part in the regional Feile Tournament in Thomastown they were grouped with Glynn/Bartown (Wexford), St Finbarrs (Cork), Craobh Chiarain (Dublin). After some good hurling and wins against the Wexford and Dublin and a loss against  the Cork lads, St. Martins finished as runners up.  St.Finbarrs as group winners went on to win the final which was played in Clara.

Playing panel  Niall Shore,, Kyle Walsh, Rory Buggy, Ciaran Nolan, Lorcan Agar, Conor Dooley, Conor Egan, Cathal Keegan, Joe Reid, Aaron Meany. Cillian Bryan, Bill Dowling, Josh Dempsey, Russel Kealy, Tristan Roche, Shane O Neill, Thomas Lalor, Jack Farrell,Tommy Flynn, Matthew Shortall, Paddy Brennan



Selectors Sean O Neill, Noel Shortall, Anthony Maher

U14 make final

St Martins u14 hurlers made the long trip to Glenmore to take on the locals.  Both sides were under strength but it still turned out to be a good contest under the conditions of rain wind and a heavy sliotar. St. Martins were ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-3. The second half finished with Glenmore pressing for a goal  but it was Martins who advanced to make the League Final Roinn B. Result 0-11 to 1-6.

Team Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan,Matthew Shortall, Ciaran Nolan,Russel Kealy, Bill Dowling, Jack Farrell, Shane O Neill, Thomas Lalor,Josh Dempsey,Joe Reid ,Cillian Bryan , Rory Buggy, Shane Fahy, Kyle Walsh, Niall Shore, Cathal, Keegan, Tommy Flynn , Conor Dooley, Aaron Meany, Clonor Egan, Tristan Roche (inj.)Luke Burke (inj.) full compliment of subs used.

Ref. Martin Quilty


Sel. Noel Shortall, Sean O Neill, Anthony Maher


U14 Make Semis

St Martins u14 Hurlers qualified for the semi-finals of the Roinn B League with a win over Kilmacow. Muckalee was the venue and on a lovely evening for the game both teams but on a lively and sporting display. Result 2-17 to 1-5.

Team Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan, Matthew Shorthall, Tommy Flynn, Russel Kealy, Bill Dowling, Ciaran Nolan, Thomas Lalor, Shane O Neill, Josh Dempsey, Cillian Bryan, Joe Reade, Kyle Walsh, Shane Fahy, Cathal Keegan, Aaron Meany, Conor Egan, Niall Shore, Conor Dooley (all played) Tristan Roche (inj.) Luke Burke (Inj.) Jack Farrell (inj.)


Selectors Sean O Neill, Noel Shortall, Anthony Maher


REf.John McCormack.


Away win

St. Martins u14 hurlers made the trip to Lisdowney to take on their hurlers in the League. Both sides produced a well contested opening half before Martins hit the front and finished strongly to take the points.Final score 5-17 to 0-1.

Team. Oisin Kelly, Patrick Brennan, Matthew Shortall, Ciaran Nolan, Russel Kealy,Tristan Roche, Luke Burke, Shane O Neill,Thomas Lalor, Joe Reid, Bill Dowling, Josh Dempsey, Kyle Walsh, Shane Fahy, Cillian Byran, Aaron Meany,Conor Egan,Tommy Flynn, Niall Shore, Rory Buggy, Jack Farrell inj. (all played a part)


Selectors Noel Shortall, Sean O Neill, Anthony Maher.


Ref.Sean Cleere


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