St. Martins Minor footballers struggle in County final.

St Martins were beaten in the Football County final in Bennetsbridge where a two goal blast early in the second proved to be their undoing

Against a team with many playing their football in good counsel ‘Martins were under pressure with many of the side having played a u-16 final only a few days earlier whilst they also had to deal with the absence of Donal Shore through injury.

Patrick Brennan scored St Martins first point but Tullogher were quickly ahead 0-2 to 0-1. Mark Dowling levelled matters but it was at this stage Tullogher made a burst going 0-4 to 0-2 ahead. Brandon Sheehan pointed before Shane Dowling booted St Martins into the lead by waving a green flag.

It was all level by halftime 1-5 a piece but Tullogher got a sweet start scoring 2-1 without reply. St Martins did come back into the game and wasted some scoring chances and had a penalty appeal turned. But it was just not to be their day with Tullogher adding four points late on to seal victory.

St Martins 1-6 3-10 Tullogher Rosbercon

A special word to Tom Shore & Jimmy Kelly who stood down after years of service as selectors numbering well in excess of thirty years.

St Martins: Conor Fahy, Loughlin Hogan, Robert Reid, Alan Kelly, Shane Kinsella, Richard Teehan, John Joe Kelly, Adrian Farrell (C), Brandon Sheehan, Finn Dowling, Patrick Brennan, Jason Shore, Conor Dowling, Shane Dowling, Mark Dowling.

Subs: David Walsh, Brian Cody, Tommy Quirke, Aidan Egan, Damien Egan (all used), Ronan Tynan, Tommy Downey, William Trousdell, Eoin Murphy, Colm O’Neill, Sean Maher.

Selectors: Tom Shore, Jimmy Kelly, Patrick O’Flynn

St. Martin’s minors make the Football County final with great semi win.

St Martins Minor Footballers qualified for the football county final when they defeated a fancied St Fiacres in Coon who had defeated them well in the league.

Before the start of the game St Martins suffered a blow with the loss of Jason Shore & Donal Shore through injury.

The freshness & eagerness of the home team stood out as they raced into a 4-2 to 0-0 lead after 12minutes.

By half time they had gone further ahead with some fine inter play with the score standing at 5-5 to 0-1.

Despite facing a stiff second half breeze St Martins still won the second half by 2-2 to 1-4 & they now face Tullogher Rosbercon in the final.

Final score;  St Martins 7-7 1-5 St Fiacres

St Martins: Conor Fahy, Loughlin Hogan, Robert Reid, Alan Kelly, Shane Kinsella, Richard Teehan, David Walsh, Adrian Farrell (Capt), Brandon Sheehan, John Joe Kelly, Patrick Brennan, Finn Dowling, Conor Dowling, Shane Dowling, Mark Dowling.

Subs: Damien Egan, Brian Cody, Aidan Egan, Tommy Quirke, Tommy, Downey, Ronan Tynan, Colm O’Neill, Eoin Murphy, Sean Maher (all used)

Ref: Eamon Mansfield

Big attendance at St Martin’s Bord na n’Og AGM

A large crowd attended the St Martin’s Bord na n’Og AGM on Friday night held in the Muckalee Community Centre. Chairman Patrick O’Flynn addressed those in attendance & pointed out that despite the lack of silverware there was some tremendous work going on at under age level in the club and that the numbers attending underage training for hurling & football had swelled to in excess of 160 players which boded well for the future. He thanked all those who had helped in anyway during the year. Mr O’Flynn also congratulated Sean Kelly on being a selector with the Leinster winning Kilkenny minor team & wished Liam Dowling well with his role with the Kilkenny U-21’s.

The Chairman noted the progress of players to the senior team from this years minors which was a good sign that we are doing our job right as coaches for the future hurlers of the club. The Muckalee footballers were congratulated on winning 4 county titles and he commisserated with the senior hurlers on losing out narrowly to Clara in the championship. The minors & U-16’s were particularily unlucky losing out in heartbreaking circumstances in their championship games & the U-16’s were again unlucky in the league final. Mr O’Flynn also thanked those who’d put up trophies through out the year & our sponsors, Willie Forde (Eurospar), JS Bolger & Geoff Doyle.

He wished all well for 2014.

Secretary Michael Brennan presented his final report to the meeting which covered all the goings on of all the teams for 2013 in great detail. A few of his highlights were, the Cyril Farrell training evening, the running off of all our own underage tournaments, the huge numbers turning up at training across all age groups & the number of our players representing Kilkenny in 2013 rose markedly which for him was a sign of of the progress the club were making. Mr Brennan felt though that the club wasn’t using all it’s resources at it’s disposal fully from a coaching point of view both internally & externally. As he finished his last report he was greeted with a warm round of applause.

Michael Manning gave his treasurers report which showed the Bord was in good financial health and was again self sufficient during 2013 thanks to all the fundraising throughout the year.

Senior Chairman Richard O’Shea commended the Officers on their work and thanked them for pulling their weight in relation to their own fundraisers and the senior clubs.

Vice Football Chairman Richard Nolan reminded people that it is often the darkest just before the dawn and he felt thanks to the Bord’s work that success may not be that far away.

Under AOB it was agreed that a child welfare course in conjunction with Conor Brennan & the senior clubs would be run in 2014 which was proposed by Child Welfare Matty Kealy.

It was agreed to launch a suicide awarness programme which would be led by the senior club.


Chairman: Patrick O’Flynn Vice: Donnacha Quinaln

Secretary: Tom Cullen Ass: Paddy Kealy

Treasurer: Michael Manning Ass: PJ Shore

PRO: Martin Stapleton Child Welfare: Matty Kealy

School Liaison: Liam Dowling & 1

County Bord Reps: Breda Tynan & Paddy Kealy


Minor: Patrick O’Flynn, Seamus Tynan, Joe Dowling, Martin Stapleton & Martin Dowd

U-16: Andy Dowling, Michael Brennan, Tom Cullen

U-14: Donnacha Quinlan, Niall Clancy, James Kelly, PJ Shore, Martin Dowling.

Minor Footballers show great strength.

For the fourth time this year St Martins made the journey to Mullinavat for the minor football quarter final.

St Martins made a blistering start and were 2-5 to 0-2 up after 20 minutes. They eventually made it to half time with a 2-6 to 0-3 advantage but could have being further clear except for taking some poor options in attack.

Mullinavat started the second half scoring 1-2 on the trot but St Martins ended the game as a contest with a flurry of attacks that ended with 2-2 being gained on the score Bord.

Final score St Martins 5-10 2-5 Mullinavat

St Martins: Conor Fahy, Loughlin Hogan, Robert Reid, Alan Kelly, Shane Kinsella, Richard Teehan, David Walsh,  Adrian Farrell (Capt), Brandon Sheehan, Conor Dowling, Patrick Brennan, John Joe Kelly, Mark Dowling, Jason Shore, Shane Dowling.

Subs: Brian Cody, Finn Dowling, Damien Egan, Aidan Egan, Tommy Quirke, Ronan Tynan.

Ref: John Minogue (Thomastown)

St. Martin’s meet Clara in Football Championship.

St Martins qualified for the minor championship quarter final with a fine win over Clara in Coon.

The locals raced into an early lead and extended it to be up 1-10 to 0-0 at halftime.

A couple of early goals at the start of the second half saw the game over as a contest and they now face next Mullinavat next week who already defeated St Martins in the league.

Final score; St Martins 4-15 2-3 Clara

St Martins: Conor Fahy, Loughlin Hogan, Robert Reid, Alan Kelly, Shane Kinsella, Richard Teehan, David Walsh,  Brandon Sheehan, Adrian Farrell (C), Conor Dowling, Patrick Brennan, John Joe Kelly, Mark Dowling, Jason Shore, Shane Dowling.

Subs: Ronan Tynan, William Trousell, Aaron Healy, Tom Davies, Damien Egan, Aidan Egan, Sean Maher, Tommy Quirke, Tommy Downey.

Colm O’Neill & Eoin Murphy (both injured)

St. Martin’s minors struggle in championship.

St Martins crashed out of the minor hurling championship on a night where they never really fired.

They led at the break 1-7 to 1-5 but missed a number of chances and it finished level in normal time.

Despite leading in extra time they got caught in the dying embers of the game.

Minors in championship action against Clara

Minors in championship action against Clara

St Martins: Jason Shore, Conor Dowling, Robert Reid, Alan Kelly, Richard Teehan, Patrick Brennan, Steven Walsh, Shane Kinsella, Donal Shore, Mark Cody, Brandon Sheehan, Brian Cody, Mark Dowling, Adrian Farrell & Shane Dowling.

Subs: John Joe Kelly, Colm O’Neill, David Walsh & Jack Manning (all used) Damien Egan, Paddy Heffernan, Aidan Egan, William Trousdell, Conor Dowling, Eoin Murphy, Tommy Quirke, Ciaran Cody.

Ronan Tynan(inj), Finn Dowling (inj), David Healy (inj)

Jason 21 Goal

Minors take on challenge in Palmerstown.

On a lovely morning for hurling St Martins Minors faced the challenge of one of the favourites for the minor a championship the shape of Dicksboro.

The higher standard of hurling caught out St Martins early on and they trailed 4-10 to 0-4 at the break having played against the breeze.

They adapted much better to the pace in the second half and bossed proceedings winning the half 1-9 to 0-4.

Final score,  St Martins 1-13 4-14 Dicksboro

Team: Jason Shore, Loughlin Hogan, Alan Kelly, Conor Dowling, Richard Teehan, Patrick Brennan, Steven Walsh, Shane Kinsella, Donal Shore, Mark Cody, Robert Reid, Finn Dowling, Mark Dowling, Shane Dowling, Adrian Farrell, Mark Dowling.

Subs: John Joe Kelly, Brian Cody, Eoin Murphy, Colm O’Neill, Tommy Quirke, Damien Egan, Aidan Egan, Paddy Heffernan.

St. Martin’s minors drive for goals.

 St Martins minors gained a win over Young Irelands where their ability to get goals proved to be decisive on 18th August last.

They will be very disappointed with the number of missed chances they had during the hour as at times they misfired. Final score St Martins 4-10 2-12 Young Irelands

St Martins: Loughlin Hogan, Conor Dowling, Steven Walsh, Tommy Downey, Richard Teehan, Patrick Brennan, Eoin Murphy, Brian Cody, Adrian Farrell, Mark Cody, Brandon Sheehan, Colm O’Neill, Shane Dowling, Tommy Quirke, Mark Dowling.

Subs: Damien Egan, Aidan Egan, Sean Maher, Ronan Tynan ( All used)

Ref: Ger Grady

Minors play Kilmacow

St Martins 3-15 1-16 Kilmacow

Midway through the second half St Martins looked in trouble trailing by two points but they recovered to earn a place against Clara on the 21st August.

It all began so well for ‘Martins leading 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes but eleven wides in the first half proved to be their undoing leaving it all square at the break 1-7 to 0-10.


Kilmacow began the second half the brighter going two ahead but a number of changes saw St Martins pull ahead in the end.


St Martins: Jason Shore, Conor Dowling, Alan Kelly, Loughlin Hogan, Steven Walsh, Patrick Brennan, David Walsh, Donal Shore, Shane Kinsella, Mark Coady, Adrian Farrell, Finn Dowling, Mark Dowling, Robert Reid, Shane Dowling.

Subs: Brandon Sheehan, John Joe Kelly, Richard Teehan, Tommy Quirke, Colm O’Neill (All used) William Trousdell, Damien Egan, Ronan Tynan, Aidan Egan, Tommy Downey, Eoin Murphy, Conor Dowling, Sean Maher. David Healy


St. Martins minors meet Lisdowney.

St Martins travelled to Lisdowney on Monday evening where they took on the favourites for the Roinn B Championship

A number of missed chances in the first half proved costly and they trailed at the break 0-8 to 0-2.

Minors V Lisdowney July 2013

The second half proved to be a much more exciting match with both sides having periods of dominance.  St Martins twice pulled the game back to two points but just couldn’t pull level and eventually ran out of steam. A late Lisdowney goal as Martins chased the game wasn’t a fair reflection on the evenings fare. St Martins now play Kilmacow next Monday at 7.30pm in the first round of the championship.

Minors V Lisdowney July 2013 2

St Martins: Jason Shore, Conor Dowling, Alan Kelly, Loughlin Hogan, Richard Teehan, Patrick Brennan, David Walsh, Donal Shore, Adrian Farrell, Brandon Sheehan, Robert Reid,  Finn Dowling, John Joe Kelly, Colm O’Neill, Shane Dowling.

Subs: Sean Maher, William Trousdell, Tommy Downey, Ronan Tynan, Damien Egan, Aidan Egan, Eoin Murphy, Conor Dowling.

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