U. 21 B Championship Quarter Final

St. Martin’s U.21’s took on a fit and physical Emeralds side in Freshford today in the championship quarter final.  Playing on a sticky pitch, the going was tough.  Shane Kinsella got Martin’s first score on the board after he converted a free when Luke Maher was fouled.  The Urlingford side kicked into action with scores from Connor Martin (x2), Davy O’Gorman and Mick Fitzgerald for them them to go 0-4 to 0-1 up after eight minutes.  Coming up to mid way through the half, Shane Kinsella and Brian Troy exchanged points for their sides.  Jason Shore converted a long range free with David Walsh also pointing to close the gap on their opponents. (0-5 to 0-4)  Jason Shore did very well to save a a penalty struck well by Connor Martin heading towards half time.  The aforementioned, along with his colleague Jamie Ryan, extended Emerald’s side to leave three between the sides at half time.  (0-7 to 0-4)  St. Martin’s started off the second half as they did the first half, getting the first score of the half when Jason Shore pointed a free.  Shane Kinsella converted two more free’s in an attempt to close the gap.  However, Emeralds were the better team on the day with Connor Martin scoring his sides goal early on in the third quarter.  They drove on and earned themselves a nice lead which could not be closed.  Once again, Shane Kinsella closed the game with a fine point from play to leave the full time score Emeralds 1-14 to St. Martin’s 0-8.

Team: Jason Shore (0-2), Paddy Heffernan, Thomas Walsh, Shane Egan, David Walsh (0-1), Paddy Brennan, Robert Reid, Shane Kinsella (0-5), Jack Dowling, Luke Maher, Ruairí Kinsella, Mark Coady, Donal Shore, David Breen, Adrian Farrell.

Subs: Shane Walsh, James Callanan, Colm O’Neill, Shane Dowling, Alan Lawlor (all used), Loughlin Hogan, Ronan Tynan, John Joe Kelly, Jason Allen, Aidan Egan, William Trousdell, Eoin Murphy.

Team Management: Seamus Tynan, Conor Kinsella, Paul Maher, Joe Maher, Ollie Walsh

Referee: John Guinan

15th November 2014



St. Canice’s Senior Hurling County Semi Final

In front of a large crowd in Nowlan Park, St. Martin’s took on renowned Ballyhale Shamrocks in the County Senior Hurling Semi-Final.  The task ahead of them was a great one but not one that they would shy away from.  Lining out without the injured Mick Morrissey, Martin’s got off to a great start going six points to two up courtesy of some fine points from John Maher, Thomas Breen and Joe Maher.  John Maher converted a free in the 20th minute which was to be St. Martin’s final score of the half.  After that, they had to get to grips with the Ballyhale attack as the two Reids, Eoin and T.J (scoring two free’s) and Henry Shefflin brought the sides back level before Cha Fitzpatrick scored two successive points to take the lead going in at half time.  (Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-8, St. Martin’s 0-6).  John Mulhall got Martin’s deficit down to one upon the resumption but then T.J Reid converted a further two frees to put three between the sides.  John Maher exchanged points with Shefflin, T.J Reid and Colin Fennelly when he scored a 21m free and tapped over two from play.  (three points difference)  However, Martin’s were reduced to 14 men and straight away Shamrocks took advantage when Mark Aylward came on for Ballyhale and immediately made an impact.  Henry Shefflin prevented the ball from going out for a sideline and found T.J Reid who in turn laid the ball off to Aylward who finished to the net to put six between the sides.  With the Saints been a man down, they had to work hard.  With further points from Eoin Reid, Cha Fitz, David Hoyne, Conor Walsh and Mark Aylward, Ballyhale extended their lead.  John Maher, Eoin McGrath and Joe Maher each pointed but the last score of the game belonged to Henry Shefflin as he pointed in the dying seconds of injury time for Ballyhale to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-19 to St. Martin’s 0-14.

Team: Colin McGrath, James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Tom Breen (0-1), Paddy Nolan, Bryan Byrne, James Dowling, Canice Maher, Brian Mulhall (0-1), Eoin McGrath (0-1), Joe Maher (0-2), John Mulhall (0-1), John Maher (0-8), Paul Maher.

Subs: Jason Shore, Mick Morrissey, Robert Shore, Shane Kinsella (used), Paddy Dowlig, Luke Maher, Paddy Brennan, Brian Cadigan, Thomas Walsh, Adrian Farrell, Eugene Maher, Jack Dowling, Donal Shore, Shane Egan.

Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Ronan Ruane, Aidan Lawlor

Referee: Raymond Byrne (Glenmore)

2nd November 2014.

Senior Team 2014

St. Martin’s Senior Hurling Team 2014

St. Canice’s Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final

On a typical October day in Freshford, St. Martin’s and Dicksboro squared up to each other in the Quarter Final of the Senior Hurling Championship.  It was a second half performance that sealed the deal for St. Martin’s despite a late goal for the Boro. Playing against the wind in the first half, Eoin McGrath got proceedings under way with a well taken point.  More than a minute later, Ollie Walsh got Dicksboro off the mark with a point of his own.  John Maher put Martin’s three ahead when he finished the ball to the net before converting a free to put four between sides after seven minutes.  That was Martin’s last score until the 19th Minute.  In the meantime, Cillian Buckley and Shane Maher cut into the deficit before Evan Cody got the equaliser for them.  Eddie O’Donoghue leathered the ball into the back of St. Martin’s net to take the lead for Dicksboro.  Suddenly, Martin’s found themselves four points down.  John Maher pointed two free’s while John Mulhall and Eoin McGrath all added points before half time while their counterparts, Shane Maher, Cillian Buckley, Ollie Walsh and Andrew Gaffney all pointed for Dicksboro to leave the half time score St. Martin’s 1-6, Dicksboro 1-9.  The second half saw St. Martin’s come out and take advantage of the strong breeze with a Brian Mulhall point.  Shortly after, Eoin McGrath pointed to put one between the sides.  Andrew Gaffney pointed two free’s for Dicksboro to increase their lead to three once again.  Within the next ten minutes Dicksboro were held while James Dowling and John Maher chipped away to decrease their deficit to a single point.  Colin McGrath ensured that Martin’s took the lead scoring 1-1 within in a two minute spell.  Andrew Gaffney pointed yet another free to put two between the sides.  Canice Maher got the three point lead back once before John Maher scored a further three unanswered points.  Martin Gaffney scored a late consolation goal for Dicksboro at the end of normal time. John Maher and Andrew Gaffney had the final say of the game, exchanging scores but it was St. Martin’s who ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of 2-16 to 2-13.

Team: Colin McGrath (1-1), James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Bryan Byrne, Paddy Nolan, Mick Morrissey, James Dowling (0-1), Canice Maher (0-1), Thomas Breen, Eoin McGrath (0-3), Brian Mulhall (0-1), Paul Maher, John Maher (1-8), John Mulhall (0-1).

Subs: Joe Maher (used), Jason Shore, Shane Kinsella, Paddy Dowling, Robert Shore, Luke Maher, Noel D’Arcy, Aidan Murphy, Paddy Brennan, Brian Cadigan, Thomas Walsh, Donal Shore, Adrian Farrell, Eugene Maher, Jack Dowling, Shane Egan, Kevin Tynan. Team Management: Charlie Carter, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane, Richard O’Shea

Referee: Peter Bourke

19th October 2014.

Senior County Hurling Championship Rd. 1

On a lovely day in Páirc Lachtain in Freshford with the sunshine blazing as if it were summer, St. Martin’s took on Fenian’s of Johnstown to gain a place in the Quarter final of the Senior Hurling Championship.  Conor Tobin got Fenian’s on the score board with a point.  Tom Breen got Martin’s off the mark and Shane Kinsella got the lead point when Eoin McGrath delivered a good pass to him in the fourth minute.  John Broderick and James Dowling exchanged scores before John Maher added two points from free’s for Martin’s to go ahead by two points.  (0-5 to 0-3)  Paul Maher extended that lead further for his side but Fenian’s Kieran Grehan worked hard to cancel out that score with a point of his own.  James Dowling shot a lovely point cutting through the middle of field to put Martin’s two up heading  towards half time.  However, John Broderick converted a 65 and free to leave the sides level at the interval.  (St. Martin’s 0-7, Fenian’s 0-7).  Within five minutes of the restart, St. Martin’s found themselves two points down as Danny Dermody and Conor Tobin stole the lead for the Fenian’s.  However, Martin’s dug deep when Paul Maher and his brother John claimed the lead back.  (0-10 to 0-9). John Broderick got Fenian’s final score in the 15th minute with a pointed free.  From then on, Martin’s were made to work hard to take back the lead again as John Maher converted three well deserved free’s for Martin’s to win by a three point margin.  The fact that there were no goals in the game was down to three fantastic saves from Colin McGrath and one from PJ Ryan who kept their goals intact.   With a 0-13 to 0-10 victory St. Martin’s will have their name in the hat for the draw for the quarter finals Monday night.

Team: Colin McGrath, James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Bryan Byrne, Paddy Nolan, Mick Morrissey, Paddy Dowling, James Dowling (0-2), Thomas Breen (0-1), Eoin McGrath, Paul Maher (0-2), John Mulhall, John Maher (0-7), Shane Kinsella (0-1).

Subs: Canice Maher (used), Brian Mulhall (used), Joe Maher (used), Jason Maher, Luke Maher, Noel D’arcy, Aidan Murphy, Brian Cadigan, Paddy Brennan, Thomas Walsh, Donal Shore, Adrian Farrell, Eugene Maher, Jack Dowling, Shane Egan.

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane

Referee: Sean Cleere

12th October 2014

Tom Kinsella Memorial Tournament Final

St. Martin’s took on Rathdowney/Erril in the annual Tom Kinsella Memorial Tournament this evening in Coon.  Just as the game was about begin,  the good weather of the day broke and the rain came down.  The sides were pretty level in the first half matching each other point for point.  However, just before half time, Rathdowney/Erril got a goal to go in a point up at half time. (Rathdowney/Erril 1-8, St. Martin’s 0-10.)  In the second half,  the visitor’s powered on as the homeside seemed to wilt under their opponents pressure.  The only consolation for the Martin’s side was a well taken goal by Adrian Farrell to take the reduce the deficit just seconds before the final whistle.  Rathdowney/Erril went home deserving winners with the Tom Kinsella Cup on a scoreline of 1-21 to St. Martin’s 1-16.

Team: Colin McGrath, Bryan Byrne, Ollie Walsh, Jack Dowling, Brian Mulhall, Paddy Nolan, James Dowling, Canice Maher, Thomas Breen (0-4), John Mulhall (0-1), Eoin McGrath (0-3), Luke Maher (0-2), Shane Kinsella (0-1), John Maher (0-5), Robert Shore.

Subs: James Maher (used), Paul Maher (used), Mick Morrissey (used), Adrian Farrell (used)(1-0), Aidan Murphy, Jason Shore, Shane Egan, Eugene Maher, Shane Cadigan, Brian Cadigan, Donal Shore, Noel D’arcy, Paddy Brennan

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor

Rathdowney/Erril: Andrew Kavanagh, Paddy Bergin, Jimmy Corrigan, Alan Delaney, Joe Fitz, Paddy Menton, Patrick Purcell, Liam O’Connell, Shane Dollard, Tadgh Dowling, Darren King, John Purcell, Mark Kavanagh, Ross King, James Ryan.

Subs used: Damien Bowe, Eoin Burke, Jack Kelly.

Referee: Gay Rafter

31st August 2014


Captain of Rathdowney/Errill receiving the Tom Kinsella Cup off Tom Kinsella, with Chairman John Ryan

Rathdowney/Errill winner of Tom Kinsella Cup 2014

Byrne Cup Semi Final vs. Clara

In Clara this evening,  St. Martin’s took on the homeside in the semi final of the Byrne Cup.  The first half was a very tame affair with Clara racing into the lead taking their chances.  Tom Breen, John Maher, Eoin McGrath and James Dowling pointed to reduce the deficit to six points at half time.  (Clara 0-14, St. Martin’s 0-8).  The second half saw a rejuvenated Martin’s side come flying out of the traps.  Within two minutes, the deficit was cut in half when a long range John Maher free landed in around the goal.  Paul Maher pulled on the dropping ball and sent it to the back of the net.  After 20 minutes of hard work, stallwart John Maher got the equalizer with a pointed free.  Luke Maher and Eoin McGrath traded points with their counterparts, but alas, it was Clara who got the upper hand with 30 seconds left on the clock to take the lead by a point.  Final score: Clara 0-22 St. Martin’s 1-18.

Team: Colin McGrath, Bryan Byrne, Ollie Walsh, Jack Dowling, Brian Mulhall, Paddy Nolan, James Dowling (0-1), Thomas Breen (0-3), Paddy Brennan, Paul Maher (1-0), Eoin McGrath (0-3), Luke Maher (0-2), Shane Kinsella (0-1), John Maher (0-7), Robert Shore (0-1).

Subs: Thomas Walsh, Eugene Maher, Shane Egan, Brian Cadigan. Donal Shore, Adrian Farrell.

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor.

Referee: John Guinan

26th August 2014

Tom Kinsella Memorial Final

The Annual Tom Kinsella Memorial Cup Final will take place on Sunday 31st at 5pm in Coon.  Locals St. Martin’s will take on Rathdowney/Erril in this annual tournament.  All support greatly appreciated.

Senior Hurling League Rd.5

In the final round of the St. Canice’s Credit Union Senior Hurling League, St. Martin’s and Carrickshock measured up to each other in Tom Ryall Park.  While both sides traded scores in the early stages, but Carrickshock forged ahead.  However, mid way through the half  Martin’s got ahead for the first and only time in the game after a nice passage of play between Canice Maher and Robert Shore connecting with John Maher who finished it to the net. (1-4 to 0-7).  After that, St. Martin’s found it hard to get scores from play scoring 3 points from free’s.  However, their counterparts faired a bit better scoring two points from play while also converting three free’s and a 65 to leave the half time score Carrickshock 0-13 St. Martin’s 1-7.   Colin McGrath did very well in goal making at least four great saves throughout the match, he could do nothing about the goal that beat him as he was lying on the ground been attended to with an injury after making a clearance  Luke Maher got a consolation goal for St. Martin’s with two minutes left on the clock but it was a little too late as Carrickshock ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-24 to St. Martin’s 2-12.

Team: Colin McGrath, James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Brian Mulhall, Paddy Nolan, James Dowling (0-1), Bryan Byrne, Mick Morrissey, Paul Maher, Thomas Breen, Canice Maher, Eoin McGrath (0-3), John Maher (1-8), Robert Shore.

Subs: Luke Maher (1-0)(used), Shane Kinsella (used), Jason Shore, Aidan Murphy, Noel D’arcy, Paddy Brennan, Brian Cadigan, Adrian Farrell, Donal Shore, Jack Dowling, Shane Egan, Eugene Maher, Thomas Walsh.

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane.

Referee: Peter Burke (Emeralds)

16th August 2014

Byrne Cup 5th Round

St. Martin’s took on Erin’s Own in the 5th round of the Byrne Cup in Canon Kearns Park this evening.  On a miserable evening with torrential rain, the weather didn’t do either side any favours as both teams struggled to gain scores early on.  A  four goal blitz in a ten minute spell for the home side saw St. Martin’s chasing at half time with a score of 1-4 to Erin’s Own 4-3.  The second half did not improve for the visitors as they missed goal chances, however, the backs did work hard to hold the Comer forwards. Final score: St. Martin’s 1-9 Erin’s Own 4-8.

Team: Colin McGrath, Shane Cadigan, Bryan Byrne, Paddy Brennan, Brian Mulhall, Ollie Walsh, James Dowling, Paddy Nolan, Luke Maher (0-1), Paul Maher, Eoin McGrath (1-1), Shane Kinsella, Adrian Farrell(0-2), John Maher (0-5), Robert Shore.

Subs: Jack Dowling (used), Thomas Walsh (used), Eugene Maher, Donal Shore, Shane Egan, Jason Shore.

Team Management: Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane.

Referee: Eugene Ryan

5th August 2014

Byrne Cup Rd. 4 vs Young Ireland’s

St. Martin’s took on Young Ireland’s this evening in the fourth round of the Byrne Cup.  Played in Gowran in front of a small crowd, it was the homeside that settled first with two good points.  However, St. Martin’s kicked into life when John Mulhall found the net in the 7th minute and Adrian Farrell shot over the bar put their side up after the first quarter.  With some more lovely play from John Mulhall, once again finding the back of the net, Paddy Nolan and Luke Maher, St. Martin’s found themselves two up at half time.  (St. Martin’s 2-4, Young Ireland’s 0-8).  Following on from that, Martin’s hammered home a further 3 goals from the sticks of John Mulhall, Eoin McGrath and Adrian Farrell while Robert Shore, Brian Cadigan and Paul Maher also got in on the scoring act with well taken points. Young Ireland’s were unlucky with a few missed chances at goal but the Martin’s defence did great keeping them out. Final Score: St. Martin’s 5-10 Young Ireland’s 0-17.

Team: Colin McGrath, Shane Cadigan, Bryan Byrne, Jack Dowling, Brian Mulhall, Ollie Walsh, Luke Maher (0-1), Shane Kinsella, Paddy Nolan, (0-1) Paul Maher (0-2), John Mulhall (4-2), Adrian Farrell (1-1), Donal Shore, Eoin McGrath (1-1), Robert Shore (0-1).

Subs: Brian Cadigan (0-1), Shane Egan, Thomas Walsh. (all used).

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane.

Referee: Ollie O’Neill

15th July 2014

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