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