U16 try hard in Football Championship County Final.

Early in the game  saw St. Martin’s Brandon Sheehan take a point from a free after just 3 minutes. Defending well St. Martins however gave away a few handy frees but Piltown failed to capatilize.  The umpire was  over ruled on a tough decision to give a 45 from which Piltown eventually got a point.

St. Martins were in hard luck with a many attempts going wide. Piltown struck the post but it went to left and wide.  St. Martins found it very difficult to get through for scores but they tried hard.

After some serious attacking St. Martins got a free near the goal end but it was put wide and were then awarded a penalty which Mark Dowling  took well but denied by the Piltown goalie. Minutes later they were awarded another free but Aran Healy was denied by the post.

A strong attacking period by St. Martins failed to bear fruit and it was the turn of the defence to work hard. St. Martins got a free on the 21 yard line which Owen Murphy converted with a point. Piltown responded at the end of the first half with 2 points to leave the score at half time  3 points to St. Martin’s 2 points.

Second half started with no quarter been given on the pitch or on the line. Piltown piled on the pressure but St. Martins defended well and after been awarded a free, Aran Healy put it over the bar. Piltown eventually got back to attack with a drive on goal but Conor Fahy stretched long to deny a sure goal. St. Martins attacked again and were rewarded with Brandon Sheehan fisting the ball into the Piltown net.

The action focused on the St. Martins backs again and they responded well if not a little too strong at times. The ref took control and Brandon Sheehan was sent to the line but a hop ball was given and Piltown eventually got a point. The game livened up with the St. Martins defence being tested and they responded strong but Piltown eventually got a point to leave St. Martins leading the game with 5 minutes to go.

Piltown came back again and put the ball in the net as the game entered stoppage time and then got another 2 points  with 2 minutes to go. The extra man proved too difficult to contain and the game finished with disappointment for St. Martins with a final score of 1-7 to 1-4.



Conor Fahy, David Healy, Robert Reid, Tommy Downey, Loughlin Hogan, Richard Teehan, Stephen Walsh, John Joe Kelly, Brandon Sheehan, Mark Dowling, Jason Shore, Eoin Murphy,  David Walsh, Aaron Healy & Conor Dowling.


Subs :

Sean maher, Tommy Quirke, Aidan Egan, William Trousdell, Ronan Tynan, Colm O’Neill, Diarmuid Murtagh, Shane Dowling(inj),


Team Mentors;

Joe Dowling, Pat Murtagh, Ger O Neill, Seamus Tynan, Michéal Brennan.