U14’s Beat Dunshaughlin To Claim Their 5th Division 1 Title In-a-Row

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U14 Championship Final 

St Colmcilles 4-12 V Dunshaughlin 3-7

The Paddy O’Brien Cup Final or the U14 Championship as its know to some saw the two best U14 sides in the County meet head on in the final for remarkably the 3rd time this year and for the 4th time in 2 years.   This game had all the hallmarks of being a great encounter as both management teams tried to outfox the other with Dunshaughlin looking to capture the Juvenile Title  and St Colmcilles looking to capture their 5th County Division 1 Title in a row inside  the last 2 years.

County Champions as U14's won the 5 in a row of Juvenile Titles

County Champions as U14’s won the 5 in a row of Juvenile Titles

This game opened with Dunshaughlin grabbing the opening point before Luke Hanan converted a great free after a foul on Fiachra Mac an Aba. Young Hanan then converted another great free on the clubhouse side of the pitch after a foul on Shaun Leonard and St Colmcilles were clear by a point.  However it was short lived as the dangerous Aaron Murphy broke free of his marker after  a Conor Gray free  kick and after driving towards goal he fired past Danny Ehichoya to see his side lead by 2 points.  It was a goal worthy of their opening minutes display but St Colmcilles are talented and battle hardened and responded with some great play of their own which saw a great ball from Oisin O’Mhurchu into Fiachra Mac an Aba and he fired a quick off load to the fast running Sean O’Donoghue and he in turn  duly fired an incredible shot in of the crossbar to immediately cancel out young Murphys effort at the other end.  

U14's Collection of County Div 1 Titles

U14’s Collection of County Div 1 Titles

It was a stunning finish by Donacarney Pplayer and leading by one Luke Hanan then converted another wonderful free from even further out to put the East Coast boys 2 clear but quickly Ruari Kinsella slotted a great score to return the margin to one.  Both teams were now playing great however it was Emmet Higgins who then found the net after some great work from Godfrey Ehichoya, Conor Power, Conor Farrelly and Adam Daly as the latter slipped in Higgins to fire to the Dunshaughlin net to see St Colmcilles push the lead out to 4 points.


The talented Murphy and Godfrey Ehichoya were having a tremendous battle and young Murphy then proceeded to kick two wonderful points on the bounce to reduce the margin back to 2 points as Dunshaughlin give as good as they got.   However  St Colmcilles then for the remaining 10 minutes of the half stamped their authority.  Firstly great defensive work between Caolan Nulty and Oisin O Mhurchu saw the latter release Fiachra Mac an Aba and his off load to Adam Daly saw the Laytown player fire over to stretch the lead to 3.    

U14 Parents with all the Winning Silverware

U14 Parents with all the Winning Silverware

Daly now at full forward began to look menacing and a great ball up from Conor Farrelly to Adam Daly saw him slip Sean O’Donoghue and he again fired over to extend the lead to 4.  St Colmcilles were playing great football now and a brilliant ball up field from Godfrey Ehichoya to Shaun Leonard saw him pick out Luke Hanan and he off loaded to the supporting Fiachra Mac an Aba and he duly split the posts to put the East Coast boys 5 clear as Dunshaughlin although playing well were struggling to live with the fast kicking and support play of St Colmcilles.  The dominance at the close of the first half was rewarded further as a great move from back to front involving Evan Morgan, Conor Power and Sean O’Donoghue saw the latter pick out Conor Farrelly and he coolly slotted the ball under the keeper to see St Colmcilles close the half 8 points clear leading 3-6 V 1-4.


The 2nd half was every bit as good as the first.  Dunshaughlin  came out on the front foot and great work from Conor Gray saw him find John McDonagh and he fired low past Danny Ehichoya to reduce the margin back to 5 points.  Young McDonagh was at it minutes later as provider this time and he setup Ruari Kinsella to stroke over to reduce the margin back to 4 as Dunshaughlin started to play great.  4 points behind Dunshaughlin appeared to be well in the game but the St Colmcilles full forward line was always a real danger and a brilliant kicked pass up field by Sean O’Donoghue first released Fiachra Mac an Aba who found Luke Hanan.  He in turned slipped Adam Daly in to fire over as St Colmcilles got the lead back out to 5 points.

Boys with U13 League, U14 Feile, U14 League and U14 Championship Cups

Boys with U13 League, U14 Feile, U14 League and U14 Championship Cups

Dunshaughlin dug in and another score from the black and amber saw the deficit cut to four points once more.  However in the next 15 minutes St Colmcilles dangerous full forward line cut loose.  Firstly great defensive work from Robert Tanner and Oisin O’Mhurchu saw them pick  out Conor Farrelly and he Sean O’Donoghue. The towering O’Donoghue then released Adam Daly who skipped around the Dunshaughlin full back to fire to the net as St Colmcilles began to play some great football and lead by 7 points.    2 more fabulous Adam Daly points and the Laytown player began to really cause Dunshaughlin all manner of problems as the lead stretched to 9.  

Captain Liam Stafford and family after winning the Paddy O'Brien Cup

Captain Liam Stafford and family after winning the Paddy O’Brien Cup

Dunshaughlin made a proper fist of this contest and hit back in style with a brilliant goal courtesy of Callum Deehan and two more points courtesy of John McDonagh and Aaron Murphy as the lead incredibly was back to 4 points again.    However St Colmcilles once more stamped their authority when it mattered as first Christian Finlay  found Fiachra Mac an Aba out in front of his man and he released Luke Hanan to slot over and see St Colmcilles lead by 5 once more.  5 points ahead soon became 8 points as first Conor Power released Luke Conlon and he found Fiachra Mac an Aba to slot over before the young Conlon then released Luke Hanan a second time and again he slotted over to see the lead pushed out to 7 points.   The final score of the game was left to Adam Daly as he converted to see the game close out with St Colmcilles winning a great contest 4-12(24) V 3-7(16)

Mac an Aba's with the Winning Silverware

Mac an Aba’s with the Winning Silverware

This was a terrific encounter.  Dunshaughlin continue to improve with every competition and in this game their half forward line of Kinsella, Murphy and inside forward John McDonagh were in great form with Aaron Murphy in scintillating form at times in particular. At midfield Conor Gray and Callum Deehan are a real force now and there was a great battle with Sean O Donoghue and Conor Power.  For St Colmcilles they played great especially when it was really put up to them.  At the back Caolan Nulty, Oisin O’Mhurchu and Evan Morgan really played well whilst their was great displays from Sean O’Donoghue and Conor Power the former whose first half goal was a simply stunning finish.

Godfrey, Danny and the family displaying the winning Silverware

Godfrey, Danny and the family displaying the winning Silverware


Up front Emmet Higgins and Conor Farrelly won lots of ball and linked and supported the play great at times.   However it was the inside line of St Colmcilles that was the difference on the night.  In all they scored 2-11 and in the first half Conor Farrelly led the line well before the brilliant play of Adam Daly lit up the 2nd half.  

It must be said that Luke Hanan was terrific with some brilliant scores and in the other corner Fiachra Mac an Aba ran young Daly close for man of the match and his wonderful play saw 3 different markers on him as Dunshaughlin tried to stifle his influence, on a night when his ball winning and setup play was great to watch.  In the end star men were Aaron Murphy for Dunshaughlin and Adam Daly from St Colmcilles. Both played terrific with young Daly’s pace, great running and finishing great to watch. 

Team: Danny Ehichoya, Evan Morgan, Caolan Nulty, Robert Tanner, Oisin O’Mhurchu, Godfrey Ehichoya, Eoghan McCloughan, Sean O’Donoghue, Conor Power, Shaun Leonard, Adam Daly, Emmett Higgins, Fiachra Mac an Aba, Conor Farrelly, Luke Hanan. Subs Christian Finlay for Shaun Leonard, Luke Conlon for Emmett Higgins, Cilian Quigley for Conor Farrelly, Josh Hayes for Evan Morgan, Oisin Murphy for Robert Tanner 

Scorers: Adam Daly 1-4, Luke Hanan 0-5, Sean O’Donoghue 1-1, Conor Farrelly 1-0, Emmett Higgins 1-0, Fiachra Mac an Aba 0-3




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