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Meath Senior Football Championship Match Reports

Meath SFC Rd 1 - 13.04.2014

Rathkenny start with win against Pat's

Rathkenny started off their 2014 HoganStand.com Senior Championship campaign with a hard fought ten point win over St Patrick’s Stamullen in blustery Seneschalstown last Sunday afternoon, April 13th.

Rathkenny 3-06            St Patrick’s 0-05

The Stamullen men played with the aid of the very strong breeze in the opening half, but it was the men from Rathkenny who opened the scoring with a fine Jack Gore free on two minutes. The Stamullen men sent over the next two points with scores at a premium in the opening quarter hour as both teams struggled to deal with the conditions.

On seventeen minutes, John Donegan was hauled down in the square and Jack Gore calmly slotted home the resultant penalty. St Pats again sent over a brace of points to level matters on twenty minutes. Rathkenny captain Ivan Lenehan popped over Rathkennys final first half score five minutes before the interval. St Pats once again levelled matters with a free on 29 minutes to leave it 1-2 to 0-5 at the break.

Rathkenny upped the tempo in the second half and got a great start with John Donegan getting on the end of a centre to net. Stephen Crosbie sent over a great point on 37 minutes to extend the gap to four. Donal Curtis followed up with a fine score of his own and Rathkenny led by five on 39 minutes.

Stephen Crosbie drilled to the net on the three quarter mark to leave eight between the teams entering the last quarter. Late scores from Ivan Lenehan and substitute Caolach Halligan left the final score 3-06 to 0-5

Rathkenny - B. Carolan; Joe Gore, R. Gore, N. Branigan; C Meade, D. Keogan, T. McKeever; R. Curtis, J. Macken; S. Crosbie (1-1), I. Lenehan (0-2), Jack Gore (1-1); D. Curtis (0-1), J. Donegan (1-0), M. Macken. Subs - C. Halligan (0-1) for M. Macken, C. McCabe for Joe Gore, M. Macken for Donegan

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Meath SFC Rd 2 - 20.04.2014

Moynalvey prevail over the Raths

A productive second-half showing against the breeze saw Moynalvey overcome Rathkenny to register their first points in the hoganstand.com SFC Group C at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday afternoon, April 20th.

Moynalvey 1-15            Rathkenny 2-08

Ian Kearney's men put down a significant deposit on the points when outscoring Rathkenny by 1-5 to 0-1 between the 36th and 54th minutes. That flourish earned Moynalvey a six-point lead, 1-15 to 2-6, and cushioned them against a late Ratkenny rally that yielded points from Thomas Martin and Donal Curtis. However it couldn't help Des Lane's men building on their opening round win over St Patrick's. Interval replacement Cathal McCabe made an immediate impact for Rathkenny when finishing low to the Moynalvey net at the hospital end to leave his side leading by the minimum, 2-5 to 0-10, after 35 minutes. Donal Curtis provided the assist with Ivan Lenehan also contributing. Within five minutes of conceding their second major, Moynalvey were three points clear. First, Mark O'Sullivan levelled matters for the fourth and final time in the game. The Moynalvey full-forward played a pivotal role in his side's goal in the 40th minute when his free was fumbled by Rathkenny 'keeper Barry Carolan and top scorer Daniel Treacy finished to the net at the town end. That left the nearby scoreboard reading 1-11 to 2-5 with two-third of the hour gone. By the three-quarter mark there were five points in it, 1-13 to 2-5, after David Reilly sent over.

An exchange of passes between Darren Brennan and Shane Lenehan almost saw the latter get in for a goal but for the intervention of Rathkenny 'keeper Carolan at the expense of a 45. Padraig Harnan landed the subsequent award to complete his side's tally in the 54th minute. Playing against the breeze in the opening half didn't prevent Rathkenny from registering the opening score through team captain Ivan Lenehan within 20 seconds of the half. Moynalvey responded with a Padraig Harnan 45 to level matters before the second minute had elapsed. The team in maroon and white played into the hospital end with the breeze behind them in the first 30 minutes. By half-time they had registered eight wides to Rathkennys one, which arrived in first-half stoppage time. By the 12th minute Rathkenny were four points to the good, 1-3 to 0-2 after Jack Gore sent over from play. A neat Donal Curtis finish yielded the opening goal 10 minutes in. Moynalvey chalked down five wides in the opening quarter. However, Rathkenny led by just two points midway through the first-half, 1-3 to 0-4. Wing-back Anthony Forde was the scorer of the fourth point for Ian Kearney's men. Moynalvey maintained momentum with four scores on the spin between the 18th and 23rd minutes to lead by 0-8 to 1-3. That sequence included Harnan's second pointed 45. A pointed Jack Gore free and a James Macken effort from play left the scores tied 1-5 to 0-8 at the break. Within two minutes of resumption, Mark O'Sullivan restored Moynalvey's lead. Forde then created the opening for Shane Lenehan to double the advantage.

Rathkenny – B. Carolan; S. Crosby, R. Gore, N. Branigan; C. Meade, D. Keogan, T. McKeever, R. Curtis; J. Macken (0-2); C. Halligan (0-1), I. Lenehan (0-2), J. Gore (0-2, 1f); D. Curtis (1-1), M. Macken, T. Martin. Subs – C. McCabe (1-0) for M Macken, B. Meade for R Curtis

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Meath SFC Rd 3 – 25.05.2014

Summerhill ease to victory

Summerhill ended up convincing winners of this Meath SFC clash played in very wet conditions in Walterstown, last Sunday evening, May 25th.

Summerhill 2-12        Rathkenny 0-09

Rathkenny fell to their second defeat as they lost out to current Champions Summerhill. The south Meath outfit were quickest out of the blocks and were three points to the good after ten minutes. Rathkenny bounced back with two points of their own through a Donal Curtis free and a great score from returning County start Brian Meade to reduce the gap to the minimum after seventeen minutes. However they failed to register again in the opening half as Summerhill tagged on four further scores to lead by five points at the break.

Summerhill hit the ground running in the second half by notching the first three scores. Although Christy Meade added Rathkennys third point on 36 minutes, the game was over as a contest as Summerhill hit their opening goal four minutes later to lead by ten. Second half subs Caolach Halligan and Owen Elliott hit two points for Rathkenny but despite getting four more points through Caolach Halligan (3) and Brian Meade, Summerhill added a further 1-2 to win out by nine.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; Joe Gore, R. Gore, N. Branigan; C. Meade (0-1), D. Keogan, T. McKeever; J. Macken, R. Curtis; S. Crosbie, I. Lenehan, B. Meade (0-2); D. Curtis (0-1), Jack Gore, T. Martin.

Subs – O. Elliott for Crosbie, C. Halligan (0-4) for McKeever

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2014 A League Division 2 Match Reports

ACFL2A Rd 1- 16.02.2014

Moynalvey take home the points

Visitors Moynalvey scored 2-3 without reply in the last seven minutes of this opening round A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 16th to win by two points
Rathkenny 1-08            Moynalvey 2-07

Rathkenny started stronger and had four points on the board after the opening quarter through Donal Curtis, Thomas Martin and a brace from Jack Gore. Moynalvey sent over their first score on fifteen minutes before Owen Elliott extended the lead on eighteen. Moynalvey replied with their second score five minutes before the break as Rathkenny saw out the half with further scores from Jack Gore and Donal Curtis to lead 0-07 to 0-02. The visitors reduced the gap with two points in the opening four minutes to leave three between the sides. Michael Macken sent over for the hosts on forty one minutes and Rathkenny seemed to have wrapped up the points when Ivan Lenehan finished to the net following a great team move, to lead 1-08 to 0-04 with ten minutes remaining. However Moynalvey scored a point and then a goal on 54 minutes to leave three between the sides. Another goal followed as a high ball went passed a packed defence into the net to level matters. Two quick points followed in the final two minutes as the visitors left with the points.

Rathkenny - C. Curtis; Joe Gore, J. Macken, R. Martin; C. Meade, T. McKeever, N. Branigan; J. Donegan, R. Curtis; M. Macken (0-1), I. Lenehan (1-0), Jack Gore (0-3); D. Curtis (0-2), O. Elliott (0-1), T. Martin (0-1) 

Sub - D. Smith for Donegan

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ACFL2A Rd 2 - 23.02.2014

Trim secure points

Hosts Trims' accuracy in front of goal was the difference between these sides as they won this ACFL2A game played under lights last Sunday evening, February 23rd.

Trim 1-09                      Rathkenny 0-07

The hosts opened the scoring from a 45 and added to it on five minutes. Rathkenny spurned an early goal chance before Caolach Halligan sent over the visitors’ first point on eight minutes. Donal Curtis levelled for the visitors on fourteen minutes before Jack Gore sent over when clean through nine minutes before the break. The hosts then took the scoring honours with the three final scores of the half to lead 0-5 to 0-3.

Two early second half scores extended the lead to four before Owen Elliott reduced the gap on thirty-four minutes. The gap went back to four two minutes later. Elliott and Jack Gore reduced the arrears to two points by the three quarter stage. Trim sent over with twelve minutes remaining and Jack Gore responded with Rathkennys’ final point on fifty two minutes. Trim however got the all-important goal four minutes from time and closed out the game.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; N. Branigan, J. Macken, S. Crosbie; I. Lenehan, T. McKeever, M. Macken; R. Curtis, C. Meade; C. Halligan (0-1), J. Gore (0-3), C. McCabe; D. Curtis (0-1), T. Martin, O. Elliott (0-2)

Subs – K. Timmons for D. Curtis, B. Carolan for Martin

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ACFL2A Rd 3 – 16.03.2013

Rathkenny gain first win of campaign

Hosts Rathkenny kicked over seven wind assisted second half points to take home the points in this ACFL2A game played last Sunday afternoon, March 16th

Rathkenny 0-11            St Michaels 0-06

The hosts playing against a strong breeze opened the scoring through Donal Curtis with a second minute point on the left. Three minutes later and Michael Macken doubled the lead. By the quarter hour mark, the visitors had levelled matters with two points in as many minutes.

Rathkenny were guilty of wasting numerous scoring opportunities but full back James Macken made a lung bursting run through the Carlanstown defence to put the men in black and red back in front on sixteen minutes. Captain Ivan Lenehan added another two minutes later, before St Michaels finished the scoring on twenty five minutes, as Rathkenny lead 0-4 to 0-3 at the break.

The men from Carlanstown drew level within a minute of the restart. Jack Gore brought his shooting boots out for the second half as he helped himself to five points. He opened Rathkennys second half account on 35 minutes before Captain Lenehan added his second of the day on 40 minutes. Jack Gore kicked the hosts' next four scores in a seven minute spell to pull the hosts clear. Barry Carolan added the final score on sixty minutes.

Rathkenny - C. Curtis; Joe Gore, J. Macken (0-1), R. Gore; N. Branigan, D. Keogan, S. Crosbie; R. Curtis, C. Meade; M. Macken (0-1), I. Lenehan (0-2), J. Gore (0-5); D. Curtis (0-1), J. Donegan. T. Martin

Subs - K. Timmons for Martin, B. Carolan (0-1) for M. Macken, C. McCabe for D. Curtis

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ACFL2A Rd 4 – 21.03.2013

The Raths leave empty handed

Blackhall Gaels maintained their winning streak in ACFL2A by claiming both points in a hard fought victory over Rathkenny in this Friday night clash in Dunganny on March 21st.

Blackhall Gaels 2-7      Rathkenny 0-7

The six point margin at the end belies the fact that Blackhall Gaels had to dig deep to overcome a dogged Rathkenny outfit to maintain their 100% record in the division. Blackhall had the advantage of the slight breeze in the first half and began to dominate the early exchanges but failed to trouble the scoreboard until an eight minute side-foot to the net claimed the games first score. Ivan Lenehan popped over Rathkennys opening core on thirteen minutes before three points in a row extended the Kilcloon-Batterstown combinations advantage to five points with five first half minutes remaining. Ronan Curtis sent over a rare point before Blackhall sent over the final score of the half.

Donal Curtis opened the second half scoring three minutes after the resumption before Blackhall quickly restored the five point gap within sixty seconds. Second half sub Owen Elliott had the misfortune to break his collarbone ten minutes after the resumption. Scores from Jack Gore (free) and Christy Meade reduced the gap down to three at the three quarter stage. Blackhall settled their nerves with a point on 45 minutes. However scores from Jack Gore and Caolach Halligan reduced the gap down to two points with nine minutes remaining. Wrong options and misplaced final passes ensured Rathkenny did not score again, while Blackhall added a pointed free two minutes from time and a goal with the last action of the game.

Rathkenny – B. Carolan; Joe Gore, J. Macken, N. Branigan; R. Gore, T. McKeever, S. Crosbie; C. Meade (0-1), R. Curtis (0-1); M. Macken, I. Lenehan (0-1), Jack Gore (0-2); D. Curtis (0-1), K. Timmons, T. Martin

Subs – J. Donegan for Martin, O. Elliott for Timmons, C. Halligan (0-1) for Elliott, C. McCabe for M. Macken

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ACFL2A Rd 5 – 03.05.2014

Ratoath end with victory

Hosts Ratoath had five points to spare after this ACFL2A clash played in Ratoath, last Friday evening, May 2nd.

Ratoath 0-15        Rathkenny 1-07

The visitors had a very strong opening half which they ended 1-6 to 0-5 to the good. Jack Gore opened the visitors account from a free before Donal Curtis and James Macken added to the visitors tally. Barry Carolan was Rathkennys next scorer before further points from Donal Curtis, and Thomas Martin left just a point between the sides entering first half stoppage time. Jack Gore ended the half with a goal after a great team move leaving four points between the sides.

However all the good first half work was quickly undone as the visitors capitulated with a terrible second half showing. Rathkennys solitary second half score coming from a Thomas Martin 45. The hosts however went on to score ten points. Rathkenny are now stuck firmly in the bottom sector of this division and will need drastic improvement to get out of trouble.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; T. McKeever, R. Gore, N. Branigan; S. Crosbie, C. Meade, M. Macken; J. Macken (0-1), R. Curtis; C. Halligan, I. Lenehan, J. Gore (1-1); D. Curtis (0-2), B. Carolan (0-1), T. Martin (0-2)

Subs – C. McCabe for Halligan, K. Timmons for Carolan, D. Barron for Lenehan

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 ACFL2A Rd 6

Rathkenny v Dunderry

To Be Played

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ACFL2A Rd 7 - 03.06.2014

Rathkenny come away with the points

Rathkenny adjusted better to the slippery conditions and came away nine point winners in this A League Division 2 clash played in Nobber last Tuesday evening, June 3rd.

Nobber 1-02        Rathkenny 1-11

Both sides were guilty of some bad wides in the opening minutes. However Caolach Halligan was quickest to react to a high centre on three minutes to send to the net for the opening score. The hosts were not to be outdone and equalised with a well worked goal on six minutes. Nobber took the lead on twelve minutes, but failed to register another first half score as Rathkenny sent over five unanswered scores. Thomas Martin levelled matters within a minute of Nobber’s’ point. Ivan Lenehan put the visitors in front on the quarter-hour mark. Subsequent points from Christy Meade, Niall Branigan and Caolach Halligan left it 1-5 to 1-1 at the break.

Nobber opened the second half scoring in the opening minute but did not score again. Caolach Halligan increased the lead with a free on 41 minutes. Thomas Martin added another free six minutes later. Full forward Michael Macken extended the advantage within a minute before a brace from substitute Cathal McCabe on 53 and 54 minutes left eight between the sides. Thomas Martin sent over the final score with two minutes remaining.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; Joe Gore, R. Gore, N. Branigan (0-1); T. McKeever, C. Meade (0-1), T. McGuinness; J. Macken, R. Curtis; C. Halligan (1-2), I. Lenehan (0-1), J. Gore; D. Curtis, M. Macken (0-1), T. Martin (0-3).

Subs – C. McCabe (0-2) for Jack Gore, D. Smith for M. Macken

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B League Division 2 Match Reports

BFL2 R1 – 28.02.2014

Rathkenny start with a win

Rathkenny held off a spirited comeback from visitors Dunderry to start life in Division 2 of the B League with a win last Friday evening, February 28th.

Rathkenny 2-11            Dunderry 2-08

Dunderry opened the scoring in the first minute before Thomas Martin levelled matters in the second minute. Stephen Crosbie put the hosts back in front three minutes later, before Thomas Martin drilled to the net to extend the lead to four points on the ten minute mark. The visitors reduced the gap before Keith Timmons sent to the net on the quarter hour. Dunderry added their final first half point on sixteen minutes. Timmons sent over on eighteen as the hosts took full control of the scoring and added a further five points in the remaining seven minutes through Christy Meade, Cathal McCabe (2), Keith Timmons and Thomas Martin to lead 2-08 to 0-03 at the break.

Dunderry sent over the first three points on the resumption as they reduced the deficit to eight points on 40 minutes. Keith Timmons made his personal tally 1-3 on 42 minutes before Cathal McCabe and Timmons once more sent over Rathkennys remaining second half scores. With Dunderry rattling in a further 2-02 of their own in the half it left just three points between the sides at the end of a good opening round game.

Rathkenny – A. Brennan; R. Garry, T. McKeever, S. Mongey; N. Branigan, S. Crosbie (0-1), D. Nulty; M. Macken, C. Meade (0-1); D. Smith, B. Carolan, C. McCabe (0-2); K. Timmons (1-4), T. Martin (1-2), C. Gore.

Sub – J. Garry for Martin

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BFL2 R2 – 11.03.2014

Rathkenny get last gasp draw

Cathal McCabe sent over with the last kick of the game to give a depleted Rathkenny side a deserved draw in this B League Division 2 game played in Ashbourne last Thursday evening, March 13th.

Don Ashbourne 2-08     Rathkenny 2-08

Despite only having the bare fifteen, the visitors ended the first half a point to the good having played the better football. There were opening half points from Barry Carolan, Stephen Crosbie, Sean Mongey, Christy Meade and Niall Branigan; while Stephen Crosbie gave the visitors a boost with a great goal a minute before the break.

Things looked even better for the visitors after Colm Gore found the net in the opening second half minute. Michael Macken and Christy Meade added two further points to the tally by the 38th minute. Donaghmore Ashbourne kept the visors scoreless for the next twenty two minutes and were a point in front as the game entered the final minute. Rathkenny had one final chance as from a free Cathal McCabe split the uprights to ensure both teams left with a point.

Rathkenny – A. Brennan; R. Garry, T. McKeever, R. Gore; N. Branigan (0-1), S. Crosbie (1-1), D. Nulty; M. Macken (0-1), C. Meade (0-2); S. Mongey (0-1), B. Carolan (0-1), C. McCabe (0-1); J. Esmonde, D. Smith, C. Gore (1-0).

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BFL2 R3 – 31.03.2014

Rathkenny lose out in six goal thriller

Rathkenny lost out to host St. Colmcilles in this highly entertaining B League Division 2 game played in dreadful conditions in Pilltown last Monday evening, March 31st.

St. Colmcilles 4-12       Rathkenny 2-12

The rain came down continuously during the game as both sides played attacking football despite the conditions. Mistakes were aplenty but good scores were also the order of the day.

Rathkenny started brightly as Thomas Martin sent to the net with Rathkennys first score. He soon followed this up with two points. St Colmcilles were not to be out done as they rattled in 2-08 in the opening thirty minutes to lead by two at the break. Further points from Sean Mongey and Cathal McCabe were sandwiched between another goal and two points from the boot of the impressive Thomas Martin, as he finished the half with a personal tally of 2-4.

Goals at vital times for the hosts kept them in contention throughout and when a Rathkenny comeback seemed likely, the Cilles netted for the fourth time to see out the match. Thomas Martin added three further second half scores, aided by points from Sean Mongey (2) and Christy Meade, but it wasn’t enough as Rathkenny lost their first game of the campaign.

Rathkenny – E. Lynch; R. Garry, T. McKeever, R. Gore; N. Branigan, S. Crosbie, D. Nulty; C. Meade (0-1), D. Smith; A. Brennan, B. Carolan, C. McCabe (0-1); C. Gore, S. Mongey (0-3), T. Martin (2-7).

Subs – K. Timmons for C. Gore, J. Esmonde for McCabe, P. Mullery for Smith

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BFL2 R4 – 05.04.2014

Rathkenny hold out for victory

Hosts Rathkenny finally came away with a win after a titanic struggle with Duleek Bellewstown in this B League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Saturday evening, April 5th.

Rathkenny 2-16            Duleek Bellewstown 3-12

This game was full of scores straight from the start as the visitors stormed into a 2-5 to 0-2 lead after just ten minutes, the goals coming on 5 and 10 minutes. Hosts Rathkenny had scores from the boot of Colm Gore and Adam Brennan, as a rout looked on the cards with nine points between the sides. However on Grand National Day, the hosts knew it was about staying in touch and leading at the vital time. Rathkenny got a much tighter grip on proceedings for the remaining twenty minutes as they conceded only two further points in the half. Christy Meade reduced the gap on the quarter hour mark before Sean Mongey scored a goal and a point in the subsequent two minutes. Caolach Halligan and Darren Barron sent over the final first half scores to leave four between the sides at the break, 1-6 to 2-7.

The visitors extended the lead to five from the throw in and despite a point from substitute Thomas Martin the visitors held a six point lead on 39 minutes. Sean Mongey and Thomas Martin sent over two points for the hosts and the gap was back down to four approaching the three quarter mark. A free for the visitors was quickly followed by scores from Adam Brennan and Caolach Halligan to leave three between the sides. Duleek Bellewstown extended that back to four as the game went into the final ten minutes. Rathkenny rallied with five points on the bounce as Caolach Halligan (2), Keith Timmons, Denis Nulty and Thomas Martin sent the hosts one point up as we approached the final minute. Sean Mongey then expertly finished to the net on sixty minutes and Rathkenny lead by four. The game went into injury time and the visitors goaled on sixty three minutes to leave the bare minimum between the sides. However, the hosts hung on for two well deserved points.

Rathkenny – B. Carolan; N. Branigan, T. McKeever, D. Nulty (0-1); S. Crosbie, R. Gore, D. Smith; C. Meade (0-1), A. Brennan (0-2); C. Halligan (0-4), D. Barron (0-1), C. McCabe; K. Timmons (0-1), S. Mongey (2-2), C. Gore (0-1)

Sub – T. Martin (0-3) for Barron

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BFL2 R5 – 12.05.2014

Rathkenny lose out in Kilberry

A depleted Rathkenny side lost out to a much stronger Wolfe Tones teamin this B League Division 2 game played in Kilberry, last Monday 12th May.

Wolfe Tones 5-19         Rathkenny 2-02

A much sharper, fitter Wolfe Tones team were always comfortable in this game. From the off, they were scoring at will and if not for Colin Curtis in the Rathkenny goal, the half-time score of 2-09 to 1-01 could have been much greater. Rathkenny got their two first half scores through Sean Mongey (point) and Thomas Martin, who was quickest to a high centre as he flicked the ball to the net.

Things did not get easier for Rathkenny in the second half as the Tones added a further 3-10. Sean Mongey took the Rathkenny scoring accolades as he helped himself to both second half scores. The point from a free and the goal was a clever finish, which was Rathkennys final score. Captain Derek Smith tried hardest for Rathkenny.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; P. Mullery, M. Brien, D. Smith; D. Nulty, D. Barron, O. Lynch; A. Brennan, C. Halligan; C. Gore, S. Mongey (1-2), C. McCabe; R. Timmons, T. Martin (1-0), J. Esmonde

Sub – S. Lenehan for Timmons

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BFL2 R6 - 30.05.2014

Rathkenny win out to Gaels

Rathkenny won out this entertaining end to end B League Division 2 clash against Blackhall Gaels played in Rathkenny last Friday evening, May 30th.

Rathkenny 4-14

Blackhall Gaels 1-13

The visitors opened the scoring in the opening minute before the hosts answered that score with a goal from corner forward Owen O’Connor. The visitors sent over four successive points by the tenth minute to lead by two. Rathkenny sent over the next three points through Caolach Halligan, Thomas Martin and Paul O’Brien to lead at the quarter stage. The visitors sent over three further first half scores while Rathkenny added five more through Denis Nulty, Thomas Martin (2), Cathal McCabe and Paul O’Brien to lead 1-8 to 0-8 at the interval.

Thomas Martin extended the lead with a 32nd minute point. The visitors replied a minute later before the hosts scored their second goal immediately through Paul O’Brien. While the visitors scored four more second half scores, Rathkenny scored a further 2-5 with goals from Owen O’Connor and Paul O’Brien.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; T. McGuinness, J. Curtis, A. McGarry; C. Halligan (0-1), D. Nulty (0-1), O. Lynch; D. Smith, A. Brennan; J. Esmonde (0-1), T. Martin (0-5), C. McCabe (0-2); S. Lenehan, P. O’Brien (2-3), O. O’Connor (2-1)

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2014 Junior C Match Reports
JCFC R1 - 27.04.2014

Rathkenny lose out in Opener.

Rathkenny just did not have enough as they lost out in the opening round of the Junior C Championships in Castletown, last Sunday April 27th.

St Michaels 0-16           Rathkenny 1-11

Rathkenny had to rely on a few older players to make a team as a depleted side lost out to St Michaels. The men from Carlanstown led by four at the break 0-9 to 0-5. The Rathkenny scores coming from Keith Timmons, Sean Mongey (0-2), Owen Lynch and Adam Brennan.

Keith Timmons added two second half point before Simon Lenehan sent over a lovely point on the turn. Keith Timmons added another point to bring his personal tally to 0-4. Paul O’Brien finished to the net as Rathkenny closed the gap. However subsequent points from Sean Mongey and Darren Barron were not enough as St Michaels had added seven second half points.

Rathkenny – C. Curtis; D. Downey, M. Brien’ P. Mullery; A. McGarry, D. Barron (0-1), O. Lynch (0-1); D. Smith, A. Brennan (0-1); R. Timmons, P. O’Brien (1-0), J. Esmonde; S. Lenehan (0-1), S. Mongey (0-3), K. Timmons (0-4)

Subs – J. Curtis for A. McGarry, P. Downey for R. Timmons, J. Mennis for S. Lenehan 

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JCFC R2 – 03.05.2014

Rathkenny gain first victory in C championship

Rathkenny gained a three point victory over Simonstown in this Junior C clash played in Kilberry, last Saturday evening, May 3rd.

Rathkenny 1-11            Simonstown 1-08

In a closely contested first thirty minutes Rathkenny finished it two points to the good with the all important goal coming from Robert Garry. Points from Darren Barron, Keith Timmons (2), Sean Mongey and Owen O’Connor left the score line 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of the men in red and black.

Six second half points from Sean Mongey (3), Darren Barron and Colm Gore (2) ensured Rathkenny left with the points in a good team effort.

Rathkenny – R. Timmons; P. Mullery, M. Brien, P. Downey; D. Smith, R. Garry (1-0), A. McGarry; A. Brennan, J. Esmonde; S. Lenehan, D. Barron (0-2), O. O’Connor (0-1); C. Gore (0-2), S. Mongey (0-4), K. Timmons (0-2)

Subs – J. Curtis for Esmonde, J. Esmonde for Mullery, B. Kelly for Lenehan

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JCFC R3 - 24.05.2014

Rathkenny lose out in local clash

Castletown had a facile victory over a depleted Rathkenny side in this Junior C clash played in Kilmainhamwood, last Saturday evening, May 24th.

Castletown 3-12           Rathkenny 1-07

Castletown were six points clear at the break as Rathkenny could only muster points from Derek Smith and Sean Mongey while conceding 1-05. Selector Jim Mulvany who started in goals had to retire due to injury in the first half and Gerry Gavagan came out of retirement to play his first championship game since 2006. This meant the back four now had an average age of 43 – lots of experience, but low on pace.

That backline were constantly challenged in the second half as wave after wave of attack yielded Castletown 2-07, which could have been much more but for the experienced backline and net minder while Rathkenny hit 1-05. The goal was Rathkennys last score through Sean Mongey. The points were scored by Paul O’Brien, Owen O’Connor, Simon Lenehan and Darren Barron (0-2)

Rathkenny – J. Mulvany; P. Mullery, J. Curtis, D. Downey; O. Lynch, D. Nulty, A. McGarry; D. Smith, A. Brennan; J. Esmonde, D. Barron, O. O’Connor; S. Lenehan, S. Mongey, P. O’Brien.

Sub – G. Gavagan for Mulvany

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2014 Match Reports

posted 17 Feb 2014, 14:20 by Stairs Nadel

ACFL2A - 16.02.2014

Moynalvey take home the points

Visitors Moynalvey scored 2-3 without reply in the last seven minutes of this opening round A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 16th to win by two points
Rathkenny 1-08    
Moynalvey 2-07

Rathkenny started stronger and had four points on the board after the opening quarter through Donal Curtis, Thomas Martin and a brace from Jack Gore. Moynalvey sent over their first score on fifteen minutes before Owen Elliott extended the lead on eighteen. Moynalvey replied with their second score five minutes before the break as Rathkenny saw out the half with further scores from Jack Gore and Donal Curtis to lead 0-07 to 0-02. The visitors reduced the gap with two points in the opening four minutes to leave three between the sides. Michael Macken sent over for the hosts on forty one minutes and Rathkenny seemed to have wrapped up the points when Ivan Lenehan finished to the net following a great team move, to lead 1-08 to 0-04 with ten minutes remaining. However Moynalvey scored a point and then a goal on 54 minutes to leave three between the sides. Another goal followed as a high ball went passed a packed defence into the net to level matters. Two quick points followed in the final two minutes as the visitors left with the points.

Rathkenny - C. Curtis; Joe Gore, J. Macken, R. Martin; C. Meade, T. McKeever, N. Branigan; J. Donegan, R. Curtis; M. Macken (0-1), I. Lenehan (1-0), Jack Gore (0-3); D. Curtis (0-2), O. Elliott (0-1), T. Martin (0-1) Sub - D. Smith for Donegan

2012 Feis Cup

posted 20 Jun 2012, 05:45 by Unknown user

29.06.2012
Feis Cup Round One
St Ultans v Rathkenny
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2012 Senior Championship

posted 20 Jun 2012, 05:44 by Unknown user

 

Meath SFC Round 1

Rathkenny received a bye

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29.04.2012

Meath SFC Round 2

O’Mahonys too strong for Rathkenny

Navan O’Mahonys kept Rathkenny scoreless in the second half to win this Senior Championship second round match played in blustery Kilberry last Sunday 29th April.

Navan O’Mahonys 1-11

Rathkenny 0-05

The Navan men were quickest out of the blocks with three points inside the opening four minutes, playing against a very strong breeze.  Rathkenny veteran Donal Curtis half volleyed the men in red and blacks opener on six minutes. The deficit was reduced to the minimum when Brian Lenehan expertly converted a long range free. O’Mahonys extended the lead with their final score of the half on seventeen minutes. The remainder of the half belonged to Rathkenny in the scoring stakes as Richie Timmons, Jack Gore and Owen Elliott points edged Rathkenny in front at half time.

The wind picked up considerably in the second half with the scoring belonging to the Navan men as they tagged on 1-7 without reply. Their goal came on 53 minutes to leave the game over as a contest on a 1-09 to 0-05 scoreline. Rathkenny will be disappointed with their second half performance and will hope to improve matters in future games.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; R. Gore, J. Macken, Joe Gore; D. Donegan, D. Keogan, M. Macken; D. Smith, J. Donegan; B. Lenehan (0-1), B. Meade, Jack Gore (0-1), R. Timmons (0-1), D. Curtis (0-1), O. Elliott (0-1).

Subs – I. Lenehan for B. Lenehan, C. Meade for Timmons

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2012 Junior C Championship

posted 20 Jun 2012, 05:42 by Unknown user

29.04.2012

JCFC Round One

Rathkenny win opener

Rathkenny second team got through their opening round Junior C Championship match with an eight point victory in a game played in a very blustery Kilberry last Sunday afternoon, 29th April.

Rathkenny 1-11

Summerhill 1-03

Cody Reilly and Colin Curtis got Rathkenny of to a good start with scores inside the opening five minutes. Summerhill found the net on the quarter hour mark to take the lead. They extended it further on twenty minutes to lead by double scores. However Rathkenny responded well with five points in the final four minutes of the half. The scores coming from Colin Curtis (3), Michael McBride and Cathal McCabe which left it 0-07 to 1-1 at the break.

Michael McBride added an early second half score before Summerhill replied with their only second half scores on thirty seven minutes. Darren Barron got the all important goal on the three quarter mark before closing out the game with three further points. Both teams were reduced to 14 men after a skirmish along the touchline.

Rathkenny – D. Crosbie; P. Mullery, M. Brien, C. Rock; S. Lynn, T. McKeever, R. Martin; B. Carolan, R. Curtis; D. McBride, M. McBride (0-2), C. McCabe (0-1); C. Curtis (0-4), D. Barron (1-3), C. Reilly (0-1).

Subs – A. Finney for Rock, O. O’Connor for McCabe, D. Nulty for Martin, N. Brannigan for Crosbie
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2012 ACFL3B Match Reports

posted 21 Mar 2012, 05:44 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 05:33 ]

04.03.2012

ACFL3B (Round One)

Na Fianna start with win

Rathkenny will rue missed chances in this opening round B League Division 3 game played in Enfield last Sunday 4th March.

Na Fianna 1-12

Rathkenny 1-10

Na Fianna opened the scoring with a second minute point. Rathkenny replied on five minutes when Jack Gore reacted quickest to a mix up in the home defence to finish to the net. Na Fianna settled and kicked some fine points during the first half. Rathkenny overcomplicated their approach play and managed only four first half points from Colin Curtis, Cathal McCabe, Michael McBride and Jack Gore. Rathkenny net minder Andrew Finney kept them in the game with three good first half saves. The sides finished 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.

The second half ebbed and flowed as both sides scored some nice points but the game turned in Na Fianna’s favour when a high centre was connected to the net on 46 minutes to increase the lead to four points. Rathkenny were chasing the game for the remainder but Na Fianna kept at least two between the sides until the finish.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; S. Lynn, D. Crosbie, C. Rock; C. Meade, T. McKeever, N. Brannigan; D. Smith, B. Carolan (0-1); C. McCabe (0-2), D. McBride, D. Nulty; C. Curtis (0-3), M. McBride (0-2), J. Gore (1-2)

Subs – A. Crosbie for Nulty, M. Downey for Brannigan, K. Leddy for McCabe

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25.03.2012

ACFL3B (Round Two)

Castletown take home points

A goal two minutes from time ensured Castletown took home the points in this entertaining B League Division 3 game played in sunny Rathkenny last Sunday, March 25th.

Rathkenny 1-10

Castletown 1-12

The hosts send over the opening point through Cody Reilly in the opening minute. The visitors were level within a minute before points from Reilly and a brace from Jack Gore put Rathkenny three up on ten minutes. Castletown replied with three points of their own to level matters on twenty-one minutes. Colin Curtis attacked from the backs to send over a great score on twenty two minutes and Michael McBride extended the lead to two, three minutes later. Castletown reduced the gap with five minutes left in the half before Jack Gore sent over his third point of the game. Castletown sent over a free with the last kick of the half to leave the hosts leading by one at the break.

Gore extended the lead in the opening minute of the second half, before the visitors sent over the next two scores to level matters once again on forty minutes. Gore added another point before the visitors went in front with the next two scores. Rathkenny got a penalty on fifty minutes which was calmly slotted home by Cody Reilly. It was to prove to be their final score as Castletown sent over two points to leave the minimum in it entering the final two minutes. They went for the equaliser but it landed short and popped out of keeper Andrew Finney’s grasp and was dispensed to the net. Both sides had opportunities to add to their tally but neither did.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; P. Mullery, M. Brien, C. Rock; C. Meade, T. McKeever, C. Curtis (0-1); R. Curtis, D. Smith; C. McCabe, M. McBride (0-1), B. Carolan; C. Reilly (1-2), R. Timmons, J. Gore (0-6)

Subs – R. Martin for McCabe, O. O’Connor for Rock

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02.05.2012

ACFL3B (Round Three)

Rathkenny gain first league win

Rathkenny came away from this B League Division 3 game played in Bohermeen last Wednesday evening May 2nd with full points.

St Ultans 0-08

Rathkenny 0-15

Rathkenny settled well with early scores from Cody Reilly and Cathal McCabe. The visitors had played some good football in the opening half and had a strong lead when further scores from Michael McBride (2), Barry Carolan, Cathal McCabe, Colin Curtis and Damien McBride left them in control, but they let the hosts in for a couple of late first half scores to leave it 0-08 to 0-05 at the break.

Rathkenny continued where they left off in the second half when they added seven further points all from play. Cathal McCabe opened the second half account with his third point. Darren Barron added three of his own and Colin Curtis added to his first half account with a further score. Wingback Damien McBride brought his evenings total to three points as the defence restricted St Ultans to three second half points to run out comfortable winners in the end.

Rathkenny – T. Fleming; R. Martin, M. Brien, C. Rock; S. Lynn, T. McKeever, D. McBride (0-3); C. Meade, R. Curtis; D. Barron (0-3), B. Carolan (0-1), C. McCabe (0-3); C. Curtis (0-2), C. Reilly (0-1), M. McBride (0-2)

Subs – I. Lenehan for Rock, O. O’Connor for Reilly, D. Nulty for Barron

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14.05.2012

ACFL3B (Round Four)

Rathkenny given walkover by Ballinabrackey

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21.05.2012

ACFL3B (Round Five)

Rathkenny ease to victory

Rathkennys dominant first half display was enough to take the points in this B League Division 3 game played in Rathkenny last Monday evening, May 21st.

Rathkenny 2-15

Cortown 1-06

Rathkenny kicked 1-10 in the opening half and were in total control. Cathal McCabe kicked over an opening free followed quickly by a brace of scores from Darren Barron. Colin Curtis kept the scores coming with a pointed free. Barron added his third shortly after followed by another score from Colin Curtis.

Cathal McCabe was quickest to react to a high ball as he collected and drilled to the net. Cortown popped over their only first half score before McCabe added three further points. The final score came from Barron right on half time.

Cortown dug deeper in the second half and shared the scoring spoils of 1-05 apiece with their hosts. Rathkenny got early scores from Barry Carolan (2) and Michael McBride. The contest was over when Cathal McCabe found himself one on one with the Cortown net minder as he calmly slotted home his second goal of the night. Rathkenny emptied the subs bench before Damien McBride completed Rathkennys tally with two late scores. Cortown added a goal from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game.

Rathkenny – T. Fleming; R. Martin, M. Brien, S. Lynn; I. Lenehan, T. McKeever, N. Brannigan;  C. Meade,  R. Curtis; D. McBride (0-2), B. Carolan (0-2), C. McCabe (2-4); C. Curtis (0-2), D. Barron (0-4), M. McBride (0-1)

Subs – M. Hanley for Lynn, C. Rock for C. Curtis, S. McCabe for Barron, A. McGarry for C. McCabe, L. Connolly for M. McBride

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29.05.2012

ACFL3B (Round Six)

Visitors continue winning ways

Rathkenny continued their recent run of good form with a seven point victory over hosts Syddan in this B League Division 3 game played last Tuesday evening May 29th.

Syddan 0-04

Rathkenny 0-11

Top scorer on the night Darren Barron opened Rathkennys account with a sixth minute point. The hosts levelled soon after and were in front after an eighteenth minute score. Rathkenny sent over three points in the final seven minutes of the half through Cathal McCabe (2) and Barron to lead by two at the break.

Rathkenny half back Niall Brannigan sent over a lovely score three minutes after the break to extend the lead. Cathal McCabe sent over after a great move on thirty six minutes. Darren Barron added his third of the evening a minute later. Syddan replied with their first second half score on thirty nine minutes. Rathkenny were in control and added the next three scores through Barron (2) and Cathal McCabe with his fourth of the game. Syddan kept battling and were rewarded with their final point of the game five minutes from time. Darren Barron added his sixth point of the game with a free three minutes from time.

Rathkenny – T. Fleming; R. Martin, M. Brien, M. Hanley; I. Lenehan, T. McKeever, N. Brannigan (0-1); S. McCabe, C. Meade; D. McBride, B. Carolan,  C. McCabe (0-4); C. Rock, D. Barron (0-6), M. McBride

Subs – E. Weldon for Rock, D. Crosbie for Hanley, D. Nulty for S. McCabe, J. Esmonde for M. McBride, A. Brennan for Lenehan

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2012 ACFL2A Match Reports

posted 29 Feb 2012, 05:31 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 05:39 ]

19.02.2012

ACFL2A (Round One)

Rathkenny and St Colmcilles end all square

St Colmcilles sent over an equalising free six minutes into stoppage time in this opening round A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 19th

Rathkenny 0-08

St Colmcilles 0-08

Rathkenny opened the scoring with a well taken Donal Curtis point on two minutes. The seasiders replied with a free on nine minutes before Rathkenny retook the lead through Owen Elliott. St Colmcilles hit a purple patch to lead by two when popping over the next three points.

Two Murt Donnelly frees levelled matters approaching halftime before St Colmcilles popped over a free on the stroke of half time to lead 0-5 to 0-4.

The seasiders increased the lead to two on thirty-two minutes from a free before Rathkenny had a penalty saved three minutes later. Donnelly popped over his third free on thirty eight minutes to reduce the gap to the minimum before Ivan Lenehan levelled matters on forty nine minutes. Donnelly put Rathkenny in front with a long range effort from play before St Colmcilles levelled matters once again within a minute. Substitute Cathal McCabe edged Rathkenny back in front with two minutes of normal time remaining. St Colmcilles got the last score deep into injury time with the last kick of the ball. Both sides will feel they could have gone away with the points, but a draw was probably the right result in difficult conditions.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, D. McBride; R. Gore, B. Carolan, D. Donegan; B. Meade, J. Donegan; B. Lenehan, D. Curtis (0-1), O. Elliott (0-1); M. Donnelly (0-4), C. Reilly, I. Lenehan (0-1) Subs – C. McCabe (0-1) for Curtis, C. Meade for McBride, R. Timmons for B. Lenehan
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26.02.2012

ACFL2A (Round Two)

Nobber take home the points

A late scoring burst ensured Nobber came away from Rathkenny with the points in this second round A League Division 2 clash played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 26th.

Rathkenny 0-06

Nobber 0-09

Rathkenny opened the scoring through a Murt Donnelly free on three minutes followed up by a Brian Farrell free four minutes later to level matters. It was seventeen minutes before Farrell put Nobber in front. This was followed almost immediately by a lovely score from Brian Meade for the hosts. Farrell again restored Nobbers’ advantage on 26 minutes. Cody Reilly levelled matters again in the final minute of the half before Nobber sent over with the last kick of the half to lead 0-04 to 0-03 at the break.

John Donegan restored parity inside two minutes of the second half and we had to wait until the fiftieth minute for the next score. This arrived from substitute Owen Elliott who edged Rathkenny back in front. Nobber dug deep and edged back in front with two scores in three minutes to lead by one with six minutes left on the clock. David Donegan went upfield to level once again with three minutes left. However the final three scores of the game were Nobbers ands they left with the spoils.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; D. McBride, J. Macken, D. Curtis; R. Gore, T. McKeever, D. Donegan (0-1); B. Meade (0-1), M. Macken; I. Lenehan; M. Donnelly (0-1), B. Carolan; J. Gore, J. Donegan (0-1), C. Reilly (0-1).
Subs – C. Meade for McBride, C. Curtis for Lenehan, B. Lenehan for Gore, O. Elliott (0-1) for Carolan, C. McCabe for Donnelly
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18.03.2012

ACFL2A (Round Three)

Seneschalstown secure third win

The hosts maintained their unbeaten start to the A League Division 2 campaign with a hard earned victory over neighbours Rathkenny last Sunday morning.

Seneschalstown 0-14

Rathkenny 1-09

Seneschalstown started brighter playing against the strong breeze with the opening three points inside five minutes. Rathkenny settled to equalise by the eleventh minute with points from Owen Elliott and a brace of frees from Jack Gore. The hosts extended the lead by two points by the seventeenth minute. Rathkenny then had a five minute spell that yielded 1-2 without reply. A pointed free from Brian Lenehan was followed by Rathkennys goal. John Donegan fielded in centre field before a pinpoint pass picked out Owen Elliott. His quick thinking left Donal Curtis one on one with David Lyons, and he calmly slotted to the net, to put Rathkenny in front. Brian Lenehan added a further point before Brian Sheridan slotted two Seneschalstown frees to leave it 1-5 to 0-7 at the break.
The hosts were once again quicker out of the blocks to restore their lead by the three quarter stage. Brian Lenehan kicked over his third point of the day to level matters on 47 minutes. Seneschalstown edged two in front with nine minutes remaining. Rathkenny dug deep to level through scores from Jack Gore and Owen Elliott with three minutes left on the clock. The hosts put over three successive scores to lead by three going into injury time. Rathkenny had one further chance as a pile driver from Richie Timmons clipped the crossbar and went over.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, Joe Gore; D. Donegan, D. Keogan, R. Gore; J. Donegan, T. McKeever; B. Lenehan (0-3), C. Reilly, I. Lenehan; Jack Gore (0-3), O. Elliott(0-2), D. Curtis (1-0).

Subs – R. Timmons (0-1) for Reilly, C. Meade for D. Donegan, D. McBride for J. Donegan

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30.03.2012

ACFL2A (Round Four)

Rathkenny register first win

Rathkenny finally registered their first win with a strong second half performance in this A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Friday evening, March 30th.

Rathkenny 2-14

St Michaels 1-07

The visitors opened the scoring on six minutes before Rathkenny settled with two Brian Lenehan points and a point from Brian Meade. The visitors reduced the gap on the quarter hour mark, before finding the net a minute later to lead by two. The lead became three when they popped over another point with ten minutes of the half remaining. Brian Meade reduced the gap two minutes later before the visitors sent over their final first half score. Three minutes before the interval Jack Gore slotted to the net after a fine team move. There was still time for Owen Elliott to send over on the stroke of halftime to leave it 1-5 to 1-4 to the hosts.

St Michaels levelled matters within a minute of the restart. Rathkenny then hit a purple patch when scoring 1-5 without reply in the next eight minutes. Brian Lenehan pointed with a free before slotting home a penalty within a minute after Donal Curtis was upended in the large parallelogram. Further scores came from Owen Elliott, Lenehan again, Jack Gore and the hard working Derek Smith. St Michaels reduced the gap ten minutes into the second half before points from Richie Timmons and a sublime free from Lenehan extended the lead further. St Michaels got their final score with ten minutes remaining. Final scores from Owen Elliott and Donal Keogan wrapped up the points for the hosts.

Rathkenny - J. Martin; M. Macken, M. Brien, D. McBride; C. Meade, D. Keogan (0-1), R. Gore; J. Macken, D. Smith (0-1); B. Lenehan (1-5), B. Meade (0-2), D. Curtis; R. Timmons (0-1), O. Elliott (0-3), J. Gore (1-1).

Subs - R. Martin for McBride, R. Curtis for D. Curtis, C. Reilly for Timmons

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06.05.2012

ACFL2A (Round Five)

Dunderry take points in scrappy affair

The hosts better second half finishing ensured they secured both points in this dreary A League Division 2 affair played in Dunderry last Sunday afternoon, May 6th

Dunderry 0-08

Rathkenny 0-06

The visitors had a depleted team, missing eight Senior Championship starters from the week before. They started brightly however with midfielder Ronan Curtis levelling Dunderrys first minute score with a good point on two minutes. Owen Elliott sent over two scores in as many minutes before Dunderry reduced the deficit on the six minute mark. Elliott sent over again for the visitors’ fourth point inside the opening seven minutes. Dunderry levelled matters with a brace of points by the twenty third minute. Colin Curtis sent over Rathkennys fifth point two minutes before the break before the hosts once again levelled matters to leave it 0-05 a piece at the break.

Scores were at a premium after the break however as Dunderry edged back in front two minutes in. Rathkenny levelled through Donal Curtis on forty two minutes, but it proved to be their final score as chances were badly missed. Dunderry sent over two final scores to run out two point winners in a scrappy second half when a total of nine wides left both sides scratching their heads compared to the ease of first half scores.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, R. Gore; C. Meade, M. Brien, D. McBride; R. Curtis (0-1), D. Smith; I. Lenehan, R. Timmons, B. Carolan; C. Curtis (0-1), D. Curtis (0-1), O. Elliott (0-3)

Subs - R. Martin for M. Macken, D. Barron for Timmons, M. McBride for Carolan

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12.05.2012

ACFL2A (Round Six)

Rathkenny given a hard lesson

The string of bad results continued for Rathkenny away to Gaeil Colmcille in this A League Division 2 tie played in Grangegodden last Saturday evening, May 12th.

Gaeil Colmcille 5-11

Rathkenny 0-04

The host played much the better football in the opening minutes and created numerous chances to lead by four after nine minutes. Rathkenny settled with the next four scores with some well taken scores from Richie Timmons, Owen Elliott, Brian Lenehan and Donal Curtis to draw level after twenty-four minutes. They were to rue six first half wides however as the hosts struck with 1-1 in the closing two minutes of the half to lead by double scores 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.

There was no indication at this stage of the complete dominance which the hosts would produce in the second half. If it wasn’t for the heroics of John Martin in the Rathkenny goal, the scoreline would have been far worse. The Kells side upped their game and added two further points in the opening ten minutes of the second half to lead by six. Two goals and two points were then added in a five minute spell, before the flood gates opened with a further two goals and two points in the closing ten minutes. Rathkenny spurned easy chances and faded as the hosts took total control to win comfortably in the end.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, R. Gore; D. Curtis (0-1), C. Meade, D. McBride; R. Curtis, D. Smith; C. McCabe, B. Lenehan (0-1), J. Gore; R. Timmons (0-1), O. Elliott (0-1), M. McBride

Subs – C. Rock for M. McBride, C. Curtis for D. McBride

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26.05.2012

ACFL2A (Round Seven)

Rathkenny secure win

Rathkenny won a tight affair to bring home the points in this A league division 2 game played in a very sunny Rathkenny last Saturday evening May 26th.

Rathkenny 1-08

Trim 0-09

The opening quarter was an interesting affair which was littered with missed chances but Trim led 0-2 to 0-1 following scores in the fourth and thirteenth minutes. Rathkenny opened their account with Owen Elliott splitting the posts on the quarter hour mark. Trim got their third and final score of the half three minutes later. The hosts replied instantly with Jack Gore reducing the deficit to the minimum and the same player drew the sides’ level three minutes before the break. The crucial goal came from Owen Elliott who was quickest to react to a ball around the square and finished to the net. Darren Barron extended the half time lead to four with a free right on half time.

Both teams got an early score in the second half Jack Gore replying to Trims opening minute score. Trim started to claw back at Rathkennys four point lead with the next three scores. Richie Timmons extended the lead back to two with nine minutes remaining. The scoring was tit for tat till the end of the match as Rathkenny got two final scores from Stephen McCabe and Donal Curtis to win by two points despite kicking sixteen wides during the game.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; T. McKeever, M. Brien, R. Gore; I. Lenehan, D. Donegan, C. Meade; J. Macken, R. Curtis; M. Macken, D. Curtis (0-1), J. Gore (0-3); D. Barron (0-1), S. McCabe (0-1), O. Elliott (1-1).

Subs – R. Timmons (0-1) for Barron, B. Carolan for M. Macken

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06.06.2012

ACFL2A (Round Eight)

Rathkenny defeat League leaders

Rathkenny defeated table toppers Simonstown in this A league division 2 game played in sunny Simonstown last Wednesday evening June 6th.

Simonstown 0-11        

Rathkenny 0-15

The hosts were quickest out of the blocks with the opening two points after five minutes. Rathkenny opened their account with a fine point from Richie Timmons after six minutes. The hosts extended their lead before a long range free from Jack Gore and a John Donegan point levelled matters at the quarter hour mark.

The hosts popped over the next two points before Timmons reduced the gap with a free eight minutes before the break. Simonstown replied with their last score of the half on twenty seven minutes before Timmons added his third point of the night to leave it 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of the hosts at the break.

The hosts extended their lead within a minute of the restart before Jack Gore reduced the lead. Again Simonstown popped over the next score but Rathkenny replied with three of their own through Jack Gore (2) and Owen Elliott to lead for the first time on forty-two minutes. The sides traded the next four scores of the game with Elliott adding both of Rathkennys points leaving the visitors leading by the minimum with seven minutes left on the clock. An injury to Simonstown full-forward Hank Traynor delayed matters for several minutes, before he had to leave the field. Half back Christy Meade extended the men in Red and Blacks lead before Elliott added his fourth point of the half on fifty five minutes. Simonstown added their final point a minute later. Rathkenny finished stronger with scores from Owen Elliott and Stephen McCabe to close out the game.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; T. McKeever, M. Brien, R. Gore; I. Lenehan, D. Donegan, C. Meade (0-1); J. Macken, R. Curtis; J. Donegan (0-1), D. Curtis, J. Gore (0-4); R. Timmons (0-3), S. McCabe (0-1), O. Elliott (0-5).

Subs – D. Smith for McKeever, C. McCabe for R. Curtis, R. Martin for R. Gore

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Junior C Round Up

posted 8 Nov 2011, 14:30 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Nov 2011, 14:53 ]

Junior C FC Rd 1

01.05.2011

Rathkenny “C” off Duleek/Bellewstown

Rathkenny overcame Duleek/Bellewstown in this opening round Junior C Championship game played in blustery Donore, last Sunday.

Rathkenny 1-18

Duleek/Bellewstown 0-06

Rathkenny produced a great defensive display in the opening half to go in level at the break, despite playing against the strong gale. Duleek/Bellewstown popped over the opening two points before Colin Curtis opened Rathkennys account. Duleek/Bellewstown moved two in front soon after before Rathkenny hit five in a row to lead by three, the scores coming from Colin Curtis, Denis Nulty, Colm Gore, Cody Reilly and Declan Crosbie. Duleek/Bellewstown responded with the final three scores of the half to leave it all square at the interval.

It was all Rathkenny after the break as ten players ended up on the score sheet as Duleek/Bellewstown ended the game with twelve players. Rathkenny defence held firm as their forward line began to stretch their lead through some good point taking. A fortunate goal from Colin Curtis which caught the Duleek/Bellewstown net minder off guard ended this as a contest with the score at 1-11 to 0-06. A further seven points before the end left Rathkenny with two points in this four team group.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, M. Brien, P. Mullery; P. Downey (0-1), D. Crosbie (0-2), S. Lynn; E. Weldon (0-1), R. Calliff; D. Nulty (0-1), C. Gore (0-4), C. Reilly (0-1); C. Curtis (1-4), M. McBride, B. Kelly (0-1). Subs – T. Rowan (0-1) for Brien, D. Downey (0-2) for Kelly, C. Rock for Mullery, K. Leddy for Reilly, R. Drew for Curtis

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Junior C FC Rd 2

13.05.2011

Rathkenny edge past Ballivor

Rathkenny recorded their second win in this year’s Junior C Championship after overcoming a dogged Ballivor in Dunderry, last Friday evening, May 13th.

Rathkenny 1-11

Ballivor 0-05

Rathkenny edged closer to a quarter-final berth with this hard fought eight point victory. With ten minutes remaining there was just a kick of a ball between the sides with Rathkenny leading 0-7 to 0-5. However the Rathkenny forwards finally found their kicking boots to pull away, with a late Kevin Leddy goal putting a flattering look to the score line.

Rathkenny started brightly but kicked several wides and Ballivor opened the scoring. A brace from Denis Nulty put Rathkenny in front and subsequent scores from Cody Reilly and two frees from Michael McBride left it 0-5 to 0-2 at the break.

Playing with the slight wind advantage in the second half gave Rathkenny plenty of possession but most was wasted as the wides tally mounted. Cody Reilly steadied matters with a score before Ballivor replied with a point. Substitute Tom Rowan popped over the first of his four second half scores, before Ballivor got a brace to move to within two points. Rowan then added two points in a row before veteran Michael Reid scored a lovely point followed by Rowans final score and Leddys late goal.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, M. Brien, P. Mullery; P. Downey, D. Crosbie, S. Lynn; D. Smith, R. Calliff; D. Nulty (0-2), C. Gore, E. Weldon; C. Reilly (0-2), M. McBride (0-2), B. Kelly. Subs – T. Rowan (0-4) for Calliff, D. Downey for Kelly, M. Reid (0-1) for McBride, K. Leddy (1-0) for Reilly

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09.06.2011 Rd 3

Junior C Championship

Rathkenny reach quarterfinals

Rathkenny edged past a determined Cortown in Kilberry last Thursday evening June 9th to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Junior C championship.

Rathkenny 0-12

Cortown 0-05

Rathkenny raced into a four point lead by the ten minute mark, courtesy of a brace from top scorer Colin Curtis, and points from Cody Reilly and Denis Nulty. Cortown halved the lead with two quick points before Rathkenny pushed on through Andrew Crosbie with a lovely score from a tight angle and a further three points from Colin Curtis to lead by six at the break.

Curtis added two further points after the break before Rathkenny retreated a little to hold onto their lead. Cortown kept plugging away and were rewarded with three second half scores, but Rathkenny had closed out the game with scores from Cody Reilly and the impressive Curtis.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; P. Mullery, M. Brien, P. Downey; J. Gore, D. Crosbie, S. Lynn; D. Smith, R. Calliff; C. Curtis (0-8), C. Gore, D. Nulty (0-1); C. Reilly (0-2), T. Rowan, A. Crosbie (0-1).

Subs – M. Reid for Calliff, B. Kelly for Crosbie, C. Rock for J. Gore, D. Downey for Reilly, R. Drew for Rowan.

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21.08.2011

Junior C Championship Quarter Final

Oldcastle advance to semis

Oldcastle had too much in the tank for a valiant Rathkenny side in this Junior C quarter final clash held in Moynalty last Sunday afternoon, August 21st

Oldcastle 2-13

Rathkenny 1-09

Rathkenny got the better of the earlier exchanges and were leading after quarter of an hour with scores from Michael McBride, Derek Smith and Richie Timmons. Andrew Crosbie finished to the net after a great through ball and Denis Nulty popped over to make it 1-04 to 0-01. Oldcastle got a goal on seventeen minutes to keep in touch and added another point four minutes later. Timmons and McBride extended Rathkennys advantage before Oldcastle got an important goal to leave one in it, three minutes before the break. Richie Timmons popped over his third point of the day to leave it 1-07 to 2-2 to Rathkenny at half time.

The second half belonged to Oldcastle as they dominated the midfield exchanges and six points in a row gave them a four point advantage at the three quarter stage. Denis Nulty narrowed the gap to three but that was as close as Rathkenny came, as Oldcastle finished with five further scores when Rathkenny pushed forward in search of scores of their own and left gaps at the back. Richie Timmons finished Rathkennys account with seven minutes remaining.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; C. Rock, M. Brien, P. Mullery; D. Nulty (0-2), S. Lynn, P. Downey; D. Smith (0-1), D. Crosbie; C. Gore, M. McBride (0-2), E. Weldon; A. Crosbie (1-0), T. Rowan, R. Timmons (0-4)

Subs – M. Reid for Downey, R. Calliff for Mullery, R. Price for Rock, B. Kelly for Weldon, K. Leddy for Crosbie

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ACFL4B Round Up

posted 20 Apr 2011, 14:47 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Nov 2011, 15:14 ]

13.03.2011

ACFL4B Round One

Rathkenny win opener

Rathkenny opened their B League Division 4 campaign with a hard fought one point victory over St Vincent’s, Ardcath in blustery Rathkenny last Sunday, March 13th.

Rathkenny 1-09

St Vincent’s 2-05

The hosts got off the mark with a rare point from midfielder Ronan Curtis. This was followed by a point by his brother Colin Curtis. Rathkenny’s only other score of the half was a Cathal McCabe point. The visitors got the added bonus of a first half goal when a 45 was mishandled in the Rathkenny square and dropped to the net. This gave the visitors a five point interval lead after playing with the strong wind advantage in the opening half.

Rathkenny popped over two early second half scores from the boot of Thomas Martin. However the hosts hard work was undone when the visitors got their only second half score, when they finished to the net to leave six points in it.

Thomas Martin popped over a free to reduce the gap and Barry Carolan hit a lovely score to put four between the teams going into the last ten minutes. A foot block by the visitors gave Thomas Martin the chance to drill home the resultant penalty to leave the minimum between the sides. Darren Barron scored the equalizing point with time almost up. In the four minutes of injury time, Robbie Price put over the winning score as Rathkenny held on to secure the points.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; R. Price (0-1), D. Crosbie, D. Nulty; B. Carolan (0-1), R. Curtis (0-1); D. Barron (0-1), T. Martin (1-3), C. Gore; C. McCabe (0-1), M. McBride, C. Curtis (0-1).

Subs – M. Reid for Crosbie, R. Califf for R. Curtis

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02.04.2011

ACFL4B Round Two

Rathkenny continue winning ways

Hosts Rathkenny made hard work at taking home the points in this B League Division 4 game played in blustery Rathkenny last Saturday afternoon, April 2nd.

Rathkenny 0-11

Carnaross 1-06

Rathkenny led this game from Cathal McCabe’s fifth minute point. Brian Lenehan increased the lead three minutes later. Carnaross popped over two frees to draw level by the tenth minute. Rathkenny were in control for the remainder of the half but could only notch up two further scores (both from Darren Barron), to leave it 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.

Rathkenny got the next two scores of the game in the opening five minutes of the second half through Stephen McCabe and Darren Barron. Then came a scoring spell of six points in ten minutes. Rathkennys scores coming from Cathal McCabe and Darren Barron, to leave it 0-8 to 0-6 in the hosts favour by the seventeenth minute. Cathal McCabe added Rathkennys next score before Barron extended the lead to four points with seven minutes to go. However Carnaross received a lifeline when a foot block was adjudged and the resultant penalty was scored with six minutes left. Rathkenny held on as Barron added his sixth point of the game and Rathkenny took the points.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; P. Mullery, M. Brien, S. Lynn; B. Lenehan (0-1), D. Crosbie, D. Nulty; D. Smith, S. McCabe (0-1); D. Barron (0-6), D. McBride, C. Gore; C. McCabe (0-3), M. Donnelly, R. Price.

Subs – C. Curtis for Price, T. Martin for Gore, R. Califf for Lenehan, M. McBride for D. McBride, B. Kelly for C. McCabe

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09.05.2011

ACFL4B Round Three

Rathkenny ease to B league victory

Rathkenny overcame Kilmainhamwood in this third round B league game played in Rathkenny last Monday evening, May 9th.

Rathkenny 2-19

Kilmainhamwood 0-08

Rathkenny produced a great first half display to lead by eight at the break. Following Brian Lenehan’s early score, Rathkenny were never headed and with Lenehan and full forward Cathal McCabe scoring three points each, Colin Curtis adding a brace and a point each for Cody Reilly and Derek Smith, it left it 0-10 to 0-02 at half time.

Rathkenny upped their work rate after the break and with Colm Gore and Denis Nulty adding goals; the game was over as a contest long before the end. The second half scoring honours went to Colm Gore (1-3), Denis Nulty (1-1), Colin Curtis (0-2), Cody Reilly (0-2) and Billy Kelly (0-1).

Rathkenny – A. Finney; R. Califf, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; J. Gore, D. Crosbie, B. Lenehan (0-3); E. Weldon, D. Smith (0-1); D. Nulty (1-1), C. Gore (1-3), C. Curtis (0-4); C. Reilly (0-3), C. McCabe (0-3), B. Kelly (0-1).

Subs – T. Rowan for McCabe, R. Price for Lenehan, M. Reid for Califf, K. Leddy for Mullery, R. Drew for Kelly

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24.05.2011

ACFL4B Round Four

Rathkenny veterans maintain unbeaten run

Rathkenny overcame hosts St Michaels in this fourth round B league game played in Carlanstown last Tuesday evening, May 24th.

St Michaels 1-06

Rathkenny 0-24

Rathkenny produced a great first half display when playing with wind advantage to lead by nine at the break. Following Cathal McCabe’s early score, Rathkenny were never headed and with Tom Rowan rolling back the years with four first half points, further scores were added by Colin Curtis (3), Cathal McCabe (2) Kevin Leddy (2) and midfielder Barry Carolan which left Rathkenny leading 0-13 to 0-04 at the break.

Rathkenny continued the hard work ethos in the second half and although St Michaels scored a penalty, the Rathkenny defence held the hosts to only two further scores. Tom Rowan added three further scores to finish the evening with seven points. Cathal McCabe added three more, while Colin Curtis added a brace. Kevin Leddy, Denis Nulty and Joe Gore popped over one each to complete a good evening’s work considering Rathkenny ended with a full forward line with a combined age of 122.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; C. Rock, M. Brien, P. Mullery; J. Gore (0-1), S. Lynn, B. Lenehan; B. Carolan (0-1), D. Smith; D. Nulty (0-1), C. McCabe (0-6), C. Curtis (0-5); K. Leddy (0-3), T. Rowan (0-7), A Crosbie.

Subs – M. Reid for Crosbie, J. McKeever for Curtis, R. Drew for Leddy.

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30.05.2011

ACFL4B Round Five

Early goals leave Rathkenny reeling

The concession of three early goals left Rathkenny with too much to do to overcome hosts Dunsany in this fifth round B league game played in Dunsany last Monday evening, May 30th.

Dunsany 3-10

Rathkenny 1-09

Three goals in 14 first half minutes left Rathkenny 3-02 to 0-02 in arrears and unable to catch up. The first score of the game was a well worked Dunsany goal inside a minute of the start. Things got worse when a defensive mix-up led to goal number two and two minutes later a pointed effort rebounded of the crossbar and was buried by the inrushing Dunsany forward. Rathkenny eventually got a foothold in the game and produced five points from Tom Rowan (2), Colin Curtis (2) and Derek Smith. Rathkenny were also guilty of missing a goal chance just before the half time break to leave it 3-05 to 0-05 at the break.

A brace of scores from Cathal McCabe and a point each from Cody Reilly and Colin Curtis kept the scoreboard ticking over but Dunsany also sent over four points to leave it 3-09 to 0-09 with ten minutes remaining. Colin Curtis buried to the net a minute later to leave six in it, but Rathkenny were guilty of a couple more goal efforts going just wide when points might have been the wiser option. The impressive Dunsany outfit sent over the last score with five minutes remaining.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; C. Rock, M. Brien, P. Mullery; J. Gore, D. Crosbie, S. Lynn; B. Carolan, D. Smith (0-1); D. Nulty, C. Gore, B. Lenehan; C. Curtis (1-3), T. Rowan (0-2), C McCabe (0-2).

Subs – R. Price for Rock, C. Reilly (0-1) for Nulty

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04.07.2011

ACFL4B Round Six

St Pats win top of table clash

Rathkenny lost out in this top of the table clash to a well drilled St Pats side who won out by eleven points last Monday evening, July 4th in Stamullen.

St Pats 1-15

Rathkenny 0-07

There was only two points between the sides at the break, Rathkenny scores coming from Colin Curtis (2), Enda Weldon and Cathal McCabe. St Pats opened up in the second half and an early goal meant Rathkenny were playing catch up but could not find the scores necessary as St Pats pulled away in the finish. Rathkenny second half scores coming from Cathal McCabe, Colm Gore and Kevin Leddy. Rathkenny now need to win their last two games against Clann na nGael and St Mary’s to ensure promotion to Division 3.

Rathkenny - T. Rowan; C. Rock, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; D. Donegan, D. Crosbie, D. Nulty; B. Carolan, D. Smith; B. Lenehan, E. Weldon (0-1), C. Curtis (0-2); C. Gore (0-1), C. McCabe (0-2), C. Reilly.

Subs - K. Leddy (0-1) for Donegan, B. Kelly for Reilly, R. Drew for Gore.

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11.07.2011

ACFL4B Round Seven

Rathkenny move closer to promotion

Rathkenny moved a step closer to promotion with this five point victory over Clann na nGael in Rathkenny last Monday evening, July 11th.

Rathkenny 0-16

Clann na nGael 2-05

This was a good team performance with Colin Curtis top scoring with seven points for the evening and Brian Lenehan adding five more. Rathkenny led by double scores at the half way stage and extended that advantage with some quality point taking in the second half. The concession of two goals will be a worry but one more victory in their final match will guarantee promotion, which was the goal at the start of the campaign. Rathkennys other scores coming from Cathal McCabe (2) and Murt Donnelly (2).

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; D. Nulty, D. Crosbie, D. Donegan; B. Carolan, D. Smith; B. Lenehan (0-5), C. Gore, C. McCabe (0-2); M. Donnelly (0-2), T. Rowan, C. Curtis (0-7).

Subs – C. Reilly for B. Lenehan, C. Rock for Mullery, P. Downey for Donegan, R. Price for Rowan.

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29.05.2011

ACFL4B Round Eight

Rathkenny gain promotion

Rathkenny won their final B League Division 4 game to gain promotion to next years Division 3 campaign after a hard fought three point victory over neighbours St Marys in Rathkenny last Monday evening, August 29th.

Rathkenny 0-12

St Mary’s 1-06

Rathkenny started brightly and were three points to the good after four minutes with scores from Cathal McCabe, Richie Timmons and Murt Donnelly. St Mary’s sent over a seventh minute point before Rathkenny sent over the next six scores from half back Denis Nulty, three points in a row from Brian Lenehan and another Murt Donnelly effort. St Mary’s got their second score right on half time to leave it 0-09 to 0-02 at the break.

When Brian Lenehan sent over two early second half points Rathkenny were cruising to an easy victory, but they almost pressed the self destruct button as they failed to score again until five minutes from time. St Mary’s started the fight back with two points before a goal on 43 minutes brought the gap down to four points. With ten minutes remaining the gap was down to two points. St Mary’s then kicked a number of wides which seemed to take the wind from their sails. Colin Curtis popped over Rathkennys final score on 55 minutes and St Mary’s needed to score four points to win. They failed to score again as Rathkenny held firm to gain promotion. 

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; D. Nulty (0-1), D. Crosbie, D. Donegan; B. Carolan, D. Smith; B. Lenehan (0-5), C. Gore, C. McCabe (0-1); C. Curtis (0-2), M. Donnelly (0-2), R. Timmons (0-1)

Subs – T. Rowan for Lenehan, P. Downey for McCabe

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09.09.2011

ACFL4B Final

Rathkenny are the Champions

Rathkenny claimed the B League Division 4 title in a highly entertaining game played in Donore last Friday evening September 9th.

Rathkenny 3-07

St Patrick’s 2-07

St Pats opened the scoring after two minutes and increased it further with a free on eight minutes. Rathkenny sent over their opening score through a Colin Curtis free a minute later. They got on equal terms through a Brian Lenehan free on twelve minutes before Peter Downey sent over a lovely score to put Rathkenny in front two minutes later. The Stamullen men then hit a goal and two points by the twentieth minute and five minutes before the break increased the margin when their centre back sent over a point. Two minutes before the break a great Rathkenny move ended with Peter Downey making a surging run through the St Pats defence only to be brought down in the large parallelogram. Brian Lenehan calmly slotted home the resultant penalty to leave it 1-5 to 1-3 to St Pats at the break.

St Pats got off to a dream start in the second period with a well worked goal on 33 minutes. Rathkenny knuckled down and produced three points of their own through Colin Curtis, Brian Lenehan and David Donegan while St Pats sent over a free to leave it 2-6 to 1-6 on forty minutes. The game changed in Rathkennys favour when firstly Colm Gore got on to the end of a centre and finished smartly to the net on 47 minutes. Within a minute a long range Brian Lenehan free was dropped under the crossbar by the St Pats net minder for Murt Donnelly to react quickest and finish to the net. When Donnelly calmly popped over a difficult free five minutes later Rathkenny led by four with seven minutes left. Try as they might St Pats could not get the goal they needed, largely due to great defending by the Rathkenny backs and one crucial save from keeper Andrew Finney. St Pats did send over a free on sixty minutes but Rathkenny held out to claim the title.

After the game County Board representative Paul Mooney presented the cup to Rathkenny captain Paul Mullery. In his speech Mullery thanked the players and also the mentors Dermot Smyth, Martin Byrne and Gerry Gavagan for their work during the year. He thanked St Pats on the great final before finally adding a special thanks to Aisling McCabe for her hard work, commitment and dedication during the year.

Rathkenny – A. Finney; J. Gore, S. Lynn, P. Mullery; D. Donegan (0-1), D. Crosbie, D. Nulty; B. Carolan, D. Smith; P. Downey (0-1), C. Gore (1-0), B. Lenehan (1-2); C. McCabe, R. Timmons, C. Curtis (0-2)

Subs – M. Brien for Crosbie, M. Donnelly (1-1) for McCabe, R. Price, C. Reilly, E. Kelly, C. Rock, K. Leddy, A. Crosbie, R. Drew, E. Weldon.

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ACFL2A Round Up

posted 20 Apr 2011, 14:45 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Nov 2011, 15:15 ]

13.02.2011

ACFL2A (Round One)

Rathkenny opened their 2011 A League with a one point defeat to fellow senior outfit, Oldcastle, in Rathkenny last Sunday afternoon, February 13th.

Rathkenny 1-04

Oldcastle 0-08

Oldcastle opened the scoring with a point in the first minute and were never headed after that. Rathkenny levelled matters when Ivan Lenehan kicked over a fourth minute score. Both teams traded 8th minute points, with the Rathkenny score coming from the boot of Donal Curtis. Oldcastle finished the quarter with a two point gap following scores on 14 and 15 minutes. Brian Lenehan kicked over Rathkenny’s third point twelve minutes before the break while Oldcastle finished the half with three further scores to lead by four at the halfway stage.

Rathkenny were thrown a second half lifeline when Donal Keogan was upended in the square and substitute Thomas Martin coolly slotted home the resultant spot kick to reduce the deficit to a single point in the 34th minute. Scores were at a premium in the second half and Oldcastle finally extended their lead twelve minutes into the second half and try as they might Rathkenny could only add one further score of their own when Brian Meade fisted over a John Donegan sideline ball with five minutes remaining.

Oldcastle will be delighted to secure the points and with a total of 18 wides, this was a typical league opener. Both sides will be determined to improve as the season goes on.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; S. Lynn, J. Macken, M. Macken; R. Gore, T. McKeever, D. Keogan; J. Donegan, R. Curtis; B. Lenehan (0-1), B. Meade (0-1), D. Curtis (0-1); C. Gore, I. Lenehan (0-1), O. Elliott.

Subs - T. Martin (1-0) for C. Gore (ht), D. Barron for Elliott (48)

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06.03.2011

ACFL2A (Round Two)

Trim take home the points

13 man Trim defeated 14 man Rathkenny in this A League Division 2 game played in Trim last Sunday, 6th March.

Trim 0-13

Rathkenny 0-05

Trim opened the scoring on eight minutes and added to their total two minutes later before Colm Gore opened Rathkennys account on twelve minutes. Trim then put over three points in three minutes to lead by four. A further score apiece (John Donegan scoring for Rathkenny) before the interval left it 0-6 to 0-2. By this stage Trim were down to 13 after two yellows and a straight red. Rathkenny had missed easy chances in the first half and should have been closer at the break.

Trim increased their lead with two early second half scores before Damien McBride popped over Rathkennys third score on 38 minutes. Two further scores from Trim made it 0-10 to 0-3 at the three quarter stage. Two points in quick succession from Rathkennys Thomas Martin and Darren Barron reduced the gap to five points with ten minutes to go. However Rathkenny failed to score again although they hit the butt of the post with a John Donegan effort, before Ronan Curtis shaved the post with another. Trim closed out the game with three further scores to go away with the points. Rathkenny ended the game with fourteen men after Owen Elliott picked up a second yellow card.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, S. Lynn; R. Gore, T. McKeever, B. Carolan; B. Meade, R. Curtis; D. McBride (0-1), J. Donegan (0-1), C. Gore (0-1); T. Martin (0-1), I. Lenehan, O. Elliott.

Subs – B. Lenehan for Lynn, D. Barron (0-1) for I. Lenehan, S. McCabe for Carolan

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27.03.2011

ACFL2A (Round Three)

Rathkenny record first win

Hosts Rathkenny recorded their first win of the A League campaign following a merited three point victory over visitors Dunderry last Sunday evening, March 27th.

Rathkenny 0-10

Dunderry 0-07

Rathkenny started brightly with two points in the opening eight minutes through Brian Meade and Donal Curtis. Dunderry replied with a ninth minute free to leave the minimum in it. Darren Barron popped over Rathkenny’s third score, before two on the bounce had the Dunderry men on level terms. John Donegan raised the white flag for the hosts fourth point before Barron added his second of the day. Dunderry closed the scoring two minutes before the break to leave it 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval.

Dunderry came roaring out of the second half blocks when they popped over three points in four minutes and Rathkenny were thankful for the sharp reflexes of net minder John Martin for keeping a goal bound effort out. Brian Meade struck two points in quick reply to leave it seven points apiece by the 39th minute. Rathkenny dominated the scoring stats for the remainder of the game with further scores coming from Donal Keogan, John Donegan and Damien McBride to win out by three points.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; S. Lynn, J. Macken, R. Gore; D. Keogan (0-1), T. McKeever, D. McBride (0-1); B. Meade (0-3), B. Carolan; D. Barron (0-2), S. McCabe, O. Elliott; C. Gore, J. Donegan (0-2), D. Curtis (0-1)

Subs – B. Lenehan for C. Gore, M. Macken for Lynn, C. Curtis for McCabe

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ACFL2A

03.06.2011

Rathkenny edge past Nobber

Rathkenny travelled to Nobber last Friday evening June 6th and came away with two hard earned points.

Nobber 1-05

Rathkenny 1-07

Nobber started much the brighter and were three points to the good when Rathkenny finally opened their account through the boot of Cathal McCabe on fifteen minutes. Things improved when the visitors edged in front as Barry Carolan, Ivan Lenehan and McCabe again sent over great scores. However all the first half hard work was undone as Nobber latched on to a defensive mix up and finished to the net on the stroke of halftime quickly followed by a point to leave it 1-04 to 0-04 at the break.

Second half scores included an inspirational score from cornerback Ross Gore who popped over after a sixty yard solo run. Barry Carolan got his second score to leave it 1-05 to 0-06 with twelve minutes remaining. Rathkenny then missed a penalty which was saved by the Nobber custodian. Substitute Colin Curtis took a sideline ball and it hit the net after a number of players failed to connect to leave Rathkenny in front by a point. Nobber were guilty of a number of wides as they attempted to draw level, Colin Curtis then popped over a free from a difficult angle to edge Rathkenny two in front. The final drama came as Donal Curtis made a goal line clearance as Nobber looked to have won it at the death.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; S. Lynn, T. McKeever, R. Gore (0-1); B. Lenehan, D. Keogan, J. Gore; D. Smith, B. Carolan (0-2); I. Lenehan (0-1), J. Donegan, C. McCabe (0-2); D. Curtis, S. McCabe, C. Gore

Subs – C. Curtis (1-1) for D. Curtis, M. Macken for C. Gore, D. Curtis for C. McCabe

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19.06.2011

ACFL2A (Round Five)

Rathkenny lose out at Carlanstown

Rathkenny came away from Carlanstown with nothing but regrets as another disappointing result leaves promotion to Division One more difficult to obtain.

St Michaels 0-12

Rathkenny 0-11

The end result is all the more frustrating considering the great start, racing into a five point lead after twelve minutes. Two great early scores from Brian Lenehan were followed by Michael Mackens’ first point in the League. Another Lenehan point was followed by a score from centre back Donal Keogan. St Michaels finally popped over two scores before Keogan scored again. St Michaels kicked over their third point with four minutes left in the half. There was still time for Darren Barron to put Rathkennys seventh point of the half.

St Michaels completely turned the tables in the second half with a seven point unanswered spree in the opening ten minutes to lead by three. Rathkenny to their credit scored the next three points with a brace from Darren Barron and one from top scorer Brian Lenehan to draw level with ten minutes remaining. However St Michaels kicked the next two scores to lead by two with four minutes remaining. Colin Curtis narrowed the gap to a single point before Rathkenny missed two chances in a final desperate attempt to secure points from the game.

Rathkenny – D. Crosbie; J. Gore, J. Macken, D. McBride; R. Gore, D. Keogan, D. Nulty; B. Carolan, M. Macken, D. Barron; C. McCabe, J. Donegan, C. Curtis.

Subs – C. Gore for Carolan

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07.07.2011

ACFL2A (Round Six)

Rathkenny disappoint at home.

Any faint hopes Rathkenny had of promotion seem to have evaporated after a dreadful display against lowly St Ultans in Rathkenny last Thursday 7th July.

Rathkenny 0-07

St Ultans 0-09

The visitors led at the break by a solitary point with Rathkenny first half scores coming from Colm Gore, Darren Barron and Brian Lenehan. Rathkenny were guilty of some poor passing and shot selections throughout the half and things didn’t improve there after.

Second half scores from Brian Lenehan, David Donegan, Owen Elliott and John Donegan were not enough as intermediate side St Ultans held on for an unlikely victory. Twenty wides tell a sad tale for Rathkenny who need to improve greatly in the coming weeks with an important championship game against Nobber on the horizon.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, T. McKeever, S. Lynn; D. Donegan (0-1), D. Keogan, D. McBride; J. Macken, J. Donegan (0-1); O. Elliott (0-1), B. Lenehan (0-2), D. Smith; D. Barron (0-1), S. McCabe, C. Gore (0-1).

Subs – C. McCabe for C. Gore, I. Lenehan for Barron

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18.07.2011

ACFL2A (Round Seven)

Rathkenny take home the points

Rathkenny secured a fine nine point victory over hosts Syddan in this A league Division 2 clash played in Syddan last Monday evening, July 18th

Syddan 0-09

Rathkenny 1-15

Rathkenny opened brightly with two scores in as many minutes from Donal Keogan and John Donegan. Syddan replied with the next three scores all from frees to lead after 10 minutes. Rathkenny put in a four point scoring spree in a five minute spell through Murt Donnelly, Owen Elliott (2) and Darren Barron. Syddan reduced the gap before Rathkenny extended the lead once more through Donnelly and Brian Lenehan. Syddan replied with the final two first half scores to leave it a two point game at the break.

Brian Meade kicked over Rathkennys opening second half score. Syddan then replied with two scores of their own to leave the minimum between the sides. A 40th minute penalty for Rathkenny was expertly dispatched to the net by Murt Donnelly before Syddan got what was to be their final point on 43 minutes. Rathkenny pushed on from here with points from Brian Lenehan, Murt Donnelly (3), Brian Meade and John Donegan as they closed out the game.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; S. Lynn, T. McKeever, J, Gore; D. Donegan, J. Macken, R. Gore; B. Meade (0-2), D. Keogan (0-1); O. Elliott (0-2), M. Macken, B. Lenehan (0-2); D. Barron (0-1), J. Donegan (0-2), M. Donnelly (1-5)

Subs – I. Lenehan for Barron, D. McBride for D. Donegan, C. Curtis for B. Lenehan

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23.08.2011

ACFL2A (Round Eight)

Simonstown defeat Rathkenny

Simonstowns second half tally of 2-10 ensured they came away with the spoils in this high scoring, entertaining A league Division 2 clash played in Rathkenny last Tuesday evening, August 23rd

Rathkenny 3-10

Simonstown 2-15

Rathkenny started brightly with the opening four points from Thomas Martin, Owen Elliott (2) and Donal Keogan. Simonstown got into their stride with three unanswered points of their own before Colin Curtis sent over to leave two in it at the end of the first quarter. Ivan Lenehan then raced through to latch onto a highball and punch to the net on sixteen minutes. Simonstown reduced the gap with a point before Rathkenny sent over three points from Darren Barron (2) and Thomas Martin. Simonstown sent over the final first half score to leave the hosts leading 1-8 to 0-5 at the break.

The opening five minutes of the second half saw a glut of scores as Simonstown pointed before twice netting. Rathkenny replied immediately with a John Donegan goal of their own, before Simonstown pointed once more to leave it 2-08 to 2-07 in favour of the hosts. Simonstown hit three points on the bounce to lead by two, before Colin Curtis reduced the gap from a free. Two further scores put Simonstown three in front at the three quarter stage. This was extended to four before Ivan Lenehan expertly finished to the net on 50 minutes leaving the minimum between the teams. A free from Thomas Martin drew the sides level with four minutes remaining. Simonstown pulled away with the final two scores as Rathkenny kicked four of eight second half wides in a row in the final five minutes.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; S. Lynn, J. Macken, J, Gore; D. Keogan (0-1), T. McKeever, R. Gore; B. Meade, M. Macken; O. Elliott (0-2), I. Lenehan (2-0), D. Barron (0-2); B. Lenehan, T. Martin (0-3), C. Curtis (0-2)

Subs – J. Donegan (1-0) for McKeever, D. Smith for M. Macken

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31.08.2011

ACFL2A (Round Nine)

Ballinlough and Rathkenny end all square

Ballinlough got an injury time point to ensure a share of the spoils in this high scoring, entertaining A league Division 2 clash played in Ballinlough last Wednesday evening, August 31st

Ballinlough 2-14

Rathkenny 3-11

The visitors got off to a great start when a well worked moved ended with Ivan Lenehan blasting to the net for a second minute goal. The hosts replied with a major of their own six minutes later to restore parity. Colin Curtis got on the end of another slick move to bury to the net and with nine minutes gone it was 2-0 to 1-0. Ballinlough sent over the next two scores before Curtis sent over a free. Ballinlough then hit three points in a row before Curtis sent over another point for the visitors to leave it all square on the twenty minute mark. Owen Elliott put Rathkenny back in front before the hosts sent over two points in a row to go back in front. Brian Meade equalised for Rathkenny before Ballinlough pointed to lead by one at the interval.

The hosts hit a purple patch on the resumption and when they dispatched a 37th minute penalty they lead by seven points having popped over three points in the opening five minutes. Substitute John Donegan and Murt Donnelly replied for Rathkenny to reduce the gap to five at the three quarter stage. Ballinlough extended the gap back to seven with two quick points with ten minutes remaining. Donal Keogan started the fight back with a nice point. Murt Donnelly then lost his marker and slotted to the net to reduce the gap to three with eight minutes remaining. Rathkenny attacked constantly for the next five minutes and scores from Ross Gore, John Donegan and Donnelly levelled matters with three minutes remaining. Donnelly then kicked over a free for Rathkenny to lead once more as the game entered injury time. There was just enough time for the hosts to pop over a free to leave it all square at the end.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; R. Gore (0-1), J. Macken, J. Gore; D. Donegan, D. Keogan (0-1), M. Macken; B. Meade (0-1), D. Smith; O. Elliott (0-1), I. Lenehan (1-0), D. Barron; M. Donnelly (1-3), T. Martin, C. Curtis (1-2)

Subs – J. Donegan (0-2) for Barron, R. Timmons for Curtis, B. Carolan for J. Donegan

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06.09.2011

ACFL2A (Round Ten)

Rathkenny win in Pilltown

The visitors fifteen point half time lead was enough to secure victory in this A league Division 2 clash played in gale force winds in Pilltown last Tuesday evening, September 6th

St Colmcilles 0-10

Rathkenny 2-12

The gale force wind blowing straight down the pitch ensured this was going to be a game of two halves. Rathkenny played with the elements in the opening half and centre back Donal Keogan pointed after twenty seconds. A Colin Curtis free extended the lead a minute later before Thomas Martin finished to the net on three minutes following good work by Curtis on the end line. Rathkenny scored further points from Curtis (2) and Owen Elliott before the hosts put over their only first half score to leave it 1-5 to 0-1 after sixteen minutes. Brian Meade popped over the visitors’ next point, which was followed by another brace of scores from Colin Curtis. Full forward Thomas Martin caught a high centre before rifling to the net five minutes before the interval. He added a superb point thirty seconds later before Brian Lenehan sent over the final score of the half to leave it 2-10 to 0-1 at the break.

St Colmcilles aided by the gale force wind in the second half went about trying to reduce the gap and by the 40th minute had sent over four unanswered points. Rathkenny to their credit kept the hosts scoreless for the next fourteen minutes while David Donegan increased their lead with a 42nd minute point. St Colmcilles registered their sixth point on 53 minutes and added another, two minutes later, before Owen Elliott replied immediately with Rathkennys second point of the half. The hosts could only add three more points before the end which left eight points between the teams at full time.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; J. Gore, J. Macken, S. Lynn; D. Donegan (0-1), D. Keogan (0-1), R. Gore; B. Meade (0-1), D. Smith; O. Elliott (0-2), M. Macken, I. Lenehan; B. Lenehan (0-1), T. Martin (2-1), C. Curtis (0-5)

Subs – T. McKeever for R. Gore, D. Barron, R. Timmons, C. McCabe, P. Mullery

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SFC Round Up

posted 20 Apr 2011, 14:08 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Nov 2011, 14:49 ]

16.04.2011

Meath Farm Machinery SFC Group B Round 1

Rathkenny upset the odds once again

Rathkenny trailed by 5 points at the break but lead by one at the finish to take home the points from this Meath Farm Machinery, Group B, opening round SFC game played in Pairc Tailteann last Saturday evening, April 16th.

Rathkenny 2-09

Donaghmore/Ashbourne 2-08

The omens did not look good for last year’s surprise packets when Rathkenny trailed Donaghmore/Ashbourne by 1-06 to 0-01 after only fifteen minutes. But outscoring their opponents by 2-08 to 1-02 for the remaining 45 minutes showed their never say die attitude. The Dublin border outfit were coasting to an easy victory at the quarter hour mark with two frees in the opening two minutes seeing them off to the best possible start. Rathkenny replied with an opening score from John Donegan after five minutes. Three unanswered points from Donaghmore/Ashbourne saw them take a 0-05 to 0-1 lead, before the contest seemed over when a well worked move ended with the ball in the Rathkenny net on 14 minutes. This was quickly followed by another point to leave eight points between the teams on 15 minutes. Darren Barron got his opening score from a free three minutes later before Brain Meade closed the gap two minutes later. There was a seven minute gap before the next score which came from the men in green. Rathkenny closed out the half with two important quick scores from Barron and Donegan to leave it double scores, 1-07 to 0-05 at the break.

Rathkenny needed a good start to the second half and they got it when Barron scored his third and fourth points of the game in the opening two minutes of the half to reduce the gap to three. Veteran Donal Curtis could have scored a goal, moments later, when a slip from the Donaghmore/Ashbourne net-minder gave him a chance but he saw his effort come off the post. However he made amends within two minutes when, after a similar incident, he dispatched the ball to the net to tie the game. Rathkenny had their tails up at this stage and although Donaghmore/Ashbourne edged back in front, Stephen McCabe popped over a lovely point on eighteen minutes to draw the teams level once more. Second half substitute Martin Donnelly’s attempted free with nine minutes remaining ended up in the back of the net as once again the Donaghmore/Ashbourne goalkeeper dropped the ball. Rathkenny lead by three, but it was short lived as from their next attack, Donaghmore/Ashbourne were allowed run through the Rathkenny defence to drill home the equaliser with eight minutes remaining. Rathkenny defended well for the remainder of the game and Darren Barron scored the winner with two minutes left after great work from Brian Meade and Owen Elliott created the chance. Rathkenny will be disappointed with the number of wides they kicked as they await old foes Seneschalstown in the next round.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; D. McBride, T. McKeever, M. Macken; R. Gore, J. Macken, D. Keogan; S, McCabe (0-1), B. Meade (0-1); O. Elliott, T. Martin, I. Lenehan; D. Curtis (1-0), J. Donegan (0-2), D. Barron (0-5)

Subs - M. Donnelly (1-0) for Lenehan, C. McCabe for McBride

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02.05.2011

Meath Farm Machinery SFC Group B Round 2

Seneschalstown hold off Rathkenny

Seneschalstown earned their first points of the 2011 Senior Football Championship as they held off a late rally to overcome Rathkenny in Pairc Tailteann on Saturday evening, May 2nd

Seneschalstown 0-10

Rathkenny 1-05

Seneschalstown opened the scoring in the opening seconds with a well taken point from Brian Sheridan. Rathkenny responded well with 2 points, a 45 and free from Thomas Martin. Peter Waters slotted the ball over the bar leaving the sides level on the 11th minute. Rathkenny were reduced to 14 men when Owen Elliott was shown red on thirteen minutes. Seneschalstown added to their tally with 2 points from Shane Clarke (1 free) but Rathkenny soon cancelled out these points with Thomas Martin frees on 20 and 27 minutes to leave the sides level at the break.

Seneschalstown opened the second half with a goal chance but Rathkenny goalie John Martin made a great save. Rathkenny went a point in front on 38 minutes with a free from Thomas Martin. Seneschalstown then hit five unanswered points in a ten minute spell which saw them lead by four after scores from Shane Clarke, Stephen Finnegan, Brian Sheridan (2) and Joe Sheridan. Rathkenny began to dominate for the final seven minutes but were playing against a very strong gale and the scores would not come until a fantastic move involving Donal Keogan and quick passes sliced through the Seneschalstown defence, led to Keogan rifling to the net leaving Rathkenny only one point down going into the last minute of the match. Peter Waters put over a last minute point to leave Seneschalstown ahead by two at the end.

Rathkenny - J. Martin; M. Macken, T. McKeever, D. Mc Bride; D. Keogan (1-0), J. Macken, R. Gore; J. Donegan, B. Meade; D. Barron, I. Lenehan, D. Curtis; O. Elliott, T. Martin (0-05), S. McCabe.

Subs - B. Carolan for S. McCabe, C. McCabe for M. Macken, B. Lenehan for Barron

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15.05.2011

Meath Farm Machinery SFC Group B Round 3

O’Mahonys ease to victory

Navan O’Mahonys earned a double scores victory over Rathkenny in this third round Senior Championship match played in Seneschalstown last Sunday, May 15th.

Navan O’Mahonys 0-14

Rathkenny 0-07

The Navan men won this contest with a strong first half performance which yielded seven points to Rathkennys solitary score from a Thomas Martin free on the stroke of half-time. Rathkenny were not aided by the dismissal of James Macken, which the referee deemed a red card offence. 

Rathkenny upped the effort in the second half but O’Mahonys scored the first three points to finish this as a contest. Thomas Martin doubled Rathkennys account eight minutes after the break. John Donegan popped over a huge effort from over fifty metres out. Rathkenny scored three points in three minutes through Martin and a brace from the hard working Brian Meade. Meade popped over Rathkennys last score just before the end.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, T. McKeever, R. Gore; D. Keogan, J. Macken, D. McBride; B. Meade (0-3), J. Donegan (0-1); B. Lenehan, I. Lenehan, D. Barron; D. Curtis, T. Martin (0-3), M. Donnelly.

Subs – S. McCabe for Donnelly, C. McCabe for Barron, B. Carolan for McBride

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12.06.2011

Meath Farm Machinery SFC Group B Round 4

Dunshaughlin through to quarters

Dunshaughlin overturned a six point halftime deficit to a two point victory in this Senior Championship match played in blustery Pairc Tailteann last Sunday afternoon, June 12th.

Dunshaughlin 0-11

Rathkenny 1-05

Rathkenny aided by the strong winds blowing towards the hospital end were four points to the good on twenty minutes with scores from Cathal McCabe (two frees), John Donegan and Brian Meade. Dunshaughlin had missed an early penalty when Rathkenny net minder John Martin produced a great save. In fact it took Dunshaughlin 26 minutes to put over their first score after wasting some easy chances throughout the half. Rathkenny were given a great boost just before the interval when John Donegan caught a high centre and finished superbly to the net to leave Rathkenny 1-04 to 0-01 in front at half time.

The change of ends was a change in fortunes as Dunshaughlin went about reducing the gap with six scores in seventeen minutes. Dunshaughlin were winning all the midfield breaks and Rathkenny were guilty of bad misses on the odd occasion they got the ball in Dunshaughlin’s half.  Dunshaughlin drew level on seventeen minutes and a minute later edged in front with their sixth free of the day. Dunshaughlin extended the lead to two on sixty minutes and to three one minute into injury time. Colin Curtis popped over a late free for Rathkenny to bring it back to two. However Dunshaughlin knocked over the final score to win by three in the end. Rathkenny will rue eleven wides and now face Nobber to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

RathkennyJ. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, J. Gore; D. Keogan, T. McKeever, R. Gore; B. Meade (0-1), B. Carolan; B. Lenehan, J. Donegan (1-1), D. McBride; D. Curtis, I. Lenehan, C. McCabe (0-2)

Subs – S. McCabe for M. Macken, C. Curtis (0-1) for I. Lenehan, M. Macken for C. McCabe

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07.08.2011

Meath Farm Machinery SFC Group B Round 5

Rathkenny remain Senior

Rathkenny defeated Nobber in this bottom of Group B, Senior Championship match played in Kilmainhamwood last Sunday evening, August 7th.

Rathkenny 1-13

Nobber 0-08

Rathkenny got off to the best possible start when Donal Curtis was fouled in the large parallelogram when through on goal. Murt Donnelly dispatched the resultant penalty to the net. Brian Lenehan added a point a minute later and Donnelly converted from a tight angle to leave Rathkenny 1-2 to no score up after four minutes. Nobber settled with two Brian Farrell frees on six and seven minutes to reduce the gap. Rathkenny opened up a five point lead once again through a Donnelly free and after a lovely team move Donal Curtis popped over a fifteenth minute point.

Nobber reduced the gap with a long range point before Brian Meade, Owen Elliott and Donnelly extended the lead once more. Brian Farrell sent over the last score of the half to leave it 1-07 to 0-04 at the break.

Rathkenny came out strongest in the second half with Owen Elliott and sub Thomas Martin sending over to increase the lead to eight points, seven minutes after the restart. Farrell reduced the gap again before Michael Macken and Thomas Martin with his second score of the evening extended the lead again. Nobber however kept in touch with the next two scores. With nine minutes remaining Donal Curtis sent over a sublime score from the left touchline before Nobber popped over their final score of the game with seven minutes left. Owen Elliott completed a great evening’s work for Rathkenny with his third score of the game.

Rathkenny had great showings all over the pitch, chiefly from man of the match Donal Keogan who played really well on danger man Brian Farrell. Nobber now meet Trim and Duleek-Bellewstown in the relegation playoffs.

RathkennyJ. Martin; J. Gore, J. Macken, D. Keogan; D. Donegan, T. McKeever, R. Gore; B. Meade (0-1), M. Macken (0-1); B. Lenehan (0-1), I. Lenehan, O. Elliott (0-3); D. Curtis (0-2), J. Donegan, M. Donnelly (1-3).

Subs – T. Martin (0-2) for D. Curtis, D. Curtis for D. Donegan, D. Barron for B. Lenehan, C. Curtis for Donnelly

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