Dundalk Gaels, who became Division 2 champions at the end of August, carried that momentum to defeat the coveted combined side of St Michael’s and Lannléire and reach the final of the Louth Minor Championship.
With numerous members of last year’s success in tow, the Mid-Louth side never got off the ground so Liam O’Connor controlled things around the middle third and the slim centre-forward duly scored his side’s first goal.
Goals in both halves would be enough for Packie O’Connor’s Gaels side on the day, with Justin Cooney finding the net to give the outplayed losers some hope for the second period before substitute Mikey Daly’s strike in the second Halfway closed the door tightly.
The Ramparts team led 5-1 to 1-1 at halftime and continued to improve in the second period. Two points from Dylan Shevlin and a performance from Brendan Cassidy weren’t enough to deny the Gaels a berth against Ardee St. Mary’s, the title favorite and Division 1 holders.
DUNDALK GAELS: Tom Mahon; Conor Weir, Paddy O’Connell, Thomas Kindlon; Ryan Del Duca, Jack Mullen, Alan Jumbo-Gula; Shaun Duffy, Sam Phelan; Liam Coleman, Liam O’Connor, Padraic Tinnelly; Preston Keating, Cian Walsh, Tony McDonnell. Sub: Mikey Daly 1-0.
O’CONNELL’S/STABANNON PARNELLS/LANNLÉIRE: Calum Fitzsimons; Cillian Byrne, Jack McGeough, Derry Flanagan; Mark Grogan, Alan Reynolds, Jake Corrigan; Andrew Wogan, Justin Cooney 1-0; Adam. Flynn, Evan Kearney, Shane Brady; Ryan Shevlin 0-1, Dylan Shevlin 0-2, Cian Kearney. Substitutes: Matthew Malone for Byrne, Brendan Cassidy 0-1 for Flynn, Conor Clinton for Brady.
REFEREE: Ultan McElroy (Kilkerley Emmets).
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/louth/sport/gaa/impressive-dundalk-gaels-qualify-for-louth-minor-championship-final-by-beating-oconnellsstabannonlannleire-42018033.html The impressive Dundalk Gaels qualify for the Louth Minor Championship Final by beating O’Connell’s/Stabannon/Lannléire