The following are reports from the Meath Chronicle in the weeks leading up to the final and replay of the 1978 Division 3 FC.
Meath Chronicle report dated September 2nd 1978


Carlanstown 2-8, Kilmainham 2-5.

In the division 3 football championship semi-final at Kilberry on Sunday, Carlanstown defeated Kilmainham. Best for the winners were Sean Briody who saved a penalty, Pat O’Connell, Justin Stafford and Robert O’Connell.
Scorers for Carlanstown:
Robert O’Connell 0-6, Gerard McMahon 1-1, Jimmy Farrelly 1-0 and Barney Gaffney 0-1.


Meath Chronicle article dated September 9th 1978

The final of the senior football championship at Navan’s Pairc Tailteann next Sunday will be preceded by the decider of the new division 3 football championship between Rathmolyon and Carlanstown.
Carlanstown field what is almost an U-21 side as most of their players have yet to reach their maturity, and even though they showed up well in the division 2 football championship last year they will not be too disappointed if they have to wait another year. Their best known footballer is midfielder Robert O’Connell who played for Meath U-21’s this year. Rathmolyon, on the other hand can call on the experience of Georgie Jones, Mattie Halloran and Gerry Marry to guide their younger hopefuls. Also they they will be expecting great things from Denis Farrell who, though only 23, has played senior football with Trim and Ballivor and also figured on the Meath team which won the minor football championship in 1973.
Left full-back Jones won an All-Ireland junior hurling medal with Meath in 1962 and a SFC medal with Trim that same year and Paddy Forde, Mattie Halloran and Pat Farrell, who were on the 1975 team which won the IHC are the others with big time experience who could play a major part in a Rathmolyon victory. However the absence through injury of the veteran Paddy Christie could seriously jeopardise the “Rath’s” chances of annexing their second major in recent years – that intermediate hurling victory was the other.


Anglo Celt report dated October 2nd 1978


Carlanstown 2-5, Rathmolyon 2-5.

Division 3 football championship curtain raiser at Navan on Sunday finished all square with Carlanstown and Rathmolyon both scoring 2-5.
Carlanstown held the lead for the greater part of the hour during which their south county opponents never got their noses in front although they were on level terms at one other stage in the first half apart from at the end.
The score that gave Rathmolyon another bite at the cherry came in the 53rd minute when left-corner forward J.J. O’Rourke connected on a bouncing ball after a Gerry Marry free to hit a shot to the roof of the net for the last score of the hour and his second goal.
The main reason why Rathmolyon never led during the game was the superb brilliance of Carlanstown goalkeeper Sean Briody who stopped two penalties, one in each half. The first was in the 18th minute of the first half when after O’Rourke was fouled Pat Farrell’s well hit rising shot was turned over the bar by the custodian. Ten minutes into the second half Briody was every bit as good when with Farrell again the taker of a rasping low shot after a foul on Paul Ennis was blocked away.
O’Rourkes first goal came 22 minutes after the start when he hit a ground shot to the net after been set up by a John Ennis centre. Carlanstown got away to a wonderful start when in 15 seconds Barney Gaffney sent a flashing shot to the net. Robbie O’Connell and Pat Farrell exchanged points from frees before Gaffney had a nice 30 yard point.
O’Rourke’s first goal had the sides level but then bad luck befell Rathmolyon at the other end when after a Gerard McMahon shot hit the upright full back Dennis Farrell in a bid to get the ball away only succeeded in turning it over his own goal line. A Pat Farrell free left it 2-2 to 1-3 in favour of Carlanstown at the break.
On the restart Carlanstown increased their lead with points from Danny Reilly and Jimmy Rafferty before Briody’s second penalty save. A Robbie O’Connell point left five in it before white flags from Marry and Pat Farrell gave Rathmolyon hope. O’Rourke’s second goal gave them a second chance while in the 31st minute they were awarded a 50 yards free from which Marry had to score direct. His drive was short and to the right.
Undoubtedly, Briody was the games outstanding personality. Robbie O’Connell was very good at mid-field while others to show up well for Carlanstown were full back Pat O’Connell and Barney Gaffney and Jimmy Rafferty in attack. For Rathmolyon veterans Georgie Jones and Mattie Halloran, John Ennis, Gerry Marry and J.J. O’Rourke did most to give them a second chance.

Scorers: Carlanstown:-
B. Gaffney 1-1, D. Farrell 1-0 OG, R. O’Connell 0-2, D. Reilly 0-1, J. Rafferty 0-1,
Scorers: Rathmolyon:-
J.J. O’Rourke 2-0, P. Farrell 0-4, G. Marry 0-1.

Carlanstown –
Sean Briody, Michael Vaughan, Pat O’Connell, Justin Stafford, James Murphy, Jackie Lynch, Matthew Reilly, Robert O’Connell, Jimmy Farrelly, Martin Stafford, Barney Gaffney, Jimmy Rafferty, Gerry McMahon, Gerry Stafford, Danny Reilly.
Sub: P. Reilly for Martin Stafford.

Rathmolyon –
S. Murray, G. Jones, D. Farrell, P.J. Harnan, B. Regan, P. Lawless. O. Murray, J. Ennis, M. Halloran, P. Farrell, G. Marry, D. Regan, P. Ennis, W. Byrne, J.J. O’Rourke.


Meath Chronicle report dated September 16th 1978


Carlanstown 2-5, Rathmolyon 2-5.

Carlanstown and Rathmolyon must meet again to decide the destination of the division 3 football championship after a goal seven minutes from time, the latter’s left corner forward J.J. O’Rourke had levelled the scores in Navan’s Pairc Tailteann on Sunday. Neither side mastered the very greasy and windy conditions and consequently the game produced little good football, though the speed of the play and the excitement in the closing minutes compensated to some extent.
Carlanstown got off to a dream start with a Barney Gaffney goal within 15 seconds, he added a point at the quarter stage after Robert O’Connell had pointed a 21 yard free. They were boosted to a 2-2 to 1-3 interval lead with an amazing goal which typified much of the game. Gerard McMahon’s shot struck the post, the ball rebounded across the goalmouth and in his efforts to catch it, full back Denis Farrell scooped it into his own net.
There was no lack of action at the other end either, where Pat Farrell pointed a 21 yard free for the Rath’s first score in the 13th minute. Soon afterwards Carlanstown goalie Sean Briody deflected over when bringing off a tremendous save from a Farrell penalty after J.J. O’Rourke had been fouled. O’Rourke who was a constant threat took matters in hand and gave Briody no chance from close in after 22 minutes and Farrell was again on target from a 21 yards free after Paul Ennis was fouled. In fact Ennis, who had been serving a 12 months suspension, had been cleared to play only at the previous Monday night’s Co. Board meeting. Farrell was guilty of two further bad misses when a perfectly weighted cross from Gerry Marry put him through but his effort was blocked and on the stroke of half time he was wide from an easy 21 yards free.
Carlanstown increased their lead with points from Danny Reilly, Jimmy Rafferty and Robbie O’Connell to lead by 2-5 to 1-3 twelve minutes into the second half. In fact, O’Connell’s point came from an up-field break after Briody had again saved from a Pat Farrell penalty kick. This had been awarded after John Ennis had ended on the ground, but certainly from the Press box he seemed to be very lucky to get a penalty. Ironically, that O’Connell point from a 40 yards free was to be Carlanstown’s last score as the “Rath”, assisted by a strong wind, put in a storming finish. Marry and Farrell cut the leeway with a point each and then that supreme opportunist, O’Rourke, struck with that vital goal. Marry had a chance to clinch victory from a 50 yards free but with referee Barney McCluskey indicating that he must score directly, he was short and to the right.
A draw was a fitting end as it was obvious on occasions that both sides were capable of much better fare, but that nerves and the adverse weather conditions proved too much. Robert O’Connell looked in a class apart at midfield for Carlanstown and was best supported by the brilliant Sean Briody in goals, James Murphy in defence, his centrefield partner Jimmy Farrelly and forwards Barney Gaffney and Jimmy Rafferty.
Despite those misses, Pat Farrell stood out for Rathmolyon and the opportunist O’Rourke was a constant threat. Gerry Marry and Paul Ennis both moved well in attack also, and John Ennis and Denis Farrell were prominent in defence.

Sean Briody, Michael Vaughan, Pat O’Connell, Justin Stafford, James Murphy, Jackie Lynch, Matthew Reilly, Robert O’Connell, Jimmy Farrelly, Martin Stafford, Barney Gaffney, Jimmy Rafferty, Gerry McMahon, Gerry Stafford, Danny Reilly.
Sub: P. Reilly for Martin Stafford.

S. Murray, G. Jones, D. Farrell, P.J. Harnan, B. Regan, P. Lawless. O. Murray, J. Ennis, M. Halloran, P. Farrell, G. Marry, D. Regan, P. Ennis, W. Byrne, J.J. O’Rourke.
Referee: Mr. B. McCluskey ( Navan ).


Meath Chronicle report dated October 7th 1978


Carlanstown 2-4, Rathmolyon 0-5.

In a very entertaining and sporting encounter played in glorious sunshine before a large attendance, Carlanstown deservedly and convincingly became the first division 3 football champions when they defeated Rathmolyon by five points in Athboy on Sunday.
Carlanstown’s success was due mainly to their height, strength and ability “down the middle” – Jackie Lynch’s determination, and tackling at centre half-back, Barney Gaffney’s foraging at centre half-forward, the wiley Christy Regan at full-forward and Jimmy Farrelly and the irrepressible Robert O’Connell at centre-field.
As in the drawn game, O’Connell was the outstanding personality on the field and indeed it is an indication of his stature that despite Rath’s shrewd positioning of two of their most skilled players at mid-field, Brendan Regan and Peter Lawless – both of whom played well – O’Connell was still able to dominate the game with his spectacular fielding.
The lighter Rathmolyon side started each half smartly and were first to score each time. In the opening minutes they could have snatched a goal when first J.J. O’Rourke punched wide when well positioned and then Declan Regan over carried when clean through. The losers were moving well at this stage but Gerry McMahon’s unexpected but well taken goal – a deceptive shot from about 15 yards – in the tenth minute settled the winners and they were well in command for the rest of the half. Christy Regan added two points for Carlanstown while John Ennis shot a point for the losers to leave the interval score at 1-2 to 0-2.
Two points from frees from Gerry Marry in the first five minutes of the second half brought the ‘Rath to within a point of the leaders. However, almost immediately, Carlanstown swept upfield and an inventive passing movement – the best of the game – that involved Gaffney, Regan and Gerry Stafford ended with McMahon turning quickly on the 14 yards line and crashing the ball to the Rathmolyon net. This goal restored the winners confidence and although the ‘Rath tried hard, especially in the closing stages, the winners were never in any real danger for the rest of the game. Full marks to both teams for their sportsmanship, the quality of the midfield play and the standard of high fielding and clean handling of the ball and to Barney McCluskey for his firm and decisive refereeing. Carlanstown were, quite simply, the better team on the day.
It would seem that football lessons are learnt quickly nowadays, for when Rathmolyon were awarded a 14 yards free halfway through the first half, the quick witted Gerry Marry spotted that only the goalkeeper was guarding the net and he tried – in Mickey Sheehy fashion – for a goal but Sean Briody, unlike Dublin’s Paddy Cullen, was in position.
O’Connell was man of the match for Carlanstown, Briody was always alert in goals; Pat O’Connell had a solid game at full-back; centre-half Jackie Lynch made an enormous contribution; Jimmy Rafferty and Barney Gaffney worked tirelessly in attack and Gerry McMahon took his goals expertly.
Peter Lawless showed up well for the losers and he received most help from his midfield partner, Brendan Regan, backs Martin Halloran and Denis Farrell and forwards Billy Byrne, Gerry Marry at times and John Ennis who was invariably fouled whenever he won the ball. At the end Meath Co. Board vice – chairman Mr. John Moran, presented the Royal Meath Cup to the captain of the winning team.

Carlanstown: Gerry McMahon 2-0, Robert O’Connell and Christy Regan 0-2 each.
Rathmolyon: G. Marry 0-3, P. Farrell and J. Ennis 0-1 each.
Carlanstown: Sean Briody, Michael Vaughan, Pat O’Connell, Justin Stafford, James Murphy, Jackie Lynch, Matthew Reilly, Robert O’Connell, Jimmy Farrelly, Jimmy Rafferty, Barney Gaffney, Gerry McMahon, Gerry Stafford, Christy Regan, Danny Reilly.
Sub: Martin Stafford for Vaughan.
Rathmolyon: S. Murray, G. Jones, D. Farrell, P.J. Harnan, T. Pearl, M. Halloran, O. Murray, P. Lawless, B. Regan, P. Farrell, G. Marry, J. Ennis, D. Regan, W. Byrne, J.J. O’Rourke.
Sub: P. Ennis for D. Regan.
Referee: Mr. B. McCluskey ( Navan ).


photo’s by Pascal Reilly

Carlanstown 1978 Div 3 Champions

Carlanstown 1978 Div 3 Champions

Carlanstown 1978 Div 3 Finalists

Carlanstown 1978 Div 3 Finalists



Carlanstown 1-4, Carnaross 0-6.
Report courtesy of the Meath Chronicle ( Dated September 8th 1945 ).

Carlanstown won the Intermediate football championship on Sunday when, at the Park, Kells, they defeated Carnaross by 1-4 to 0-6. The game will give rise to many “inquests” and no satisfactory verdict will be reached. Speculation will take the form of the question: Would Carnaross have won if they had had a full team? While the writer does not propose to answer that question, he will go as far as to say that Carnaross were, primarily, the architects of their own defeat. It was definitely bad luck from their point of view that one of their men should have been sent to the line in the first 5 minutes. Secondly, they allowed themselves to get rattled. Thirdly their forwards threw away innumerable opportunities of taking the lead. Fourthly, a free almost in front of the posts was missed in the last couple of minutes. In a sense it was a pity that the last free was not converted, because the public would then have seen the issue decided by two full teams.
Having said all that, we should like to congratulate Carlanstown on a merited victory. If their one point winning margin is small, having regard to the fact that their opponents were a man short, it also represented that quota of stamina, teamwork and coolness which frequently turns the scales of victory. They were a very fit team and had to be to survive the characteristic Carnaross rally in the concluding stages. Carlanstown made the ball do most of the work and if the general play of the forwards was ragged they always looked dangerous in the vicinity of the goals. The defence came through a trying ordeal with colours flying. They were subjected to severe and sustained pressure in the second moiety when a lapse might well have been a prelude to disaster. P. McGivney in the centre half berth, was outstanding for the hour, his timing and judgment were excellent while his fielding was as helpful as it was spectacular. A feature of the winners game was the display given by the “veteran” Dick Cassidy who launched numerous attacks. It was his long free kick which produced the only goal of the game. Apart from that he worked with a will all through and it was fitting that he should have been chaired off the pitch at the conclusion.
P. Kiernan also rendered yeoman service. J. O’Connell, Bruder and Curran were always to the fore. Carnaross certainly got most of the hard luck. It was a galling experience to fight an uphill battle with a depleted side and then miss the opportunity for a replay in the last few minutes. On another occasion, a free by Peter Yore landed on the crossbar and rebounded the wrong way – for Carnaross, in effect Carnaross lost the game in the first fifteen minutes when they became so rattled that they almost fell to pieces, and it was not until the concluding fifteen minutes that they really recovered their stride. It was then too late to remedy matters. It was evidence of the losers sheer and grim determination that they led by a point at the half time stage. P. Reilly, L. Yore, J. Yore, Peter Yore, M. Gilsenan, Mulvany and Farnan did good work. The tackling was too keen to allow the game to be opened up and as a result the standard of play did not reach expectations. Still the large crowd present received good value. There were many exciting and thrilling passages, no quarter was asked or given, yet only one of the thirty participants had to retire injured. We feel it is but equitable to congratulate the Kells club on the state of the pitch and on the general arrangements. We note with pleasure that the linesmen they provided turned out in togs. The provision of goal nets on Sunday was further evidence of admirable attention to detail. The Kells club rose to the occasion and gave a lead that might well be followed. As a purely personal matter, we should like to thank the club for supplying the Press with a table and chair. Kells Brass Band played the neatly clad teams round the field and at half time rendered a much appreciated selection of airs. THE SCORES: Carlanstown went ahead in the first few minutes when Bruder sent a close in free over the bar. A couple of minutes later a Carnaross man was ordered off the field. Dick Cassidy raised a white flag with a free from a distance, Bruder added a point from a free from an awkward angle. Jack Yore reduced the lead with a point from a free and good work by Gilsenan and Reilly was a prelude to a struggle in front of the Carlanstown goals and Mulvany shot over a point. After S. Reilly had missed a free in front of the posts, J. Yore boxed in a centre which Mulvany captured and shot over the bar. Later, Mulvany boxed a pass to S. Reilly who pointed smartly. Half time score – Carnaross 0-4, Carlanstown 0-3. Carnaross went further ahead with a point from a free by P. Reilly. Dick Cassidy sent a long distance free in to the goalmouth where it bobbed about for a few seconds before entering the net. The game improved hereabouts and there were many bright passages as Carnaross launched a series of ferocious attacks which found the Carlanstown defence in grim mood. Peter Yore missed a “sitter” and then struck the crossbar from another free before Dick Cassidy captured a weak kick-out and shot over a good point. Patsy replied with a point from a free and this completed the scoring. Result: Carlanstown 1-4, Carnaross 0-6.

P. Reilly, R. Cassidy, J. O’Connell, J. Bruder, J. Gaffney, M. Curran, P. Kiernan, J. Collins, P. Cassidy, P. McGivney, E. Reilly, R. O’Connell, T. Curran, J. Cassidy, J. Morris.
P. Farnan, J. Bennett, P. Reilly, M. Chance, J. Reilly, P. Donoghue, L. Yore, M. Reilly, P. Yore, P. Yore, J. Yore, M. Gilsenan, T. Reilly, J. Mulvany, S. Reilly.

Mr. P. Reilly ( Navan ) refereed.
He handled a difficult game with his usual efficiency. His attention to breaches of the new rule about boxing the ball gave rise to a crop of frees.

OCTOBER 10th 1945:

At the monthly meeting of the Meath County Board Gaelic Athletic Association on Tuesday night, Carnaross GFC objected to Carlanstown being awarded the points of an intermediate championship match played at Kells on the 2nd of September on the grounds that Joseph Cassidy, who played, was not included in the list, That Patrick Reilly whose name was included in the list, did not play and that Patrick McGivney was illegal. The chairman Mr. S. Newman ruled the objection was out of order as the paper on which it was set out was not Irish water marked paper.


In 1936 Kilbeg formed a senior team, which in 1937 amalgamated with St. Marys Moynalty who went on to win the S.F.C. and the Feis Cup in the same year. The following is the report from The Meath Chronicle dated Saturday November 6th 1937.

Defeat Castletown in Virtual Final

St. Marys 4-2, Castletown 0-1.

Nobber was the centre of attraction in the Gaelic arena on Sunday, where St. Marys and Castletown crossed hands in their senior championship tie. The moderate attendance present was treated to a splendid game of top class football and St. Marys by their victory are put in an unassailable position at the top of the table thus becoming champions of Meath by emerging victorious from all games with full points. Castletown took the field full of confidence determined in being the first in lowering the flying colours of St. Marys. They gave a credible display and made a gallant bid to take the points. The game was clean, hard fought with plenty of robust tackling and athletic play. Both teams were evenly matched and the game kept the spectators interested throughout. Although the score was in favour of St. Marys, Castletown may be deemed unlucky in not having secured more scores. The game was more evenly contested than the score would indicate and it was not until the last ten minutes that St. Marys displayed their superiority. It was at this period that Castletown appeared to weaken. Castletown were first away and Curtis had a wide. St. Marys returned and after a series of wides, owing to a lack of cohesion on the part of their forwards. McEnroe opened the scoring with a goal, they then piled on a goal and a point and turned over with a handsome lead. With Castletown seven points in arrears Cummins opened up play after resuming and it looked as if the gallant Castletown lads would penetrate the St. Marys defence and pull the game out of the fire, but McEnroe and Cassidy proved too much of an obstacle for the alert forwards to rush through, and so St. Marys went on to score and take the 1937 championship after emerging victorious in all games. This is a remarkable achievement on their part for they recently won the Feis Cup. The winners are to be congratulated in winning the championship and deserve more credit for it being their first year in the senior ranks as it was only lately that this club was formed. Castletown on the other hand are to be congratulated on giving such a magnificent display, and with teams such as those in the county the success for the GAA for the future is assured. St. Marys were best served by Cassidy in the full back berth, who beat off many dangerous raids, Hugh McEnroe, right full, proved a stumbling block for the Castletown forwards. Gilsenan who continually fed the front line with the ball, the brothers McEnroe in the front line who proved great opportunists and Mick Clinton who was always on the alert to obtain a score. Phil Clarke was the outstanding figure in the Castletown defence and was ably supported by Fox. Wall in the half back line brought down many high balls and Timmons gave a delightful exhibition. The midfield honours went to the Castletown lads – Cummins and Donegan, it was delightful to see Cummins go about his work. He continually opened opened up play for his forwards and was an untiring worker. Carry secured their only score, a minor in the second moiety and his effort was loudly applauded after a great solo run. Curtis in at full forward made many attempts to break through and Smith was always dangerous. On the whole the game was splendidly fought out in in the real spirit with plenty of thrilling moments and the fair crowd present was treated to one of the best games ever witnessed.

With a cross wind blowing Castletown were first away, Cummins centering well but Curtis sent it wide. St. Marys returned to send wide per P. McEnroe. Cummins again opened up play for Castletown but Cassidy cleared and H. McEnroe sent well up-field to Clinton who drove wide. P. McEnroe again missed when well placed. Castletown collected, Wall driving one in to Timmons but Cassidy came o the rescue and effected a timely clearance. Castletown were going great guns at this stage and outplayed the opposition. They went about their work in fine style and pressed continually. Play veered round and P. McEnroe was fouled but failed to point the free. Sustained pressure from St. Marys saw P. Clarke concede a “50” in an effort to clear, which Fox saved. Peter McEnroe was fouled close in and centered the free to his brother Paddy who drove a dandy of a shot all the way to the net for the opening score. Castletown fought in resolute fashion, Donegan placing Timmons in possession but a wide resulted. Cassidy raced away from the kick-out and parted to Gilsenan who was fouled, Peter McEnroe pointed the free. Cummins and Wall initiated a Castletown movement but the strong St. Marys defence in which Hugh McEnroe and Cassidy were prominent, denied all attacks. St. Marys came back aided by a free and P. McEnroe forced a “50” which was beaten off by Fox. Gilsenan again sent in and Pat McEnroe boxed to the net to give St. Marys a substantial lead. Meehan changed the venue with a long kick and Cummins and Donegan combined well but McGivney was quick to intercept and cleared in brilliant fashion. Wall was wide shortly afterwards. Clinton got possession from a delivery and St. Marys swarmed to the attack but the great defence of Phil Clarke and Fox brought relief. Play was furious at this stage with both teams showing great determination and although the score was in favour of St. Marys, Castletown were putting up a stiff resistance. Wall put Castletown attacking from a free but play was held up due to H. McEnroe being injured but resumed. Cummins got possession from the hop and let Donegan away but Carry failed to score when well placed. Malone got a delivery and transferred play with a long drive but owing to faulty forward work, a wide resulted. Exchanges were at centre field at this period where some thrilling duels took place between Cummins and Gilsenan. Donegan put Castletown again on the offensive but Dick Cassidy once again to a well tested St. Marys defence. Malone and Clinton raced away and parted to Gilsenan who tested Farrelly with a fist shot but the latter was sound and drove well out of danger. Meehan was called upon to save shortly afterwards. St. Marys continued to attack but the Castletown defence offered a stubborn resistance. Play veered round and Cary drove wide, Cassidy saved from Curtis and McEnroe placed Clinton who made ground with a long drive but Clarke was to the fore at the other end and effected a timely clearance. Both sides were visited before the short whistle sounded but no further score was registered and the half time figures stood
St. Marys – 2-1
Castletown – Nil
Castletown had the best of the exchanges after resuming, Cummins driving well up but Cassidy returned, Wall again sent in well but Sheerin missed narrowly. H. McEnroe started a dangerous movement but was stopped by Cummins and Wall and Malone sent out of danger. St. Marys pressed, McGivney passing to Gilsenan but once again P. Clarke proved his worth in the Castletown defence when effecting a timely clearance. Cummins opened up play and Donegan sent to the square but Cassidy cleared when hard pressed. Play veered round and Fox checked a St. Marys advance. Smith and Carry fought back and Duffy forced a “50” which Wall drove wide. Ginnity put St. Marys on the offensive but a wide resulted. A free brought relief to a well rested Castletown defence but Gilsenan returned and Pat McEnroe boxed narrowly wide after a great effort. Fox cleared from Gilsenan but M. Clinton got possession and lobbed a high ball to the net for the opening score of this moiety. A further attack was beaten off by Cummins, St. Marys again pressed and Farrelly between the sticks was called upon to save. A free by P. McEnroe was sent narrowly wide by Clinton. At this stage St. Marys were getting the upper-hand and were continually on the offensive.
Castletown returned and launched an unsuccessful attack, Duffy sending narrowly wide, a further attack was also beaten off after Cummins struck the post. Clinton got in some good work in the St. Marys defence and McEnroe raced away but sent wide. Meehan cleared from Clinton but McEnroe returned to net after Farrelly made desperate efforts to clear. M. Clinton shot wide soon afterwards, exchanges were at centre field at this stage where Cummins was seen to advance and placed Donegan, who drove wide. Gilsenan again let St. Marys away and Malone and Clinton handled in turn before Wall cleared to touch. Gilsenan and Malone combined well and parted to P. McEnroe who crowned a neat movement for a point. McGivney drove in but Wall covered up and Carry raced away to draw first blood for Castletown with a point.
Encouraged by this success the Castletown forwards again swarmed to attack and the St. Marys castle was in danger when Curtis drove inches wide. Play veered round and St. Marys had a period of attack but failed to score. Fox saved from Sheridan but McGinnity sent well in to Clinton who missed narrowly. Cummins got possession from the delivery and combined well with Donegan but Hugh McEnroe intercepted and cleared in fine style. A free to Castletown was well taken by Wall and Clarke receiving possession drove in to St. Marys territory but once again the reliable Cassidy cleared amid applause. St. Marys pressed but met with stiff opposition and Clark in the full back berth cleared time and time again. Castletown appeared to weaken at this stage and St. Marys attacked to the end but failed to score after Gilsenan and McEnroe made great efforts. The long whistle sounded leaving St. Marys victorious on the scores :-

St. Marys – 4-2
Castletown – 0-1
St. Marys – M. Gilsenan, R. Cassidy, P. Cassidy, H. McEnroe, Peter McEnroe, Pat McEnroe, Jim Smith, John Smith, M. Clinton, T. Clinton, P. McGivney, M. Clarke, C. Sheridan, T. McGinnity, J. Malone.
Castletown – T. Farrelly, P. Clarke, P. Fox, T. Meehan, T. Wall, T. Timmons, T. Sheerin, J. Cummins, A. Donegan, J. Timmons, P. Duffy, E. Smith, T. Curtis, M. Carry, M. Clarke.
Mr. R. Mulligan, Nobber, handled the whistle and gave general satisfaction.


1937 Meath SFC Medal

1937 Meath SFC Medal