Friday February 7th 2020
Corn na Boinne, Group C, Round 3

Full time: St. Michaels 1-08, Trim 1-04.
Half time: St. Michaels 0-03, Trim 1-03.

St. Michaels continued on their winning start to the season with a four point victory over Trim in this third round of the Corn na Boinne Cup in Carlanstown on Friday night last.
Trim had first use of the very strong wind blowing towards the scoreboard end and they soon opened up a two point lead after only four minutes play. Shane McDonnell opened the home sides account with a point from play on 7 minutes which was immediately cancelled out by the Trim side. The visitors then went 5 points to the good when they found the back of the net after their initial attempt was well blocked by Shane McCormack between the St. Michaels posts at the end of the opening quarter.

Man of the match Oran Meehan raised his first white flag soon after and Ronan Lynch also got in on the act with a peach of a point from play after receiving from the hard working Sam Briody.
That completed the first half scoring for the home side who were making minimal progress into the strong wind. The fact that Trim failed to score in the second quarter with the backing of the wind was surely a huge source of disappointment for their mentors as they went in at the break leading by 1-03 to 0-03.

Shane McDonnell opened the second half with a converted free following a foul on the lively Ray Reilly. Shane McCormack pulled off another magnificent save with his lower body a couple of minutes later to deny Trim a five point advantage and although the visitors had plenty of opportunities to score they sent them wide of the target and their only score of the half came from a free in the fourth minute of injury time.

But credit must go to the St. Michaels defence who battened down the hatches keeping their composure for the entire second half making life difficult for their opponents and the discipline they showed in defence was vital as it would have been easy in the conditions to give away scoreable frees with lazy tackles.

The remainder of the half was all about Oran Meehan, Trim switched his marker on several occasions and his team mates badly needed his expertise in front of the posts and boy did he answer their call, two points in as many minutes off his left peg had the teams on level terms. Ten minutes slipped by before he split the posts to put his side in front for the first time in the match. Then came the game changer when he collected the ball 30m out, went on a solo run towards goal, took aim and fired from 10m, his shot skimming the ground as it headed to the back of the Trim net for a 1-7 to 1-3 lead.

To cap a fine nights work Meehan split the posts with a fine effort from play to the cheers of the local patrons who braved the elements to support their team.

Trim, who gave it their all and who battled the elements and a resurgent St. Michaels side finally got their only score of the second period from a free in the 64th minute.

St. Michaels team & scorers:
Shane McCormack; Ciaran O’Reilly, Mark Stafford, Alan Reilly; Christopher Drew, Ronan Lynch (0-1), Sam Briody; Cian Sheridan, Paddy Clarke; Ray Reilly, Shane McDonnell (0-2), Ben Reilly; Patrick Tobin, Oran Meehan (1-5), Justin McPhillips. 

Subs: Harry Dunne for B. Reilly 21 minutes, Lee Morris for Tobin 38 minutes, Brian Reilly for McPhillips 49 minutes.
Referee: Peter O’Halloran.
Report by: Pascal Reilly PRO.



Rath / Slane


Wednesday February 12th 2020
MFL, Division 4a, round 1. 

Full time: St. Michaels / Nobber 5-10, Rathkenny / Slane 3-10.
Half time: St. Michaels / Nobber 4-06, Rathkenny / Slane 1-04.

St. Michaels / Nobber had to withstand a tremendous fightback from the Rathkenny / Slane combination in the second half of this cracking first round match in Carlanstown on Wednesday night last. But it was the home side who eventually came good with Lorcan McEntee excelling and getting the crucial scores in the second half.

The home side held a massive 11 point half time lead having played into the teeth of a strong wind thanks to the accuracy of Lorcan McEntee (2-0), Jack Moriarty (1-1), Jo Jo Ogunube (1-1), Ben Forte (0-2) and Cian McFadden (0-2) and they went in for the half time team talk sitting on a 4-6 to 1-4 scoreline.

The wind got stronger and the rain lashed down on the Carlanstown pitch but that didn’t affect the Rathkenny / Slane lads who came out with a completely different attitude in the second half and they had whittled away the St. Michaels / Nobber lead to six points by the tenth minute of the new half. McEntee pulled one back on 40 minutes however the visitors were in control in all areas of the pitch and pulled the deficit back to a single point with eight minutes remaining on the stop watch.

St. Michaels / Nobber had now gone 15 minutes without raising a flag and it wasn’t until the 54th minute when McEntee stopped the rot and came to their rescue with three unanswered points in as many minutes. His midfield partner Jakub Bidinski was doing excellent work all over the park and it was a fitting reward for his endeavour’s when he blasted to the back of the net on the stroke of full time to put the game beyond doubt.
The visitors posted the final score of the match from a free two minutes into injury time.
Along with the scorers others who showed up well were Aaron Gaffney, Colin Condra, Paddy Fitzsimons, Jamie Murray, Scott Farrell, Brian O’Reilly, Eoghan Finnegan and Declan Reilly.

St. Michaels / Nobber team and scorers:
Aaron Gaffney; Colin Condra, Paddy Fitzsimons, Jamie Murray; Scott Farrell, Brian O’Reilly, Eoghan Finnegan; Jakub Bidinski (1-0); Lorcan McEntee (2-4); Declan Reilly, Cian McFadden (0-2), Conor Owens; Jack Moriarty (1-1), Jo Jo
Ogunube (1-1), Ben Forte (0-2).

Referee: Stephen Dawson
Report & photos by: Pascal Reilly.





Friday January 31st 2020
Corn na Boinne, Group C, Round 2

Full time: St. Michaels 1-11, Drumbaragh 0-07.
Half time: St. Michaels 0-04, Drumbaragh 0-03.

St. Michaels recovered from a slow opening half to savour success at the expense of Drumbaragh in this Corn na Boinne second round match in Carlanstown on Friday night last. The better balanced Carlanstown Kilbeg side got the job done with seven points to spare while taking advantage of the strong cross wind in the second half. Although a seven point margin might look comfortable, it was far from plain sailing for the red and blacks and the Drumbaragh lads will rue some costly misses over the course of the hour.

St. Michaels made the perfect start with a pointed free from Ciaran Lynch after 90 seconds but they failed to raise another flag until the 23rd minute when Shane McCormack left his goalkeeping position to go up-field and convert a free. Drumbaragh popped two over the crossbar, one from a free in the opening 7 minutes but they could only manage one more first half score in the 27th minute. Ciaran Lynch sent over two points from frees in injury time for a 0-4 to 0-3 interval lead for the home side.

Shane McDonnell posted the opening point of the second half when he received a perfect pass from Oran Meehan two minutes after the restart. McCormack picked up another point from a dead ball before a swift attacking move culminated in McDonnell collecting possession and his superb finish to the bottom of the net warmed the hearts of the St. Michaels faithful who braved the chilly night to be in attendance.

Drumbaragh were left shell shocked but they gradually restored some order in the shape of a couple of points, one from a free, however St. Michaels were now displaying greater fluidity in their attacking forays and this resulted in points from Ciaran Lynch (2) and Ray Reilly (1). David Lynch and Oran Meehan were a lively presence throughout as they popped up all over the pitch.

McDonnell finished off another great move up-field from McCormack’s kick-out in the 56th minute and Ray Reilly had the final say when he split the posts with the last score of the match in the second minute of added time.

St. Michaels will now host Trim in the final group match on Friday night next at 8pm.


St. Michaels team & scorers:
Shane McCormack (0-2) ; Christopher Drew, Mark Stafford, Alan Reilly; Brian Reilly, Ronan Lynch, Ben Reilly; Cian Sheridan, Paddy Clarke; Ray Reilly (0-2), Oran Meehan, David Lynch; Patrick Tobin, Shane McDonnell (1-2), Ciaran Lynch (0-5).

Subs: Ciaran O’Reilly for A. Reilly, Lee Morris for P. Tobin, Harry Dunne for C. Drew, J. McPhillips for B. Reilly, Rory O’Driscoll for C. Lynch.

Referee: Kieran Olwell.
Report by: Pascal Reilly PRO.

St. Michaels GFC would like to offer their condolences to the McGivern family on the sad passing of Nancy, especially to her daughter Susan Meehan ( ladies chairperson ), and her grandchildren and current players Oran & Brioch Meehan, Lee Morris, Jack and Matt Moriarty.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.