St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 089-4440124

On Saturday 1st August 2020 the battle of the Cilles took place, where we faced Gaeil Colmcille in the opening round of the Senior Football championship. We received a typical welcome from all at Drumconrath with nothing too much trouble. They couldn’t show off their sleek new clubhouse or facilities on this occasion but I’m sure we will be back to one of the most scenic, well maintained grounds in Meath soon.

This was a keenly contested game throughout with the Seasiders to the fore in the first half and they will rue a number of missed opportunities that would have saw them lead by more at the half time break. James Conlon opened the scoring and this was followed by a Gaeil Colmcille free, Jack Reynolds was to get the next.

The Cilles were dominate in midfield and across their half back line in the opening half. Further points by Conor O’Byrne, Graham Reilly, Reynolds and Conlon saw the half time score 0-8 to 0-6 to St Colmcilles.

Cathal Hilliard opening the scoring in the second half for the Cilles.

The Seasiders got the first goal of the game through championship debutant David Bell whom calmly slotted the ball to back of the net. The Kells men were beginning to gain control around the middle third and were very economic with their scoring chances converting nearly all their chances in the the second half.

The Seasiders will be frustrated with a number of errors which led to further scores from the Kells side including a goal from Seamus Mattimoe whom had an open net to score into. The Cilles kept battling and were frustrated again when denied a penalty following a challenge on David Bell.

The Seasiders scores were all from play over the game and will be further annoyed that through some wayward shooting and some errors that the game was not closer than the five point margin at the end. Up next for the Kells men is St Peter’s Dunboyne and for the Cilles it is Dunshaughlin.

Cilles: Andrew Beakey, Adam Lynch, Danny McMahon, Tomas O’Hoistin, Matthew Breen, Cathal Hilliard 0-1, Stephen Breen, Conor O’Byrne 0-1, Ruairi O’Grady, Jeff Kavanagh, Graham Reilly 0-1, Jack Reynolds 0-2, Ben Brennan, James Conlon 0-7, David Bell 1-0.

Subs: Luke Brady for J Kavanagh, C Kelly for D Bell, Carl Mullan for M Breen, Fearghal Walsh for J Reynolds.


Photography: Brian Mulligan