St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 0877441731

St Colmcilles made their long anticipated debut in the senior football championship on Friday 19th May in Pairc Tailteann V defending Champions, Simosnstown Gaels


Billed in many circles as the Clash of the Champions featuring last year’s Senior and Intermediate champions this was a very entertaining encounter finishing in high drama with Simonton winning with the last play of the game on a score line of Simonstown 1-16 St Colmcilles 2-12


The game opened in a whirlwind fashion with 2016 Young Footballer og the Year James Conlon scoring an early goal following a fine point from Captain Fantastic Ben Brennan.   However Simonstown are not champions for nothing and with Sean Tobin and Padraig McKeever on fire they led 1-10 to 1-7 at half time.  An early Graham Reilly score on the resumption set the tempo for a frantic and entertaining second half and the champions led by 3  points 1-15 to 1-12 with 5 minutes to go.   RurairI O’Grady nailed a late goal to surely give the Cilles a share of the spoils but in a mark of true champions Simonstown advanced up the field in one last surge for McKeever to hit a dramatic and excellent late winner from way out the field.  A score worthy of gracing any occasion

Cilles can reflect on a bright opening to the championship campaign and take many positives to their next matches.  However in a group of death they face the 2015 champions O;’MahoNys next with 2017 favourites Moynalvey to come and former champions Seneschalstown and Blackhall Gaels also in the group they will be disappointed not to at least get a point our t of this.  On a good all round night for performances Ben Brennan, Ian Mullen, Robbie McCloskey, Joe Sweeney and substitute Ruari O’Grady deserve particular mention


Next up Navan O’Mahonys – date and time TBC