Summerhill recently won the Blue Riband of underage football in Meath when the defeated Skyrne to win the Division 1 Minor Football Championship for 2015. This was Summerhills fourth time to secure the Delaney Cup and the first time since 2005. The minor championship had become the preserve of the bigger Dublin border clubs over the past 10 years so it was a great achievement for a “rural” club to win it. Even more remarkable was that this talented group completed the “treble” by adding the minor title to the U16 Division 1 championship won in 2013 and the U14 Division 1 championship won in 2011. This is rare occurrence and a first for our club. This is a fantastic achievement for the players and a credit to the management for keeping this very talented bunch of players together. It is worth looking back at the finals these lads played in in winning their championships. #468
U14 Division 1 Championship Final 2011
The game was played in Pairc Tailteann on the 19th May 2011.St Colmcille's had beaten Summerhill in the League final earlier that year but Summerhill, aided by a strong first half performance, took the championship honours after a great game of open football at Pairc Tailteann. Summerhill played with the wind and led 0-9 to 0-4 at the interval. Cathal Ryan kicked four of those points while Iarla Hughes and Eoghan Crowe kicked a brace each. Colmcille's would have been happy going in at the break only five points down knowing that they would have the elements in the second half.
St Colmcille's, with the aid of the wind came back strongly in the 2nd half to close the gap to a single point with ten minutes remaining but Cathal Ryan score a great goal to put them back in control. A final point from Iarla Hughes meant Summerhill held on for a memorable victory by the narrowest of margins with Captain Jack Davies collected the cup.
Summerhill. Jack Quinn, Ethan Balfe, Ross Ryan, Sean Larkin, Cian Devlin, Jack Davies, Ronan Ryan, Aaron Williams, Iarla Hughes, Eoghan Crowe, Cathal Ryan, Mark Donoghue, Jack Farrell, Cathal Brien and Kyle Benson.
Sub: Conor Frayne for Kyle Benson.
Subs on panel. Dara Jackson, Jack Bruton, Donal Bruton, Jack Cummins, Jack Lynch and Conor McNally.
Summerhill Scorers: Eoghan Crowe 0-02. Aaron Williams 0-01, Cathal Ryan 1-05, Iarla Hughes 0-03, Sean Larkin 0-01.
Mentors: Christy Ryan, Jarlath Hughes, Martin Crowe.
Back row; L to R: Cathal Ryan, Ross Ryan, Iarla Hughes, Jack Farrell, Ronan Ryan, Cian Devlin, Jack Davis, Cathal Brien, Eoghan Crowe, Aaron Williams, Donal Bruton, Jack Lynch.
Front row; L to R: Dara Jackson, Jack Bruton, Mark Donoghue, Conor Frayne, Ethan Balfe, Jack Quinn, Conor McNally, Kyle Benson, Sean Larkin, Jack Cummins
U16 Division 1 Championship Final 2013
Summerhill again met old rivals St Colmcilles in the U16 final in 2013. In keeping with the closeness of the encounters between these two teams it took a replay to decide the issue. As with any championship win a certain amount of luck is needed. In the drawn match a St Colmcilles player missed a close in free in injury time that would have won them the match. The final was played in Bective on May 15th 2013.
Summerhill scores two goals in the first half, an early one from Ross Ryan and another just before half time from Cathal Brien to lead at half time by 2-5 to 1-6. The second half was a close and tense affair with both defences on top and scores hard to come by. Summerhill had dropped several late scoring chances short and the missed free from St Colmcilles ensured the teams would have to meet again.
Summerhill: Dean Morris; Sean Larkin, Jack Quinn, Ethan Balfe; Cian Devlin, Ronan Ryan, Jack Cummins; Ross Ryan, Iarla Hughes; Kyle Benson, Conor Frayne, Jack Bruton; Mark Donoghue, Cathal Brien, Cathal Ryan.
Substitutes: Jack Farrell for Conor Frayne, Liam Shaw for Kyle Benson.
Scorers: Cathal Brien 1-1, Cathal Ryan 0-4 (0-2f), Ross Ryan 1-0, Iarla Hughes 0-1, Conor Frayne 0-1, Jack Farrell 0-1.
U16 Division 1 Championship Final 2013 (Replay)
The two sides met again on Thursday May 23rd. After another titanic battle Cathal Ryan sealed the U16 Division 1 Championship for Summerhill with a 61st minute free which gave the south Meath team a one point victory over St Colmcilles. Ryan's solitary score of the game proved the most important and the corner forward showed considerable mental strength to clinch the winner after a first half penalty miss.
In the first half Summerhill had raced out of the blocks with points from Mark Donoghue and Conor Frayne in the first two minutes. Following a St Colmcilles goal Kyle Benson restored parity again with a point. In the 15th minute after catching a high ball, Cathal Brien was hauled down in the penalty area. Cathal Ryan was unable to convert as his penalty went left and wide. Conor Frayne netted in the 24th minute. The 14 year-old dropped the ball on a solo run but managed to execute the strike with the ball in mid-air. The sides went in all square at 1-3 a piece at half time.
Summerhill scored the first three points of the second half with scores from Kyle Benson, Mark Donoghue and Cathal Brien but with ten minutes left St Colmcille’s had drawn level again. A Jack Cummings point was quickly cancelled out by a St Colmcilles point as the nerves began to fray. Both sides missed chances as time ran out before Ryan stepped up to clinch the game in injury time to give his side the Benny Caffrey Cup for the first time since 2001. Captain Jack Quinn stepped up to collect the cup on behalf of his team.
Summerhill: Dean Morris; Sean Larkin, Iarla Hughes, Ethan Balfe; Cian Devlin, Jack Quinn, Jack Cummins; Ronan Ryan, Ross Ryan; Mark Donoghue, Jack Bruton, Kyle Benson; Cathal Brien, Conor Frayne, Cathal Ryan.
Substitutes: Conor McNally for Jack Bruton, Jack Lynch for Jack Quinn, Jack Farrell for Kyle Benson.
Scorers: Conor Frayne (1-1), Mark Donoghue (0-2), Kyle Benson (0-2), Jack Cummins (0-1), Ronan Ryan (0-1), Cathal Brien (0-1), Cathal Ryan (0-1f).
Mentors: Mark O’Reilly, Christy Ryan, Jarlath Hughes, Martin Crowe.
Back row; L to R: Ethan Balfe, Sean Larkin, Jack Farrell, Ross Ryan, Iarla Hughes, Ronan Ryan, Cian Devlin, Cathal Brien, Cathal Ryan, Jack Lynch, Dean Morris, Jack Cummins, Eoghan Crowe.
Front row; L to R: Conor Frayne, Dara Jackson, Conor Burke, Conor McNally, Liam Shaw, Jack Quinn, Mark Donoghue, Kyle Benson, Jack Bruton, Diarmuid McCabe.
Minor Division 1 Championship Final 2015
Summerhill won their fourth Meath Minor Football Championship Division 1 and the first time since 2005 with a hard fought five point win over in Pairc Tailteann. Summerhill played with the advantage of the strong wind in the first half that blew directly into the O’ Mahoney’s end and led by seven points, 1-10 to 1-3 at half time. The goal was scored by Ronan Ryan with Cathal Ryan accounting for four of the points, Eoghan Crowe two, Diarmuid McCabe two and a point each from Ross Ryan and Conor Frayne.
Summerhill opened the scoring in the second half with a point from Cathal Ryan with 30 seconds. This was to be their last score for 17 minutes. Skyrne dominated the game during the next 15 minutes scoring five unanswered points to close the gap to three points. Liam Shaw steadied Summerhill with a fine score in the 17th minute. Then came a pivotal moment in the game in the 19th minute of the half when Summerhills goal keeper Sean Blackwell made a great save to deny Skyrne a goal. Summerhill finished strongly and added further points from McCabe and Ross Ryan to leave the Summerhill 1-14 Skyrne 1-9.
After the game Meath Minor Board Chairman John Kavanagh presented the Delaney Cup to Summerhill captain Ross Ryan.
Summerhill: Sean Blackwell, Jack Bruton, Iarla Hughes, Cian Devlin, John Keane, Jack Davies, Eoghan Crowe, Ronan Ryan, Ross Ryan, Kyle Benson, Cathal Ryan, Mark Donoghue, Diarmuid Mc Cabe, Conor Frayne, Liam Shaw.
Substitutes: Sean Larkin for Jack Davies, Ciaran Boyce for Diarmuid Mc Cabe,
Conor McNally for Kyle Benson, Jack Quinn for Sean Larkin.
Scorers: Cathal Ryan 0-5 (2f), Diarmuid McCabe (0-3), Ronan Ryan (1-0) Ross Ryan (0-2), Eoghan Crowe (0-2), Conor Frayne (0-1), Liam Shaw (0-1).
Mentors: Mark O’Reilly, Christy Ryan, Jarlath Hughes, Martin Crowe.
Back row; L to R: Conor Burke, Sean Larkin, Cathal Brien, Iarla Hughes, Cathal Ryan, Cian Devlin, Ross Ryan, Eoghan Crowe, Ronan Ryan, Jack Cummins, Tommy Troy, Jack Bruton, Jack Lynch, Aaron Williams, Ciaran Boyce.
Front row; L to R: Jack Quinn, Jack Davies,Geroid Dardis, Conor Frayne, Sean Blackwell, John Keane, Mark Donoghue, Diarmuid McCabe Kyle Benson, Liam Shaw, Conor McNally, Jack Cummins.
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