A Rich Core Of Underage Talent in the Seneschalstown Area
Despite the championship semi-final hammering by O’Mahony’s, Seneschalstown remain very much a team for the ’90s. Their great ability to produce one or two exceptional players each season must surely make the Yellow Furze combination a hot tip for the Keegan Cup honours in the none too distant future. The year gone was another productive season for underage football over Seneschalstown way.
At the tail end of ’89 the club under the guidance of Mickey and Billy Dillon, Tommy Finnegan and Tommy McDonnell swept to the Meath Under 17 league title. This although beaten by Skryne in the opening round but the Furze youngsters recovered in style to edge out St. Martins, Dunboyne, Trim, Simonstown, Kells, Oldcastle, Kilcloon, St. Pats and St. Colmcilles. Making up the successful panel were Gordon McGuirk, Raymond Butler, Graham Geraghty, Conor Macken(Capt.), Kevin Clarke, David Dillon, Stephen Dillon, Alan Oakes, J.J Farrell, Mark Raleigh, Mark McDonnell, Gerry McDonnell, Tony McDonnell, David Carter, Declan Darby, David Clarke, James Mathews, James Raleigh, David McGovern and Cormac Gilligan.
Of course in September Graham Geraghty, Conor Macken and David Dillon figured with the victorious county Minor team. Earlier on in the year David Dillon, David Carter, Stephen Dillon, Gerry McDonnell and Gordon McGuirk all picked up Leinster Junior Colleges medals with St. Pats in Navan. Stephen Dillon and David Carter were also involved with the Meath Under 16 team.
The Seneschalstown area captured the Meath Community Games title during 1990, beating Trim in the county decider. In the race for national honours, a competition which Kells won outright in 1989, Seneschalstown drew with Longford representatives Lanesboro in the opening round. The opposition wished to play extra time but the Yellow Furze squad on enemy soil had a few injury problems and having a long journey home, declined. The game was later awarded to the Longford boys. In charge of this team were Tommy Finnegan, Joe Clarke, Martin McGuirk and Paddy Markey. In the Meath final Yellow Furze led by 3-4 to 1-3 at the interval. Barry Finnegan, Colin Clarke, David Geraghty, Shane Curtis, Garreth McGuirk and Eamonn Kennedy were outstanding. So also was top scorer Paul Markey who ended up with 2-2. The Seneschalstown line-out was: T. Russell, J. Keating, D. Geraghty, B.Finnegan, S.Curtis, C.Clarke, P.Connell, G.McGuirk, G.Dixon, P.Markey, E.Kennedy, D. Lawlor, M.Lynch, E. Carolan, C. Madden. Kennedy shot 1-2, McGuirk 0-3 and Carolan 1-0.