Ducon Cup round-up
LYRE'S greater scoring power emerged a key factor on their progress past Castlemagner in the Ducon Cup played in Castlemagnner.
The finer aspects of the game saw the good epitomised by the structure that Lyre brought to the tie. Nobody could question the workrate or resolve of an understrength Castlemagner yet they found it dislodge a sharper Lyre on pouncing for early goals.
Lyre gathered early encouragement from the marker put down by the play of Emmet Buckley, Brendan Withers, Denis Mannix and Kevin Tarrant. And the winners fleetness of foot in attack yielded three goals in quick succession from the Roche brothers Denis and Kevin.
Castlemagner attempted to settle and from a free scoring spell, a goal did surface with Trevor McAulliffe on hand to raise the green flag.
Still Lyre maintained a grip on the proceedings and a goal from David Murphy confirmed a commanding 4-6 to 1-4 position at the break.
A pretty even third quarter saw Castlemagner match their opponents thanks to the guiding fortunes of Pat Gayer, Seán Falvey and Bryan Barry. Credit the home side for plugging away yet Lyre had the closing say on a late Niall Kearney goal.
MILLSTREET maintained their prominent position in the Ducon Cup on finishing strongly that proved too much for a battling Newmarket.
Both sides served up passages of enterprising football that kept the game wide open for a lenghty stage. Newmarket held their own in the opening half, drawing encouragement from the efforts of Brian O'Riordan, Conor Cronin and Michael Cottrell.
Upfront, Daniel Culloty, Michael Kenneally and Nicky Flanagan found the target. However, Millstreet grabbed a huge incentive from a goal by Tadhg Collins for a 1-4 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Millstreet took up the running upon the restart through the influencial play of Desmond Sullivan, Patrick Coleman, Cormac Sheehan and busy Michael Vaughan blasted home a goal
Though Newmarket did reply on a well taken Ian Flanagan goal, Millstreet overcame some anxious moments and a late goal from Denis Kiely wrapped up matters.
Boherbue dug deep to clinch a three point win over Dromtariffe an exciting Ducon Cup played before a large attendance in Boherbue.
A good start is half the battle and it proved so for Boherbue on Adrian Murphy's goal crucial to the outcome. That blistering start provided Boherbue with a nice cushion.
Dromtariffe responded to the challenge through the solid workrate of Vincent Browne, Pat Dennehy and Paddy Daly. A spell of dominance supplied ample possession into attack for Gearóid Murphy and Dennehy to shoot points before half time that left Dromtariffe well in the hunt, behind 1-4 to 0-5 at the short whistle.
Boherbue imposed themselves upon the restart, the play of Alan Guerin, Michael O'Connor and John Corkery key as was a towering show from Jerry O'Connor. Points from O'Connor and Niall Murphy confirmed Boherbue's supremacy.
Dromtariffe made a bold bid to save the outcome yet Boherbue weren't for relenting and a splendid O'Connor point sealed the deal.