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Farrell leads Mel's charge

St Mel's, Longford 2-7
St Mary's, Carlow 0-5

Published 14/01/2012 | 05:00

An impressive second-half display enabled St Mel's to advance to the second round at The Downs yesterday.

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There was very little between the sides in the first half, at the end of which the Carlow lads led by 0-4 to 0-2, having had a lucky break after half an hour when the winners had a 'goal' by Killian Farrell disallowed after the linesman waved back play for a sideline kick.

Farrell went on to excel in the second half, scoring a goal in the 33rd minute and adding four points. St Mel's wasted a number of chances, including a poor strike from a 49th-minute penalty from Ronan McGowan.

However, a fine individual goal from Brian Walsh sealed victory just a minute later.

Scorers -- St Mel's: K Farrell 1-4 (3f), B Walsh 1-1 (1f), R McGowan, J Keenan 0-1 each. St Mary's: E O'Carroll 0-2 (1f), T Sheil, N Quinlan (1f), E Lowry 0-1 each.

St Mel's -- C Farrell; D Cox, N Keegan, S Rodgers; F O'Donnell, D Bennett, C Sheils; C Casserly, P Kiernan; K Farrell, R McGowan, A Dalton; D Kelly, J Keenan, B Walsh. Subs: B Smith for O'Donnell (inj, 2), N Conroy for Kiernan (47), K Finnan for Kelly (51).

St Mary's -- D Currie; C Moran O'Brien, W Humphries, A Brennan; C O'Brien, T Kenny, C Murphy; E O'Carroll, M Furey; N Kelly, M Lawlor, T Sheil; N Quinlan, C Townsend, E Lowry. Subs: S Dooley for Kelly (39), R Hennessy for O'Brien (42).

REF -- M McAdden (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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