Ardnaree survive red cards to reach final
Ardnaree 0-11 Rockorry 0-6
Ardnaree Sarsfields, advanced to their first final after a tempestuous clash at Carrick-on-Shannon.
Rockorry finished with 13 players following red cards for Anthony Carroll, on 15 minutes, and Fergal McGeough, five minutes into second half; the Monaghan side also lost goalkeeper Jamie Smith to a black card after just seven minutes,
Mayo champions Ardnaree also lost two of their best forwards, Ronan Doherty and Eoin McCormack, to black cards.
But when the football was played, Ardnaree were a step ahead in most areas, particularly at midfield, and led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time, Rockorry missing three early chances from kickable frees as the Mayo champions went three points clear after just five minutes.
Substitutes Shane Timlin and Brian Fitzpatrick both hit the target when introduced in the second half to close out a game that will be remembered mostly for a lot of interruptions in play and too many off-the-ball incidents.
Scorers – Ardnaree: R Doherty 0-3 (1f), E McCormack (1f), C Noone (1f) 0-2 each, R Clarke, S Timlin, J Timlin , B Fitzpatrick 0-1each. Rockorry: F McGeough (2fs), M Daly (2fs), L Smyth (1f) 0-2 each .
Ardnaree Sarsfields – B Ginty, Conor Naylor, Colm Naylor, C Cawley, M McCormack, P Lacken S Timlin, S Tighe, M Rafter, N Beattie, R Clarke, C Noone, R Doherty, C Walsh, E McCormack. Subs: J Timlin for Doherty (BC, 12), R O’Malley for E McCormack (BC, 32), I Clarke for Tighe (57), B Fitzpatrick for Colm Naylor (54) M Fordes for M McCormack (57).
Rockorry – J Smith, C Quinn, N McKeown, C McGeough, J Reilly, K Daly, S McGurk, M Thornton, M Daly, C Sheridan, P McKeown, L Smyth, M McGuirk, F McGeough, N Carroll. Subs: D Fay for Smith (BC, 7), M Carroll for Sheridan (20), D Matthews for O McKeown (45) A Tate for Quinn (60), A McGovern for S McGurk (61).
Ref – F Barry (Kildare).