Friday 22 September 2017

Kelly shines as Kildare reach last four

Kildare 1-14 Laois 2-6

The visitors scored the first three points of the game inside four minutes and, when Ciaran Comerford and Niall Dunne scored goals just after the midway point of the first-half, they led 2-3 to 0-2. Stock photo: Piaras O Midheach/Sportsfile
The visitors scored the first three points of the game inside four minutes and, when Ciaran Comerford and Niall Dunne scored goals just after the midway point of the first-half, they led 2-3 to 0-2. Stock photo: Piaras O Midheach/Sportsfile
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Kildare reached the semi-finals for the ninth successive year when they overcame a slow start to beat Laois at St Conleth's Park on Saturday.

The visitors scored the first three points of the game inside four minutes and, when Ciaran Comerford and Niall Dunne scored goals just after the midway point of the first-half, they led 2-3 to 0-2.

Kildare began their comeback by scoring the last three points of the half, but were a different side after the break.

Darragh Ryan scored 1-1 within five minutes of the restart to tie the game.

Captain David Kelly, superb throughout, and Shane O'Sullivan then put Kildare ahead.

Laois sub Mark Barry scored in the 44th minute to bring his team back to within a point, but Kildare took control and ran out comfortable winners.

Scorers - Kildare: D Kelly 0-6 (6fs), D Ryan 1-2, D Kirwan (1f) and S O'Sullivan(1f) 0-2 each, D Foley and G Cunningham 0-1 each. Laois: C Comerford 1-1, N Dunne 1-0, M Barry 0-2, D Whelan(1f), J Owens and A Kinsella 0-1 each.

KILDARE: A O'Neill; D Reilly, M Barrett, L Loughnane; A Cronin, N O'Connor, D Ryan; J Carey, D Kelly; B McDonnell, N O'Sullivan, F Nevin; S O'Sullivan, J Cully, D Kirwan. Subs: C Halpin for Carey (19), D Foley for Halpin (BC) (21); E McGovern for Loughnane (h/t), P Tuohy for N O'Sullivan (42), G Cunningham for Ryan (45), J Travers for McDonnell (54).

LAOIS: T McCann; M Dowling, S O'Flynn, D Comerford; K Horgan, S Lacey, G Saunders; R Tyrell, D Whelan; A Kinsella, N Dunne, R Coffey; J Owens, C Comerford, R McEvoy. Subs: M Barry for Lacey (40), D McCaul for Kinsella (52), J Rogers for Dunne (54), D Brophy for Coffey (BC) (54) .

REF - J Hickey (Carlow).

McGarry leads Dublin stroll

Dublin 6-12 Longford 0-5

Dublin beat Longford at Parnell Park every bit as easily as the scorleline suggests to book their place in the semi-finals. Indeed, they might have won by an even bigger margin.

After a terribly flat opening quarter, the hosts assumed control thanks to two points apiece from Niall O'Leary and James Doran before a 25th-minute goal from Ross McGarry saw them extend their lead to 1-6 to 0-1 by half-time.

The floodgates opened after the break, with Seán Hawkshaw netting within three minutes of the restart while Doran put further distance between the teams with a fine solo goal in the 43rd minute.

The away defence was terribly exposed in the final quarter as McGarry completed his brace to augment further goals from substitutes Adam Byrne and the returning James Madden.

Scorers - Dublin: R McGarry 2-2, J Doran 1-2, S Hawkshaw, A Byrne 1-1 each, J Madden 1-0, E O'Dea, N O'Leary 0-2 each, D Conlon, D Lacey 0-1 each. Longford: E Keogh (f), J Hagan, S Farrell, D Farrell (f), R O'Connell 0-1 each.

Dublin - D O'Hanlon; D Maher, P Ó Cofaigh Byrne, L Flatman; K Kennedy, N Matthews, E O'Dea; D Ryan, M Tracey; N O'Leary, J Doran, D Conlon; C Archer, S Hawkshaw, R McGarry. Subs: A Byrne for O'Leary (39), K Lynch Bissett for Conlon (44), D Lacey for Archer (49), G Nangle for Kennedy (52), D Deneher for O'Dea (56), J Madden for Hawkshaw (58).

Longford - J Fox; E Keogh, G Flynn, K Gilmore; N Farrelly, PJ Masterson, C McKeon; P molloy, C Reilly; J Hagan, S Farrell, R O'Connell; D Farrell, K Kenny, D O'Brien. Subs: P Duggan for McKeon (14, BC), A McGuire for O'Brien (38), J McCormack for Duggan (40), C McElligott for Kenny (47), R Claffey for Reilly (50), M Brady for O'Connell (53).

Ref - S Mulhare (Laois)

Cool Gallagher sends Louth into semis

Louth 0-15 Offaly 1-11

A Gutsy Louth overturned a seven-point deficit midway through the first-half to edge past Offaly in Drogheda, with John Gallagher's point from a late free sealing the victory.

Offaly got off to a flyer, with Cian Johnston finding the back of the net after just 50 seconds, and they built on that.

Louth got back into the game and narrowed the gap to just a goal, but Offaly had the last say of the half, with Johnston putting the ball over the bar to leave the score at 1-8 to 0-7 in favour of the midlanders.

Louth dominated the early exchanges of the second-half.

Both sides traded scores to set up a thrilling finale and, fittingly, it was the excellent Gallagher who sent Louth into the semi-finals, as he nailed a pressure free right at the death.

SCORERS - Louth: J Gallagher 0-8 (4fs, 1 65), F Malone 0-3, C Morgan 0-2, E Callaghan, C Keenan 0-1 each. Offaly: C Johnston 1-2, C Farrell 0-3 (1 f), S Farrell 0-2, C Lynam, J O'Brien, C Donnelly and J McEvoy 0-1 each.

LOUTH - A McGauley; A Connor, P Trainor, D Corcoran; l Grey, E Callaghan, J O'Reilly; L Jackson, C Morgan; G Garland, B Mooney, F Malone; K O'Neill, C Keenan, J Gallagher. Subs: J Murphy for Garland (36), N Browne for O'Reilly (BC) (45), C Gillespie for Mooney (45), S Byrne for O'Neill (50), C Nicholson for Morgan (59).

OFFALY - J McEvoy; J O'Brien 6, L Gavin Mangan, E Dunne; C Donnelly, E Bennet, A Owens; M Newman, S Ibbotston; S Farrell, C Lynam, B Fogarty; C Johnston, N Poland, C Farrell. Subs: D Nally for Fogarty (33), R O'Neill for Newman (40), K Hartnett for Farrell (50), C McCarthy for Owens (54)

Ref - D Hickey (Carlow).

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