Tuesday 22 August 2017

Scully's two late points punish wasteful Laois

Meath 0-11 Laois 1-6

Laois were on top for the first 15 minutes but failed to convert their chances until James Kelly found the net with a fine individual score.
Laois were on top for the first 15 minutes but failed to convert their chances until James Kelly found the net with a fine individual score.
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Despite trailing for much of the game, Meath ran out eventual winners in a close contest in Portlaoise.

Laois were on top for the first 15 minutes but failed to convert their chances until James Kelly found the net with a fine individual score.

Meath then hit three points on the trot from Eanna Mooney, Jason Scully and Ethan Devine to leave their side trailing by the smallest of margins after Alan Kinsella had been on target for the home side. Laois responded by adding two points from Adam Deering and Peter Kealy to lead by 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

Mooney opened the Meath scoring in the second half but Laois responded with two quick points from Kinsella. Then scores from Eoin Smith, Daragh Campion, Jason Scully and Ethan Devine brought the sides level with 15 minutes remaining.

Kinsella pushed Laois ahead again but the O'Moore side were passing poorly and Meath punished them. They finished strongly with points from Adam Murphy and a brace of Jason Scully scores to seal victory.

Scorers - Meath: J Scully 0-4 (3f), E Mooney, E Devine 0-2 each, E Smith, D Campion and A Murphy (0-1 each). Laois: A Kinsella 0-4 (3f), J Kelly (1-0), A Deering, P Kealy 0-1 each.

Laois - R McGrath; C Brennan, D Bennett, J O'Connor; C Brennan, S Byrne (c), J Kelly; R Tyrell, P Kealy; C Carroll, M Connolly, C Comerford; A Kinsella, D Whelan, A Deering. Subs: S Bolger for Brennan (45), D Feane for Connolly (51), J Kelly for Comerford (51 ), E Lowry for Kinsella (57), P Mulready for Byrne (58).

Meath - A McDermott; R Clark, C Harnan, B O'Reilly; J Cassidy, E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly; D Campion (c), E Devine; E Mooney, C O'Reilly, E Smith; J Conlon, F O'Reilly, J Scully. Subs: C O'Byrne for O'Reilly (43), M Callaghan for Devine (48), A Murphy for Cassidy (50), K Gilsenan for Smith (57), D Nolan for Mooney (59).

Ref - Chris Dywer (Offaly).

Cats ship 17 goals in minor massacre

Wexford 17-21 Kilkenny 0-1

This was sad and cruel and it felt like there was no winner in the end. Wexford are in the Leinster minor football quarter-finals, but beyond that the exercise meant nothing.

Kilkenny, who had put in a bit of work getting a panel together, just couldn't cope at Nowlan Park. Wexford were chasing goals from the throw-in and they showed no mercy.

Wexford opened with three quick points from the flying Jamie Myler (2) and Mark Rossiter (free), and then the goals began to flow. By the 10th minute they had three on the board, through Mickie Dwyer (2) and Myler.

The visitors raced through the gears as they camped in their outclassed opponents' half to establish a 6-13 to 0-0 advantage, with Mark Rossiter, Myler and Dwyer adding goals.

The flogging continued into the second half. Wexford opened with a Cathal Walsh point and then rattled home three goals through Myler (2) and Dwyer to make it 9-14 to 0-0. Kilkenny grabbed a late point through a Sean Boyd free in injury-time, but they were glad to hear the final whistle.

Scorers - Wexford: M Dwyer 7-3, J Myler 5-5, L Sinnott 2-1, M Rossiter 1-3 (0-1f), S Wall 1-2, R Brooks 1-0, C Walsh 0-2 (1f), M O'Neill 0-2, R Devereux, B O'Connor, S Nolan 0-1 each. Kilkenny: S Boyd 0-1 (f).

Kilkenny - C Hackett; S Nolan, B Farrell, J McLoughlin; I Foley, S Boyd, Z Power; S Ryan, S O'Dwyer; M Maher, R Poyntz, S Scallan; S Dunne Maher, L Rafter, K Brennan. Subs: A Parsons for McLoughlin (17), M Cullen for Nolan (38), C Cody for Power (38), D Doyle for Dunne Maher (46), K Phelan for Foley (48), R Boyd for Poyntz (55).

Wexford - D O'Connor; M O'Connor, R Devereux, S O'Donnell; T Cody, M O'Neill, J Dunne; A Walsh, C Walsh; S Nolan, M Rossiter, B O'Connor; J Myler, M Dwyer, S Wall. Subs: R Waters for A Walsh (37), L Sinnott for Nolan (38), P Cowman for O'Donnell (47), R Ryan for O'Connor (48), B Moore for Rossiter (48) R Brooks for Myler (50).

REF - D Hickey (Carlow).

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