Hilliard strike puts Monaghan on road to title
A blistering 20-minute spell in the second half saw Monaghan master Longford in the NHL Division Four final at Breffni Park.
Trevor Hilliard goaled in the 55th minute as Monaghan sparkled in out-scoring their fitful opponents by 1-9 to 0-1 after the restart. Wind-aided Longford led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval after Joe O'Brien's 13th-minute goal had helped give the Leinstermen the edge.
However, less than a minute after Monaghan's goal, Longford lost Mark Cassidy to a straight red card. It was all too easy for the more determined Monaghan side after that with Longford relying on counter-attacks.
SCORERS -- Monaghan: M McHugh 0-10 (8f), T Hilliard 1-0, S Leonard, D Crowe 0-2 each, B Phelan, K Boylan, M Lennon, B McGuigan 0-1 each. Longford: G Ghee 0-5 (3f), J O'Brien 1-0, E Donnellan (1f), E Donnellan (1f) 0-2 each, M Cassidy 0-1.
Monaghan -- H Byrne; P Dowdall, P Murphy, A Kerr; D Crowe, S Loftus, J McAnespie; T Hilliard, B Phelan; K Boylan, S Leonard, B McGuigan; R Meegan, M McHugh, M Lennon. Subs: D Beirne for Meegan (59); A Og McAnespie for Phelan (61).
Longford -- P Cullen; C Finnucane, T Stakem, F Daly; R Donnellan, S Hannon, C Egan; S Browne, E Donnellan; G Ghee, D Tanner, M Cassidy; J O'Brien, J Newman, S Lynam. Subs: J Minnock for Finnucane (h-t); E Corcoran for Newman (65); J Lynam for R Donnellan (65).
Ref -- E Hassan (Derry).
O'Connell points way for Kingdom
A BRILLIANT 12-point haul from Darragh O'Connell and two late goals from James Flaherty and James McCarthy saw Kerry march to victory in the NHL Division 3 decider.
It also means that Kerry will play in Division 2 next season but this was a close-fought encounter that saw Derry fight back from being eight points down to close the gap to just three points with five minutes left. Then Flaherty and McCarthy struck to seal the win for Kerry who led by 0-12 to 0-5 at half-time. Derry missed two penalties, both saved by John Brendan O'Halloran.
Scorers - Kerry: D O'Connell 0-12 (9f, 1 '65), J Flaherty 1-1, J McCarthy 1-0, J Egan 0-2, T Murnane, M Conway and M Boyle 0-1 each. Derry: R Convery 0-5 (4f, 1 '65), P McCloskey 1-2, M Craig 0-3, P Henry (0-2f), K Hinphey 0-2 each, O McCloskey 0-1
Kerry -- J B O'Halloran; C Harris, A Healy, J Fitzgerald; J Godley, L Boyle, T Murnane; E Sheehy, J Griffin; J Egan, M Boyle, D O'Connell; M Conway , G O'Brien, J M Dooley. Subs: J Flaherty for J M Dooley, J McCarthy for E Sheehy, J Casey for J Egan.
Derry -- D McDermott; S McCullagh, E McKeever, R McCloskey; A McCloskey, L Hinphey, C Brunton; P O'Kane, K Hinphey; M Craig, R Convery, P McCloskey; P Henry, M Conway, F Kelly. Subs: O McCloskey for F Kelly, S Henry for C Brunton, S McNicholl for P Henry
Ref -- A Kelly (Galway).
- TIPPERARY hurlers suffered a devastating pre-championship blow yesterday when Paul Kelly suffered a broken ankle on club duty with Mullinahone.