Thursday 23 February 2017

Hinphey's late heroics snatch final spot from Royals' grasp

DERRY 2-15
MEATH 1-17
London 3-14
Mayo 0-15
Kerry 2-22
Armagh 1-9

THIRTEEN-MAN Derry launched a smash-and-grab raid in the dying moments to wrench a final berth from Meath's grasp in Navan on Saturday.

Meath led by 1-15 to 0-12 with four minutes remaining but a brace of Kevin Hinphey goals broke their hearts and booked a decider clash against Kerry for the Oak Leafers, who had Liam Hinphey and Cathal Brunton sent off. Meath's Kevin Keena saw red after the break

The hosts led by 0-10 to 0-7 at the break and when sub Noel Kirby netted early in the second half, they looked destined to land the spoils. But Derry's stunning late spree denied them.

Scorers -- Derry: K Hinphey 2-1, R Convey 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 '65), P Henry 0-4 (0-2f), S McBride 0-3, L Hinphey 0-1. Meath: N Hackett 0-5 (0-4f), S Donoghue 0-4, N Kirby 1-0, D Kirby, M Mullally 0-2 each, S Clynch (0-1f), K Keena, P Keogh, P Garvey 0-1 each.

Derry -- B Lagan; S McCullagh, E McKeever, R McCloskey; A McCloskey, L Hinphey, C Brunton; P O'Kane, K Hinphey; F Kelly, R Convey, P McCloskey; P Henry, M Conway, S McBride Sub: O McCloskey for Henry (45).

Meath -- S Quinn; P Fagan, D Donoghue; J Boyle, S Clynch, M Horan; S Donoghue, P Keogh; P Durnin, N Hackett, K Keena; D Muldoon, D Kirby, M Mullally. Subs: N Kirby for Muldoon (18), P Garvey for Durnin (58).

Struggling Mayo once again came up short when the pressure was applied as London pulled away to seal a comfortable victory.

Trailing 1-7 to 0-8 at the break at McHale Park, the hosts surged into a three-point lead early in the second half, with midfielder Keith Higgins landing two fine points. But the Exiles fired two goals within a minute, from sub Kevin Walsh and Martin Finn, who finished with 1-10

Mayo rallied again but were unable to get the goal they needed.

Scorers -- London: M Finn 1-10 (0-7f), K Walsh 1-2, M Mythen 1-0, R O'Connell, N Forde 0-1 each. Mayo: S Hunt (0-5f), K Higgins (0-3f) 0-6 each, C Hynes, D McConn, N Murphy 0-1 each.

LONDON -- P Gannon; C Boyle, M Ryan, N Cody; M Fitzsimmons, C Quinn, K Kennedy; N Forde, J McCormack; M Mythen, P Stephenson, R O'Connell; J Holohan, M Finn, T Twomey. Subs: DK Walsh for Holohan (32), D Maher for O'Connell (40).

MAYO -- N O'Lonaian; K McGrath, K Moran, S Morley; B Higgins, A Connolly, C Ryan; P Barrett, K Higgins; D McConn, D Dowling, N Murphy; S Hunt, C Hynes, S Hoban. Sub: D McDonnell for Hoban (45).

REF -- M O'Connor (Limerick).

Kerry brushed aside Armagh's feeble challenge to maintain their 100pc record, with Gary O'Brien firing a brace of second-half goals.

Scorers -- Kerry: M Conway 0-6 (0-2f, 0-2 '65s), G O'Brien 2-0, J Egan 0-5 (0-1f), C Harty 0-4, S Young, M Boyle 0-2 each, L Boyle (0-1f), T Murnane , J Flaherty 0-1 each. Armagh: P McCormack 0-4 (0-2f), R Gaffney 1-0, M Kernan, B McNaughton 0-2, C Carvill 0-1.

Kerry -- N Leen; C Harris, A Healy, A Keane; P Monson, L Boyle, T Murnane; E Sheehy, J Griffin; J Egan, M Boyle, C Harty; S Young , G O'Brien, M Conway. Subs: N Young for A Keane, J Godley for J Griffin, J Flaherty for S Young, S Nolan for M Conway, B O'Leary for L Boyle (all on 55 mins).

Armagh --J Burke; D Carvill, E McDonnell, B Mallon; P McArdle, N Curry, B Breen; J Corvan, C Carvill; R Gaffney, G Enright, C McCann; F Bradley, P McCormack, K McKernan. Subs: P Breen for C McCann (40), M Kernan for J Corvan (42), B McNaughton for K McKernan (43), P Cunningham for P McCormack (50), K Christie for F Bradley (65).

REF -- David Copps (Ballyhea).

Irish Independent

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