Lawlor, Mulry see Roads home
A couple of quick-fire goals around the 40th minute turned this evenly-matched contest in Four Roads' favour.
Athleague led by three points at the interval, 0-13 to 1-7. Full-forward Gary Fallon was in superb form, hitting six points in the first-half and 0-11 overall. The defending champions then pummelled Athleague during a blistering third quarter where they outscored them by 2-6 to 0-3. The goals, which were less than 60 seconds apart, were scored by Jamie Lawlor and Ray Mulry. Athleague rallied over the closing quarter, but were unable to bridge the gap.
SCORERS -- Four Roads: J Lawlor 1-7 (0-7f), R Mulry
1-2, J Coyne 1-1, M Kelly 0-3, E Mulry, D Fallon, E Rogerson 0-1 each. Athleague: G Fallon 0-11 (0-7f), K Conneely, M Connaughton 0-2 each, D Delaney, C Kelly, A Leahy, T Reddington, E Bannon 0-1 each.
FOUR ROADS -- D Dowd; J McDonnell, M McLoughlin, B Donnelly; S Curley, D Lohan, N Cunniffe; T Lennon, J Moran; B Mannion, M. Kelly, J Lawlor; J Coyne, R Mulry, D Fallon. Subs: E Mulry for Cunniffe (h-t), E Rogerson for Fallon (46), R Kelly for Mannion (58), J Rogerson for Lawlor (60).
ATHLEAGUE -- D Connell; JP Murray, C Moran, A Moore; J Connolly, N Connolly, T Bannon; D Delaney, K Conneely; T Reddington, M Connaughton, E Bannon; C Kelly, G Fallon, A Leahy. Subs: M Keaveney for Moore (36), D Flaherty for N Connolly (41), J Fallon for Reddington (57), A Cunniffe for Leahy (57).
REF -- Michael Mannion.