Mythen sees off Fingal
Three first-half goals proved crucial as London overpowered Fingal in their Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-final at Parnell Park yesterday.
Mark Mythen grabbed two goals to help London to a 3-8 to 1-8 half-time lead. Tom Twomey and Martin Finn added further goals on the restart and the excellent Richie O'Connell, who scored six points from centre-forward, ensured a semi-final clash with Roscommon, scheduled for next weekend.
Scorers -- London: M Finn 1-5 (0-4f), M Mythen, T Twomey 2-1, R O'Connell 0-6 (2f), A Fitzgerald 0-2, D Maher, D Kinsella 0-1 each. Fingal: C Foley 0-5 (1f), M Ormonde 0-3 (2f), B McCarthy 1-0, E McCabe 0-2, R McGarry 0-1.
London: JJ Burke; C Burke, M Ryan, E Phelan; M Fitzsimon, J Reddan, K Kennedy; N Forde, D Maher; M Mythen, R O'Connell, A Fitzgerald; K Walsh, M Finn, T Twomey. Subs: N Coady for Phelan (50), D Kinsella for Finn (58), M Lismore for Walsh (60), B Mac Giolarnaith for C Burke (60), F Tierney for Fitzsimon (64).
Fingal: W Burke; P Coyne, D Markey, N Ring; M Cussen, D Vaughan, P Sheridan; R McGarry, J Sheridan; C Foley, M Ormonde; P McAllister; E McCabe, P Daly, B McCarthy. Subs: A Morris for Coyne (26), B Powell for P Sheridan (31), C O'Mahony for J Sheridan (h-t), A Richardson for Vaughan (52), M Lambe for McCabe (63).
Ref: D Murphy (Wexford)
Thirteen points from free-taker Colin Herity and a superb 1-2 from Damien Burke helped Sligo through to the semi-finals at the expense of Louth in Longford's Pearse Park yesterday.
Shane Fennell and Kevin McNally got the Louth goals but it wasn't enough.
Scorers -- Sligo: C Herity 0-13 (0-11f), D Burke, R Molloy 1-2 each, L Cadden 1-0, W Gill 0-1. Louth: G Smyth 0-7 (0-6f), K McNally 1-3, S Fennell 1-2, D O'Sullivan, S Callan, D Murphy 0-1 each.
Sligo: M Kearney; D O'Brien, J Kenny, J Kelly; W Gill, M Burke, R Cox; L Reidy, A Cawley; M Gordon, R Molloy, C Herity; C Hackett, D Burke, L Cadden. Subs: N Cadden for Hackett (55), C O'Mahony for L Cadden (69).
Louth: E McArdle; B Murphy, A Carter, A Wallace; D Rafferty, R Byrne, D Horan; D Dunne, D O'Sullivan; D Murphy, S Callan, G Smyth; K McNally, W Morrissey, S Fennell. Subs: M Kirwan for Rafferty (45), G Rellis for Morrissey (45).
Ref: M Haverty (Galway).
Shooting to the top
Nine-time Kilkenny All Star Henry Shefflin could today become the all time top-scorer in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks ace has scored a total of 436 points (22-370) to date in his championship career and if he registers more than 0-3 against Dublin this afternoon he will smash the record of Eddie Keher, who leads the way with 439 points (35-334).