Saturday 25 March 2017

Newman strikes to see off Fermanagh

Longford 4-11
Fermanagh 1-15
MONAGHAN 2-11
LEITRIM 1-12
Cavan 1-19
South Down 2-11

A goal 15 minutes from time by John Newman gave Longford a lead that Fermanagh just couldn't bridge.

Newman's goal put his side 4-8 to 0-12 in front but his defence had to battle to contain a hungry Fermanagh attack.

Scorers -- Longford: J Newman 2-1, J O'Brien 1-2, G Ghee 0-5 (0-2f), C Egan 1-0, E Donnellan 0-2 (0-1f), D Tanner 0-1.

Fermanagh: P McGoldrick 0-8 (0-7f), S Corrigan 1-1, K Kehoe 0-2, S Curran, J Duffy (f), B McGarry, A Breslin 0-1 each.

Longford -- P Cullen; R Hyland, T Stakem, F Daly; R Donnellan, S Browne, C Finucane; S Stakem, E Donnellan; G Ghee, D Tanner, S Lynam; J O'Brien, J Newman, M Cassidy. Subs: C Egan for Cassidy, E Corcoran for Tanner, P Barden for Daly.

Fermanagh -- P McAvoy; B Smyth, F Bannon, C Rice; S Curran, C McGarry, F McBrien; R Bogue, J Duffy; D Slevin, K Kehoe, P McGoldrick; S Corrigan, B McGarry, P Timoney. Subs: R Porteous for Timoney A Breslin for Slevin; M Slevin for Smyth.

Ref -- G Duffy (Antrim).

Two Monaghan goals in the last five minutes of an entertaining and absorbing contest broke Leitrim hearts. Sean Leonard's extra-time goal followed by a Michael Lennon point sealed victory for Monaghan.

SCORERS -- Monaghan: S Leonard 1-1, B Phelan 1-0, K Boylan, M Lennon (1f) 0-4 each, D Crowe, R Regan 0-1 each. Leitrim: L Burns 1-0, I Birmingham 0-7 (3f), K Connolly, K O'Connor 0-2 each, K Boyle 0-1.

MONAGHAN -- H Byrne; A Kerr, P Dowdall, P Treanor; R Lee, A Óg McAnespie, J McAnespie; B Phelan, S Loftus; A MacSuibne, M Lennon, K Boylan; R Meegan, S Leonard, J Lacey. Subs: B McGuigan for J Lacey, A Lee for R Lee, D Crowe for A Kerr, D Beirne for P Treanor, G Dooley for R Meegan.

LEITRIM -- P McKiernan; K McGrath, V McDermott, D Tiernan; M Quinn, S McWeeney, K Boyle; K Connolly, M Poinaird; P McWeeney, C Cunniffe, I Birmingham; M Burns, L Burns, C McCrann. Subs: K O'Connor for M Burns.

REF -- A Stapleton(Laois).

Cavan turned in a brilliant second half to overcome South Down in Ballela yesterday.

Assisted by the breeze, Cavan dominated the second half and an exhibition of free-taking by Bernard Gaffney and a goal from Michael McEntee set them up for a deserved victory.

SCORERS -- Cavan: B Gaffney 0-14 (14f), M McEntee 1-0, P Sheridan, L Kelly, E Hill, K Downes, S Brady 0-1 each. South Down: L Morgan 1-1, P Sheehan 0-4, J McGrath 1-0, N Burns, D Morgan 0-2 each, M Cosgrove, L Deegans 0-1 each.

Cavan -- D Sheridan; B Devine, M Carr, A Sheridan; P Sheridan, C Nelligan, L Kelly; M O'Connell, E Hill; K Downes, B Gaffney, R O'Hagan; S Brady , M McEntee, B Harten.

South Down -- D Kearins; P McCusker, B McAleenan, K Fegan; G Courtney, P P McCartan, I Galway; J Murphy, L Morgan; N Burns, D Morgan, M Cosgrove; P Sheehan, J McGrath, L Deegans.

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