Slick Mayo march past Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup
Mayo 1-15 Wicklow 0-14 Christy Ring Cup
Mayo's hurlers progressed to the semi-final with a fully merited four-point win over a poor Wicklow side in Arklow yesterday.
Centre-forward Kenny Feeney led the Mayo attack with 0-7 – five from frees – with Keith Higgins also a thorn in the Wicklow side and sub Stephen Hoban also making an impact when he came on in the second half.
In contrast, Wicklow's dangermen were shackled by a well-marshalled Mayo defence with Adrian Brennan and Aidan Connolly outstanding in the full-back line, and Wicklow were left depending on frees from Mikey Lee for over half of their 14 points.
Wicklow led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time but things went downhill after an early second-half goal for Mayo scored by corner-forward Brian Hunt.
After that, Mayo had their tails up and always looked in control as they closed out a deserved and impressive victory.
Scorers – Mayo: K Feeney 0-7 (5f), S Hoban 0-3, B Hunt 1-0, K Higgins 0-2, F Boland, D McDonnell, P O'Flynn 0-1 each. Wicklow: M Lee 0-9 (8f), C Moorehouse 0-3, A O'Brien, W O'Gorman 0-1 each.
Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)
Kildare 2-16 Derry 0-10 Christy Ring Cup
KILDARE produced a slick, sharp performance at Owenbeg to upset the odds and progress to a semi-final meeting with Meath.
Brian Lawlor's side hit the ground running and Bernard Deay's terrific low finish after 16 minutes helped the visitors into a deserved 1-9 to 0-3 half-time lead. Derry briefly threatened a comeback but from the moment Ross Kelly found the net, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Scorers – Kildare: R McLoughney, G Keegan 0-4 each, P Divilly 0-3 (0-2f), R Kelly, B Deay 1-0 each, M Fitzgerald, M Moloney, T Murphy, R Casey, W Greene 0-1 each Derry: R Convery 0-5 (4f), B Rogers, P McCloskey, B Óg McGilligan, M O'Hagan, D O'Neill 0-1 each.
Referee: L McAuley (Antrim)
Fingal 2-11 Donegal 1-12 Rackard Cup Semi-finals
FINGAL toppled holders Donegal in commanding fashion.
After Enda McDermott and Dean Kelly swapped early goals, Donegal looked to be in command when they led by eight. However, Fingal took that as their cue to step up to the plate. Dave Smyth hit a second Fingal goal and they reeled Donegal in.
Peter Daly steered over seven points for the victors. Shane Gallen and Enda McDermott were sent off for Donegal, who lost star man Danny Cullen to an ankle injury 11 minutes from the end.
Scorers – Fingal: P Daly (6f, 1 '65) 0-7, D Kelly 1-2, D Smyth 1-0, A Richardson, C Foley 0-1 each Donegal: E McDermott 1-0, K Campbell (3f), D Cullen (2f), C Matthewson (2f, 1 '65) 0-3 each, S McVeigh 0-2, R McDermott 0-1.
Referee: J Clarke (Cavan)
Tyrone 2-19 Roscommon 0-18 Rackard Cup Semi-finals
Two goals inside a minute at the start of the second half catapulted Tyrone into the driving seat to seal their place in the final.
Substitute Seán Óg Grogan and corner-forward Gerard Gilmore raised green flags in the 37th minute to turn the tables on a Roscommon side that had enjoyed a 0-12 to 0-8 interval advantage.
Tyrone looked on the ropes at that point but with man of the match Damien Casey, who contributed 0-8 overall, in superb form, Mattie Lennon's charges never looked back and deservedly took the plaudits against a home side that ran out of steam.
Scorers – Tyrone: D Casey 0-8 (4f), G Gilmore 1-2, S Óg Grogan 1-0, M Winters, C Grogan 0-3 each, M Mulgrew 0-2, G Fox 0-1 (1f). Roscommon: R Fallon 0-5 (4f), D Dolan 0-3, G Fallon, M Kelly 0-2 each, J Moran, C Egan, D Fallon, S Curley (1f), C Dolan, C Kenny 0-1 each.
Referee: T Carroll (Offaly)
Monaghan 3-12 Sligo 0-14 Rackard Cup Relegation Playoff
Monaghan ensured their place in this competition next year with a comfortable win in Ballinamore.
Kevin Crawley and Brian McGuigan combined for 2-8 to lay the foundation for victory. Monaghan had sub Nathan Adair red-carded after 63 minutes.
Sligo had gone in level at the break, despite Brian McGuigan's seventh-minute goal, thanks to Keith Raymond's six converted frees.
The second period was more one-sided. Conor Boyle's opportunistic 39th-minute goal put Monaghan on the road to victory. Another McGuigan goal in the 62nd minute put an end to Sligo's hopes. They now face the Lory Meaghar Cup winners for a place in next year's Nicky Rackard Cup.
Scorers – Monaghan: K Crawley 0-7 (6f), B McGuigan 2-1, C McKenna 0-2, C Boyle 1-1 E Mac Suibhne 0-1. Sligo: K Raymond 0-9 (6f, 1 65'), N Hyland, G Waldron 0-2 each, B Kenny 0-1 (f).
Referee: B Sweeney (Cavan)
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