Tuesday 20 March 2018

Five-star Seans skip over the 'Hill

Group A



DOWDALSHILL proved no match for a slick and clinical Sean McDermotts side at a cold and windy St Brigid's Park on Sunday. Peter Osbourne was in unstoppable form for McDermotts finishing with a fine total of 3-3 for his side.

Playing with the strong breeze at their backs in the first half, McDermotts conceded the first score early on when Gerry McShane pointed for the home side, however it was soon all one way traffic as McDermotts took a firm hold.

Aided by the elements, they built-up a sizeable lead, and by the break, were comfortably in front, 2-11 to 1-4 thanks to goals from Osbourne and James Woods.

The home side battled-on bravely after the restart, but missed several goal chances of their own during their best period of pressure.

And it was McDermotts who finished the stronger, scoring a further 1-2 in the closing stages to complete a comfortable victory.

SEAN MCDERMOTTS: Brendan McGahon; Danny Cummings, Ciaran McMahon, Mark Duffy; Danny Reilly, Ian Corbelly, David O'Neill 0-3; Mark McEneaney, Declan Carroll 0-1; Lorcan Myles 0-1, Kevin Carroll 0-1, Kevin McMahon 1-1; James Woods 1-4, Peter Osbourne 3-3, Aaron Myles. Subs- Sean McMahon for Danny Reilly, Alan O'Neill for Mark Duffy, Lorcan Ludden for Mark McEneaney, Owen Lynch for Lorcan Myles.

DOWDALLSHILL: David Clegg, Cathal Mc Shane, Anthony Quinn, Colin Agnew, Dermot Smyth, Justin Halley, Anton Watters, David Mc Crave, Paddy Quinn 0-2, Donal Sheridan 0-2, Ciaran O'Callaghan 0-1, Ciaran Sheridan 0-1, Stephen Hoey, Gerry Mc Shane 1-2, Noel Finnegan 0-1. Subs: Eamon Duffy for Cathal Mc Shane, Mark Mc Donnell for Colin Agnew, Sean Mc Cabe for Ciaran Sheridan, Colin Agnew for Justin Halley.



LANNLEIRE finished strongest to finally overcome a determined challenge from Wolfe Tones at a cold Pairc Ui Mhuiri on Sunday morning, thus consolidating second place in Group A behind Roche Emmets.

A closely fought first half saw Lannleire go in at the break leading 1-5 to 1-4, both goals coming within two minutes of the interval. A Danny Coyle penalty had given Wolfe Tones the lead but an Alan Murphy free deceived the visitors' defence and restored the home side's lead on the stroke of half time whistle.

With the wind behind them, Lannleire opened up a nine point lead with only ten minutes played, helped by two well taken goals from Niall Lennon and Robert Moynagh. Wolfe Tones responded though with two goals of their own from Mark McKenna and John Horan to leave just a goal between the sides entering the final quarter.

Two further points from John Horan reduced the gap to the minimum but the Tones ran out of steam and Lannleire steeled themselves to score 1-4 without reply in the final minutes remaining. Niall Lennon netted his second goal of the game to leave the home side winners on a scoreline of 4-11 to 3-6.

LANNLEIRE: Lee Smith; Paul Doyle, Bob Murphy, Thomas Doyle; John King, Andrew Flanagan Craig Devlin; Ian Mulroy, Andrew Dowd 0-2; Brendan McEvoy, Alan Murphy 1-4, Gary Monaghan 0-2; Sean Callaghan, Niall Lennon 2-1, Robert Moynagh 1-1. Subs: Leo Tiernan, Cathal Grimes, Nicky Malone 0-1.

WOLFE TONES: John Kelly; Keith Farrell, Ciaran Floody, Gordon Owens; Eoin O'Shea, Ciaran ward, Alan Fanning; Patrick Fanning, Ivor Kelly; Michael Rafferty, Mark McKenna 1-0, Danny Coyle 1-0; Darren Wright, John Horan 1-5, Niall Mallon 0-1

• The game between Roche Emmets and St Nicholas saw the Drogheda side concede the points.

Group B



GLEN Emmets remain top of Group B after beating St Kevins by the narrowest of margins in Cusack Park.

Full forward Conor Grimes provd to be the match winner for the home side with A seven-point haul and he started the ball rolling for the home side with three early points. Kevins responded well however and they were back level thanks to a beautifully struck Conor McCullough, helping them trun around just two points in arrears, 0-7 to 1-2.

Emmets stretched further ahead in the second half thanks to a brace of Grimes points but the Kevins refused to lie down and they were back in contention thanks to Aiden Craven's well struck goal.

Both teams traded points in a tense finale but fittingly it was man of the match Conor Grimes who decided matters with his seventh point of the day to secure victory for Emmets.

Glen Emmets: Fergus Barnett; Danny Whyte, Keith Boylan, Jamie Farnham; Ronan Carr, Aidan Monahan, Andrew Mooney; Gordon Healy, Mark Garvey; Martin Morgan, Eamonn Mullen 0-5, Tom Grimes 0-1; Conor Cusack, Conor Grimes 0-7, Damien Grimes. Sub: Derek Johnston for Ronan Carr.

St Kevins: Andrew Campbell; Eric Callan, Geoffrey Meehan, Patrick Duff; Alan Gregory, Andrew Hynes 0-1, Howard Treadwell; Sean Crosbie 0-1, Gareth Boylan; Conor McCullough 1-0, Aiden Craven 1-2, Sean Callan; Liam Boylan 0-2, Patrick Gregory, Ian Carter. Sub: James Boylan for Gareth Boylan.



NAOMH Fionnbarra proved too strong for John Mitchels at Ballygassan on Thursday night.

The home side got off to a flying start and at the break had built up a commanding 1-7 to 0-1 lead.

The Mitchels improved after the break kicking five points, but the Finbarrs struck the net twice more to complete a comprehensive win.

NAOMH FIONNBARRA: Paul Young; Colm McCullough, AIdan Doyle, Bryan Sharkey 0-1; Shane Fanning, Hugh McGrane, Padraig Butterly; John Doyle 0-1, Gary Matthews; Martin Murphy, William Woods 0-3, Bernard Osborne 0-3; Jack Butterly 1-2, Andrew McCann 1-1, Dessie Murray 1-0.Subs: Ryan Woods 0-2, Conor Osborne 0-1, Paul Bannon, Allan Matthews.

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