One-point Ducon wins for Lyre and Cullen
Lyre were made to grind out a narrow win over Dromtariffe in an exciting Ducon Cup at Banteer. With a draw looking an equitable outcome, Lyre snatched a late winner thanks to the ice cool Tim Murphy converting a late pointed free.
Lyre grabbed the early upperhand, their direct game boosted on a goal from full forward Connie Tarrant. An experimental Dromtariffe came more in the picture with points to Eoin Dennehy and Gearóid Murphy squaring the game.
Lyre regained control; helped by the workrate of John McSweeney, Sean Twomey, James Twohig and Timmie Murphy. That allowed the home side take the initiative, points from James Twohig and the Murphys secured a 1-5 to 0-6 advantage at the break.
Dromtariffe took up the running upon the restart through the solid play of Colum and Gearóid Murphy, Paddy Daly and Eamon O'Flynn. And a well worked goal from Tony Fitzpatrick allowed Dromatariffe take the lead.
Invariably when Lyre did chisel out a hard earned point, Lyre sauntered up the field to respond in kind, points to Tim Murphy and Denis Roche answered by Dromtariffe's Colum and Gearoid Murphy.
A share of the spoils was on the cards but with the stop watch running down, a foul on Timmie Murphy allowed namesake Tim Murphy convert the resultant free and secure the all important league points.
LYRE: D Buckley, S Twomey, J McSweeny, T McGeough, B O Keeffe, J Twohig 0-1, S O Connor, K Tarrant, Timmie Murphy 0-1, Tim Murphy 0-4, C McHugh, S Mannix, E Buckley, C Tarrant 1-0, D Roche 0-3. Subs: F Murphy 0-1, D Murphy, K McGeough, J Twomey.
DROMTARIFFE: D O'Sullivan; C O'Mahony, Browne, D Dennehy; S Murphy, C Murphy, G Murphy 0-4; E O'Flynn, P Daly; N O'Sullivan 0-1, D O'Keeffe 0-2, A Dennehy; D O'Connor, E Dennehy 0-1, N McAulliffe. Subs. T Fitzpatrick 1-0, M O'Shea, G Burns.
HOSTS Cullen conjured up a second half push to overcome a wasteful Millstreet in the Ducon Cup. Though Millstreet enjoyed much of a territorial grip in the opening half, a different story emerged after the break as Cullen made handsome use of the possession that came their way to yield the dividends by the minimum of margins.
Millstreet dictated the opening stages through the ball winning ability of Mark Ellis and Patrick Coleman in the centre. That ensured ample ball into attack for Michael Vaughan, Tadhg Collins and Michael Murphy to point. But on the run to the break, Cullen made inroads and a pair of points narrowed the arrears 0-8 to 0-4. And Cullen carried the momentum into the second half through the growing dominance of James and Pat O'Sullivan in addition to the support play of Denis and Dermot Hickey.
Upfront, Cullen made possession tell from points to Bryan Kelleher and Tomas O'Keeffe. That contrasted to Millstreet, left to rue a series of wasted opportunities. Cullen continued to dictate and there was no looking back once substitute Adrian Lynch kicked the lead point.
CULLEN: B O'Connor; N Lynch, J O'Sullivan, D Twomey; W O'Keeffe, D Hickey, P O'Sullivan; M Fleming, S Fleming; B O'Connell 0-1, D Walsh, J O'Connor 0-1; G Fleming, B Kelleher 0-3, T O'Keeffe 0-4. Subs. D D Hickey, A Lynch 0-1.
MILLSTREET: D Twomey; P Randles, C Feeley, A Murphy; C Sheehan, T Kiely, D Lenihan; P Coleman, M Ellis; M Vaughan 0-3, T Collins 0-3, L Murphy; M Murphy 0-2, D Kiely, D Sheehan 0-1. Subs. D McCaul.
A devastating first half display formed the basis for Knocknagree's home win over a brave Kilbrin in the Ducon Cup. At a crucial stage in the opening spell, Knocknagree took the initiative thanks to quick fire goals and it provided to be a good enough investment given that a gritty Kilbrin mounted a strong comeback after the break.
Trailing by 10 points, Kilbrin did cut the deficit to three yet that revival was cut short and Knocknagree finished strongly to maintain their winning form.
The early exchanges indicated the prospect of a close tussle with Kilbrin more than holding their own. However Knocknagree stormed into the fray, encouraged by the input of Tony O'Mahony, Tadgh Long and Danny Cooper. A foul on James Dennehy allowed Matthew Dilworth fire home from the penalty spot.
And Knocknagree followed up in the next attack for Anthony O'Connor add a second goal and a clear 2-6 to 0-2 lead at the break. Kilbrin improved considerably upon the restart and the visitors were firmly back in the hunt from goals by Brendan O'Mahony and Liam Daly to narrow the arrears 2-7 to 2-4.
Knocknagree weathered the onslaught and regained control with Matthew Daly, O'Connor and Kenneth Hickey on target with late points.
KNOCKNAGREE: D Browne; P O'Mahony, S O'Donoughue, T O'Mahony; T Long, J Carroll, K Daly; D Dunlea, D Cooper; D Murphy, M Dilworth 1-1, S O'Connor 0-2; J Dennehy 0-1, M Daly 0-5, A O'Connor 1-1. Subs. S Heelan, C O'Leary, K Hickey 0-1, T Cooper 0-1.
KILBRIN: D Daly; P Aherne, T IO'Reilly, N Field; D O'Riordan, P O'Callaghan, M O'Riordan; N O'Callaghan, B O'Mahony 1-0, K Sheahan; P Egan, D O'Sullivan; S O'Reilly, L Daly 1-0, J Lynch 0-6. Subs. T Cantillon, D Lynes, D O'Mahony.
A polished performance gave Castlemagner a deserved away win to Boherbue in the Ducon Cup. With both sides making their seasonal debut, the visitors possessed the sharper traits to emerge worthy winners. From an all out team performance underpinned by a fine work ethic, Castlemagner dominated large tracks of possession. Boherbue flattered to deceive on taking an early lead from a Mikie O'Gorman point.
Steadily Castlemagner played their way into the game, clearly the more industrious outfit and driven on by Gayers, Pat and Donal, along with Seán Falvey. And up front, Bryan Barry and Tadhg Collins clipped over neat points for their side enjoy a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage at the break.
Boherbue rose their game a notch upon the resumption with James Casey, John Corkery and Kevin Cremin storming into the fray. However, Castlemagner were thankful to a competent defence with debutant 'keeper James Sherlock in fine form between the posts.
A goal would have a significance on the game and it did fall to Castlemagner with substitute Brendan Sullivan finishing to the net to wrap up matters.
CASTLEMAGNER: J Sherlock; A Morrissey, A Lucey, D Meade; K O'Mahony, P Gayer 0-1, C Murphy; D Gayer, S Falvey 0-2, J Cott, D O'Mahony, T Collins 0-2, B Barry 0-5, J Barry, T McAulliffe. Subs. B O'Sullivan 1-0, C Glavin, D O'Brien.
BOHERBUE: K Murphy; T Murphy, A Guerin, C Breen; P Murphy, C O'Riordan, J Casey 0-1, N Murphy, J Corkery 0-2; B Buckley, K O'Connell, K Cremin 0-1, D Buckley 0-2, M O'Gorman 0-1, S Murphy 0-1. Sub. A Murphy.