Byrne's frees end St Anne's fairytale run
UCD 0-12 ST ANNE'S 1-8 THE free-taking skills of centre-forward Jim Byrne powered UCD into the AIB Leinster club hurling championship final at Gorey yesterday.
Byrne sent over six points during an excellent semi-final to give the Dublin university a one point win over Wexford champions St Anne's.
The game signalled the end of what has been a remarkable year for St Anne's club. Having annexed the Wexford senior hurling and football double, their dreams of reaching the provincial final evaporated in the tense closing minutes when they squandered numerous chances to snatch an equalising point.
However, few would have predicted that there would be only a point in it at the end when UCD stormed into an early 0-6 to 0-0 lead with points from Byrne, Colm Everard, Michael Gordon and Noel Murphy.
Redmond Barry finally opened St Anne's account after 20 minutes, but with Daragh Ryan and Donal Berry impressive in defence, UCD looked comfortable when they led by 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time.
The breakthrough St Anne's craved came nine minutes after the break when Francis Simpson scrambled home a goal. However, UCD never let their guard slip again, and the accuracy of Byrne eventually steered them through to a place in the final against Graigue-Ballycallan.
SCORERS - UCD: J Byrne 0-6, P Ormonde, C Everard, R Moore, N Murphy, M Gordon, S O'Neill 0-1 each. St Anne's: R Barry 0-5, J Berry 0-2, Diarmuid Berry 0-1, F Simpson 1-0.
UCD - M Lyons; B Walton, S Lucey, C Murphy; H Flannery, D Hegarty, C Everard; R Moore, D Gordon; P Fitzgerald, J Byrne, P Ormonde; B Murphy, N Murphy, M Gordon. Subs: R Kirwan for Walton, J Berkery for N Murphy, D Lyng for Gordon, S O'Neill for Ormonde.
ST ANNE'S - P Parle; G Barry, Donal Berry, C White; P French, D Ryan, K Byrne; R Stafford, J Simpson; D O'Connor, J Berry, R Barry; R Doyle, Diarmuid Berry, F Simpson. Sub: S Berry for Doyle.
REF - P Neary (Kilkenny).
GRAIGUE-BALLYCALLAN 2-12; CASTLETOWN 0-7
KILKENNY champions Graigue-Ballycallan expertly defused the threat posed by Laois side Castletown in Saturday's Leinster club hurling semi-final at Carlow.
Graigue, who lost to Portlaoise two years ago, got further advance warning when Castletown beat Birr in the last round and were in no mood to fall into the same trap.
Despite playing against the breeze, Castletown trailed by just 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time, but their challenge disintegrated once Denis Byrne drilled home Graigue's first goal.
SCORERS - Graigue Ballycallan: T Dermody 1-2, D Byrne 1-1, M Hoyne, A Ronan 0-3 (1f), J Young, E Brennan 0-1 each. Castletown: D Cuddy 0-5 (2f, 1'65), P Phelan, J Hannon 0-1 each.
GRAIGUE - J Ronan, J Butler, P O'Dwyer, J Ryall, T McCluskey, T Comerford, A Hoyne, James Young, E O'Dwyer, D Byrne, J Hoyne, M Hoyne, A Ronan, Joe Young, E Brennan. Subs: T Dermody for Joe Young (inj 15 mins), D Hoyne for Byrne (inj 48), S Millea for J Hoyne (53), G Cleere for Ronan and D Cleere for Brennan (58)
CASTLETOWN - J Lyons, M Phelan, Paul Cuddy, J Hanlon, R Delaney, C Cuddy, Sean Palmer, F O'Sullivan, O Dooley, Paudge Cuddy, J O'Sullivan, D Cuddy, JR Kingston, P Phelan, M Butler, Subs: B Ferns for Kingston (39), M Cuddy for Butler (46)
REF - B Kelly (Westmeath).
FOUR ROADS 0-11; TOOREEN 1-4
ROSCOMMON hurling champions Four Roads staged a late rally to qualify for a Connacht final meeting with Athenry.
Fergal Delaney netted an early goal for Mayo side Tooreen, and they held onto that lead until midway through the second half when Four Roads drew level with points from Ray Mulry and Michael Cunniffe.
SCORERS - Four Roads: T Lennon 0-5 R Mulry 0-2 M Cunniffe P Glennon J Mannion B Mannion 0-1 each. Tooreen: F Delaney 1-0 J Cunnane 0-3 P Hunt 0-1.
REST OF IRELAND 1-11; TIPPERARY 2-8
ALL-IRELAND camogie champions Tipperary jetted off to Lanzarote in good spirits after late points from Emily Hayden and Philly Fogarty gave them a dramatic draw against the Whirlpool Rest of Ireland selection at the Semple Stadium yesterday.
SCORERS - Rest of Ireland: T Maher 1-5, F O'Driscoll 0-3, V Curtin, L Mellerick, E O'Brien 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Grogan 1-4, D Hughes 1-0, C Hennessy 0-2, E Hayden, P Fogarty 0-1 each.
REF - A Derham (Dublin).