Firepower puts Bryansford in Sevens heaven
Bryansford 1-15 Castlewellan 2-11
BATTLING Bryansford came out with all guns blazing to take the Blue September Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Sevens final for the fifth time in an all-Down affair at Glenalbyn.
The winners got off to a dream start as they worked the ball forward from the throw-in, and Ciaran Brannigan rammed a low shot to the Castlewellan net with just 15 seconds gone.
Castlewellan came back strongly though and led at half time by 1-7 to 1-6, with the help of Kevin Duffin's well-taken goal.
Bryansford lifted the tempo at the start of the second half, scoring the opening three points but a Colm Óg Crilly goal for Castlewellan put the game back in the melting pot.
Brendan Corrigan's charges had a greater spread of scoring power however, with Chris Brannigan, Johnny Cunningham and Danny Savage kicking vital scores to ensure that they became the fourth Down side to win the title since Castlewellan's success in 2006.
It also marked the seventh year in succession that an Ulster team claimed the title, but there were some signs of a revival from the rest of the country, or Dublin at least, as the hosts and Ballymun reached the quarter-finals.
Defending champions St Gall's made it out of their group but their quest for a fifth title, and fourth in seven campaigns, ended with a 3-10 to 0-6 quarter-final defeat by Castlewellan, who were chasing a sixth success.
SCORERS -- Bryansford: D Savage 0-1, S Tower 0-1, J Magorrian 0-2, C Cribben 0-2, C Clark 0-2, Ciaran Brannigan 1-2, Chris Brannigan 0-3, J Cunningham 0-2. Castlewellan: Colm Óg Crilly 1-0, B Trevors 0-3, F McGreevy 0-4, K Duffin 1-1, A Burns 0-3.
Bryansford -- D Savage 0-1, S Tower 0-1, J Magorrian 0-2, C Cribben 0-2, C Clark 0-2, D McKibben, Ciaran Brannigan 1-2, Chris Brannigan 0-3, J Cunningham 0-2, M Brannigan.
Castlewellan -- Colm Óg Crilly 1-0, B Trevors 0-3, D Morgan, F McGreevy 0-4, K Duffin 1-1, Cathal Crilly, D McGrady, C Flanagan, D McKibben, A Burns 0-3.
REF -- D Fahy (Longford)
Murray saves the day for Armagh girls
ARMAGH and Westmeath must meet again to decide this year's All-Ireland Junior A Camogie Championship after a point from Bernie Murray earned the Ulster girls a second chance.
Remarkably, that score came with 15 minutes still remaining, but no matter how hard both sets of players tried, a winner could not be found.
SCORERS -- Armagh: C McSorley 0-5(4fs); B O'Hagan 1-0; M McGuigan, B Murray 0-1 each. Westmeath: P Greville 1-1; D McGrath 0-4; J Walsh 0-2.
ARMAGH -- B Moen; C McKinley, A McGuigan, C McKenna; P Mallon, A McKenna, G Kelly; L Brunton, N McGeown; B O'Hagan, B Murray, K O'Brien; M McGuigan, C McSorley, C Donnelly. Sub: O Curry for O'Hagan (52).
WESTMEATH -- F Keating; L Hannon, J Egan, E Martin; L Shaw, A Conaty, A Martin; N Grace, D McGrath, J Walsh, P Greville, L Leavy; M Scally, S Greville, C Murtagh. Subs: A Higgins for Shaw (43); S King for A Martin (52).
REF -- C Quigley (Kildare)