Friday 23 August 2019

Bagnall finds range to fire Lilies to decider

Leinster MFC semi-final: Kildare 0-12 Laois 1-6

Kildare finished stronger with Bagnall (2), Aaron Browne and Shane Flynn on target as Ben Brennan replied for Laois. Stock photo
Kildare finished stronger with Bagnall (2), Aaron Browne and Shane Flynn on target as Ben Brennan replied for Laois. Stock photo Sportsdesk

An Eoin Bagnall-inspired Kildare emerged three-point victors in O'Moore Park to book their place in the Leinster final.

After three early Bagnall frees helped to put Kildare four points clear, Laois opened their account in devastating fashion when Oisín Hooney blasted a well-taken goal. Bagnall added another free for Kildare but Laois roared back with the final three points of the half through Conor Goode (2) and Colin Dunne to send them in a point ahead at the break by 1-3 to 0-5.

Bagnall and Oisín Milmoe splits the posts either side of a Brian Whelan free to keep the sides level in the second half. Two more Bagnall frees pushed Kildare ahead, but Whelan cut the gap to the minimum.

Kildare finished stronger with Bagnall (2), Aaron Browne and Shane Flynn on target as Ben Brennan replied for Laois.

SCORERS - Kildare: E Bagnall 0-8 (7f); A Browne 0-2; O Milmoe, S Flynn 0-1 each. Laois: O Hooney 1-0; B Whelan 0-2 (2f); C Goode 0-2; C Dunne, B Brennan 0-1 each.

Kildare - C Burke; C Boran, J Quinn, T Gill; O O'Rourke, R Comeau, M Maguire; K Eustace, S Flynn; C O'Brien, A Browne, A Boyle; O Milmoe, A Conneely, E Bagnall. Subs: PJ Cullen for Comeau (21), M Whelan for Boyle (56), M Delahunty for O'Brien (BC, 51).

Laois - M O'Connell; E Delaney, S Greene, N Little; S Fingleton, E Critchley, M Keogh; K Swayne, C Goode; S Fitzpatrick, B Whelan, B Brennan; C Dunne, R Murphy, O Hooney. Subs: C Burke for Keogh (33), PJ Ward for Burke (BC, 42), O Byrne for Dunne, P O'Flynn for Hooney (52), D Carolan for Ward (56), P Hosey for Swayne (63).

Ref - D Fedigan (Louth)

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Culhane leads way to final as Tribe thrash Leitrim

Connacht MFC Round 5: Galway 5-25 Leitrim 1-4

Galway's minor footballers gave the county a much-needed boost when they advanced to the Connacht final with a facile win over Leitrim in Tuam.

They will meet the winners of the second-place semi-final play-off, either Mayo or Sligo, in the final on July 5 and had victory wrapped up by the break yesterday when they led by 1-12 to 0-2.

Barry McWeeney got Leitrim's opening score in the final minute of the half but Galway were out of sight thanks to the efforts of Daniel Cox, James McLaughlin and Tomo Culhane, with Nathan Grainger getting the first of his two goals. Sub Shane McGrath also found the net after the break.

Scorers - Galway: T Culhane 1-10 (6f); N Grainger 2-1; D Cox 0-5; W Seoige 1-1; S McGrath 1-0; A Naughton 0-2; E Nolan, D McNulty, J McLaughlin, J Webb, C Gallagher, N Cunningham 0-1 each. Leitrim: B McWeeney 1-2 (1f); F McLoughlin, J Hughes 0-1 each.

Galway - D Halloran; J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan; C Hernon, D Kennedy, D McNulty; J McLaughlin, D O'Flaherty; E Nolan, D Cox, C Gallagher; N Grainger, T Culhane, W Seoige. Subs: A Naughton for Gallagher (40), J Webb for McNulty (42), N Cunningham for Cox (45), D O'Loughlin for King (47), S McGrath for Grainger (49), R Burje for O'Flaherty (51).

Leitrim - K Gaffney; N Gallagher, S Harte, K Clancy; C Singleton, E McLoughlin, A Shortt; A Maziya, R Oberwan; F McLoughlin, D Fallon, H Clancy; R Gallagher, B McWeeney, J Hughes. Subs: J Clinton for Gallagher (21), C Quinn for Clancy (26), J Honeyman for Fallon (27), O Curley for Oberwan (h-t), D Duignan for Maziya (39), A Keegan for F McLoughlin (45), E Shanley for Shortt (51).

Ref - J Gilmartin (Sligo)

Davitt turns tide for Sligo in comeback win

Connacht MFC Round 5: Sligo 2-15 Roscommon 4-7

Sligo came from seven points down to knock Roscommon out of the Connacht MFC in Markievicz Park and secure a semi-final against Mayo.

Jack Davitt, Eoghan Smith, Gavin Duffy and goalkeeper Jack Teape all made crucial contributions for the home side.

The Rossies netted twice inside the opening 10 minutes. Firstly, Mark Purcell got on the end of a flowing move. Then Aaron Oyiki used his strength to hit his fourth goal of the campaign.

Adam McDermott's goal gave Roscommon a 3-4 to 0-8 half-time lead. The introduction of Davitt was to prove inspired. He was instrumental in creating the opening Sligo goal for Duffy, who also found the net midway through the half.

SCORERS - Sligo: G Duffy 2-3; E Smith (2f) 0-5; J Davitt 0-3; O Gorman 0-2; C Mulligan and O Hynes 0-1 each. Roscommon: A McDermott (2f) 1-2; M Purcell ('45') 1-1; A Oyiki and P Gavin 1-0 each; R Garvin (1f) 0-2; E Corcoran and B O'Carroll 0-1 each.

SLIGO - J Teape; K Feely, M Connolly-McGowan, O Hynes; C Mulligan, C McKeon, C Finn; J Keaney, J Lavin; O McDonagh, E Smith, C Matthews; L Deignan, O Gorman, G Duffy. Subs: J Davitt for Matthews (23), S Muldowney for Connolly-McGowan (h-t), D Walsh for McDonagh (53), L Casserly for Deignan (60).

ROSCOMMON - C Feely; P Gavin, C Glennon, C Lohan; S Trundle, R Fallon, O Cregg; C Feely, J McDermott; E Colleran, B O'Carroll, M Purcell; A McDermott, A Oyiki, R Garvin. Subs: L Walsh for Lohan (36), E Corcoran for Colleran (36), S Keenan for C Feely (43), G Murray for Cregg (55), M Naughton for J McDermott (59).

REF - D Corcoran (Mayo)

McDonald's hat-trick powers Farney to decider

Ulster MFC semi-final: Monaghan 5-10 Donegal 2-11

Liam McDonald was the hat-trick hero for Monaghan as they beat Donegal in an exciting Ulster semi-final.

Donegal got a dream start when Carlos O'Reilly fired home low past Joe Kirk. But by the ninth minute Monaghan were 2-0 to 1-2 in front. Captain Jason Irwin bagged their first goal when he found space and shot to the bottom corner, before Mark Hamill created the chance for McDonald to palm home his team's second.

Monaghan finished the first half well with McDonald firing home his second goal, and just 35 seconds into the second half Tiernan Kierans batted in Monaghan's fourth. McDonald put the game to bed with his third seven minutes from time.

Scorers - Monaghan: L McDonald 3-2 (2f); J Irwin 1-1 (1f); T Kierans 1-0; D Dempsey 0-3 (1f); R Boyle, C McKernan, K Connolly, K Gallagher 0-1 each. Donegal: C O'Reilly 2-4 (1f); J McGroddy 0-5 (2f); K Dunleavy, E de Búrca 0-1 each.

Monaghan - J Kirk; S Slevin, R Boyle, S Hanratty; K Connolly, E Duffy, D Treanor; C McKernan, D Kerley; D Marron, K Gallagher, M Hamill; D Dempsey, J Irwin, L McDonald. Subs: C Maguire for Slevin (BC, 3), T Kierans for Kerley (22), A Brennan for Duffy (BC, 44), C Eccles for Marron (47), D Courtney for Boyle (60).

Donegal - R Graham; C Roarty, K Tobin, D Dorrian; C Coyle, J Gallagher, R McShane; K Dunleavy, E Dowling; C O'Reilly, P O'Hare, C Moore; J McGroddy, E Carr, E de Búrca. Subs: J Grant for Roarty (25), S Rooney for O'Hare (h-t), S Monaghan for Carr (39), E Martin for Rooney (56), R O'Rourke for Coyle (60).

Ref - J Lewis (Fermanagh)

Donnelly on fire as Red Hands see off Derry

Ulster MFC semi-final: Tyrone 1-14 Derry 0-10

It was a night to remember for Luke Donnelly, who hit 1-6 on his first championship start of the season to send Tyrone through to a first Ulster MFC final appearance since 2013.

The Red Hands led throughout at the Athletic Grounds, but had to withstand a late Derry comeback. In the end, the Oak Leafers paid the price, and for the first time in five seasons, they will play no part in the provincial decider.

Donnelly hit four points as wind-assisted Tyrone kept their noses in front throughout the first half, also sending a screamer crashing against an upright.

Donnelly won and converted a 46th-minute penalty and there was no way back for the Oak Leafs, although they did pull back scores through Matthew Downey and Liam Downey.

Scorers - Derry: M Downey 0-4 (3f); E Downey 0-2 (1f); M Dixon, C Downey, J Dougan, L Downey 0-1 each. Tyrone: L Donnelly 1-6 (1-0 pen, 4f); M Delvin, S O'Donnell 0-2 each; S Daly, J Donaghy, C Daly, E Neill 0-1 each.

Derry - C Lagan; O McLarnon, R McFaul, S McGuckin; J Dougan, A McCluskey, L Brady; E Downey, O McMenamin; C Downey, PJ McAleese, T Higgins: J McGurk, M Downey, M Dixon. Sub: A McGonigle for McGuckin (25).

Tyrone - F Coney; C Cuddy, M McCann, S Sweeney; A McGrath, N Devlin, J Donaghy; S Donaghy, M McGleenan; S O'Donnell, M Devlin, R Campbell; D Fullerton, S Daly, L Donnelly.

Ref - S Laverty (Antrim)

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