Friday 19 January 2018

Clare survive Erne rally to secure their status

Clare 1-14 Fermanagh 2-9

Pat Burke scored for Clare in their clash against Fermanagh
Pat Burke scored for Clare in their clash against Fermanagh Newsdesk Newsdesk

Clare survived a spirited Fermanagh fightback at Cusack Park to hold on for a victory that maintains their Division 3 status.

The visitors, who had already secured promotion, were short a number of players and paid the price.

Clare led by nine points (1-14 to 1-5) with five minutes remaining but a late Fermanagh scoring spree narrowed the gap.

The Erne men produced a goal and four points in the dying moments, with Sean Quigley goaling from a penalty .

The Banner led by 0-8 to 1-3 at the break. Fermanagh had grabbed their goal in the 15th minute when Quigley fisted to the net.

Clare's win was ground out in the early part of the second half as they scored a goal and four points to no reply inside ten minutes. Pat Burke (above) got the goal in the 40th minute.

The victory looked a foregone conclusion, but Fermanagh launched a late bid to preserve their unbeaten record. Luckily for Clare, it came up just short.

Man of the match: Pat Burke (Clare)

Scorers - Clare: P Burke 1-3, G Brennan 0-5 (4fs), S McGrath 0-4, J Malone, P Collins 0-1 each.

Fermanagh: S Quigley 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1 f), D McQuade, D Kille 0-2 each, A Breen, C Jones, B Mulrone 0-1 each.

Clare - J Hayes 7; C Russell 8, K Harnett 7, M McMahon 6; S Hickey 7, G Kelly 7, D Ryan 7; G Brennan 8,C O'Connor 7, S Collins7, J Malone 7, S McGrath8, S Brennan 7, P Collins 7, P Burke 8. Subs: K Sexton 6 for McMahon (49, BC), E Coughlan 6 for McGrath (65).

Fermanagh - C Snow 7; M Jones 6, T Daly 7, N Cassidy 7; A Breen 7, R McCluskey 7, J McMahon 6; E Donnelly 7, C Cullen 7; P McCusker 6, C Jones 7, B Mulrone 7; E McManus 6, S Quigley 8, C Flaherty 7. Subs: E McHugh 7 for M Jones (ht), D Kelly 6 for McMahon (ht), D Kille 7 for McManus (49), D McQuade 7 for C Jones (52), R Lyons 6 for Flaherty (61).

Ref - M Duffy (Sligo)


Lyng shines in gritty Model comeback

Wexford 2-15 Tipperary 2-12

David Power's Wexford salvaged some pride from a disappointing Division 3 campaign by coming from eight points down to defeat Tipperary in Clonmel.

This was a sweet victory for Power, the man who masterminded Tipp's 2011 All-Ireland minor success before taking over the U-21s.

The Kilsheelan clubman admitted that the last few weeks have been "very tough" as a poor run of form saw Wexford relegated to Division 4.

But his young side rallied from eight points down at half-time yesterday to collect a second victory of the campaign.

Power said: "In the second half, in all of our League matches, we've died away.

"It was completely down to a lack of belief and heart but at least we showed that fighting spirit today."

And they had to as first-half goals from Peter Acheson and George Hannigan had Tipp in cruise control, ahead by 2-8 to 0-6 at the break.

But after Tipp forward Barry Grogan slammed a penalty off the crossbar before half-time, the Wexford revival began 39 seconds after the restart when Kevin O'Grady netted.

And it was game on when Ciaran Lyng lobbed Colum Nugent for a cheeky second goal. The Slaneysiders drew level through Tiarnan Rossiter in the 49th minute and kicked for home from there.

Man of the match: Ciaran Lyng (Wexford)

Scorers - Wexford: C Lyng 1-5 (1-2fs), K O'Grady 1-1, T Rossiter, B Brosnan (1f, 1 '45'), E Nolan 0-2 each, J Rossiter, K Butler, J White 0-1 each. Tipperary: G Mulhaire 0-5, P Acheson 1-1, G Hannigan 1-0, C Sweeney 0-3 (1f), B Mulvihill, S Flynn, D Lonergan 0-1 each.

Wexford -S Roche 5; P O'Keeffe 6, J Rossiter 7, M Furlong 6; B Malone 6, N Rossiter 6, K Butler 7; M O'Regan 6, C Kehoe 6; T Rossiter 7, B Brosnan 7, E Nolan 7; K O'Grady 8, G Cullen 5, C Lyng 9. Subs: A Masterson 7 for Roche (ht), S Donohue 6 for Butler (49), A Flynn 6 for N Rossiter (56), R Tierney 6 for J Rossiter (56), J White 7 for O'Regan (61), N Hughes 6 for Nolan (61).

Tipperary - C Nugent 6; D Lynch 5, P Codd 6, A Morrissey 5; D Dwyer 5, R Kiely 6, A Campbell 6; G Hannigan 7, S Kennedy 6; G Mulhaire 8, B Grogan 6, S Flynn 5; D Lonergan 6, C Sweeney 6, P Acheson 7.

Subs: M Quinlivan 6 for Flynn (46), D Kearney 6 for Morrissey (46), B Mulvihill 6 for Lonergan (59), G Halley 5 for Dwyer (59) K Fox for Sweeney (70), C O'Sullivan for Grogan (70).

Ref - D Gough (Meath)

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