Thursday 17 January 2019

Dunphy double decides thriller

EirGrid U-20 Leinster FC: Carlow 5-11 Louth 3-15

Carlow refused to lie down and won it at the death thanks to Dunphy's second goal of the game. Stock image: Sportsfile
Carlow refused to lie down and won it at the death thanks to Dunphy's second goal of the game. Stock image: Sportsfile newsdesk

A late Ross Dunphy goal clinched victory for Carlow in a hugely entertaining U-20 clash in group 3 in Drogheda yesterday afternoon.

Louth started well, scoring a goal within a minute through Leonard Gray and added a second after ten minutes with Sam Mulroy putting the finishing touches to an excellent move.

Cian Callan scored a third to leave the scores 3-4 to 0-4 before Carlow replied with a Conor Crowley penalty to halt the home side's momentum and another ten minutes before the break through Dunphy before the sides traded points to leave the half-time scoreboard reading 3-7 to 2-8 in Louth's favour.

Further Carlow goals from Robbie Kane and Andrew Keogh put Carlow ahead for the first time but Keogh's joy was short-lived as he was sent off with 15 minutes left.

Louth took advantage with Sam Mulroy scoring three points in quick succession but Carlow refused to lie down and won it at the death thanks to Dunphy's second goal of the game.

Scorers - Carlow: C Crowley 1-6 (0-2 '45s, 0-3 fs); R Dunphy 2-0; A Keogh 1-3; R Kane 1-1; R Doyle 0-1 Louth: S Mulroy 1-8 (0-2fs, 0-1 '45); C Callan 1-1; L Gray 1-0; S Marry 0-2; C Morgan, F Malone, L Jackson and G Garland 0-1 each.

Carlow: J Rowan; D Fitzpatrick, J Keogh, T Roche; R Doyle, N Roche, J Moore; T Bric, A Keogh; C Lomax, C Doyle, R Dunphy; R Kane, C Crowley, C O'Doherty. Subs: D Ruth for N Roche (H-T), N Crowley for C O'Doherty (36 mins), M Brambrick for D Fitzpatrick (47 mins), C Doyle for R Kane (56 mins)

Louth: A McGauley; A Connor, C O'Neill, M Lugoye; L Grey, E Keenan, L Jackson; C Grogan, F Malone; E McDaid, S Marry, G Garland; C Morgan, S Mulroy, C Callan. Subs: R Levins for C O'Neill (24 mins), C Keenan for M Lugoye (37 mins), C Nicolson for S Marry (46 mins), J Gallagher for C Grogan (46 mins), J Kelly for C Callan (52 mins),

Ref - B Tiernan (Dublin)

Whelan shines to keep Laois hopes alive

Laois 1-14 Wicklow 1-13

Diarmuid Whelan was Laois's saviour as his haul of 1-7 kept their slim chances of progression in the Leinster championship alive.

Billy O'Loughlin's men looked doomed as they trailed by four points going into the final quarter of the game but Whelan reeled off 1-3 in the time that remained to eke out a win.

John Evans' Wicklow looked like causing a massive upset thanks to Conor Byrne's goal early in the second half but were left to rue missed opportunities.

They also led by 0-10 to 0-9 at the interval, with Geroid Murphy to the fore, but Laois began the second period well with two Whelan frees.

But Laois were rocked by Byrne's goal and Murphy then fired over two points to put Wicklow four ahead with 20 minutes still to play.

But the Garden County would score only one more point as the excellent Whelan won it at the death for Laois, who must now defeat Meath in their final group game to have any chance of progressing.

Scorers - Laois: D Whelan (4fs) 1-7, E Lowry 0-3, P Kealy 0-2, J Kelly (f) and A Kinsella 0-1 each Wicklow: G Murphy (2fs) 0-5, Conor Byrne 1-0, A McHugh and T Kearns 0-2 each, D Kelly, R Kelly, F O'Shea and M Kelly 0-1 each,

Laois: M Byron; J O'Connor, D Bennett, R Hitchcock; C Brennan, S Bolger, S O'Flynn; R Tyrell, E Dunne; J Kelly, P Kealy, J Phelan; A Kinsella, D Whelan, E Lowry. Subs: D Brophy for O'Connor (ht), J Fitzpatrick for Kinsella (37), P Kirwan for Tyrell (43), C Brennan for Phelan (53)

Wicklow: T McGurk; J Cotter, C O'Gallchobhair, A Curran; F O'Shea, J McCall, T Kearns; P O'Toole, C Coffey; R Kelly, G Murphy, J Bellamy; A McHugh, D Kelly, C Byrne. Subs: M Kelly for R Kelly (27), K Mulhall for Coffey (54), S Gregory for McHugh (54), C Kelleher for Kelly (59), J Hedderman for M Kelly (59)

REF - D Sheppard (Dublin)

O'Connor turns tide for Wexford

Wexford 3-13 Longford 2-9

Having lost their opening game, Wexford gave themselves a boost with a comfortable victory over Longford at Innovate Wexford Park yesterday afternoon.

The introduction of Barry O'Connor to full-forward for the second half made the difference as he emerged with 1-1 while his ability to win possession led to numerous other scores.

A fourth-minute Joe Kelly goal helped the visitors to a 1-2 to 0-2 lead, but the home side bounced back with a Robbie Brooks goal.

Wexford looked the more dangerous side despite playing into a stiff breeze, and having won an 18th-minute penalty, goalkeeper Ivan Meeghan shot low to the corner of the net.

That score helped Wexford to a 2-4 to 1-5 interval lead, with Ciaran McKeon and Joe Kelly adding points for Longford.

Sub O'Connor pointed inside 60 seconds of the resumption, and then found the net on 42 minutes - putting his side 3-9 to 1-7 clear.

While Longford responded with a Joe Kelly goal, Wexford held control for the remainder of the game.

Scorers - Wexford: I Meegan 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f); B O'Connor 1-1; R Brooks 1-0; J Myler 0-3; S Nolan (f), K Firman 0-2 each; C Devereux, M Dwyer, M O'Connor 0-1 each. Longford: J Kelly 2-1; A McKeon (f, 45); T McGann (f) 0-2 each; C McKeon, C McElligott, I O'Sullivan (f), R Hawkins 0-1 each.

Wexford - I Meegan; F Roche, M O'Neill, M O'Connor; G Sheehan, R Devereux, Q Saunders; D Lyons, K Firman; S Nolan, M Dwyer, J Myler; C Devereux, R Brooks, P Barry. Subs: D Furlong for Brooks (h-t), B O'Connor for Barry (h-t), R Waters for Dwyer (h-t), S Wall for Nolan (45).

Longford - C Gallagher; K Gilmore, C McKeon, M McCormack; S Farrell, J Kelly, C Lee; E Farrell, D Duggan; I O'Sullivan, P Lynn, R Harkins; A McKeon, T McGann, R Hawkins. Subs: C McElligott for Lynn (h-t); R Claffey for Harkins (40).

REF - J Hickey (Carlow).

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