Wednesday 12 December 2018

Eirgrid U20 Leinster FC Round up: Farrell fires Faithful to victory

Offaly 2-16 Louth 1-7

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Offaly qualified for the quarter-final after they eased past Louth in O'Connor Park yesterday. The Faithful County will take on Westmeath this weekend in what will be a much stiffer test.

The home side kicked the opening score through Cian Johnson after just 17 seconds. That set the tone and a goal from Conor Dunne on six minutes put them in control.

Cian Johnson, Cian Farrell and Dan Wyer all got on the scoreboard as they held a 1-6 to 0-2 lead with 20 minutes gone.

Cian Farrell got their second goal on 24 minutes and they led 2-10 to 0-2 at half-time.

Sam Mulroy hit three scores in a row for Louth to move them on to five points, but he then saw his penalty effort crash back off the crossbar.

Mulroy made up for the earlier penalty miss when he tucked away their second penalty five minutes from time.

Louth finished with 13 players as Ferghal Malone picked up two yellows and Cathal Grogan got a black card with all their subs used.

Scorers - Offaly: C Farrell 1-6 (5f), C Johnson 0-4, D Wyer 0-3, C Dunne 1-0, J Darcy 0-2, K McDermott 0-1

Louth: S Mulroy 1-5 (1-0 pen, 2f), J Gallagher and E McDaid 0-1 each

Offaly - B Rohan; R Hynes, P Robilliard, A Bracken; J Quinn, S Geoghegan, J O'Brien; K Higgins, S Ibbotson; K McDermott, C Dunne, D Wyer; C Johnson, C Farrell, J Darcy. Subs: A Delaney for K Higgins (36m), R Galbraith for K McDermott (49m), M Wren for A Bracken (52m), S O'Brien for C Johnson (53m), B Carroll for J Quinn (53m), S O'Brien for J O'Brien (55m)

Louth - A McGauley; L Grey, A O'Connor, C O'Neill; E McDaid, E Keenan, J Kelly; L Jackson, F Malone; C Morgan, S Marry, G Garland; C Keenan, S Mulroy, C Callan. Subs: C Grogan for C Morgan (HT), J Gallagher for S Marry (37m), J O'Reilly for C Callan (43m), M Lugoye for G Garland (46m), C Whelan for J Kelly (51m), D Anderson for E McDaid (52m).

Ref - B Cawley (Kildare).

Molloy goal helps Westmeath progress

Westmeath 1-16 Longford 1-10

Westmeath put in a solid performance as they booked their place in the Leinster U-20 quarter-finals with a six-point win over near neighbours Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday.

Despite having the better of the chances in the opening half, Westmeath only held a three point lead at the break 0-9 to 0-6.

Westmeath had opened up a six-point lead in the 37th minute, but Longford, cut the deficit in half in the 42nd minute.

Tom Molloy, Sean Pettit and Nigel Harte restored the Lake County's six-point advantage in the 47th minute. Three minutes later, Molloy finished to the net after a well-worked move. Pettit added his sixth point to put 10 between the sides in the 50th minute.

Longford ended the game well, with substitute Ruairi Harkin fisting to the net in the 60th minute, but exited the competition as Westmeath advanced to the knock-out stages.

Scorers - Westmeath: S Pettit 0-6 (5f), T Molloy 1-2, D Reid, N Harte, J Maxwell 0-2 each, A Loughlin, B Kavanagh 0-1 each. Longford: R Hawkins 0-3, T McGann 0-2 (1f), R Harkin 1-0, M McCormack, S Farrell, D Duggan, P Lynn, K Kenny 0-1 each.

Westmeath - J Nugent; C Dillon, G Carr, E Bracken; J Moran, E Nally, P Maxwell; A Loughlin, J Tumelty; D Reid, N Harte, J Maxwell; T Molloy, S Pettit, B Kavanagh. Subs: B Treanor for Dillon (51), S Clinton for P Maxwell (58), K Regan for Loughlin (55), B Cox for Molloy (57), R Forde for Kavanagh (49).

Longford - C Gallagher; K Gilmore, M Cahill, M McCormack; R Claffey, S Farrell, C Lee; E Farrell, D Duggan; I O'Sullivan, P Lynn, K Kenny; R Hawkins, S Noonan, T McGann. Subs: J Bracken for Claffey (55), R Harkin for Farrell (55), C McElligott for Lynn (38), R McHugh for Kenny (h-t).

Ref - P Coyle (Meath).

Devine inspiration for Royals

Meath 2-13 Laois 0-13

Meath maintained their 100pc record in the series as they clinched a semi-final spot at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.

Laois responded with six successive points, including five in a row from impressive full-forward Diarmuid Whelan to reduce the deficit to three.

The visitors, who were dominant at that stage, then squandered a goal chance when Evan Lowry blasted wide, before Devine pointed to end Meath's scoring drought.

A point from substitute Ronan Coffey again left a single score between the sides, but Meath wrapped the game up as Devine hit the net to leave them well clear by the 53rd minute as they strolled home.

Scorers - Meath: E Devine 2-1, C Moriarty (3f), D Campion 0-3 each, F O'Reilly (1f), J Scully, J Conlon 0-2 each

Laois: D Whelan 0-7 (5f), E Lowry 0-2, P Kealy, E Dunne, A Kinsella, R Coffey 0-1 each

Meath - A McDermott; R Clarke, C Harnan, K Slavin; E Smyth, E O'Kelly Lynch, J Cassidy; E Devine, A Murphy; J Scully, D Campion, F O'Reilly; J Conlon, C Moriarty, S McDonnell Subs: J Morris for McDonnell (40), A Kealy for O'Reilly (52), B O'Reilly for Scully (59), D Gibney for Slavin (60), B McGowan for Murphy (60)

Laois - M Byron; J Kelly, D Bennett, R Hitchcock; C Brennan, S Bolger, S O'Flynn; P Kealy, E Dunne, D Connolly, J Fitzpatrick, J Phelan; A Kinsella, D Whelan, E Lowry Subs: R Coffey for Fitzpatrick (41), D Brophy for Kealy (49), R Tyrell for Phelan (53), J O'Connor for Brennan (55), L Kinsella for A Kinsella (57), M Doyle for Hitchcock (58)

Ref - F Smyth (Offaly)

Hyland puts on Lilies masterclass

Kildare 3-16 Wicklow 0-4

Kildare senior squad member Jimmy Hyland gave a masterclass in finishing as he guided his team into the quarter-final at St Conleth's Park on Saturday.

Hyland was an unused sub for the Kildare seniors during their qualifier win over Derry and put in a stunning performance that ended with him on 11 points.

Kildare were quite wayward in front of goal in the opening quarter but, once Hyland notched his second point in the 16th minute, it opened the floodgates.

He had kicked all Kildare's points as they moved 0-5 to 0-2 ahead by the 19th minute, before Tony Archbold and Brian McLoughlin got on the scoresheet. Hyland turned provider when creating McLoughlin's 27th-minute goal and Kildare were up 1-11 to 0-2 at the break.

Hyland made way in the 52nd minute and half-time sub Padraig Nash added two goals with close palmed finishes as Kildare booked a place in the quarter-final against Carlow next weekend.

Scorers - Kildare:J Hyland 0-11 (3f); P Nash 2-0; B McLoughlin 1-1; P Woodgate (1f), S Comerford, T Archbold and J Bambrick 0-1 each

Wicklow: D Kelly 0-3 (2f) and C Byrne 0-1 (1f)

Kildare - A O'Neill; M Barrett, M Dempsey, DJ Earley; S Comerford, J Bambrick, R Ó'Giolláin; A Masterson, D Marnell; D Ryan, S Doran, T Archbold; J Hyland, B McLoughlin, P Woodgate Subs: P Nash for Doran, h/t; N Murphy for McLoughlin, 41; M Betts-Symonds for Masterson, 44; J O'Toole for Archbold, 48; J Cully for Woodgate, 50; C Costigan for Hyland, 52

Wicklow - T McGurk; J Cotter, C Gallagher, A Curran; F O'Shea, J McCall, T Kearns; P O'Toole, C Coffey; J Bellamy, C Keller, G Murphy; S Gregory, D Kelly, C Byrne SUBS: P Hempenstall for O'Shea, 31; K Mulhall for Gregory, 36; A Maher for Curran, 41; R Murray for Kelleher, 46; E Dolan for Bellamy, 48; J Hedderman for McCall, 52

Ref - Chris Dwyer (Offaly)

Meegan heroics can't stop Dubs

Dublin 1-15 Wexford 0-11

Wexford netminder Ivan Meegan may not have come away with a win but he will long remember his first-half point despite an eventual seven-point defeat to Dublin in this lacklustre Leinster U-20FC game at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon.

Wexford led by 0-7 to 0-4 after 26 minutes when Meegan showed the type of attacking football so lacking in the game. Having gathered a ball on his own goal-line, the Horeswood man took off on a solo run that brought him through midfield into opposition territory before deciding to loft over a huge point from all of 50 metres.

Incidentally, Meegan emerged as his side's top scorer with 0-4, 0-3 from long-range frees, while he also made a spectacular late save.

Wexford, with a slight breeze, played their best football in the opening half at the end of which they led 0-8 to 0-5, but once the Dubs drew level within six minutes of the restart, they went on to take full control, despite Dan O'Brien pointing a 45th minute penalty, before the only goal arrived from Ross McGarry.

Scorers - Dublin: R McGarry 1-2, T Keane 0-4, J Doran 0-3 (1f), C Howley, D O'Brien (0-1 pen) 0-2 each, S Bugler, S Farrelly 0-1 each. Wexford: I Meegan 0-4 (3f), K Firman, S Nolan 0-2 each, F Roche, R Waters, C Devereux 0-1 each.

Wexford - I Meegan; F Roche, M O'Neill, D O'Keeffe; D Furlong, R Devereux, G Sheehan; D Lyons, R Waters; R Brooks, M Dwyer, K Firman; S Nolan, J Myler, C Devereux. Subs: J Dunne for Brooks (44), Q Saunders for O'Keeffe (44), C Walsh for Nolan (55), J O'Leary for Dwyer (59), P Dunbar for Roche (59), J Thomas for Devereux (59).

Dublin - D O'Hanlon; M Mullin, N Doran, C Smith; S Farrelly, N Matthew, E O'Dea; D Ryan, E Fitzpatrick; C Howley, H Lynch-Bissett, R McCarthy;D O'Brien, J Doran, S Bugler. Subs: J Holland for Fitzpatrick (42), T Keane for Howley (42), C Archer for O'Brien (52), N Nolan for Farrelly (52), R Shaw for O'Dea (56), C Hynes for Lynch-Bissett (58).

Ref - J Hickey (Carlow)

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