Thursday 21 November 2019

Johnston hits top form to secure St Kevin's senior status

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

SEANIE JOHNSTON hit five points as the former Cavan sharpshooter helped St Kevin's retain their senior status in Kildare with a dramatic one-point win over Round Towers.

St Kevin's emerged on the right side of a 0-10 to 0-9 scoreline with the ex-Cavan Gaels clubman in brilliant form as Towers -- who contested a Leinster senior club final as recently as 2003 -- were relegated to the intermediate grade. Reigning champions Athy marched onto the semi-final on Saturday after they overcame Moorefield to set up a clash with Carbury. On the other side of the draw, Sarsfields face St Laurence's.

Elsewhere, Errigal Ciaran reached their first Tyrone SFC final in six years with a 1-7 to 0-9 victory over Carrickmore at Plunkett Park, but champions Dromore are facing a semi-final replay with Killyclogher.

In Carlow, Palatine brought Old Leighlin's two-year reign as senior football champions to a halt at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday, with a goal in each half seeing the challengers into a semi-final with Rathvilly on Saturday (5.0).

Eire Og will have to wait another week to find out who they face in their semi after the quarter-final clash between O'Hanrahans and Tinryland ended level -- 0-11 apiece.

Baltinglass set up a Wicklow SFC final with St Patrick's after they got the better of Bray Emmets by seven points in their semi-final replay.

Elsewhere, a goal by Ray Lynch earned Dromcollogher-Broadford their place in the Limerick SFC final against their neighbours Newcastle West.

In Wexford hurling, reigning champions Oulart-The Ballagh remain on course for a fourth title in a row after they saw off Shelmaliers, 1-19 to 2-11, in their semi-final at Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon.

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They will face Faythe Harriers in the decider after they stunned last year's beaten finalists Rathnure by 0-19 to 2-9.

In Fermanagh, Lisbellaw are county hurling champions after easily seeing off the challenge off Lisnakea Emmets on a scoreline of 6-23 to 2-5.

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