Wednesday 17 July 2019

Laois hang on to progress

laois 2-14 longford 2-12

Laois advanced to the Leinster Minor semi-finals with a hard-fought win in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday. Stock photo
Laois advanced to the Leinster Minor semi-finals with a hard-fought win in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday. Stock photo

Laois advanced to the Leinster Minor semi-finals with a hard-fought win in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday.

The O'Moore County were ahead by six at the break thanks to two goals from Rioghan Murphy, while Jack Duggan got a much-needed goal for Longford in the 28th minute.

Longford rallied after the break. A goal from substitute Tiernan Hussey brought Longford to within two of Laois but that was the closest they were to get. Longford's Darren Moffett received a somewhat harsh black card in the 52nd minute, while Colin Dunne was sent off for a second yellow in the 60th minute. Hussey and Duggan brought Longford to within two of Laois in stoppage time but Laois held on.

Scorers: Laois - R Murphy 2-1, B Whelan 0-6 (4f), C Dunne 0-4, C Goode, O Hooney, P Hosey 0-1 each. Longford - J Duggan 1-7 (4f), T Hussey 1-1, A Farrell 0-2, K McGann, R Sheahan 0-1 each.

Laois: M O'Connell; S Fitzpatrick, S Greene, N Little (P O'Flynn 47); S Fingleton, E Critchley, M Keogh (C Burke 52); B Brennan, C Goode; O Hooney (J Kelly 56), B Whelan, PJ Ward; C Dunne, R Murphy, P Hosey (D Carolan 37).

Longford: C Skelly; S McCormack, S O'Sullivan, C Gilligan; D Kurkin, C Leonard, D Kelly (D Coady 49); C Scanlon (J Macken 40), R Prior; A Farrell (F Hourican 49), K McGann, K Tansey (T Hussey h-t); R Sheahan, J Duggan, S Ryan (D Moffett 23 (C O'Reilly 52 bc))

Referee: D Stynes (Dublin)

Devlin strike gives Tyrone edge

Tyrone 1-15 Down 1-10

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Tyrone will face Derry in the next round of the Ulster MFC after a second-half surge ended Down's title hopes.

The Mourne men had controlled the opening half in Newry, keeping the young Red Hands scoreless from play until the 29th minute. But Down 'keeper Aodhán Furlong pulled off three stunning saves over the hour.

Down led 0-8 to 0-6 at the break with Adam Crimmins and Cian McLoughlin the main scorers, while Mark Devlin's free-taking kept Tyrone in it. However, Tyrone ruled the roost in the second half despite John McGovern's early Down goal. Daniel Fullerton kicked four points and Mark Devlin's goal on 51 minutes was key as Tyrone's Niall Devlin and Down's Seán óg McCusker both saw red.

Scorers - Tyrone: M Devlin 1-7 (4f, 2 '45), D Fullerton 0-5 (4f), S Browne, S Daly, L Donnelly (f) 0-1 each. Down: J McGovern 1-0, C McLoughlin, A Crimmins, O Murdock (f) 0-2 each, O Cunningham, S Óg McAteer, R Magill, O Savage (f) 0-1 each.

Tyrone - F Coney; C Cuddy, M McCann, S Sweeney; C Mulgrew, N Devlin, J Donaghy; S Browne, R Campbell; M Devlin, S Quinn, M Quinn; D Fullerton, S Daly, R Canavan. Subs: S Gallagher for Browne (37), E Neill for Quinn (37), R McHugh for Canavan (46).

Down - A Furlong; P McCarthy, S Donegan, D McMullan; R Campbell, J Gray, R Magill; O Murdock, P McEvoy; P Clancy, J McGovern, O Cunningham; S Og McCusker, A Crimmins, C McLoughlin. Subs: C Billham for McMullan (h-t), O Savage for Cunninngham (43).

REF - J Lewis (Fermanagh)

McGroddy books semi spot

Donegal 1-18 Cavan 2-7

Donegal booked a date with Monaghan in the semi-finals thanks to a fine second-half display at Kingspan Breffni.

In what was a winner-takes-all affair, the visitors made hay in the sunny conditions following the red carding of Cavan full-back Peter Smith one minute shy of the half-time break.

Donegal's Eric Carr struck a point to leave the hosts trailing by 0-1 to 0-6, but Cavan roared back with a Cian Farrelly goal to cut the lead to 0-10 to 1-5.

However, the dismissal of Smith - after a late challenge on Conor Coyle - changed the game. Jonathan McGroddy led the way along with an opportunist goal by sub Shane Monaghan as Donegal hit seven unanswered points. Sean McEvoy's fine solo goal proved scant consolation.

scorers - Donegal: J McGroddy (3f) 0-7; E Dowling (1f) 0-4; E Carr 0-3; S Monaghan 1-0; C Moore 0-2; J Gallagher, P O'Hare 0-1 each. Cavan: C Farrelly, S McEvoy 1-0 each; D McGurren (f) 0-2; T Madden, C McCabe, P Smith, C McGovern, J Mooney 0-1 each.

Donegal - D Roberts; J Grant, 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 Burca. Subs: S Monaghan for C Reilly (inj, 24); R O'Rourke for E de Búrca (42); E Martin for P O'Hare (56); S Meehan for K Tobin (58); A Calmon for J Grant (59); M Gallagher for E Carr (61).

CAVAN - A Murray; C Reilly, Peter Smith, Ronan Trainor; C Farrelly, J McCahill, C McCabe; P Smyth, C McGovern; S McEvoy, F O'Reilly, T Madden; E Kelly, D McGurren, J Tully. Subs: S Tynan for R Trainor (41); J Mooney for C Farrelly (44); C McKiernan for E Kelly (47); M McGahern for F O'Reilly (50); C O'Reilly for D Mc Gurren (56).

Ref - D Mullan (Derry).

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