Thursday 14 December 2017

Leinster MFC roundup: Johnson star of show

Offaly 0-13 Westmeath 1-4

Cian Johnson was once again the star for Offaly, kicking six points from play. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Cian Johnson was once again the star for Offaly, kicking six points from play. Stock photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Offaly won their second championship game in five days when they disposed of Westmeath in Tullamore on Saturday.

Fresh from hitting 2-6 against Wexford on Monday, Cian Johnson was once again the star, kicking six points from play and steering the Faithful to the quarter-finals.

After opening up a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 13 minutes, Offaly led 0-6 to 0-1 at half-time with Johnson and Cian Farrell to the fore.

The home side led 0-13 to 0-3 with four minutes to go before an injury-time goal from Luke Price gave Westmeath some consolation.

Scorers - Offaly: C Johnson 0-6, C Farrell (1f) and C Lynam (2f) 0-3 each, S Farrell 0-1. Westmeath: L Price 1-1, D Heavin (s-l), C Murphy and C Gavin 0-1 each.

Offaly - J McEvoy; J O'Brien, L Gavin-Mangan, E Dunne; C Donnelly, E Bennett, A Owens; S Ibbotson , M Newman; S Farrell, C Lynam, B Fogarty; C Johnston, N Poland, C Farrell. Subs: D Nally for Fogarty (37), K Hartnett for Gavin-Mangan, (inj 41), C McCarthy for Cian Farrell (52), O Murphy for Sean Farrell (56), J Quinn for Newman (64).

Westmeath - J Nugent; D Mullins, C Kelly, R Keegan; K Colclough, E Cully, J Moran; N Cully, N Clinton; C Murphy, M Rowden, E Bracken; C Nolan, J Tumelty, D Heavin. Subs: L Price for Murphy (37), F Ayorinde for Clinton (42), P Geoghegan for Bracken (46), C Gavin for Rowden (51), T Daly for Nolan (57), E Mulvihill for Cully (61).

Ref - S Murphy (Louth)


Doran revives Dubs

DUBLIN 1-15 MEATH 1-13

Dublin overturned a 10-point interval deficit to eventually account for Meath by two points after extra-time in an absorbing first round tie at Parnell Park on Saturday. 

The Dubs looked buried as they trailed by 1-10 to 0-3 at the break, but a dominant second-half, which included a 56th-minute James Doran goal, helped force extra-time.

From that point the Dubs had sufficient momentum to kick on, with Ciaran Archer firing three pivotal points to secure the win.

Scorers – Dublin: J Doran 1-5, C Archer 0-6 (0-1f), R McGarry 0-2 (0-1f), D Ryan, M Tracey 0-1 each.  Meath: S Walsh 0-6 (0-3f), C Freyne 1-1, J Morris 0-3, A Murphy, S Martin, P Conway 0-1 each.   

Dublin – D O’Hanlon; L Flatman, P Ó Cofaigh Byrne, A Lynch; K Kennedy, N Matthews, E O’Dea; D Ryan, M Tracey; N O’Leary, J Doran, D Brennan; R McGarry, S Hawkshaw, C Archer. Subs: K Lynch Bissett for Brennan and D Lacey for Hawkshaw (half-time), A Byrne for O’Leary (41), D Conlon for Tracey (67), G Nangle for Kennedy (73). 

Meath – A Beakey; S Ryan, D Devine, R Clarke; J Hetherington, J Keane, A Murphy; C Swaine, L Byrne; C Ahearne, S Martin, P Conway; J Morris, S Walsh, C Freyne. Subs: R Smyth for Conway (41), S Ó Fionnagáin for Morris (50), C Ward for Hetherington (53), L Shaw for Ahearne (57), N Mulvey for Clarke (60, BC), J Donnelly for Keane (61), D Comiskey for Swaine (71), Morris for Donnelly (75), Conway for Murphy 76, BC).

Ref – P Maguire (Longford)


Farrell on fire in victory


Longford’s Shane Farrell helped the Midlanders to a five-point victory over Wicklow at Pearse Park on Saturdayafternoon.

Farrell registered four points early on in quick succession. Farrell hit a series of long rang points off his right peg , while a convertedgoal from the plucky full-forwardKyle Kenny gave them a hefty advantagehelped Longford to a 1-11 to 0-3 lead at the break with just ten minutes played.

Throughout the first half period Longford continued to terrorise Wicklow’s defence and further points from Joseph Hagan and Dylan Farrell extended their foothold.  

However, fter the break Wicklow got off to he best possible a great start and endeavoured to reduce the deficit. First half sub Jordan Deans made an instant impression when he bagged a goal straight from the throw-in and moments later Padraig O’Toole also repeated the trick after he found the roof of the Longfordthe net. A brace of points from Gearoid Murphy bridged the gap back got them to within two points. Longford nonethelessweathered the storm andthen hit six points without reply and another Deans goal wasn’t enough to reel in the deficit.of the game   

Scorers – Longford: S Farrell 0-6, K Kenny 1-1, C Reilly 0-4 (3f), D Farrell 0-5 (2f),  P Duggan, J Hagan, R O’Connell 0-1 each. Wicklow: G Murphy 0-8 (6f ‘45’), J Deans 2-0, P O’Toole 1-0,

Longford – J Fox, E Keogh, C McKeon, K Gilmore; S Farrel, PJ Masterson, D Corcoran; P Moloy, C Reilly; N Farrelly, J Hagan, G Flynn; D Farrell, K Kenny, R O’Connell. Subs: P Duggan for D Corcoran (ht), A McGuire for R O’Connell (48), M McCann for E Keogh (58),  C McElliggott for D Farrell (63), D O’Brien for C McKeon (64),

Wicklow – W Rogers, C O’Gallchobhair, C Deering, J Tyrell; C Lee, F O’Shea, T O’Toole; O McGraynor, L Miley; M Reid, P O’Toole, K Sheely; S Gregory, G Murphy, D Ging. Subs: J Deans for Kieran Sheehy (28), J Hedderman for C Deering (37), S Branagan for C Lee (42). A Dixon Delahunt for D Ging (47), R Ward for M Reid (26).

Ref – J King (Dublin)


Kelly sparks Lilies


goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes from Kildare’s Jack Barrett and David Kelly broke the resistance of a plucky Carlow side in this opening round Leinster MFC tie at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday.

The Lilywhites, Leinster champions in the grade for the past two years, were 0-5 to 0-2 down after the opening quarter, due mainly to the influence of Carlow midfielder Jordan Morrissey aided by forwards Robert Kane and Gavin Healy.

But by the interval the visitors had edged into an 0-7 to 0-6 lead. Carlow were back on level terms at 0-8 apiece by the 40th minute but After that, Kildare’s superior power told in the final 20 minutes as they outscored their rivals by 2-5 to 0-1, with the outstanding Kelly hitting 1-1.

Carlow showed plenty of spirit but when Kildare turned on the power in the later stages, they were unable to respond.

Scorers –  Kildare: D Kelly 1-2, J Barrett 1-1 (1f), D Kirwan 0-3, S O’Sullivan (1f), D Ryan 0-2 each, F Nairn, G Cunningham, P Tuohy 0-1 each. Carlow: C Doyle 0-4f, R Kane 0-2 (1f), J Morrissey, C Lomax, G Healy 0-1 each.

Kildare – A O’Neill; D Reilly, M Barrett, A Cronin; J Travers, B Carroll, D Ryan; D Kelly, C McQuillan; F Nairn, N O’Sullivan, B McDonnell; D Kirwan, S O’Sullivan, J Barrett. Subs: J Carey for McQuillan (39); G Cunningham for Travers (44); D Foley for N O’Sullivan (46); J Cully for Kirwan (52); P Tuohy for Kelly (inj, 55); E McGovern for Barrett (60).

Carlow – J Rowan; S Molloy, R Gahan, R Hollick; K Gaffney, J McCabe, T Roache; J Morrissey, C Doyle; C Lomax, J Byrne, R St Ledger; R Kane, C O’Neill, D Healy. Subs: R Curran for O’Neill (41); A Kehoe for Lomax (50); J Nolan for Roache (53).

Ref – D O’Connor (Dublin)


Gallagher clinches it

LOUTH 2-11 LAOIS 0-15

John Gallagher’s goal from a penalty in extra time was the score that finally separated Louth and Laois in O’Moore Park on Saturday.

The sides were level after 60 minutes of normal time (Louth 1-9 Laois 0-12) with a free from Laois’ Alan Kinsella sending the game to two additional ten-minute spells.

Alan Kinsella and impressive midfielder Diarmuid Whelan led the way for tThe home side were 0-7 to 1-3 up at half-time, Louth’s goal coming from Ben Mooney.

A couple of John Gallagher frees nudged Louth ahead early in the second half but there was never more than a point between the sides. Laois had a chance to stretch clear but Kinsella’s penalty was well saved by Alan McGauley before a Mark Barry free put Laois ahead with five minutes remaining.

Yet Louth  and they looked as they might sneak it following  a point from Gerry Garlandwith time almost up before a Kinsella free sent the game to extra time.

But with both sides tiring in extra time it was Gallagher’s strike that swung the tie for Louth.

Scorers - Laois: A Kinsella 0-6 (0-5f), D Whelan 0-6 (0-1f), M Barry (f) J Owens, C Slevin 0-1 each;  Louth: J Gallagher 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1 ‘45), B Mooney 1-0, G Garland 0-2, C Keenan, J Murphy and A Connor 0-1 each

Laois – T McCann; M Dowling, S O’Flynn, D Comerford; C Slevin, S Lacey, G Saunders; R Tyrell, D Whelan; A Kinsella, N Dunne, R Coffey; M Barry, C Comerford, J Owens. Subs: R McEvoy for Owens (ht), J Maher for Dunne (bc - 48 mins), D McCaul for Barry (57),  A Mohane for D Comerford (65) J Owens for McCaul (70)

Louth – A McGauley; A Connor, P Trainor, D Corcoran; L Grey, E Callaghan, J O’Reilly; L Jackson, C Morgan; G Garland, B Mooney, F Malone; K O’Neill, C Nicholson, J Gallagher. Subs: J Murphy for Jackson (15 - blood) C Keenan for Nicholson (ht), J Murphy for O’Neill (39), Shane Hickey for Malone (43), C Keenan for Mooney (49),

Ref– N Ward (Westmeath

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