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Michael O'Halloran sparkles on perfect debut


Michael O'Halloran, Waterford

Michael O'Halloran, Waterford

Michael O'Halloran, Waterford

McGrath Cup champions Waterford handled the heat of expectation to beat Wicklow on Saturday night.

Debutant Michael O'Halloran grabbed four points from play in a great display from the hosts.

Although Wicklow played with the breeze at first, Waterford held a 0-9 to 0-7 lead at the break.

On the change of ends, Waterford strung together five unanswered points.

Tadhg Ó hUallacháin punched over before O'Halloran hit a screamer from 40 metres. The home side put the game to bed when Mark Ferncombe, Ahearne and O'Halloran moved them 0-14 to 0-7 clear.

A flurry of points came too late for the Garden County, who failed to score in 31 second-half minutes.

Man of the Match: Michael O'Halloran


Scorers - Waterford: M O'Halloran, S Ahearne (4fs) 0-4 each, P Hurney 0-2, T Ó hUallacháin, M Ferncombe, L Lawlor, G Nugent 0-1 each. Wicklow: D Odlum 0-4 (2fs), J McGrath 0-3 (2fs), C McGraynor 0-2 (2fs), T Kelly 0-1.

Waterford - S Enright 7; D Crowley 7, R Ó Ceallaigh 7, T O'Gorman 6; T Ó hUallacháin 7, M O'Gorman 6, C Phelan 7; S Ahearne 7, T Prendergast 6; M Curry 6, M O'Halloran 9, P Hurney 8; L Lawlor 6, J Veale 6, G Nugent 6. Subs: M Ferncombe 6 for Lawlor (27), L Ó Corraoin 6 for Veale (43), P Whyte 6 for Nugent (50), S Prendergast 5 for Phelan (58), O Keevers for Curry (62), D Grey for T O'Gorman (73).

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Wicklow - R Lambert 7; A Murphy 6, P Cunningham 6, A Byrne 6; D Healy 7, S Kelly 6, R O'Brien 6; P McLoughlin 6, A McLoughlin 6; D Woods 5, J McGrath 6, D Hayden 5; D Odlum 7, C McGraynor 6, T Kelly 5. Subs: S Furlong 5 for Kelly (H-T); M McLoughlin 5 for Woods (43); M Kenny 5 for McGrath (48); C Murphy 5 for Byrne (52), P McWalter 5 for O'Brien (BC, 58).

REF - M Collins (Cork).

Gilheaney earns share of spoils

Leitrim 0-15 Longford 1-12


There was high drama in the closing minutes of this entertaining derby game at Carrick-on-Shannon as a Sean McCormack goal two minutes from time looked to have given Longford victory.

However, an immediate response from Leitrim ended with corner-forward Ciaran Gilheaney scoring the equalising point from play.

In a slow moving first half, Leitrim were the better side.

Full-forward Donal Wrynne was their target man and they deservedly led 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

Leitrim dominated the early second-half exchanges. Midfielder Michael Quinn kick-started a Longford revival with a point before McCormack finished in the 68th minute to put the Midlanders ahead. But from the kick-out, Leitrim responded with Gilheaney's equalising point. Man of the Match: Sean McCormack


SCORERS - Leitrim: D Wrynne 0-4,F Clancy 0-3,K Conlon 0-3 (2fs),C Gilheaney, P McGowan 0-2 each,S McWeeney 0-1. Longford: S McCormack 1-3,B Kavanagh 0-5 (4fs),M Quinn, P McKeon,F McGee, A Rowan 0-1 each.

LEITRIM - C McCrann 9,B Prior 5,R Gallagher7,N Woods 7,C Farrell 7 G Reynolds 7,S McWeeney(Capt) 7,P McGowan 8,J McGrail 9,K Conlon 8,F Clancy 8,D Beck 8,T Mulvey 7,D Wrynne 9,C Gilheaney 8. Subs: M McWeeney 7 for Prior (5), C Clinton 7 for Mulvey (40), M Murphy 6 for Farrell (49) (Black Card). S Moran 6 for McGrail (56). A McLoughlin for Wrynne (62).

LONGFORD - P Columb 7,D Brady (Capt)7,B Farrell 7,P Foy 7,C P Smith 7,D Masterson 7,E Williams 5 ,B Gilleran 6,M Quinn 7,R McEntire 6,P McKeon 6,A Rowan 6,R McNerney 6,B Kavanagh 9,S McCormack 9. Subs: C Farrelly 7 for Williams (16), F McGee 7 for Gilleran (36), P Gill 6 for Rowan (47), S Doyle for McKeon (60), M Hughes for McGee(70).

REF - L Devenny (Mayo).

Murphy makes point for Carlow

Antrim 1-12 Carlow 0-15


John Murphy came off the Carlow bench to hit three points and earn Carlow a draw in Belfast.

Owen Gallager netted the game's only goal at the start of the second half to give the hosts a 1-6 to 0-7 lead, with Carlow having led by a point at the break.

Three successive scores from Tomas McCann, Gallagher and Conor Murray swung the game in the hosts' favour during the final quarter.

But Carlow fought back with Darragh Foley and Murphy (two) to level once more. Gallagher's effort on 66 minutes edged Antrim ahead but substitute Murphy registered his third to leave it all square.

Eoghan Ruth had a chance to snatch victory for Carlow, for whom Paul Broderick kicked seven points, but his effort was superbly blocked by James Laverty. Man of the Match: Paul Broderick


SCORERS - Antrim: O Gallagher 1-3, M Pollock 0-4 (2fs), C Murray, T McCann, R Murray, CJ McGourty, P McBride 0-1 each. Carlow: P Broderick 0-7 (3fs), J Murphy 0-3, B Murphy 0-2, D Foley, E Finnegan, A Kelly 0-1 each.

Antrim - C Kerr 8; J Laverty 8, C Burke 7, T Scullion 6; D Lynch 6, J Crozier 7, J Carron 7; S McVeigh 7, N McKeever 6; C Murray 7, O Gallagher 9, T McCann 8; R Murray 7, CJ McGourty 6, M Pollock 7. Subs: P McBride 7 for R Murray (BC, 39), N O'Neill 6 for C Murray (54) (black card), M Sweeney 6 for T McCann (65).

Carlow- C Kearney 6; D Kelly 7, S Redmond 7, K Nolan 6; D Hayden 6, D St Ledger 6, B Kavanagh 7; S Gannon 8, D Foley 8; E Finnegan 7, C Moran 7, D Bambrick 7; P Broderick 9, B Murphy 8, H Gahan 7

Subs: A Kelly 7 for E Finnegan (42), J Murphy 8 for K Nolan (44), BJ Molloy 6 for D Kelly (BC, 47), M Fitzgerald 6 for D Hayden (55), E Ruth 6 for D St Ledger (62).

REF - B Rice (Down)

Flanagan plotting Faithful promotion drive

Offaly 0-9 London 1-2


Offaly manager Pat Flanagan is adamant that his young team can earn promotion from the bottom tier.

After a tight and tense opening period, Offaly provided glimpses of their promise to take control in the second half. Leading 0-2 to 0-1 at the interval, Offaly then hit six points on the trot before London launched a late rally.

That burst from the home team included a 64th-minute goal from a Lorcan Mulvey penalty. That left only three points in it, but a Bernard Allen free relieved the pressure on Offaly, and Flanagan was satisfied.

"I am not going to hide behind the door - I expect us to get out of this division. I think Offaly are good enough," he said.

Following stints in charge of Westmeath and Sligo, Flanagan is now hopeful of making an impact with his native county.

"We didn't play particularly good football here, but I think there is an awful lot more in us. We were very nervous coming here. We let London into it and fair play to them, they battled right until the bitter end." Man of the Match: Graham Guilfoyle


Scorers - Offaly: B Allen 0-3fs, D Hogan, G Guilfoyle, P Sullivan, W Mulhall1, N Dunne, R Allen 0-1 each. London: L Mulvey 1-0 (pen), A O'Hara 0-2.

Offaly - A Mulhall 6; D Brady 7, P McConway 6, J O'Connor 6; C Donohue 6, J Maloney 7, D Hogan 6; G Guilfoyle 8, R Allen 7; E Carroll 6, P Sullivan 6, N Bracken 7; B Allen 7, N Dunne 6, W Mulhall 6. Subs: D Kelly 7 for W Mulhall (53), J Evans 6 for Bracken (53), N Smith 6 for Carroll (55 ), M Young 6 for Sullivan (60), N Darby 6 for Hogan (63).

London - B Kavanagh 7; D McCarthy 6, P Butler 8, P Galvin 7, C Og Greene 6, M Carroll 6, D McBride 6, M Gottsche 7, A Bradley 7; G Crowley 7, S Conroy 6, C Sheridan 6; A O'Hara 8, A Moyles 6, L Mulvey 7. Subs: B Smith 6 for Moyles (48), M Walsh 7 for McBride (52), S Curran 6 for Greene (55), S Hickey 6 for Conroy (60).

Ref - G McCormack (Dublin).

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