Allianz Hurling League Div 2B: Sands adds gloss for Mourne Men
Down 1-23 Wicklow 0-15
Down got their League back on track at Aughrim with a decisive win over a Wicklow side who had trounced Warwickshire the previous week.
The visitors, clearly smarting from a five-point defeat to Derry, came out with guns blazing, racing into a 0-13 to 0-4 lead.
Wing-forward Paul Sheehan was the leading scorer for the Mourne Men with five points, four of them from placed balls, while Oisin MacManus and corner-forward Daithi Sands shared six points.
Wicklow, despite shooting double-digit wides, battled their way back to within four points in the third quarter, thanks mainly to the accuracy of Christy Moorehouse.
However, Sheehan kept the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors and Sands put the icing on the win with a late goal.
Scorers - Down: P Sheehan 0-10fs, D Sands 1-4, O MacManus, C 0'Prey 0-3 each, R McCrickard, DE Sands, C Coulter 0-1 each. Wicklow: C Moorehouse O-5, D Staunton, E Kearns 0-3 each, J Henderson, P Doyle, E Donohoe, M Boland 0-1 each.
Down - S Keith 7; M Patterson 7, C Taggart 7, C Cassidy 7; M Fisher 6, M Conlon 7, L Savage 6; R McCrickard 6, T Murray 6; P Sheehan 8, C O'Prey 7, O MacManus 7; C Coulter 6, E Sands 6, D Sands 8. Subs: Tim Prenter for Coulter, C Coulter for Patterson, R Costello for McManus, P Savage for McCrickard, PJ Davidson for O'Prey,
Wicklow - B Fitzgerald 6; B Kearney 6, B Cuddihy 6, M O'Brien 6; G Byrne7, R Keddy 6, W Kavanagh 7; J Henderson 7, P Keane 6; E Kearns 7, P Doyle 5, D Staunton 7; C Moorehouse 8, E Donohue 5, M Boland 7. Subs: J Doyle for Donohoe, E Byrne for Keddy, E McCormack for Doyle.
Ref - T Walsh (Waterford)
O'Doherty leads Derry charge
Derry 3-18 Donegal 0-12
Derry joined Kildare at the summit after a comprehensive 15-point victory over Donegal at Dean McGlinchey Park.
Free-taker Cormac O'Doherty top-scored for the winners, hitting eight points, with goals coming from Niall Ferris, Alan Grant and Mark McGuigan.
Despite the eventual lop-sided scoreline, it was finely balanced after 20 minutes of play, 0-5 to 0-5 on the scoreboard, but Derry edged ahead by the minimum at half-time - 0-9 to 0-8.
The home side, however, were a very different beast after the interval as goals for Ferris and Grant seized the initiative for Derry.
Declan Coulter then pointed for Donegal, but that only shook the Oakleafers into another unanswered five-point splurge.
When McGuigan scored the third Derry goal in the 65th minute it was game over.
Scorers - Derry: C O'Doherty 0-8 (6f), M McGuigan 1-2, N Ferris, A Grant 1-1, R Mullan, J Mullan 0-2, N Waldron, S McGuigan 0-1. Donegal: D Coulter 0-8 (5f), C Matthewson, D Cullen, K Keraly, L Henderson 0-1.
Derry - S Kelly 7; C Kelly 7, S Cassidy 8, D McCloskey 6; P Kelly 7, B Og McGilligan 7, L Hinphey 7; P Cleary 8, T Brady 6; M McGrath 7, C O'Doherty 8, R Mullan 7; A Grant 7, N Waldron 7, N Ferris 8. Subs: R McCartney 7 for D McCloskey (24), M McGuigan 8 for T Brady (h-t), S McGuigan 7 for R Mullan (h-t), J Mullan 8 for M McGrath (50), C Waldron 7 for L Hinphey (51).
Donegal - P Burns 6; C Parke 6, S Gillespie 6, P Doherty 7; C Matthewson 7, D Cullen 7, S McVeigh 6; J O'Loughlin 6, J Boyle 6; G Browne 6, L Henderson 7, R McDermott 6; D Coulter 8, O Rooney 7, K Kealy 6. Subs: A Stokes 6 for O Rooney (h-t), P Hannigan 6 for D Duffy (44), J De Ward 6 for K Kealy (59), D Lafferty 6 for P Burns (70).
Ref - L Gordon (Galway).
Herity hails 'cut-throat' Lilies
Kildare 8-19 Warwickshire 0-6
Kildare inflicted an unrelenting 37-point defeat on Warwickshire at St Conleth's on Saturday, with Brian Byrne scoring 3-14.
Kildare manager David Herity was impressed with his side's quick start.
"It's good to see a bit of cut-throat today. The lads hit the ground running," he said.
Kildare sealed the issue in the first-half with four goals.
In a half during which only Darren O'Neill and Kelvin Magee scored two Warwickshire points apiece, Kildare's Barry Cormack and Bernard Deay registered a goal apiece for a 4-13 to 0-4 half-time margin.
As Byrne brought his tally to 3-14 with an early second-half goal, further Reece Gavin, Kevin Whelan and Mark Delaney goals rounded-off a one-sided affair.
"Missing six players, we knew we were already up against it. So for us, we gain something from every match," said Warwickshire manager Chris Brough.
Scorers - Kildare: B Byrne 3-14 (7fs, 2 '65); K Whelan 1-2; B Cormack, B Deay, R Gavin and M Delaney 1-0 each; C Smith 0-2; P Divilly 0-1. Warwickshire: E McCabe (2fs), K Magee and D O'Neill 0-2 each.
KILDARE - P McKenna 6; C Dervan 6, J Doran 7, J Dolan 5; D Cahill 7, M Fitzgerald 8, R Boran 7; K Whelan 9, R Kelly 7; P Divilly 6, B Byrne 9, C Dowling 7; C Smith 7, J Burke 5, B Deay 6. Subs: B Cormack 6 for Burke (17 mins); M Delaney 6 for Deay (25); P Feerick 6 for Dolan (h/t); R Gavin 6 and N Ó'Muineacháin 6 for Dowling and Smith (51); R Boran (54).
WARWICKSHIRE - P Crean 5; T Kelly 4, D Bruen 4, K Meaney 4; W Allen 5, P Scally 7, C Heeney 4; RC Curley 4, M O'Regan (3); E McCabe (5), D O'Neill 6, N Kennedy 4; C Boyle 4, J O'Shea 4, K Magee 7.
REF - N Wall (Cork)