Sunday 18 February 2018

Carlow prove too strong for depleted Lilies

Carlow 1-24 Kildare 0-15

Carlow's James Doyle. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Carlow's James Doyle. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile newsdesk

Christy Ring Cup

Carlow secured their place in the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup when they had a surprisingly easy win over Kildare in Newbridge yesterday.

Kildare struggled without the services of the Reidy brothers, David and Michael, who had been called upon by the Limerick club Dromin Athlacca for their intermediate championship first round tie.

With Denis Murphy rifling over the frees for the visitors, Carlow led by 0-14 to 0-7 at the break and even though the home side got back to within three points, the eventual winners pulled away once more in the second half to keep their opponents well out of reach.

The only goal came as the game drifted into injury time when James Doyle took a pass from his captain, Marty Kavanagh, and he finished to the net in style.

Scorers - Carlow: D Murphy 0-10 (f), J Doyle 1-2, P Coady 0-3 (1f), JM Nolan, M Kavanagh 0-2 each, D Byrne, J Murphy, J Kavanagh, E Byrne, C Nolan 0-1 each.

Kildare: P Divilly 0-6 (5fs), M Purcell 0-4, J Sheridan 0-4 (f), B Byrne 0-1.

Carlow: J Carroll; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Bennett; R Coady, D English, D Byrne (G Coady 66); J Kavanagh, R Kelly; JM Nolan (E Byrne 52), M Kavanagh, J Doyle; D Murphy (C Nolan 59), J Murphy, P Coady (R Smithers 69).

Kildare: P Dermody; C Forde (D Stapleton 50), J Doran, C Gordon; P Ryan, M Moloney, N O'Muinneachain; R Bergin, P Divilly; C Bonus, B Byrne, M Purcell; J Sheridan, R Ryan, S Ryan (S Gainey (69).

Referee: M Murtagh (Westmeath)

Monaghan 1-16 Donegal 1-12


A resurgent Monaghan booked their place in the semi-final of the Rackard Cup at the expense of a fancied Donegal in this keenly-contested quarter-final in Inniskeen.

Donegal got off to a flyer with a goal in the opening minute but Monaghan gradually came to terms and just a point separated them at the break, Donegal leading by 1-5 to 0-7.

Monaghan were a transformed side in the second half and, with Fergal Rafter in inspirational form, they gradually got on top and once they got their noses in front Donegal could find no way back as Monaghan held out for a deserved victory.

Scorers - Monaghan: F Rafter 0-9 (4f), T Campbell 1-1, B McGuigan 0-3, C Boyle and M Treanor 0-1 each. Donegal: D Flynn 1-3, L Henderson 0-5 (2f), D Coulter 0-3, J Boyle 0-1.

Armagh 4-20 Longford 0-12

For the second week in a row, Longford were buried in an avalanche of scores by an Ulster team as Armagh booked their place in the Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final against neighbours Tyrone.

The Orchard County had goals from Fiachra Bradley and David Carvill as they ran up a 2-12 to 0-3 half-time lead, even allowing for ten wides in the opening period.

Longford only marginally improved in the second half with a Shane O'Brien double within two minutes, but Armagh were always in control and added further goals through Conor Corvan and Ryan Gaffney as their pursuit of the Nicky Rackard looks like it will go all the way to the final in Croke Park for the fourth consecutive year.

Scorers - Armagh: C Corvan 1-7 (4f), D Carvill 1-6 (5f), F Bradley 1-1, R Gaffney 1-0, N Curry 0-2; C Carvill, D McKenna, O Curry, C Gorman 0-1 each. Longford: P Walsh 0-7 (6f, 1 sl), R Murray 0-2, S O'Brien 0-2; S Hannon 0-1.

Armagh: S Doherty; C Clifford, A McGuinness, D Bridges; J Corvan, P Gaffney, C Devlin; F Bradley, N Curry; C Carvill, D Carvill, D McKenna; C Corvan, R Gaffney, D Magee. Subs: E McGuinness and O Curry for Devlin and C Carvill (49), C Gorman for D Carvill (58), P McKearney for Bradley (62)

Longford: C Gallagher; C McLoughlin, K Murray, T Egan; G Moane, D Duggan, J Mulhern; P Walsh, P Barden; S O'Brien, S Hannon, C Keegan; P Farrington, R Murray, E Kiernan. Subs: R O'Brien for Kiernan (h-t), E Kavanagh and A Sheridan for Keegan and Farrington (51), A Sorohan for O'Brien (58), J Rosney for Hannon (62)

Referee: J Connors (Donegal)

Warwickshire 6-16 Fermanagh 3-9

Lory Meagher Cup

Warwickshire made it three wins from three with a 16-point victory over a Fermanagh side who only trailed by one point with 15 minutes remaining.

The Warwickshire side scored 3-8 of the remaining 3-10 with former Antrim ace Liam Watson scoring a personal 3-8 before being replaced in the 66th minute.

Warwickshire went in leading at the break by 2-8 to 2-5 with Watson swooping for two goals, while Fermanagh's goals came from Sean Corrigan and John Duffy.

The second half remained close but Warwickshire ran away with the victory late on with Watson securing a hat-trick and further goals from Kelvin McGee and two from Paul Uniacke.

Scorers - Warwickshire: L Watson 3-7, P Uniacke 2-0, S Hennessey 0-3, S Caulfield 0-3, K McGee 1-0, I Dwyer 0-2, C McBride 0-1. Fermanagh: S Corrigan 1-6; JP McGarry and J Duffy 1-0 each; F McBrien, C McShea, B McGarry 0-1 each.

Fermanagh: M Curry; D Teague, D Russell, A Breslin; F McBrien, M Slevin, M Teague; C Corrigan, R Bogue; J Duffy, S Curran, B McGarry; C McShea, JP McGarry, S Corrigan. Subs: T Cleary for M Slevin (13), E Cleary for J Duffy (57), J Gavin for S Curran (67), A Magee for C McShea (69).

Warwickshire: M Cremin; D Bruen, W Allen, M O'Reagan; J Collins, P Hoban, D Kennedy; P Uniacke, K McGee; I Dwyer, S Caulfield, C Robins; S Hennessey, L Watson, P Crehan. Subs: C McBride for C Robins (64), J Meagher for L Watson (66), R Curley for P Crehan.

Referee: K Brady (Louth)

Sligo 1-20 Cavan 0-9

An opportunist 16th-minute goal by Joe McHugh was the cue for Sligo to cruise their way to a comfortable Lory Meagher Cup victory at Kingspan Breffni Park.

McHugh's goal consolidated Cormac Behan's free-taking as wind-aided Cavan were left trailing by 0-7 to 1-10 at the interval.

The opening 11 minutes of the second half saw Cavan pair Sean Keating and Anthony Baxter plus Sligo's Tommy Kelly all dismissed after separate incidents.

Scorers - Cavan: K Conneely 0-3 (2f); N Browne, S Keating (1f) 0-2 each; A Sheridan ('65), F Hughes 0-1 each. Sligo: C Behan 0-11fs; J McHugh 1-5; L Reidy, G O'Kelly Lynch, K Gilmartin, T O'Kelly Lynch 0-1 each.

Cavan: D M Sheridan; D Neary, M Hayes, M Hynes; R O'Hagan, A Sheridan, R Everett; N Browne, S Keating; S Harten, K Conneely, F Hughes; D Dalton, L McKenna, O.R O'Reilly. Subs: E Shalvey for L McKenna (32); M Moffett for D Dalton (41); C Ó Druma for O.R O'Reilly (44); C Kelly for M Hynes (56).

Sligo: D Loughnane; E Comerford, T Brennan, T Kelly; K Banks, L Reidy, M Gordon; C Behan, G O'Kelly Lynch; E Kilgannon, K Gilmartin, E McDonagh; J McHugh, M Gilmartin, P Burke. Subs: T O'Kelly Lynch for P Burke (43); M O'Callaghan for K Gilmartin (61); G Feely for T Brennan (61); R Brennan for M Gilmartin (66); N McDermott for E Kilgannon (66).

Referee: A Ferguson (Fermanagh)

Leitrim 1-12 Lancashire 0-14

An injury-time pointed free by top scorer Clement Cunniffe gave Leitrim a hard-fought victory by the narrowest of margins against a strong Lancashire side in a hugely entertaining game at sun-kissed Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

In a low-scoring first half, both sides traded points to leave the game deadlocked 0-7 a piece at the break.

Following a strong second-half performance, the Exiles led by two points and had victory in their grasp when a goal one minute from time by Zac Moradi gave Leitrim the lead.

Although Shane Duncan immediately levelled for Lancashire, in an exciting finale referee Shane Hynes awarded a free to the home side three minutes into additional time which Cunniffe duly dispatched to break Lancashire hearts.

Scorers - Leitrim: Z Moradi 1-2, C Cunniffe 0-9 (6f, 2'65), L Moreton 0-1. Lancashire: S Power 0-5 (1f), R Crowley 0-4 (2f), N Unwin 0-2, S Sexton, S Duncan, A Slattery 0-1 each.

Leitrim: D Molloy; P Early, V McDermott, E Moreton; D McGovern, C Beirne, K McGrath; L Moreton, J Glancy; C O'Donovan, C Moreton, K McDermott; M Quinn, C Cunniffe, Z Moradi. Subs: G O'Hagan for C Moreton (47); D Ryan for L Moreton (66).

Lancashire: V Morrissey; L Knocker, C Larkin, S Richardson; J Hughes, G Jacob, N Unwin; T Duane, D Cahalane; J McAllister, S Duncan, A Slattery; S Power, S Ward, S Shannon. Subs: S Wallace for S Shannon(8); R Crowley for J Hughes (h-t); S Sexton for J McAllister (50); M Pogeiter for S Ward.

Referee: S Hynes (Galway)

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