Christy Ring Cup: O'Doherty lifts Oak Leafers into last four
Derry 1-29 Down 2-19
A converted '65 by Cormac O'Doherty, in the fifth and final minute of injury time, dramatically confirmed Derry's progression to the Ring semi-finals at the expense of Down.
O'Doherty, who ended with figures of 1-17, struck his most telling blow at the death to be the Oak Leaf hero. The home side led 0-16 to 1-11 at the break, with Daithi Sands scoring the Down goal soon after Derry had racked up an early lead. For Derry, O'Doherty amassed 0-9 in the opening 35 minutes.
Down had the better restart and pulled level at 0-17 to 1-14 after Paul Sheehan's 40th-minute point. Daithi Sands' second goal handed the Ardsmen the lead for the first time at 2-16 to 0-20. After that Down would score only three points. Derry hit 1-9, including Meehaul McGrath's 69th-minute goal and O'Doherty's late '65.
Scorers - Derry: C O'Doherty 1-17 (16f), M McGrath 0-3, B Cassidy, A Grant 0-2 each, R Convery (f), M McGuigan, C McKaigue, N Waldron, C Waldron 0-1 each. Down: P Sheehan 0-9 (6f), D Sands 2-0, D McManus 0-3, O McManus 0-2, E Sands, P McCrickard, C Bailie, D Toner, R Branagan 0-1 each.
Derry - R Convery 7; S Cassidy 7, N Farren 7, P Cleary 7; C McKenna 7, E McGill 8, C Waldron 7; M McGuigan 7, C McKaigue 7; M McGrath 8, G Bradley 7, N Waldron 7; C O'Doherty 9, S McGuigan 8, B Cassidy 8. Subs: A Grant 8 for N Farren (h-t), A O'Donnell 8 for N Waldron (51), O McCloskey 7 for G Bradley (58), D Cartin 7 for B Cassidy (68).
Down - S Keith 9; B Byers 7, P McManus 8, M Hughes 8; M Fisher 7, R McCrickard 7, L Savage 7; D McManus 8, R Branagan 7; P Og McCrickard 7, C Bailie 7, P Sheehan 9; D Sands 9, D Toner 7, E Sands 6. Subs: O McManus 7 for E Sands (18), C Teggart 7 for R McCrickard (22).
Ref - J Connors (Donegal)
Rossies' safety is secured in style
Roscommon 1-17 Mayo 0-11
Roscommon hurlers produced their best performance of the year when their need was greatest at Athleague on Saturday, as they defied their status as 4/1 underdogs in a one-sided victory over Mayo.
The Rossies were in superb form across the back, with Kerrill Hardiman sweeping superbly. They held Mayo to just three points from play in the 70 minutes.
Two points from Cathal Kenny, a stunning sideline cut from Shane Curley and a long range point from Hugh Rooney were among the highlights and they were in the driving seat once a free from Daniel Glynn found the net from almost 50 metres.
Kieran McDermott was sent off immediately after half-time to deal a further blow to Mayo's prospects and Roscommon never looked like getting reeled in. Micheál Byrne and Robbie Fallon joined McDermott on the sideline but confirmation of Roscommon's place in next year's Christy Ring was wrapped up long before then.
Scorers - Roscommon: D Glynn 1-3 (1-3f), J Keane 0-5 (5f), C Kenny 0-3, R Fallon 0-2, S Curley (s/l), N Connaughton, H Rooney, C Egan 0-1 each. Mayo: S Boland 0-5 (5f), K Higgins & C Freeman 0-2 (1f) each, K Feeney (f) & B Morley 0-1 each.
Roscommon - J Keane 9; K Hardiman 8, J Kilkenny 8, A Moore 8; E Flanagan 7, M Byrne 8, P Nolan 6; D Heavey 5, S Curley 7; P Kenny 6, C Egan 6, D Glynn 6; H Rooney 7, N Connaughton 7, C Kenny 8. Subs: R Fallon 6 for Connaughton (11, temp), Fallon for Heavey (33), C Kelly 6 for Glynn (49), W Boyle for Egan (57), J Murray for C Kenny (67), R Kilcline for Flanagan (70).
Mayo - D O'Brien 7; B Hunt 7, C Daly 7, S Mulroy 6; M Morley 6, D Kenny 7, C Henry 5; K McDermott 5, D McGreal 6; B Morley 7, K Feeney 6, S Kenny 5; S Boland 7, K Higgins 8, E Ryan 6. Subs: B Douglas 6 for Ryan (7, temp), Douglas for Feeney (15), C Freeman 7 for Henry (h-t), C Scahill 5 for Kenny (h-t), P O'Flynn 6 for Scahill (54), C Murray for McGreal (59).
Ref - S Stack (Dublin)