Wednesday 12 December 2018

Christy Ring Cup round-up: Wicklow make Mayo pay for litany of mistakes

Wicklow 1-20 Mayo 2-11

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The final margin of victory may have been six points, but for long stages in this game at Joule Park in Aughrim Wicklow were comfortably in control and led by double digits.

Mayo, who named Keith Higgins amongst the substitutes despite his unavailability, took 26 to score their first point from play.

They attempted to isolate Corey Scahill against Warren Kavanagh in the full-forward line, but the full-back was excellent while Wicklow dominated the middle third.

A scrappy opening eight minutes ended with the teams level at two points apiece before Wicklow scored 11 of the next 12 points to lead by ten on the half-hour.

Mayo gifted Wicklow some straightforward points during that time through a litany of poor passing and sloppy mistakes.

Mikey Lee marked his return to a Wicklow jersey with four points while PJ Nolan and Danny Staunton also reaped the rewards of Mayo's inaccuracy.

Mayo struck 1-2 just before half-time to halve the deficit, however, Wicklow continued their dominance in the second half.

They hit three unanswered points to start the half, including one from Garry Byrne whose pull on a loose ball around the '65' sailed over the bar.

Wicklow then had a number of goal chances and when impressive substitute Seanie Germaine finally hit the back of the net their lead was back to ten.

They extended the lead to twelve with ten minutes left and though Wicklow will have some concern that they then conceded 1-3, the result was never in doubt.

Wicklow meet Roscommon in the next round while Mayo face Kildare.

Scorers - Wicklow: A O'Brien 0-8 (5f), M Lee 0-4, S Germaine 1-1, C Moorehouse, PJ Nolan 0-2 each, G Byrne, D Staunton, G O'Brien 0-1 each. Mayo: K Feeney 0-9 (8f), C Scahill, E Ryan 1-0 each, P Kiely, S Boland 0-1 each.

Wicklow: R Fitzgerald 7; P Keane 7, W Kavanagh 9, M O'Brien 6; G Byrne 8, J Henderson 7, E Kearns 7; R Keddy 7, D Staunton 7; PJ Nolan 8, A Byrne 7, C Moorehouse 8; G O'Brien 6, A O'Brien 7, M Lee 8. Subs: S Germaine 8 for G O'Brien (42), B Cuddihy 6 for R Keddy (63), E Donohoe 6 for PJ Nolan (66), J Doyle (n/a) for A O'Brien (74).

Mayo - D O'Brien 7; A Lyons 6, C Daly 7, S Mulroy 7; C Henry 6, D Kenny 7, D McGreal 6; K McDermott 6, B Hunt 6; E Ryan 7, K Feeney 7, P Kiely 7; B Morley 7, C Scahill 6, S Boland 6. Subs: M Morley 6 for A Lyons (29), B Douglas 6 for C Scahill, C Murray 6 for D McGreal (both 52), D McTighe 6 for P Kiely (59), M Parsons 6 for D O'Brien (63).

Ref - P Burke (Kilkenny)

Sheehan gets Exiles over the line after Derry fightback

London 1-20 Derry 1-18

Aaron Sheehan bagged 10 points - six from play - as London found a second wind to muscle their way past Derry in Ballinascreen.

The Exiles led for most of the game, but as Derry rallied in the second half, they were forced to dig deep to overturn a two-point deficit as the game entered injury-time.

The impressive Kevin O'Loughlin scored the London goal to hand the visitors a 1-12 to 0-8 lead at the break.

With the wind at their backs, the Exiles dominated the opening 35 minutes. They controlled the middle third for most of the game, with Kevin Reid, O'Loughlin and Henry Vaughan bossing the skies.

And in clearly well-choreographed moves, James Barrett's mighty puck-outs by-passed the Derry half-back line to find lethal recipients, particularly Sheehan, who didn't need a second invitation to convert his scores.

Sé McGuigan's goal, soon after the restart, was the catalyst for a creditable Derry fightback, and with Naoise Waldron and Chrissy McKaigue also weighing in with big scores the Oak Leafers systematically reeled London in.

But, feisty right to the end, the Exiles never wilted in the strong south Derry sunshine.

Three late, late points from that man Sheehan and their sole survivor from their last Christy Ring win - Henry Vaughan - proved just enough to snatch victory at the death.

On a disappointing day for Derry, Cormac O'Doherty shone brightest with 11 points, including two from play.

Scorers - London: A Sheehan 0-10 (6fs), K O'Loughlin 1-2, R Murphy 0-3 (2fs), K Reid, F Collins, H Vaughan, C Nelson, J Troy 0-1 each. Derry: C O'Doherty 0-11 (9fs), S McGuigan 1-0, N Waldron 0-3, C McKaigue 0-2, M McGuigan, C Waldron 0-1.

London - J Barrett 9, C Hickey 8, B Regan 8, L Murphy 8, C Burke 7, K Reid 9, C McAlinden 8, F Collins 8, O Shiel 7, K O'Loughlin 9, R Murphy 8, H Vaughan 8, A Sheehan 9, Colin Nelson 8, Shane Lawless 7. Subs: M Dwyer 7 for R Murphy (45), A O'Leary 6 for L Murphy (47), J Troy 7, for Shiel (48), C Lordan 6 for Lawless (68).

Derry - M Kirkpatrick 8, D McCloskey 6, S Cassidy 7, C Murphy 7, P Cleary 6, C McKenna 6, J Phelan 6, M McGuigan 7, C Waldron 7, C McKaigue 7, M McGrath 6, C O'Doherty 9, S McGuigan 8, B Rogers 6, N Waldron 7. Subs: C Steele 6 for Phelan (29), B Cassidy for Steele (51).

Ref - J Keane (Galway)

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