Monday 20 November 2017

Christy Ring roundup: Sheehan just sublime for Down

Down 2-24 Roscommon 1-20

Shane Curley’s point from a sideline for Roscommon was one of the stand-out moments in the first-half. Photo: Ray Ryan/Sportsfile
Shane Curley’s point from a sideline for Roscommon was one of the stand-out moments in the first-half. Photo: Ray Ryan/Sportsfile
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While there were individual moments of quality and plenty of honest endeavour, this game never reached great heights, as Down overcame the Rossies at Ballycran on Saturday.

Shane Curley's point from a sideline for Roscommon and Mal Magee's goal for Down were the stand-out moments in the first-half.

Down's Paul Sheehan converted six frees in the opening period, but Naos Connaughton found the net for Roscommon and they lead 1-13 to 1-10 at the break.

The introduction of Gareth 'Magic' Johnston for Down had a huge impact and he helped create an Eoghan Sands goal, while Sheehan added four more frees.

Antrim's James McNaughton snatched victory in extra time with a last-gasp pointy. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Antrim's James McNaughton snatched victory in extra time with a last-gasp pointy. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

In the closing minutes Hugh Rooney and Robbie Fallon had points for Roscommon, but Sheehan, with three frees, and a Gerard Hughes effort saw Down home.

Scorers - Down: P Sheehan 0-15 (15f); M Magee 1-2; E Sands 1-1; D Hughes, C O'Prey, O McManus, G Johnston, C Woods, G Hughes 0-1 each. Roscommon: S Curley 0-6, (5f), N Connaughton 1-2, R Fallon 0-5 (5f) J Coyne 0-3, E Flanagan 0-2, T Seale, H Rooney 0-1 each.

Down: S Keith 8; J McManus 7; S Nicholson 6; S Ennis 7; A Bell 6; C Woods 7; M Ennis 7; D Hughes 7; D McManus 8; C O'Prey 7; M Magee 8; C Mageean 7; E Sands 6; P Sheehan 8; O McManus 6. Subs: G Johnston 7 for Nicholson; M Hughes 7 for Bell; G Hughes 7 for McManus

Roscommon: N Fallon 6 ; P Nolan 7; P Kellehan 7 ; A Moore 6 ; M Beirne 7 ; P Kelly 8; T Searle 6; S Curley 8; C Dolan 6; G Fallon 6; G Keenan 7; N Connaughton 6; E Flanagan 5 ; J Coyne 5; R Fallon 6;

Subs: H Rooney 6 for Flanagan; G Egan 6 for Beirne; C Coyle 6 for Dolan

Ref - M Murtagh (Westmeath)

Last-gasp McNaughton wins a thriller

ANTRIM 3-20 CARLOW 2-22

Carlow were left to rue a number of wasted goal-scoring opportunities in a gripping Round 1 Christy Ring Cup tie at Netwatch Cullen Park as Antrim snatched victory in extra time with a last-gasp point by James McNaughton.

Carlow led 1-9 to 1-5 at the break with a goal from  home captain Marty Kavanagh cancelled out by Niall McKenna.

A superb Ciaran Clarke goal on the hour brought Antrim back within a point but a Neil McManus free earned the Saffrons extra time at 2-16 apiece.

Antrim fell 2-20 to 2-17 in arrears at half-time in extra time but McManus stepped up with a close range free which went to the net off a Carlow defender to level it before McNaughton’s late winner.

Scorers — Antrim: N McManus 1-11 (9fs), 0-1 ‘65, C Clarke 1-2, N McKenna 1-0, P Shiels 0-2, P McGill, S McCrory, E Campbell, C Johnson, J McNaughton 0-1 each. Carlow: D Murphy 0-16 (12fs), 0-2 65s, M Kavanagh 2-1, P Coady (1f), C Nolan 0-2 each, J Murphy 0-1.

Antrim — C O’Connell 8; S McCrory 8, J Dillon 7, S Rooney 7; P Burke 7, P McGill 7, C Johnson 7, C McKinley 6, P Shiels 7; N McKenna 6, C McCann 6, E Campbell 6; C Johnson 7, N McManus 9, C Clarke 8. Subs: J McNaughton 7 for McCann (45); C Carson 6 for McKenna (53); M Connolly for Campbell (65); N McAuley for Shiels (62); D McKernan for McGill (83); R Diamond for Rooney (85).

Carlow — J Carroll 7; A Corcoran 7, P Doyle 7, G Bennett 6; D Byrne 7, D English 7, R Coady 7; E Redmond 6, J Doyle 6; J M Nolan 6, M Kavanagh 8, K McDonald 6; D Murphy 9, P Coady 7, S Murphy 6. Subs: R Kelly 6 for Redmond (62); C Nolan 7 for Doyle (65); E Byrne 6 for S Murphy (70); J Kavaangh for Coady (75); J Murphy for J M Nolan (80); C Wall for D Murphy (88).

Ref — C McAllister (Cork).

Kildare make extra man count

KILDARE 0-17 MAYO 0-16

Kildare were pushed to the very edge by a plucky Mayo who played almost the entire second half of this Christy Ring Cup tie in James Stephen’s Park, Ballina on Saturday with 14 men.

Five minutes into the second half David Kenny was dismissed following an off the ball incident.

Mayo,, who trailed by four at the break 0-10 to 0-6 -  for whom Keith Higgins hit 10 points in his first game for the hurlers this season, had the gap to three at that stage but when Kildare built up a five-point lead in the final quarter it looked like the visitors would confirm their odds-on status.

They had chances to send this clash to extra time but a long range effort from Higgins drifted wide, while there was also a controversial effort from Sean Regan which seemed to be a point but was waved wide.In the end, a tremendous haul of 13 points – all from placed balls – from David Reidy did most of the damage to Mayo’s cause.

The home side also lost a second player to a red card immediately after the final whistle when Diarmuid McLoughlin was sent off following an altercation with a Kildare player.

Scorers – Kildare: D Reidy 0-13 (11f, 2 ‘65s), J Sheridan 0-2, J Mulhall, M Delaney 0-1 each. Mayo: K Higgins 0-10 (9f), J NcManus 0-3, D McLoughlin, C Scahill, S Regan 0-1 each.

Kildare- P Dermody (8), C Forde (7), J Doran (8), N Ó Muinieachain (6), M Reidy (7), M Maloney (6), R Bergin (7), P Divilly (6), C Bonus (7), M Purcell (6), D Reidy (9), J Sheridan (7), B Byrne (6), R Ryan (5), M Delaney (7). Subs: J Mulhall(8) for R Ryan (ht), S Ryan (6) for Purcell (45), P Ryan (6) for Delaney (55)

Mayo - D Freyne (7), S Mulroy (7), G McManus (8), M Morley (7), S Morley (7), D Kenny (6), C Freeman (7), E McLoughlin (7), K McDermott (8), J McManus (8), S Regan (8), K Higgins (8), D McLoughlin (7), C Scahill (6), S Boland (6). Subs: G Nolan (7) for Boland (49). H Harrison for G McManus (65).

Ref- J Murphy (Limerick).

Kildare make extra man count

KILDARE 0-17 MAYO 0-16

Kildare were pushed to the very edge by a plucky Mayo who played almost the entire second half of this Christy Ring Cup tie in James Stephen’s Park, Ballina on Saturday with 14 men.

Five minutes into the second half David Kenny was dismissed following an off the ball incident.

Mayo, for whom Keith Higgins hit 10 points in his first game for the hurlers this season, had the gap to three at that stage but when Kildare built up a five-point lead in the final quarter it looked like the visitors would confirm their odds-on status.

In the end, a tremendous haul of 13 points – all from placed balls – from David Reidy did most of the damage to Mayo’s cause.

The home side also lost a second player to a red card immediately after the final whistle when Diarmuid McLoughlin was sent off following an altercation with a Kildare player

Scorers – Kildare: D Reidy 0-13 (11f, 2 ‘65s), J Sheridan 0-2, J Mulhall, M Delaney 0-1 each. Mayo: K Higgins 0-10 (9f), J NcManus 0-3, D McLoughlin, C Scahill, S Regan 0-1 each.

Kildare- P Dermody (8), C Forde (7), J Doran (8), N Ó Muinieachain (6), M Reidy (7), M Maloney (6), R Bergin (7), P Divilly (6), C Bonus (7), M Purcell (6), D Reidy (9), J Sheridan (7), B Byrne (6), R Ryan (5), M Delaney (7). Subs: J Mulhall(8) for R Ryan (ht), S Ryan (6) for Purcell (45), P Ryan (6) for Delaney (55)

Mayo -D Freyne (7), S Mulroy (7), G McManus (8), M Morley (7), S Morley (7), D Kenny (6), C Freeman (7), E McLoughlin (7), K McDermott (8), J McManus (8), S Regan (8), K Higgins (8), D McLoughlin (7), C Scahill (6), S Boland (6). Subs: G Nolan (7) for Boland (49). H Harrison for G McManus (65).

REF- J Murphy (Limerick).

McCormack seals Wicklow rally

WICKLOW 0-17 LONDON 0-16

Wicklow snatched victory away from London with a four-point flurry in the final 10 minutes to turn a three-point deficit into a one-point win. George O’Brien and Eoin McCormack, with the last puck of the ball, hit the final two points.

London were the better team for much of the match and deservedly led by three points at half-time, 0-11 to 0-8. The full-forward line had their markers in trouble, with Kevin O’Loughlin in good form.

At the other end, London defenders won many of the individual battles.

The Exiles had their chances to put the match beyond doubt, but hit five wides in those last 10 minutes and paid the price.

Scorers – Wicklow: C Moorehouse 0-10 (6f, 1 65), A O’Brien, D Masterson 0-2 each, G O’Brien, D Staunton, E McCormack 0-1 each. London: K O’Loughlin 0-9 (4fs, 2 65s), E Kenny 0-2, E Cooney, M Dwyer, S Lawless, N Rogers, S O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Wicklow: E O’Mahony 6; W Kavanagh 6, S Kelly 7, M O’Brien 6; G Byrne 7, J Henderson 7, E Kearns 7; R Keddy 7, P Keane 6; G O’Brien 7, C Moorehouse 7, D Staunton 7; D Masterson 7, A O’Brien 7, E McCormack 7. Subs: A Byrne 7 for P Keane (40), L Maloney 7 for W Kavanagh (48), J Connors 7 for D Masterson (60).

London: E Kelly 7; M Conroy 6, G Mahon 7, P Horkan 7; S Bardon 6, B Regan 6, G Hill 6; E Cooney 7, M Dwyer 7; R Murphy 6, PJ Rowe 7, N Rogers 7; S Lawless 7, E Kenny 7, K O’Loughlin 8. Subs: O Gately 7 for S Bardon (42), S O’Donnell 7 for S Lawless (44), T Healy 7 for R Murphy (50), D Roberts 7 for E Kenny (62).

Ref – J O’Brien (Laois)

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