Saturday 25 January 2020

Conway leads way for Kingdom

Kerry 0-25 Donegal 1-9

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Three years after Kerry beat Meath in an All-Ireland minor 'B' championship final, the two counties are set to face off once more at under-21 grade after an easy win for the Kingdom in Saturday's quarter-final clash with Donegal at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon.

Kerry easily put Donegal to the sword here, wrapping up their victory long before Paul Nelson's consolation goal, an well-timed overhead pull with the final whistle imminent.

Shane Conway fired over seven first-half points as the Kingdom built up an 0-12 to 0-4 interval lead and they really stepped on the accelerator after half-time.

Brandon Barrett came off the bench to fire over four points for Kerry, while half-backs Eoin Ross and Jason Diggins caught the eye with some stunning long-range strikes, to emphasise the difference in class between the two sides.

Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-9 (6fs, 1 '65), B Barrett 0-4 (2f), B O'Sullivan, J Brick 0-3 each, E Ross 0-2, J Buckley, M O'Connor, J Diggins, R Donovan 0-1 each. Donegal: C O'Grady 0-4 (4f), P Nelson 1-0, K Kealy, S Curran (1f) 0-2 each, S Doherty 0-1 (1f).

Kerry - S Murphy; S O'Sullivan, D Shanahan, A O'Mahony; E Ross, J Diggins, L Mullins; T O'Connor, B O'Sullivan; J Buckley, M O'Connor, J Brick; J Hussey, S Conway, R O'Donovan. Subs: B Barrett for Buckley (38), G Stackpoole for Brick (43), D Ryan for Hussey (45), E McHale for Conway (51).

Donegal - T Clare; C Rami, A Stokes, S Anderson; C O'Grady, J O'Loughlin, Stephen Doherty; C Doherty, O Rooney; Sam Doherty, J Carlin, P Nelson; S Curran, K Kealy, E Lynch. Subs: N O'Donnell for C Doherty (h-t), S Halvey for Rooney (40), C Durack for Kealy (59), C Kelly for Lynch (60), C Kennedy for Rami (60+2).

Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)

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Germaine provides spark

Wicklow 4-17 Roscommon 0-16

Wicklow emerged victorious in their All-Ireland U21 ‘B’ quarter-final clash with Roscommon after a dominant second-half performance in Pearse Park, Arklow.

Despite their margin of victory, Wicklow had a nervy start and it was Roscommon who powered into an early lead, with Daniel Glynn impressing from play and the dead ball.

Six points down, Wicklow needed a spark and it was Seanie Germaine who provided it when he broke through the Roscommon rearguard for a goal. In the minutes that followed Roscommon surrendered their lead and the sides went in level at the break. A quick start to the second half for the away side had Wicklow on the back foot once again but Roscommon began to lose the battle in the middle third.

Inspired by Germaine and Michael Boland, Wicklow’s attack proved to be too incisive with goals from Cian Doyle, Germaine and Pádraig Doyle killing off Roscommon.

Scorers – Wicklow: S Germaine 2-3 (1f), E Donohoe 0-5fs, P Doyle 1-2 (1f), C Whitmore 0-3, J Doyle 1-0, M Traynor (2fs), M Boland 0-2 each. Roscommon: D. Glynn 0-11 (8fs), R Kilcline 0-2, J Brennan, G Keenan, J Martin, all 0-1 each.

Wicklow – C Staunton 8; M Gilbert 6, S Maloney 7, O Furlong 8; T Healy 6, M Traynor 8, L Benville 6; C Whitmore 7, C Moorehouse 7; A Meade 6, P Doyle 7, E Donohoe 6; S Germaine 8, M Boland 8, J Doyle 6. Subs: S Hughes 6 for M Gilbert (41), G Hughes 6 for A Meade (41), J House 5 for M Traynor (57), Cian Doyle 5 for T Healy (59).

Roscommon – A Clogher 5; T Treacy 6, J Fitzmaurice 5, J Mulry 6; E Costello 6, M Beirne 7, Anthony O’ Riordan 6; G Keenan 7, C Mahony 7; J Brennan 6, R Kilcline 8, D Keaveney 6; D Glynn 9, J Martin6, J Murray 5. Subs: J Donoghue 7 for A O’ Riordan (42), B Lawlor 6 for D Keaveney (48), J Curley 5 for J. Murray (56).

Ref – G McGrath

Wall shines as Royals beat Mayo

Meath 2-19 Mayo 0-11

Meath tallied as many wides as points and that was an indication of their dominance in this U-21 B quarter-final at Trim on Saturday.

The hosts led following a point inside 20 seconds and Mayo were struggling early on. However, pointed frees and one from play brought the visitors within the minimum, 0-4 to 0-5, after 22 minutes.

That was as close as Mayo got, though, and the Royals eventually found their scoring touch, hitting 1-5 without reply to end the half leading 1-10 to 0-4.

Josh Wall was in excellent form, while the goal came from Ross Ryan two minutes before the break.

The lead stretched further in the third quarter and the game was over as a contest when full-forward Mickey Cullen hit his side’s second goal on 41 minutes.

Wall eventually finished top scorer with six points in a convincing win.

Scorers — Meath: J Wall 0-6, R Ryan, M Cullen 1-2 each, S O’Hanrahan 0-4, C Kearney 0-2 (2f), M Slevin, P Farrell, E O Donnacha 0-1 each.  Mayo: S Kenny 0-5 (3f), B People’s 0-3, S Mulroy, J Lyons, R Egan 0-1 each.

Meath: C Ennis; C McNally, I Hughes, Ronan Ryan; P Slevin, D Kelly, J McCluskey; L Moran, M Slevin; J Wall, P Farrell, C Kearney; Ross Ryan, M Cullen, E O Donnacha. Subs: S O’Hanrahan for Farrell (h-t), D Brogan for M Slevin, S Gibbons for Kearney (both 48), S McCann for P Slevin, B Rickard for Cullen (both 55).

Mayo: M Parsons; A Henry, M Philips, D Huane; C Gardiner, S Mulroy, C Murray; B Peoples, J Gallagher; J Lyons, D Freyne, R Egan; S Kenny, B Douglas, R Kilbane. Subs: L Hurley for Douglas (36), J Geraghty for Kilbane (39), S Geraghty for Egan (50), S Brogan for Freyne (54).

Ref — P Murphy (Carlow).

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