Wednesday 13 December 2017

Currie hauls Dubs over the line

Leinster MHC round 2: Dublin 1-11 Laois 1-8

Sean Currie proved Dublin’s saviour with seven points, including a brace of sublime scores late on, after the Dubs had failed to build on a lively opening in which Kevin Desmond found the net in the fifth minute. Stock image
Sean Currie proved Dublin’s saviour with seven points, including a brace of sublime scores late on, after the Dubs had failed to build on a lively opening in which Kevin Desmond found the net in the fifth minute. Stock image newsdesk

Dublin delivered a dominant final 10 minutes to eventually overcome Laois by three points in a disappointing Round 2 clash in Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The holders looked in trouble as they trailed by a point when wing-back Kevin Burke was dismissed for a needless second booking in the 50th minute, but they seized the initiative from that point to pull away from their tiring opponents.

Sean Currie proved Dublin's saviour with seven points, including a brace of sublime scores late on, after the Dubs had failed to build on a lively opening in which Kevin Desmond found the net in the fifth minute.

Laois bounced back well through an excellent goal from Oisin Bennett and the Camross played added two points after the break, before Currie and substitute Jason Byrne struck the insurance points for the hosts.

Scorers - Dublin: S Currie 0-7 (1f, 1 '65'), K Desmond 1-0, E O'Neill, L Murphy, E Allen, J Byrne 0-1 each.

Laois: O Bennett 1-6 (0-4f), J Keyes, P Delaney (1f) 0-1 each.

Dublin: C O'Donoghue; A Dunphy, B McHugh, T Glynn; K Burke, L Walsh, M Grogan; B Coffey, D Ó Floinn; M Murphy, E Allen, E O'Neill; S Currie, K Desmond, L Murphy. Subs: D Keogh for M Murphy (38), J Byrne for Allen (42), E O'Donnell for O'Neill (51), B Ryan for L Murphy (61).

Laois: C Dunne; J Maher, D Breen, D Conway; R Murphy, P Delaney, E O'Connor; PJ Daly, L Senior; J McCormack, J Keyes, D Comerford; O Bennett, C Comerford, J Phelan. Subs: C Duggan for D Comerford (Blood, 37-40), B McGinley for Phelan (45), Duggan for McCormack (54), E Gaughan for Senior (58), C Rigney for Daly (60).

ref - K Brady (Louth)

Keenaghan gets job done for Faithful

Offaly 1-15 Kildare 1-9

Despite shooting 18 wides, Offaly overcame Kildare to reach the quarter-finals of the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship.

Offaly were quick off the mark in St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, with Joe Keenaghan claiming Offaly's goal after six minutes.

While Offaly directed passes towards Aaron Kenny and Keenaghan in their full-forward line, Kildare relied heavily upon the free-taking abilities of Ciaran Tobin, who finished the first-half with five frees as Offaly led 1-8 to 0-7.

Kildare staked a claim in the game when Tobin buried the ball low to the net for a 40th-minute goal, leaving them just two points behind at 1-10 to 1-8.

Despite amassing seven wides in a 10-minute period Offaly were still in control and with corner-back Luke O'Connor capping a Man of the Match display, and Keenaghan bringing his tally to 1-4 with a 63rd-minute point, they confirmed their progress.

SCORERS - Offaly: J Keenaghan 1-4, A Kenny 0-4 (2f), D Nally 0-3f; C Quinn and O Hickey 0-2 each.

Kildare: C Tobin 1-7 (6f, 1 '65); K Aherne and D Doyle 0-1 each.

OFFALY: C Flynn; L O'Connor, C O'Meara, A King; C Guinan, B Keeley, P Cantwell; D Nally, C Quinn; M O'Brien, O Hickey, C Langton; L Kavanagh, J Keenaghan, A Kenny. Subs: A Maher for O'Brien (42); S O'Toole for Kavanagh (56).

KILDARE: M Doyle; E Prizeman, R Hogan, A Deegan; H Carroll, J Dolan, L Conroy; R Boran, R Monaghan; K Aherne, C Tobin, L O'Flynn; B Stynes, D Doyle, B Tobin. Subs: J Burke for Hogan (41); A Bergin for Doyle (58).

REF - B Redmond (Wexford).

Mullen leads Royal rampage

Meath 2-18 Westmeath 0-6

Mikey Mullen enhanced his growing reputation by firing 1-11 at Ashbourne as Meath strolled into the last eight.

The full-forward had hit 10 points in his previous game; here, his tally included 1-4 from play.

The visitors, seeking to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Kilkenny, were outplayed.

Their cause wasn't helped when Adam Ennis was red carded for a heavy challenge on Jacob Ryan in first-half added time.

Meath, backed by the wind, led 0-12 to 0-5 interval lead.

A free from Shane Broughan reduced the deficit within 43 seconds of the restart but Westmeath failed to score again.

A goal from the outstanding Nicky Potterton soon put paid to any slim hope Westmeath had, and the Royals pulled away.

Mullen got Meath's second goal five minutes from the finish.

Scorers - Meath: M Mullen 1-11 (0-5fs, 0-2 '65s'), N Potterton 1-3, E Fitzgerald 0-2, B Dowling, J Leavy 0-1 each. Westmeath: S Broughan 0-4 (3fs, 1 '65'), F Heeney, K Carey 0-1 each.

MEATH - A Dunne; B O'Reilly, C Butler, S Coffey; J Connolly, D McGowan, B Kelly; E Fitzgerald, D Hennessy; J Ryan, T Fadden, J Leavy; B Dowling, M Mullen, N Potterton. Subs: D Gilmartin for Fadden (36), M Farrell for Hennessy (46), V Ward for Ryan (49), C O'Farrell for Dowling (58), S Hogan for Coffey (59).

WESTMEATH - B McHugh; D O'Loughlin, C Shaw, R Moore; C Flynn, C O'Brien, L Brodrick; F Heeney, E Ahearne, A Ennis, C McKeogh, R Coyne; K Carey, P Kane, S Broughan. Subs: P Tormey for Coyne (26), A Kennedy for Kane (39), B McCarthy for Carey (45), A Fagan for McKeogh (52), E Burke for McLoughlin (59).

REF - G McGrath (Wexford)

Kilkenny cut loose to crush Model

Kilkenny 1-20 Wexford 0-11

Kilkenny crushed a feeble Wexford challenge with a 12-point victory at Nowlan Park on Saturday.

By the final whistle Kilkenny had taken their foot off the pedal and utilised their full bench in a one-sided encounter.

Kilkenny led 0-6 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter despite playing into a stiff breeze, with Adrian Mullen their chief marksman, while all of Wexford's scores came through Ross Banville frees.

With further points from wing-forward Mullen, Eoin O'Shea and Niall Brassil, the Cats went in at the break with a 0-10 to 0-6 lead.

Chris Turner got Wexford's solitary point from open play.

In the 36th minute, Mullen's clinical low shot to the corner of the net put his side 1-12 to 0-6 clear and after that the home side picked off scores at will.

SCORERS - Kilkenny: A Mullen 1-9 (0-6fs, 1 '65'), J Kelly 0-3, E O'Shea 0-2, C Flynn (f), N Brassil, N Brennan, C Heary, T Drea, S Ryan 0-1 each. Wexford: R Banville 0-8fs, S Wall, K Firman, C Turner 0-1 each.

KILKENNY - B Maher; T Ronan, M Carey, D Walsh; J Brennan, C Flynn, J Molloy; N Brassil, N Brennan; A Mullen, C Heary, E O'Shea; J Kelly, T Drea, S Ryan. Subs: J Ryan for Heary (20), D Barron for Brennan (48), R Connolly for Ryan (56), R Hennessy for O'Shea (57), J Roberts for Drea (58).

WEXFORD - J Henebry; C Scallan, G Sheehan, C O'Connor; M Codd, J Myler, M Kelly; E O'Leary, S Wall; E Murphy, S Nolan, R Cody; K Firman, C Turner, R Banville. Subs: D Doyle for Turner (ht), C McGuckin for Cody (37), J Devereux for Murphy (47), P Dempsey for Myler (60).

REF - S Stack (Dublin).

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