Friday 24 May 2019

Flynn eases Donegal into final

Donegal 4-22 Monaghan 1-10

Flynn scored Donegal’s first goal after only two minutes; their second arrived on seven minutes when Kevin Campbell netted. (stock picture)
Flynn scored Donegal’s first goal after only two minutes; their second arrived on seven minutes when Kevin Campbell netted. (stock picture) Sportsdesk

Davin Flynn turned in a five-star display as Donegal cruised to a Croke Park meeting with Warwickshire with this 21-point hammering of Monaghan in Owenbeg.

Flynn scored Donegal's first goal after only two minutes; their second arrived on seven minutes when Kevin Campbell netted.

After goalkeeper Patrick Bermingham was forced off, the Farney replied with a brilliant solo goal in the 12th minute from Mark Treanor.

Flynn then took a grasp of the contest, clipping over points for fun, finishing the opening half with 1-7 as Donegal led 2-12 to 1-3.

Monaghan scored the first three points of the second half, but Flynn soon slammed home from close range.

Donegal sub Caolan McDermott rifled in a fourth goal before the dismissals of Kevin Crawley and sub Cormac McNally left Monaghan to finish with 13 men.

SCORERS - Donegal: D Flynn 2-11 (0-6fs), D Coulter (1f) 0-5, Caolan McDermott, K Campbell 1-0, D Cullen 0-2, G Gilmore, J Donnelly, Christopher McDermott, C Matthewson 0-1 each. Monaghan: F Rafter 0-5fs, M Treanor 1-0, M Murphy, P Finnegan, B McGuigan, N Garland, C Flynn 0-1 each

DONEGAL: P Burns 7; P Doherty 7, Christopher McDermott 7, S Gillespie 7; G Browne, S McVeigh 7, J Donnelly 7; C Mathewson 7, D Cullen 8; B Lafferty 6, D Coulter 8, E McDermott 7; K Campbell 7, G Gilmore 6, D Flynn 9. Subs: C Flynn 6 for Lafferty (50), L Henderson 6 for McDermott (40), Caolan McDermott 7 for Campbell (60), M Callaghan 6 for Donnelly (63), J Boyle 6 for Cullen (67)

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MONAGHAN: P Bermingham 5; J Guinan 6, K Crawley 5, B Flanagan 6; M Murphy 6, P Treanor 6, P Finnegan 6; Mark Treanor 7, A Kenny 6; F Rafter 7, B McGuigan 6, C Boyle 5; N Garland 6, E Collins 6, T Campbell 6. Subs: N Butler 6 for Bermingham (9), C Flynn 6 for Boyle (35), C McNally 5 for Collins (49), C Power 6 for Campbell (54), S McNally 5 for Garland (61).

REF - C Mooney (Dublin).

McKenna on song as Exiles seal final spot

Warwickshire 1-25 Tyrone 1-14

Warwickshire completed a whirlwind year with a place in the Nicky Rackard Cup final.

Just 12 months after winning the Lory Meagher they were full value for their 11-point win over Tyrone at Dowdalshill.

Niall Kennedy had just eased the Exiles ahead when Garry Lennon flashed a loose ball into the net in the 22nd minute after Conor McElhatton had saved a Niall McKenna penalty.

The Birmingham side led by seven after McKenna and Donncha Kennedy added excellent scores, but the Red Hands rallied for Aidy Kelly, Chris Cross and Damien Casey to send over points.

Warwickshire led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break, and pushed on to lead by six points before Tyrone pulled back a goal through substitute Conor Óg Grugan.

But Warwickshire scored the last eight points with McKenna bringing his tally to eight and Niall Kennedy hitting four.

SCORERS - Warwickshire: N McKenna 0-8 (4f); G Lennon 1-2; N Kennedy 0-4; P Uniacke, K Magee, P Hoban (1f) 0-2 each; C Robbins, S Caulfield, D Kennedy, I Dwyer, D Kennedy 0-1 each. Tyrone: D Casey 0-7 (4f); S Óg Grugan 1-0, A Kelly 0-2; R McKernan, B McGurk, C Cross, P O'Kelly, S Muldoon 0-1 each.

WARWICKSHIRE - P Creen 5; W Allen 6, D Bruen 7, M O'Regan 7; P Scally 6, P Hoban 8, D Kennedy 7; J Collins 5, S Caulfield 7; C Robbins 8, N Kennedy 8, N McKenna 8; K Magee 7, P Uniacke 7, G Lennon 8. Subs: I Dwyer 7 for Collins (22), B Fallon 4 for Magee (72), R Curley 4 for Uniacke (72), K Boxwell 4 for Kennedy (72).

TYRONE - C McElhatton 8; T Morgan 6, R Devlin 6, P McHugh 6; S Muldoon 7, S Donnelly 7, C Kearns 6; D Begley 7, J Kelly 8; D Casey 7, P O'Kelly 6, C Cross 7; A Kelly 7, R McKernan 6, B McGurk 6. Subs: S Óg Grugan 7 for J Kelly (56), L Devlin 5 for Morgan (64), J Ferguson 5 for McHugh (67), L Armstrong 3 for O'Kelly (70).

REF - T Walsh (Waterford).

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