Thursday 23 November 2017

Kehoe Cup roundup: Sutton puts Louth to sword

St Pat's Mater Dei 2-21 Louth3-12

Wexford sharpshooter, Peter Sutton, kept his side in the hunt against a strong breeze in the first period.
Wexford sharpshooter, Peter Sutton, kept his side in the hunt against a strong breeze in the first period.
Mikey Lee racked up 1-8 to help Wicklow cruise past Maynooth University
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Peter Sutton scored 12 points to power St Pat's Mater Dei to an impressive win in Louth, who were left clutching the wooden spoon in Group 1.

The Wexford sharpshooter kept his side in the hunt against a strong breeze in the first period.

Louth's Andrew Mackin's early goal got the home side off to a dream start, but Pat's finished the half strongly and would have been mighty pleased to adjourn just a point in arrears, 2-7 to 1-9.

With the breeze behind them, the Students were soon in the lead, and in the third quarter Eoin Fitzgerald slotted past Aidan Carter, making it 2-15 to 2-9.

Mackin then completed his hat-trick, but it was mere consolation for the hosts, who are still without a win this year.

Healy seals final berth

Meath 3-24 Longford 0-12

Anthony Healy top-scored with 1-6 as holders Meath eased into the final at Trim.

It was one-way traffic as Meath took an early stranglehold and by half-time had built up a 2-13 to 0-5 lead.

Both goals arrived close to the break, with the opener coming from full-forward Alan Douglas to leave the hosts 1-12 to 0-5 clear. Then on the stroke of half-time Gary Kelly added a second from close range.

Meath added four more points before Joe O'Brien opened Longford's second-half account. Healy's goal, which was Meath's 11th in the competition, came after he was put in the clear by Kelly on 51 minutes.

Eoin Donnellan took his point tally to six for the midlanders with the final score of the game. The only blemish for the winners was a straight red card flashed to Douglas three minutes from the end.

Lee adds gloss for Wicklow

Wicklow 3-18 Maynooth Uni 0-12

Mikey Lee racked up 1-8 to help Wicklow cruise past Maynooth University at Greystones and set up a final against Meath.

The home side raced into a 1-2 lead in the first three minutes with two points from Lee and a goal by Andy O'Brien.

Wicklow, though, allowed the momentum to switch to Maynooth, with John Maher and Kevin Sheridan drilling over a string of points to cut the gap to 1-6 to 0-8 at the break.

Maher brought the students level after the restart, but Wicklow asserted themselves once more and another goal by O'Brien on 43 minutes and a 66th minute goal by Lee, who also blasted a penalty over instead of under the Maynooth crossbar, copperfastened this decisive win.

Quinn leads Lilies rout

Kildare 5-27 Fingal 0-8

Leo Quinn amassed 1-6 from play to help ruthless Kildare crush Fingal at IT Blanchardstown, but it wasn't enough to see the Lilywhites progress to a third final in as many years.

The game was over as a contest a little after the 20-minute mark as Kildare surged 10 points clear.

Fingal had no answer to Quinn's evasive running and lethal finishing, as the centre-forward scored 1-6 in the opening period.

Midfielder Paul Divilly sent over five frees in that opening period, while Eoin Dempsey and Niall Kenny got goals.

Fingal battled admirably, with substitute Niall Ring scoring a trio of impressive points.

Yet four more frees from Divilly and goals from Bernard Deay and Jonathan Byrne capped off a fine display from Kildare.

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