Saturday 18 November 2017

Leinster MHC Round-up: Ryan leads Royal rampage

Meath 4-28 Wicklow 0-13

Laois booked a date with Dublin thanks to a surprisingly comfortable 14-point win over
Offaly in O’Moore Park. (Stock picture)
Laois booked a date with Dublin thanks to a surprisingly comfortable 14-point win over Offaly in O’Moore Park. (Stock picture) Sportsdesk

The clash of these Tier 3 sides proved a mismatch as Meath overwhelmed the visitors at Trim on Saturday.

Mikey Mullen and Jacob Ryan shared the scoring honours with 10 points and 2-4 respectively. Meath got a goal within two minutes from Darren Hennessy as they built up a 1-7 to 0-0 advantage. By half-time the Royals were out of sight, at 1-18 to 0-5.

It took Wicklow 29 minutes to register their first score from play, from Jonathan O'Neill. Padraig O'Toole had a penalty saved on 35 minutes and two minutes later the Garden County were reduced to 14 men as Ian Clancy say red. There was no let up from Meath, with goals from Ryan (2) and Jamie Leavy. The Royals now play Westmeath.

Scorers - Meath: M Mullen 0-10 (5fs, 1 '65'), J Ryan 2-4, J Leavy 1-1, E Fitzgerald 0-4, D Hennessy 1-0, B Kelly, B Dowling (1f, 1 '65'), A Murphy 0-2 each, D Gilmartin, N Potterton (f), M Farrell 0-1 each. Wicklow: J O'Neill 0-6 (2f), P O'Toole 0-3 (2f, 1 '65), G Hughes 0-2 (1f), I Clancy, P McGing 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, A Murphy, J Leavy; B Dowling, T Fadden, M Mullen. Subs: N Potterton for Murphy (h-t), V Ward for Connolly (35), D Gilmartin for Fadden (38), C O'Farrell for Hennessy (41), M Farrell for Mullen (46).

Wicklow - C Staunton; K Hannon, B Kearney, M Moran; A Hughes, C Deering, I Clancy; P O'Toole, A Byrne; S Mellon, G Hughes, P McGing; J McDonald, J O'Neill, S Sommers. Subs: S Slattery for Sommers (43), K Moules for Hannon (52).

Ref - S Stack (Dublin)

Bennett shines for Laois

Laois 2-22 Offaly 0-14

Laois booked a date with Dublin thanks to a surprisingly comfortable 14-point win over Offaly in O'Moore Park on Saturday.

Laois recovered from an early 0-4 to 0-1 deficit to dominate the rest of the game.

Ciaran Comerford and Oisin Bennett stole the show for Laois as they hit 1-12 between them. Comerford, who lined out alongside twin brother Daniel, landed six points from play; Bennett was unerring from frees, set up Joe Phelan for a brilliant goal and pounced for Laois' second goal.

That goal just after the restart put Laois firmly in control and despite the best efforts of Offaly duo Oisin Hickey and Aaron Kenny, the hosts were never troubled, keeping their noses in front with points from James Keyes, Padraig Delaney, PJ Daly, Liam Senior and Brandon McGinley.

Scorers - Laois: O Bennett 1-6 (0-6fs), C Comerford 0-6, P Delaney (3fs, J Keyes 0-3 each, J Phelan 1-0, PJ Daly, L Senior, D Comerford, B McGinley 0-1 each. Offaly: A Kenny 0-4fs, D Nally 0-3fs, O Hickey 0-2, S O'Toole, A Maher, L Kavanagh, J Keenaghan, C Langton 0-1 each

Laois - C Dunne; D Breen, D Conway, J Maher; R Murphy, P Delaney, E O'Connor; PJ Daly, L Senior; C Comerford, J McCormack, D Comerford; J Keyes, O Bennett, J Phelan. Subs: B McGinley for Phelan (41), E Gaughan for O'Connor (53), C Duggan for McCormack (54), P Dunne for Murphy (57), C Rigney for Bennett (59)

Offaly - C Flynn; L O'Connor, C O'Meara, A King; C Guinan, B Keeley, R Hogan; C Langton, K McDermott; A Maher, O Hickey, D Nally; L Kavanagh, A Kenny, S O'Toole. Subs: J Keenaghan for O'Toole (26), P Cantwell for Hogan (35).

Ref - M O'Sullivan (Kilkenny)

Tobin brothers crush Carlow

Kildare 3-17 Carlow 1-15

Brothers Ciaran and Brian Tobin scored 2-10 between them as Kildare progressed past Carlow at St Conleth's on Saturday.

Despite defeating Carlow en route to winning the Leinster Minor League Cup, Kildare were under the coash early on as Carlow stormed into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead with points from Jon Nolan and Jason O'Neill.

However, five Ciaran Tobin first-half points along with two Brian Tobin goals helped Kildare outscore Carlow 2-6 to 0-3 in the second quarter, and they led 2-8 to 0-10 at half-time.

And Kildare pushed on after the break. With Ciaran Tobin adding his tenth point and Sean Cullen taking his tally to 1-2 with a 54th-minute goal, Kildare easily progressed to the next stages despite Jason O'Neill's late goal.

Scorers: Kildare: C Tobin 0-10 (7fs), B Tobin 2-0, S Cullen 1-2, K Aherne 0-2; J Dolan, L Conroy, L O'Flynn 0-1 each. Carlow: J O'Neill 1-6 (1f) , J Nolan 0-9 (7fs).

Kildare - M Doyle; E Prizeman, R Hogan, A Deegan; H Carroll, J Dolan, L Conroy; I Blackburne, S MacDonncha; R Monaghan, C Tobin, L O'Flynn; K Aherne, S Cullen, B Tobin. Subs: P Hogan for Hogan (6); S Whelan for B Tobin (51); R Goodfellow for Conroy (53); M Barea for Cullen (56); Philip Tierney for O'Flynn (58).

Carlow - K Curran; E Kavanagh, D Jordan, J Ryan; D Nolan, T Lawlor, E Holland; D Sheehan, R Joyce; C Whelan, J Nolan, D O'Toole; S Meany, M Kavanagh, J O'Neill. Subs: B Molloy for Joyce (38); N Whelan for Kavanagh (40); N Martin for Meany (49); F White for D Nolan (55).

Ref - A Devin (Westmeath) for B Nea (Westmeath, h/t)

Mullen on song for Cats

Kilkenny 3-22 Westmeath 0-4

A talented Kilkenny side crushed Westmeath by 27 points in this mismatch at TEG Cusack Park on Saturday.

Backboned by players from St Kieran's College, the Cats lived up to their favourites tag, with Adrian Mullen continuing his fine recent form with a 12-point haul.

Kilkenny's opening goal, in the 13th minute - from Niall Brennan, finishing clinically after Ted Drea's offload - set them on their way to a 1-13 to 0-3 interval lead.

There was no let-up after the break, and further goals followed from Seán Ryan and Drea. Westmeath did not manage a score from play.

Kilkenny now entertain Dublin/Wexford on Saturday, while Westmeath visit Carlow/Kildare on the same day.

Scorers - Kilkenny: A Mullen 0-12 (8fs), N Brennan, S Ryan 1-2 each, T Drea 1-0, E O'Shea 0-2, D Barron, N Brassil, B Staunton (f), R Connolly 0-1 each. Westmeath: S Broughan 0-4fs.

Kilkenny - B Maher; T Ronan, M Carey, D Walsh; J Brennan, J Dowd, B Staunton; N Brassil, J Molloy; A Mullen, E O'Shea, N Brennan; S Ryan, T Drea, D Barron. Subs: E Moylan for Brennan (41), R Hennessy for Molloy (43), S Boyd for Barron (46), R Connolly for Brassil (48), J Kelly for Ryan (55).

Westmeath - B McHugh; D O'Loughlin, C Shaw, P Tormey; C Flynn, C O'Brien, L Broderick; F Heeney, E Aherne; A Ennis, C McKeogh, O Dowdall; S Broughan, P Keane, J Smyth. Subs: K Carey for Smyth (inj., 9), R Coyne for O'Loughlin (27), R Moore for Tormey (37), A Kennedy for Dowdall (42), J Williams for Keane (50).

Ref -T Gleeson (Dublin).

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