Nicky Rackard cup round up
Warwickshire 1-15 Longford 1-12
Niall Kennedy's first-half penalty proved to be the difference as Warwickshire won at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
Longford will rue missed opportunities and key mistakes. They started well, with David Buckley netting. Kennedy's penalty gave the Exiles a lead they wouldn't relinquish with Willie Allen, John Collins and Kennedy firing over scores.
With 10 minutes to go there was just one point in it but Warwickshire pulled away, hitting over four points in a row.
Scorers - Warwickshire: N Kennedy 1-2, J Collins (3fs), W Allen (2fs), B Fallon 0-3 each, P Scally 0-2, E McCabe, M Holland 0-1 each. Longford: D Buckley 1-4 (0-4fs), M O'Donohoe, E Naughton 0-2 each, C Mullane, C Kavanagh, R Murray, S O'Brien 0-1 each.
Warwickshire - P Crean; T Kelly, D Bruen, K Meaney; P Scally, J Collins, M O'Regan; C Heeney, R Curley; N Kennedy, W Allen, B Fallon; E McCabe, K Magee, I Dwyer. Subs: M Holland for Curley (h-t), P Crehan for McCabe (58)
Longford - E Daly; P Corcoran, K Murray, C McLoughlin; P Leonard, Cathal Mullane, B Hanley; D Buckley, P Barden; M O'Donohoe (S O'Brien 0), J Casey, C Kavanagh; R Murray, E Tully (D Duggan h-t), E Naughton. Subs: D Connell for Leonard (16), D Duggan for Tully (h-t), S O'Brien for O'Donohoe (60).
Ref - K Brady (Louth)
Armagh 2-20 Monaghan 2-14
ARMAGH hurling manager Paudi O’Connor said Saturday’s opening round Nicky Rackard Cup win over an impressive Monaghan could be the victory that shapes their season.
Two goals in the last quarter from Dylan McKenna and a Nathan Curry converted penalty put the result to bed in a game Monaghan controlled for large parts.
“Our season may have taken a totally different route if we had lost,” said O’Connor. “But now we are looking at two points from the next two games (against Warwickshire and Longford), which should guarantee a semi-final spot.”
ScorerS – Armagh: D Gaffney 0-7 (7f), N Curry 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2 ‘65), D McKenna 1-3, D Magee, P Gaffney, P McGrane 0-2 each, O Curry 0-1. Monaghan: F Rafter 1-4 (1-0 pen, 3f), T Campbell 1-2, M Treanor 0-3, B McGuigan, M Murphy, P McKenna, S Lambe (1f), L Campbell 0-1 each.
ARMAGH – S Doherty, C Rice, A McGuinness, P McGrane, D Bridges, C Clifford, T Nevin, O Curry, P Gaffney, S Toal, N Curry, D Gaffney, S Renaghan, D McKenna, D Magee. Subs: G McKeown for Toal (43).
MONAGHAN – P Bermingham, C Merrick, P Treanor, J Guinan, C McKenna, C Gernon, M Murphy, T Campbell, E Leonard, P McKenna, M Treanor, C Boyle, B McGuigan, S Lambe, F Rafter. Subs: L Campbell for Boyle (HT), E Sheehan for Gernon (68).
Ref – C Mooney (Dublin)
Sligo 2-24 Louth 1-19
Keith Raymond’s two goals eased Sligo to victory in Dundalk.
His early major and points from with Shane Crowley and Kevin O’Kennedy put the visitors on top.
However, Seaghan Conneely’s flicked goal sparked the hosts into life, with five successive points making it 1-13 apiece at the break.
That was as good as it got for Louth as Sligo went up the gears in the second period, with Raymond’s penalty and Gary Cadden’s three points pushing them clear, despite Darren Geoghegan’s 12-point haul.
SCORERS – Sligo: K Raymond 2-5 (1-0pen), S Crowley (1f), G Cadden 0-4 each, G O’Kelly Lynch 0-3 (2fs), K O’Kennedy; K Banks, T O’Kelly Lynch 0-2 each, A Kilcullen, C Griffin 0-1 each. Louth: D Geoghegan 0-12 (7fs, 2 ‘65s’), S Conneely 1-0, D Kettle 0-3, J McDonnell, G McKeown, F Joyce, J Costelloe 0-1 each.
SLIGO – M Burke; N McDermott, N Feehily, J Weir; K Banks, R Cox, L Reidy; R McHugh, G O’Kelly Lynch; G Cadden, T O’Kelly Lynch, J Starr; S Crowley, K Raymond, K O’Kennedy. Subs: K Gilmartin for Crowley (40), M Gordon for McDermott (41), A Kilcullen for O’Kennedy (50), Connor Griffin for Reidy (60), B Shannon for Cadden (66).
LOUTH – D Connolly; S Hoey, A McCrave, A Smyth; S Kettle, C Deane, J McDonnell; D Kettle, G Smyth; P Fallon, J Costelloe, F Joyce; D Geoghegan, S Conneely, G McKeown. Subs: K Wallace for Smyth (15), D Stephenson for Kettle (44).
REF – T Glesson (Dublin)
Tyrone 1-15 Mayo 0-15
Tyrone got their cup campaign off to a sensational start by shocking Mayo at Healy Park.
The Connacht men, two divisions above their hosts in the NHL, came up against a fired-up Red Hand side.
Tyrone had the brilliant Damian Casey in form up front, hitting 1-12 to shoot down the Westerners.
Casey fired in the only goal of the game in the 11th minute as the Red Hand went in at the break with a 1-8 to 0-9 lead. Shane Boland converted a handful of frees as Mayo crept closer after the break, but Tyrone rallied for Casey and Ryan McKernan to hit important scores.
Scorers – Tyrone: D Casey 1-12 (8f), L Devlin, C Kearns, R McKernan 0-1 each. Mayo: S Boland 0-8 (5f), A Phillips 0-2, K Kiely, C Freeman (f), S Kenny, S Regan, C Scahill 0-1 each.
Tyrone – C McElhatton; S Muldoon, R Devlin, J Kerr; D Rafferty, C Kearns, D Begley; S Donaghy, C McNally; L Devlin, C Cross, T Morgan; M Mulgrew, D Casey, B McGurk. Subs: R McKernan for Cross, J Ferguson for Kerr, B Gormley for Mulgrew, C Lagan for Donaghy.
Mayo – G Hogan; C Murray, C Daly, S Mulroy; S Kenny, S Coyne, D Kenny; K McDermott, C Freeman; C Phillips, K Kiely, S Regan; S Boland, J Gallagher, A Phillips.
Subs: P Kiely for K Kiely, C Scahill for C Phillips, D Huane for McDermott, E Delaney for Gallagher, L Harley for A Phillips.
Ref – T Gleeson (Dublin)