Sunday 18 November 2018

Nicky Rackard Cup round-up: Collins inspires dominant Farney

Monaghan 4-19 Longford 2-10

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Monaghan got their campaign off to a winning start when they cantered to victory over Longford, in Inniskeen.

Monaghan led from gun to tape, despite hitting 17 wides; Longford were similarly wasteful, with 16.

Eamon Collins top-scored for Monaghan with 1-7, his goal coming on six minutes.

Monaghan led at half-time by 1-13 to 1-6, the Longford goal coming from Joe O'Brien in stoppage time.

In the second half, Monaghan extended their lead, but conceded a second goal, with O'Brien bagging his second.

But Mark Treanor scored a brilliant solo goal for the Farney men as they stretched their lead to 10 points.

Any chance of a Longford recovery was killed off as Monaghan rattled in two goals in a minute, with substitute Brian McGuigan and Tadhg Campbell doing the damage.

Scorers - Monaghan: E Collins 1-7, M Treanor 1-3, F Rafter 0-5 (2fs) T Campbell, B McGuigan 1-0, C Boye 0-2, A Kenny, C McNally 0-1 each. Longford: J O'Brien 2-3, C Mullane 0-4 (3fs), P Walsh 0-2, C Kavanagh 0-1.

Monaghan - P Bermingham 7; J Guinan 5, K Crawley 6, B Flanagan 6; P Finnegan 7, P Treanor 8, M Murphy 7; M Treanor 8, A Kenny 7; C Boyle 6, F Rafter 7, C McNally 6; N Garland 5, E Collins 8, T Campbell 8. Subs: B McGuigan 7 for McNally (46), C Power 6 for Boyle (62), S McNally 6 for Collins (64), P McGahon for Murphy (68), C McAnespie for Campbell (71).

Longford - E Daly 5; A Sheridan 5, E Kavanagh 5, J Casey 6; S Hannon 6, B Hanley 6, J Leonard 6; P Walsh 7, J Mulhern 6; C Kavanagh 6, D Connell 6, P Barden 6; K Murray 5, C Mullane 7, J O'Brien 8. Subs: PJ Masterson 7 for Mulhern (13), G Moore 7 for E Kavanagh (36), S O'Brien 6 for C Kavanagh (56), R O'Brien 6 for Barden (62), N O'Connor 5 for Leonard (65).

Ref - A Ferguson (Fermanagh).

Warwickshire blitz blows Louth away

Warwickshire 3-19 Louth 1-16

Warwickshire began their campaign in style with a comprehensive victory in Dundalk.

fter a tight first half, the sides went in level at 1-9 apiece, with Louth's David Kettle finding the back of the net in the 23rd minute to cancel out Shane Caulfield's early goal.

Warwickshire took control during a 15-minute purple patch at the beginning of the second half - they scored 2-7 without reply, with goals from Kelvin Magee and Garry Lennon.

Domhnall Nugent got five points from play for the visitors as Warwickshire extended their lead to eight points.

Louth were offered a lifeline with ten minutes to go when they were awarded a penalty, but Ronan Byrne's strike was well stopped by Conor Robbins.

There was no way back for the Wee County after that as Warwickshire eased to a comfortable victory.

Scorers - Warwickshire: N McKenna (5fs), D Nugent 0-5 each, P Hoban 0-4 (3fs), S Caulfield 1-1, G Lennon, K Magee 1-0 each, P Uniacke 0-2, J Collins, N Kennedy 0-1 each. Louth: P Lynch 0-6 (4 fs), D Kettle 1-1, R Byrne (2fs), S Callan, S Connelly 0-2 each, J Crosbie, G Smyth, D Ryan 0-1 each.

Warwickshire - C Robbins 7; W Allen 7, D Bruen 7, M O'Regan 7; P Scally 6, P Hoban 8, D Kennedy 7; J Collins 8, P Uniacke 7; N Kennedy 7, D Nugent 9, N McKenna 8; G Lennon 7, S Caulfield 7, K Magee 7. Subs: P Crehan 6 for Uniacke (60), T Kelly for O'Regan (63), B Fallon for Lennon (63), R Curley for Kennedy (67), I Dwyer for Magee (68).

Louth - S Hackett 6; S Kettle 6, M Wallace 7, M Lyons 6; F Joyce 6, R Byrne 6, A McCrave 6; D Ryan 6, M Molloy 6; P Lynch 7, S Callan 7, S Connelly 6; J Crosbie 6, D Kettle 7, G Smyth 7. Subs: D O'Hanrahan 6 for Crosbie (48), J Martin for Joyce (66).

Ref - J Clarke (Cavan)

Coulter stars as Donegal coast

Donegal 1-26 Tyrone 1-12

Donegal coasted to a 14-point Nicky Rackard Cup win over north-west rivals Tyrone at Killyclogher.

Declan Coulter led the way with a 13-point haul, while Tipperary native Davin Flynn, having stunned the home side with an early goal, finished with 1-5.

Jamesie Donnelly provided the delivery for Flynn's close range finish as early as the third minute, but the home side responded with four points on the spin to edge ahead.

Donegal responded to lead by 1-10 to 0-7 at the interval, but a succession of points saw them out-score Tyrone by 0-10 to 0-2 over the next 20 minutes.

Coulter was unerring from placed balls, with Ciaran Mathewson tagging on a couple, and Tyrone could only manage two Damien Casey frees in response.

However, Mattie Lennon's men continued to battle, and were rewarded when Bryan McGurk flicked to the net from a Casey free, before the visitors finished with another volley of scores from Coulter and Flynn.

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 0-7 (4f, 1 '65), B McGurk 1-0, C Kearns 0-2, L Devlin, R McKernan, D Begley 0-1 each. Donegal: D Coulter 0-13 (9f), D Flynn 1-5, C Matthewson 0-3, G Gilmore 0-2, R McDermott, J Donnelly, C McDermott 0-1 each.

Tyrone: C McElhatton 7; C McNally 6, R Devlin 6, P McHugh 7; L Devlin 7, S Donnelly 7, C Kearns 7; D Begley 8, C Cross 6; D Casey 8, P O'Kelly 6, J Ferguson 5; A Kelly 7, R McKernan 6, B McGurk 6. Subs: J Kelly 7 for McKernan, P Daly 5 for Ferguson, T Morgan 5 for Cross, L Armstrong 4 for O'Kelly

Donegal: P Burns 6, P Doherty 6, C McDermott 7, S Gillespie 6; J Donnelly 7, D Cullen 9, C Matthewson 8; J Boyle 7, S McVeigh 7; D Coulter 9, D Flynn 8, B Lafferty 6; E McDermott 5, R McDermott 6, G Gilmore 7.

Subs: K Campbell 6 for E McDermott, G Browne 5 for Donnelly, C McDermott 6 for Coulter, N Cleary 4 for Boyle.

Ref - K McGeeney (Roscommon).

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