Nicky Rackard Roundup: Convery calls halt to Louth fightback
Derry 2-17 Louth 1-12
Derry were made to fight all the way to beat a Louth side who gave them a fright before fading away in Dowdalshill on Saturday.
Derry flew out of the traps and although Louth fought their way back, the Oak Leaf men led 1-10 to 0-5 at the break, with Meehaul McGrath scoring the goal.
Ruairí Convery's eighth free put his side eight points clear with 20 minutes left, but Louth found a way back when David Kettle scrambled the ball over the line. However, a late goal from Alan Grant sealed victory.
Scorers - Derry: R Convery 0-11(10fs); M McGrath 1-0; A Grant 1-0; K Hinphey 0-2; P Cleary, L Óg Hinphey, C Steele and D Cartin 0-1 each. Louth: P Lynch 0-4 (4fs); D Murphy 0-3 (1f); D Kettle 1-1; L Dwan 0-2; G Smyth 0-1; M Ryan 0-1
Derry: D McDermott 6, S McCullagh 6, S Cassidy 6, D McCloskey 6, P Cleary 6, L ÓgHinphey 7, K Hinphey 7, B ÓgMcGilligan 5, C McAllister 6, R Convery 8, M McGrath 7, A Grant 7, O McCloskey 6, C Steele 6, A Kelly 6. Subs: G Bradley 6 for B ÓgMcGilligan (HT), D Cartin 6 for A Kelly (47), M McGuigan 6 for C Steele (60), P Henry N/A for O McCloskey (63).
Louth: S Nolan 6, S Kettle 6, M Lyons 6, P Chaloner 6, P McCormack 6, R Maher 6, A McCrave 6, D Ryan 6, S Conneely 6, G Smyth 6, D Murphy 6, P Lynch 7, L Dwan 6, D Kettle 6, M Ryan 6. Subs: D Mahony 6 for G Smyth (60), D Stephenson 6 for P Lynch (63), C Mathews N/A for D Kettle (70)
Ref - T Carroll (Offaly)
Casey leads Tyrone comeback
TYRONE 2-11 MONAGHAN 0-16
A resurgent Tyrone held out for the narrowest of victories against a battling Monaghan side in a game that, while fairly mundane for long periods, built to an exciting finish in St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney, on Saturday.
At the end of a scrappy first-half Monaghan led by two points (0-7 to 0-5), thanks mainly to the accuracy of Donal Meegan, who registered six from frees.
Monaghan had the better of things in the third quarter and led by four points, but things changed dramatically
Casey leads Tyrone comebackas Tyrone registered two goals inside three minutes, through Damian Casey and Sean Óg Grogan, and with 12 minutes left they had opened up a four-point lead.
Monaghan fought back to narrow the margin to the minimum twice, but Tyrone held out for the victory.
Scorers – Tyrone: D Casey 1-2 (0-1f), J Kelly 0-4, S Grogan 1-0, L Devlin, C Grogan, B McGuirk, R McKiernan and P Daly 0-1 each. Monaghan: D Meegan 0-10 (8f), F Rafter 0-2, C Boyle, P Treanor, C Meegan, B McGuigan 0-1 each.
Tyrone: C McElhatton 7, P McHugh 7, B Begley 7, S Muldoon 6, L Devlin7, S Donnelly 6, T Morgan 7, J Kelly 8, D Begley 8, C Grogan 7, P O’Kelly 6, C Cross 6, R McKiernan 6, D Casey 8, B McGuirk 7. Subs: P Daly 7 for R McKiernan, S Og Grogan 7 for P O’Kelly, R Devlin 6 for S Muldoon.
Monaghan: P Bermingham 5, B Flanagan 6, C Boyle 7, J Guinan 7, N Garland 7, P Treanor 8, M Murphy 7, M Treanor 8, C Meegan 6, F Rafter 7, S Lambe 6, T Campbell 6, B McGuigan 7, Sean Leonard 7, D Meegan 8. Subs: PJ Boyle 6 for S Lambe.
Ref – P Murphy (Carlow).
Flynn helps Donegal ‘prove a point’
DONEGAL 1-19 ARMAGH 0-13
Ardal McDermott says his Donegal side “proved a point” with a nine-point win over Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup at O’Donnell Park on Saturday.
Davin Flynn starred, scoring 1-5, as the men from the north-west defeated the Orchard men for the first time in 17 years.
Tipperary native Flynn rifled to the roof of the net after taking a pass from captainDanny Cullen with just 15 seconds of the second-half gone, while Armagh had Tiarnán Nevin sent off.
“We got the result we’ve been seeking against Armagh for a long number of years,” McDermott said.
“We showed a lot of hunger and desire. They wanted to prove a point and step up – and they did. Players now believe they’re at a standard where they can win things. I have great belief in them.”
Scorers – Donegal: D Flynn 1-5, L Henderson 0-5 (4f, 1 ’45), D Coulter 0-3, J Boyle, G Gilmore 0-2 each, B Lafferty, D Cullen 0-1 each. Armagh: D Carvill 0-6f, C Carvill, D McKenna 0-2 each, C Corvan, C Devlin, C Gorman 0-1 each
Donegal: P Burns 7; D Grant 7, J Donnelly 7, P Doherty 7; J Boyle 8, J O’Loughlin 7, C McDermott 7; D Cullen 8, L Henderson 7; B Lafferty 7, C Melaugh 6, G Gilmore 6; D Coulter 7, N Cleary 6, D Flynn 9. Subs: R McDermott 7 for Melaugh (30), S Gillespie 6 for Cleary (63).
Armagh: S Doherty 6; C Clifford 6, A McGuinness 6, D Bridges 5; J Corvan 6, P Gaffney 5, T Nevin 5; C Devlin 6, P McKearney 5; C Carvill 6, D Carvill 7, F Bradley 6; C Gorman 5, D McKenna 6, D McGee 6. Subs: C Corvan 6 for McKearney (half-time), D Gaffney 5 for Gorman (49), C Rice 5 for Bridges (52), M McEvoy 5 for McGe (67).
Ref – A Devine (Westmeath)