Thursday 14 December 2017

O'Gorman puts Offaly to sword

Bórd gais Leinster U-21 HC Q/Fs: Wexford 4-21 Offaly 2-9

The Model were just two points ahead 10 minutes after the break but then took control and pulled away with goals from O’Gorman (his second), Cathal Dunbar and Darragh Pepper. Photo: Stock image
The Model were just two points ahead 10 minutes after the break but then took control and pulled away with goals from O’Gorman (his second), Cathal Dunbar and Darragh Pepper. Photo: Stock image newsdesk

Stephen O'Gorman bagged a brace as Wexford hit Offaly with a blitz of late goals at Innovate Wexford Park to ease their way into the last four.

The Model were just two points ahead 10 minutes after the break but then took control and pulled away with goals from O'Gorman (his second), Cathal Dunbar and Darragh Pepper.

Offaly had started brightly, taking the lead with a goal from Oisin Kelly before Wexford hit back with five unanswered points, from Joe Coleman (2), Rory O'Connor, Dunbar and O'Gorman.

O'Gorman added a goal, cancelled out by Liam Langton's green flag at the other end, and Wexford finished the half strongly with points from O'Gorman, Coleman, Dunbar and Harry O'Connor to lead 1-10 to 2-4 at the break.

The opening ten minutes of the second half were tightly contested, but thereafter the Offaly challenge faded as the home side flexed their muscles.

Scorers - Wexford: C Dunbar 1-8 (1 sl), S O'Gorman 2-2, D Pepper 1-2, R White, J Coleman (2fs) 0-3 each, R O'Connor 0-2, H O'Connor 0-1. Offaly: L Langton 1-2, O Kelly 1-1, C Freeman 0-4fs, C Kiely, C Cleary 0-1 each.

Wexford - D Hughes; C Firman, D Byrne, M O'Brien; B Quigley, A Maddock, G Molloy; D Barden, R White; H O'Connor, R O'Connor, J Coleman; C Dunbar, S O'Gorman, D Codd. Subs: J O'Connor for Barden (ht), C Moore for O'Brien (38), D Pepper for Codd (50), J Doyle for Coleman (55), O Foley for R O'Connor (58).

Offaly - E Cahill; D Watkins, D O'Toole, P Delaney; B Conneely, E Parlon, C Molloy; C Kiely, P Guinan; C Freeman, O Kelly, C Cleary; L Langton, E Callaghan, R Hughes. Subs: K Nugent for Callaghan (38), J Murray for Langton (55), E Carroll for Molloy (55), B Loughnane for Hughes (57).

Ref - P Burke (Kilkenny)

McDonald sparks decisive Carlow surge

Carlow 1-21 Kildare 2-14

Carlow outscored Kildare by 0-6 to 0-2 in the final quarter to eventually pull clear in Newbridge.

The visitors made a blistering start and scored the first three points but overall the opening 30 minutes was an even affair.

Carlow led by a point by the time of the first goal in the 24th minute, although there was some debate about who scored it. Kevin McDonald's free from the right appeared to be drifting wide before Kildare's Cathal Dervan deflected the ball into his own net. Jack Sheridan, superb throughout for the home side, replied with a goal and the teams were tied at 1-9 each at half-time. Carlow scored the first four points after the restart but it was Sheridan who hauled Kildare back into it when he blasted home a 20-metre free in the 42nd minute to level the scores.

It was still level with 11 minutes left but McDonald's fifth free sparked a run of four points in three minutes that broke Kildare's spirit.

Scorers - Carlow: K McDonald 1-6 (1-5fs), C Nolan 0-5 (1f), C Tracey 0-4, O Roberts 0-2, J Murphy 0-1, G Coady 0-1f, G Lawlor 0-1. Kildare: J Sheridan 2-9 (1-7fs), E O'Hehir 0-3fs, S Lawlor 0-1, D Brereton 0-1.

Carlow - D Jordan; A Casey, D Tobin, P Coughlan, G Lawlor, E Redmond, A Dunne; G Coady, K McDonald; J Murphy, S Brennan, O Roberts; C Treacy, C Nolan, S Whelan. Subs: A Amond for Brennan (45); P Connors for Roberts (53); J Wall for Coughlan (55); D Grennan for Murphy (60).

Kildare - J Keane; C Gormley, K Maher, D Brereton; D Greene, C Gordon, F Bass; S Lawlor, C Dervan; A Kelly, E O'Hehir, M Gainey; C Dowling, A Kelliher, J Sheridan. Sub: M Melia for Gainey (h-t); Odhran Loughran for Dowling (46); R Guilfoyle for Gormley (55); E Nolan for Greene (55).

Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)

Westmeath find a little extra

Westmeath 1-20 Laois 0-20

Westmeath came back from the dead to win a contest that burst into life in the closing minutes of normal time.

Laois looked the livelier team in Mullingar and were well worth their 0-9 to 0-4 lead at the break, with four of their scores coming from Mark Kavanagh.

Four frees from Killian Doyle reduced the deficit to the minimum, but Laois responded well and looked certain to win when leading by 0-16 to 0-10 with six minutes left.

However, Ciaran Doyle's injury-time goal and a last-gasp point from sub Darragh Clinton sent the game to extra-time.

Two fine points from Killian Doyle put Westmeath into the lead; they still led by two points at half-time, and retained that margin when the final whistle blew.

This was Westmeath's first ever defeat of Laois in U-21 championship hurling. They now meet Kilkenny.

Scorers - Westmeath: K Doyle 0-10 (6fs), C Doyle 1-3, J Goonery, D Clinton 0-2 each, M Daly, P Lynam, S Clavin 0-1 each. Laois: M Kavanagh 0-10 (6f, 1 '65'), A Corby, A Dunphy (2f), B Corby 0-3 each, S Downey, J Lennon 0-1 each.

Westmeath - S Maher; S Quinn, C Shaw, N McKenna; J Rabbitte, D Giles, D Egerton; S Clavin, M Daly; A Loughlin, K Doyle, J Galvin; J Goonery, P Lynam, C Doyle. Subs: D Clinton for Loughlin (43), J Bermingham for Daly (43), R Gillen for Rabbitte (57), N Mitchell for Lynam (e/t, 16).

Laois - P Simms; D Hartnett, L Bergin, L Cleere; E Killeen, L O'Connell, R Mullaney; J Kelly, A Corby; S Downey, J Lennon, B Corby; M Kavanagh, E Lyons, A Dunphy. Subs: M Dowling for Lyons (34), P McCane for Kavanagh (49), K Bergin for B Corby (49), B Corby for Lennon (e/t, 7), M Kavanagh for McCane (e/t, 12)

Ref - K Brady (Louth)

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