Friday 23 March 2018

O'Kelly-Lynch goals give Sligo the edge

Sligo3-18 Warwickshire 3-11

Goals from Padraig Crehan, Ogie Long and substitute Keith Dwyer kept the visitors competitive throughout. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Goals from Padraig Crehan, Ogie Long and substitute Keith Dwyer kept the visitors competitive throughout. Stock photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Sligo dual player Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch netted a brilliant second-half goal to spur his side to their first win in this year's Lory Meagher Cup on Saturday.

The Naomh Eoin youngster broke through a number of challenges before rifling the ball to the net for his second goal of the game.

His first-half strike helped the Yeats men into a deserved double-scores half-time lead of 2-10 to 1-5, with the other goal coming from captain Keith Raymond. The midfielder scored 1-12 in total in a dominant display, as last year's beaten finalists kept alive their hopes of reaching this year's Croke Park showpiece.

His midfield partner Ronan Cox also landed three fine scores from play.

Goals from Padraig Crehan, Ogie Long and substitute Keith Dwyer kept the visitors competitive throughout, but they finished the game with 14 men after full-back Willie Allen was handed a straight red card.

Scorers - Sligo: K Raymond 1-12 (8f, 2 65s), G O'Kelly-Lynch 2-1, R Cox 0-3, C Behan (2f) 0-2. Warwickshire: P Crehan 1-2 (1f), O Long 1-1, K Dwyer 1-0, J Reddan, S Morrissey and L Reale 0-2 each, P Treacy and J Bergin 0-1 each.

Sligo - N McGrath; R Redmond, T Brennan, G Feely; E Comerford, C Brennan, L Reidy; R Cox, K Raymond; R Brennan, C Behan, M Davey; D Collery, G O'Kelly-Lynch, F Cretaro. Subs: P Leonard for R Brennan (43), M Comerford for Cretaro (61), P Burke for Collery (70).

Warwickshire - M Cremin; C Brough, W Allen, M O'Reagan; J Meagher, P Treacy, D Kennedy; J Bergin, L Reale; S Morrissey, J Reddan, S Conlon; J Quinn, P Crehan, O Long. Subs: K Boxwell for Bergin (44), C Robins for S Conlon (49), K Dwyer for Long (55).

Ref - J Connors (Donegal)

Smith goal provides Louth spark

Louth 3-15 Lancashire 0-10

Louth remain unbeaten in this year's Lory Meagher Cup as they proved too strong for Lancashire thanks to a dominant second-half display in Dunleer on Saturday.

Louth were below par during the first half, as Lancashire kept in touch thanks to the accuracy of Patrick Duggan's frees.

They eventually made the breakthrough in the 25th minute with a goal created by the excellent Andrew Mackin, who provided a perfect pass for Gerard Smith to smash home. Diarmuid Murphy's fourth point was the last action of the opening half as Louth went in 1-7 to 0-7 in front.

If Louth were sluggish in the opening half, that all changed in the second period. Soon, three points in succession opened up a six-point gap, and their second goal - from Andrew McCrave - ensured that there would be no Lancashire comeback.

Points from Murphy, Mackin and Smith put them out of sight, and their third goal, from Nigel Stanley, confirmed victory for Dee McCarthy's men - who travel to Leitrim next Saturday.

SCORERS - Louth: D Murphy 0-9 (4fs, 1 65); G Smith 1-2; A McCrave 1-0; N Stanley 1-0; A Mackin 0-2; M Lyons, D Kettle 0-1 each

Lancashire: P Duggan 0-5 (3fs); K Magee, D Cahallane, C Maskey, J Patton, R McEntee 0-1 each

LOUTH: J Connolly, C Matthews, B Minogue, M Wallace, N Cafferkey, R Byrne, M Lyons, D O'Hanrahan, A McCrave, G Smith, D Kettle, A Mackin, G Kane, D Murphy, P Lynch

Subs: S Connolly for P Lynch, G O'Brien for D Kettle

LANCASHIRE: S Hennessy, S Richardson, L Knocker, D Walsh, S Wallace, D Coughlan, D Cahallane, C Maskey, N Unwin, J Patton, R McEntee, P Duggan, K Magee, T Goulding, S Tierney

Subs: B Coady for D Coughlan, N Burns for S Tierney, J Sheehan for J Patton.

Ref - A Ferguson (Fermanagh)

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