Sunday 16 June 2019

Raymond leads Sligo fightback

Sligo 2-21 Warwickshire 2-17

It was blow-for-blow on the scoreboard in the early stages, before Crehan flicked Ian Dwyer’s shot to the net (stock photo)
It was blow-for-blow on the scoreboard in the early stages, before Crehan flicked Ian Dwyer’s shot to the net (stock photo)

Sligo booked their place in the Nicky Rackard Cup final for the first time since 2008 thanks to a four-point defeat of Warwickshire in Derry.

The Yeats men had to come from four points down at the break, 2-8 to 0-10, as a first-half brace of goals from Pauric Crehan had Warwickshire in control.

It was blow-for-blow on the scoreboard in the early stages, before Crehan flicked Ian Dwyer's shot to the net.

The same player gave Sligo goalkeeper Mark Burke no chance for the second major two minutes before the break.

But four points from play from Keith Raymond and a goal from Kevin Gilmartin swung the tie in the third quarter. And a second Sligo goal from Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch in the closing stages ensured a dramatic win.

SCORERS - Sligo: K Raymond (4f, 1 '65') 0-9, G O'Kelly-Lynch 1-2, T O'Kelly-Lynch 0-4, K Gilmartin 1-1, S Crowley 0-2, J Starr, R Cox, G Cadden 0-1 each. Warwickshire: W Allen 0-7f, P Crehan 2-0, I Dwyer 0-3, P SCally, E McCabe, N Kennedy 0-2 each, K Boxwell 0-1.

SLIGO - M Burke; J Weir, N Feehily, K O'Kennedy; K Banks, L Reidy, R McHiugh; R Cox, J Starr; G Cadden, C Griffin, G O'Kelly-Lynch; T O'Kelly-Lynch, K Raymond, K Gilmartin. Subs: M Gordon for O'Kennedy (ht), S Crowley for Cadden (49), K Prior for Gilmartin (65).

WARWICKSHIRE - P Crean; T Kelly, D Bruen, K Meaney; P Scally, J Collins, M O'Regan; C Heeney, M Holland; R Curley, W Allen, N Kennedy; E McCabe, P Crehan, I Dwyer. Subs: K Boxwell for Holland (63), K Magee for Crehan (63).

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REF - J Heffernan.

Gaffney's perfect 10 seals final spot

Armagh 2-19 Tyrone 1-20

Armagh came out on top in a thriller to reach their fourth final in five years, beating Tyrone by two points at Páirc Grattan in Inniskeen.

Goals from Danny Magee and Eoin McGuinness, along with Dean Gaffney's 10-point haul, helped them squeeze through a tight contest.

"It could have gone either way. It was a hugely exciting game, both teams just went for the jugular," said Orchard manager Padraig O'Connor.

Magee hit the net early in the first-half to edge his side ahead and Armagh led by 1-9 to 0-11 at the break.

However, Tyrone, with Damian Casey accurate from frees and play, forged ahead and the ace finisher also fired in a goal.

McGuinness then got in for a goal and although Tyrone rallied, Gaffney and McGuinness struck late points to seal the win.

Scorers - Armagh: D Gaffney 0-10 (6f), E McGuinness 1-4, D Magee 1-0, O Curry 0-3 (1 '65), SToal, S Doherty 0-1 each. Tyrone: D Casey 1-13 (10f), B McGurk 0-2, T Morgan, R McKernan, L Devlin, J Ferguson, M Mulgrew 0-1 each.

Armagh - S Doherty; C Rice, A McGuinness, P Quinn; D Bridges, C Clifford, T Nevin; O Curry, P McGrane; S Toal, E McGuinness, D Gaffney; S Reneghan, D McKenna, D Magee.

Tyrone - C McElhatton, S Muldoon, J Kerr, D Rafferty; R McKernan, C Kearns, D Begley; S Donaghy, C McNally; L Devlin, C Cross, T Morgan; M Mulgrew, D Casey, B McGurk. Subs: J Ferguson for Cross, C Lagan for Donaghy.

Ref - K Brady (Louth).

Treanor seals Monaghan survival

Monaghan 4-17 Louth 2-20

Retiring Monaghan manager Trevor Hilliard had a winning finish to his five-year term in office as a Mark Treanor injury-time goal saw his side snatch the victory that keeps them in the competition for next season.

"It's a positive end to what has been a very disappointing season, but I have to pay tribute to the lads for the great character they showed," he said.

Monaghan led 2-10 to 1-12 at the break, but Louth began to shade the exchanges and kept their noses in front, only to be caught right at the death.

Louth manager Paul McCormack said: "It's very disappointing because I thought we were the better side overall."

Monaghan finished the game with 14 after sub Paddy Finnegan was sent off on a second yellow.

Scorers - Monaghan: F Rafter 0-9 (8f, 1'65), M Murphy 1-2, B McGuigan 1-1, S Lambe 1-1, M Treanor 1-0, C Flynn 0-3, S McNally 0-1. Louth: D Geoghegan 0-13 (6f, 3 '65s) P Fallon 1-0, D Kettle 1-0, C Deane 0-3, S Kettle, P Brennan, F Joyce, S Connolly 0-1 each.

Monaghan - N Butler, P Bermingham, E Sheehan, E Leonard, C McKenna, C Merrick, C Gernon, K Crawley, F Rafter, P McKenna, M Treanor, S McNally, B McGuigan, S Lambe, M Murphy. Subs: C Flynn for P Bermingham (19), P McGahon for P McKenna (46), P Finnegan for S McNally (59).

Louth - D Connolly, M Wallace, AMcCrave, M Lyons, A Smith, J Martin, J McDonnell, c Deane, S O'Hanrahan, D Geoghegan, G Smyth, F Joyce, P Brennan, D Kettle, S Connelly. Subs: P Fallon for G Smyth (36), S Kettle for J Martin (46), G McKeown for P Brennan (64).

Ref - J Clarke (Cavan)

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