Sunday 16 June 2019

Regan fires for dominant Royals

Meath 2-27 Kildare 1-13

Jack Regan’s 0-16 contributed hugely towards Meath’s second win in the Christy Ring group stages. They move on to a showdown with Roscommon to decided who tops the group. (Stock picture)
Jack Regan’s 0-16 contributed hugely towards Meath’s second win in the Christy Ring group stages. They move on to a showdown with Roscommon to decided who tops the group. (Stock picture)

Jack Regan's 0-16 contributed hugely towards Meath's second win in the Christy Ring group stages. They move on to a showdown with Roscommon to decided who tops the group.

As last year's Christy Ring champions, Kildare are not only out of the running, but they face a relegation battle.

"It leaves us in a fairly simple place, in a relegation semi-final away against London in two weeks' time, so all our focus has to switch to that," said dejected Kildare boss, David Herity.

Eamonn O'Donnacadh's two first-half goals and Regan's 0-8 gave Meath a 2-10 to 1-7 interval lead.

With Paul Divilly only scoring Kildare's second point from play in the 47th minute, Meath stretched their advantage through Cathal McCabe's impressive 53rd minute point.

Substitutes Nicholas Potterton and Barry Slevin rounded off Meath's afternoon, showing their potency on the line.

SCORERS - Meath: J Regan 0-16 (13f); E O'Donnacadh 2-1; A Douglas 0-3; J Kelly 0-2; C McCabe, D Healy, P O'Hanrahan, N Potterton, B Slevin 0-1 each. Kildare: B Byrne 0-8 (7f, 1 '65); J Gorman 1-0; J Travers, J Burke 0-2 each; P Divilly 0-1.

MEATH - S McGann; G Murphy, D Kelly, S Whitty; S Brennan, K Keoghan, J Kelly; S Geraghty, C McCabe; D Healy, P O'Hanrahan, J Regan; G McGowan, E O'Donnacadh, A Douglas. Subs: S Morris for O'Hanrahan (28); C Ó'Mealoid for Geraghty (55); N Potterton for McGowan (61); M O'Grady for Brennan (62); B Slevin for O'Donnacadh (66).

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KILDARE - P McKenna, D Cahill, J Doran, R Boran; J Travers, R Kelly, N Ó'Muineacháin; P Divilly, K Whelan; G Johnson, B Byrne, J Burke; J Gorman, M Fitzgerald, J Sheridan. Subs: P Kennedy for Johnson (31); M Delaney for Gorman (50); B Cormack for Fitzgerald (54); C Dervan for Whelan (57); S Christiansen for Travers (64).

REF - S Stack (Dublin).

Red cards end Exiles' hopes

Roscommon 1-25 London 2-12

Two red cards either side of half-time tipped the balance for Roscommon in a pulsating clash at Ruislip.

London's Corman Thornton was given his marching orders just past the half hour mark yet the hosts closed out the first half only two adrift.

It was Lee Murphy's dismissal for a second yellow on 48 minutes that dealt the Exiles' challenge a mortal blow. They did briefly rally with a fine individual goal from Mark O'Dwyer.

The deficit was down to two at that point, but sharpshooters Cathal Dolan and Pádraig Kelly began to exploit the gaps with ruthless efficiency and Conor Mulry's late goal sealed a memorable victory for the Rossies.

"The two red cards probably took the game away from London," Dolan admitted.

"We knew coming in at half-time that they were a man down but a decision like that could unite them. It did, but that second sending-off was hard to come back from."

SCORERS - Roscommon: C Dolan 0-9 (6f); P Kelly 0-8; C Mulry 1-2; P Kenny, N Connaughton, C Egan, S Curley, E Kenny, G Egan 0-1 each. London: M O'Dwyer 1-3; D Nolan 0-4 (1'65, 1f); C Nelson 1-0; B McGarry, S Lawless 0-2 each; A Sheehan 0-1.

Roscommon - N Fallon; P Kenny, P Nolan, H Rooney; A Moore, E Flanagan, C Doyle; D Heavey, S Curley; N Connaughton, P Kelly, G Keenan; C Mulry, C Egan, C Dolan. Subs: E Kenny for A Moore (36), G Egan for G Keenan (48).

London - P Buckley; C McAlinden, P Muldoon, L Murphy; J Kennedy, K Reid, C Thornton; F Collins, K Burke; D Glynn, S Lohan, M O'Dwyer; D Nolan, B McCarry, S Lawless. Subs: A Sheehan for D Glynn (36), C Nelson for D Nolan (50), O Royston for J Kennedy (64), S Conlon for B McGarry (65).

Ref - J Heffernan (Wexford)

Derry delight after comeback win

Derry 0-20 Donegal 1-14

Derry recorded their second win of the campaign thanks to a narrow-win over Donegal at Owenbeg, but the Oak Leafers had to dig deep after trailing by eight points at half-time.

It was a victory that manager John McAvoy put down to character and hard work. "We were all very disappointed in themselves at half time with the way we worked. Work rate is our benchmark," said the Laois native.

Derry - aided by Cormac O'Doherty's accuracy - came out of the blocks quicker in the second half and five unanswered points brought them back into the contest. "Yes, we pushed up on the sweeper," observed McAvoy.

"We were standing off them a bit too much before stating "I have to hand it to the lads, they took charge and we got some great scores. We eked our way back into it, point by point".

Derry take on Wicklow in two weeks' time knowing that they only have to avoid defeat to finish top of Group One.

SCORERS - Derry: C O'Doherty 0-8 (4f); B Óg McGilligan 0-3; P Cleary, R Mullan, G Bradley 0-2 each; O McKeever, J Mullan, Sé McGuigan 0-1 each. Donegal: D Cullen 0-7 (6f); D Duffy 1-0; J Boyle 0-3; R McDermott 0-2; C Mathewson, J O'Loughlin 0-1 each.

DERRY - S Kelly, P Kelly, S Cassidy, R McCartney; L Óg Hinphey, M McGrath, T Brady; M McGuigan, B Óg McGilligan; P Cleary, R Mullan, G Bradley; T McCloskey, Sé McGuigan, C O'Doherty. Subs: J Mullan for McCloskey (h-t), O McKeever for Brady (h-t), D McCloskey for McCartney (50), D Cartin for Kelly (67).

DONEGAL - P Burns; C Parke, C McDermott, S Gillespie; J O'Loughlin, S McVeigh, C Flood; J Boyle, D Cullen; R McDermott, C Mathewson, C Finn; G Browne, N Cleary, D Duffy. Subs: P Hannigan for Flood (45); R Hilferty for G Browne (61), PJ McCarron for Cleary (73)

Ref - L Gordon (Galway)

Sands goals sink Wicklow

Down 2-25 Wicklow 2-19

Two second-half goals by inside forwards Daithí and Eoghan Sands, either side of Wicklow drawing level twice, paved the way for Down's six- point win  in the Christy Ring at Aughrim on Saturday. 

The victory was crucial following defeat to Derry last week as it keeps them in the frame to vie for one of the two semi-final spots from the group. Wicklow had fallen four points behind a couple of times in the first half, including trailing 0-11 to 0-15 at the break, but then got a bounce after Andy O'Brien was sprung from the bench before half time.

After the restart O'Brien won a penalty after being brought down. Christy Moorehouse blasted low and hard but there was some confusion before it was confirmed a goal had been scored; the sliothar had actually pierced the netting. This sparked the Wicklow revival but they missed chances to take the lead before Down re-established dominance.

Scorers - Down: O MacManus 0-10 (7f), E Sands 1-2, D Sands 1-1, P Sheehan 0-4 (2f), T Prenter 0-3, D Toner 0-2, L Savage, P Savage, M Fisher 0-1 each. Wicklow: C Moorehouse 1-6, J O'Neill 1-0, A O'Brien 0-4 (2f) G Hughes, E Donohue 0-3 each, R Keddy, D Staunton, M Boland 0-1 each.

Down - S Keith, T Murray, C Taggart, D Mallon, M Fisher, J McManus, M Patterson, L Savage, P Savage, D Toner, P Sheehan, T Prenter, D Sands, E Sands, O MacManus. Subs: PJ Davidson for P Sheehan, G Hughes for D Mallon, P Brannagan for D Toner.

Wicklow - C McNally, W Kavanagh, B Cuddihy, M O'Brien, G Byrne, S Kelly, E Kearns, J Henderson, J Doyle, E McCormack, E Byrneߗ?, R Keddy, C Moorehouse, D Staunton, G Hughes.

Subs: A O'Brien for E Byrne, R Byrne for W Kavanagh, M Boland for E McCormack, E Donohue for B Cuddihy, J O'Neill for C Moorehouse.

Ref - K Brady (Louth).



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