Wednesday 21 August 2019

Regan on fire as Royals romp past Kildare

Christy Ring Cup: Meath 2-27 Kildare 1-13

Full-forward Eamonn ó Donnacadh's two first-half goals and Regan's 0-8 gave Meath a 2-10 to 1-7 interval lead. Photo: Stock Image
Full-forward Eamonn ó Donnacadh's two first-half goals and Regan's 0-8 gave Meath a 2-10 to 1-7 interval lead. Photo: Stock Image

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Jack Regan scored 0-16 as Meath's second win in the Christy Ring Cup group stages secured a third-round showdown against Roscommon.

Kildare were never a match for the Royals. Full-forward Eamonn ó 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 lead, and their bench, with Nicholas Potterton and Barry Slevin adding late points.

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

Down 2-25 Wicklow 2-19

Down got their campaign back on track with a deserved win over Wicklow at Aughrim yesterday.

Down badly needed this victory after losing their opening game to Derry last week by nine points.

This defeat for Wicklow means that they must win their final group match away to Derry if they are to be in the shake-up to make the semi-finals

Behind by 0-11 to 0-15 at half-time, Wicklow did draw level in the second half but Down always had that extra in reserve to pull away again, with corner-forward Oisín McManus top scorer with 0-10, seven from frees.

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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 of Ciarán Comerford's men.

It was Lee Murphy's dismissal for a second yellow card on 48 minutes that dealt the Exiles' challenge a heavy blow.

They did briefly rally with a fine individual goal from Mark O'Dwyer. The Kilburn Gaels frontman motored through the Roscommon backline to dispatch an unstoppable shot high to Noel Fallon's right.

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.

Scorers - London: M O'Dwyer 1-3, C Nelson 1-0, D Nolan 0-4 (1-65, 1f), B McGarry 0-2, S Lawless 0-2, A Sheehan 0-1

Roscommon: C Dolan 0-9 (6f), P Kelly 0-8, C Mulry 1-3, P Kenny, N Connaughton, C Egan, S Curley, E Kenny 0-1 each

Derry 0-20 Donegal 1-14

Derry trailed for the majority of this contest, but eventually came good when it mattered most.

The Oak Leafers started well, with early points from Richie Mullan and Paul Cleary putting them in the driving seat.

However, Dylan Duffy fired to the net in the tenth minute, and that gave Donegal renewed belief. With Danny Cullen in inspired form from the dead ball, Donegal led by eight at the break, 1-12 to 0-07.

Derry were a different animal in the second half and five unanswered points by the 48th minute cut the lead to three. Donegal fought back with scores from Jack O'Loughlin and Joe Boyle.

However, another five-point burst from Derry, led by Brian Óg McGilligan and Cormac O'Doherty, saw them get over the line with three points to spare on their opponents.

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

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