Sligo edge closer to semi spot
Sligo 3-19 Tyrone 1-14
Sligo - last year's Lory Meagher Cup winners - took a big step towards the Nicky Rackard Cup semi-finals with an impressive defeat of Tyrone at the Sligo Centre of Excellence on Saturday.
Kevin Gilmartin's early goal kept the Yeats men in touch against the wind in the opening half, and second-half goals from Shane Crowley and Conor Griffin saw the home side turn a three-point half-time deficit, 0-12 to 1-6, into an 11-point win.
It would have been even more comprehensive for the Dáithi Hand-managed home side, only for the outstanding Damian Casey to net a 21-yard injury-time free, to take his tally to 1-10. The full-forward hit eight points in the opening half, but Tyrone failed to score at all for the third quarter, as Crowley's bundled goal helped Sligo take control.
And with Keith Raymond in clinical form, Griffin's brilliantly-finished third goal ended any hopes of a Tyrone comeback.
SCORERS - Sligo: K Raymond (6f) 0-8, S Crowley (1f) 1-2, G Cadden 0-3, K Gilmartin and C Griffin 1-0 each, J Starr 0-2, T O'Kelly-Lynch, K Banks, K Prior and G O'Kelly-Lynch 0-1 each. Tyrone: D Casey (1-6f) 1-10, T Morgan 0-2, B McGurk and C Kearns 0-1 each.
SLIGO: M Burke; J Weir, N Feehily, K O'Kennedy; K Banks, L Reidy, R McHugh; T O'Kelly-Lynch, K Raymond; J Starr, C Griffin, B Shannon; S Crowley, K Gilmartin, G Cadden. Subs: G O'Kelly-Lynch for T O'Kelly-Lynch (ht), K Prior for Shannon (44), A Kilcullen for Crowley (58), R Brennan for Gilmartin (68), T Brennan for O'Kennedy (70).
TYRONE: C McElhatton; S Muldoon, R Devlin, J Kerr; D Rafferty, C Kearns, D Begley; S Donaghy, C McNally; L Devlin, C Cross, T Morgan; M Mulgrew, D Casey, B McGurk. Subs: R McKernan for Cross (45), J Ferguson for Donaghy (59), B Gormley for Devlin (59).
REF: J Clarke (Cavan).
Buckley goal crucial - Frehill
Longford 2-17 Monaghan 1-17
A resurgent Longford staged a magnificent second-half recovery to get their Rackard Cup aspirations back on track at Inniskeen.
Longford manager Derek Frehill put the turnaround down to an early goal on the restart by David Buckley. "That gave us momentum and the lads stepped up which we needed to do because we didn't show in the first half at all and when he got his second goal that set us up for the win which keeps us in the race now."
Monaghan led at half-time by 0-14 to 0-5 having dominated play and Monaghan manager Trevor Hilliard felt his charges simply didn't come out for the second half.
"We struggled in midfield after we lost Martin Murphy through injury and our decision-making was very disappointing. We looked as if we were getting back into it when we levelled the game, but couldn't turn it around and it's going to be very difficult to lift them for the game against Warwickshire."
Scorers - Longford: D Buckley 2-8 (7f); C Mullane 0-3; B Hanley, R Murray 0-2 each; C Kavanagh and D Connell 0-1 each. Monaghan: F Rafter 0-7 (5f, 1 '65); T Campbell 1-1; B McGuigan 0-3, S Lambe 0-3 each; M Murphy 0-2; M Treanor 0-1.
Longford - E Daly; P Corcoran, K Murray, C McLoughlin; G Moore, C Mullane, B Hanley; D Buckley, P Barden; M O'Donohoe, J Casey C Kavanagh; R Murray, D Connell, D Duggan. Subs: E Tully for K Murray, S O'Brien for M O'Donohoe.
Monaghan - N Butler; C Merrick, P Treanor, J Guinan; C McKenna, C Gernon, M Murphy; T Campbell, E Leonard; P McKenna, M Treanor, C Boyle; B McGuigan, S Lambe, F Rafter. Subs: L McKenna for M Murphy, C Flynn for P McKenna, P McGahon for C Boyle, C Power for L McKenna.
Ref - T Gleeson (Dublin).
Boland keeps Mayo in race
Mayo 3-23 Louth 1-13
Mayo put their first round defeat to Tyrone behind them to bounce back into contention for a place in the semi-finals.
A clinical second-half performance at MacHale Park, Castlebar, on Saturday saw the home side put 3-12 past Louth, who were blown away by Mayo's forward power.
Corey Scahill helped himself to two goals, while the same player was hauled down in the square just minutes into the second-half for a penalty which Cathal Freeman buried.
The sides traded early points, but then Mayo hit four unanswered scores from Scahill, Sean Kenny, Adrian Phillips and Shane Boland.
The game developed into a contest between Louth's Darren Geoghan, who hit 0-8, and Shane Boland, who hit 0-11, but Mayo moved through the gears in that second-half to score 3-8 without reply.
Mayo's bench players also made a huge impact, but it was Man of the Match Boland who gave his team every chance of qualification when they take on Sligo in the final round.
SCORERS - Mayo: S Boland 0-11 (7f, 1'65); C Scahill 2-2; S Regan 0-3; C Freeman 1-0pen; E Delaney, S Kenny, K Feeney 0-2 each; A Phillips 0-1. Louth: D Geoghan 0-8 (7f); S Connelly 1-0; D O'Hanrahan, J McDonnell, P Brennan, G McKeown, F Joyce 0-1 each.
Mayo - S Leneghan, C Murray C Daly, D Kenny, B Hunt, S Coyne, C Freeman, S Kenny, P Kiely, C Scahill, K Kiely, J Gallagher, S Boland, S Regan, A Phillips. Subs: E Delaney for Phillips (ht), K McDermott for Kiely (ht), C Henry for Freeman (55), K Feeney for P Kiely (63)
Louth - R Byrne, A Smith, M Lyons, P Challenger, R McKeown, J Martin, J McDonnell, D Hanrahan, P Fallon, F Joyce, J Costello, P Brennan, D Geoghan, S Connelly, C Deane. Subs: S Hoey for Byrne (42), D Kettle for Falllon (43), S Kettle for McKeown(48).
Ref - J Keane (Galway).