Monday 10 December 2018

Wicklow seal last-four spot

CHRISTY RING CUP

'There was a dramatic finish in Ballina, where Kildare clung on for a narrow 2-14 to 1-15 win over Mayo.' Photo: Sportsfile
'There was a dramatic finish in Ballina, where Kildare clung on for a narrow 2-14 to 1-15 win over Mayo.' Photo: Sportsfile

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Wicklow confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup yesterday when goals from Andy O'Brien and Daniel Staunton were the difference between them and a lively Roscommon in Athleague, the visitors prevailing by 2-16 to 0-16.

O'Brien blasted home from a penalty late in the first half to give Wicklow a 1-8 to 0-10 interval lead, but his afternoon turned sour when he was shown a second yellow card early in the second half.

Roscommon competed well in the third quarter but despite some fine shooting from Daniel Glynn, they couldn't draw level and were left with too much to do when George O'Brien set up Daniel Staunton for the second goal.

Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse fired over some excellent late points to wrap up the win, while both sides finished with 14 men after Jason Kilkenny's injury-time dismissal.

There was a dramatic finish in Ballina, where Kildare clung on for a narrow 2-14 to 1-15 win over Mayo.

Kildare were holding onto a one-point lead when sub Jack Sheridan scored what seemed the winning goal in injury-time. But Mayo struck back immediately when dual star Keith Higgins finished to the net after Eanna Ryan's shot was saved by Paddy McKenna.

Chris Bonus and Bernard Deay added on late Kildare points to restore their three-point lead, while Mayo goalkeeper Donal O'Brien blasted a late free over.

Derry scored their first Christy Ring Cup win with a strong second-half performance at the Athletic Grounds to run out 2-30 to 1-14 winners over Armagh.

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