Monday 23 October 2017

Feeney gets slick Mayo off to flying start

Christy Ring Cup

Kenny Feeney scored twelve points for Mayo against Armagh at McHale Park yesterday
Kenny Feeney scored twelve points for Mayo against Armagh at McHale Park yesterday

Twelve points from Kenny Feeney got Mayo off to a flying start against Armagh in the first round at MacHale Park yesterday. The Connacht side always looked in control in a 0-20 to 1-14 victory.

Mayo took a three-point lead in with them at half-time with Artie McGuiness scoring the only goal of the match. However, Feeney was simply irresistible in the second half, scoring a string of points to ensure Armagh were always at arm's length.

In Tralee, Kerry annihilated Derry 4-31 to 0-11. Kerry raced into an 0-11 to 0-0 lead thanks to a succession of points from Shane Nolan and Podge Boyle with three each and one apiece from Darran Dineen, Thomas Casey, Mikey Boyle, Colm Harty and David Butler against a Derry side who lost their leading scorer Ruari Convery to injury in the 24th minute.

In Trim, a strong second-half display eased Meath to a 0-17 to 1-8 victory against Down. The home side built up an early lead in the first half, with captain Stephen Clynch pointing five frees, but Down went in level, as Daniel Toher goaled.

Playing with the wind behind them after the restart, Down only managed to register three points in the second half. and Meath stepped on the gas to ease home.

Wicklow's Mikey Lee struck a last-gasp equaliser in the dying seconds of a pulsating game in Newbridge against Kildare to level the game at 1-27 to 2-24 after extra-time.

The Wicklow centre-forward finished with 2-14 but it wasn't enough to deny the hosts, who drew level at the end of normal time. Kildare looked like they had nicked it when Paul Divilly scored in the 91st minute but Lee's late point ensured a replay.

Roscommon experienced little difficulty in their opening game with a 2-15 to 0-9 win against an out-of-sorts Monaghan in Inniskeen yesterday.

Roscommon led by 2-7 to 0-4 at half-time, Ronan O'Meara and Cillian Egan with the goals, and never looked in danger.

Two injury-time frees from JM Sheridan were the difference between Louth and Fingal in Lawless Memorial Park. Although Fingal won out by two in the end, on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-10, it was neck and neck right throughout with Louth left to rue several wides.

In Dungannon Tyrone needed extra-time to earn a 1-27 to 2-21 win over Sligo. The sides were level on 1-20 to 2-17 at full-time after Sligo had come from behind with goals from Neil Hyland and Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch. But Damien Casey's 13-point haul secured the win.

Eoin Donnellan's accuracy from frees earned a deserved 0-12 to 0-9 win for Longford over Leitrim at a damp Pairc Sean MhicDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

They were level on 0-4 each at the interval. Three Donnellan pointed frees without reply put Longford ahead midway through the second half. Leitrim fought their way back to parity with 10 minutes remaining, but three late points sealed victory for the Midlanders.

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