Thursday 22 March 2018

Star man Nolan keeps Kingdom on the march

Shane Nolan, Kerry
Shane Nolan, Kerry
Paul Dermody, Kildare
Mikey Lee, Wicklow
Danny Cullen, Donegal

Kerry advanced to the semi-final of this competition after a hard-earned win over Kildare at St Conleth's Park.

The hosts started strongly and a run of four points gave them a three-point lead before Padraig Boyle levelled with an 18th-minute goal. The Ballyduff man followed up with a second before Shane Nolan converted a penalty to give Kerry a 3-9 to 0-11 interval lead.

Paul Dermody got Kildare back into the game with a goal from a 44th-minute penalty, but Kerry finished strongly to secure the victory.

Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 1-8 (6fs, 0-1 '65', 1-0 pen), P Boyle 2-2, D O'Connell, J Egan 0-2 each, M Boyle, D Butler, P Lucid, S Weir 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-5 (4fs), G Keegan 0-3, P Dermody 1-0 (pen), D Harney, M Delaney, E O'Neill (1 s/l) 0-2 each, M Fitzgerald, B Deay 0-1 each.

Kerry: T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, T Casey; D O'Connell, J Egan; D Collins, S Nolan, C Harty; P Boyle, M Boyle, D Butler. Subs: J Griffin for Casey (52), K Carmody for Harty (61), P Lucid for Dineen blood (69-70), P Lucid for Butler (70).

Kildare: P Dermody; J Doran, M Moloney, P Curtin; D Harney, N Ó Muineacháin, R Hoban; E O'Neill, M Fitzgerald; R Kelly, T Murphy, P Divilly; G Keegan, M Delaney, B Deay. Subs: K Whelan for O'Neill (52), R McLoughney for Delaney (58), R Casey for Kelly (68).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny).

Mikey Lee and Andy O'Brien shared a 3-11 tally as Wicklow resurrected their challenge with a six-point victory over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.

Declan Coulter netted a 10th-minute penalty to ease Armagh ahead. O'Brien hit the net twice, either side of an Armagh goal from Conor Corvan. Coulter fired home a second penalty, but Lee's goal sealed Wicklow's win.

Scorers – Wicklow: A O'Brien 2-4, M Lee 1-7 (0-4f), J O'Neill 0-3, C Moorehouse, D Staunton 0-2 each, E Kearns 0-1. Armagh: D Coulter 2-5 (2-0 pens, 4fs), C Corvan 1-0, F Bradley 0-3, J Corvan, R Gaffney 0-2 each, P Bradley 0-1.

Wicklow: T Kennedy; G Bermingham, S Kelly, L Moloney; G Byrne, J Henderson, B Cuddihy; E Kearns, R Keddy; C Moorehouse, K Lee, J O'Neill; A O'Brien, S Byrne, D Staunton. Subs: E Dunne for Moloney, P Doran for O'Neill.

Armagh: S Doherty; C Devlin, C Clifford, M Garvey; S Reneghan, N Curry, C McAnallen; F Bradley, P Gaffney; D Coulter, J Corvan, K McKernan; C Corvan, R Gaffney, P Hughes. Subs: D Mone for Devlin, L McKee for Garvey, N Greene for Curry.

Referee: S Keane (Galway).

A FIVE-STAR performance in Dundalk saw Donegal cruise to an all-Ulster semi-final clash with Tyrone with goals coming from Danny Cullen, Paddy Hannigan, Sean McVeigh (2) and Ciaran Matthewson.

Scorers – Donegal: C Matthewson 1-7 (4f), S McVeigh 2-3, D Cullen 1-2, P Hannigan 1-0, K Campbell, E Organ 0-1 each. Louth: D Murphy 0-8 (7fs), D Mahony 1-0, P Lynch 0-1.

Referee: C Cunning (Antrim).

A free from Joe O'Brien two minutes from time earned Longford a deserved draw in a dress rehearsal for next month's Lory Meagher final. O'Brien was the star with 10 scores.

Scorers – Longford: J O'Brien 0-10 (7fs), G Ghee 0-4, C Kavanagh 1-1, L Kelly 0-2, P Barden 0-1. Fermanagh: 0-6 (5f, '65), R Bogue 0-4 (4f), R Porteous 2-0, S Curran 0-2, B McGarry, J Duffy, B Duffy 0-1 each.

Referee: L McAuley (Antrim).

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