Wicklow survive titanic struggle
Wicklow 1-18 Derry 2-11
Wicklow's hurlers booked their place in the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup after beating Derry in a titanic battle at Arklow.
Derry's Brendan Quigley and wing-forward Patrick McCloskey punished Wicklow lapses in the first quarter with goals and things were not too rosy in the Garden at half-time as the home side turned over to face the wind down by 2-6 to 0-10.
Paddy Henry had a huge game for the Foyle men, contributing nine points. But Wicklow showed character in the second half with substitutes in attack Christy Moorehouse, Wayne O'Gorman and John Connors making the vital difference.
Joe Murphy made a crucial save from a Paddy Kelly free, and Jonathan O'Neill swept a ball off his own goal-line. Both teams had a player sent off on second yellows.
In the closing seven minutes, O'Neill drilled two more frees between the sticks to put Wicklow a point ahead, 0-18 to 2-11, and then in injury-time Connors crashed the ball to the net.
Scorers -- Wicklow: J O'Neill 0-8 (6f, 1 '65), J Connors 1-0, A O'Brien 0-3, C Moorehouse 0-2, T Doyle, E Kearns, G Bermingham, S Kelly, E Glynn 0-1 each. Derry: P Henry 0-9 (7f, 1 '65), P McCloskey, B Quigley 1-0 each, A Grant 0-2.
Down qualified for the semi-finals after coming from nine points down against Meath. The Mourne men had a terrible start as Meath scored 1-6 without reply inside 11 minutes.
Meath still led by 1-11 to 1-6 at half-time, James Kelly getting their goal and Conor Mageean scoring for Down. Both sides were reduced to 14 men when Meath's Sean Heavey and Down's Michael Hughes received straight red cards for a melee off the ball. Down produced a great fightback and Paul Braniff netted an injury-time goal.
Scorers -- Down: P Braniff 1-8 (6f), A O'Prey, M Turley 0-3 each, C Mageean 1-0, P Sheehan, F Conway, C Bailie 0-2 each, D Hobbs, C Woods, A Savage 0-1 each. Meath: N Kirby 0-8 (6f), P Durnin 0-5, J Kelly 1-0, S Clynch 0-2, S Heavey, J Togher, S Donoghue, P Conneely 0-1 each.
Champions Kerry are out after Kildare produced a stunning second-half performance in Newbridge.
Mark Moloney scored 2-3 from midfield while Martin Fitzgerald contributed six points. Both were magnificent for the hosts, while former Tipperary hurler Johnny Enright played an influential role when withdrawn to a deeper role.
Willie O'Dwyer led the Kerry charge with four points from play and Shane Brick was unerring from placed balls, racking up 1-8.
Scorers -- Kildare: M Moloney 2-3, M Fitzgerald 0-6, P Divilly 0-5 (3f), C Kenny 0-2, D Butler, T Murphy, G Keegan, D Harney, J Enright (f) 0-1 each. Kerry: S Brick 1-8 (7f, 1-0 pen), W O'Dwyer 0-4, M Boyle 0-2 (1f), D Dineen, D O'Connell (f) 0-1 each.
London recovered from the concession of two early goals to edge past Mayo at Ruislip. The Exiles were twice caught napping inside the opening two minutes as they gifted Brian Hunt a brace of goals.
They responded by hitting an unanswered 2-4, Martin Finn teeing up Jonathan Maher before netting himself, and were 2-10 to 2-3 ahead at half-time. However, London were nearly punished as Kenny Feeney dragged Mayo back into it.
Scorers -- London: M Finn 1-9 (5f), J Maher 1-2, J Egan 0-2, S Ryan, H Vaughan 0-1 each. Mayo: B Hunt 2-0, K Feeney 0-5 (5f), C Freeman 1-0 D McDonnell, K Higgins (1f) 0-2 each, D O'Brien 0-1.
Donegal booked their place in the semi-final with three points in injury-time but they were pushed all the way by Monaghan at Clones.
The sides were level at the break, Monaghan 0-10 to Donegal's 1-7 with Niall Campbell getting the goal from a penalty in stoppage-time.
Scorers -- Donegal: L Henderson 0-8 (4f), N Campbell 1-4 (1-0pen, 4f), D Cullen 0-2, P Doherty, E Organ 0-1 each. Monaghan: S Lambe 0-9 (7f), T Hilliard, E MacSuibhne 0-2 each, C McKenna and M Treanor 0-1 each.
Armagh qualified for the semi-finals with a convincing win over Sligo in Crossmaglen. James King got the only goal in the 24th minute as Armagh romped into a 1-13 to 0-2 lead at half-time, and then coasted through the second half.
Scorers -- Armagh: D Carvill 0-6 (2 '65s'), D Coulter 0-4, C Carvill, C Corvan 0-3 each, J King 1-0, C Coulter 0-2, R Lewis 0-1. Sligo: G Waldron 0-6 (2 '45s'), A Cawley, K Raymond 0-1 each.
Warwickshire had seven points to spare over hosts Leitrim at Ballinamore to advance to the semi-final.
Emmet McCabe scored the opening goal but a goal from Ruari Wedel put the Exiles 2-9 to 1-6 ahead. Despite Tommy McLoughlin making three point-blank saves in the second half, Warwickshire still prevailed.
Scorers -- Warwickshire: M Ivors 0-9 (6f), E McCabe 1-1, R Wedel 1-0 1(f), K Courtney 0-2 (1 '65'), C Behan and D Sheedy 0-1 each. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 1-7 (6f), S Moradi, N McLoughlin, K McGrath 0-1 each.
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