Murray nets famous five
MEATH 5-14 CARLOW 2-10 BENNY MURRAY netted an astonishing total of five goals as Meath moved a step closer to claiming a place at hurling's...
BENNY MURRAY netted an astonishing total of five goals as Meath moved a step closer to claiming a place at hurling's top table by emphatically beating Carlow in the National League Division Two final at Mullingar yesterday.
The Trim corner-forward was playing only his second game of the campaign, but he now has seven goals to his credit after scoring two against Kildare last Tuesday.
Carlow, the only side to beat Meath during the early rounds of the league, had no answer for Murray who netted two goals in the first half to help his side into a 2-10 to 0-4 half-time lead.
Pat Coady and substitute Martin Farrelly sparked a Carlow revival and when Peader Jordan scored a goal in the 62nd minute, the margin was down to 2-13 to 1-9.
However, Murray sealed the issue with three goals in the final five minutes. Meath now face Kerry in a play-off to decide who will play in division one next year.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Benny Murray (Meath).
SCORERS - Meath: B Murray 5-1, M Cole, N Horan 0-4 each, N McKeigue 0-2, M Gannon, P Donnelly, F McMahon 0-1 each. Carlow: P Coady 0-6, M Farrelly 1-1, P Jordan 1-0, R Foley, D Roberts, J Byrne 0-1 each.
MEATH - M Gannon; A O'Neill, T Duignan, M Mullen; T Reilly, D Murray, P Baker; R Dorran, P Donnelly; D Donnelly, N Horan, F McMahon; M Cole, N McKeigue, B Murray. Subs: N Reilly for D Donnelly, M Healy for Dorran.
CARLOW - P Fenlon; D Dundon, T Doyle, N Foley; D Kavanagh, N Bambrick, J Nevin; P Coady, R Foley; D Roberts, C Jordan, J Kavanagh; M Ryan, D Murphy, J Byrne. Subs: M Farrell for Ryan, P Jordan for J Byrne, J Hickey for C Jordan.
REF - Pat Moore (Waterford).
NHL DIVISION 3 FINAL: Louth's title
THE deadly accurate Dunne brothers, David and Paul, scored 11 points between them as Louth came from behind to beat Longford in the National Hurling League Division Three final at Mullingar yesterday.
The sides were level at 0-6 each at half-time, but Ciaran Finucane put Longford 1-9 to 0-9 ahead when he flicked a Paul Darcy centre to the net midway through the second half.
However, a string of points from the Dunnes, Tony Corcoran and sub Colm Connelly saw Louth follow in the footsteps of their county footballers who won the NFL Division Two title earlier this month.
Louth forward Gerard Connolly and Longford full-back Patrick Cullen were sent off following a brief melee in the first half.
Louth now meet Tyrone, the bottom team in Division Two, in a promotion play-off.
MAN OF THE MATCH - P Dunne (Louth).
SCORERS - Louth: D Dunne 0-7 (5f), P Dunne 0-4 (2 `65', 2f), T Corcoran 0-2, E Quigley, P Sharkey, and C Connolly 0-1 each. Longford: M Cassidy 0-6 (5f), C Finucane 1-1, G Ghee 0-2, G Dooley and B Kirby 0-1 each.
LOUTH - E McArdle; D Black, A Carter, J O'Flaherty; P Ward, P Dunne, D Murphy; G Collins, E Quigley; J McCarthy, D Dunne, P Dyas; T Corcoran, P Sharkey, G Connolly. Subs: B Murphy for McCarthy (33), J Kennedy for Sharkey (60), D Callan for Collins (67), C Connolly for Carter (inj, 70).
LONGFORD - M Ward; D Brady, P Cullen, F Daly; J Minnock, D Casey, E Donnellan; G Dooley, R Stakelum; G Ghee, E Corcoran, G O'Gara; M Cassidy, B Kirby, C Finucane. Subs: B Burke for Minnock (29), P Darcy for Corcoran (h-t), C Stakelum for Kirby (58), Corcoran for O'Gara (66).
REF - JP Gribben (Down).
NHL DIVISION 3: Donegal woe
THE hurlers of Monaghan completed their Division Three campaign with an easy win over a depleted Donegal side at Ballybofey.
The visitors led by 2-8 to 0-1 at half-time following goals from Maurice McKenna and David Bolger and inspirational points from Paddy Kelly and David Connolly.
SCORERS - Monaghan: P Kelly 0-7, D Connolly 0-3, D Bolger 1-1, M McKenna 1-0, D McRory 0-1. Donegal: A McDaid 0-2.
MONAGHAN - J Grennan; E Byrne, P Ward, G McQuillan; A Dalton, D Connolly, N Traynor; G Murphy, P Kelly; D McRory, D Bolger, J Greene; M McKenna, P McKenna, D McGill. Sub: J O'Rourke for Murphy.
DONEGAL - J O'Brien; K Doherty, T McDaid, I Friel; D Doherty, D Campbell, O Flaherty; W Scanlon, M Callaghan; J Dolan, A McDaid, R Scanlon; N Ewing, T Tourish, ER O'Neill. Subs: P Downey for Ewing, D Griffin for K Doherty, K Doherty for O'Neill.
REF - M Carroll (Roscommon)
ULSTER MFC: Monaghan joy
HAVING led at the break by a point, Monaghan always kept their noses in front in this Ulster MFC clash at Ballybofey yesterday to record a deserved victory.
The home side should have led at half-time after referee Jim Murray awarded a penalty following a foul on Conal Molloy, but Colm McFadden blasted the ball wide.
Monaghan's ability to kick long range points - especially from Gary McBride, Derek McMahon and Colm McElwaine - combined with the super free-taking of Paul Finlay was the difference between the sides. Donegal relied too heavily on McFadden.
There was a bizarre moment in the 52nd minute when Donegal corner-back Kevin Fallon appeared to be shown a yellow card having already been showed one ten minutes earlier, but no red card followed.
SCORERS - Monaghan: P Finlay 0-4, C McElwaine 0-3, D McMahon, P Dooley, G McBride 0-2 each, D Larkin 0-1. Donegal: C McFadden 0-4, P Rua McBride 0-2, B Boyle, C Toye, R Kavanagh, G Kennedy 0-1 each.
MONAGHAN - S Duffy; B McGuinness, R Treanor, M Rooney; B McCabe, A White, S Deery; D McCague, G McBride; P Finlay, D McMahon, P Dooley; D Larkin, C McElwaine, M Counihan. Subs: P Stewart for McCabe.
DONEGAL - P Durcan; K Fallon, D McClafferty, P McGettigan; C McNeill, M Maguire, P Sweeney; B Boyle, R Kavanagh; M McGinty, B Dunnion, C Toye; C McFadden, P Rua McBride, G Kennedy. Subs: C Molloy for McNeill, B Doherty for McBride.
REF - J Murray (Antrim).
Down on song
FIFTEEN seconds - that's all it took All-Ireland champions Down to establish their superiority in yesterday's Ulster minor football championship first round clash in Casement Park.
Only six of last year's team were eligible, but Down were always in control as they cruised to a semi-final meeting with Derry.
The heroics of 'keeper Paul Rooney kept Antrim in the hunt in the early stages, but he was finally beaten in the 22nd minute when Chris Brannigan goaled. Down's second goal came eight minutes from time when full-forward Peter Tully's speculative, high shot was deemed to have spun over the line before Rooney controlled it.
SCORERS - Down: P Turley 1-2, C Brannigan 1-1, R Murtagh 0-3, B Coulter 0-2, B Annett, M Rafferty 0-1 each. Antrim: C Close 0-3, C Kelly 0-2, K McGourty, C McCann, R Magee 0-1 each.
DOWN - C Trainor; G McEvoy, B Grant, F McBreen; J Clarke, C Murtagh, B Doran; B Coulter, D Sherrin; C Brannigan, D McGrady, S Kearney; B Annett, P Turley, R Murtagh. Subs: M Rafferty for Brannigan, P Hynes for Turley, R Simpson for Kearney.
ANTRIM - P Rooney; B McCann, A McKeefry, S Kelly; N Scullion, C Brady, R Magee; C McCann, C O'Grady; M Magill, A Savage, C Kelly; C Close, K McGourty, T O'Neill. Subs: B Herron for Scullion, M O'Boyle for O'Neill, D McKeever for McCann, D Gault for S Kelly, D McLarnon for Magill.
REF - A McAlynn (Derry).
NHL DIVISION 2 FINAL