Club Football Championship round-up
Cargin claimed a hugely dramatic 2-17 to 4-10 Antrim SFC semi-final victory over St. Gall’s when Tomas McCann scored a goal with a last gasp 20 metre free.
Even though almost every St. Gall’s player had packed the goal-mouth, McCann still somehow managed to drill the ball to the roof of the net to complete a stirring second-half comeback from Cargin in the second-half.
In the other Antrim SFC semi-final, Creggan defeated St. John’s by 2-9 to 1-10 to reach the County Final for the first time in 41 years.
Crossmaglen are back in the Armagh SFC Final for the first time in three years after their 0-19 to 1-11 semi-final victory over St. Patrick’s, Cullyanna.
The game was pretty much in the bag at half-time by which stage Rangers led 0-13 to 1-3.
In the other semi-final Ballymacnab overcame Maghery by 1-9 to 0-9 with the key score a late goal from Pauric Gribben.
Éire Óg won their 28th Carlow SFC on Sunday when they defeated Palatine by 0-9 to 0-5 in the county final.
The teams were deadlocked at 0-4 each at half-time, but Éire Óg were inspired in the second-half by the introduction of super-sub Niall Quinlan who hit three points.
Both Cavan SFC semi-finals will have to be replayed after Castlerahan drew with Lavey and Gowna drew with Crosserlough.
Castlerahan looked to be on their way to victory against Lavey when they moved two points ahead near the end of normal time, but late scores from Darragh Conaty and Stephen Jordan saved Lavey.
In the other semi-final Gowna looked to be in trouble when they trailed by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time. But a Ryan McGahern goal dragged them back into the contest in the second-half and then Cian Madden’s injury-time point earned them the draw.
St Finbarr’s are through to the Cork SFC Final after a 0-15 to 0-12 victory over Carbery Rangers.
They looked in trouble when they trailed by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, but took complete control of the game in the second-half.
Ian Maguire’s midfield dominance played a big role in their revival, while Stephen Sherlock was their main man in attack with a 10-point haul.
In the other semi-final Castlehaven snatched a 0-15 apiece draw with Duhallow after a remarkable comeback.
They looked down and out when they trailed by 0-15 to 0-8 with four minutes of normal time and reduced to 14 men.
But they blitzed Duhallow in the closing minutes to kick seven unanswered points in quick succession.
Eoghan Rua Coleraine and Lavey will contest the Derry SFC Final after semi-final victories over Ballinascreen and Glen respectively.
A Colm McGoldrick goal helped Coleraine in to a 1-5 to 0-4 half-time lead, and they eventually ran out comfortable enough 1-11 to 0-9 winners.
Lavey led Glen by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time and then took complete control in the second-half as goals from Declan Hughes and Eamon McGill helped them to a 2-11 to 1-6 victory.
Goals from former Donegal starts Kevin Cassidy and Kevin Molloy proved decisive as Gweedore and Naomh Conaill advanced to the County SFC Final.
Cassidy’s goal after just three minutes gave Gweedore the perfect start against Sean MacCumhaills and they went from strength to strength thereafter as they ran out 3-14 to 1-7 victors.
Molloy’s goal for Naomh Conaill against Glenswilly came as early as the 12th minute but it still proved decisive as they won a hard-fought match by 1-11 to 0-12.
Reigning All-Ireland SFC club champions Corofin are still on track for a sixth Galway SFC title in a row after their 2-10 to 1-6 victory over Caherlistrane.
The teams were level at 1-3 apiece at half-time, but Corofin assumed control in the second-half as Michael Farragher, Kieran Fitzgerald, and Daithi Burke were sprung from the bench.
Corofin will face a stiffer challenge in the semi-finals against a very potent looking Annaghdown who defeated St. James’ by 2-15 to 2-9 in their quarter-final.
Galway panellist Frankie Burke scored 1-5 while Galway captain Damien Comer landed four points in an impressive show of firepower.
In the other two Galway SFC Quarter-Finals, Mountbellew/Moylough defeated Moycullen by 1-13 to 1-12 and Milltown drew 0-12 to 1-9 with Salthill-Knocknacarra.
Reigning Leinster SFC champions, Moorefield, have reached a 12th Kildare SFC Final in 19 years after a 0-17 to 0-9 victory over Naas.
Adam Tyrrell scored four first-half points to help his team into an eight-point half-time lead, and though Naas battled all the way to the finish they never looked like hauling Moorefield in.
In the other semi-final Athy defeated Celbridge by 0-17 to 1-13.
Celbridge got off to a great start when Kevin O’Callaghan goaled after just three minutes, but Athy had a purple patch at the start of the second-half that laid the foundation for their victory.
Reigning champions squeaked through to another County SFC Final after a narrow 1-5 to 1-4 victory over Monaleen.
Their opponents there will be Ballylanders who defeated Newcastle West by 2-7 to 1-8 in the other semi-final.
Reigning champions Mullinalaghta and Abbeylara will have to do it all again after the Longford SFC Final finished in a 0-6 to 0-6 stalemate.
Points from David McGivney and Gray Rogers put Mullinalaghta two points up after 42 minutes, but they didn’t score again.
Abbeylara kept plugging away and points from Jason Kelly and Nigel Rabbit earned them a draw.
A last-gasp free from Cillian O’Connor earned Ballintubber a thrilling 1-12 apiece draw after extra-time with reigning champions Castlebar in the Mayo SFC semi-finals.
14-man Castlebar looked to be on their way to victory in normal time when they moved 1-9 to 1-6 ahead with ten minutes remaining.
But a Diarmuid O’Connor inspired Ballintubber came with a late charge to leave the sides deadlocked at 1-9 apiece at the end of normal time.
Neither side could gain any real measure of control in a frenetic extra-time, and in the final analysis a draw was the fairest result.
In the other semi-final Breaffy defeated Ballaghaderreen by 1-13 to 1-10 with Aidan O’Shea particularly impressive at full-forward for the winners.
Scotstown defeated Ballybay by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Monaghan SFC Final. You can read a full report of that match HERE.
Tourlestrane’s bid for a third Sligo SFC title in a row is still on track after a comfortable 3-12 to 1-9 semi-final victory over Coolera-Strandhill.
Two second-half penalties – scored by Pat Harte and Cathal Henry – ensured the holders progressed to another final without too much fuss.
In the other Sligo SFC semi-final, Tubbercurry defeated Coolaney-Mullinabreena by 2-10 to 2-8.
Two goals early in the second-half proved crucial for the winners as Jason Perry converted a penalty and then Brian Curran finished to the back of the net as well in the space of a couple of minutes.
Killyclogher came from behind to eventually defeat Ardboe by 2-9 to 1-9 in a Tyrone SFC semi-final that went to extra-time.
It looked like Ardboe were on the way to victory as they led by three points in injury-time of normal time, but Killyclogher were given a lifeline when Conall McCann struck for a goal.
When Tiernan McCann then landed a point for Killyclogher it looked like they’d snatched the win, but then Shay McGuigan scored a free for Ardboe in the ninth minute of injury-time to send the match to extra-time.
It was Killyclogher who found another gear in extra-time with Matthew Murnaghan especially impressive.
In the other Tyrone SFC semi-final, Coalisland edged to a hard-fought 1-11 to 0-13 victory over Edendork.
The winners trailed by 0-8 to 1-2 at half-time, but a purple patch midway through the second-half that saw them reel off five unanswered points laid the foundation for their victory.
Mullingar Shamrocks caused an upset in the Westmeath SFC semi-finals by defeating Tyrrellspass by 0-10 to 0-9 in a hard-fought encounter.
Tye Adamson was the hero for the winners, landing the winning point from a long-distance free.
Shamrocks will now face their Mullingar town rivals, St. Loman’s, in the county SFC Final after the reigning champions defeated Garrycastle by 2-10 to 0-12 in the other semi-final.
Garrycastle had just drawn level when St. Loman’s substitute Chris Gilbert struck for the game’s decisive goal.