Club Championships round-up
It was a busy weekend of club action nationwide. Here’s a round-up of some of the most significant action around the counties.
Maghery exacted revenge for their 2017 Armagh SFC Final to Armagh Harps by beating the reigning champions by a single-point, 0-12 to 0-11, in the final group game of the Championship.
Maghery now advance to the quarter-finals but the Harps can join them there if they defeat Granemore next Saturday.
Group A: Sarsfields 3-17 St Killian’s Whitecross 1-7.
Group B: Crossmaglen Rangers 4-15 Clann Eireann 0-8, Madden Raparees 1-9 Silverbridge 0-10.
Group C: Maghery Sean MacDiarmada 0-12 Armagh Harps 0-11.
Group D: St. Patrick’s 3-17 Granemore 0-7, Pearse Og 2-12 Tir na nÓg 0-10
The line-up for the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC are now complete after the weekend’s Round 3 action.
Ballyea, Clooney-Quin, Sixmilebridge, and Eire Óg were already qualified and have been joined in the knock-out rounds now by Cratloe, Inagh-Kilnamona, Kilmaley, and O’Callaghan’s Mills.
Cratloe looked highly impressive when beating Clarecastle by 1-20 to 0-8 with county star Conor McGrath one of those to impress.
O’Callaghan’s Mills also enjoyed a comfortable victory as they hammered Wolfe Tones by 5-16 to 1-7, with Sean Cotter and Aidan Fawl grabbing a brace of goals each.
Kilmaley also hit a big score while beating Tulla by 2-23 to 1-15, with Michael O’Neill and Daire Keane scoring the goals.
Inagh-Kilnamona also looked like they were on course for a comfortable win when they led Crusheen by nine points early in the second-half, but they had to withstand a spirited comeback from their opponents before eventually winning by 0-19 to 1-13.
Reigning Cork and Munster SFC Champions, Nemo Rangers, secured their place in the Cork SFC Quarter-Finals with a comfortable 4-16 to 0-13 victory over O’Donovan Rossa, with the goals scored by Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan, Conor O’Donovan and Mark Cronin.
2016 County Champions, Carbery Rangers, also looked sharp when posting a 0-15 to 1-8 victory over Ballincollig, with John Hayes and James Fitzpatrick doing most of the damage in their attack.
Cork IT and Castlehaven will have to do it all over again after playing out an exciting 0-21 apiece draw. The winners of the replay will play Nemo Rangers in the quarter-finals.
Cork midfielder Ian Maguire was the main man for St. Finbarr’s, scoring 1-3, as they swept to a 3-11 to 1-11 win over Mallow.
Another Cork senior star, Sean White, was on the mark for Clonakility with his second-minute goal giving them the perfect start as they eventually ran out 1-11 to 0-7 victors over Bishopstown.
Nemo Rangers 4-16 O’Donovan Rossa 0-13; St. Finbarrs 3-11 Mallow 0-11; Douglas 2-7 Carrigaline 0-8; Carbery Rangers 0-15 Ballincollig 1-9; Clonakilty 1-11 Bishopstown 0-7; Valley Rovers 1-16 Clyda Rovers 0-8; Duhallow 1-12 St Nicks 0-8; Dohenys 1-12 Kiskeam 1-9; Castlehaven 0-21 Cork IT 0-21.
Blackrock 0-22 Ballymartle 1-4
Reigning Derry and Ulster Champions, Slaughtneil, got the defence of their titles off to a winning start by defeating O’Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt by 0-10 to 0-5.
They had to work hard for the victory against a defensive O’Donovan Rossa who packed their own half of the field with bodies.
Slaughtneil led by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time, and did just enough in the second-half to pull away from a Magherafelt side that never really came out of its defensive shell.
Slaughtneil 0-10 O’Donovan Rossa 0-5; Ballinderry 1-10 Kilrea 0-8; St. Oliver Plunkett’s Greenlough 3-14 Sean O’Leary Newbridge 0-9; Lavey 0-11 Dungiven 0-6.,
A Conor Glasson goal deep into injury-time gave Ardara a notable two-point victory over Glenswilly in the Donegal Senior Football Championship.
Caoimhin Marley looked liked he’d sealed the win for Glenswilly with a point, but shortly afterwards Glasson struck for the match-winning goal.
Despite doing without injured inter-county stars Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh, defending champions Kilcar still managed to chisel out a four point victory over Killybegs.
Gweedore put down a serious marker by edging out St. Eunan's by a single point in a ferociously fought contest that saw four players red-carded.
Group A: Ardara 2-6 Glenswilly 0-10; Bundoran 1-10 Burt 0-5
Group B: Naomh Conaill 4-16 An Clochan Liath 0-6; Gweedore 0-10 St Eunan's 1-6
Group C: St. Michael’s 3-16 Termon 0-9; Four Masters 1-10 Malin 0-6
Group D: Sean MacCumhaill 4-13 Milford 1-6; Kilcar 2-9 Killybegs 0-11
A late comeback from Clonduff against Mayobridge in the Down SFC fell just short. A cracking goal from substitute Arthur McConville deep in injury-time left just a point between the sides, but a late Clonduff free to equalise the game went narrowly wide.
Kilcoo’s bid for a seventh Down SFC title in a row is still on track following their 2-14 to 0-10 victory over Downpatrick.
Mayobridge 2-16 Clonduff 2-15; Kilcoo 2-14 Downpatrick 0-10.
Ballycran 1-15 Portaferry 0-11
Derrygonnelly Harps and St. Joseph’s Ederney will contest the Fermanagh County SFC Final after semi-final victories over Devenish St. Mary’s and Erne Gaels Belleek respectively.
Derrygonnelly got the perfect start in their semi-final when Conal Jones goaled early on and they never really looked back afterwards.
They led by 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time, and though St. Joseph’s battled all the way to the final whistle they never looked likely to claw back the deficit.
St. Joseph’s also raced out of the blocks in their semi-final win, leading by 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time. But their lead was wiped out within 12 minutes of the second-half as Erne Gaels hit two quick-fire goals.
St. Joseph’s never panicked though, and two goals of their own from Mark McCauley and Ryan Morris set them back on track for the win.
Fermanagh SFC semi-finals
Derrygonnelly Harps 1-13 Devenish St. Mary’s 0-9; St. Joseph’s Ederney 3-13 Erne Gaels Belleelk 3-5.
Galway county-men Patrick Sweeney and Johnny Heaney both starred for Killannin as they knocked Tuam Stars out of the County SFC thanks to a 1-16 to 3-7 victory.
Conor Doherty and Jamie Murphy scored two first half goals for Tuam, but Sweeney then scored the decisive score of the match when he hit the back of the net for Killannin in the second-half.
Eoin Concannon shot the lights out for St. James as they secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-18 to 2-13 victory over An Cheathru Rua.
Milltown are also through to the last eight thanks to a comfortable 10-point victory over Moycullen.
Michael Meehan scored a point after coming on as a second-half sub for Caltra against St. Michael’s, but couldn’t help his team from falling to a convincing defeat.
Group 1: St. James’ 2-18 An Cheathru Rua 2-13; Claregalway 1-15 Cortoon Shamrocks 1-13.
Group 2: Killannin 1-16 Tuam Stars 3-7; Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-13 Bearna 0-8.
Group 3: Caherlistrane 1-13 Leitir Móir 2-7; Killererin 2-12 Kilconly 1-9.
Group 4: Milltown 3-13 Moycullen 1-9, St Michael’s 2-13 Caltra 1-8
Kerins O’Rahilly’s pulled off a spectacular comeback to beat reigning champions Dr. Crokes 3-18 to 2-17 and book their place in the Kerry SFC quarter-finals.
That outcome didn’t look likely when they trailed by nine points with 10 minutes remaining, but two goals in the space of two minutes from former county star Tommy Walsh gave them the impetus to stun Crokes who must now beat An Ghaeltacht in Round 3 to keep their hopes alive.
David Clifford and Dara Roche proved an irresistible double-act for East Kerry, scoring a combined tally of 4-5 as they defeated Dingle by 6-15 to 2-10.
Goals proved key for Austin Stacks as they hit four of them in their two-point win over South Kerry.
Kerins O’Rahillys 3-18 Dr. Crokes 2-16; Killarney Legion 2-13 Mid Kerry 2-9; St Brendan’s 6-11 Shannon Rangers 0-16; East Kerry 6-16 Dingle 2-10; Rathmore 0-17 Kenmare Shamrocks 0-15; Austin Stacks 4-7 South Kerry 1-15; St Kierans 1-14 Feale Rangers 1-13.
Na Piarsaigh’s defence of their Limerick and Munster SHC titles continued in impressive fashion with a convincing 10-point win over Adare in the penultimate round of group games.
The wind was taken from Adare’s sails when Peter Casey goaled for Na Piarsaigh just before half-time, and then a second-half goal from the impressive Adrian Breen finished the job off.
Kilmallock also looked sharp in their 1-22 to 1-12 victory over Patrickswell, with the red-hot Graeme Mulcahy scoring an incredible nine points from play.
Na Piarsaigh 2-19 Adare 0-15; Kilmallock 1-22 Patrickswell 1-12; South Liberties 1-15 Ahane 0-15; Knockainey 1-18 Cappamore 3-11; Murroe Boher 1-15 Monaleen 0-17.
Castlebar Mitchels are still looking good for a fourth Mayo SFC title in a row after a nine-point victory over Ballaghaderreen.
It was an impressive show of strength from the defending champions as two goals from Neil Douglas and one from Paddy Durcan helped them to a 3-12 to 0-12 win.
Mitchels will be joined in the county quarter-finals by fellow group winners Ballintubber, Garrymore, and Westport, and group runners-ups Ballaghaderreen, Claremorris, Moy Davitts, and Breaffy.
Group 1: Castle Mitchels 3-12 Ballaghaderreen 0-12; Ballina Stephenites 1-8 Aghamore 0-11.
Group 2: Knockmoer 0-17 Garrymoer 2-14; Bohola Moy Davitts 1-2- Charlestown Sarsfields 1-06
Group 3: Hollymount-Carramore 1-14 Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-17; Westport St. Patrick’s 1-13 Claremorris 2-8
Group 4: Ballintubber 2-18 Kiltane 0-5; Breaffy 0-17 Davitts 0-5.