Mulryan Construction IFC Round-Up
Gavin goal seals Creggs’ win
Creggs took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the IFC with a strong second-half display handing them a six-point win over Kilbride in a wild and windy Creggs last Saturday evening.
The victors did not have it all their own way and a goal from Henry Walsh on the cusp of half-time handed Kilbride a three-point advantage at the break
But with the wind at their backs after the restart, Creggs – with Enda O’Rourke to the fore – began to overturn the deficit. A second Kilbride goal from Mark Feeney left the game tied at the three-quarter mark with all to play for. However it was the home side who finished the stronger and a crucial three-pointer from Kieran Gavin sealed a deserved win for Creggs.
O’Rourke the hero for Tulsk
Tulsk Lord Edwards 3-16
Kilglass Gaels 1-11
Two goals from Tulsk’s Thomas O’Rourke propelled them to a deserved eleven-point win over Kilglass Gaels in a free-scoring IFC first round game played at Tulsk last weekend.
The corner-forward found the net in both halves and these strikes – coupled with a further goal from David Carleton - ensured they made a winning start to their championship campaign.
Kilglass Gaels did battle hard throughout the contest and a goal from Shane McCormack saw them stay in touch during a high-scoring first period – with Tulsk leading by 2-10 to 1-8. But they could only add three points after the break, and O’Rourke’s second goal sealed the win for the home side.
Éire Óg draw first blood
Éire Óg 1-17
Shannon Gaels 2-7
A clinical second-half performance from Éire Óg saw them run out comfortable seven-point winners over Shannon Gaels in Abbey Park, Boyle last Saturday evening.
The Gaels gave as good as they got during the first period and goals from Dessie Beirne and Matthew McDermott saw them ahead at the break.
However with the impressive Mark O’Brien in inspired form up front for Éire Óg, they overturned their deficit with a string of fine points, and a goal from Cathal Groarke ensured a deserved win for the Loughglynn-based outfit.
McDermott points the way
Castlerea St. Kevin’s 1-14
St. Barry’s 0-11
A commanding display from Castlerea St. Kevins saw them steal a march on their rivals in Group B of the IFC as they accounted for St. Barry’s in Rockfield last weekend.
The foundations for their win were laid in the opening period when they established a 1-8 to 0-5 lead with former county star Darren McDermott the star of the show, accounting for 1-6 of his side’s tally overall.
Although St. Barry’s battled hard after the resumption, Castlerea controlled proceedings and never looked like relinquishing their advantage, with David Casey’s side going on to seal an impressive six-point win.
All square in Knockcroghery
St. Dominic’s 1-15
St. Aidan’s 2-12
St. Dominic’s will be kicking themselves after they surrendered a four-point lead late on in a pulsating Group C IFC game played against St. Aidan’s in Knockcroghery on Saturday evening last.
Although the home side led the contest throughout, a Shane Byrne fisted goal deep into injury time handed the visitors a share of the spoils, leaving the St. Dominic’s outfit frustrated at the death.
Goals from Darren Donnelly for The Dom’s and Niall Corbett for St. Aidan’s meant that the visitors had it all to do at the interval, trailing 1-9 to 1-4 at the break.
The teams continued to trade points during an entertaining second half, meaning the home side led by three during the final embers of the game. That was until Byrne’s late intervention rescued the day for his side.
Comfortable win for Oran
A stirring first-half display from home side Oran handed them a comfortable seven-point win over a lowly Kilmore outfit in Rockfield last Saturday evening.
Oran raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead at the interval with Ciaran Casey finding the net. Following a poor opening half display, Kilmore left themselves with a mountain to climb at the break, but with Derek Connellan rallying his troops, the visitors played their way back into the tie to trail by only four points shortly after half-time.
However their joy was short lived as a further goal from Ray Farrell put the game beyond any considerable doubt and the teams traded points for the remainder of the contest, with Oran running out deserved victors.