Athleague on top
Two goals in injury-time flattered Athleague but they were the best side on the day. Tremane, who had already booked their place in the semi-finals, were the better side in the opening half and quickly went into a five-point lead but Robbie Fallon’s goal before half-time saw Athleague ahead by a point at the break.
It was good contest for most of the second period and Athleague were able to keep their noses in front. Late goals from Cian Murray and Robbie Fallon saw them home comfortably but Tremane won’t be too perplexed by the outcome as there are far bigger fish to fry later in this championship.
Scorers - Athleague: R Fallon (2-4), C Murray (1-2), B McGahon (0-2), P Flaherty, D Flaherty, E Flanagan (0-1) each. Tremane: N Keenan (0-3), S Mahony, M Kellehan and W Boyle (0-2) each, S Melia and J Brennan (0-1) each.
Daly’s late show!
Pádraig Pearses 2-12
Pearses scored a late, late goal from Keelan Daly to snatch a dramatic win against Oran in this well-contested match. Jerry Fallon was deadly accurate from frees for Oran but Leon Fehily’s goal meant that Oran only lead by a point at half-time 0-9 to 1-5.
Oran looked the more likely winners when they led by three points deep into injury-time but points from Shane Naughton and Oisin Kelly were followed by that late strike from Keelan Daly, which proved decisive, and Pearses had snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.
Scorers - Pearses: L Feehily (1-1), A Feehily and S Naughton (0-3) each, K Daly (1-0), M Comerford, J Donoghue, E Costello, J Curley and O Kelly (0-1) each. Oran: J Fallon (0-12), G Keenan (0-2), K Whyte, and E Kenny (0-1) each.
This weekend, the two Kepak SHC quarter-finals will take place on Saturday evening in Athleague.
At 5.30 pm it’s the clash of champions Athleague who meet Oran. If Athleague can get their best team out on the field they may have just enough to deny Oran.
Then at 7 pm, St. Dominic’s take on Pádraig Pearses. Dominic’s have shown some good form at times in this championship but they will have to be at their best to deny Pearses who are the choice to come out with a narrow victory.