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Roscommon into All-Ireland Camogie Final after stunning win

Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie All-Ireland Semi-Final

Roscommon 1-9 Dublin 1-5

This was one of the best wins for the Roscommon camogie team in many years as they produced a brilliant display to defeat Dublin and qualify for the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday the 13th of September, where they will face Laois.

  Roscommon reversed a ten-point defeat at the hands of the same opposition earlier in the year to score an outstanding win and now they will head to the final with confidence following this superb victory.

  Dublin looked the likely winners at the three-quarter stage but a late surge from Roscommon saw them sweep past the Dubs and into the final. Overall Roscommon deserved to win as they dominated for long stretches.

  Roscommon, with Kelley Hopkins in brilliant form from frees and play on her return to the side, led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break. However Dublin struck for an opportunist goal early in the second half from sub Carolanne Canning, which saw them take the lead.

  Roscommon were on top but they became nervous as the game went on and shot a number of bad wides. Then in the 53rd minute Kelley Hopkins’ free was flicked to the Dublin net by Niamh Farrell and suddenly Roscommon were back on top.

  Next Kelley Hopkins and Niamh Farrell copper-fastened Roscommon’s great win with late points.

  Roscommon will not need to be reminded that when they met Laois earlier in the championship the O’Moore County won by 13 points but if they can reverse a ten-point loss to Dublin then there is no reason why they cannot do the same with Laois and it promises to be a huge day for the game in the county when Roscommon play in Croke Park on Sunday 13th September.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, S Coyle, A Byrne; S Spillane, E Daly, J Beattie; N Coyle, R Fitzmaurice; K Hopkins (0-7), M Fannon, R Brennan (0-1); A McGeeney, N Farrell (1-1), F Connell. Sub: C Curley for Connell.

Dublin: A Spillane; C O’Reilly, G Ryan, D Powell; S McBride, M Kelly, R Noctor; J Brown, R Drohan; A McGrath, G Kelly (0-4), E Gallery; L Devoy (0-1), A McDonald, E Keenan. Subs: E Maher for Brown, S Walsh for McGrath, C Canning (1-0), for McDonald.

Referee: G Coulter.

 

Rossies win three golds at World Handball finals

The World Handball Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, concluded on Friday with the four-wall finals.

 Representing St Coman’s, Roscommon, Fiona Tully, and the Siobhan Tully/Linda Connolly combination took home gold medals in their respective grades.  In the Men’s flagship Open Doubles event, St Coman’s Rikki O’Gara and Ballaghderreen’s Joe McCann played sensationally to reach the final taking out very strong Irish and American opposition along the way.

  Fiona Tully showed why she was part of the Irish Team in the 2012 World Games in Dublin and came back to form in 2015 with a sensational win, in what was an extremely competitive Girls 17&under event.

  Fiona also won silver in the One-wall doubles with Tyrone’s Elise McCrory, losing the final narrowly to Niamh Coleman and Alanna Doran.

  Fiona looks to be back to her best and deserves great credit for her dedication, following a hampered preparation because of a serious back injury. It must be noted that Fiona is the last of a very, very long line of great handballers coached by Roscommon’s Mr. Handball, Michael Naughton and it is fitting that he bows out of coaching at the very highest level.

Ladies ‘C’ Doubles

Fiona’s sister Siobhan and Hawthorn Drive neighbour Linda Connolly took the ladies ‘C’ Doubles accolades. They defeated opposition from India and Ireland to meet the strongly tipped Laura Keever (Waterford) and Kristian Rude (USA) in the final.

  Linda and Siobhan shot out of the blocks with strong serves which broke off the back court and around the back wall to force point after point. Their court positioning and telepathy smacked of ideal preparation and weak returns from the opposition were finished off with kill shots from Siobhan and pass shots from Linda. Two quick time-outs in the first game could not help Laura and Kristian to settle. Game one went to the St Coman’s ladies 21-10.

  A switch of positions by the opposition seemed to work at the start of the second game, where the Coman’s ladies went down 6-1. But Siobhan and Linda quickly found their rhythm again and closed the final out in two games, 21-10, 21-16.

Mens Open Doubles

Although the final ended in disappointment for Rikki O’Gara and Joe McCann in the Men’s Open Doubles event, these two guys gave handball fans a thrilling few days in the University Campus in Calgary. On this top stage, Rikki and Joe, against the odds, took out world renowned and pro handball players with each round.

  Colm Jordan (Irl) and Jon Iglasius (USA) were first to fall, followed by the highly decorated Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez (USA). Rikki and Joe were not fazed either by taking on Michael Finnegan and Charlie Shanks in the semi, even after going down in the first game. They came through the match after some brilliant retrieving, finishing and a slower pace strategy, on a scoreline of 10-21, 21-18, 11-4.  In the final Rikki and Joe faced up to two of Ireland’s top players, Robbie McCarthy and Diarmuid Nash.

 The key to the entire match was the first game, where the Roscommon pair looked in control for virtually all the game leading, 18-14, but then failing to finish off the game and at this level even one or two missed chances can prove fatal.

  The clinical finishing of this left-right Clare/Westmeath combination proved too much in the end and the brave Roscommon challenge succumbed on a scoreline of 21-18, 21-4.

  A number of the Open doubles games were webcast by the World Pro Handball and shown on ESPN.

  To hear the USA commentators talk about Rogue & Co in Roscommon Town shows how Rikki and Joe, if not before, are now household names in handball and sporting circles. Rikki and Joe did Roscommon and Ballaghaderreen very proud and are fantastic ambassadors for their respective clubs and counties.

Boys 15 & under

Michael Egan’s improvement continued in very impressive style as he reached the semi-final of the 15&under event, where he gave eventual champion Tiernan Agnew from Clare by far his toughest match of the campaign before going down 21-9, 21-16. Michael had beaten the number three seed Cormac Munroe in his quarter-final 21-12.

Boys 17 & under

Cathal O’Connor had a very good win in his first round match against Cork’s Eoghan Sheehan, before running into another Corkonian, the excellent Tadhg O’Neill. Despite trying his best Cathal was really up against it and lost in two straight against one of the top players in the competition.

Men’s ‘A’

Oisin Naughton was really up against it in the ultra-competitive Men’s ‘A’ grade. He had a marathon opening match against Cavan’s Patrick Clerkin before unluckily going down 11-9 in the tie-breaker.

In the doubles Oisin and Clare’s Fergal Coughlan had a good opening round win against Canadian opposition before losing decisively to eventual winners Ryan Harkin and Tadhg Carroll from Cork.

  Congrats to all players, coaches and officials from the county and beyond for their efforts in the 2015 World Handball Championships.

  No write-up on the 2015 World Handball Championships would be complete without mentioning Cavan’s Paul Brady. Paul won the Men’s Open Singles event in Calgary, claiming his fifth consecutive World Open singles title.

 

 

Seamus Duke Sports Column

Dublin may edge what promises to be a cracker

Kerry ‘bench’ decisive

The unpredictability of sport is why we sports fanatics love it so much. Last Sunday we had a foul day of weather and most of us would have predicted a dour, low-scoring and very bad-tempered All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone – but what we got was a great contest and a very enjoyable game.

Despite the huge criticism that they attracted during their campaign – and especially after the game against Monaghan – Tyrone gave Kerry loads to think about and indeed on another day they could have won as they created at least five good goal chances.

Just in case anyone thinks that I am backtracking with regard to my view on their style of play and tactics that is not the case and I stand by everything I said in the past. Last Sunday proves that when Tyrone concentrate on playing football they can match the best teams in the country.

They don’t need any sledging or feigning injury. Anyway, back to the game itself, and Kerry just had the options on the bench and that’s what won the game for them. The arrival of Paul Geaney was the key to the win. Before that they were lumping the ball high into Kieran Donaghy and it was not working.

Kerry have so many options on the bench it’s frightening, but Mayo or Dublin will point to the fact that Tyrone opened up the Kerry defence on a number of occasions last Sunday and that will give them real hope for the final.

There are widely conflicting opinions on the performance of Maurice Deegan last Sunday. I thought he did okay. He missed a couple of crucial calls and the decision not to give Shane Enright a black card for a second-half tackle was baffling. He also missed a Tyrone penalty call and he should have issued a red card to Justin McMahon for a terrible tackle on Colm Cooper near the end of the game. However it was not an easy game to referee.

This weekend Mayo face Dublin in what will be a monumental battle. I have to say that I have changed my mind a number of times about this game in recent weeks.

First I was of the view that Dublin would not be beaten this year but as the championship has progressed I have been less certain. Then Mayo beat Donegal comfortably and after that game I was of the view that Mayo were good enough to beat the Dubs.

But I have now changed my mind again and I think Dublin will edge it on Sunday. The Dubs were all the rage earlier in the year but they have gone out of the headlines in the past few weeks as Mayo wiped out Sligo and dealt with Donegal without too much fuss. Then we had Kerry hammering Kildare and we had the Tyrone v Monaghan controversy.

The Dubs have been out of the limelight and that will suit them down to the ground. I was looking at the Dublin team on Sunday night last and it is awesome.

There are class players in every position and plenty more on the bench too. I am still not convinced about the Mayo attack.

Aidan O’Shea has been unmarkable so far but look what Mayo did to Michael Murphy and what Kerry did to Sean Cavanagh. If the Dubs come up with a way of limiting Aidan O’Shea they will be more than halfway there.

I would dearly love to see Mayo win this game because if they win this semi-final they will definitely be good enough to beat Kerry in the final. The game is a 82,500 sell-out and it promises to be a cracker. I have a fancy that the Dubs might edge it by a couple of points. I hope I’m wrong.

Tony Mac Talks GAA

Mayo have impressed this season it could be their day on Sunday

This Sunday coming we will see the much-anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Dublin.

This is a fascinating match in prospect and it is very difficult to pick out a winner. Dublin have been playing in second gear for the majority of this year’s championship and I’m sure Jim Gavin has been holding back with this contest in mind.

Mayo will have no fear of the Dubs and their recent record against them in the championship is good. Mayo have been very impressive in this year’s championship so far and against Donegal they showed that tactically they are prepared to expand their options. The redeployment of Barry Moran worked a treat against Donegal but it might not work as well against the Dubs.

The big issue is how will Dublin cope with the powerful Aidan O’Shea. Make no mistake Jim Gavin and his huge backroom team will have worked on a strategy to reduce the effectiveness of the big Breaffy man.

Gavin was naive in last year’s semi-final and I doubt he will be caught out again. How both sides deal with the respective kick-outs will also have a huge bearing on the result.

Stephen Cluxton is the best in the business but I expect that Mayo will severely test him on Sunday. There are match-winners littered all over the field and it will also depend on how the game is refereed by Joe McQuillan.

Taking everything into consideration it is still very hard to call. Dublin will bring a huge intensity to the contest but Mayo look to be in the zone this year and I expect and hope they will prevail in a tight struggle.

Fitzmaurice turning into a master tactician

Last Sunday we saw a very entertaining All-Ireland semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry. It was a game in which Kerry’s credentials were severely tested but they showed that they are a really good side and it will take a great team to take their All-Ireland title away from them.

Tyrone will feel aggrieved with some of Maurice Deegan’s calls but maybe their reputation has cost them in the end. But in truth they were just short of what is required to win an All-Ireland this year.

This was well illustrated when the Tyrone corner-forward Conor McAlliskey failed to give a pass to Darren McCurry, which would have led to a certain goal. I doubt if that would have happened at the other end of the field.

Referee Maurice Deegan had a poor game in poor conditions. I felt he got a lot of the big calls wrong.

Ronan McNabb should have seen red for a stupid challenge on Gooch Cooper and Shane Enright should definitely have got a black card for hauling down Peter Harte.

I see nowadays that a lot of referees are taking liberties with the ball when they bring it forward for dissent.

The rules are clear, it should be 13 metres and it should be no more than that. This alone cost Tyrone two points on Sunday.

This was a real manly contest and both teams were well prepared by their respective managers. It is obvious that both managers are more concerned with their teams than with their personal egos.

Eamon Fitzmaurice is turning into a master tactician and his substitution of Kieran Donaghy with Paul Geaney was the changing of the game.

In fact I thought that Paul Geaney should have been given the man of the match award as he had the most influence on the outcome of the game.

When Tyrone scored the penalty Kerry responded with four class scores to win their way through to another All-Ireland final. Any team that beats them will be worthy winners.

Local club scene

Next weekend sees the concluding stages of the local senior football championship. Group A looks like it is decided unless St Faithleach’s score an unlikely win against St Brigid’s.

Roscommon Gaels and St Brigid’s are in the semi-finals with Padraig Pearses and Clann na nGael are most likely to join them in the quarter-finals from that group.

The second group looks more interesting with Castlerea likely to advance to the quarter-finals with a win against Kilmore.

But Boyle and Strokestown look to be battling it out for the other place. This looks the game of the weekend.

There are a few other permutations so it will be all to play for.

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Who’s in Action? Boyle v Strokestown

When and Where? In Elphin on Sunday at 6.30 pm.

The Lowdown: This is a winner-take-all contest with the victors into the quarter-finals. I thought that Strokestown were very poor last Sunday against Kilmore and they will have to improve.

There is a possibility that Sean Mullooly will be back from his travels and that will be a boost for them. Paddy Brogan, Thomas Corcoran, John Rogers, Kevin Finn and Diarmuid McGann will know that they must step it up here. Boyle have been improving and they have a big scoring threat.

Tadhg Lowe, Seanie Purcell, Evan McGrath, Enda Smith and Dylan East have been playing well and the hope is that Donie Smith will be back from injury. If he is that would be a huge boost to Boyle.

If you asked me last week to predict the outcome of this game I would have said Strokestown but having seen them against Kilmore I am going for a Boyle win.

People Sport Prediction: Boyle.

SFC (Section A)

Who’s in Action? St Brigid’s v St Faithleach’s

Where and When? On Sunday in Kiltoom at 1.30 pm.

The Lowdown: St Brigid’s are comfortably through to the semi-finals and while they have not been firing on all cylinders, they are still the team to beat.

Faithleach’s have a very slim chance of a quarter-final spot and they must win here to qualify. Despite a good performance against Clann na nGael and a late surge against Padraig Pearses, a win looks unlikely here.

Brigid’s have Senan Kilbride and Cathal McHugh back although Frankie Dolan is unlikely to play after sustaining a muscle injury in their last outing (against Clann na nGael). It could be close with the Murtagh brothers in the Faithleach’s line-up but home advantage should count.

People Sport Prediction: St Brigid’s.

Who’s in Action? Padraig Pearses v Western Gaels

Where and When? In Pairc an Piarsaigh on Sunday at 1.30 pm.

The Lowdown: Western Gaels have had a terrible championship so far and they look set for Section B next year.

Pearses are into the quarter-finals but they have not been impressive and although they were well ahead of St Faithleach’s in their last game they almost let them back into it.

Given the players that they have I cannot understand the poor form shown by Western Gaels but I am giving a hesitant nod to Pearses to win this at home.

People Sport Prediction: Padraig Pearses.

Who’s in Action? Clann na nGael v Roscommon Gaels

Where and When? In Johnstown on Sunday at 1.30 pm.

The Lowdown: Clann should be safely into the quarter-finals except for an unlikely set of results elsewhere.

They will be up against it here when theyhost an in-form Roscommon Gaels team who look to be improving as the season goes on.

At home Clann will be hoping to make a statement and Donie Shine, Ultan Harney, Johnny Dunning, Graham Pettit and Matt Scally will be hoping for big performances.

But the Gaels look strong with Kieran Kilcline, Mark Healy, John McManus, Scott Oates and Cian Connolly all playing well.

This could be a very competitive game as the Gaels will not want to lose at this stage. They should have enough to prevail.

People Sport Prediction: Roscommon Gaels.

Section B

Who’s in Action? Kilmore v Castlerea St Kevin’s

When and Where? On Sunday in Kilbride at 6.30 pm.

The Lowdown: Castlerea will be smarting after their narrow loss to Elphin and they will want to get back on the winning trail and with the likes of Neil Collins, Ger Heneghan, Cathal Dineen, Enda Kenny and Fintan Kelly in their ranks, they should be able to do so.

Kilmore were very spirited against Strokestown last Sunday but they are destined for another relegation battle this year. It would be a shock if Castlerea were not to win it.

People Sport Prediction: Castlerea St Kevin’s.

Note: The other Section B game, between St Croan’s and Elphin, will be played on next Wednesday night at Kiltoom at 8.30 pm.

Elphin are unlikely to get to the quarter-finals while St Croan’s have played well but were unlucky not to qualify. Croan’s might be strong enough to record a win here.

People Sport Prediction: St Croan’s.

IFC Quarter Final

Who’s in Action: Kilbride v Fuerty

When and Where? On Sunday in Knockcroghery at 6.30 pm.

The Lowdown: This is the first of the IFC quarter-finals and Kilbride look to be in a much better position than they were at this stage last year.

Seamie and Colm O’Neill are back playing well at midfield for them. Their key man is Conor Devaney and he is very influential for Kilbride in this championship.

Gearoid Ennis has been on fire in the scoring department for Fuerty but the likes of Niall Kilroy, Fran Hanlon and the Bannons will have to be in top form to deny Kilbride this time.

I saw Fuerty defeat Kilbride in the championship last year but I have a feeling that Kilbride will turn the tables this time around.

People Sport Prediction: Kilbride.

Dynamic duo take Masters title back to Ballinaheglish

Last weekend saw the Irish Masters being held in The West County Hotel, Ennis.

  A number of Roscommon players were on show, with an impressive haul of ranking points returning to the county.

  First up on Saturday was the Pairs event, and the Ballinaheglish duo of cousins David and Thomas Concannon went all the way to the final where they took a 6-0 win to take the title.

  In the singles event on Sunday, a win for Gary Concannon over Ali Powell of Meath saw him through to the last 32 before losing out to Limerick’s Jimmy Murphy.

  A win over Anthony Mullarkey of Sligo put Roscommon player Ross Kelly through to the last 16 before losing out to Kevin McDonnell of Cork.

  Wins for Thomas Concannon over Benny Grace (Kilkenny) and Sean Wilson (Donegal) put him into the quarter-finals and thanks to some consistent darts and decisive finishing the McDermott’s player sealed his place in the semi-finals against John O’Shea of Cork. Despite some great darts Thomas was unlucky to lose out narrowly at this stage.

  His opponent in that semi-final would go on to face David Concannon in the final. Wins for David over John Joe Dolan (Sligo), Paddy Boyce (Donegal) and Richie Walsh (Meath) put the Ballinaheglish player into the quarter-finals, where another win set up a meeting with Sean McGowan of Sligo. Again, success was on the cards for David and this set up a final meeting with O’Shea. Despite some great darts from David the Corkman was not to be bettered on this occasion; power scoring and clinical finishing proved key as he won out on a 4-2 scoreline.

  In the Youths’ Event Roscommon player Ronan McDonagh had a successful day, making it through the group stages of the Round Robin format and going all the way to the final where he was unlucky to lose out to Keane Barry on a 4-3 scoreline.

 

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Strokestown and Kilmore in dour draw

Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Group B

Strokestown 0-5 Kilmore 0-5

When Kilmore sub Derek Connellan stood over a difficult free out on the left wing in injury-time about 40 metres from goal Strokestown were looking down the barrel of a shock defeat – but his effort tailed out wide and the spoils were shared in a low-scoring encounter played in very wet conditions in Kilglass last Sunday.

Strokestown were the hot favourites to record another win but a fiercely determined Kilmore were in no mood to stand by and they contested every ball with fierce passion and intensity throughout.

By contrast, Strokestown were strangely subdued and they couldn’t get any sustained bout of attacking play going and their total of 14 wides shows how wasteful they were in front of goal.

In the very wet conditions scores were as scarce as hen’s teeth. Points from corner-back Donal Molloy and Kevin Finn in the first eight minutes suggested that Strokestown would dominate, but Kilmore were always in the hunt.

John Donohue pointed a 40-metre free for Kilmore in the 16th minute but just a minute later Strokestown made it 0-3 to 0-1 when Diarmuid McGann landed a 25-metre free.

Kilmore were level at half-time with points from play from Paul Beirne and Colm Garvey. The second half was a hard-fought and very dour affair. Strokestown probably had more of the ball but Kilmore refused to lie down.

Dermot Foley nudged Kilmore ahead in the 36th minute with a good point from play but it was level a minute later when Diarmuid McGann pointed from play.

In the 44th minute Kilmore were ahead again when Dara Feely pointed a close-range free and we then had 13 minutes without a score as both sides struggled to gain any superiority.

Then in the 26th minute Thomas Corcoran finally pulled Strokestown level when he pointed a ’45. There was to be no more scoring and both sides know that a huge improvement is needed if they are to make any further progress in this championship.

Strokestown: John McHugh; John Hagan, Ruari Molloy, Donal Molloy (0-1); Daniel Rogers, Paddy Brogan, Keelan Beirne; Seamus Collins, Thomas Corcoran (0-1, ’45); Colin Compton, Niall Brogan, John Rogers; Kevin Finn (0-1), Diarmuid McGann (0-2, 1 free), Conor Silke. Subs: David Neary for Hagan (h-t), David Butler for N Brogan (h-t), Cathal Compton for S Collins (48).

Kilmore: Ollie Burke; Mark Connellan, Jack Sharkey, Liam Caslin; Gary Connellan, Colm Garvey (0-1), John Donohue (0-1, free); Diarmuid Carney, Dermot Foley (0-1); Aaron McEvoy, Paul Beirne (0-1), Dara Feely (0-1, free); Brian Connellan, Ray Caslin, Charlie Burke. Subs: Derek Connellan for R Caslin (54). Referee: Gerry Carmody.

Man of the Match: Dara Feely (Kilmore)

Tulsk on top

Tulsk 0-11 St Dominic’s 0-10

Tulsk knew that they were in the semi-finals already before this game started but they were put to the pin of their collective collars to fend off the spirited challenge of St Dominic’s in this competitive game at Kilbride.

Tulsk began the better side and they scored three good points in a row. However St Dominic’s, who needed to win to have a chance of a semi-final spot, came back into the game in the second quarter and it was a close contest after that. The Knockcroghery men hit back with two points.

Then Tulsk hit four in a row to open up a four-point gap. Then in the third quarter Dominic’s looked the better side and they scored four points on the trot – and now the sides were level.

Conor Fallon then put Dominic’s into the lead. Stephen McCormack levelled with a Tulsk point, and the same player and Craig Burns added points to put them ahead again by two. There was a tense finish but the only remaining score came from St Dominic’s sub Michael McGloin who reduced the margin to the minimum.

St Dominic’s now qualify for the quarter-finals where they will meet Michael Glavey’s and the winners of that game will face Tulsk in the semi-final.

Scorers – Tulsk: S McCormack (0-4), R Galvin (0-2), K Donoghue, C Burns, D McNamara, M Dufficy, C O’Rourke (0-1 each).

St Dominic’s: C Fallon (0-3), K Dockery, U Kelly (0-2 each), S Farrell, D Donnelly, M McGloin (0-1 each).

Brennan the hero

Fuerty 1-13 St Aidan’s 1-10

Fuerty needed a late goal to deny St Aidan’s a share of the spoils at Kiltoom and as a result Fuerty are now into the quarter-finals, where they will face Kilbride.

John Brennan was the Fuerty hero, scoring that late goal to see his side into the play-offs. Fuerty led by 0-9 to 1-3 at half-time, having played really well in that first half.

Gearoid Ennis was accurate from play and frees and Malachy Gately’s men looked set for a comfortable win. However a well-taken goal from Ferdie Coyne kept Aidan’s in the hunt and to their credit they battled back well in the third quarter.

With Paddy Tiernan and Terence Kelly playing well Aidan’s grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and knocked over four points in a row to lead for the first time.

Niall Kilroy then equalised before the sides traded late points from Gearoid Ennis and Terence Kelly and then followed the late drama when John Brennan fisted home an injury-time goal to deny St Aidan’s after a spirited display from them.

Scorers – Fuerty: G Ennis (0-7), N Kilroy (0-4), J Brennan (1-0), N Keenan (0-2).

St Aidan’s: T Kelly, P Tiernan (0-3 each), F Coyne (1-0), J Coyne, K Waldron (0-2 each).

Oran onslaught

Oran 3-18 St Michael’s 0-5

Oran qualified for the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship after this comprehensive win against St Michael’s at Enfield.

After a poor enough start Oran powered into the game in the second quarter. Goals from Mark Gunning and Cathal Kenny helped Oran into a 2-7 to 0-3 half-time lead.

The one-sided nature of the contest continued in the second half and although Michael’s battled hard they had no answer to Oran’s scoring power. Kieran Whyte capped an excellent personal performance when he scored Oran’s third goal late in the game.

Oran now await the winners of Fuerty and Kilbride in the semi-final.

Scorers – Oran: C Kelly (1-5), K Whyte (1-4), A Cassidy (0-4), M Gunning (1-1), M Dwyer, J Garvey, E Kenny, R Earley (0-1 each).

St Michael’s: R Cox (0-2), T Duignan, K Gilboy, P Simon (0-1 each).

Henry heroics

Kilbride 3-14 Clann na nGael 0-7

Kilbride are into the IFC quarter-finals following this easy win against Clann na nGael at Johnstown.

Kilbride played well all through and at half-time they were in good shape, leading by 2-8 to 0-3, with Conor Devaney and Henry Walsh scoring well-taken goals for the visitors.

Seamus O’Neill, Tom O’Grady, Henry Walsh and Conor Devaney were all playing well as Kilbride produced their best display of the season and Henry Walsh capped off this fine display with a goal 10 minutes from time.

Kilbride now take on neighbours Fuerty in the quarter-final with a place against Oran in the semi-final up for grabs.

Scorers – Kilbride: T O’Grady (0-6), H Walsh (2-0), C Devaney (1-2), F Tully (0-3), S O’Neill, J Donnelly, D Battles (0-1 each).

Clann na nGael: C Duignan (0-3), D McManus, R McNamara, R Killian, M Shine (0-1 each).

Easy for Eire Og

Eire Og 1-18 St Barry’s 2-2

Eire Og’s good recent form was maintained at Tarmonbarry but it was not good enough to get them to a play-off spot.

However this defeat means that St Barry’s will face St Ronan’s in a relegation play-off. Mark O’Brien scored an early goal to set Eire Og on their way and they led by eight points at the end of the first quarter.

Barry’s first score was a goal from Emmet Conroy but with Ross Nolan in excellent form Eire Og responded with three fine points. Eire Og led by eight at the break and scored the first three points of the second half – and the game was over as a contest after that.

Noel Rogers grabbed a late goal for Barry’s in the final ten minutes but it was too little too late for the home side.

Scorers – Eire Og: R Nolan (0-6), L Creaton (0-4), M O’Brien (1-1), Colm Lavin, Ciaran Lavin, S Jordan, F Nolan, B Nolan, L Keenan, P Doory (0-1 each).

St Barry’s: E Conroy, N Rogers (1-0 each), D Keenan, R McGowan (0-1 each).

Ace Andrew

Michael Glavey’s 3-24 St Ronan’s 1-3

Michael Glavey’s powered into the IFC quarter-finals when they easily dismissed the challenge of St Ronan’s at Ballinlough.

St Ronan’s now face a relegation play-off against St Barry’s while Glavey’s will meet St Dominic’s. Glavey’s were always in control and with Andrew Glennon, Stephen Comer and Caoileann Fitzmaurice outstanding they led at half-time by 0-13 to 1-1, with Anthony Wallace scoring the St Ronan’s goal.

Whatever chance Ronan’s had disappeared when Ronan Murphy grabbed Glavey’s first goal early in the second half. Then Andrew Glennon scored two goals in the final ten minutes as the Glavey’s attack ran amok.

Scorers – Michael Glavey’s: A Glennon (2-5), S Comer (0-7), R Murphy (1-2), C Fitzmaurice (0-3), S Burke, S Fagan (0-2 each), C Hussey, C Ruane, G Patterson, (0-1 each).

St Ronan’s: A Wallace (1-1), G O’Daly, J Keaveney (0-1 each).

Weir wears Rossies down

Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U-21 B Hurling Semi-Final

Wicklow 1-14 Roscommon 0-11

Wicklow always looked the likely winners of this All-Ireland semi-final played at Athleague on Saturday last. Wicklow were a little sharper up front and with Gavin Weir and Diarmuid Masterson dominating the central positions, the Garden County edged ahead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.    

  Liam Kilcline, Warren Boyle and Chris Duignan were doing well for Roscommon but the crucial score came shortly after half-time when Cian O’Byrne scored the only goal of the game. 

  This left Roscommon with a mountain to climb and although they battled back with some fine scores they could never reel Wicklow in.

  Indeed Roscommon’s cause was not helped when Chris Duignan was very unlucky to have been sent off in the 50th minute for a second yellow card offence.

  Roscommon battled back well but they could never get closer than five points. Roscommon were awarded a penalty in injury-time but sub Daniel Glynn saw his shot saved by the Wicklow goalkeeper Robert Fitzgerald.

  Best for Roscommon on the day were Liam Kilcline, Cathal Kenny, Warren Boyle, Cathal Dolan, Chris Duignan and sub Daniel Glynn.

  Scorers – Wicklow: G Weir (0-7), C O’Byrne (1-2), P Doran (0-3), P Doyle, J Cranley (0-1) each.

Roscommon: C Dolan (0-4), G Glynn (0-2), W Boyle, C Duignan, G Egan, M Beirne, G Downey (0-1) each.

Roscommon: K Kellehan; K Crehan, L Kilcline, J Martin; B Fallon, C Dolan, W Boyle; L Fehily, C Duignan; G Egan, M Beirne, J Henry; G Downey, A Finnerty, C Kenny. Subs: D Keaveney for Finnerty, D Glynn for Henry, P Dolan for Beirne, P Joyce for Egan.

 

It’s the big soccer kick-off

This weekend sees the beginning of the 46th season of football for the Roscommon & District League. This season thirty teams will play in three divisions of the league which is an increase of four from last season.

  Two new teams from Roscommon Town will join the league, namely Roscommon Youths and Roscommon United.

  Lough Harps rejoin the league after a one-season absence while St John’s Athletic and Moylough will have two teams in the League. Fohenagh have decided not to enter a team this season.

  The Premier Division will have ten teams: Ballinasloe Town, Ballaghaderreen, Moore United, Skyvalley Rovers, Castlerea Celtic, Cloonfad United, Dysart, Ballymoe FC, newly-promoted St John’s Athletic and the Milltown Dunmore side MD Town.

  Division 1 will have nine teams, as last season: Ahascragh United, the Brazilian side Brazukas, Glen Celtic from Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin United, Loughglynn United, Shiven Rovers from Newbridge, Rahara Rovers, Ballaghaderreen and Ballinasloe Town.

  Division two will be the largest division with eleven sides playing in it.

  Teams involved include last season’s Division 2 Cup winners CP Ajax from Castleplunkett. Also involved are the Kilconnell side KC Celtic, Cloonfad United, Ballinlough side Lough Harps, Moylough 79, MD Town, Roscommon United, Moore United, Skyvalley Rovers, St John’s Athletic and Roscommon Town Youths.

  All teams will compete in a two-round League and also the Roscommon & District League Challenge Cup and Divisional Cup competitions.

  Most of the teams will also play in the Umbro sponsored FAI Junior Cup and the Connacht Cup.

  Overall no player can complain of a lack of football as they will be in action from this weekend until some time next May.

  It’s going to be a busy time for Fixtures Secretary Gerry Tully and other members of the Roscommon & District League.

  Unlike previous seasons Referees Inspector Owen Brennan will be appointing the referees this season.

  Like in other seasons a huge commitment will be required from club officials, managers, players referees, etc.

  Good luck to all in the new season.

Golf News 28th August

Boyle Golf Club

Well done to Niall Kearney who won his King Harmon semi-final against Seamus Gallagher and is through to the final against Lionel Lynn.

Competitions for this week are the Men’s Competition on Thursday night, while Friday’s will be the Lady President’s Scramble & Barbeque; please put your name on the noticeboard. Sunday is Lady President’s Day and we send best wishes to Liz Dwyer for a great day.

The Lady President’s Prize to the men also takes place on Sunday. Presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday evening.

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

It’s been a fantastic Open Week and thanks to everyone who took part, both members and visitors. This week’s competition is the Drumsna Garden Centre Scramble. Lidl Lynch and

Garvey Cup: Just a reminder that all first round games are to be played by end of this week.

Castlerea Golf Club

Marian Caulfield staged the second day of her Lady Captain’s Prize on Saturday in glorious weather conditions.

The following were the prize-winners – 1st: Mary Gunning, 2nd: Mamie Creighton, 3rd: Kay O'Loughlin, Gross: Mary Colleary. 1st eighteen was won by Celia Mulligan and the winner of the 2nd eighteen was Mary Kenny. New Members prize-winners were Catherine Darcy and Austin Waldron Jnr.

Presentation on the night was attended by a large selection of members and guests. A very enjoyable night was had by all.

Congratulations to the Connacht Shield team who defeated Loughrea and who now play Tuam in the zone final on Monday 31st August.

Next weekend the club is running a fundraising classic over the three days, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of August. The funds will go towards the costs involved in our participation in All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes.

Please contact Eamonn on 086-6080544 for details of timesheet. The competition is open to both ladies and gents, with a 3-person team, any combination. The entry fee is €75 per team.

We also remind members to continue selling their tickets for the club draw which takes place on September 6th.

Roscommon Golf Club

A successful August Open Week has come to an end with good numbers entering in the men’s competitions especially and great scores recorded.

At the final presentation of prizes on Sunday night both Captain Ken Kearney and Lady Captain Marie McManus thanked everyone who participated in the competitions and urged members to support the local businesses who generously sponsor the competitions. List of prize-winners in our next issue.

Roscommon Junior golfers hit the headlines during the week. Congratulations to Kevin Connaughton, winner of the Connacht Junior Close U-12 Championship and to Cian O'Connor, runner-up. The finals were held in Galway Bay Golf Club.

Congratulations and good luck to Allan Hill who is one of the three boys selected to represent Ireland at the Italian International Under 16 Championships in Golf Club Biella from 1st-3rd September 2015.

A great contingent of Roscommon Junior Boys took part in Munster Under 14 Amateur Open in East Cork Golf Club, Midleton and they got a special mention from the organisers.

Joseph Finnegan got the prize for the best nett score and all the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Please note that there is no open competition on this Friday 28th August. Instead there is a qualifying round for the Crumlin Rumble for members only. Teams of 3 costing €15 per team. Please support.

Good luck to the Ladies’ Senior Foursomes team who are playing in the Connacht Final in Sligo on Saturday.

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