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 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).
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).
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).