Clan na Gael's Billy Smith. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
CLAN NA GAEL 3-16
ST KEVINS 3-12
Clan na Gael maintained the pressure on neighbours, Roche Emmets, at the top of Division 2 thanks to a four-point victory over St Kevins at Philipstown on Saturday evening.
The visitors looked to be on course for a comfortable win when they turned around with a seven point lead, but had to withstand a second half revival from the Kevins before returning home with a victory that saw them move top of the table.
Despite the defeat, there were parts of this performance that will offer St Kevins encouragement ahead of the championship, but they will be disappointed that they remain bottom of the table and as have yet to pick up a league point.
Shane Caroll was the star for the Clans in the first half as he grabbed two goals and was also among the points along with Billy Smith, Paul Crewe and Robbie Curran as their side lead by 2-8 to 1-4.
The Kevins reply came in the form of a goal from Adam Harper and points from Cian Callan. The hosts battled to get back into the game in the second half and two goals from Cian Callan saw them remain very much in the hunt. However, the Clans were not to be denied and a third goal from Conall McKeever helped them clinch their sixth successive win.
CLAN NA GAEL: Cillian Rice; Craig Callan, Reece O’Hanlon, Brian McDonnell; Paul Crewe 0-1, Craig Long, Tiarnan Weldon; Robbie Curran 0-4, Conall McKeever 1-1; Micheal McDonald, Shane Carroll 2-2, Mark Lee 0-1; Sean O’Hanlon, Billy Smith 0-4, Paul Martin 0-2. Subs: John Byrne for C Callan, Paul Gore for M Lee, Adam Lynch for C McKeever, Shane Coleman 0-1 for S Carroll, Conor Noonan for S O’Hanlon.
ST KEVINS: Josh Finlay (0-1); Brian Callaghan, Finbarr Lynch, Darren McMullan; TJ Doheny (0-2), Seanie Crosbie, James Harper; Lee Crosbie (0-1), Evan Maher; Dylan Maher (0-1), Patrick Clarke (0-1), Shane Meade; Tom Matthews, Cian Callan (2-7), Adam Harper (1-0). Subs: Liam Boylan for D Maher, Evan Doheny for S Meade, Patrick Duff for B Callaghan.
ROCHE EMMETS 3-12
O RAGHALLAIGHS 0-13
Roche Emmets continued their revival with a comfortable victory over O Raghallaighs in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon. Three first half goals did the damage for the visitors as they moved back to the top of the table ahead of Clan na Gael who had gone to the summit as a result of their victory on Saturday evening.
Boosted by their victory over St Kevins in their previous match, the Roche men were in fine form in the first half. Barry O’Hare once again led the way on the scoresheet as he bagged 1-4, while Liam Carthy and Mark Byrne scored 1-1 apiece to send their team in with a 3-6 to 0-5 advantage.
The Drogheda side improved in the second half and added eight points to their tally with Kyle McElroy finishing the game with seven points. However, they were unable to produce the goals they needed to really challenge the lead.
Roche always looked to be in control in the second period and although they failed to find the net again, points from Mark Byrne, Mark Reynolds, Dan O’Connell and O’Hare were enough to see them come out on top by eight points.
ROCHE EMMETS: Evin Quigley; Gerard Browne, Peter Lynch, Harry O’Connell; Andrew Carroll, James McDonnell, Caoimhín Reilly; Mark Reynolds 0-1, Martin Carroll; Robert Mackin, Liam Carthy 1-1, David O’Connell; Mark Byrne 1-3, Barry O’Hare 1-6, Glen Stewart. Subs: Dan O’Connell 0-1 for Mackin, Fintan Watters for Carroll, Mikey McCourt for Carthy.
O RAGHALLAIGHS: Rob Smith; James Morgan, Alan Doyle, Oliver Clutterbuck; Jack Carr , Emmet King, Ewan Sweeney; Eoin Moore 0-2, Olan Walsh, Ben Smith 0-3, Daniel Morgan, John Horan 0-1, Cillian Curran, Kyle McElroy 0-7, James Smith. Subs: Ben Sweeney, Chris Smith, Lee Grifferty, Ciaran Reilly, Connel Rice.
ST JOSEPHS 6-12
The Joes came out on top in this clash of neighbours at Cluskey Park, with the visitors greatly depleted in strength through the absence of a number of key squad members. The Joes hit six goals, three in each half, with Craig Doherty on target with a hat trick.
Doherty and Ciaran O’Brien opened the scoring with pointed frees for both teams. The first goal of the game came on six minutes for the Joes when Conor Neary, Oisin McGuinness and Conall Smyth linked to setup Craig Doherty to finish to the net. The Joes added points from Ben Collier and Jack Mulligan with Conor Kieran on target from distance for the O’Connells.
A pointed free from Alan Quigley had the Joes ahead 1-4 to 0-2 at the first water break. The second quarter saw the sides add three scores each, however it was goals from the Joes duo of Craig Doherty on 19 minutes and Alan Quigley on 32 minutes that had the Joes ahead by 3-5 to 0-5 at half time.
The first five minutes of the second half saw the sides exchange points with Jack Mulligan and Ben Collier on target for the Joes and the O’Connells responded with two excellent points from Jackie Agnew and Emmet Byrne.
On 36 minutes an Alan Quigley ball over the top sent Craig Doherty through for the Joes fourth goal. Paul McKeever added two points for the O’Connells with Alan Lynch and Killian McDonnell on target for the Joes.
Gabriel Bell and Alan Quigley combined with Gabriel Bell crashing the ball to the net for a Joes goal on 44 minutes. The O’Connells edged the scoring in the final quarter adding 1-3, Alan Quigley finished an excellent Joes move when his well-placed shot hit the top right corner of the net leaving the Joes winners by 15 points.
ST JOSEPHS: Jordan Mackin; Conor Neary, Aidan Kieran, Liam O’Leary; Ben Collier (0-2), David Kieran, Gabriel Bell (1-0); Oisin McGuinness, Bernard Mulligan; Jack Mulligan (0-4); Alan Lynch (0-1), Killian McDonnell (0-1); Alan Quigley (2-2), Conall Smyth, Craig Doherty (3-2), Subs: Jack McNamee, Peter Brennan, Conor McKeown.
O’CONNELLS: Stuart Reynolds; Liam Kiernan, Conor Byrne, Jackie Agnew 0-3; Emmet Byrne 0-2, Stuart Osborne, Dean Corrigan; Conor Kiernan 0-1, Sean Cairns 0-1; Andrew Keenan, Evan Caldwell 0-1, Cian O’Dwyer; Paul McKeever 0-3, Ciaran O’Brien, Tadhg Kearney. Subs: Jamie Murphy 0-1, Dara McDonnell, John McLoughlin, Sean Connolly 1-0.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS 1-10
DUNDALK GAELS 0-11
Hunterstown Rovers maintained their good run of form with a home victory over Dundalk Gaels on Saturday night that sees them move onto 12 points in the table. The tight affair had two major turning points at the end of the first half. Dean Burns found the net for Rovers while Gaels half back Emmet Lindsay was sent off just before that decisive major.
Hunterstown dealt with the slippery conditions quicker opening up an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, wingback Daithi Carroll continuing his good form with the opening score of the game. At half time Rovers were ahead by six, 1-7 to 0-4.
Upon the resumption Ger McSorley got his second and third point to spark a revival and leave a goal between the sides but Glen Matthews was on hand to keep Peter Dooley’s side in control. Two late Tom O’Connell points narrowed the gap even further at the finish. However, the hosts held on to the win which now sees them sit third in the Division 2 table.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Donovan Sheridan; Euan Woodlock, Martin Lennon, Finn Kelly; Muiris O’Sullivan, Keith Brennan, Daithi Carroll 0-1; Ryan Ward, Tony McKenna; Brendan Lennon, Paul Carrie 0-2, Glen Matthews 0-3; Dean Burns 1-0, Ryan Burns 0-3, Jamie Ward. Subs:Alan Landy for B Lennon, Marc Ward for Carroll, Colm Murphy for Carrie.
DUNDALK GAELS: Conor Boyle; Kyle Rafferty, James Lynch, Mark Hanna; Eamonn Kenny, Oisin Murray, Emmet Lindsay; David McComish 0-1, Jordan Keating; Luke Murray, Jason Clarke 0-2, Dylan McKeown 0-3; Gerard McSorley 0-3, Tom O’Connell 0-2, Jamie Lee. Subs: Andy Curley for L Murray, Ronan O’Callaghan for Rafferty, John O’Hare for Mckeown
KILKERLEY EMMETS 1-14
OLIVER PLUNKETTS 2-8
KILKERLEY Emmets made it five wins in a row with a three point win at home against a gutsy Oliver Plunketts side in a game that was all about brothers at Páirc Chill Choirle on Saturday night.
Tadhg McEneaney top scored on the night but it was his brother Conal that caught the eye in the opening half when hitting three scores as the hosts led 0-8 to 1-2 at half time.
Kevin Keogh bagged the first half goal for the Drogheda men and not to be outshone by his sibling, Gary scored a fortuitous goal in an impressive third quarter for the visitors.
Keogh’s shot for a point looped into the back of the Kilkerley and they relied on James Fegan off the bench to give a slender lead. Tadhg McEnenaney would have the final say with 1-1, to wrap up victory for Dessie Lennon’s in-form side.
KILKERLEY EMMETS: Cillian Quigley; Dara Flanagan, Barra McCarthy, Tadhg Litchfield; Ciaran McGlynn 0-1, Patrick Murtagh, Aaron Crawford; Andy McGuill 0-1, James Shields; Ciaran Bellew, Fintan Brady 0-1, Conal McEnaney 0-3; Ciaran Clarke , Tadhg McEnaney 1-6, Daniel McKeown 0-1. Subs: James Fegan 0-1 for McGlynn, Cathal Bellew for Clarke, Ultan McEnaney for Shields, Darren Litchfield for Flanagan.
OLIVER PLUNKETTS: Luke Haggans 0-1; Cillian Matthews, Davy McTaggart, Gary Keogh 1-0; Baz Reynolds, Cillian Smith, Alex Shields; Adam Brodigan, Dean Carolan; Hugh Conaghy, Seán Callaghan, David Lambe 0-1; Kevin Keogh 1-0, Cian Brady 0-4, Killian Nolan 0-1. Subs: Shaun Smith 0-1 for Lambe, Stephen Keeley for K Keogh, Steven Beirth for Conaghy, Josh Hynes for Shields.
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