St Mochtas Declan Byrne grabbed four points in his side's victory over Ardee St Marys. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
ST MOCHTAS 3-8 ST MARYS 0-8
St Mochtas booked their place in the last eight of the Paddy Sheelan Cup thanks to a nine-point victory over St Mary’s at Ardee on Sunday afternoon. With both sides having recorded a victory over St Kevin’s in their opening fixture, this was a winner-take-all game to decide the winners of Group A.
From the early stages it was clear that the Louth Village side had the upper hand, and they made their superiority count as a goal from Ciaran McMahon helped them to lead by 1-4 to 0-1 at the break.
Scorers from Ronan Carroll and Darren Clarke helped revive St Marys hopes in the second half, but they were unable to bridge the gap as Gerry Garland and Darren McMahon found the net to see the Mochtas to victory.
ST MOCHTAS: Jason Callan; David Lennon, Ben Goss Kieran, Liam Lawlor; Eamon O’Neill (0-2), Darren McMahon (1-0), Conor Garland; Danny Kindlon, Gerry Garland (1-0); Liam O’Flaherty, Jamie Farrell (0-2), Philly Englishby; Ciaran McMahon (1-0), Declan Byrne (0-4), Cormac Smyth. Subs: Justin McCooey for L O’Flaherty, Gavin Short for E O’Neill.
MATTOCK RANGERS 1-13 O’CONNELLS 1-6
Mattock made it two wins from two starts in this competition and topped Group B to advance to the quarter finals. Brendan Leacy opened the scoring with a goal in the first minute after a good move up the field and Shane Hickey put his team further ahead with the first point of the game.
O’Connells first score of the game was a goal after a great move down the field with a series of one two’s between Andrew Keenan, Niall Conlon and Jackie Agnew, the latter finishing to the net.
The home side replied with the next three points, a brace from Hickey and the other a free from Ben McKenna. A Robert Quigley free reduced the margin to three but points from Sean Clarke and Jack Thompson made it a five-point game.
The Bellingham side got the last two points of the half, both frees from Conlon and Quigley to leave the score at the break 1-6 to 1-3 in favour of the home team.
The men from Collon landed the first three points of the second half from Leacy and two for McKenna while O’Connells struck back with three of their own from Conlon and two for Quigley to leave the score at 1-9 to 1-6 going into the last ten minutes.
The home team finished stronger and added another four points to their their tally from Ryan Leneghan, James Carraher and another two from McKenna to secure the victory and move on to the quarter final.
MATTOCK RANGERS: Jamie Mulholland; Caoilte Hickey, Cillian Hickey, Ben Markey; Brendan Leacy (1-0), Cathal Clarke, James Carraher (0-1); Ben McKenna (0-5, 0-3 frees), Ryan Lenaghan (0-1); Jack Thompson (0-1), Shane Hickey (0-3), Terry Donegan; Oisin McKenna, Sean Clarke (0-1), Alan Carraher. Subs: Eoin McCloskey, Dan Bannon, Aaron Smith, Stephen Smith.
O’CONNELLS: Cian Geeney; Craig Sharkey, Stuart Osbourne, Sam Shearman; Nathan Carragher, Conor Byrne, Emmet Byrne; Jackie Agnew (1-0), Andrew Keenan; Paul McKeever, Niall Conlon (0-2), Cian O’Dwyer; Bernard Osborne, Robert Quigley (0-4), Cian Doyle. Subs: Liam Kiernan for C Sharkey, Cailum Woods for P McKeever, Jamie Murphy for B Osborne, Conor Kiernan for C O’Dwyer, Cathal O’Brien for N Conlon.
NEWTOWN BLUES 3-17 OLIVER PLUNKETTS 1-7
Newtown Blues finished top of Group D of the Paddy Sheelan Cup thanks to a comfortable victory over Oliver Plunketts on Sunday afternoon.
Having defeated St Fechins in their opening game, the Blues made sure of their progress against a Plunketts side who suffered a second defeat of the campaign.
The winners had good performances throughout the game and the goals came from Emmet Murray, Conor McGuirk and Conor Moore, while Colm Judge chipped in with an impressive six points.
The Plunketts battled gamely throughout but were unable to pose a serious threat to the Blues despite finding the net through Andy Morgan.
NEWTOWN BLUES: Johnny McDonnell; Conor McNamara, Conor Ayson, Joe Harte; Alan Conor (0-1), Fergal Donoghue, Johnny Connolly; Chris Reid (0-1), Ciaran Cluskey Kelly (0-3); Emmet Murray (1-2), Colm Judge (0-6), Conor McGuirk (1-1); Tristian Kieran, Cormac McQuillan, Conor Moore (1-3).
OLIVER PLUNKETTS: Aaron Donnelly; Cillian Matthews, Davy McTaggert, Barry Reynolds; Alex Shields, Cillian Smith, Sean Rice; Shaun Smith, Cian Matthews; Kevin Keogh, Domo Akin, Sean Callaghan (0-3); Killian Nolan (0-1), Conor Haggans, Kristian Nolan (0-1). Subs: Andy Morgan (1-1), James Lambe, Adam Lambe (0-1), Sean Boyle.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS 2-12 ST BRIDES 2-9
Hunterstown Rovers edged this close top of the table clash in Group F at home against St Brides last Sunday morning to advance to the Paddy Sheelan Cup quarter finals.
Aaron Levins found the net again for the second week running along with substitute Jamie O’Callaghan, whose crucial major off the bench would prove to be the difference between the two sides.
Declan McCoy’s side were best served by county panelist Seán Marry on the square and both cornermen Kevin Hearty and Ciarán Deane who bagged a goal each in the loss.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Niall Carrie; Martin Lennon, Patrick Taaffe, Adam O’Reilly; Conor Reaburn, Daithi Carroll, Alan Mathews; Tony McKenna (0-1) Jamie Ward; David Finn (0-1) Aaron Levins (1-1), Caolan McCabe; Dean Burns, Glen Mathews (0-6), Oisin Magee (0-1). Subs: Donovan Sheridan (0-1), Peter Reid, Jamie O’Callaghan (1-1), Ryan Ward, Conor O’Brien, Philip Traynor.
St Brides: Darren Breen; Ronan Bailey, Daniel McArdle, Jarlath Cassidy; Evan Wynn, Mick Keane, Ross Murnaghan; Bernard Laverty (0-2), Jake McNamara; Sean Brennan, Emmett Kirk, Ross Kehoe (0-2); Ciaran Deane (1-0), Sean Marry (0-3), Kevin hearty (1-2). Subs: Brian Fall, Nathan Kirk, Kelvin Slowey, Daren Bailey.
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