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Roche down Dowdallshill to top JFC Group Three

Sports Reporter


Sports Reporter



Roche down Dowdallshill to top JFC Group Three

Arthur Kinahan managed to get a snap of Democrat Sports editor and Roche player Caoimhín Reilly against Dowdallshill's Vincent Roe last night.

Junior Football Championship Group Three

Roche Emmets 2-13 1-4 Dowdallshill 

Roche ensured their progress to the quarter-final of the Junior Championship as Group Three winners in Louth Village on Thursday night. Barry Cullen’s men saw off Dowdallshill with leading marksman Barry O’Hare contributing 1-5 of their total.

The men from Rathduff never trailed at any stage having taken an early lead courtesy of a brace from Kevin Callaghan before a further minor from Callaghan preceded four consecutive points from the dead-eyed O’Hare.

Noel Finnegan (free) and Anthony Quinn has drawn the ‘Hill level at 0-2 apiece after 10 minutes, however, Roche went to the break comfortably ahead; 0-7 to 0-2.

Tempers threatened to boil over on several occasions with referee John Crawley having dished out two black cards to Dowdallshill’s Paul Flynn and Eamon Duffy either side of the break, while Roche's Conor Carthy received a red-card for a second bookable offence with time almost up.

Emmets had the game sewn up by that point with Conor Macken’s 35th minute goal breaking whatever resolve the ‘Hill men had. Roche midfielder Evin Quigley hit a late brace while O’Hare and substitute David McCrave traded late majors.

Roche move into the knockout phase as a result, while Dowdallshill and Lannléire meet next weekend to determine who joins them in the last eight.

Roche: Jamie O’Hare; James Tiffney, Harry O’Connell, Ciarán Savage; Gerry Murphy, Liam Carthy, Dermot Carthy; Dan O’Connell (0-1), Evin Quigley (0-2); Kevin Callaghan (0-3), Conor Carthy, Robert Mackin; Conor Macken (1-0), Barry O’Hare (1-5), Caoimhín Reilly
Subs: Liam Dawe, Cathal Byrne (0-1) Owen O’Hare (0-1), Thomas Campbell, David O’Connell

Dowdallshill: Robbie Arthur; Vincent Roe, Emmet O’Brien, Luke O’Brien; Paul Flynn, Jack Mc Gailey, Conor McGailey; Eamon Duffy, Ciaran Thornton; Noel Finnegan (0-2), Anthony Quinn (0-2), Justin Halley; Paul Gill, Aidan McCabe, Johnny Burke
Subs: Seamus Agnew, Conor McKeown, David McCrave (1-0), Peter Begley

Referee: John Crawley (St. Kevin’s)