Armagh: 1 Aiden Morton, 2 Stuart Stokes, 3 Patsy Martin, 4 Seamus McDaid, 5 Paudi Crilly, 6 Niall Rowland, 7 Sean McCreesh (0-1), 8 Paul Raftery, 9 Conor Gough, 10 Eugene Creegan (0-1), 11 Paddy Smith, 12 Eddie English (1-1), 13 Collie Fearan (0-1), 14 Caolan Treanor (0-5), 15 Jack Kirwin. Subs: Kenny Cox (0-1).
Man of the match: Gavin McPartland (Leitrim).
Easy pickings for LIG
Long Island Gaels 5-29 Tipperary 3-13
FOR Long Island Gaels, the beat goes on. In their first year at the senior hurling level -- in fact at any senior grade -- the team from the Island keeps on winning and keeps on putting up big scores.
Tipperary were the losers this time, but the new boys have now defeated all three existing sides and stand as the outright favorites to take Offaly’s long held crown if this form persists.
By the time the halftime break arrived the winners had already built up a 2-18 to 1-07 advantage.
The goals came from corner forwards Kevin O’Loughlin and Shane Minton, but the real star was the outstanding Enda Barrett. The livewire had an excellent point from long range while also firing two frees over the lathe.
While Tipperary did have a Leo Quigley goal in the 20th minute, the intense pressure that was LIG was too much to overcome as the Gaels made every attack count.
It was more of the same in the second half, with the scoring duel in that 30 alone going to the winners 3-11 to 2-6.
The sides swapped points to open the half before Conor Hayes had a goal from a penalty for Tipperary, but it still left a daunting hill to climb for the Premier County who were now following their brothers in arms across the pond on the losing end.
Conor Glynn and the excellent Minton added to the Long Island total, with Barrett and Aiden Cash helping to negate any real Tipperary chances at the defensive end. They ran off five of the last six scores before Finbar Flood finally blew the full time whistle.
Tipperary: 1 Craig Harford, 2 Paul Casey, 4 Colin Gleason (0-1), 5 Fintan Meehan, 6 Paul Tracey, 7 Francis Kennedy, 8 Pat Egan, 9 Naoimh O’Riordan, 10 Leo Quigley (1-3), 11 Ger Morris (0-1), 12 Paul Loughnane (0-3), 13 Conor Hayes (2-5), 15 Eddie Hogan. Subs: Pa Ryan, Kevin Maher.
Long Island Gaels: 1 Ray Murray, 2 Tadhg Callaghan, 4 Dan Breen, 5 Enda Barrett (0-5), 6 Ed Kendrick, 7 Mike Elwood, 8 Jake McMahon (0-1), 9 Aiden Cash, 10 Ray McConglain (1-6), 11 Tadhg Slevin (0-3), 12 Bernard Dee (2-2), 13 Kevin O’Loughlin (1-4), 15 Shane Minton (1-5). Subs: Edna O’Connor, Liam Meehan, Conor Glynn (0-3).
Man of the match: Edna Barrett (Long Island Gaels).
Referee: Finbarr Flood.
Team of the week
A COUPLE of superb performances, with Shane Minton and Enda Barrett from LIG, Gavin McPartland and Caolan Treanor both from the Leitrim contest all having excellent Sundays. In different fashions at the end of course.
1. Gavin Joyce (Cavan), 2 Kieran O’Connor (Kerry), 3 Kieran Quirke (Kerry), 4 Lonan Maguire (Leitrim), 5 Enda Barrett (LIG), 6 Kevin Meaney (Leitrim), 7 John Curran (Kerry), 8 Peter Carragher (Leitrim), 9 Paddy Kelly (Kerry), 10 Ray McConglain (LIG), 11 Enda Reilly (Cavan), 12 Conor Hayes (Tipperary), 13 Caolan Treanor (Armagh), 14 Shane Minton (LIG), 15 Gavin McPartland (Leitrim).