Sports Digest GAA: Roscommon no match for Mayo in Connacht championship


“You have apes that will say we were better off if we lost it and going to the other way, into next Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier against Antrim, but I wouldn’t think like that,” Daly said.

“Championship hurling is for trying to get a win. That’s the way we went at it.

“I know that the Kilkenny mentors won’t be shaking in their boots on their way home, but all we can do is be the best we can be next week and see what we can take out of it.”
Galway Looks for Challenge
GALWAY can only benefit from a Leinster SHC scare against Laois in Sunday according to manager Anthony Cunningham as he prepares for a final date with Kilkenny or Dublin.

Laois led at halftime but ran out of steam before succumbing to a Davy Glennon goal with 12 minutes remaining to lose by 2-17 to 1-13.

“We were expecting that. Laois have been going very well this year. We were a bit rusty,” Cunningham said.

“We would be happy with how we finished, but there is a lot of room for improvement. Laois were very good, very gutsy, they took some great scores.

“It’s great for hurling to see Laois back playing like that. That game will sharpen us up a lot.

“There’s no point being in the Leinster Championship unless you have the ambition to go on to win it. That’s our aim -- one game at a time to try to retain the Leinster title.”

Bizarre Win for Meath
MEATH benefitted from a bizarre Kevin Reilly goal seconds after goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke had saved a penalty to ease past Wicklow in the Leinster SFC in Aughrim on Saturday night.

A bizarre sequence of events saw O’Rourke deny Seanie Furlong from the penalty kick before Meath worked the ball up the field and a huge kick from inside his own half from Reilly bounced over ‘keeper John Flynn and into the Wicklow net.

Garden County boss Harry Murphy admitted the Meath goal wrecked his team’s dream of an upset.
“Madness -- 30 seconds of madness. We missed a penalty and they came down and got that goal.

“John Flynn made some great saves for us and that thing happened. I feel sorry for the chap, he’s devastated in there but that’s football. The wind played a huge part in the game. We played very well in the first half. It’s hard to take.”
No Kerry Match for O’Dwyer
CORK ended Mick O’Dwyer’s dreams of a Munster SFC final crack at his native Kerry with a nine point, 1-20 to 1-11, semifinal win over Clare in Ennis on Sunday, but manager Conor Counihan saw room for improvement.

Counihan saw his side concede a five point lead early on to let Clare back into the game but he insisted afterwards, “I wasn’t worried, annoyed is more the description you would use for the way we sat back and let them come at us. We gave them the initiative, but you have to give them credit as well.

“Clare weren’t going to lie down, we knew that after last year. We were fortunate last year because we got three handy goals, this year we didn’t get those. We were lucky we had that bit of a cushion all the time.”
Cavan Holds On for Win

CAVAN held out in light of a late Fermanagh challenge to win their Ulster SFC quarter-final clash by 0-13 to 0-11 at Brewster Park on Sunday.

Peter Canavan’s side failed to score in the first 26 minutes and ultimately left it too late to deny Cavan a place in the semifinal.

Boss Canavan felt his team’s 10 week layoff from the end of the National League didn’t do them any favors.

He said, “Cavan had already played in the championship and were up to the pace much better than us. The benefit of having played recently worked for Cavan and we are left to rue our bad start.
“I felt that if we were within touching distance with five or 10 minutes to go we could win it. I was expecting a big finish from our boys and maybe with a bit more composure they would have won.”