Kerry/Donegal use second half to win
Kerry/Donegal 2-14 Fermanagh 1-09
Kerry/Donegal used a strong second half showing to take the win in the Ladies Championship encounter that opened the day at Gaelic Park on Sunday. The side went in at the break with a 0-05 to 0-03 lead but should count themselves lucky after Fermanagh could only get one point from two penalties in the first half. As the second half opened the winners had a burst of 1-03 on the board with Denise Dunnion getting the goal. Fermanagh did pull back a goal from Loretta Cunningham but further points from Catherina Brady, Dunnion and Anita McKenna pushed the lead out to 1-12 to 1-07. When their second goal arrived from Allie Kelly Fermanagh had no response. They battled hard to the end but points from Caroline Murphy and Erin Galligan were their only reward and KD were able get to the finish line with the win intact in a very entertaining contest.
Fermanagh 1 Donna Traynor 2 Noleen Fitzpatrick 3 Tracy Ann McCullough 4 Orla Grogan 5 Caroline McArdle 6 Caitlin Slattery7 Molly Boyle 8 Clare McElroy 9 Siobhan McCourt 10 Ashlinn Gormley 11 Erin Galligan 12 Leigh Mulhern 13 Ashlin O’Sullivan 14 Loretta Cunningham 15 Caroline Murphy
Kerry/Donegal 1 Benny Touhy 2 Aoife Gibson 3 Una Burke 4 Kathleen Hickey 5 Naimh Britton 6 Louise Lilly 7 Jennifer Moran 8 Michelle McVann 9 Kelly Roche 10 Anita McKenna 11 Catherina Brady 12 Denise Kennedy 13 Denise Dunnion 14 Allie Kelly 15 Marie Cassells
Player of the Game
Referee Eugene Kyne Turloughmore
Mayo takes spoils
Mayo 1-09 Rangers 0-06
After a very low scoring first half when both sides had only two points on the board, Mayo outscored their opponents 1-07 to 0-04 to easily take the win in this Intermediate football encounter. Mayo did have a penalty claim in the first thirty while they opened the second half with three unanswered points. While Rangers had two points in reply from O’Neill and McGoldrock frees, Mayo had four of the next five scores as they attacked continuously, they also dropped three balls into John Williams hands and took the best out of him with a Ger O’Boyle shot. Rangers were also playing short ball as they were guilty of dropping the ball into Kieran Potter’s hands which hurt their chance at a recovery. Sean O’Neill did have Rangers sixth point after another free but Ger O’Boyle took the best out of John Williams and Mike Creegan grabbed the rebound and slotted to the net to clinch the victory.
Rangers 1 John Williams 2 Malachey McHugh 3 Cathel Driscoll 4 Joe Walsh 5 Roy Henley 6 Conor Fagan 7 Naill O’Sullivan 8 Sean O’Neill (0-04)9 Rob Donnelly 10 Mike Sheridan 11 Denis McGoldrick (0-02)12 Stephen O’Shea 13 Eoghan Delaney 14 Sean Twomey 15 Ronan Caffrey
Mayo 1 Kieran Potter 2 Glen Galvin 2 Alan Looney 4 Mike Burke 5 Dermot Keane 6 Conor O’Halloran 7 Raymond Keane 8 Rory O’Neill (0-01)9 Bill Finn (0-01)10 Mike Cregan (1-00)11 Dave Colleran 12 Emmitt Cooney 13 Ger O’Boyle (0-04)14 Liam McDonald 15 Ronan O’Boyle (0-01) Subs Kevin Stenson (0-02) Billy Curran, Liam Clifford, Dean Doherty
Referee Lawrence McGrath
Corkonians follow easy path
Cork 1-12 Tyrone 0-05
Cork had an easy win over a Tyrone outfit that never got to grips with the center field dominance of the winners. Cork went into the break 0-05 to 0-01 leaders with Benny Reilly getting two of the scores while Francie Cleary also hit the upright with a fisted effort. Shane Mannion and Ger McCullough were dominating the center and it showed in each direction. They continued their food form with 1-03 against another solitary Tyrone point in the opening twelve minutes of the second half with Benny Reilly grabbing the goal after sub Jonathon McDermott released him. Johnny Murtagh did have three of the next four scores against a Gavin McIntire point for Cork, but it was a very quiet day for the NY player as the ball was never played into him on a consistent basis. Cork rounded out the scoring with the final three points of the game from Jason Kelly, two and Ger McCullough for the comprehensive win.
Cork 1 Gary Lowney 2 Denis McCarthy 3 Ciaran Kiley 4 Paddy Harrington 5 Conor Doherty (0-01) 6 Alan Rafferty 7 John Fitzpatrick 8 Shane Mannion 9 Sean Lordon 10 Jason Kelly (0-02)11 Ger McCullough (0-03)12 Francie Cleary 13 Benny Reilly (1-02)14 Gavin McIntire (0-01)15 Sean Purcell (0-03) Subs Shea Furlong, Conor Hunter, Declan Reilly, Jonathon McDermott
Tyrone 1 Brian Cullinane 2 Joe Bell 3 Gerard McCullough 4 Paul Mulherne 5 Seamus Skeffington 6 Aiden Power 7 Daniel Jackson 8 Conor McNabb 9 Brian Dillon (0-01)10 Ronan Garvey 11 Martin McCreesh 12 Ruiri Grant 13 Justin McCaffrey (0-01)14 John Murtagh (0-03)15 Deon Gallagher Subs Conor Skeffington, Michael Gallagher, Sean Roche.
Man of the Match Jason Kelly (Cork)
Referee John Fitzpatrick
Breffni Cause Blues for Donegal
Cavan 2-16 Donegal 0-06
Cavan continued the trend off the day with the best win of the afternoon. Eight different scorers accounted for the vaunted win with the play of Paddy Smith, Kevin Smith and Rory Dunne particularly impressive. They had an eight point to one lead at the break with two points from Paddy Smith excellent scores. James Moynagh also pitched in with a pair while Declan Fitzpatrick had two from frees.
The sides split four points to open the second half and the n Donegal had a further two from the boot of Ciaran Tavey to pull the lead back to 0-10 to 0-05. It was curtains however when Cavan put the game beyond doubt with a two goal burst in the space of a minute with Paddy Smith and Enda Lenard the scorers in the twelfth minute. Five of the final six points of the game arrived for Cavan as they were now scoring at will to place themselves prominently in the pecking order of contenders for the Championship.
Cavan 1 Alan Hearty 2 Ciaran Martin 3 Ciaran Shields 4 Patsy Martin 5 Brendan Reilly (0-02)6 Rory Dunne (0-01)7 Alan Carolan 8 Conor Brady 9 Kevin Smith 10 Kevin McGeeney (0-02)11 Enda Lenard (1-02)12 Declan Fitzpatrick (0-02)13 Frankie Barry 14 Paddy Smith (1-03)15 James Moynagh (0-03) Subs Eoghan Carew (0-01) Nobby Smith Garth Kelly
Donegal 1 Des Lennon 2 James Huvane 3 Les Hogan 4 Tony McMahon 5 Ray Keenan 6 PJ Flanagan 7 Brian McCaffrey 8 John Bingham 9 Tom Hardwick 10 Mark Downes (0-01)11 Mickey Noone 12 Brian O’Connor 13 John Brennan 14 Ciaran Tavey (0-05)15 Anthony Kelly
Man of the Match Paddy Smith (Cavan)
Referee Paddy Gormley.