Second Half Surge for Orchard
Armagh 4-14 Roscommon 4-04
An Armagh second half surge when they ran off 2-06 without reply broke this Intermediate contest open after a very tight first half. The sides were even at the break 3-03 Roscommon to 2-06 Armagh after Roscommon had come back into the contest on the strength of Eoin Kelly, a cracker, Darren O’Connor and Conor Hogan goals but the introduction of Peter Hatzer and John McGeeney off the bench for the Orchard County was a game changing switch.
Both had goals while Hatzer also had a pair of points to open the second half. Good defending during the first 15 minutes of the second half by Caolan Short, Sean Kelly and Patsy Martin also nullified Roscommon treats. When Conor Hogan crashed his second goal on eighteen minutes of the second half it narrowed the gap too 4-12 to 4-03, but it was a false hope as final scores by Shane McKeever, his second of the game and Shane Moore ended the contest with Armagh reinforcing their ranking as the top contender for the Intermediate title this season.
Armagh 1 Donal Hearty 2 Eoghan McParland 3 Patsy Martin 4 Brian Rodgers 5 Aiden Morton 6 Sean Kelly 7 James Moynagh (0-01)8 Kevin McGeeney (0-01)9 Garth Kelly (0-01) 10 Shane McKeever (0-02)11 Alan Hearty (0-01) 12 Shane Moore (0-01)13 Mike McCarty 14 Kevin Rodgers (0-02) 15 Shane McKenna (1-01) Subs Peter Hatzer (1-02) John McGeeney (2-01) Desi Toman (0-01)
Roscommon 1 Pat Kenny 2 John McGowan 3 John Walsh 4 Pat Lilly 5 Philip Rodgers (0-01) n6 Aiden Rowan 7 Henry Mitchell 8 Colin Nester 9 Tom Walsh 10 Ferdi Coyne 11 Cormac O’Sullivan 12 Damien Dooley (0-01) 13 Darren O’Connor (1-02) 14 Eoin Kelly (1-00) 15 Conor Hogan (2-00) Subs Mike Curley John Collins Daragh Gaffney John O’Malley
Man of the Match Peter Hatzer (Armagh)
Referee Sean Jones
Driscoll goal wins it
Leitrim 2-11 Cavan 1-13
Gary Driscoll had a star performance for Leitrim in his first game in New York by scoring two very important goals to help secure a hard fought win. Cavan opened the game with four points from frees and play with paddy Smith and Eoghan Carew each had two. When Dan Doona arrived to the fray however the game changed for Leitrim. He scored five points in the final 14 minutes and set up a wonderful goal for Ger Driscoll. Cavan had a three point spurt in the closing minutes but that was cancelled out by John O’Neill, Dermot Keane when he ventured forward and Doona. It gave Leitrim a 1-09 to 0-07 half time lead. In a game of waves Cavan had their second of the game to open the second half. 1-06 against nada for Leitrim again turned the game the goal was a gem from Tomo Smith a bullet from the left side. They also had a stream of wides. Leitrim did respond with a Gary Driscoll point and then had the game winner when John O’Neill set free Driscoll and he carried forward and blasted to the net. Doona and Carew had final scores for their respective teams and Leitrim hung on for a very important win.
Cavan 1 Alan Hearty 2 Ciaran Martin 3 Alan Caralan 4 Nobbie Smith 5 Brendan Reilly 6 Rory Dunne 7 Brian Naughton 8 Conor Brady 9 Kevin Smith 10 Eugene Keating11 Enda Lenard (0-01)12 Eoghan Carew (0-07)13 Frankie Barry 14 Paddy Smith (1-04)15 Kevin McGeeney Subs 7 James Moynagh (0-01) Garth Kelly Kevin Carden.
Leitrim 1 Pa Ryan 2 Alan Foley 3 Stephen Brown 4 Dermot Keane (0-01) 5 John Goldrick 6 Eoin O’Neill 7 Mike Creegan 8 Pat Madden 9 Gary Driscoll (2-01)10 Jamie Doolin 11 Shane Sweeney 12 Cian Tobin (0-01)13 John O’Neill (0-01)14 Adrian O’Connor 15 Kenny O’Connor (0-01) Subs Dan Doona (0-06)
Man of the Match Dan Doona (Leitrim)
Referee John Fitzpatrick
O’Rourke the man for Down
Down 1-15 Donegal 2-08
Down were pushed all the way by a Donegal team that showed a lot of fire and passion in refusing to succumb to the power of the reigning county champs in an intense affair at the Mecca. Down had four of the first five points of the game with Kevin O’Rourke showing that he was going to be a force in the contest. After a PJ Flanagan score for Donegal, Down replied with a further pair to give the side a 0-06 to 0-02 lead with 18 minutes gone. Donegal were not going away however and they had their best period of the game when they came back with a scoring burst of 1-02. The goal arrived when Kieran Tavey set free Mickey Noone who rattled the net. Down did have the final two points of the half but they were now in a contest. The sides swapped scores too open the second half before Donegal had their second goal with =Noone again the scorer. Tavey had a point to follow. The sides swapped four points and with ten minutes to go the game was in Donegal’s hands 2-08 to 0-11. It was all Down however as the game came to the wire. They rattled off the final 1-04 with the goal a brilliant effort. An outlet pass to Eddie O’Reilly stopped when he was fouled on the Down forty. Brendan McGourty took it quickly to O’Reilly and he stormed up the field at pace. His run ended with the ball in the back of the net. Kevin O’Rourke had three of the final four points to punctuate his man of the match performance in a clinical display.
Donegal 1 Des Lennon 2 John Brennan 3 James Huvane 4 Tony McMahon 5 Mark Downes 6 Paul Breslin 7 Brian McCaffrey 8 John Bingham (0-01)9 Brian O’Connor 10 Jackie McHugh 11 PJ Flanagan (0-01)12 Mickey Noone (0-02)13 Ciaran Tavey (0-04)14 CJ Molloy (0-01)15 Anthony Kelly (0-01)
Down 1 Mark Kelly 2 Brian Murray 3 John McCarthy 4 Dermot Hayes 5 Barry Annett 6 Brendan McGourty 7 Sean Kelly 8 Alan O’Hara (0-01)9 Robbie Moran 10 Sean Fee ()-02) 11 Mark Dobbins (0-01)12 Eddie O’Reilly (1-00)13 Kevin O’Rourke (0-05)14 Pakie Downey (0-04)15 Brian Annett Subs Michael Sloan (0-01) Paul McCormack
Man of the Match Kevin O’Rourke
Referee Paddy Gormley
Cork continues winning ways
Cork 3-13 Sligo 0-09
Cork had far too much fire power for Sligo in this senior football encounter. They led 0-05 to 0-02 in a low scoring first half but sprinted away in the second half when they began to score at will. Sligo had a penalty that was blazed over when they were still in shouting distance before Cork put the game away with a flurry of points and a Benny Reilly goal. Reilly helped himself to 1-04 over the hour as he showed time and again that he was the danger man in the front line. He was able assisted by name sake Declan who converted a penalty when Ger McCullough was fouled and also had two good points. While Sligo battled throughout the shear firepower and strength in the middle was too much for the side to contend with.
Cork 1 Gary Lowney 2 Denis McCarthy 3 Ciaran Kiley 4 John Fitzpatrick 5 Conor Doherty (0-02) 6 Alan Rafferty 7 Brian Argue 8 Shane Mannion 9 Sean Lordon 10 Jason Kelly 11 Ger McCullough (0-02)12 Francie Cleary 13 Benny Reilly (1-04)14 Declan Reilly (1-02)15 Ronan Caffrey (1-01) Subs Shea Furlong, Conor Hunter, Declan Reilly, Jonathon McDermott Gavin McIntyre (0-02)
Sligo 1 Paul Burns 2 Paddy Brennan 3 Lee Dunning 4 Emmitt Marron 5 Sean Moran 6 Eoin McHugh (0-01) 7 Roy Henley 8 Cathel Burns 9 Brian Kelly (0-03)10 Tony Woods (0-01)11 Kevin Heggerty 12 Conor Brady (0-01)13 Peter Brennan 14 Tom Gannon (0-02)15 Martin Cocoman Subs Paul Doherty Peter Kelly (0-01) Paul Dillon
Man of the Match Benny Reilly (Cork)
Referee Alan Hearty
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