Cork 2-17 Kerry 0-08
It was an easy win for Cork in the first game of the afternoon on Sunday at Gaelic Park as they scored at will over a weakened Kerry.
They stormed out the gate with four points before the patrons had settled in their seats, and easily withstood points from Ross Donavan from a free and play by adding a John Fitzpatrick and JP Boyle brace.
Boyle followed his drive by adding his second this time with the other foot, his left as he was showing that he was very much on form.
Kerry had their best period when they added two points from Dermie Foley and Shane Carty, narrowing the Cork advantage to thres points, 0-07 to 0-04.
That was their extent of the scoring however in the first thirty as Cork ran of 2-05 without reply. The goals came from Francie Cleary and Sean Lordon, both after defensive mistakes. Cleary an easy tap in, Lordon a bullet to the right corner.
In a shortened second half Kerry did a little better on the scoreboard as they had four points to Cork's five. It did little to affect the end result however as Cork brought on subs and kept purring to the finish line.
JP Boyle had three points in the half while Bingo O’Driscoll had a trifecta in reply. Bingo was now playing in a forward role as he had switched with Dermie Foley. Boyle had seven points on the day and he certainly showed that he is back to the form he had shown in his previous trip to New York when he played with Clare.
Brilliant defensive play by Conor Hunter and Liam Hanley made every attack difficult for the Kingdom and the depth of the panel they have shows they are a real threat to go all the way. They are now in the semi final of the Knockout tournament after this impressive result.
Cork 1. Evan Byrne 2 Paddy Harrington 4 Conor Hunter 5 Liam Hanley 6 John Fitzpatrick (0-03)7 Jack Hoare 8 Alan Raferty (0-02)9 Rory Stafford (0-02)10 Derek Courtney (0-01)11 Sean Lordon (1-00)12 Francie Cleary (1-00)13 JP Boyle (0-07)15 Eoin Ellis Subs Stevie Gomez (0-01) Shea Furlong, Kieran Potter
Kerry 1 Shane Clifford 2 Eoghan O’Mahoney 4 Tommy Quaid 5 Bingo Driscoll (0-03)6 Shane Coffey 7 Paudie Doyle 8 Dave McSweeney 9 Sean Twomey 10 Shane Carty (0-01) 11 Ross Donavan (0-02)12 Vinnie Gavin (0-01)13 Dermie Foley (0-01)15 John Clifford
Referee Sean Jones (Fermanagh)
Leitrim 2-19 Four Provinces 0-08
Leitrim were far too powerful for a depleted Four Provinces squad as they ran amok on the score board. They had 2-11 on the board by the half against five points for their opponents and the attacks came from all angles.
The full forward combination of Dan Doona and Donal Hartnett combined for eight points while John Goldrick and Mike Creegan rattled the net. Four Provinces had scores from Kieran Moore (Two) Steve Calhoun and a pair by Steve Calhoun but they were thumbs in the dyke however.
The Leitrim side was able to move the ball at will up the field and then find an open man for an easy shot. As the game went into its second half Leitrim sprang three subs that all had a major effect on the contest. Scott Conroy was outstanding and fired four points over, a divesting introduction.
He looks to be a brilliant introduction to the panel with a swift turn of speed. Mark Smith also arrived in with two scores as he too showed that he will be challenging for a first team slot. In Four Provinces defense they never stopped battling with Robbo Calhoun, Kieran Moore and Eoghan Kyne in the second half all valiant but the hill was far to huge to climb.
Four Provinces 1 James Gannon 2 Dave Doyle 4 Patsy Moore 5 Anthony Moore 6 Justin O’Halloran 7 Kevin Marion 8 Liam Moore 9 Mark Peacock 10 Kieran Moore (0-03)11 Seamus Corey (0-01)12 Michael Bonner (0-01)13 Frank O’Neill 15 Steve Calhoun (0-04)
Leitrim 1 Pa Ryan 2 Alan Foley 4 Lonon Maguire 5 Danny O’Sullivan 6 Kenny O’Connor 7 Neill Maguire 8 Adrian O’Connor (0-01) 9 Pat Madden (0-01) 10 John O’Neill (0-02) 11 John McGoldrick (1-00) 12 Mike Creegan (1-00) 13 Donal Hartnett (0-04) 15 Dan Doona (0-04) Subs Scott Conroy (0-04) Mark Smith (0-02) Tony Cullen (0-01) Mark Delaney
Referee Tommy Fahey (Waterford)
Down 1-10 Tyrone 2-05
Down scored 1-07 in the second half to claw their way back from a seven point deficit to secure the points in this Special League tie on Sunday. With a defense that gave up only one point in that period they used all their resources to get the win.
Tyrone was dominant throughout the first half and they used a marauding full forward in Darren Petit to emphasis it on the board. The big man opened the game with a point from play and followed a Steve Keating score with an excellent goal when Conor Downey fed him a short pass in the sixteenth minute.
Down had two points in the mix from mark Dobbin and Robbie Moran but Tyrone replied with another point from Darren Petit. A long ball from Steve Keating found Petit in the right corner and he turned his man and headed for goal.
Before he got there he was pulled to the ground for a penalty and Conor Downey slotted the ball to the net to extend the Tyrone lead. Downey added a free that offset a Shaun Munnelly point.
Down had the start they needed to get them back in the game to open the second half. Three points from Robbie Moran, Barry Annett and Mark Dobbin brought them back within four.
Defiant defending by Tyrone when they brought back numbers to crowd the area in front of goal. Down worked the ball into the half forward line and then the defense stymied them.
What was working however the Down defense was and they held Tyrone to a point from a free in the course of the second half which gave them countless opportunities at the other end.
Gary Cornyn and Sean Kelly impressed but the loss through injury of Darren Petit hurt Tyrone. After the Pat Maguire free James Mitchell started the Down resurgence with a score when he advanced to the forward line.
Two further scores got them within one at 2-05 to 0-09. A long ball from Mark Dobbin found Liam Farrell on top of the square, he wisely flicked to Robbie Moran and the ball was in the net. Mike Sheridan finished the game with another Down point and Mark Kelly cleared his lines twice as Tyrone ran out of time.
Tyrone 1 John McGinley 2 Joe Bell 4 Gerard McCullough 5 Charlie Cochrane 6 Sean Coyle 7 Cathel Skeffington 8 Steve Keating (0-01)9 Conor McNabb 10 Conor Downey (1-01) 11 Eunon Myler 12 Martin Hughes 13 Brendan Moran 15 Darren Petit (1-02) Subs Conor Skeffington, Pat Maguire (0-01) Conor Skeffington
Down 1 Mark Kelly 2 Brian Murray 4 Dermot Hayes 5 Gary Cornyn 6 James Mitchell (0-01)7 Cormac Doyle 8 Shaun Munnelly (0-02)9 Brendan McGourty 10 Mark Dobbin (0-02) 11 Robbie Moran (1-03)12 Brian Annette 13 Sean Kelly 15 Paul Higgins Subs Michael Sloan, Liam Farrell Barry Annett (0-01)Mike Sheridan (0-01)
Referee John Fitzpatrick (Rockland)