High scoring Fenians win
Na Fianna 3-18 Rockland 2-02
Na Fianna was ahead by 3 points when they had their first goal. A shot by Molly O’Rourke evaded the Rockland keeper and hit first the right post then the left before Kayla Coughlin reached it with a foot and kicked to the 21. It was not cleared by the defense however and Alison Traynor punished it by finding the net. Rockland had their first point in the aftermath from Gemma Mahoney, a good score from thirty yards out but Na Fianna immediately had a brace of points Rockland had their second score of the half on 15 minutes when Kelly Weir slotted home a goal but again Na Fianna replied. They had seven further points before the break with Molly O’Rourke and Joanne McKenna very active in open play. The sides swapped goals to open the second half with Mary Ann Gormley doing very well to get the Rockland major but again Na Fianna flexed the muscles as they scored five of the next six points with Alison Traynor in a new position for her of full forward getting two. Aisling Toonan finished the onslaught with a goal in the final moments to put further distance between the sides.
Na Fianna 1 Nora McGrail 2 Aisling Brophy 3 Stephanie Tierney 4 Allie Wheway 5 Shannon Spillane 6 Jesse Garcia 7 Imelda Mullarkey 8 Joanne Monaghan 9 Michelle Brennan 10 Brianne Tierney 11 Molly O’Rourke 12 Joann e McKenna 13 Karen Richards 14 Alison Traynor 15 Mary O’Rourke
Rockland 1 Kayla Coughlin 2 Kate Coffey 3 Mary Ann Keane 4 Kate Kirwin 5 Sarah Rowley b6 Julie McBrien 7 Brianna Redican 8 Jenny Kirby 9 Kelly Weir 10 Courtney Traynor 11 Eleanor O’Gorman 12 Nadine Loughran 13 Gemma Mahoney 14 Mary Ann Gormley 15 Kerry Ann Galvin
Player of the game Emma Clarke (Cavan)
Referee Frank Brady
Ladies Semi Final
Cavan weapons too much
Cavan 5-16 Kerry/Donegal 3-04
Cavan qualified for the final of the Anne Kearney cup with a convincing win over Kerry/Donegal where their utilized the tremendous talents of Emma Clarke and Coleen Looney in front of goal. They accounted for 4-09 with both capable of picking off their own score or setting free a teammate. The score after ten minutes was 1-02 to 1-01 for Cavan with Clarke and Denise Dunnion swapping scores but then an explosion of 1-03 with Clarke grapping her second started to put the game out of reach for Kerry/Donegal. Kelly McArdle (2) for Cavan and Dunnion and Catriona Brady had scores that cancelled each other out but it still left Cavan leading 2-07 to 1-03 at the break. A brace of goals from Caitlin Hynes and Coleen Jordon when Linda McKeon set her up extended the lead before an Allie Kelly took the gloss off it as she had a goal for KD when she was introduced off the bench. A stream of points for Cavan surrounded a Colleen Jordon score while Denise Dunnion had a last three pointer for the losers.
Cavan 1 Katie Kilkenny 2 Nicola Rogan 3 Ashley Callery 4 Bridget Mulligan 5 Roisin Clarke 6 Aimee Gomez 7 Rosie O’Reilly 8 Linda McKeon 9 Caitlin Hynes (1-02) 10 Kelly McArdle (0-03) 11 Emma Clarke 2-04) 12 Caroline McBrien (0-01) 13 Nicola King (0-01)_ 14 Coleen Jordan (2-05) 15 Joan Cullen Subs Sharon Brady, Ciara Griffin
Kerry/Donegal 1 Benny Touhy 2 Naimh Britton 3 Aoife Gibson 4 Kathleen Hicks 5 Louise McMahon 6 Anita McKenna 7 Collette McElligott 8 Michelle McVann 9 Catherina Brady (0-01) 10 Francis Brennan 11 Kelly Roche 12 Marie Cassels 13 Geraldine McMorrow 14 Denise Dunnion (2-03) 15 Denise Kennedy Subs Allie Kelly (1-00) Thea Clarke Siobhan Neville
Player of the Game
Referee Eugene Kyne (Turloughmore)
Gaels use Goals for win
Astoria Gaels 4-08 Roscommon 0-07
Astoria used two goals in each half to secure the win and a place in the semi finals of the John Brady Cup with this defeat of Roscommon. They built a 2-05 to 0-02 half time advantage with Sean Munnelly getting three of the points from frees and play while Ciaran Cull and Thomas Christie snatched the goals. Christie was very active when introduced of the bench and also slotted a point from play. Roscommon had little in the form of an answer as they met a solid defensive Leitrim wall in Sean Kelly and Des White. When they added two goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half it ended the game as a contest. A five player move ended with a Damien Cull goal, an excellent streaking move. Shane Sweeney followed with a soccer style goal when he buried the ball in the roof of the net after Sam Yore worked it out of the corner. Roscommon had four points in a streak of good play midway through the half but it was all cosmetic.
Astoria Gaels 1 Pa Ryan 2 Ray Carroll 3 Des White 4 Ger O’Brian 5 Damien Ward 6 Sean Kelly 7 Eoghan Kyne 8 Shane Sweeney 9 Michael Coyle 10 JP Barry (0-01)11 Sean Munnelly (0-03)12 Sam Yore (0-01)13 Ciaran Cull (1-00)14 Derek McKenna 15 Ronan Torskin Subs Thomas Christie (1-02) Damien Cull (1-01)
Roscommon 1 JR Stack 2 Paul Levin’s 3 John Walsh 4 Declan Coyne 5 Martin Slowey 6 Lonon Maguire (0-02)7 Enda Hester 8 Tom Walsh 9 Conor Costigan 10 Eoin O’Brian 11 Damien Dooley (0-04)12 Conor Hogan (0-01)13 Henry Mitchell 14 Austin Cunningham 15 Tony McTigue
Man of the Match Des White (Astoria Gaels)
Referee Paddy Gormley
Cork survive Cavan scare
Cork 1-10 Cavan 1-08
Cork had a brilliant start to this senior football encounter as they shot four points in the first five minutes with Sean Purcell accounting for all. They replied to a Declan Fitzpatrick free with a further 1-01, with the goal a brilliant effort from Jason Kelly who soloed forty yards and rifled to the roof of the net. They allowed Cavan back in to the game however over the last fifteen minutes of the half with Paddy Smith in unbelievable form when he was given the ball. He fired three excellent points over and was fouled for a free that Declan Fitzpatrick finished. After another Sean Purcell score Tomo again went on the rampage. He was found by a long Patsy Martin pass and he blasted to the net from 21 yards out. There were two between the sides when Brain Argue pointed for Cork just before the break. The sides swapped four points to open the second half but it was what happened in the first minute that dictated the result. Kevin Smith found Tomo Smith with a long ball and he was fouled in the box for a penalty. Declan Fitzpatrick stepped up and shot wide right for a tremendous Cork break. Fitz did have a point from a free but their next goal chance was a bullet from Paddy Smith that Gary Lowney parried with the minimum between the sides Tadgh Foley fired over a towering score to secure the hard fought win that propels them into the semi final of the Ned Devine Cup.
Cavan 1 Kevin Shalvey 2 Nobby Smith 4 Kieran Martin 5 Brendan Reilly 6 Brian Naughton 7 Patsy Martin 8 Shane Russell 9 Ciaran Shields 10 Alan Carolan 11 Kevin Smith 12 Alan Hearty 13 Declan Fitzpatrick (0-03)15 Paddy Smith (1-05) Subs Conor Brady,
Cork 1 Kevin McArdle 2 Denis McCarthy 4 Paddy Harrington 5 Derek Courtney 6 Liam Hanley 7 John Fitzpatrick 8 Shane Mannion 9 Jason Kelly (1-00)10 Brian Argue (0-01)11 Ger McCullough (0-01)12 Shea Furlong 13 Francie Cleary (0-01)15 Sean Purcell (0-06) Subs Tadgh Foley (0-01) Gary Lowney
Man of the Match Paddy Smith (Cavan)
Referee Tommy Fahey
Raise a glass to Robert Emmet, the Irish rebel leader executed on this day in 1803