The results over the weekend mean that all four teams in this group are still in contention. Roscommon Gaels’ draw with Western Gaels (see report) and Boyle’s win against St Faithleach’s ensures that both final round games will decide who goes into the quarter-finals.
Boyle edged out St Faithleach’s in Ballyleague by two points. Daire Cregg and Enda Smith scored some crucial scores as last year’s beaten finalists recovered from their heavy defeat against Roscommon Gaels in round one.
St Brigid’s coasted into the quarter-finals with a very comfortable win against neighbours St Dominic’s. Eddie Nolan scored the only goal of the game as the championship favourites eased to a facile victory.
Pádraig Pearses were also impressive as they accounted for Michael Glavey’s. Jack Tumulty scored a cracking goal while Eoin Colleran was on the mark with Pearses’ other goal. Struggling Glavey’s got a late consolation goal from a Gary Patterson penalty.
Pearses will join St Brigid’s if they can beat St Dominic’s in their final game while Michael Glavey’s look set for a relegation battle unless they can defeat St Brigid’s in their final group match.
Clann na nGael and Oran were both impressive at the weekend. Clann put Tulsk to the sword with Fearghus Lennon, Sea Henry and Kieran Connaughton getting the goals in Tulsk. Meanwhile, Oran put Strokestown to the sword in Strokestown, winning by 12 points (see report).
This group is now straightforward with Oran and Clann na nGael already through to the quarter-finals. They meet in the final group match to see who finishes first or second.
Defending county champions Strokestown now face a battle with neighbours Tulsk to see who will be in the relegation battle.