Elphin survive while McKeon stars for Boyle!




Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Round-Up

Group A

Honours even

Elphin 1-15  

Fuerty 1-15

A point from Frankie Cregg in the 6th minute of injury-time saved Elphin from defeat and a place in the relegation scrap at Strokestown on Saturday night. There was drama from the first whistle as Elphin led by two points at the break 0-10 to 0-8.

  Christy Leahy scored an opportunist goal for Fuerty in the 38th minute but Elphin responded almost immediately when Frankie Cregg blasted home. Aaron Brady scored four crucial placed balls for Elphin but it looked like Fuerty’s day when Ger Ennis pointed a free in injury-time. There was still time for Aaron Brady to miss a long-range free before Frankie Cregg saved Elphin’s bacon.

Scorers – Elphin: Frankie Cregg (1-5), A Brady (0-4), M McCaffrey and G Cregg (0-2) each, E Killoran and G Higgins (0-1) each. Fuerty: N Kilroy (0-7), G Ennis (0-5), C Leahy (1-1), D Heavey and B McGahon (0-1) each.

Group B

Gaels prevail!

Roscommon Gaels 2-13  

Michael Glavey’s 1-8

Roscommon Gaels maintained their unbeaten record with the minimum of fuss against a disappointing Glavey’s side at Lisnamult. The town team played with the stiff breeze at their backs in the opening half and dominated the game. They shot a total of 11 wides in the half but still led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval.

  Glaveys scored a point from Andy Glennon on the restart and then he was fouled by James Fetherstone and Gary Patterson converted the resultant penalty. But the Gaels responded immediately and Mark Nally set up Peter Gillooly for a well taken goal. Indeed the same player drilled home his second goal in the 47th minute and Liam McNeill’s men were home and dry.

Scorers – Roscommon Gaels: P Gillooly (2-2), R Carolan (0-4), B Kelly (0-3), D O’Gara and O Walsh (0-2) each. Michael Glavey’s: A Glennon (0-5), G Patterson (1-0), D Ruane (0-2), S Comer (0-1).

Group C

All square!

Western Gaels 3-16   

Boyle 3-16

This was the game of the senior championship so far as Boyle fought back from a seven-point deficit and only 14 men at one stage to snatch a thrilling draw last Sunday in Frenchpark.

  Enda Smith was first on the goal trail in the opening half but Niall Higgins scored a well-taken goal in reply. Cian McKeon fisted home his first goal of the game to keep Boyle ahead. But the home side struck for two goals with Niall Higgins and Cathal Cregg on target, and by half-time led by six points.

  Michael Hanmore saw red for Boyle early in the second half but when McKeon scored his second goal of the game with ten minutes left to play it was back in the melting pot. McKeon then converted a sensational long-range free in injury-time to hand his side a deserved share of the spoils.

Scorers – Boyle: C McKeon (2-7), D Smith (0-8), E Smith (1-1). Western Gaels: N Higgins (2-8), C Cregg (1-2), A Dowd (0-2), S McDermott, B Creighton, K Higgins, and F Cregg (0-1) each.

Late winner!

Clann na nGael 1-13  

Pádraig Pearses 1-12

Who would be a pundit? Clann, who had been beaten by 20 points by Boyle in the previous round, sensationally beat Pearses who were the title favourites up until recently. Clann were six points down at one stage and were down to 13 men for the final quarter, yet they dug out a win.

  Emmett Kelly scored a goal for the home side in the 27th minute and at half-time they led by 1-7 to 0-7.

  In injury-time Donie Shine was fouled and he converted the resultant penalty to give his a side a huge boost as they face into the relegation play-off match.

Scorers – Clann: D Shine (1-7), E Kenny and C Callinan (0-2) each, C McManus and C Lennon (0-1) each. Pearses: E Kelly (1-3), P Carey (0-5), H Darcy (0-2), R Daly and A Fehily (0-1) each.

The Outcome

The seeded teams are: Fuerty, Roscommon Gaels, Padraig Pearses and Boyle (who were drawn out of the hat). The unseeded teams are: Elphin, Strokestown, Michael Glavey’s and either Western Gaels and St. Brigid’s who meet on Sunday next.

  The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Sunday next. Teams who have played each other already cannot meet again.

  Relegation: Clann na nGael play St. Croan’s next Sunday with the loser playing St. Faithleach’s to see who is relegated to the Intermediate ranks for 2020.