Intermediate Round-up – Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC
Fuerty 2-17 St. Dominic’s 1-8
Fuerty’s great form at the top of Group A continued when outclassed St. Dominic’s at Kiltoom on Sunday evening. Fuerty power into the semi-finals now, while St. Dominic’s are out of contention for a play-off place.
Dominic’s were the better side early on and actually led 0-4 to 0-1. However, once Fuerty got a foothold in the game they soon levelled the scores and powered ahead. Fuerty led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Dominic’s grabbed a tonic goal at the start of the second half when Darren Donnelly scrambled the ball to the Fuerty net. But that goal seemed to awaken Fuerty and with Gearóid Ennis in deadly accurate form from the placed ball and from play, they played some mighty football in the second half.
In the 40th minute, Thomas Clayton scored a Fuerty goal and a couple of points stretched their lead to three. Then with 17 minutes to go Fuerty were awarded a penalty and Gearóid Ennis made no mistake to make it 2-10 to 1-7. Dominic’s managed only one further point in the game as Fuerty, who lined out without Niall Kilroy, pulled away with a succession of fine points.
Scorers – Fuerty: Gearóid Ennis (1-8), A Lyons (0-3), T Clayton (1-0), N Keenan (0-2), P Kellehan, B Mullen, D Mullen and C Leahy (0-1) each. St. Dominic’s: C Fallon (0-4), D Donnelly (1-0), U Kelly, S Farrell and E McCormack (0-1) each.
Oran 0-15 Kilbride 0-10
Oran squeezed into the quarter-finals with a nervous enough win against Kilbride at Ballyforan. Kilbride had to line out without injured talisman Conor Devaney but they played well in the first half and were always in contention and at half-time there was just a point in it as Kilbride led by 0-9 to 0-8.
But Oran made a decisive burst after the break with Mikey Gunning, Thomas Fetherston, Adrian Cassidy, Mark Gunning and Paul Kenny to the fore and by the end of the third quarter they led by three points.
Kilbride, for whom Thomas O’Grady was outstanding, reduced the gap to two late on but Mikey Gunning’s late free steadied the Oran ship.
Scorers – Oran: Mikey Gunning (0-5), A Cassidy (0-3), P Kenny, J Earley, Mark Gunning (0-2) each, R Earley (0-1). Kilbride: T O’Grady (0-7), D Clabby (0-2), C O’Neill, H Walsh and C Shanagher (0-1) each.
Tulsk 2-8 Kilmore 1-11
Doughty championship battlers Kilmore reached the quarter-finals as a result of this hard-earned draw against a Tulsk side who will now contest the IFC semi-finals. Tulsk can thank their midfielder Kieran Donoghue, who scored two late points to secure a share of the spoils against a resilient Kilmore in an entertaining game played at Elphin.
Tulsk scored an early goal from David Carleton, but aided by a John Donohoe goal, Kilmore led 1-5 to 1-1 at the break. Tulsk were the better side on the resumption and a string of fine points saw the margin down to one and when Tadgh O’Rourke scored their second goal in the 43rd minute they were ahead.
But a late surge from Kilmore looked to have won it when Derek Connellan (2) and John Donohoe pointed to leave them two ahead. But Donoghue saved the day with those two late efforts for Tulsk.
Scorers – Tulsk: D Carleton (1-1), T O’Rourke (1-0), K Donoghue, and J Conlon (0-2) each, P Scott, C Burns, C O’Rourke (0-1) each.
Kilmore: D Connellan (0-6), J Donohue (1-1), J Garvey, D Tiernan, D Feely and P Garvey (0-1) each.
St. Aidan’s 1-17 Shannon Gaels 1-13
St. Aidan’s’ improved form continued at Rockfield with this win and they now have a great chance of a place in the quarter-finals. Aidan’s led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time with the outstanding Johnny Coyne grabbing the Aidan’s goal after only four minutes. Shannon Gaels scored a fine goal from Conor Layden in the 44th minute which reduced the margin to two, but Aidan’s were always able to keep their noses in front and they held out for a deserved win.
Scorers – St. Aidan’s: J Coyne (1-7), P Neary (0-5), K Waldron (0-2), C Daly, J Conroy and E Fallon (0-1) each. Shannon Gaels: C Layden (1-4), S Layden (0-3), C Harmon and F Sweeney (0-2) each, N Leyden and S O’Dowd (0-1) each.
St. Michael’s 5-14 Clann na nGael 3-12
St. Michael’s produced their best form of the year in this high-scoring game at Ballintubber. Ronan Cox and Alan O’Hara were the Michael’s heroes with Cox scoring 3-5 while former Roscommon minor star O’Hara scored 0-6. The other Michael’s goals came from Darren Conlon and Andrew Moran.
Ciaran Reilly was prominent for Clann scoring 0-6 from play and the Clann goals came from Ian Naughton and two from sub Gary Mannion. The half-time score was St. Michael’s 2-5 Clann 1-7.
Scorers – St. Michael’s: R Cox (3-5), A O’ Hara (0-6), D Conlon and A Moran (1-0) each, N Conlon (0-2), S Gillespie (0-1). Clann na nGael: C Reilly (0-6), G Mannion (2-0), C Lennon (0-4), I Naughton (1-0), M Shine and D Egan (0-1) each.
Note: The game between Éire Óg and St. Barry’s was postponed because of a bereavement in the St. Barry’s club area. That game will be played this weekend.