Roscommon Gaels went to the top of the O’Rourke Cup Division One table with a hard-earned 1-15 to 0-15 win against Strokestown at Lisnamult. Strokestown raced into a three-point lead and even though it was early in the encounter the game’s major turning point came in the 6th minute when Aidan Duignan struck for a goal.
The Gaels dominated until half-time, leaving the score at 1-8 to 0-5 for the home side. The Gaels, driven on by Kieran Kilcline at midfield, struck the first five scores of the second half and the game appeared to be over at that stage. To their credit, Strokestown took control with 20 minutes left. Colin Compton was excellent at full-forward and he finished with a personal tally of 0-7, six from play. The Gaels just held on to go top of the table.
St. Brigid’s lost out to neighbours and long-time rivals Clann na nGael in Kiltoom on Sunday. At half-time it was all to play for with Clann leading by a goal, however Brigid’s just couldn’t seem to find the extra few gears needed and only scored three points in the second half. Final score: St. Brigid’s 0-8 Clann na nGael 1-11.
Western Gaels recovered from a nine-point half-time deficit to secure a well-deserved draw with Elphin in Orchard Park on Sunday. The home side made the best possible start when Killian Fox sent the ball to the back of the net in the opening minutes. The sides traded points but Elphin always maintained the upperhand and after 18 minutes of play they led by double scores, 1-5 to 0-4, and a goal from Gerry Cregg in the closing minutes of the half left the half-time score at Elphin 2-8 Western Gaels 0-5.
A goal from Derek Moran in the 43rd minute left just three points between the teams and three minutes later a goal from James McDonnell put Western Gaels into the lead. The game ended level, Elphin 2-15 Western Gaels 2-15.
O’Gara Cup: St. Croan’s and Kilbride met on Sunday in Ballintubber. In an entertaining first half, the sides couldn’t be separated. Half-time score: St. Croan’s 1-¬8 Kilbride 1-7.
The second half opened with a goal from Henry Walsh for Kilbride followed by Kevin Smyth for St. Croan’s scoring a point on the back of a free-in. Points then came from Michael Holland as well as Dylan Gavigan and Fergal Tully for Kilbride. Cathal Conneally scored a goal for St. Croan’s just before another point from Kevin Smyth and from Henry Walsh from Kilbride. Conor Devaney then successfully converted another free. The visitors were awarded a penalty but missed that spot-kick and Shane Smyth quickly put another point over the bar. Keith Keenan scored the last point of the game for St. Croan’s, leaving them victorious.
Tulsk maintained their unbeaten run in the O’Gara Cup with a 2-17 to 3-12 win over Michael Glavey’s. Tulsk led by two points at half-time and the second half was a lively, entertaining affair with the lead changing hands a few times. Michael Glavey’s scored a penalty to put them a point up with only minutes to go but Tulsk dug deep to secure a two-point victory and maintain their position at the top of the O’Gara Cup coming into championship season.
St. Dominic’s defeated Castlerea St. Kevin’s in round five of the O’Gara Cup last Sunday in O’Rourke Park. St Dominic’s led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time. Castlerea St. Kevin’s opened the scoring with a point to level the scores immediately after the break. St. Dominic’s opened up a four-point lead but St. Kevin’s pulled it back to two. St. Dominic’s were awarded a penalty, which was sent wide. St Kevin’s lost midfielder Fintan Kelly to injury but were able to cut the deficit to one point going into injury-time. St. Dominic’s scored the last point of the game to leave the final score St. Dominic’s 0-13 Castlerea St. Kevin’s 0-11.
A powerful St. Faithleach’s were much too strong for Éire Óg at James Timothy Park on Sunday. St. Faithleach’s scored two goals between the 15th and the 20th minutes of the first half and Colm Lavin saved a certain goal on 30 minutes. Faithleach’s were well served by the Murtagh brothers, Diarmuid and Ciarán. Diarmuid scored 1-2 and Ciarán contributed 0-6. The other goalscorer was Darragh Hussey who scored 1-2. For Éire Óg, the Nolan cousins – Barry and Ross – scored all seven points in the first half while Liam Creaton, Aaron McLoughlin and Colm Lavin joined them in the second half.
Tansey Cup: Shane Dowd kicked 1-8 from play as Creggs blitzed St. Michael’s and led by 2-10 to no score at half-time in their Tansey Cup game in Creggs. Ronan Kelly was the other goalscorer as Creggs ran out 2-17 to 1-3 winners in an impressive display.
Ballinameen started the game against St. Brigid’s very strongly with first-half goals from Peter Keane and James Tansey. At half-time Ballinameen held a commanding lead. A resurgent Brigid’s team created plenty of chances, however a good display from the Ballinameen defence and a few more scores from Gerard McDermottroe and Tansey ensured that Ballinameen won by 3-9 to 2-1.