Gaels shock Athleague

People review: Last weekend’s senior hurling championship games HURLING ROUND-UP with Seamus Duke  Roscommon Gaels  0-15 Athleague …………. 0-10 Roscommon Gaels put themselves back into the SHC picture when they scored a well-deserved 5-point win over Athleague on Sunday in Ballyforan. After losing and drawing a game in the first two rounds, the Gaels needed to win and they did just that while consigning the defending champions to their second defeat of the campaign.   The Gaels were by far the better team and they shot 15 wides over the course of the game, many from scoreable positions.   The Gaels started with three points from Liam Casey, Davy Waldron and John Nolan but Athleague were always dangerous from frees, with Mervyn Connaughton in top class form. However the Gaels had their own free-taking specialist in Liam Casey and at half-time the score was 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of the Gaels.   The Gaels led by 0-9 to 0-5 after 41 minutes but then Athleague played their best hurling after that for ten minutes, and by the 51st minute they had levelled, mainly through the free-taking exploits of Mervyn Connaughton. But the Gaels were not to be denied on this occasion. Liam Casey (2) and Gary Waldron were on target with points and then the brothers Ger and James Durkin chipped in with good scores to copperfasten a good Gaels win.    John Maloney, John Hynes, Kenny Doolin, John Nolan and Liam Casey were the Gaels stars on the day. Mervyn Connaughton, Kevin McGeeney and David Delaney were best for the champions who will have to improve in the autumn if they are to defend their championship and win a three-in-a-row.  Roscommon Gaels: J Comiskey; D Clogher, J Maloney, P Nolan; K Doolin, E Browne, J Hynes; S Naughton, J Nolan (0-1); G Durkin (0-1), J Durkin (0-1), L Casey (0-9); Gary Waldron (0-2), H Flanagan, G Waldron (0-1). Athleague: D Connell; J Quinn, C Moran, T Mulligan; P Glennon, N Connolly, S Moore; D Delaney, J Connolly; K Boyle (0-1), K McGeeney, J Glennon; T Connaughton, J Fallon, M Connaughton (0-8). Sub: I Connaughton (0-1) for Moore. Referee: Brendan McDermott. . Four Roads ………… 1-12 Oran …………………… 1-6 Four Roads got back on the winning trail in Ballyforan last Sunday and while they were in the contest for most of the game, this defeat means that Oran are now in danger of becoming the first side not to qualify for the semi-finals. Ray Mulry scored a late goal which sealed Four Roads’ victory in what was a well-contested game all through.   Colm Kelly scored an Oran goal from a free after ten minutes but accurate free-taking from Ray Mulry (and with Liam Gately and John Coyne also scoring) meant the sides were level at 1-2 to 0-5 at the break. Mulry and Brendan Kelly saw Four Roads ahead early in the second half but then big Francy Quine got a great point for Oran to narrow the gap. John Crehan received what looked like a nasty injury midway through and although Four Roads were always a point or two ahead, they only made sure of their victory with a minute to go when Ray Mulry scored an opportunist goal and Keith Waldron folllowed up with another Four Roads point. Oran now face an uphill task in the three rounds of the championship that are left.  Four Roads: P Mulry; P Mannion, P Connolly, M McLoughlin; N Cunniffe, P Kelly, S Curley (0-1); L Gately (0-1), J Moran; B Kelly (0-1), D Lohan, P Tiernan; R Kennedy (0-1), R Mulry (1-6), J Coyne (0-1). Subs: K Waldron (0-1) for Coyne, D Naughton for Moran.  Oran: E Featherston; D Kenny, E Morris, B Crehan; D Varley, M Dwyer, J Crehan; D Beirne, G Fallon (0-2); P Crehan, C Kelly (1-1), F Quine (0-2); M Dwyer (0-1), A Kelly, K Carty. Sub: K Cassidy for Crehan.  Referee: B Flynn.  Tremane …………… 2-16 St. Dominics ………. 3-6 Tremane maintained their good form this season with the second win from two games when they defeated St. Dominics last Saturday evening in Athleague. They posted their biggest score for some time against a disappointing St. Dominics team.   Derek Fallon scored a goal fror Dominics midway through the first half but with Adrian Coyne in brilliant form from frees and play, Tremane led by 0-11 to 1-4 at half-time.   Tremane scored a great goal at the start of the second half when Adrian Coyne crashed home from long range but less than a minute later Mark Miley scored Dominics’ second goal. Tremane were the best team by a good distance but they could not put Dominics away and Liam Murray’s goal left only three points in it with ten to play. Tremane were playing with 14 men at that stage after Mike Bighe was red-carded. Tremane sealed victory in the final few minutes when Peter Kellehan goaled from close range. Tremane lost the influential Alan Kelly to injury late on but it did not affect them and they maintained their good form to run out fairy easy winners in the end. Tremane: B McGarry; J Blighe, B Haughey, M Lynch; B Keenan, D Healy, C Melia; M Keaveney (0-3), S Melia; A Purcell (0-5), A Kelly, J Kellehan (1-0); P Kellehan (0-1), A Coyne (1-6), M Blighe (0-1). Subs: F Carr for Keenan, P Lynch for Kelly. St. Dominics: C Donnellly; P Naughton, D Fallon, C Hunt; D Dowling, M Miley (1-0), A Craven; L Murray (1-1), A Naughton; D Byrne, B Hanley, C Fallon (0-3); D Fallon (1-0), N Moran (0-2), S McKeon. Subs: N Byrne for Hanley, M Beirne for Dowling, D Finneran for Hunt. Referee: M Mannion.