Hodson Bay Hotel SFC round-up

Roscommon Gaels into the last four

Roscommon Gaels 0-15 Western Gaels 1-8

Roscommon Gaels qualified for the semi-finals of this year’s senior championship with a game to spare following this comfortable win against a Western Gaels side that are now out of the race for a play-off spot.

Roscommon Gaels have been showing good form in this championship so far and they look the most likely side to throw down a challenge to St Brigid’s – but of course there is a lot of football to be played yet.

In this game the town side assumed control early, led by four points at half-time and stretched their lead to seven only to see Kevin Higgins score a consolation goal for Western Gaels in injury-time.

Roscommon Gaels led by 0-3 to 0-1 after seven minutes with Scott Oates and Kieran Kilcline prominent. Excellent scores from Kevin Higgins and Finbar Cregg levelled matters by the 13th minute.

Roscommon Gaels stamped their authority on the game in the second quarter and by half-time they led by 0-8 to 0-4.

Cian Connolly kicked three points (two frees) and Kieran Kilcline one, as Roscommon Gaels opened up an eight-point gap (0-13 to 0-5) by the 42nd minute.

The game was over as a contest at that stage. Cian Connolly was shown a second yellow card after that (and a red) and Roscommon Gaels were not as effective from that point on. Finbar Cregg kicked two points for Western Gaels late on and in injury-time Kevin Higgins blasted home a great goal, but it was too little too late for the Frenchpark club.

Best for Roscommon Gaels were Liam McNeela, Kevin Kilcline, Mark Healy, Scott Oates, Cian Connolly and Kieran Kilcline, while for Western Gaels, Finbar Cregg was outstanding and Kevin Higgins, Cathal Cregg and Seanie McDermott were also prominent.

Roscommon Gaels: Owen Hoare; Liam McNeela, John McManus, Kevin Kilcline; Paul Gleeson (0-1), James McKeague, Kevin O’Gara; James McDermott, Mark Healy; Scott Oates (0-2), David O’Gara (0-1), Alan Duignan; Enda Lannon (0-2, frees), Kieran Kilcline (0-4), Cian Connolly (0-5, 4 frees). Subs: John Nolan for O’Gara (47), Mark Nally for Duignan (50), Oliver Hannon for Oates (60), Cillian Egan for Gleeson (61).

Western Gaels: Adrian Hardiman; Seanie McDermott, Bernard Morohan, Adrian Freyne; James McDonnell, Brain Cafferky, Eamonn Ryan; Cathal Cregg, Thomas Mahon; Tommy Gill, Niall Higgins, Stephen Ryan (0-1); Kevin Higgins (1-2), Finbar Cregg (0-4, 2 frees), Derek Moran (0-1, free). Subs: Oisin Ward for Moran (black card, 22), Sean Conry for Gill (33), Conor Casserly for Cafferky (41), Niall Murray for McDonnell (46), Tommy Devine for Murray (51), Sean Carroll for N Higgins (54). Referee: Kevin Naughton.

Man of the Match: Kieran Kilcline (Roscommon Gaels)

Elphin hopes alive

Elphin 2-9 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-10

Late points from Eanna Tiernan (free) and Kevin Brady gave Elphin a deserved win against Castlerea in this very competitive clash in Strokestown last Sunday.

It was a first defeat of the championship for Castlerea and the win puts Elphin back in with a chance of a quarter-final spot.

Castlerea, with Ger Heneghan again to the fore, led by a point – 0-7 to 1-3 – at the break with Conor Sweeney scoring a fine goal for Elphin in the 14th minute.

Elphin were the better side on the resumption and in the 39th minute they grabbed a second goal, from Austin Kielty, and at one stage Elphin went four ahead.

But then Castlerea struck for a great goal from David Quinn and then a point from Ger Heneghan levelled the scores. Two late points saw Elphin restore their lead in injury-time and they held out for a narrow win.

Elphin: J Conroy; J Collins, J Sweeney, C Brady; S Beirne (0-1), B Rock, J Carney; K Brady (0-1), S Killoran; Fintan Cregg (0-3, 1 free), C Sweeney (1-0), P Fox; E Tiernan (0-3, frees), A Murray, A Kielty (1-1). Sub: P Morris for Collins (black card, 44), M Clancy for Sweeney (53), P O’Connor for Kielty (55), Frankie Cregg for Fox (56), P Kelleher for Killoran (58).

Castlerea St Kevin’s: J Duggan; P Duignan, Niall Collins, D Lyons; C Casey, C Dineen, D Quinn (1-0); F Kelly (0-1), E Kenny (0-1); N Connaughton (0-2), S Heneghan, D Creaton; D Scahill, Neil Collins (0-1), G Heneghan (0-5, 3 frees). Subs: G McElhone for Lyons (38), D McDermott for S Heneghan (43), R Raftery for Scahill (black card, 44), R Curran for Creaton (59). Referee: Marty Parker.

Man of the Match: Fintan Cregg (Elphin)

Pearses prevail

Padraig Pearses 3-8 St Faithleach’s 0-12

Padraig Pearses secured a quarter-final place with a hard-earned victory against St Faithleach’s at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday evening.

When Conor Daly scored their second goal in the 42nd minute Pearses were twelve points up but they never registered a score after that and Faithleach’s tacked on seven points to reduce the final margin to five.

Pearses were in control for most of the first half. Davy Murray scored a peach of a goal in the 8th minute to put his side 1-3 to 0-1 ahead and by half-time Pearses led by 1-5 to 0-4.

Then two goals in two minutes from sub David Grehan and Conor Daly saw Shane Curran’s men ahead by 3-8 to 0-5 with 42 minutes gone and Pearses looked set for a landslide win. But it was Faithleach’s who dominated after that.

Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh kicked some wonderful points as the Ballyleague men edged back into the contest. However the goal they needed would not come and Pearses held on to win – but they will need to improve to make further progress in this championship.

Best for Pearses were Davy Murray, Ronan Daly, Niall Daly, Emmet Kelly and Hubert Darcy, while for St Faithleach’s, Brian Murtagh, Darragh Hussey, Ciaran Murtagh and Diarmuid Murtagh were most prominent.

Padraig Pearses: Adam McManus; Shane Dolan (0-1), Anthony Butler, Davy Murray (1-0); Paul Kelly, Ronan Daly (0-1), Adrian Mannion; Cathal Og Sullivan, Niall Daly; Emmet Kelly (0-2), Conor Daly (1-0), Tom Butler (0-1); Niall Carty, Hubert Darcy (0-2), Seanie Fahy (0-1). Subs: David Grehan (1-0) for Fahy (black card, 30), Declan Duffy for S Dolan (51), Paul Moran for C Og Sullivan (56).

St Faithleach’s: Stephen O’Connor; Declan McCormack, Derek Murray, Brian Scally; David Harrison, Brian Murtagh (0-2), Kevin Farrell; James Quigley, Cathal Gunn; Darragh Hussey (0-1), Ciaran Murtagh (0-4, 3 frees), David Rooney; John Walsh, Diarmuid Murtagh (0-4, 2 frees), Stephen Ormsby (0-1). Subs: Henry Kenny for Quigley (37). Referee: Brendan Beirne.

Man of the Match: Davy Murray (Padraig Pearses)

Champs on course

St Brigid’s 1-12 Clann na nGael 1-8

A late surge from St Brigid’s saw them ease past neighbours Clann na nGael in an entertaining clash at Pairc an Piarsaigh.

This win puts Brigid’s into the semi-finals and Clann will have to be content with a quarter-final berth after this defeat.

The opening half was well contested and with the lead changing hands a number of times the big crowd were treated to some great football and some excellent scores.

The crucial score came before the break when Cathal McHugh goaled from close-range after good work from Gearoid Cunniffe. Half-time score: St Brigid’s 1-6 Clann na nGael 0-7.

Clann started the second half the better side and they were ahead in the 38th minute when Johnny Dunning was fouled and Jamie Fahy crashed home the resultant penalty.

Then points from Senan Kilbride (2) and Johnny Dunning saw the sides level at 1-8 each approaching the final quarter. Brigid’s pulled away after that. Points from Senan Kilbride, Padraig Kelly (2) and Ronan Stack saw them home safely and into another semi-final.

Best for Brigid’s were Darragh Donnelly, Ian Kilbride, Padraig Kelly, Cathal McHugh and the returning Senan Kilbride. For Clann, David Flynn, Shane Pettit, Donie Shine and Jamie Fahy stood out on the day.

St Brigid’s: C Sheehy; R Kelly, D Donnelly, N Grehan; C McNiece, N McInerney (0-1), R Stack (0-1); K Mannion (0-1), I Kilbride; B Stack, P Kelly (0-2), G Cunniffe (0-1); C McHugh (1-1), S Kilbride (0-4, 2 frees), F Dolan (0-1, free). Subs: D Dolan for F Dolan (30), C Gleeson for McNiece (h-t), P Furey for R Kelly (35).

Clann na nGael: R O’Reilly; D Flynn, S Flynn, R Gavin; Darragh Shine, S Pettit, J Connaughton; G Pettit, U Harney; M Scally, E Kenny, R McManus; J Fahy (1-2), Donie Shine (0-5, 3 frees), J Dunning (0-1). Subs: D Pettit for Connaughton (13), A O’Reilly for Gavin (black card, 20), D Connaughton for Pettit (h-t), C Shine for Kenny (h-t), B Goode for McManus (52), K Bannon for Scally (60). Referee: Paddy Neilan.

Man of the Match: Ian Kilbride (St Brigid’s)

High-scoring thriller

St Croan’s 1-18 Boyle 4-9

St Croan’s and Boyle could not be separated after this thrilling game in Dr Hyde Park last Sunday evening.

In a game of swaying fortunes it was St Croan’s who grabbed the equaliser when Cathal Connelly equalised in injury-time.

Boyle started like a train and led by 1-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, with Dylan East scoring their goal in the 8th minute. Then it was Croan’s turn to dominate and Cathal Connelly scored a superb goal for them in the 17th minute.

It was Boyle who led at half-time when Evan McGrath fisted home a goal. At the break Boyle led by the minimum margin, 2-5 to 1-7. Jim Suffin added to Boyle’s lead with a great goal in the third quarter and it looked like they were set for victory.

Croan’s came back into the game and a number of excellent points saw David Casey’s men surge four ahead. But Boyle hit back in a welter of excitement and Seanie Purcell’s goal and three unanswered points put Boyle into the box seat once again with the final whistle approaching.

Then Cian McKeon and Kevin Smyth exchanged points before the excellent Cathal Connelly landed the equaliser in injury-time after a breathtaking game.

Boyle: T Lowe (0-3, frees); C Brennan, K Cox, C McGowan; M Hanmore (0-1), S Purcell (1-0), T McKenna; R Hanmore, K Cox; J Suffin (1-0), M O’Connor (0-1), E McGrath (1-2, 2 frees); C Goldrick, E Smith (0-1), D East (1-0). Subs: M O’Donoghue for Goldrick (39), C McKeon (0-1) for East (56), B Furey for Hanmore (65).

St Croan’s: V Egan; D Lannon (0-1), G Connaughton, G Grogan; P Leetch (0-1), T Mockler, K Keenan (0-2); J Connaughton (0-1), R Timothy; K Muldoon, A Brogan, K Smyth (0-4, frees); C Connelly (1-4), S Smyth (0-1), R Keenan (0-1). Subs: G Leetch (0-2) for East (26), D Malone (0-1) for Brogan (42), D Conway for P Leetch (63). Referee: Declan Hunt.

Man of the Match: Cathal Connelly (St Croan’s)