Hurling Championship round-up

St. Dominics out, Athleague march on Athleague 0-14 St. Dominics 1-7 St. Dominics are out of this year’s Roscommon SHC and Athleague are through to the semi-finals. That was the outcome of this low-key game of championship hurling played in Athleague last Sunday.   The torrential rain militated against good hurling and the match turned out to be a bit of a battle with Athleague always holding the  upperhand. Athleague led by 0-8 to 1-4 at half-time. Dominics got their goal early on through Niall Byrne.   The rain relented in the second half and the hurling improved but Athleague always kept their noses in front and they won deservedly in the end. Athleague: D. Connell; P. Glennon, D. Delaney, N. Connolly; S. Moore, J. Glennon (0-1), C. Moran; A. Cunniffe (0-3), M. Connaughton (0-6); J. Connolly, I. Connaughton, D. McGeeney; T. Reddington (0-2), J. Fallon, G. Fallon (0-2). Sub: S. McGeeney. St. Dominics: M. Miley; M. Brehony, P. Connaughton, N. Moran (0-1); O. Connor, D. Fallon, A. Naughton; L. Murray (0-5), A. Craven; J. Craven, C. Fallon (0-1), M. Beirne; N. Byrne (1-0), C. Hunt, P. Keogh. Subs: M. Lyons, S. McKeon, D. Naughton.  Referee: M. Mannion.  Four Roads    1-15 Tremane         1-6 This Saturday evening game saw Four Roads back on the winning track and as a result of this win Tremane need to win their two remaining games to have hopes of a semi-final place.   This was a poor game. Four Roads led by five points at half-time, helped by a Ray Mulry goal in the 27th minute. Tremane battled away without much success in the second half and Alan Kelly’s goal gave them hope but Four Roads were just too strong and they won well in the end. Four Roads: S. Lohan; J. Donnelly, J. McDonnell, P. Mannion; N. Cunniffe, M. Kelly (0-1), P. Kelly; T. Lennon (0-4), B. Kelly (0-1); J. Moran, D. Lohan, E. Rogerson (0-4); J. Mannion (0-2), R. Mulry (1-1), B. Mannion (0-1). Subs: C. Hayes (0-1) for Mannion.  Tremane: M. Blighe; M. Melia, M. Keaveney, M. Lynch; J. Blighe, M. Healy, D. Healy; S. Melia (0-1), A. Kelly (1-0); P. Lynch (0-1), A. Coyne (0-4), S. Healy; A. Purcell, F. Carr, B. Keenan. Subs: C. Melia, S. Conneally, M. Conneally. Padraig Pearses      1-15 Oran                        3-5 This was a must-win game for Pearses and they duly obliged, beating Oran by four points but the final score flattered Oran a little as they scored two late goals to put a bit of respectability on the scoreboard.   Pearses were in control almost all through as Oran relied almost totally on Gerry Fallon for their scores from the placed ball. At half-time Pearses led by 0-8 to 0-3. In fact Pearses led by 11 points to 3 with ten minutes left but John Lawless fired home an Oran goal to give them hope. However those hopes were dashed three minutes later when Teddy Galvin grabbed a Pearses goal.   Oran staged a late rally when Gerry Fallon (free) and sub Adrian Kelly both grabbed  goals but it was too little too late for the Oran men and Pearses deservedly won. Pearses: P. Dolan; D. Loughnane, A. Sweeney, S. Donoghue; J. Mulvey, A. Loughnane, C. Sweeney; R. Donoghue, J. Galvin; A. Sweeney (0-1), M. Donogue (0-1), A. Sweeney (0-3); P. Galvin (1-6), D. Mulvey (0-1), S. Sweeney (0-3). Subs: C. Kelly, M. Mulvey, P. Downey. Oran: E. Featherstone; J. Crehan, S. Lawless, A. Hannon; J. Carty, C. Mahon, D. Kenny; K. Carty, P. Crehan; T. Crowley, F. Quine, G. Fallon (1-4); S. McDermott, D. Beirne, D. Varley. Subs: R. Farrell (0-1), J. Lawless (1-0), P. Crehan, A. Kelly (1-0). Referee: Michael Carroll.