Hurling round-up

St. Dominics                2-7 Roscommon Gaels     1-10 Two goals from Conor Fallon inside the last ten minutes of play helped St.  Dominics come from behind to earn a share of the spoils at Pairc an Piarsaigh last Sunday. The result puts pressure on Roscommon Gaels who face Athleague in Ballyforan next Sunday needing a win. This was St. Dominic’s first outing of this year’s championship.   The Gaels led by 0-3 to 0-1 but Dominics, inspired by Liam Murray and Mark Miley, led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.   Early in the second half the sides were locked together at 0-6 each but then the Gaels grabbed an opportunist goal from Davy Waldron and two Liam Casey points left the town team ahead by 1-8 to 0-6.   Then Fallon struck for his two goals (the first a 20 metre free) within 40 seconds and the Gaels were rocked back on their heels. But in fairness they responded with points from Liam Casey and Kenny Doolin to lead by one with the final whistle approaching. But Dominics were not to be denied and Liam Murray hit over the equalising point in the 60th minute. St. Dominics: C Donnelly; P Naughton, D Fallon, C Hunt; D Dowling, L Murray (0-2), M Beirne; M Miley, A Naughton; C Fallon (2-2), B Hanley, A Craven (0-1); S McKeon (0-1), D Byrne (0-1), N Byrne. Subs: D Fallon, P Keogh. Roscommon Gaels: J Comiskey; M Kelly, D Clogher, P Nolan; J Maloney, E Browne, J Hynes; J Nolan (0-1), K Doolin (0-2); G Durkin, J Durkin, L Casey (0-5); D Waldron (1-2), P Conlon, G Waldron. Referee: A Flaherty. Padraig Pearses                1-10 Four Roads                        1-9 ‘T’us maith leath na hoibre’ is an old Irish proverb and it certanly applies to Padraig Pearses who started very well in this game against their neighbours Four Roads at Pairc an Piarsaigh and it was just enough as the fast-finishing Four Roads could just not do enough to catch Tom Carey’s men.   Pearses sprang from the traps and led handsomely by 0-7 to 0-1 after 22 minutes but by half-time the score was only 0-8 to 0-4 in favour of Pearses. Ray Mulry was on target with three late frees to keep Four Roads in the contest at half-time. However five minutes after the break Dara Mulvey scored a Pearses goal to put them in command.   With Mulry in top form from frees and Johnny Moran turning in a ‘man of the match’ display at midfield, Four Roads edged their way back into the game. With nine minutes left sub Francie Grehan scored a goal for Four Roads to reduce the margin to only two.   There were over seven minutes of injury-time played as Four Roads drove forward in search of the match-winning scores but it was not to be and although Ray Mulry did get a late pointed free, Pearses had done enough for a narrow victory. Padraig Pearses: P Dolan; D Loughnane, R Donoghue, C Kelly; K Glynn, J Mulvey, A Loughnane; L Flynn (0-1), A Sweeney; M Donoghue (0-2), O Dolan (0-1), S Sweeney (0-2); C Sweeney (0-1), D Mulvey (1-2), A Sweeney (0-1). T Seale, P Galvin, M Mulvey. Four Roads: P Mulry; S Curley (0-1), D Lohan, M McLoughlin; P Kelly, N Cunniffe, J Donnelly; L Gately, J Moran; D Dolan, R Kennedy, B Kelly; K Waldron, R Mulry (0-7), J Coyne (0-1). Subs: F Gehan (1-0), P Tiernan, B Mannion, E Rogerson. Referee: M Mannion. Athleague               3-5 Oran                       1-4 Having lost their first game in the championship last week to Four Roads it was important for defending champions Athleague to get a win on the board and that they did against a disappointing Oran side who now have two losses from their two games played so far.   Karl Boyle scored an early goal for Athleague but Oran levelled the scores with three points in a row from Colm Kelly and Francy Quine (2) by the 23rd minute. Then Oran scored a goal before half-time through Kevin Carty to leave them 1-3 to 1-0 up at the break.    Athleague were back on terms within five minutes of the re-start when Joe Fallon scored their second goal and ten minutes later Kevin McGeeney took advantage of a mix-up in the Oran defence to shoot home Athleague’s third goal. Adrian Kelly scored another Oran point shortly aftewards but that was their last score and it was strange to report that Athleague did not score their first point of the game until 6 minutes before the finish. Mervyn Connaughton was on target with three frees and Alan Cunniffe and Karl Boyle completed the scoring after what was a poor game. Athleague: D Connell; J Quinn, C Moran, T Mulligan; P Glennon, N Connolly, J Connolly; D Delaney, A Cunniffe (0-1); M Connaughton (0-3), K McGeeney (1-0), J Glennon; K Boyle (1-1), J Fallon (1-0), T Connaughton. Subs: C Kelly, F Farrell, S Glennon, S Moore. Oran: B Crehan; P Crehan, E Morris, A Hannon; D Varley, G Fallon, D Kenny; C Kelly, D Beirne (0-1); M Dwyer, F Quine (0-2), J Crehan; K Carty (1-0), A Kelly (0-1), J Cassidy. Subs: T Crowley, J Carty.  Referee: T Killian. St. Dominics v Tremane (on Saturday in Athleague at 7pm) This could be a cracking game as Tremane are on a high after beating Roscommon Gaels in the first round, while St. Dominics drew with the Gaels last weekend. A win would put both sides in with a great chance of reaching the semi-finals. The clash of two excellent veterans Marty Healy (Tremane) and Liam Murray (St. Dominics) could decide it. I’m tempted to go for a draw but I’ll come down on the side of Tremane who seem to have improved well this year. Prediction: St. Dominics.   Four Roads v Oran (on Sunday in Ballyforan at 2pm) Four Roads were narrowly defeated by Padraig Pearses last Sunday and will be anxious to get their campaign back on to the winning track. Oran are even more desperate, having lost both their games so far. This will be closer than a lot of people think but I am of the opinion that Four Roads are the team to beat in Roscommon this year and they should win this game if they want to do any serious business later in the year. Prediction: Four Roads.   Athleague v Roscommon Gaels (on Sunday in Ballyforan at 3.30pm) Athleague have not exactly set the world alight as they prepare to launch a three-in-a-row title bid but they got a win under their belts against Oran last weekend. Roscommon Gaels have been poor so far and if they lose this game they are in real trouble, even at this early stage, of not making the last four. It’s hard to see them winning this game, but it will be competitive. Prediction: Athleague.