Strokestown defeat Clann while Brigid’s’ run continues

LEAGUE ROUND-UP

In the O’Rourke Cup Division 1 Strokestown defeated Clann na nGael 3-9 to 0-14 at Johnstown. Strokestown led 2-5 to 0-7 at the break.

  While the returning Donie Shine added frees in the second half, with Cathal Shine benefitting from a move to full-forward, Strokestown still ran out convincing winners.

  Roscommon Gaels emerged victorious over Kilmore in a hard-fought league encounter played in perfect conditions at Lisnamult, 0-14 to 0-11. There was nothing between the teams in the opening half and with defences on top the half-time score was 0-4 to 0-4. Kilmore started the second half playing much the better football and took an early lead. However, they could not maintain their momentum and the Gaels gradually got to grips at midfield.

  Elphin and Boyle played out a very entertaining local derby on Sunday afternoon in the Orchard Park. The sides exchanged points throughout the first half and the home side did enough to lead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval. Elphin made the better start to the second half and led by 0-10 to 0-7 after 51 minutes when Boyle equalised through a Conor Flanagan goal. Elphin replied with a goal and a point in the space of three minutes, with Gerry Cregg finding the net. Boyle kept trying and points from Jim Suffin and Michael Hanmore helped narrow the gap, but Elphin remained in control and converted their chances to leave it Elphin 1-14, Boyle 1-10.

  St. Brigid’s recorded their third win in three games in the league on Sunday last in Kiltoom. The first half was slow to take off but goals from Jack McDonnell and Ronan Stack gave Brigid’s a 2-2 to 1-3 lead at the break, with Cathal Kenny netting for Oran.

  Oran scored the first point of the second half but points from Senan Kilbride, Davy Cunniffe and Jack McDonnell as well as two more goals from Darragh Sheehy and John Grehan gave Brigid’s a comfortable lead.

  Western Gaels defeated Padraig Pearses 0-16 to 0-10 in Woodmount. The Frenchpark side led 0-7 to 0-6 at the break. Brian Casserly, Oisin Ward and Cathal Cregg were among the scorers, while Conor Payne, Michael Duignan, Tom Butler and David Murray were on the scoresheet for Pearses.

  Emmet Kelly kicked two early second-half points for Pearses, but then the Gaels pulled clear. Derek Moran (two frees), Cathal Cregg (four), Brian Casserly and Niall Higgins added points. Niall Finneran and Duignan got late points for Pearses.

Division Two

In the O’Gara Cup Division Two, Éire Óg claimed the West Roscommon bragging rights with a 3-18 to 2-11 victory over Michael Glavey’s at James Timothy Park on Sunday.

  Goals in the opening 20 minutes from Daire Crowley and Barry Nolan set the platform for victory. Gary Patterson hit back with a penalty for Glavey’s but by half-time Éire Óg had built up a 3-11 to 2-7 lead.

  Kilbride defeated Castlerea St. Kevin’s 2-13 to 1-12 in O’Rourke Park. Kilbride led by four after ten minutes. Castlerea replied with two points. The teams traded scores to the break, leaving Kilbride 0-8 to 0-6 in front. Castlerea lost Ronan Raftery to a black card in the first half.

  Although Castlerea drew level, Kilbride moved clear again with 1-1 from Conor Devaney. Kilbride extended their lead to seven but Castlerea got back to within four by the final whistle.

  St. Faithleach’s accounted for Clann na nGael, 2-11 to 0-13. Clann started with 14 men, and St. Faithleach’s took full advantage to lead by three. The Ballyleague side got a goal midway through the half. Clann hit back with four points but Faithleach’s struck with a second goal before half-time to lead at the break, 2-7 to 0-5. Clann worked their way back into the game in the second half and outscored their opponents 0-8 to 0-4.

  Tulsk pipped St. Dominic’s 1-12 to 0-11. The all-important score arrived with five minutes remaining when Tulsk substitute James Murray finished to the net following a good five-man move to open up a five-point gap. The sides swapped scores throughout the first half with Tulsk just holding advantage at the break, 0-7 to 0-6.

  Dominic’s were slow out of the blocks after the break and Tulsk scored four early points before the Knockcroghery men responded with three of their own to close the gap to two.

  Then Murray struck for the goal and despite Dominic’s trying hard they just could not bridge the gap, despite scoring two late points.