Saturday, May 13, 2017

THERE were wins for Suncroft, Ballyteague and Clogherinkoe as the Courtyard Hotel Leixlip IFC Championship continued today.

Suncroft were meeting Kill again after a 0-13 apiece draw last week and today’s replay was similarly closely matched. 2-1 from Kallum Ennis in the first half put Suncroft in control and they led 2-7 to 0-8 going into first half injury time, even though Eoghan Lawless had seen a penalty saved by Daragh Minogue. Kill got themselves back in the game with an injury time goal by Dara Challoner and a point by Jack Healy.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men in the second half and they level with 10 minutes to go but Fionn Dowling kicked four frees and set up Lawless for another score in the closing stages and Suncroft ran out 2-14 to 1-13 winners.

In St Conleths Park, Ballyteague made a blistering start against Sallins lead 1-7 to 0-0 after 16 minutes, the goal coming from early substitute Padraig Murphy. By half time they led 1-8 to 0-3, with six points coming from Stephen Connolly.

Sallins, coached by ladies All-Star Mary Hulgraine, came storming back though and almost completed a remarkable comeback. After Ballyteague went down to 14 men following Sean Dowling’s 34th minute red card, Conor Herbert took over and by the 55th minute, there was just one point between the teams.

Sallins had chances to kick an equalising score but in the end, injury time points from substitutes Brian McGrath and Kevin Murphy sealed a 1-11 to 0-11 win for the Larks.

Elsewhere, first half goals from Ciaran Gravin and Daniel Pyke helped Clogherinkoe overcome a slow start and eventually overcome Monasterevan. Monasterevan, relegated from senior last year, led 0-5 to 0-2 after 13 minutes but by the half time break were 2-5 to 0-5 behind.

The second half took a long time to get going, even though the heavy rain that fell during the first half cleared off, and 1-2 by Monasterevan was all that was scored in the first 20 minutes.

That cut the cap back to two points but two goals in the last six minutes by Daniel Grehan helped Clogherinkoe to a 4-9 to 1-7 win.

In the Tom Cross Junior Football Championship, Caragh had a sizeable 4-12 to 1-6 win over Cappagh.

We’ll have full reports on these games, and all the games from the weekend, in next Tuesday’s paper.



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