DIVISION 1 league finalists Naas and Carbury find themselves facing into a must win game in the final round of the group stages after they both lost their second group game today.
Scores for Naas have suddenly come very hard to come by and they have now scored just 15 points in two group games after a 0-9 to 0-7 defeat to St Laurences. Padraig Fogarty has scored more than that himself, 17 in total, and his seven points today made him the game’s standout performer. There was only a point separating the sides in the last minute of normal time before Fogarty saved his best point for last. In what is shaping up to a very tight game, it’s a crucial win for Laurences and Naas now must beat Maynooth in the final round to avoid the ignominy of dropping into the relegation play offs.
Carbury find themselves in the same position after they were beaten 1-10 to 0-10 by Celbridge. In strange sort of game that never really took off, Mark O’Sullivan’s goal in the 37th minute when he bundled home a high ball after Fergal Conway’s shot dropped short proved the difference. Like Naas, Carbury’s last group game against Raheens becomes a must win game, Raheens also lost their second game in the groups when they were beaten 0-14 to 2-6 by Confey in Ballyteague.
Athy had a routine 2-17 to 1-14 win over Clane in Group 4. Kevin Feely scored his third goal of the group stages in the first half and by the time Barry Kelly scored Athy’s second goal in the 50th minute the game was over as a contest, Shane O’Sullivan’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation for Clane.
Johnstownbridge join Athy at the top of Group 4 after Kelvin McNally’s injury time free kick gave them a 2-9 to 1-11 win over Round Towers. Cathal McNally’s 25th minute goal helped Johnstownbridge to a 1-5 to 0-6 half time lead and when he scored his second in the 39th minute his team were five points clear. Towers kept battling though and a Neil Scanlon penalty after John O’Dwyer had been fouled got them back into the game. Luke Flynn had a goal ruled out but Kelvin McNally’s 57th minute free put Johnstownbridge two clear. Two Neil Scanlon frees, one in the third minute of injury time, levelled the game for Round Towers but there was just about time for one more McNally free to win the game for Johnstownbridge.
Results of the day –
Joe Mallon Renault Senior Football Championship:
Group 2 – St Laurences 1-9 Naas 0-7
Group 3 – Celbridge 1-10 Carbury 0-10
Group 3 – Confey 0-14 Raheens 2-6
Group 4 – Athy 2-17 Clane 1-14
Group 4 – Johnstownbridge 2-9 Round Towers 1-11
Pittman Traffic & Safety Intermediate Football Championship:
Group 1 – St Kevins 3-7 Rathangan 0-12
Group 2 – Leixlip 2-12 Kill 0-5
Group 3 – Sallins 1-16 Suncroft 0-10
Group 4 – Kilcock 3-21 Kilcullen 0-8
Group 4 – Monasterevan 2-11 Ballyteague 1-10 (played Friday)
Tom Cross Transport Junior Football Championship
Group A – Castlemitchell 1-11 Grangenolvin 0-9 (played Friday)
Group A – Caragh 3-9 Ballymore 2-11
Group B – Robertstown 3-15 Rheban 2-12 (played Friday)