Senior Football League Division 1
Old Leighlin 4-7
Mount Leinster Rangers 2-6
This was an eagerly awaited league fixture at Old Leighlin on Thursday between two clubs who enjoyed some tremendous league and championship games last season. Not surprisingly this was close for long spells and goals from Hugh Gahan and John Ryan for Old Leighlin ensured the visitors wouldn’t get away from them. Tied at 2-2 to 1-5 the game looked as if it would go down to the wire in the second half.
Goals can sometimes win games and this is as it turned out in the second half. Ryan continued with his great scoring run of late by adding his second three-pointer while Aaron Amond added another. Two young guns Ted Joyce and Chris Nolan raised green flags for Rangers but this time Old Leighlin were not going to lose.
Interestingly in a game that ebbed and flowed two of the Ranger’s starting half backs, Gary Kelly and Brian Nolan, both got on the scoresheet with a point each.
Old Leighlin: James Clarke; Eamon Fitzgerald, Michael Meaney, Paraic Coughlan; Declan Kelly, John Hayden, Michael Meaney (Moanmore 0-1); Ian Atkinson (0-1), David Bambrick; Willie Minchin, Hugh Gahan (1-0), Sean Whelan; Aaron Almond (1-1), Seamus Kinsella (0-1), John Ryan (2-2).
Subs – Declan Gough (0-1) for Kelly (blood), Gearoid Foley for Whelan.
Mount Leinster Rangers: Thomas Brennan; Niall Lynam, Padraig Bambrick, MJ Doran; Brian Nolan (0-1), David Phelan, Gary Kelly (0-1); Padraig Nolan, Edward Byrne (0-3fs); Denis Roche; Jack Murphy, Michael Doyle; Willie Hickey, Ted Joyce (1-0), Chris Nolan (1-1). Paul Coady, Shane O’Neill.
Referee: Kieran Kelly (Fighting Cocks).
The home side dominated here in Fr. Ryan Park almost from the start on Sunday as Tinryland plunged to a third consecutive defeat.
Rathvilly led 1-9 to 0-5 at half-time and in what was a carbon copy of the second period there was no let-up for the beleaguered visitors who were outplayed for much of the game.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne; Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Conor Byrne; Conor O’Toole, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath; Peter Hennessy (0-1), Shane Redmond; Cathal O’Toole, Matthew O’Toole (0-1), Mark Lawlor; Diarmaid Walshe (0-2), Richard Whyte (0-1), Ciaran Larkin. Subs Paul Broderick (0-3), Niall Lowry (0-1), Glenn Doyle, John Paul Moore, Ciaran Townsend.
Rathvilly: Robert Molloy; Jeff Werth, Tony Bolger, Jeffrey O’Donoghue; Colin Byrne, Jim Bob Leonard (0-1), Paul Curran; Brendan Murphy (0-2), Brian Murphy (0-2), Alan Kelly (0-2), Danny Molloy, Ed Finnegan (0-1); Diarmuid Cronin (0-2), Gary Dempsey (1-7), J. J Smith. Sub: Donie Kelly (0-1)
Palatine got their first league win of the season when they were too strong for the home side on Saturday who had to make do without Richie Sinnott (retired), Daryl Roberts (emigrated), Liam Murphy (retired) and Daniel St. Ledger (transferred).
Palatine: Chris Crowley, Jason Kane, Ciaran Moran (1-1 each), Jamie Kenny 1-0, Darragh Moran, Jack Brennan, Craig Kearney, Tomas Kenny, David Reid (0-1 each).
Senior Football League Division 2
Fighting Cocks 1-11
Ballinabranna bounced back from their weekend defeat to St. Andrews with a fine victory over the Fighting Cocks in an entertaining game played in the Fighting Cocks on Tuesday evening last.
The eventual winners got off to a flying start with a well taken Darren Lunney goal after only a minute. Another two points followed before the Cocks opened their account with a point. An 11th minute Jimmy Cahill goal helped the visitors into a deserved 2-5 to 0-5 lead at the break. Garry Dunne edged Ballinabranna further in front with a point after a minute of the restart to which the Cocks replied a minute later with a point. Even though the home side rallied with a goal and a couple of points it did not deter the men from the hill and further points were added to secure a well-deserved victory.
Ballinabranna: Adrian Brennan; Brendan Cahill, William Ryan, John Sheehan; Graham Amond, Colin Byrne, Michael Jackson; Jakob Mikolajczyk, Gary Dunne (0-4); Darren Lunney (1-7,4frs), Jimmy Cahill (1-0); Conor McNally (0-1); David Cox (0-2), Bobby Daly, Damien Sheehan. Subs: Cathal Owens for D. Sheehan, Ciaran Nolan for Cox, Damien Sheehan for McNally.
Naomh Eoin 0-8
An early Cormac McDonald goal helped the visitors into an early lead and with the addition of several points the County Kilkenny visitors held what they had for the remainder of the game to run out deserving winners.
It was the winner’s full-forward line who ensured there would be no comeback scoring a total of 0-7 between them.
Railyard: John Mansfield; David O’Neill, Philip Roche, David Roche; Paul Kelly (0-1), Paul Roche, Noel Roche; Conor McDonald, Kevin Philips; Noel Rafferty, Cormac McDonald (1-0), Sean Dowd (0-1); Brian Cahill, Caleb Roche (0-5), Ronan Walsh (0-2), Subs: Eddie Roche (0-1), Paul Donnelly, Ciaran Whelan, Sean O’Neill (0-1), Fergal Brennan, M.J. Feehan
Naomh Eoin, Jamie Hogan; Eoghan O’Hara, Shane Cranny, Jack Kavanagh; Cillian McCabe, Philip Smithers, Tommy Nolan (0-2); Martin Doyle, Dwaine Kavanagh; Keith Hogan (0-1), Adam Kenny (0-1), Donal Smithers (0-2), Kevin Hosey (0-1), Eanna Kavanagh (0-1), Eoin Doyle, Sub: Keith Slye for Eoin Doyle
Referee: John Hickey (Fenagh).
A goal a piece just before the interval from Seamus Hegarty and Niall Byrne just before the break put daylight between the sides in Grange on Sunday. While Clonmore trailed by 2-7 to 0-4 at the interval they did get back into the game but then Ned Pender came forward to find the net and that finished the game as a contest.
With six points Con Murphy provided Clonmore’s main scoring threat.
Grange: Charlie Timmins; Cormac Lawler, Michael Murphy, Paddy Byrne; Martin Kelly, Henry Hegarty (0-1), Ned Pender (1-0); Paul O’Halloran (0-1), Patrick Hickey; David Cleere (0-1), John Murphy (0-8), Stevie Doyle; Niall Byrne (1-0), Cathal Bailey, Seamus Hegarty (1-0). Subs: Michael Shannon for Hegarty, David James for Kelly, Kieran Pender for Cleere.
Clonmore: Paddy Byrne; John Kelly, Sean Doyle, Willie Byrne; David McCarney (0-1), Jordan Kane, Andrew Byrne; Alan Humphries, Anthony Byrne; Enda McGrath (0-2), Con Murphy (0-6,5fs), Paddy Gahan; Larry Doyle, Gavin Byrne, Niall Humphries. Subs: Collie McGrath for Doyle, Adam Byrne for Humphries, Dale McNamara for McGrath.