Old Leighlin 1-4
Junior Football Championship
There was drama, there was confusion over the score, there was exciting football, it’s safe to say this local derby had it all. However, at the end of the day, it is the result that matters most and mainly thanks to the fine efforts of Aidan Lillis, who scored 1-4, it was Leighlinbridge who claimed what local commentator Kevin Regan described as the El Clasico in Balinaboley on Sunday evening.
Leighlinbridge were well deserving of their win, playing nice football and linking up well as a team, they were patient in their build up play and found the holes in the Old Leighlin defence. Almost immediately, Aidan Lillis converted a point after being set up by Phillip Kehoe who sent the ball up, he was 1 on 1 and could have gone for goal but in the end, kicked it over the bar. He added a free seconds later to double the home side’s advantage. A further two points from Fiach O’Toole and Shane Farrell saw them stretch their lead. O’Toole converted from the left with some good work whilst he was also involved in the next point, setting up Farrell who was 1 on 1 and could have possibly attempted a goal. It looked like it was going to be a long night for their parish neighbours, Old Leighlin. However, they regrouped and went again and were rewarded by a goal to reduce the deficit to just one point. Michael Meaney converted from the left hand side, quite far out too. Gearoid Foley added a point from a free shortly after to bring things back level again. Mark Brennan and Cathal Brennan both exchanged points to leave things all square at half-time.
Liam Brennan hit one over straight away after the break, Aidan Lillis and O’Toole following suit to push the gap to three points. It was a beautiful effort from distance for Lillis whilst Ciaran Casey set up O’Toole from the right hand side. Old Leighlin pulled one back via Foley but Leighlin weren’t giving up their lead easily and after some good work from PJ Haughney, Farrell converted another point. Foley pulled one back from the free to reduce it down to two points again. As the game headed into injury time, Aidan Lillis struck to give Leighlin the derby win. Haughney’s effort on goal was saved and there was Lillis, ready and waiting to pounce on the rebound to see his side home. He added another point seconds later to put the icing on the cake. Old Leighlin were left rueing their ten wides in the game and will have felt like they should have taken something from the game. The lack of spectators at the derby didn’t affect the atmosphere at all or the drama. There were several scuffles with one in particular resulting in one of the linesmen getting sent off for getting involved whilst one half of the county’s favourite commentary duo could also be heard screaming down from his commentary position.
Leighlinbridge: Cian Kavanagh, Jonathan Stringer, Billy Lennon-O’Brien, Daniel Barron, Ciaran Casey, Sean Brennan, PJ Haughney, Liam Brennan (0-1), Phillip Kehoe, Jason Daly, Cathal Brennan (0-1), Fiach O’Toole (0-2), Aidan Lillis (1-4, 0-1 free), Keith Lillis, Shane Farrell (0-2).
Old Leighlin: Stephen Scallan, Colin Brennan, Declan Kelly, Kevin Carpenter, Derek Butler, Mark Brennan (0-1), Eric Nolan, Brendan Kinsella, Michael Meaney (1-0), Sean Taylor, Shane Dooley, Liam Couglan, Gearoid Foley (0-3, 0-1 free), Richie Burke, Sean Whelan. Subs: John Hayden (for Burke), Patrick Rafferty (for Brennan).
By Harry Shorthose
Tinryland won this first round junior championship game between neighbouring parishes on Sunday in Tinryland. They led 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval but despite goals from Dan Brennan and Lee Gordon Palatine were unable to close the gap and Tinryland were relieved to hear the full time whistle.
Palatine: Luke Hickey; Sean Dermody, Chris Parle, Thomas Murphy; Daragh Heneghan, Jacob O’Brien, Darragh Moran; Thomas Sheehan (0-1), Cillian Duff; Alan Daly, Eoin McMahon (0-1), Dan Brennan (1-1); John Kenny, Darren Reid (0-1), Lee Gordon (1-5). Subs: Conor McVeigh, Conor Crowley, Cormac Duff, David Kinsella.
Grange made their claims for an immediate return to intermediate ranks when they went to Fr. Ryan Park on Sunday and came away with a good win.
The big difference between the sides was the visitors ability to nail three-pointers with Pat Hickey, Martin Farrell and Paddy Byrne all finding the net. Rathvilly had their chances but were denied by an experienced and strong away defence.
Grange: Seamus Hegarty; Mick Murphy, Cillian Murphy, John Doyle; Alan Fleming (0-5), Ned Pender, Tom Kealy; John Murphy (0-2), Pat Hickey (1-1); Gavin Lawler, Henry Hegarty (0-2), Cormac Lawler; Martin Farrell (1-2), Padraig McGrath, Paddy Byrne (1-0). Subs: Kieran Pender, Cathal Bailey, David Cleere (0-1), Chris Mitchell
Rathvilly: John Corcoran; Shane Byrne, Andrew Sibbald, Kyle Byrne; Andrew Bolger, Wayne O’Donoghue, Wesley Faulkner; Don Colgan, Larry Farrell; Diarmuid Gavin, Padhraig Bolger, Shane Kehoe; JJ Smith (0-7), Gary Owens (0-5), Conor Owens. Subs: Denis Kelly (0-1), Paraic Deering, Jack Carroll, Conor Byrne, Dillon O’Toole.
St Patricks 5-14
Last year’s beaten finalists got their junior football championship campaign off to a convincing start in Brother Leo Park on Saturday when they easily accounted for the visitors.
Craig Staunton led the scoring rout with 3-2 while Jack Kennedy was also in scoring form coming away with a haul of 1-6. Apart from the leading scorers Lee Kavanagh, Niall Sherry and Stephen Metcalfe all played well.
St Patricks: James Tobin; Niall Gahan, Shane Rohan, Lee Kavanagh; Rob Gahan (0-1), Niall Sherry, Ronan Byrne; William Doran (0-1), Stephen Metcalfe (0-1); TJ Kavanagh (0-1), Jack Kennedy (1-6), Dylan Gorman Comerford; Padraig Murphy, Craig Staunton (3-2), Brian Byrne (1-2). Subs: Alan O’Neill, Eoin O’Toole, Darren Butler, Cathal Murray, Dylan Hanley.
Ballon: Dan O Connor 0-2, Liam Brennan 0-3, Jim Nolan 0-1, Lorcan Doyle 0-1, Ml O Leary 0-1.
Team; Alan Kelly, Nick Mullins, Cormac Ryan, Eoin Byrne,Thomas Murphy, Adam Deacon, Padraig Murphy, Benny Fanning, Conor Kearney, Donnacha Murphy, David Wilson, Dan O Connor, Sean Tracey, Jim Nolan, Liam Brennan. Subs; Ml O leary, John Gittens, Lorcan Doyle.
Junior Football Championship B Round 1
Kildavin Clonegal 1-10
Kildavin-Clonegal took both first round championship points at The Training Centre on Tuesday when they struck late through an Andrew Nolan goal to steal the game from under Asca noses. The Sky Blues trailed 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval but had the aid of a breeze in the second half.
The enjoyed the better of the exchanges but missed a hatful of chances which would, surely, have put their rivals away.
They paid the price and while there was time to save the game, when the goal came, they appeared to be stunned by the concession of the three-pointer, and Kildavin-Clonegal held on for victory.
Kildavin-Clonegal: Barry Foley; Paddy Kavanagh, Joe Roche, Eoin Roche; Richard Byrne, Philip Byrne, Martin Boland; David Byrne, Daniel Smyth; Andrew Nolan (1-0), Mark Nolan (0-1), Richard Jeffers (0-2); Aaron Dobbs (0-1), Richard Sinnott (0-5), Podge Ryan (0-1). Subs: Martin Byrne, Jack Dempsey.
Asca: Brian Coogan; Ollie Keating, Stephen Fennell, Willie Long; Tebogo Sebala (0-1), Brian Jackson, Chris Rennicks (0-1); John Jackson, Jimmy Phelan (0-1); John Dwyer, Jack Phelan, Brian Hosey; Shane Coakley (0-1), Conor O’Brien (0-8, 0-6 frees), Tim Phelan. Subs: Aaron Bohanna, Dwain Curran.
Referee: Seamie Doyle
Éire Óg 0-7
At 0-1 each at half-time and having missed many chances in the first half of this first round junior B championship game the eventual winners finally built up enough steam in the second half to claim victory.
Éire Óg: Evan Kearns; Brian Fitzgerald, Alan Callinan, Lee Ramsbottom; Daniel Crotty, David Dunphy, Shane Buggy; Jason Murphy, Odhran Fitzgerald; Ben Crotty (0-2 frees), Hugh Dooley, Lee Callinan; Cian O’Brien (0-2), Mark Corcoran (0-2), Andrew Lewis. Subs: Mark Behan, Diarmuid Murphy (0-1), Cathal Morahan, Colm Griffin.
Fenagh: Pat Butler; Eamon Normanly, Liam Nolan, Lauren Kinsella; Thomas Cox, Micheál Ryan, Donncha Murphy; Jamie Wall, Mark Treacy; Jason Canavan; Bill O’Connor, David Murphy; Niall Whelan, James Kinsella, Padraig Nolan. Subs: Lorcan Kinsella, Niall Hughes, Rian Farrell (0-1), Patrick Hickey, James Nolan, Kenneth Murphy.
Referee: Billy Fanning (Ballon).
Bagenalstown Gaels 4-9
The home side, with a nice mixture of youth and experience, were too good for their rivals in this first round junior B football championship game in McGrath Park on Tuesday.
Andrew Townsend led the scoring with a hat-trick of goals but this was very much a team performance and even at this stage the Bagenalstown side look set to put in a big challenge in the competition.
Bagenalstown Gaels: Kuba Budzisz; Liam Cummins, Alan Whelan, Paul Kennedy; Jamie Whelan, David Miley, James Geoghegan; James Doyle, Craig Doyle; Tom Gardiner (0-1), Keelan Guidera (0-2), Matty Curran; Andrew Townsend (3-1), David Corcoran (0-1), Declan Salter (0-4). Subs: Leon Gordon (1-0), Conor Murphy, Jamie O’Neill, Michael Dowling, Martin O’Mara.
Naomh Eoin 1-7
Ballinabranna had a hard fought victory at Pairc Liam Dobb on Tuesday. The home side got off to the ideal start when Jim Dunne converted a third minute penalty. Jack Malone extended the advantage with a point but Naomh Eoin scored a goal through Oisin Kelly. At half-time the home side led 1-3 to 1-2.
It was tight all through the second period but with nine minutes to go Paddy Meaney struck for the decisive three-pointer which helped his side take the victory.
Ballinabranna: Evan Tunstead; Glenn Nolan, William Ryan, Jody Brennan (0-1); Cormac O’Hara, Joe O, Sullivan, Ciaran Fitzpatrick; Paddy Meaney (1-0), Cathal Owens; Cathal McAllister, Jim Dunne (1-0 pen); Andy Mulleeney; Ben McDonald, Damian Sheehan, (0-2 frees), Jack Malone (0-1). Subs: Willie Kavanagh, Brian Kinsell, John Sheehan, Paul Amond.
Naomh Eoin: Jamie Kavanagh; Ger Kavanagh, Shane Cranny, Diarmuid Deacon; Tadgh Daly, Ross McEvoy, Ed Butler; Donal Jordan, Joe Phelan; Kevin Hosey (0-1), Eoin Doyle, Anthony Hogan (0-54); Oisin Kelly (1-0), Keith Hogan (0-1), Andrew Redmond. Subs: Thomas Jordan (0-1), Eoin O’Hara, Cathal Deacon.
Junior Football C Championship Round-Up
St Patricks 2-11
Mount Leinster Rangers 1-11
The visiting Borris side got off to the better start in this junior football C championship game at Brother Leo Park on Wednesday when they eased into a 0-5 to 0-1 advantage. St Patrick’s hit back with a goal through Eoghan Cunnane. It was tight to half-time with the side’s tied at 1-6 each with the Rangers goal coming from Ben Bolger. Both sides had their chances and it was still all square at the second half water break. St Patrick’s made the match winning move which led to a Julian Strain’s goal when David Orbinski fed Cunnane and he put in his colleague for the crucial score.
St Patrick’s: Kieran Orbinski; Fionn Gorman, Gareth Fitzgerald, Conor Murphy; David Orbinski, Eoghan Cleary, Darren Walsh; Jake Dore, Rian Farrell; Stephen Hogan, William Canavan, Tadgh Black (0-5); Eoghan Cunnane (1-0), John Fitzgerald (0-1), Julian Strain (1-5). Subs: Nathan Doran, Lee Nolan, Ebbie Quigley, Lorcan O’Toole.
Mount Leinster Rangers: Eoin Fenlon; Colm Malone, Dara Tobin, Shane O’Neill; Sean Joyce, Jack Ryan, Liam Lennon; Donald Coady MJ Doran; Dean Tobin, Ben Bolger (1-5), Michael Joyce (0-1); Niall Lynam (0-1), Dean Grennan (0-4), Darragh O’Toole. Subs: Pauric Coleman, Barry Coady, Jack Flood, Robert Canning, Graham Bolger
Clonmore led from pillar to post in this lively junior C championship encounter in Woodside on Wednesday.
Surprisingly, considering the final winning margin, the first quarter was very competitive and Clonmore only led by 0-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. But two quick goals by Sean Tomkins and Dylan Doyle immediately after the water break ended the game as a contest. These two players shared the scoring plaudits – Doyle finishing with 1-6 and Tompkins 2-1 – with midfielder Paddy Byrne who scored an impressive 1-2 and Eoin Connolly who swung over 0-3 with his trusty left foot.
The half-time score was 2-8 to 0-1 and Clonmore’s three second half goals came from Sean T, Paddy Byrne and Willie Rooney
Clonmore look to have a lively young squad but sterner tests lie ahead – starting with Eire Óg in Páirc Uí Briain on Wednesday next at 7.30pm.
Clonmore: Clive Lambe; Cathal Foley, John Kelly, Rory McKiernan; Conor McCarney, Andrew Byrne (0-1), Anthony Kealy-McDonald; Paddy Byrne (1-2), Willie Byrne; Sean Tompkins (2-1), Collie McGrath, Jamie Walsh (0-1); Eoin Connolly (0-3), John McGrath (0-1), Dylan Doyle (1-6). Subs: Willie Rooney (1-0), Kevin McCarney (0-1), Luke Mullen, Con Cashen, Pauric Lawlor (0-1).
Leighlinbridge: Chris Kearney; Daryl Mara, Aaron McKenzie, Conor Daly; Alan Quinn, Fiach O’Byrne, Niall O’Reilly; Fionn White, David Lillis (0-2); Geoffrey Doran, Brian Kavanagh, Kieran Collins; Adam Collins, Jack Townsend (0-2), Mark Brennan. Subs: John Townsend, Conor Nolan (0-1), Johnny Kavanagh, Chris Canavan, Adam Kearney.
Éire Óg 2-12
Palatine dug deep in Bennekerry in this opening Junior C Championship game coming good at crucial times to see off the feisty challenge of their old rivals. The visitors got off to the better start and went five points up at one stage. A Ken McDonald goal for Palatine changed the complexion of the contest. Further goals from Ben Callinan and Danny Quigley gave the home side a 3-5 to 1-6 interval lead. Éire Óg hit back and by the second water break had levelled with the help of a Jake O’Reilly three-pointer. It was all to play for from there but two excellent goals from Craig Bowden went a long way towards sealing a deserved Palatine win.
Palatine: Billy Murphy; Paddy Carroll, Chris O’Brien, Brian Rowan; Matthew Kenny, Brian Farrell, Dermot McDonald; Brian O’Mahony (0-1), Danny Quigley (1-1); Ken McDonald (1-2), Craig Bowden (2-2), Adam Dunne (0-2), Ben Callinan (1-1), Seán Brennan (0-1), Billy McDonald. Subs: Conor Cloonan (0-1), Paud O’Dwyer, Dylan O’Shea, Jamie Cullen, Jimmy Nolan.
Éire Óg: Alex O’Meara; Conor Fitzgerald, Sean McMahon, Ciaran Murphy (0-1); Niall Kelly, Luke Hutton (0-1), Gary O’Keeffe; Shane Murphy (0-1), Danny Hayden Donovan (0-1); Shane Corcoran, Leon Woods (0-3), Luke Ramsbottom (0-2); Michael Griffin; Shane Myers (0-1), Jake O’Reilly (1-1). Subs: Eddie McKenna (1-0), Kevin Haughney, Cormac Myers (0-1).