Irish News Past Papers - Oct 26 1998: Kevin Madden is the Poly star

Kevin Madden in action for Roger Casements, Portglenone. Picture by Seamus Loughran
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RYAN CUP holders UUJ made it two wins from two, with a comprehensive 3-8 to 0-9 victory over St Mary’s at the splendid new St Teresa’s complex on Saturday.

Antrim’s Kevin Madden was the star of the show with 1-6, while ex-Tyrone minors Richard Thornton and Stephen Donnelly grabbed the other two goals.

One score was to prove crucial. A sideline ball from Madden was broken down and picked up by Richard Thornton, who expertly placed in the corner of the net.

The Poly eventually were to put the final nail in the Ranch coffin, albeit via the penalty spot.

A lob into the goalmouth was superbly caught by the powerful Liam McBarron, he was adjudged to have charged with the ball, referee Aidan Higgins pointed to the spot.

Madden rifled to the net, but was ordered to retake the kick but shot to the net again to put the Poly 3-8 to 0-8 in front.

St Mary’s: C Farrell, S Meenagh, P Shields, C Gourley, P McFlynn, L McBarron, C Meenagh, K Franklin, C Daly (0-1), B Murray (0-1), S O’Hare (0- 7), D Niblock, O Sloan, P Quinn, C Cunningham

Subs: J Heaney for C Meenagh, O Doherty for P Quinn

UUJ: P Brogan, R Lynch, C Devlin, P McGurk, E O’Hagan, S McGuckian, S O’Kane, N Clancy, D Hassan, K Madden (1-6), D McErlain, K Brady (0-2), R Thornton (1-0), P Logan, S Donnelly (1-0)

Subs: M O’Rourke for D Hassan, O Gaughran for S Donnelly, S Donnelly for D McErlain.

Ref: Aidan Higgins (Glenravel)


All-Ireland Women’s Senior Football final Waterford 2-14 Monaghan 3-8

Lady luck doesn't shine on Monaghan

THE hooter that sends supporters of a certain age looking for an air raid shelter rather than any fat lady, signals the end of women’s gaelic football matches.

It irked many of the 13,551 spectators who wanted more of this thrilling All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park to hear the hooter sound off almost 13 minutes into injury time.

Monaghan can count themselves unlucky not to have realised their three-in-a-row ambition save for a catalogue of misfortune.

It read something like this; Angela Larkin hits the near post and later still hits the post higher up.

Edel Byrne’s shot is saved on the line by Sarah Hickey and the same player is narrowly denied with a good effort.

Diane Dempsey an earlier goalscorer, saw her shot from right roll along the crossbar and away to safety.

The Waterford girls’ relief at the hooter was total.

Waterford: S Hickey, T Whyte, S O’Ryan, N Walsh, A Crotty, D O’Rourke, J Torpey (1-2), C Casey (0-5), O Condon, M O’Donnell (1-1), M O’Ryan (0-1), R hallahan (0-2), C Ryan (0-1), G O’Ryan (0-1), A Wall (0-1)

Subs: D Nagle for Condon, F Crotty for G O’Ryan, G O’Ryan for Casey

Monaghan: B McAnespie, C Brady, M Kelly, A O’Reilly, A O’Reilly (0-1), E McElvaney, J Treanor, J Greenan, L Farrelly (1-0), M Cairns (0-2), A Larkin (0-2), N Kindlow (1-0), E Byrne (0-3), B Swift, D Dempsey (1-0)

Sub: C Maginnis for Swift

Ref: C Haughney (Carlow).


All-Ireland Senior B Football Championship semi-final Fermanagh 2-12 Tipperary 2-11 (after extra-time)

Ernemen put in the extra effort

FERMANAGH, All-Ireland B champions in 1997, were involved in a nail-biting contest at rain-soaked Drumard in Longford, forced into extra-time before squeezing home a late goal which takes them into this year’s final against either Monaghan or Carlow.

Fermanagh were literally all at sea in the opening half, the atrocious underfoot conditions making it impossible for the younger and lighter players to mount a proper attack.

However the introduction at half-time to the Fermanagh forward line of Rory Gallagher pepped up their attack and three points by him along with another from Raymond Johnston left Fermanagh trailing by three points as the end of normal time loomed. But with the game two minutes into injury time Shane King popped up to score the all-important goal to force the game into extra time.

Later, Fermanagh midfielder Ciaran McManus blasted the ball from the edge of the square into the net for a dramatic winner.

Fermanagh scorers: C McManus and S King (1-1) each, R Gallagher (0-4), B Jackson and R Johnston (0-2) each, D McGrath and C Monaghan (0-1) each

Tipperary scorers: P Lambert (0-7), D Lyons (2-0), B Cummins (0-4).

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