County championship round-up: Clann Éireann stun Maghery in Armagh
Armagh Senior Football Championship quarter-final: Clann Éireann 0-12 Maghery 1-7
A FINE second-half performance saw Clann Éireann stun defending champions Maghery in Friday night’s Armagh SFC quarter-final at the Athletic Grounds.
An early Brian Fox goal for Maghery looked to be proving the difference between the two sides as the game entered the home stretch, but the unerring accuracy of Conor Turbitt from dead balls ultimately turned the tide in Clann Éireann’s favour. Dan McCarthy had opened the scoring from play for the Lurgan men before that Fox goal and a Stephen Cusack point gave the champions a decisive advantage.
A couple of converted Turbitt frees left two in it at the first water break and he had Clann Éireann level shortly after but some fine shooting from Aidan Forker and Ben Crealey ensured Maghery went in at the break 1-5 to 0-6 in front. The game was nip and tuck for most the second-half with Maghery still in front by a point at the water break. When Stefan Forker put them two in front entering the last 10 minutes it looked as if Maghery would squeeze through to the semis but Conor McConville and Jack Conlon had Clann Éireann level on the stroke of injury-time.
Then up stepped Turbitt with two flawless pressure kicks to dethrone Maghery and put the Lurgan club into the last four.
Tyrone Senior Football Championship round one: Eglish 2-15 Pomeroy 1-11; Trillick 3-7 Galbally 1-8
EGLISH stormed to victory over Pomeroy with an impressive attacking performance at Healy Park.
Goals from Seamus Muldoon and Luke Donnelly saw them power into the Tyrone SFC quarter-finals, where they will meet either champions Dungannon or Dromore. Eglish struck an almost perfect balance between defence and attack, packing their own half when out of possession and getting forward at pace to pick off scores.
In Friday's late game at Healy Park, Trillick dismissed Galbally with relative ease.
Cavan Senior Football Championship quarter-final: Cavan Gaels 1-11 Laragh United 0-10
AS EXPECTED Cavan Gaels had too much for Laragh United in Friday night’s first Cavan SFC quarter-final at Breffni Park.
The Gaels started brightly but points from Paul Smith kept Laragh in touch until Paul O’Connor’s goal from play had them starting at a five-point deficit. At half-time, the gap was six but Laragh burst out of the traps for the second-half and a string of points from Patrick Rudden, Jack McKenna and Shane O’Rourke gave them hope.
Gearóid McKiernan steadied the ship for the Gaels and although Smith continued to chip away at the lead Laragh didn’t have enough in the tank for the home stretch.
Fermanagh Senior Football Championship quarter-final: Kinawley 3-12 Roslea 0-10
KINAWLEY blitzed Roslea at Brewster Park on Friday night to book their place in the Fermanagh SFC semi-finals.
Two first-half goals, one from the boot of Donal Owens and the other off the palm of Eoin McManus, had Kinawley comfortably ahead at the break, 2-4 to 0-6 and, by the second water break, they were 3-9 to 0-10 in front, with Tom Keenan finishing well after a blazing run from the 45 metre line.