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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Edenderry see off Rhode challenge

Rathnew coach Darren Ronan and James Stafford celebrate after the game. Renault Ireland Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Final, Rathnew v St Patrick's. County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow
Rathnew coach Darren Ronan and James Stafford celebrate after the game. Renault Ireland Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Final, Rathnew v St Patrick's. County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow

Edenderry will fly the flag for Offaly in the upcoming Leinster club football championship after they dethroned near neighbours Rhode on a 1-12 to 1-10 scoreline in O'Connor Park.

A goal for Ruáirí McNamee got the reigning champions out to a fantastic start after just ten seconds but Edenderry rallied well and led by 1-7 to 1-6 at half time thanks to a stunning Derek Kelly goal.

Niall McNamee and Anton Sullivan pulled late chances wide for Rhode as they chased an equaliser, but Gary Blong tacked on a late insurance point to ignite raucous celebrations for the town side.

St Loman's, Mullingar, managed by Luke Dempsey who had guided Moorefield to success in Kildare in 2013 and 2014, won the Westmeath senior football title for the fifth time in ideal conditions at Mullingar on a 1-5 to 0-8 scoreline.

It was a fully deserved 11-point win over a disappointing Castledaly outfit.

Rathnew emerged victorious in the Wicklow championship, beating St Patrick's in Aughrim.

It was also their third title in a row as they ran out 3-06 to 0-09 winners.

In Carlow, Palatine claimed a 2-12 to 2-08 win over Old Leighlin in the SFC final

Lee Gordon and Ciaran Moran were the goalscorers for the winners.

All-Ireland champions Corofin completed a three-in-a-row in Galway for the first time after holding off the spirited challenge of a Mountbellew/Moylough side .

Corofin never trailed as they secured their 17th Galway crown by 3-13 to 0-12 at Tuam Stadium.

In the Meath hurling final, Kiltale saw off the challenge of Kildalkey by 2-15 to 0-12.

Kiltale led by five at the break and Peter Durnin scored the clinching goal with seven minutes left of the clock at Paric Tailteann.

Thirty-nine-year-old Niall Gilligan scored 13 points as Sixmilebridge beat Clonlara in the Clare SHC decider, 1-21 to 0-15.

St Fechins won their first Louth county senior hurling title, accounting for Pearse Óg by 2-20 to 3-11 in Dunleer.

Glen Rovers are the Cork SHC champions after a 2-17 to 1-13 win over Sarsfields at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Rovers' victory came as Kieran Kingston was appointed as the new manager of the Cork hurking team.

Kingston served as a selector under former boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy from 2012 to 2014 and was a member of the 1986 and 1990 All-Ireland winning sides for the Rebels.

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