Sunday 21 January 2018

Coolderry put Tullamore to sword in final

OFFALY: Coolderry eased to a 28th senior hurling title in the Faithful County at O'Connor Park yesterday, handing Tullamore a 3-15 to 1-12 defeat in their own back yard.

The champions goaled as early as the first minute after Damien Murray found the net from close range and Cathal Parlon's almost identical strike four minutes from half-time left Coolderry in a very handsome 2-9 to 0-5 lead at the half-time break.

Offaly senior, Shane Dooley, finally found the net for Tullamore in the second half but seven points from play from Brian Carroll and a second Murray goal saw Coolderry glide over the final stretch.

WESTMEATH: Raharney are Westmeath county hurling champions again after dethroning Clonkill in dramatic circumstances in Mullingar yesterday.

They trailed by a full six points with just seven minutes to play but Paul Greville smashed home a goal in the 57th minute to lead the renaissance.

Clonkill still led by two with in injury time but a rifled 25-metre free from Brian Connaughton was the final score of the game and Raharney were crowned champions on a 2-14 to 1-16 scoreline.

MONAGHAN: An injury-time penalty miss from Tommy Freeman proved decisive in the Farney county football final replay, with Clontibret just edging out his Magheracloone side by 1-11 to 0-12.

Having kicked six frees in a predictably tight match, Freeman stepped up to take the penalty with his side trailing by two points and no time remaining but he missed and the referee blew for full-time immediately.

ARMAGH: Crossmaglen Rangers collected their 14th football county title in 15 years but were forced to rely on supersub, Kyle Carragher to steer them to victory.

Level at 1-8 apiece on 51 minutes, Carragher entered the fray and kicked three decisive points to edge Cross' towards a 1-11 to 1-8 win.

GALWAY: Corofin were stopped just short of a historic three Galway senior football titles in-a-row yesterday after Killererin conspired to end their dominance in Pearse Stadium, Salthill.

The new county champions had largely the Joyces - Pádraic, Tommy and Nicky to thank for their 1-10 to 1-7 win, Galway senior stars Pádraic and his cousin Nicky kicking all but two points of that tally.


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