Monday 18 December 2017

Glynn seals a 'New day

LEIGHTON Glynn bagged two goals for Rathnew in Aughrim yesterday as their grip on the Wicklow SFC tightened to a stranglehold after a 2-8 to 0-6 win over Baltinglass. The Wicklow senior hit the net in either half -- his second strike coming from a penalty after full-forward Mark Doyle was felled by Baltinglass keeper, Ken Quirke.

Veteran Tommy Gill helped himself to a brace of frees while Stephen Mernagh, Jody Merrigan and Nicky Mernagh all got on the scoresheet as the Rathnew men claimed a record 30th senior county crown.

CASTLETOWN caused the club shock of the weekend in Wexford Park yesterday, beating fancied Kilanerin by 0-12 to 0-9 to claim a first Model County senior football title for the club since 1981. Inspired by centre-back Colm Morris, Castletown took the game to their vaunted opponents, George Sunderland and Gordon Hughes scoring three points apiece as they led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

Teenager Danny Gardiner kept Matty Forde to a single point from play though the former All Star did kick four frees over in the hour but late scores from Brendan Halpin and James Lannigan saw Castletown safe.

A KEITH Brennan point four minutes into injury handed Mattock Rangers yet another Louth SFC title in Drogheda yesterday after a tense 1-8 to 0-10 win over Cooley Kickhams -- a repeat of last year's decider. Kickhams were three points clear at the interval but Mattock finished much stronger and substitute Brennan -- on for his brother, Darren, just minutes previously -- broke Cooley hearts at the death.

IN KILDARE, champions, St Laurence's were sensationally beaten by 13-man Sarsfields in a full-blooded county semi-final in Newbridge on Saturday. Sarsfields lost both Alan Barry (straight red) and Conor Tiernan (second yellow) before the end while Laurence's had substitute Cian O'Brien dismissed. The man who made the biggest impact was Kildare senior Alan Smith who hit seven points in the hour.

The final will be an all-Newbridge affair after 2007 champions Moorefield beat Athy by 1-16 to 1-6 in the other semi.

RHODE will face Clara in next Sunday's Offaly SFC final after the former eased past Shamrocks by 1-16 to 0-10 in O'Connor Park on Saturday. Niall McNamee and Niall Darby hit 13 points between them for the victors while Anton Sullivan claimed the game's only goal.

The Offaly hurling decider, meanwhile, will be between Tullamore and Coolderry, with each winning their semi-finals over Kilcormac/Kiloughey and Kinitty respectively at the weekend.

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