IFC Group 1
TWO goals from centre-half back Conor Loftus and Darragh Syron in the first 90 seconds of the second-half secured victory for Crossmolina over their neighbours in Ballina on Sunday afternoon.
The Deel Rovers will now face Hollymount-Carramore in next weekend’s Intermediate championship quarter-final.
A James Maughan goal had Lahardane leading by three points after 15 minutes, but they would fail to score again as their more vaunted opponents took complete control.
Five points from the boot of Fionan Duffy, and 1-3 for Conor Loftus, were the catalyst but a very disappointing display from Lahardane will leave Brian Benson still wondering quite where his side are at.
Two quickfire yellows for James Maughan early in the second half meant Lahardane would finish the game with 14 men, but an inability to hold on to the ball or get past halfway was their bigger problem.
Crossmolina were full value for their win and will head for the knock-out stages with confidence.
The same can't be said for Lahardane who head into a relegation play-off against Kilmaine.
JP Mulhern; P McAndrew, D Cadden, F Gill; F Duffy, C Loftus (1-3), S Cadden; K Mulhern, D Syron (1-0); D Coggins, C Carolan (0-1), J Flynn; N Coggins (0-3), F Duffy (0-5,3fs), D Walsh.
Subs: D Howley, E O’Boyle, L Loftus, D Hegarty, D McDonald, N Maughan, M Loftus (0-1).
J Queenan; K O’Malley, B Leonard, K Lynn; J McHale, James Maughan (1-0), J Joyce, S Finnerty (0-1), D Walsh, M Maughan, M Noone, E Fergus, Jarlath Maughan, A Leonard, S Loftus.
Subs: K Jordan, J Hampson, A Garrett, D Langan, C Finnerty.
Referee: J Finn (Aghamore)
IFC GROUP 1
LOUISBURGH have topped Group 1 of the Mayo Intermediate Championship after defeating Bonniconlon in Islandeady this afternoon.
Ronan O’Grady’s men made it three wins from three and will now pit their wits against Moy Davitts next weekend, after seeing off a Bonni’ team that led for 22 minutes in the first half, but were poor thereafter.
The North Mayo men began brightest by hitting the first three scores of the day.
Louisburgh, who only needed a draw to qualify from the group, were slow to get going and didn’t level the game until the 24th minute.
A minute later, the Clew Bay men produced a goal that took the wind out of Bonniconlon’s sails.
A fantastic team move began with a turnover in defence and finished with the impressive Padraic Prendergast teeing up Martin Ball to palm it home.
From here on Louisburgh led comfortably, finishing the half 1-7 to 0-6 ahead.
Bonniconlon only managed two points in an uneventful second half where Louisburgh were dominant but far from outstanding.
The tougher tests begin next weekend.
J Corrigan; D O’Malley, E O’Malley, B McLeod; S Corrigan, R Prendergast, M Dawson (0-1); Paul Prendergast (0-1), Padraic Prendergast (0-1, 1f); P O’Malley (0-1), J Gibbons, A Moran; M Ball (1-1), S Keane (0-1, 1f, 1 mark), D Prendergast (0-4, 4fs).
Subs used: J O’Malley for D O’Malley (5 mins); K Gibbons (0-1) for Moran (40 mins); D O’Malley for Corrigan (50 mins); A Morrison for Paul Prendergast (54 mins); B McGinn for R Prendergast (58 mins); T Dawson for Keane (58 mins).
D Devine; M Boyd, E Greavy (0-1), R Conlon; J Kelly, C Kelly, N Greavy (0-1); J Lavelle, R McKenzie; S Neary (0-2, 1f), C Igoe, B O’Malley (0-2, 1f); L Conlon, P Durcan, W Loftus.
Subs used: D Walsh (0-1) for B O’Malley (33 mins, blood); B O’Malley for D Walsh (34 mins, blood); D Ruane (0-1) for L Conlon (41 mins); D Walsh for McKenzie (41 mins); C Upton for Durcan (41 mins); R Upton for Loftus (53 mins); D Fox for R Conlon (54 mins).
Referee: J Walker (Cill Chomáin)
IFC GROUP 3
AS the scoreline suggests this was a tight squeeze in the end for Parke, but they were fully deserving of their golden ticket to the Intermediate quarter-finals at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park.
The winners were six points up and cruising heading into the home straight — mainly thanks to the exploits of the unmarkable Ronan Carolan who shot ten points — but Burrishoole staged a late fightback and nearly stole the show.
A flicked goal from substitute Cathal Breslin set up the grandstand finish and points from Jason Doherty (free) and Paddy Mulchrone closed the gap to the bare minimum as the clock ran down.
Parke held their nerve and grabbed a couple of points themselves to steady the ship, but during the six minutes of additional time that were played, Burrishoole laid siege to the Parke goal and points from Fintan McManamon and goalkeeper Seán Hanley (a ‘45) meant it was a tense finale for everyone.
Mark Concannon’s Parke were ahead at half-time by 0-8 to 0-7 with sharpshooters Ronan Carolan (four points — three from play) and Jason Doherty (four points — two from play) duelling it out at either end.
Carolan put on an exhibition of point-kicking in the second half and broke Burrishoole’s hearts, but they never threw in the towel and battled to the bitter end.
Parke will meet Ballyhaunis in the quarter-finals next weekend.
C McDonnell; C McHale, A Moran, M Walsh; R Reilly, A McHale (0-1), A Hurst; J Doocey, C Donohue; S Cloherty, S Corcoran (0-2, 1f), J McLoughlin; S Sweeney (0-2), R Carolan (0-10, 2fs, 1mark), C Kerins.
Subs used: C Lynch (0-1) for Walsh (inj); D Neary for McLoughlin; S Kelly for Kerins.
S Hanley; A McDermott, P Cannon, D Drumm; J Sammon, D Nevin, D McNulty; P Chambers, M O’Malley; L McNulty, J Doherty (0-7, 5fs), P Mulchrone; J McLoughlin, A Ryder (0-1), F McManamon (0-2).
Subs used: C Guilfoyle for Sammon; A McManamon for McLoughlin; C Breslin (1-0) for Ryder; K Chambers for O’Malley; C Browne for L McNulty.
Referee: J Henry (Castlebar Mitchels)
IFC GROUP 3
BALLINROBE topped their group thanks to a comfortable win over Kiltane.
With Parke beating Burrishoole, Ballinrobe needed a result to be sure of qualifying and it never looked in doubt against a Kiltane team who were in the relegation play-offs regardless of how this game went.
As a consequence the Erris men did not start totems like Ultan Corrigan, Tommy Conroy and John Reilly, and are also without the injured Mikey Sweeney.
With those absentees there was only ever going to be one result here.
By half-time Peter Ford’s team had this game in a vice-like grip and will now take on Kilmeena in the last eight.
Playing with the wind, they led 2-5 to 0-1 at the short whistle and were full value for it. Indeed, it looked for long stages as if Kiltane would fail to score until Mike Doran got them off the mark after 26 minutes.
Ballinrobe were 1-4 to 0-0 up at that point.
The first goal came after 16 minutes; Kevin Quinn finished excellently after Evan O’Brien fielded a Kiltane kick-out and Ewan Duffy cut through the defence to release Quinn.
Earlier points from Darren McDonnell, Cian O’Connell and Peter Butler gave them a platform, but the goal better reflected their dominance.
A goal in first half injury-time from Liam Burke further cemented their lead, despite the best efforts of Cathal Carey, who deflected the ball in, injuring himself in the process.
Kiltane are nothing if not resilient and five points in the first 13 minutes of the second half demonstrated they were not going to roll over.
Adam Carabine, their top scorer, kicked three of them while Liam Donoghue and Mike Doran both fired over good scores.
But they closest they got to Ballinrobe was six points and while the winners were more patchy in the second half, they never looked like losing.
A typically forceful run from Liam Burke in injury time set up the lively Ewan Duffy for their third goal and meant they teams were tied in the second half.
The damage was done before the break.
L Jennings; E Reaney, O O’Malley, E O’Malley; P Butler (0-1), A McDonnell, S Flannery; JE Flannelly (0-1), E Duffy (1-0); Darren McDonnell (0-2, 1f), E O’Brien, L Burke (1-0); K Quinn (1-2), J Burke (0-3), C O’Connell (0-1).
Subs used: A Flannery (0-1) for O’Connell (32 mins); J Murphy for Darren McDonnell (38 mins); David McDonnell for S Flannery (59 mins).
K Holmes; J Conroy, C Carey, A Coyle; N Carolan, L Donoghue (0-2), N Ginnelly; S Gaughan (0-1, f), S Gallagher; B McAndrew, PJ Gaughan, A Carabine (0-5, 4fs); O Doherty, J Healy, M Doran (0-2, 1m).
Subs used: S Gallagher for Carolan (h/t); J McAndrew for Carey (inj.) 32 mins; T Conroy for Doherty (47 mins); J Reilly for B McAndrew (58 mins).
Referee: K Barnicle (Breaffy).
IFC GROUP 4
THIS was championship tension and drama at its finest as the final place out of the Intermediate ‘Group of Death’ went right down to the wire.
A draw was always going to be enough to send Kilmeena through and that’s what they got to set up a quarter-final clash with Ballinrobe next weekend.
For Kiltimagh their valiant late, late comeback fell just short.
In a topsy-turvy game, Kilti’ looked in control at half-time, leading 1-6 to 0-4 going into the dressing rooms.
The goal came five minutes in when Ronan Malee finished excellently after a surging run from the lively Conor Mallee.
That helped them into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after six minutes and Kilmeena also had to absorb the loss through injury of their captain Seán Ryder.
They had plenty of chances to get back into the game but their typically efficient free-taker Darragh Keaveney was struggling, only scoring one point from seven first half dead ball efforts.
But points from Liam Moore, John McGlynn and Joey Smyth kept them in it, responding to efforts at the other end from Conor Mallee (2), David Lydon (2), Cillian Finn and Ronan Malee.
If Kilmeena play like they did in the first 11 minutes of the second half, they will take some beating in the Intermediate championship.
The All-Ireland Junior champions put on an exhibition with eight unanswered points to go three clear, and were like a side transformed.
Unlike the first half, Darragh Keaveney couldn’t miss with a really inspirational display of shooting, kicking six second half points in total.
Kilmeena were still three clear on 58 minutes when Kiltimagh blew the game wide open with a goal from substitute Jack Niland.
Kilmeena’s response was excellent; Jack Mulchrone and Stephen Staunton linking brilliantly down the right flank for Staunton to fire over a class point from the wing.
Owen Carroll leveled matters with a free on 62 minutes but that was Kiltimagh’s last chance as Kilmeena held out by the finest of margins.
P Groden; C Kilcoyne (0-1), J Keane, J Mulchrone; T Gill, S Staunton (0-1), J Ryan; J Carney, L Moore (0-1); K Ryder, S Ryder, K Joyce; D Keaveney (0-7, 2 45s, 4fs), J McGlynn (0-3), J Smyth (0-2).
Subs used: R O’Donnell for S Ryder (inj. 4 mins); K Sheridan for Joyce (55 mins); D O’Malley for Kilcoyne (62 mins).
M Schlingermann; M Cummins, K Mulderrig, R Carroll; L Kelly, D Lydon (0-2), B Gallagher; P Kelly, S Walsh; C Finn (0-2, fs), D Cosgrove, A Cosgrove; C Mallee (0-2), R Malee (1-1), T Keegan.
Subs used: C English for R Malee (39 mins); C Gallagher for Carroll (44 mins); O Carroll (0-2, 1f) for Keegan (47 mins); J Niland (1-0) for Lydon (inj. 53 mins).
Referee: G McMahon (Davitts)
IFC Group 4
Hollymount Carramore 1-15
A HIGHLY-IMPRESSIVE attacking display won this southern derby for Hollymount-Carramore to send them into the quarter-finals and consign Kilmaine to the relegation play-offs.
Tom Connelly’s Holly-Carra will meet Crossmolina in the last eight.
Dylan Morris was the star of the show with a goal and six points from play – the goal arrived in the first minute of the game and set his side up for a very good day.
They were 1-6 to 0-1 clear after 18 minutes and Kilmaine were struggling.
But Kevin Murphy’s troops eventually began to roll with Jarlath Mullin, Adam Barrett, Oisin Mullin and Matt Keady coming to the fore as they played their way back into contention at the break, trailing 0-6 to 1-8.
Any thoughts of a Kilmaine revival were banished when Morris kicked the first three points of the new half as Murphy’s men missed opportunities at the other end.
Adam Barrett had a great chance of a goal after 38 minutes, but his shot for the top corner went inches wide and Hollymount-Carramore refused to yield another goal chance.
Things went from bad to worse for Kilmaine after 54 minutes when Jarlath Mullin was black carded and Kevin Mullin was red carded, but in truth the result had been long decided at that stage.
Stephen Coen had a steady game at full-back, Darren Coen likewise at the other end, and now the men in white, blue and yellow will look forward to next weekend’s quarter-final while Kilmaine face a relegation battle.
N Campbell; S Conroy, S Coen, JJ Connelly; C Geraghty, R Molloy, E Maloney (0-2); N Moran, P Feerick; M Saunders, D Jennings, T Morris (0-1); C Keane, D Coen (0-5, 4fs, 1m), D Morris (1-6)
Subs used: K Costello, C Heneghan, O Duffy, F Conroy, B Sheridan.
A Keady; D Acton, P McDonagh, D Mullin; D Munroe, O Mullin, D Varley; M Keady, G Sheridan; C Murphy, A Barrett, T Fahey; M Hession (0-1), J Mulliin (0-2, 1f), C Hughes
Subs used: K Mullin, N Burke, C Burke, M McDonnell.
Referee: L Devenney (Ballina)