Leinster MHC round-up

May 12, 2018

Wexford's Thomas Murphy claims possession ahead of Ben Shore of Laois

Kildare, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford secured wins in the opening round of the Leinster MHC today.

The Lilywhites overturned a four-point half-time deficit edge out Antrim by 2-17 to 4-7 in Newbridge

They had trailed by 1-6 to 4-1 at the change of ends but proceeded to outscore the visitors by 1-11 to 0-6 on the resumption.

Offaly ran out comfortable 4-23 to 0-13 winners over hosts Meath in Trim with Danny Flanagan, Cathal Kiely, Ciaran Teehan and DJ McLoughlin raising green flags for the winners.

Meanwhile, Westmeath recorded a 2-15 to 0-9 victory over Carlow.

Two David Devine goals applied the gloss to a fine team performance by the Lake County.

They had led by 0-9 to 0-6 at the end of the opening 30 minutes.

Wexford are also up and running with a victory after they dispatched of Laois by 1-21 to 0-18 at Innovate Wexford Park.

A closely contested first-half finished with the home side 0-13 to 0-11 to the good.

Owen Whitty netted the game's only goal in the 46th minute and that sent the Model County on the road to a six-point win.

Kildare - S Burke; D Murray, J McKeown, C Shanahan; B Noone, E Dempsey, D Costello; H Dunne (0-1), C Boran (0-1); M Curtin (0-7f), D Hanafin (0-1), S Whyte (0-3); D Melville (0-1), C McCabe (0-2), F O'Sullivan (1-0). Subs: M Eustace for J McKeown, J Cleary for E Dempsey, M McGovern (1-1) for D Hanafin, J Higgins for D Melville.

Antrim - K McAuley; D McCloskey, A Gallagher, C McQuillan; D Stevenson, C Donnelly, C McKernan; S O'Boyle, N O'Connor (0-2); J McAllister, R McFarlane (0-1), C O'Connor (1-0); E McGrath (1-0), C Bohill (1-2, 0-2f), M McGarry (1-0). Subs: R Hill for R McFarlane, D McKeogh (0-2) for M McGarry, R Crossan for E McGrath.

Referee - S Guinan.

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Offaly - S Loughnane; A Flanagan, B Egan, S Mulrooney; L Egan, D Maher (0-1), L Nolan; E Houlihan, E Curley; C Kiely (1-7), C Sampson (0-6), DJ McLoughlin (1-3); D Molloy, C Donoghue (0-1), D Flanagan (1-2). Subs: C Teehan (1-2), A Brazil, A Walsh, J Screeney, E Gleeson (0-1).

Meath - C Ryan; B Holden, G Fleming, D Finlay; D Farrell, C Kelly, C Quigley; D O'Sullivan (0-1), J Murray; C Fitzgerald, C Sherlock (0-3), C Leavy; K Bawle (0-2), I Bermingham (0-4), M Cole (0-3). Subs: N McNally, C Bird, C McGovern, L Gough.

Referee - T Gleeson.

**

Westmeath - E Glennon; E McCabe, C McCormack, J Connell; D Hickey, F Brennan, C McClair; P Nangle (0-1), L Moore; D Devine (2-1), E Daly (0-9, 6f), D Ennis (0-1); D Core (0-2), J Gillen, D McGrath (0-1). Subs: C Regan for J Gillen, J Coffey for C McClair, S Williams for E Daly, C Fenlon for D Ennis, A McCormack for L Moore.

Carlow - C Abbey; P Kavanagh, N Bolger, M Joyce; E Dowling, J Doyle, N Hickey; T Daly, D Tobin (0-2); S Metclaffe, C Kavanagh (0-4, 3f), E Hosey; F O'Toole, R Whelan (0-2f), J Smithers (0-1). Subs: C Kehoe for S Metclaffe, J Wall for J Doyle.

Referee - C Mooney.

**

Wexford - D Hayes; S Walsh, R Scallan, N Rowe; E Doyle, D Codd, B Dunne; Z Firman (0-1), R Lawlor (0-1); J Kehoe (0-1), T Murphy (0-3), O Whitty (1-0); AJ Redmond (0-12, 9f, 2'65), J Kirwan (0-1), P Whitty (0-1). Subs: C Molloy (0-1) for J Kirwan, D O'Neill for Z Firman, D Cantwell for P Whitty, F Roche for B Dunne, E Doran for T Murphy.

Laois - L Fitzpatrick; B Shore, D Brennan, K Kirwan; K Kelly, C Cosgrove (0-3, 2f), T Fitzpatrick; F Mahoney, F Holland; C Byrne (0-3), A Connolly (0-1), T Cuddy (0-2); M Hennessy (0-3), C O'Shaughnessy (0-1), A Kirwan (0-5, 3f). Subs: E Hawkes for K Kirwan, N Carey for K Kelly, G O'Neill for B Shore.

Referee - R Fitzsimons.



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