FL3 round-up: Roche suffer first defeat in final outing

August 12, 2019

Division 3A League champions Roche Emmets suffered their first defeat of the campaign in their final outing when Glen Emmets scored a 1-11 to 0-10 victory on Roche on Saturday afternoon.

Roche made a fine start to the game and Shane Byrne, Niall McArdle, Liam Carthy and Conor Carthy on target they went in at the break with a 0-5 to 0-4 lead. Keelan O’Neill responded for the Tullyallen side to keep them in contention.

The visitors made the decisive move early in the second half when they took the lead with two quick-fire points before O’Neill struck the only goal of the game. Although Roche fought back in the closing stages it was too late to save the game.

After the match County Board Chairman, Des Halpenny, presented the Dixon Cup to Roche captain, Liam Dawe.

Lannleire ensured they finished the campaign in second place after a 1-16 to 0-10 win over Nh Malachi in Courtbane.

Pierce Caherty, Jack Kirwan, Darragh Greene, Collie Rooney, Mark Meegan and Peter McShane were on target for the Malachis.

Lannleire will now take on Oliver Plunketts in the promotion/relegation play-off.

In the remaining game, Na Piarsaigh defeated Stabannon Parnells by 5-7 to 1-6 with Colm Giggins hitting the net for Stabannon, while Robbie Callaghan, Aonghus Giggins and Fintan Martin were among the points. 

Division 3B winners, Westerns, made sure they finished their successful campaign on a high as they defeated Annaghminnon Rovers by 0-13 to 0-7 at Reaghstown on Friday night.

Ciaran Campbell top-scored for the winners with five points while Ryan Duffy contributed four. Anthony Durnin, Ciaran Scriven and Conor Kerr were also on target for a Westerns side Eddie Finnegan, Conor Russell and Ronan Byrne put in strong performances for Annaghminnon who had David Marron, Conor Russell and Aidan Lee Martin among the scores.

The Sean McDermotts secured second spot in the Division 3B League with a somewhat laboured victory over a spirited Dowdallshill outfit at St Brigid’s Park on Friday night.

Both teams fielded minus a number of regulars and it was the visitors who had the better opening. Sean McMahon put the first score on the board with a fine long range effort, while further points from Tony Kelly and two apiece from David O’Neill and Lorcan Myles left the Sean’s 0-6 to 0-1 up at the break.

Aided by a strong breeze the home side came more into it in the second half however a well taken penalty by Lorcan Myles left the Sean’s with a comfortable victory in the end despite Emmet O’Brien scoring a goal for the Hill.

John Mitchels came from behind against St Nicholas at Pentony Park before coming away with a 0-15 to 2-5 win.

It was 1-3 to 0-4 for the Nicks at the break but they were unable to sustain the effort as the Mitchels came back strongly in the second period.

Tadgh Kelly and Vinny O’Hare scored the goals for a Nicks side who had impressive performers in John Heeney, Eddie Carr and Ciaran Branigan.

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