Nicky Rackard Cup: Warwickshire and Donegal for final

June 09, 2018

Warwickshire manager Tony Joyce (centre) flanked by Domhnall Nugent (left) and Niall McKenna

Warwickshire and Donegal will contest the Nicky Rackard Cup final at Croke Park in two weeks' time after they enjoyed comprehensive semi-final victories this afternoon.

Twelve months on from winning the Lory Meagher Cup, Warwickshire are heading back to Jones' Road following a 1-25 to 1-14 win over Tyrone in Dowdallshill. Niall McKenna was the scoring star for the Exiles who led by 1-8 to 0-8 at half-time after they goaled from a penalty rebound.

Sean Og Grogan netted for Mattie Lennon's Red Hands in the closing stages, but there was no stopping Warwickshire.

In the other semi-final at Owenbeg, Tipperary native Davin Flynn scored 2-11 as Donegal dispatched 14-man Monaghan on a 4-22 to 1-10 scoreline. 

Flynn and Kevin Campbell raised early green flags for the Mickey McCann-managed winners before a superb solo goal from Mark Treanor in the 12th minute brought Monaghan back into it. 

But Donegal went on to lead by 2-12 to 1-3 at the break and wrapped up the win with second half majors from Flynn and sub Caolan McDermott.

Meanwhile, Louth have retained their Rackard Cup status after beating Leitrim 2-22 to 2-10 in their relegation playoff at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar.

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