Division 2 League
Roche Emmets 2-12, O’Connells 0-13
Roche Emmets picked up their first league points of the season when they had five points to spare over the O’Connells at Pairc de Rόiste on Saturday afternoon. Dean Corrigan got the first point of the game for the visitors but that was quickly equalized by Kevin Callaghan for the home side. O’Connells landed the next four points from Jackie Agnew, Conor Kiernan and a brace from Conor McGill before Cathal Byrne got his team second point of the game after 20 minutes. Both teams were guilty of a lot of wayward shooting before a Callaghan free cut the lead to two but Dean Stanfield increased the margin to three 0-3 to 0-6 with five minutes to go in the half. Points from Shane Byrne and midfielder David Quigley cut the deficit to one and leave the score at half time 0-5 to 0-6. Dan O’Connell put the side’s level early in the second half but the visitors replied with the next two points from Jason Carroll and Corrigan. Points from Callaghan and Liam Dawe for Roche and a brace of frees from Stuart Osbourne for O’Connells left the score at 0-8 to 0-10 after 45 minutes. The home team were finding a lot more space in the game now and scored the next four points from Conor Carthy, Dawe and two more for Callaghan to take the lead for the first in the game going into the last nine minutes. Another point from Osbourne cut the margin to one but on the next attack by Roche a great shot by Callaghan came off the underside of the crossbar and the rebound was punched to the net by Eugene Murray to his team in front 1-12 to 0-11. O’Connells replied with points from substitute Robert Quigley and Agnew to leave two between the sides with less than five minutes to go. An excellent long ball from Niall McArdle was caught by the on running Callaghan and he delivered the coup de grace to this game firing his shot low to the bottom corner of the net and so giving the home team their first victory in the division two league.
Roche Emmets: Sean O’Hare; Andrew Carroll, Harry O’Connell, Liam Rice; Conor Carthy 0-1, Liam Carthy, Shane Byrne 0-1; Dan O’Connell 0-1, David Quigley 0-1; David O’Connell, Kevin Callaghan 1-5(1f), Evin Quigley; Cathal Byrne 0-1, Eugene Murray 1-0, Liam Dawe 0-2. Subs Niall McArdle for D. O’Connell, Paddy Quigley for K. Callaghan.
O’Connells: Stuart Reynolds; Micheal Cairns, Conor Byrne, Kyle Daniels; Jackie Agnew 0-2, Jason Carroll 0-1, Salem Rifaie; Sean Cairns, Conor Kiernan 0-1; Staurt Osbourne 0-3(2f), Conor McGill 0-2, Dean Corrigan 0-2; James Clerkin, Dean Stanfield 0-1, Emmet Byrne. Subs Liam Kiernan for K. Daniels, Robert Quigley 0-1 for D. Corrigan.