In the weekend’s other two Kelly Cup games, Crettyard and Ballylinan came to blows, with the former coming out on top, while Killeshin came from behind to salvage a draw with Portarlington.
In group D, Crettyard and Ballylinan came head to head in Crettyard on Thursday evening to decide who would progress from the group, with the home side coming out on top.
Crettyard held a 1-5 to 0-6 lead at the interval thanks to Pa Reilly’s goal two minutes before the half time whistle. Crettyard looked to Cormac Murphy for four of their eleven points on the day, with three of those coming from frees. Philip Brennan claimed their second goal of the day to bring his tally to 1-1 for the game leaving Eddie Reilly and Cristoir Maher to notch a brace apiece, while Niall Purcell and James Brennan both slotted a point each on the way to this Crettyard victory.
Ballylinan’s cause was aided by the in-form Gary Walsh who tallied five points in the duration, with Ciaran Farrell landing a brace leaving Brian McEvoy, Jamie Farrell and Podge Walsh all to lift the white flag as they fell seven points short at the final whistle to see Crettyard progress.
Group B is a little less straightforward however, with all three teams drawing both of their games respectively to finish on two points each - leaving head-to-head results and point difference void in deciding who progresses. Portarlington and St Joseph’s drew in the opening round at twelve points apiece, while St Joseph’s and Killeshin drew 0-10 to 1-7. And Saturday’s fixture between Killeshin and Portarlington ended 2-7 to 1-10.
Killeshin came from five points down in the final ten minutes to tie things up come the final whistle. Having led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break, Killeshin went behind in the second half thanks to Portarlington’s super-subs Sean Byrne (1-1) and Ross McGrath (0-2).
Damian Lowry notched 1-1 for Killeshin, with Kevin Ryan claiming their second goal ten minutes before time. Cathal Brennan landed three points, while Niall Brennan fired a brace for the Killeshin men.
David Murphy slotted four points for Portarlington, Jake Foster a brace and Johnny Fulham a single as Port looked to the youth of Sean Byrne and Ross McGrath for the remainder of their scores as Group B remains up in the air.