With inter county matters done and dusted for another year, the County Championships take centre stage, as teams vie for bragging rights within their own borders. Here we have a roundup of recent County Finals from around the country.
Cork SHC final
Glen Rovers 0-8 – Sarsfields 2-18
Sarsfields had the most comfortable of wins in Pairc Ui Chaoimh against Glen Rovers. An early goal from Tadhg Og Murphy set them on the path to victory with Cian McCarthy in stunning form from placed balls. Glen’s danger man Pat Horgan was held scoreless from play as Sars enjoyed an emphatic win.
Kerry SHC final replay
Lixnaw 1-12 Kilmoyley 0-12
Lixnaw claimed the Kerry title without registering a score in the second half. A James Flaherty goal and points from Enda Galvin (3), amongst others had Lixnaw leading by eleven at half time. Then Kilmoyley took over with eight unanswered points, but it wasn’t enough as Lixnaw held on.
Kiltale 1-25 – Trim 0-12
Kiltale enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Trim at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday. Excellent performances from Jack Regan (0-10, 0-5 frees) and Peter Durnin (0-5) put them in a commanding position. Anthony Forde’s 43rd minute put the match to bed, and Kiltale coasted to victory from there.
Ballyhaunis 1-12 – Tooreen 1-10
Ballyhaunis made up for losing last year’s final to claim yet another Mayo senior hurling crown, with a hard fought win over Tooreen. A second half goal from Tadhg Buckley gave Ballyhaunis the momentum the needed to emerge victorious. Mayo footballer Keith Higgins scored 0-2 as he claimed his 7th county hurling medal.
Calry St. Joseph’s 4-14 – Western Gaels 0-3
This was a very one-sided affair as Calry completed a four-in-a-row. From the start they could do what they want and went in 2-7 to 0-2 ahead. Kevin Gilmartin was the star of the show, notching up an impressive 3-3 from play.
Four Roads 3-11 – Athleague 0-11
The tale of this match is that goals win games, and Four Roads got the vital goals. It was a close match when Eamon Mulry struck for Four Roads. Athleague never gave up but further goals from Padraig Kelly and John Coyne put the result beyond doubt. It means that Four Roads have now completed an incredible 7 in a row.