Eight became four in the Intermediate Championship over the weekend as the semi final match ups are now known.
St Paul’s 3-16 Wolfe Tones 3-10
St Paul’s squeezed past Wolfe Tones in Friday night’s dramatic Intermediate Championship quarter final.
Goals at either end made this an incredibly enjoyable affair that needed extra time to decide a winner.
Twice Wolfe Tones rallied and came from five down to get back on level terms. But they just couldn’t close the gap in the additional 20 minutes.
Eoin McConville grabbed the first goal of the game inside the opening two minutes, sandwiched by scores from Dean Fitzsimmons and Shea Murphy.
The Tones responded brilliantly three on the bounce before Matthew Hagan claimed their first three-pointer.
Paudie Judge clipped over a free as Tiernan Judge pointed to put the Tones ahead for the first time.
Andrew Murnin levelled before the break when he turned the ball over and split the posts. 1-5 apiece at the interval.
Like the first half, St Paul’s rattled the net at the beginning of the second. Sean Toman this time getting the goal.
The sides traded scores before Niall Dummigan netted and Paudie Judge (free) brought the gap back to one.
Shane McConville’s side hit three of the next four scores to lead with the final whistle approaching. But there was time for one more dramatic twist.
A Jamie Haughey free was launched towards the square. Paudie Judge rose highest to punch the ball to the net and force the game to extra time.
The first half of addition time was fairly even, with St Paul’s just edging ahead at the break by one.
A punched goal from Murnin drove them further ahead and two late Darren Fox points ensured their spot in the last four of the championship.
St Paul’s Scorers: Andrew Murnin 1-1, Eoin McConville 1-1, Sean Toman 1-1, Dean Fitzsimmons 0-2, Ryan Lawless 0-2, Peadar Nash 0-2 (2f), Aaron Rodgers 0-2, Darren Fox 0-2, Shea Murphy 0-1, Odhran Magill 0-1, Antoin McParland 0-1.
Wolfe Tones Scores: Paudie Judge 1-4 (4f), Niall Dummigan 1-2 (2f), Matthew Hagan 1-0, Josh Megorran 0-1, Tiarnan Judge 0-1, Odhran Magee 0-1, Chris Nugent 0-1.
Shane O’Neill’s 0-15 St Peter’s 0-10
Shane O’Neill’s secured their spot in the championship semi-finals with a five-point win over St Peter’s on Saturday afternoon.
The game didn’t live up to expectations, but that won’t bother the Camlough men, who deserved their victory.
The sides exchanged efforts early on before Shane’s opened up a four-point gap with Ruairi O’Brien’s 14th minute free.
St Peter’s battled back into the game and Emmet Haughian pointed to get his side back on level terms.
A brace of frees from the accurate O’Brien handed Shane’s a two-point lead at the interval. 0-8 to 0-6.
Paul O’Rourke opened up a five-point gap as the game entered the final ten minutes. It was hard to see past a Shane O’Neill’s victory at this stage.
Oisin Ginesi and Shea Geraghty (free) narrowed the gap for the Whites. Their scores were matched by O’Brien and Neil Paul Lennon as the game finished with five the difference.
Shane O’Neill’s Scorers: Ruairi O’Brien 0-6 (6f), Paul O’Rourke 0-3, Aodhan Conlon 0-2 (1f), Raymond Fitzpatrick 0-1, Ciaran Mackin 0-1, Matthew Girvan 0-1, Neil Paul Lennon 0-1.
St Peter’s Scorers: Niall McConville 0-2 (2f), Oisin Ginesi 0-2, Ethan Lavery 0-2, Andrew McAlinden 0-1, Ciaran McCavigan 0-1, Emmet Haughian 0-1, Shea Geraghty 0-1 (1f).
Tullysaran 2-15 Belleek 0-20
In perhaps the game of the Intermediate Championship so far, Belleek were left heartbroken as Tullysaran limped over the line.
The goals were the difference for John Devine’s men. But Belleek kept in there and pushed them right to the wire.
The first three-pointer came inside three minutes when Patrick Comiskey reacted quickest to Mark McKeever’s short effort.
That goal helped keep Belleek at arm’s length, but they did close the gap to two with scores from Drew McVerry and Mark McParland midway through the half.
The sides traded scores for the majority of the opening period. James Madden’s score left Tullysaran 1-11 to 0-11 ahead at the break.
Sean McCreesh swapped scores with Eddie Mallon and Mark McKenna before Gavin Conlon rattled the net after being played in by Mallon.
McCreesh narrowed the gap with a free as Belleek were handed a lifeline. Mark McKeever picked up a black card and Garreth Thornton’s men had an extra man for the ten-minute spell.
They should have been closer but for the heroics of Tullysaran keeper Pauric McGlone, who pulled off a fabulous point blank save.
The introduction of Callum O’Neill to the edge of the score worked a treat as he fired over three points.
McKeever settled Tullysaran when reintroduced, followed up by a fisted score from Eddie Mallon. Belleek were then reduced to 14 with Lorcan Quinn picking up a second yellow.
McCreesh fired over his 8th and 9th of the night, but it wasn’t enough for Belleek to get something from the game.
Tullysaran Scorers: Gavin Conlon 1-3 (1f), Patrick Comiskey 1-0, Eddie Mallon 0-3, Eoghan Daly 0-2, Kevin Corrigan 0-2, Matthew Kernan 0-1, James Madden 0-1, Mark McKenna 0-1, Mark McKeever 0-1, Ciaran O’Riordan 0-1.
Belleek Scorers: Sean McCreesh 0-9 (8f), Callum O’Neill 0-3, Conor McKevitt 0-2, Mark McParland 0-2, Sean Og Boyle 0-1, Stephen Finnegan 0-1, Drew McVerry 0-1, Rory Craven 0-1 (45).
Culloville 6-16 Collegeland 0-8
Four first half goals from Culloville saw them through to the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship without much fuss.
Ryan Garvey claimed the first major. He punched home a high ball into the square to put Culloville 1-3 to 0-1 ahead.
Fergal Kieran and Jason Kelly hit two points each while Kieran got his fourth of the half to open up a six-point gap.
Dara Quinn then raised a green flag, followed by a Steven McCreesh three-pointer, with 15-points now the difference.
Colm Watters ended the half with a quickfire 1-1 to put his side 4-7 to 0-4 ahead at the half time break.
An early score from Paraic McGeary was cancelled out by Fearghal Traynor while Garvey chipped in with a brace.
James King traded points with Kelly while Taidgh O’Neill claimed Culloville’s fifth goal of the afternoon.
Quinn split the posts twice before substitute Sean McGeeney fired low to the net for the 6th goal of the game, with six different goal scorers.
Kelly fisted over his 4th while Watters hit another two and half back King kicked over the final score of the day.