St. Francis v Kiltubrid

Leitrim v Wicklow

Roundup: TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship

Aisling Murphy scored both goals as last year’s beaten finalists Wexford began the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with a 2-12 to 3-7 victory over Offaly.

BY DARAGH SMALL

Wicklow were the other winners in Group A while Clare beat Down in Group B, Longford defeated Kildare in Group C and in Group D Laois were far too strong for Sligo.

In the opening weekend Wexford, who lost out to Westmeath in September’s final, held a big 1-7 to 0-0 lead at half-time in Enniscorthy. But Ellee McEvoy led the charge for Offaly and they came storming back with the first five points on the resumption before back-to-back goals from full-forward McEvoy.

Mairead Daly then finished off the third Offaly goal but Murphy was on target in added time and Wexford secured a narrow win. The 2021 TG4 All-Ireland junior champions Wicklow also got their campaign up and running, when they got the better of Leitrim.

It finished 3-10 to 3-9 in Drumshanbo. Meadhbh Deeney, Amy Burke and Laura Hogan came up with the goals for the visitors who had trailed by 2-8 to 2-7 at half-time.

Clare made the long journey to Páirc Esler in Newry for their opener and claimed a 1-17 to 0-8 success. Fidelma Marrinan was on target with the first half goal.

In the Group C Leinster derby, Kildare were unable to back-up their brilliant TG4 Leinster Intermediate Championship success, as they fell to a 3-9 to 1-9 loss at the hands of Longford.Clodagh Lohan and Gillian Wheeler traded goals in the first half but Lohan’s second half strike added to Michelle Farrell’s goal and Longford grabbed the crucial win.

Laois were resounding victors in their clash with Sligo at Eastern Harps. Erone Fitzpatrick (two), Mo Nerney, Eva Galvin, and Emma Lawlor (two) were all among the goals in a 6-23 to 0-8 success.

TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

Group A:

Wexford 2-12 Offaly 3-7, Wicklow 3-10 Leitrim 3-9

Group B:
Clare 1-17 Down 0-9

Group C:
Longford 3-9 Kildare 1-9

Group D:
Laois 6-23 Sligo 0-8

St. Mary’s v Dromahair

St. Francis v St. Joseph’s

Josephs win Battle of the Saints

A goal three minutes from the end of normal time from St. Joseph's substitute Shannon Dolan was the key score in this tight but entertaining encounter played at Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo last Sunday morning.

In a closely fought opening half, it was the home side who hit the front in the second minute with a pointed free from Ailish Cornyn, but St Josephs responded well with four unanswered points from Bronagh O’Rourke (2), Aine Heslin and Rachel McIntyre.

They were the better team and deserved their three point advantage but the losers ended the half the best, outscoring their opponents three points to one, their points coming from Eimear Gibbons, Ciara McPartland (2) with Carmel O’Rourke responding with a point to give her side a single point advantage at the break.

The third quarter belonged to the winners, Louise Maguire, Aine Heslin and two from Bronagh O’Rourke, with a single point reply from an Ailish Cornyn free to leave four points between the sides.

But as in the first half, the home team fought back, another Cornyn point left just a goal between them, and when a high ball was dropped by goalkeeper Mikala Mitchell, second half substitute Alannah O’Dowd was on hand to fire the ball to the net.

Teams level with seven minutes of normal time remaining, the next score was going to be vital and it came the way of Bronagh O’Rourke who hit over a free.

The next score was even more important when another substitute Shannon Dolan finished the ball to the net following a good passing move by the winners, but it all came from a wayward line ball for the home team which was gathered by Clare Owens and eventually found its way to Dolan for the all important score.

A free from each side ended the scoring to leave four points between the teams at the finish.

Aine Heslin was shown a black card by referee Vinny McMorrow late in the game but it made no difference to the outcome of the game.

St. Francis v Mohill

St. Francis leave it late against Mohill

St. Francis recorded their first victory in this year's championship with a six point win over Mohill in a high scoring encounter played in Drumshanbo last Sunday morning.

Mohlll got off to the perfect start with a Kate McGuinness goal and even though Lauryn McKeon replied with a point for the home team, Mohill hit back with a second goal, this time Dearbhala Beirne running thirty metres before hammering the ball to the net.

Aine Flood with two points, one a free, kept her side in touch but Dearbhaile Beirne hit a point from play before Kate McGuinness stroked the loose ball to the net for her second and Mohills third to leave her side seven points ahead.

The next few scores were going to be vital and it was the home team who got them, first Ciara McTigue with a goal followed by points from Ailish Cornyn, Edel O’Donnell and Aine Flood, all from play and suddenly only a point between the teams.

A Charlene Tyrell point from play ended the first half scoring, Mohill going in two in front. The winners had the better start to the second half and an Ailish Cornyn goal from a penalty put her side in front with two Aine Flood points from play increasing their lead to three.

Another penalty, this time to Mohill, was expertly dispatched to the net by Dearbhaile Beirne to bring the teams level and when the same player added a point three minutes later, Mohill found themselves back in front again, but amazingly, that was to be their last score.

The winners took control and added a goal and four points, second half substitute Sadhbh Sweeney with a point, Cornyn adding three points and Aine Flood with a goal to give her side a six points victory.