Leinster's Bernard Brogan attempts on a shot on Connacht goalkeeper David Clarke. INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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There were also victories for the Connacht and Munster hurlers in the inter-provincial competition yesterday.

DUBLIN’S PAUL FLYNN and Longford’s Michael Quinn will be bidding for both Sigerson Cup and inter-provincial glory next weekend.

Flynn is the captain of the DCU team, which also features Quinn, that face Dublin IT in the Sigerson Cup semi-final next Friday in Athlone.

And yesterday they both featured on the Leinster team that bettered Connacht by 1-21 to 1-20 in the semi-final of the interprovincial senior football championship.

Bernard Brogan hit 0-9 for Leinster as they pipped a Connacht team who standout attacking contributions from Paul Conroy and Emlyn Mulligan in a game played at the Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Scorers for Leinster: Bernard Brogan 0-9 (0-5f), Adrian Flynn 0-3, Joe Sheridan 1-0, Brian O’Connor, John Heslin, Sean McCormack 0-2 each, Redmond Barry, Paddy Keenan, MD MacAuley 0-1 each.
Scorers for Connacht: Paul Conroy 1-5 (0-1 ’45), Emlyn Mulligan 0-6 (0-4f), Michael Conroy 0-4, Mark Brehony 0-3 (0-2f), Alan Freeman, Lee Keegan 0-1 each.

LEINSTER: Stephen Cluxton (Dublin); Kieran Lillis (Laois), Graeme Molloy (Wexford), Brian Malone (Wexford); Michael Quinn (Longford), Ger Brennan (Dublin), Adrian Flynn (Wexford); MD MacAuley (Dublin), John Heslin (Westmeath); Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin), Redmond Barry (Wexford), Brian O’Connor (Offaly); Dessie Dolan (Westmeath), Joe Sheridan (Meath), Bernard Brogan (Dublin).

Subs: Seanie McCormack (Longford) for Dolan (18), Paddy Keenan (Louth) for Quinn (half-time), B Kavanagh (Carlow) for Brennan (46), Paul Flynn (Dublin) for Sheridan (49), James Stafford (Wicklow) for O’Connor (61).

CONNACHT: David Clarke (Mayo); Joss Moore (Galway), Finian Hanley (Galway), Ger Cafferkey (Mayo); Lee Keegan (Mayo), Niall Daly (Roscommon), Gary O’Donnell (Galway); Jason Gibbons (Mayo), Seamus O’Shea (Mayo); Mark Brehony (Sligo), Emlyn Mulligan (Leitrim), Michael Martin (Galway); Jason Doherty (Mayo), Paul Conroy (Galway), Michael Conroy (Mayo).

Subs: Mark Gottsche (London) for Martin (half-time), Paul Brennan (Leitrim) for Gottsche 59.

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary).


Leinster’s opponents in next Sunday’s decider will be Ulster after the Joe Kernan managed side overturned Munster by 1-14 to 1-13 yesterday in the Athletic Grounds.

Tyrone duo Sean Cavanagh and Martin Penrose and Monaghan’s Conor McManus shone for Ulster in the scoring stakes while the Cork trio of Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor and Aidan Walsh hit a combined total of 1-7 for Munster.

Scorers for Ulster: Sean Cavanagh 0-5 (0-4f), Martin Penrose 1-1, Conor McManus 0-4, Ciaran McKeever 0-2, Eamonn McGee, David Givney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Munster: Colm O’Neill 0-5 (0-5f), Donncha O’Connor 1-0 (1-0 pen), Aidan Walsh 0-2, Ger Collins, Gary Brennan, Marc Ó Sé, Barry O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, Aidan O’Mahony 0-1 each.

ULSTER: Pascal McConnell (Tyrone); Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Neil McGee (Donegal), Eamonn McGee (Donegal); Cathal McCarron (Tyrone), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Ciaran McKeever (Armagh); Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone), David Givney (Cavan); Mark McHugh (Donegal), Mark Poland (Down), Joe McMahon (Tyrone); Martin Penrose (Tyrone) Kevin Niblock (Antrim), Conor McManus (Monaghan).

Subs: Kieran Hughes (Monaghan) for McCarron (47), Paul McComiskey (Down) for Niblock (64), Conor McAliskey (Tyrone) for Poland (56).

MUNSTER: Brendan Kealy (Kerry); Marc Ó Sé (Kerry), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Paddy Codd (Tipperary); Noel O’Leary (Cork), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Paudie Kissane (Cork); Gary Brennan (Clare), Aidan Walsh (Cork); Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Donncha O’Connor (Cork), Alan Clohessy (Clare); Colm O’Neill (Cork), Gary Hurney (Waterford), Ger Collins (Limerick).

Subs: Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford) for Codd (29), Barry O’Driscoll (Cork) for Clohessy (32), Rory Donnelly (Clare) for Kerrigan (67), John O’Riordan (Limerick) for Collins (67).

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).


Meanwhile in yesterday’s hurling inter-provincial semi-finals, Connacht were 1-20 to 3-13 victors against Offaly in Tullamore.

Niall Burke shot 0-9 for the winners while Shane Dooley top-scored for the losers.

Scorers for Connacht: Niall Burke 0-9 (0-4f, 0-1 ’65), Davy Glennon 1-1, Cyril Donnellan 0-3, Colm Callanan (0-1f), Damien Hayes 1-0 each.
Scorers for Leinster: Shane Dooley 0-8 (0-7f), Eoin Larkin 1-0, Richie Hogan 0-3, Aidan Fogarty, Joe Bergin 0-2 each, Colin Fennelly 0-1.

CONNACHT: (All Galway) – Colm Callanan; Brian Flaherty, Shane Kavanagh, Paul Killeen; Tony Óg Regan, Joseph Cooney, Niall Donoghue; Aidan Harte, Padraig Brehony; Paul Gordon. Jonathan Glynn, Cyril Donnellan; Shane Maloney, Niall Burke, Aonghus Callanan.

Subs: Davy Glennon for Callanan (35), Damien Hayes for Gordon (35), Jason Grealish for Brehony (43), Richie Cummins for Maloney (53).

LEINSTER: Gary Maguire (Dublin); Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny); Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Rory Hanniffy (Offaly); David Redmond (Wexford), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny); Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), Joe Bergin (Offaly), Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny); Shane Dooley (Offaly), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny).

Subs: Peter Kelly (Dublin) for Fennelly (47), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny) for Bergin (50), Conal Keaney (Dublin) for Fennelly (54), Paul Morris (Wexford) for Sutcliffe (69).

Referee: Owen Elliott (Antrim)


While in the Athletic Grounds, Limerick’s Graeme Mulcahy bagged a brace of goals as Munster ran out 3-20 to 1-14 winners over Ulster.

Shane Dowling, Patrick Horgan and Paudie O’Sullivan also scored freely for Munster while Antrim’s Neil McManus shot 1-7 for Ulster.

Scorers for Munster: Graeme Mulcahy 2-2, Shane Dowling 0-7 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), Patrick Horgan 0-6 (0-6f), Paudie O’Sullivan 1-2, Patrick Cronin, Shane McGrath, Brian O’Meara 0-1 each.
Scorers for Ulster: Neil McManus 1-7 (0-4f), Paul Shiels 0-3, Kevin Hinphey, Ryan Gaffney, Simon McCrory, Alan Grant 0-1 each.

MUNSTER: Anthony Nash (Cork); Shane O’Neill (Cork), Tom Condon (Limerick), Noel Connors (Waterford); Brendan Bugler (Clare), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Wayne McNamara (Limerick); Patrick Cronin (Cork), Shane McGrath (Tipperary); Shane Dowling (Limerick), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Paudie O’Sullivan (Cork); Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork).

Subs: Paraic Mahony (Waterford) for Horgan (51), Stephen Daniels (Waterford) for Connors (51), Gavin O’Mahony (Limerick) for Bugler (54), Brendan Maher (Tipperary) for McGrath (54), Shane O’Sullivan (Tipperary) for Maher (61).

ULSTER: Ryan McGarry (Antrim); Michael Warnock (Derry), Aaron Graffin (Antrim), Karl Stewart (Antrim); Neal McAuley (Antrim), Liam Hinphey (Derry), Simon McCrory (Antrim); Barry McFall (Antrim), Kevin Hinphey (Derry); Alan Grant (Derry), Ryan Gaffney (Armagh), Paul Shiels (Antrim);  Shane McNaughton (Antrim), Neil McManus (Antrim), Oisin McCloskey (Derry).

Subs: Conor Carson (Antrim) for McFall (19), John Corvan (Armagh) for Liam Hinphey (half-time), Eoin Clarke (Down) for McCloskey (46).

Referee: Patrick Murphy (Carlow)


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