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Saturday afternoon GAA round-up: Tipperary and London claim Division 4 wins

Meanwhile St Pat’s (Navan) and St Gerald’s (Castlebar) are celebrating after college senior football triumphs today.

Hugh Coghlan struck Tipperary's goal today.
Hugh Coghlan struck Tipperary's goal today.
Image: INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Division 4

Tipperary 1-13
Clare 0-10

Hugh Coghlan’s second-half goal helped Tipperary claim their points on their travels to Ennis this afternoon in the Allianz Football League.

The Premier County ran out six-point winners over Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare side in a Cusack Park clash where both sides finished with 14 men following the second-half dismissals of Tipperary’s Alan Moloney and Clare’s Enda Coughlan.

The victory reignites Tipperary’s promotion aspirations and lifts them to second in the table. Peter Creedon’s side began brightly with Moloney, Barry Grogan and Peter Acheson all on target as they moved in front by 0-7 to 0-2 after 21 minutes.

Clare bounced back with Gary Brennan, David Tubridy and Alan Clohessy all on target yet a brace from Grogan ensured Tipperary were 0-9 to 0-5 clear at the interval.

Clare nearly grabbed a goal early in the second-half but Rory Donnelly’s strike came back off the upright. Grogan continued to demonstrate accuracy to ensure Tipperary lead 0-12 to 0-7 during the second-half and then Coghlan found the net to seal their victory.

Despite some late scores by Tubridy, Clare were unable to bridge the gap and both sides had players shown to the line in the finale.

TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers); Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois), Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials); Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen).

CLARE: Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Shane McNelis (Kildysart), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Sean Haugh (O’Curry’s), Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Milltown-Malbay), Declan Callinan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen); Chris Dunning (Wolfe Tones), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis, Dublin), Alan Clohessy (Liscannor); Mark McCarthy (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare), David Tubridy (Doonbeg).

Referee: Damien Maher (Westmeath)

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London 0-14
Waterford 1-10

London picked up their first points of the league campaign with a narrow one-point success against Waterford in Ruislip. Lorcan Mulvey was the hero for the Exiles as he shot over two late points as they ended a three-game losing streak.

The Déise suffered their second defeat of the campaign in a match where they had trailed by 0-8 to 1-3 at the break. Robert Aherne’s 20th minute goal provided a boost for Waterford yet it was London who were in the ascendancy at the midway mark.

Gary Hurney was on the mark for Waterford early in the second-half yet Mulvey, drafted in as a second-half substitute, kicked the point that left London 0-12 to 1-7 clear with 15 minutes left.

And even though Waterford edged ahead in the finale, Cavan native Mulvey grabbed the match-winning scores.

LONDON: Gavin McEvoy; Stephen Curran, Kevin Lynam, David McGreevy; Seamus Hannon, Eamonn McConville, Danny Ryan; Caolan Doyle, Gregory Crowley; Edward Finnegan, Mark Gottsche, Ciaran McCallion; Cathal McGee, Padraig McGoldrick, Lloyd Colfer.

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty); Conor Phelan (Brickey Rangers), Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty), Maurice O’Gorman (The Nire); Tony Grey (Stradbally), Shane Briggs (Ballinacourty), John Hurney (Ballinacourty); Shane Aherne (Stradbally), Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty); Liam O Lionain (An Rinn), Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty), Patrick Hurney (Ballinacourty); Darren Guiry (The Nire), Robert Aherne (Stradbally), Gary Hurney (Ballinacourty).

Referee: Brendan Rice (Down)

St. Pat’s Navan captain Ruairi O’Coileain lifts the cup
Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Leinster Colleges SAFC final

St Pat’s (Navan) 1-12
St Mary’s (Edenderry) 2-7

St Pat’s (Navan) were crowned champions in Leinster for the first time since 2010 this afternoon as they toppled the reigning provincial and national kingpins St Mary’s (Edenderry).

Meath legend Colm O’Rourke was amongst the management team as the Navan school claimed their tenth title at this level in Cusack Park in Mullingar.

The teams were evenly-balanced in the first-half and were tied 2-3 to 1-6 at the break. Colm McMonagle and Ruairi McNamee raised the green flags for St Mary’s while Niall McCabe scored St Pat’s goal.

In a tense finale the sides were tied 2-7 to 1-10 but St Pat’s pounced for crucial late points to win despite seeing Barry Dardis have a late penalty effort saved by Cormac Hurley.

St Pat’s mentor Colm O’Rourke.
Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Connacht Colleges SAFC final

St Gerald’s (Castlebar) 0-9
St Jarlath’s (Tuam) 1-4

St Gerald’s (Castlebar) claimed only their fifth ever Connacht senior football crown this afternoon in Ballinrobe. The Mayo school collided with competition specialists St Jarlath’s, who were chasing their third successive title and their 49th in all.

Yet St Gerald’s grasped this silverware for the first time since 2010 with a two-point victory. The winners lead by 0-5 to 1-1 at the interval but fell behind, 1-4 to 0-6, with ten minutes remaining.

But they managed to reel off the final three points of the game without reply to secure glory.

All-Ireland Colleges

There was action this afternoon on the national front in the Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary championships. Belfast outfit St Mary’s CBGS are set to face Dungarvan CBS in the final of the All-Ireland SBHC after today’s semi-final ties.

In the Donaghmore-Ashbourne club in Meath, St Mary’s CBGS were 1-12 to 1-5 victors over St Raphael’s (Loughrea). While in Dr Cullen Park in Carlow, extra-time was needed before Dungarvan CBS defeated Heywood CS by 3-18 to 2-15.

In the All-Ireland Colleges SCFC, St Augustine’s (Dungarvan) defeated Ardee CS by 1-12 to 1-8 in their semi-final tie in Dr Cullen Park. While in the other last  four clash, St Mary’s (Strokestown) were 2-12 to 1-3 victors over St Joseph’s (Donaghmore).

Finally in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools JHC, Kerry’s Causeway Comprehensive were 0-18 to 1-13 winners over Kilkenny outfit Scoil Mhuire (Thomastown) in Claughaun GAA club in Limerick.

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