Garrycastle (Westmeath) 0-15 Emmet Óg Killoe (Longford) 0-06
Garrycastle advanced with a surprising degree of ease to the quarter-finals of the Leinster senior football club championship with a nine-point win over a disappointing Emmet Óg Killoe side this afternoon in ideal conditions in Mullingar.
Garrycastle's marquee forward, 40-year-old Dessie Dolan, who had been anonymous in the Westmeath county final and was replaced at half-time in that game, was a different proposition in the first half today and he accounted for the first five of his team’s points – three of them from frees.
After the last of these in the 21st minute his side led by 0-05 to 0-03, but the lead should have been bigger as James Dolan (in the fifth minute) and Jason Nugent (11 minutes later) both had goal attempts well smothered by Shane Fitzpatrick.
Emmet Óg were reliant on Sean McCormack from scores from placed balls, but he was wide from a relatively straightforward free in the 24th minute.
Three minutes later, Alex Gardiner slotted over a '45’ from a very difficult angle to increase the Westmeath champions’ lead and the same player soon added a fine point from play. A free from McCormack in injury-time reduced the gap, but Garrycastle still led by 0-07 to 0-04 at the break.
Corner back Mark McCallon increased the home team’s lead with a point under pressure a little over a minute after the restart.
A fabulous free from Gardiner and a fisted point from Eoin Monaghan put Garrycastle six points ahead by the end of the third quarter.
A great strike from a Michael Quinn ‘45’ opened the Longford champions’ second half account, but they never looked like manufacturing the goal they needed to come right back into contention.
Two of Garrycastle’s second half subs, James Sheerin (both from play) and Conor Cosgrove (a brace of frees), scored two points apiece as Gary Dolan’s charges eased to a facile win.
Next up will be maiden Meath champions Ratoath in the last eight.
Garrycastle: S Brennan; M Guiheen, J Donohue, M McCallon (0-01); D Harte, J Gaffey, G McCallon; J Barrett (0-01), J Dolan; A Monaghan, E Monaghan (0-01), M Monaghan; J Nugent, A Gardiner (0-3, 0-01f, 0-01‘45’), D Dolan (0-5, 0-03f).
Subs used: J Sheerin (0-02) for Nugent (half-time), C Cosgrove (0-02, 0-02f) for A Monaghan (45), G Heneghan for D Dolan (51), E Mulvihill for G McCallon (57), C Mannion for E Monaghan (60 + 1), M Greene for M Monaghan (60 + 1).
Emmet Óg Killoe: S Fitzpatrick; D Keogh, L Hughes, G Hughes; N Farrelly, M Quinn (0-01, 0-01‘45’), R Moffett; R McGoldrick (0-01), S Kiernan; D McGoldrick, S McCormack (0-03, 0-03f), D Mimnagh; M Hughes, P Thompson, C Farrelly.
Subs used: C Dooner (0-01) for D McGoldrick (34), E Keogh for Hughes (37), J Donnelly for R McGoldrick (45), R Keogh for G Hughes (55)
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath).
Ferbane (Ofafly) 2-09 St Patrick's (Wicklow) 1-14
A final quarter surge from back-to-back Wicklow champions St Patrick's saw off youthful Offaly kingpins Ferbane in a highly competitive encounter in Tullamore.
The experienced Wicklow Town side got off to a brisk start, Dean Healy and Patrick McWalter lobbing over the opening scores but they were rocked back in early stages with goals from Cathal Flynn and Cian Johnson slipping home goals to give Ferbane a five-point lead.
Joe Maher added two more points for the Offaly champions as they led 2-04 to 0-06 at the break. Their lead held steady until the game's critical score on the 44th minute, when McWalter set up Thomas Kelly for a St Patrick's.
Now only trailing by a point (2-07 to 1-09), the Wicklow champs surged with confidence. Brian Doyle levelled the game before the influential Dean Healy landed the lead score with 10 minutes remaining.
Doyle tagged on another to make it a two-point game and though Ferbane plugged away, they couldn't reel it in.
St Patrick's, soundly beaten by Rhode in last year's Leinster opener, clambered over the new Offaly champions at this hurdle this time around and will play Portlaoise next.
Éire Óg (Carlow) 4-06 Castletown (Wexford) 1-10
A first-half goal blitz set the Carlow champions on the way to victory at Netwatch Cullen Park.
Chirs Blake, Cormac Mullins and Jordan Morrissey all raised green flags as Éire Óg eased into a 3-04 to 0-04 half-time lead.
Jonathan Bealin kicked six points for the Wexford men as they tried to work their way back into the game but a second goal from Blake ended any hopes of a fightback.
Robbie Brooks' goal meant Castletown had outscored their opponents by four points in the second half but it's Éire Ó, five times Leinster champions in the 1990s, who advance to face Kildare winners Sarsfields in the provinicial quarter-finals in a fortnight's time.