O’Byrne Cup round-up: Dublin put students to the sword

O’Byrne Cup round-up: Dublin put students to the sword

Dublin, DCU, Laois, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, DIT and Maynooth University claimed wins in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup tonight.

Cormac Costello fired 2-6, as Dublin blazed to a 3-24 to 2-08 win over IT Carlow in St Brigades, Blanchardstown.

The hosts led by 0-07 to 0-00 after 11 minutes, and although IT Carlow netted a goal, Dublin kicked on with Costello and Paddy Andrews firing goals before the break to ensure a 2-16 to 1-02 half-time advantage.

A 42nd minute Costello penalty goal helped Dublin to a 3-18 to 1-03 advantage, and they pushed 23 points clear entreating the final quarter, thanks to scores from Michael Deegan and Costello.

IT Carlow bagged a second goal from Chris Healy, but it came too late.

Dublin and DCU will face-off next Sunday for a semi-final spot, after the North Dublin University beat Wexford by 1-08 to 1-03 in Enniscorthy.

DCU led by 0-08 to 0-01 at half-time, and continued to stay on top on the restart, despite playing against a strong wind in the closing 35 minutes.

A 17-minute spell which saw Laois bag 1-7 without reply, helped the O’Moore’s to a 1-16 to 1-09 win over neighbours Carlow at O’Moore Park.

Carlow led by 1-04 to 0-02 after 16 minutes, with John Murphy netting a goal, but the visitors were unable to withstand a strong Laois comeback.

O’Byrne Cup round-up: Dublin put students to the sword

A Paul Cahillane goal levelled the tie at 1-04 apiece, before Laois claimed a 1-09 to 1-04 half-time lead, with Donal Kingston and John O’Loughlin impressive.

Substitutes Darragh Foley and Jack Kennedy worked hard for Carlow, but Laois kicked on for a seven-point win.

Early goals from Jim McEnaney and Barry Flanagan helped Louth to a 2-11 to 0-08 win over Kildare in Hawkfield.

O’Byrne Cup round-up: Dublin put students to the sword

Both of Louth’s green flags came in the opening quarter, as Louth took a 2-04 to 0-02 advantage.

Kildare struggled for scores in the second half, with a Cathal McNally point their first score of the half with seven minutes left on the clock, to ensure a 2-10 to 0-06 score-line.

Despite being outscored in the closing stages, Louth firmly done enough to take victory.

A late Denis Corroon point saw Westmeath claim a 0-14 to 1-10 win over Longford.

Wind assisted Longford led by 1-10 to 0-03 at half-time, with Michael Brady netting a 16th minute goal, but Westmeath turned the tables.

Westmeath were held to just two points in the opening quarter - both coming early on, as scores from Ger Egan and Shane Dempsey had the sides tied at 0-02 apiece after seven minutes.

O’Byrne Cup round-up: Dublin put students to the sword

However, Longford were hugely impressive, and moved 10 points clear at the break, with Brian Kavanagh among their scorers.

But Westmeath made full use of a strong win on the restart with Corroon the hero.

UCD made a strong comeback as they claimed a 2-8 to 0-11 win over Meath in Simonstown.

Meath led by 0-08 to 1-03 at half-time, with Donal Lenihan, Andrew Tormey and Sean Tobin among the Royals scorers, but the students worked hard on the restart.

Goals in either half helped DIT to a 2-11 to 0-10 win over Offaly at Dunganny.

DIT led by 1-06 to 0-03 at half-time, with Ryan Connolly netting their opening goal.

Maynooth University were 1-15 to 0-9 winners over Wicklow in Ballinakill.

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