O’Loughlin Gaels power to first title

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS from Kilkenny claimed their first Féile na nGael Division One title when they defeated Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh (3-7 to 0-4) at Pearse Stadium in Galway yesterday.

Captain Robert Buckley had already landed a point from play and a free in the opening two minutes before he hit his side’s first goal a minute later.

Another free from the full-forward gave the Kilkenny side a six points lead, before points from Peter Casey, Jerry McCabe and Jason O’Callaghan brought Na Piarsaigh back within a goal at the break.

However, after the sides exchanged scores after the restart, Cian Loy made the most of a slip in the Na Piarsaigh defence and struck a terrific goal to increase Gael’s lead to six points. Their win was sealed late on when substitute Sean Kiely was on hand to fire past Eoghan Foley after the keeper had made a fine save from Buckley.

Westmeath’s Raharney had a stand-out performance from full-forward Killian Doyle to thank in their 4-9 to 1-3 victory over Portlaoise in the Division Two decider. Doyle hit a total of 4-6 in an excellent display from a team which he joint captained with his twin brother Ciarán.

The game was all but wrapped up after 10 minutes when Killian Doyle bagged his third goal, which helped his side to a 4-4 to 1-2 half-time lead.

Portlaoise needed a flying start to the second-half, but Killian Doyle hit two quick-fire points from play to quench any hopes of a comeback.

The Division Three title went to Meath side Kiltale who defeated Muinebheag from Carlow (8-7 to 1-2). Kiltale showed their class throughout the competition and remained unbeaten throughout, with their class in front of goal proving the difference between the sides in Pearse Stadium.

Galway side Pádraig Pearses defeated their county rivals Abbeyknockmoy in the Division Four final 3-4 to 2-5 after a thrilling final.

Keith Connell hit a first-half hat-trick for the winners and a Martin Finn goal for Abbeyknockmoy left it 3-5 to 1-3 at the break.

Lee Cosgrave goaled immediately after the restart for Abbey, giving them a chance to stage a memorable comeback. But Connell’s point late on sealed the win for Pearses.

The Division Five hurling title went to Mountbellew/Moylough after they overcame Naomh Eoin from Sligo (3-5 to 1-5).

Colin Ryan goaled for the Galway side early on, but a Sean Heaney goal from Naomh Eoin brought them right back into contention after the restart.

But a late charge from the winners including a Brian Higgins penalty and Conor Fahy’s late goal sealed the win.

And the in the Division Six final, Sylane brought the Galway haul to three titles when they overcame Roscommon’s Padraig Pearses on a 3-1 to 0-6 margin.

Scorers for O’Loughlin Gaels: R Buckley (1-5, 3fs); C Loy (1-0); S Kiely (1-0); D O’Connor (0-1).

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: P Casey (0-1f); J McCabe (0-1); J O’Callaghan (0-1); J Callaghan (0-1).

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS: T Wadding; S Fahy, P Clifford, J Leahy; J Lawlor, G Bryan, T Gleeson; S Maher, R Butler; S Mahony, D O’Connor, P Collins; C Loy, R Buckley, S Bolger.

Subs: M Stapelton for Bolger, 35; S Keily for Mahony, 38; R Murphy for O’Connor, inj, 41.

NA PIARSAIGH: E Foley; G Synnott, P Collins, M Considine; K Daly, M Andrews, D Broderick; M McManemy, T Grimes; J O’Callaghan, J McCabe, J Callinan; C Boylan, C Houlihan, P Casey.

Subs: N Bennis-Whelan for Considine, inj, 16.

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