Leinster club SFC round-up

Kilmacud Crokes, Garrycastle, Skyrne and Rhode have advanced to the semi-finals of the AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship following today's matches around the province.

Kilmacud Crokes, Garrycastle, Skyrne and Rhode have advanced to the semi-finals of the AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship following today's matches around the province.

At O'Moore Park, hosts Portlaoise relinquished their Leinster crown, following a 2-7 to 2-4 loss to Kilmacud Crokes.

Declan Kelleher's 58th-minute goal proved to be the match-winning score. His effort put Crokes ahead for the first time and they held on to secure a last-four berth.

Portlaoise made a superb start to this game and led by 2-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Paul Cahillane slotted a fourth minute penalty to the net and Tommy Fitzgerald added a second goal.

Crokes bounced back and although they lost midfielder Niall Corkery through injury, his replacement Craig Dias proved to be a vital player on his introduction.

Within three minutes of his arrival on the pitch, Dias notched a goal and the deficit was cut to two points in the 28th minute following a Barry O'Rorke score.

However, Portlaoise claimed the final point of the half from full-forward Brian Glynn to take a 2-3 to 1-3 interval lead.

John Mulligan's charges were placed under huge pressure defensively on the restart, with Cahillane's 37th minute point the lone score for Portlaoise in the second half.

Crokes dominated possession in the second half, and tied the game in the 55th minute thanks to scores from Brian Kavanagh, Kelleher and Mark Vaughan.

Crokes continued to press hard with Kelleher's goal edging them ahead. Former St. Vincent's player Hugh Coughlan had the ball in the back of the Crokes' net in injury-time, but his score was disallowed and the Dublin side stood firm for the win.

Garrycastle will be Kilmacud's semi-final opponents. The Westmeath champions fought their way to a 2-13 to 2-10 win over Mattock Rangers at Cusack Park in Mullingar.

Paddy Mulvihill grabbed a brace of goals for the eventual winners who led by 2-4 to 0-7 at half-time.

Mattock Rangers were reduced to 14 players on the restart, following the dismissal of Mark Brennan, as Garrycastle deservedly progressed through to the last-four.

At Dr. Cullen Park, Rhode booked their place in the semi-finals thanks to a 1-11 to 1-7 tiumph over Carlow's Old Leighlin.

Rhode led by 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time, with Niall McNamee netting a penalty goal, while Seamus Kinsella found the net for Old Leighlin.

Old Leighlin cut the gap to a point in the second half, but Rhode landed four of the last five points to take the spoils.

2004 Leinster finalists Skyrne of Meath will face Rhode in the last-four, after their 0-12 to 0-10 win over Castletown of Wexford.

Skyrne were pushed all the way, and Castletown made a great start by picking off the first three points of this Navan encounter.

However, Skryne bounced back with the next five points to lead by a point at the interval.

A point separated the sides for long spells in the second half before Ian Davis landed two quick points to secure the win for Liam Harnan's side.

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