Football round-up: Haven the toast of Cork

Castlehaven got the better of divisional side Duhallow in a scrappy Cork SFC final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon, squeezing home by 1-7 to 0-9.

Football round-up: Haven the toast of Cork

Castlehaven got the better of divisional side Duhallow in a scrappy Cork SFC final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon, squeezing home by 1-7 to 0-9.

Winning their first county title since 2003, Castlehaven grabbed the only goal right on the hour mark as substitute Shane Nolan fisted home Mark Collins' delivery in towards the square.

Cork star Donncha O'Connor pulled a point back for Duhallow in injury-time, but Castlehaven clung on to take the spoils at the end of a tight but largely disappointing game.

The sides were locked level at 0-5 apiece at half-time, with Brian Hurley (0-2), Sean Cahalane, Damien Cahalane (free) and playmaker Collins all on target for Castlehaven.

The Duhallow points came from O'Connor (0-2, 0-1f), Aidan Walsh, Padraig O'Leary and Niall Fleming, their cause being helped by an industrious performance from Cork hurler Lorcan McLoughlin at wing forward.

The 6,170-strong crowd watched O'Connor and Collins trade points at the start of the second half, but the west Cork club were soon hampered by the dismissal of defender Chris Hayes.

The Castlehaven wing back picked up his second yellow card for a foul on Padraig O'Leary, leaving Duhallow with a one-man advantage for the remainder.

They struggled to use that however, with the inspirational Collins cancelling out a point from Matthew Dilworth.

Despite some excellent work in midfield from Bertie O'Callaghan, Duhallow were unable to push clear on the scoreboard although substitute Jack Cott nudged them ahead in the 57th minute - 0-8 to 0-7.

Then came the all-important goal as Castlehaven, who were beaten by UCC in the final twelve months ago, came good when it mattered most.

Last year's Leinster champions Garrycastle were floored by a late comeback from Mullingar Shamrocks in today's Westmeath SFC final replay at Cusack Park.

Mullingar, who leaked a first half goal, came from behind to take a 0-12 to 1-8 verdict, winning the county title for the first time in 12 years.

Mullingar progress to the Leinster Championship where they will play the Dublin champions - Kilmacud Crokes or Ballymun Kickhams - next weekend.

Dr. Crokes lifted the Bishop Moynihan Cup once again this afternoon as they saw off the challenge of underdogs Dingle at Austin Stack Park.

The Kerry SFC final ended in a 2-13 to 0-8 triumph for the 2010 and 2011 champions, who grabbed early goals from Chris Brady (6 minutes) and Brian Looney (7).

Crokes were clinical in their shooting, kicking only four wides over the entire hour, and Looney put in a man-of-the-match display at wing forward.

Dingle, last champions in 1948, went man-for-man in a bid to thwart Crokes' much-vaunted attack but the tactic did not pay off.

With the wind behind them, they did improve in the second period with captain Brendan Kelliher and the Geaneys trying to inspire off limited ball up front.

But there was no stopping Colm Cooper and the well-drilled Crokes unit, who will play Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane in a Munster quarter-final clash in Quilty next Sunday.

Meanwhile, reigning Connacht Club SFC champions St. Brigid's had little difficulty in clearing the first hurdle in this year's provincial competition.

The Roscommon side ran out 2-19 to 0-10 winners over Melvin Gaels of Leitrim in a preliminary round tie at Kiltoom, with Eddie Egan and Gearoid Cunniffe both finding the net.

Brigid's will battle it out with Galway champions Salthill-Knocknacarra in two weeks' time for a place in the Connacht final.

It was a 'double scores' victory for Navan O'Mahonys in today's Meath SFC final against Wolfe Tones at Pairc Tailteann. It is their first county title since 2008.

Navan emerged as 1-11 to 0-7 victors having stormed ahead thanks to a goal in the opening seconds from Shane Gillespie.

O'Mahonys had most of the hard work done by half-time, building a 1-6 to 0-4 advantage, and were relatively untroubled in the second half with a fit-again David Bray getting on the scoresheet.

Arguably the game of the day was played out in Aughrim where Wicklow champions St. Patrick's edged out Carlow's Eire Og on a 3-10 to 2-11 scoreline.

They needed extra-time to declare the winners of this AIB Leinster Club SFC first round encounter, with St. Patrick's driven on by man-of-the-match Paudge McWalter.

The sides were level at half-time and extra-time was called for at 1-8 apiece after Eric McCormack landed a last-gasp levelling free for the Carlow men.

Into extra-time, the match-winning goal arrived right at the death as Wicklow star Paul Earls rose highest to fist a high ball past Eire Og goalkeeper Robbie Moore.

St. Patrick's of Louth also progressed in the Leinster Championship by claiming the scalp of Offaly champions Rhode with a 1-9 to 1-7 success in Tullamore.

After a closely-fought first half ended with the sides on level terms at 0-3 each, the Louth champions took a crucial lead when Karl White dispatched a penalty to the net.

Niall McNamee notched a late goal for Rhode, but it was not enough to derail the Paddy Keenan-inspired St. Pat's who advance to meet Sarsfields of Kildare in the next round.

Emmet Og Killoe will play Meath champions Navan O'Mahonys in two weeks' time after defeating St. Anne's in their Leinster Championship opener.

The Longford champions edged home on a 2-7 to 2-4 scoreline in difficult conditions at Pearse Park, with Sean McCormack slotting home the clinching second goal.

Their Wexford opponents made a real scrap of it, netting twice in quick succession in the second half after Redmond Barry had clipped over their four points.

Paddy Thompson's 27th-minute goal had steered Killoe to a 1-4 to 0-3 half-time lead and they survived that difficult spell before McCormack made certain of the win.

TODAY'S FOOTBALL RESULTS:

AIB LEINSTER CLUB SFC FIRST ROUND:

St. Patrick's (Wicklow) 3-10 Eire Og (Carlow) 2-11, Aughrim (aet)

Emmet Og Killoe (Longford) 2-7 St. Anne's (Wexford) 2-4, Pearse Park

Rhode (Offaly) 1-7 St. Patrick's (Louth) 1-9, Tullamore

AIB CONNACHT CLUB SFC PRELIMINARY ROUND:

St. Brigid's (Roscommon) 2-19 Melvin Gaels (Leitrim) 0-10, Kiltoom

KERRY SFC FINAL:

Dingle 0-8 Dr. Crokes 2-13, Austin Stack Park

MEATH SFC FINAL:

Navan O'Mahonys 1-11 Wolfe Tones 0-7, Pairc Tailteann

WESTMEATH SFC FINAL REPLAY:

Garrycastle 1-8 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-12, Cusack Park

CORK SFC FINAL:

Castlehaven 1-7 Duhallow 0-9, Pairc Ui Chaoimh

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