Four left in hunt for O'Byrne Cup

The semi-final pairings for the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup were confirmed today, where Kildare, UCD, Meath and DCU progressed to the last four.

Four left in hunt for O'Byrne Cup

The semi-final pairings for the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup were confirmed today, where Kildare, UCD, Meath and DCU progressed to the last four.

In Group A, UCD withstood a strong second half charge by Laois, to take a 1-14 to 3-6 win over the hosts at McCann Park, Portarlington.

UCD led by 1-5 to 1-2 at half-time, with Westmeath's John Heslin registering 1-2 of the students tally in the opening half, while David Conway registered Laois's goal.

Half-time substitute Eoin Lowry claimed Laois's second goal entering the final quarter, and despite Gary Walsh netting late on for Tomás Ó Flatharta's side, UCD held out for victory.

Wexford also claimed an away win, after registering a 0-16 to 0-13 win over Offaly at O'Connor Park, Tullamore.

Wind assisted, the visitors led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time, but were guilty of nine wides in the opening 35 minutes.

Wexford moved 0-13 to 0-5 ahead early on the restart, but Offaly responded well.

Scores from Joe Maher, Niall McNamee and Nigel Dunne brought the hosts into contention.

Wexford opened up a 0-16 to 0-9 lead with 14 minutes remaining, but Offaly never gave up.

Maher and Ruairi Allen helped cut the gap to three points with as many minutes remaining, but Wexford held out for victory.

However, despite this win, the Slaneysiders lost out on scoring difference of registering a semi-final place.

In Group B Kildare ensured they finished the group stages unbeaten with a 1-11 to 0-8 win over Carlow at Newbridge.

The sides were tied at 0-5 apiece at half-time, with Mikey Conway, Rob Kelly and Seamus Hanafin on target for the hosts.

This game continued to be tight on the restart, with the sides level on three occasions in the third quarter, before a 55th minute goal from Hanafin paved the way for a Kildare win.

Padraig Gill scored the only goal of the game in the 50th minute as Longford claimed a 1-8 to 0-10 win over Athlone IT at Ballymahon.

In Group C, goals were key as Meath pulled through a top of the table clash to register a semi-final place, with a 4-11 to 2-5 win over Wicklow at Baltinglass.

Meath raced to a 2-3 to 0-0 ahead after 10 minutes following goals from Stephen and David Bray.

The Royals held a 2-6 to 0-3 interval lead, with Paul McLoughlin, Dean Healy and Kevin Murphy claiming Wicklow's scores.

Meath registered two more goals in the third quarter, and although James Sheerin and Seanie Furlong netted for Wicklow it was too late for the Garden County.

DIT impressed to take a 3-12 to 0-16 win over IT Carlow at St. Margaret's GAA Club in Dublin.

Offaly's Bernard Allen; Dublin's Darren O'Reilly and Kildare's Tomás O'Connor netted the winners goals.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin lost their first competitive game since last Spring, after DCU claimed a 3-8 to 0-16 win at Parnell Park.

The sides were tied at 0-6 to 1-3 at half-time, with Wicklow's Conor McGraynor registering DCU's first goal after just six minutes.

Scores from Jason Whelan, Kevin McManamon, Paul Hudson and Cormac Costello saw Dublin take a four-point lead in the 39th minute, but Davey Byrne responded with a goal for the students.

Dublin continued to edge the lead, but the students third goal eight minutes from time, coupled with the dismissal of Paul Flynn on a straight red card paved the way for victory for the North Dublin University.

Louth had seven points to spare in their 1-14 to 0-10 win over Westmeath in Drogheda.

A Derek Crilly point tied the game at 1-5 to 0-8 at half-time, with Liam Shevlin netting Louth's goal.

The hosts took the initiative on the restart, as scores from Kevin Rogers, Declan Byrne and Shevlin saw them take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

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