Mount Sion prevail in Austin Gleeson’s absence

Despite losing Austin Gleeson to injury, Mount Sion overcame fierce rivals Roanmore 2-12 to 1-14 at Walsh Park on Saturday night.

The Sion skipper left the field after 14 minutes with a hamstring issue. Déise senior panellist Stephen Roche shot the winner two minutes into added time for John Meaney’s men.

Martin F O’Neill and Alan Kirwan netted for Sion in the opening half before Emmet O’Toole netted for Roanmore (2-6 to 1-7).

Two points each from O’Toole and Billy Nolan in the second period put the Sky Blues in front before Roche and O’Neill regained Sion’s lead (2-10 to 1-12). Brian Cooke and Daniel Murphy were on target for Roanmore as the game entered stoppage time. Sean Colfer had the sides level before Roche struck the decisive score.

Ballygunner began their search for five-in-a-row with a hard fought (1-12 to 0-7) win over Abbeyside in wretched conditions at Fraher Field yesterday.

Fergal Hartley’s side played into the wind in the opening-half, but reached the dressing rooms all square (1-4 to 0-7). On 17 minutes, Pauric Mahony picked out Peter Hogan for the game’s only goal.

Both sides were reduced to 14 in a bad-tempered second half, as John Hurney and Barry Coughlan got straight reds from referee Michael O’Brien. Six Mahony points decided the tie as Abbeyside failed to score in the second half.

A strong first-half display laid the foundations for Lismore in the curtain-raiser as they defeated Passage for the second year running (2-14 to 1-12). The Westerners played with the elements initially and boasted a 2-10 to 0-3 half-time cushion, thanks to goals from Ray Barry and Jordan Shanahan. Passage rallied in the second period and Jamie Burke popped up with an injury time major.

Maurice Shanahan contributed five points for the winners. Waterford selector Dan won a late penalty and Maurice stroked it over.

De La Salle, minus John Mullane, floored Fourmilewater on Saturday afternoon (4-17 to 1-15). Cormac McCann scored 2-3 on his first senior start. Jack Fagan hit 1-3 and Adam Farrell whipped home a goal for the winners in the fifth minute.

Fourmile centre-forward Jamie Barron buried a consolation goal from a free and finished with 1-7 (0-7 from play).

Fourteen-man Ballyduff Upper came good in the last quarter to deny An Rinn their first senior victory (2-16 to 0-18). The Reds lost Jamie Hannon to a second yellow with 20 minutes remaining. They trailed by two points at that stage but Michael Kearney’s long-range point attempt dipped into the net to hand John Twomey’s team the initiative. Eoghan Murray ended the hour with eight points (seven frees) while Andrew Casey delivered four from play in the second half. Donie Breathnach hit 0-10 for An Rinn, who have now lost 13 senior games on the spin. Patrick Curran claimed 1-11 and older brother Cormac had two goals as the Dungarvan attack tormented Tallow.

The Curran brothers hit 3-14 in a 3-20 to 2-13 triumph.


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