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Pro 12 – Green Glory For Pat Lam’s Connacht


Well, that was somewhat unexpected. Not entirely, which is good. But once more Connacht have found themselves on the right end of a game that previously would have been a heroic defeat. Not this Connacht, not Pat Lam’s Connacht 2.0. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly has changed, seeing as how the new wonder signings have, for the most part, not joined the squad yet. But Conancht are growing, and with a lot of homegrown talent still stoking the fires I should add. Wins like last Friday’s over Leinster just keep the train going and they now sit in the top 4 of the table, whilst Leinster lick the wounds of two close defeats. Continue reading

Keane Leads Kerry To Victory While Dublin Get Up And Running

Kerry disposed of their Northern counterparts Down quite comfortably on a bitterly cold day in Newry beating them on a score line of 0-14 to 0-08. Down, who have had the upper hand on Kerry in recent years when it comes to the championship, could not live with Kerry in the second half as they upped the tempo with Barry John Keane impressive for the southerners. Kerry now lie second in Division 1.

Donegal welcomed Cork to tip of the country and proceeded to drive them out to sea or at least that’s where they seemed to be for large chunks of this encounter. In a dismal game, Donegal led at half time thanks to an early Michael Murphy goal, who seems to have returned to full fitness after injury forced him out of the league until now. Donegal tagged on two more points after this, however Cork were only capable of four points in the first half to leave Donegal with a slender one point lead at half time. Donegal proceeded to outscore Cork by five points to two in the second half to gain the win and increase their chances of survival.

Saturday evening saw Mayo maintain their impressive league record over the years and come away with a win from the Morgan Athletic Grounds, something of a stronghold for Armagh, with an impressive six pint win which leaves them in pole position in Division 1 with only 2 games played. Dublin also got their first points on the board with an Eoghan Ó Gara inspired victory over Laois in Portlaoise. That leaves Laois languishing in the bottom two after three games.

The pace and intensity was almost similar to a championship game with Kildare overcoming Meath in Navan to gain their first points of the year and get their league campaign back on track in Division 2. They came away with the narrowest of victories after scoring an impressive 18 points to Meath’s 2-11. Kildare were evidently the fitter team and always seemed to have an extra player running off the man in possession. However Meath’s Stephen Bray and Paddy Gilsenan were impressive for the Royal’s and almost did enough to come away with a victory however Kildare edged it with a last minute Ollie Lyon’s point.

Westmeath came away with the spoils in Mullingar and with that pulled off the shock of the the round in Division 2. The Lake County were impressive in a windswept Cusack Park as the highly impressive John Heslin scored 7 points to help Westmeath come away with their first victory of the year. Paul Bannon was responsible for the winning score to send the Westmeath faithful home happy.

Derry and Tyrone also came away with wins as Derry defeated Monaghan by 6 points. Monaghan have had a dismal start to their league campaign and need to markedly improve if they are to survive in Division 2. Tyrone defeated their neighbours Louth by two goals, however the Wee County put up a fight and John Devine, the Tyrone goalkeeper, was responsible for keeping Tyrone in the game.

The Weekends League Results in Full

Division One:

Armagh 0-11 Mayo 1-14

Laois 1-09 Dublin 1-14

Donegal 1-07 Cork 0-06

Down 0-08 Kerry 0-14

Division Two:

Meath 2-11 Kildare 0-18

Derry 0-14 Monaghan 0-08

Westmeath 0-14 Galway 0-13

Louth -013 Tyrone 2-13

Division Three:

Antrim 2-14 Offaly 1-08

Cavan -014 Sligo 1-08

Longford 0-16 Roscommon 2-08

Wexford 2-20 Tipperary 1-08

Division Four:

Kilkenny 0-04 Fermanagh 9-23

London 0-04 Carlow 2-06

Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-09

Wicklow 1-12 Waterford 4-07