The Previous Cup

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The Previous Cup

IT’S BACK. THE 2018 Gaelic football event kicked off today with the O’Byrne Cup running and up.

Aaron Dowling with Mark McCallon
Westmeath’s Mark McCallon and Laois’ Aaron Dowling in actions.

Westmeath survived a late Laois comeback in Cusack Park to acquire their opener with a single point.

Among the highlights of the day for Westmeath fans will probably be Luke Loughlin’so operation on his return from New York to the maroon jersey, hitting on five points along with impressing throughout.

It was a promising opening 35 minutes for its hosts, James Dolan hitting a late first-half objective to leave them 1-7 to 0-4 up. On the resume, the pioneers pushed on but Laois started to come into the game more and more.

Seven points down at the same point, Garry Walsh inspired a significant comeback but Westmeath just about held on to win.

Louth 1-10 Longford 2-13

Pauric Gill with Daragh Foley
Pauric Gill hit the web for Longford (document pic).

Elsewhere, Longford ran out six-point winners around Louth at Darver.

They started the majority of those sides with 1-2 to 0-0 about the scoreboard following five minutes. Pauric Gill hit the first goal but Ross Nally shortly cancelled that out.

Longford pushed on to lead by six points in the break, some fine efforts from Sean McCormack along with Ronan McEntire one of those posted.

With a strong wind behind them, Louth made a hearty fightback, drawing level with just six minutes remaining. But Andrew Farrell slotted home to restore Longford’s direct while McCormack (2) and Dessie Reynolds divide the posts to make sure their initial win of the year.

Wicklow 0-6 Carlow 3-8

Shane O'Neill and John Murphy take to the field
John Murphy and Carlow ran out winners.

Carlow’s three objectives meant it was a positive opener for them, beating Wicklow from 3-8 t0 0-6 at Bray.

The eventual winners needed the more powerful first half, up 1-5 to 0-3 at the break, the target coming from Sean Gannon. On the resume, John Murphy ripped two — one from play and one from a punishment — to place Carlow 3-5 to 0-3 ahead.

Ciaran Moran and Diarmuid Walsh were one of those to add things as the clock ran down, even although Darren Hayden was accurate for its Wicklow determined but it wasn’to not be their day.

I’t been told Sean Gannon obtained the very first Carlow goal. Apologies to John Murphy for crediting him with a hat trick. A belated Christmas present from me. I blame the shivering and nobody offering me a jacket

Offaly 3-16 Wexford 0-9

And finally, it was a Round One fixture to forget for Wexford since Offaly beat them from 16 points.

Together with 12 minutes around the clock that the sides were flat, but Offaly soon found that their feet to pull through two goals from Jordan Hayes and the other from Cian Johnson.

Those 3 attempts were the gap at half-time, the scoreline studying 3-5 to 0-5.

Donal Shanley, Mark Rossiter and Conor Carty were one of the scorers in the second half since Offaly drove on to run out 3-16 to 0-9 winners.

Round One O’Byrne Cup 2018 — Full-time scores:

  • Louth 1-10 Longford 2-13
  • Wicklow 0-6 Carlow 3-8
  • Westmeath 1-13 Laois 1-12
  • Offaly 3-16 Wexford 0-9

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