Andy Moran clears up confusion about penalty, former Brighton player comes up with goods in Waterford
If ever there was a case for good nets...
Andy Moran came up with the goods for Ballaghaderreen at the weekend, he usually does. But this time around, there were a few debates swirling about the legitimacy of his winning score.
Ballagh looked beaten by Claremorris with the clock ticking in the Mayo senior championship on Saturday evening. Down by two points and with only seconds left, they needed something.
A last minute penalty. This was the chance. No better man than Andy Moran who by all accounts, was borderline unplayable on Saturday evening, for the big moment.
With every window in the inspecting housing estate open wide, with every breath drawn from the Ballaghaderren air, that man Moran stood calm and he slotted it low and left.
Andy punched the air. The umpire went for the green flag. Game, set and match to Ballagh.
Mark Higgins' video got everyone talking though. The ball flew to the corner and it was very difficult to tell if it was inside or outside the post. Ballagh and Moran have confirmed to SportsJOE though that the penalty was in fact a goal, with the ball passing through the back corner of the netting which had been cut off by the camera.
Andy said it was '100%' a goal. Never doubted him.
This last minute Andy Moran penalty gave @Ballagh_GAA a 2-10 to 1-12 win over Claremorris in the Mayo senior championship at the weekend.
Does it look wide to you or are we gone mad? 🤔pic.twitter.com/ClhHbYaVSc
— GAA JOE (@GAA__JOE) April 15, 2019
Senior Football results
Getting straight back into it was always going to be tough for Dr Crokes who defeated Killarney Legion last time out, but the 1/14 shots came unstuck against Rathmore at the weekend.
Tony Brosnan was again on fire for Crokes but Chrissy Spiers was the hero of the day, hitting 1-4 for his club.
Elsewhere, intermediate champs Kilcummin were well beaten by Stacks while Dingle and Killarney Legion enjoyed impressive wins.
Dr Crokes 1-8 v 1-10 Rathmore
Austin Stacks 1-14 Kilcummin 1-2
Dingle 1-14 Kenmare Shamrocks 0-15
Killarney Legion 0-11 Kerins O`Rahilly's 1-6
Kilmacud Crokes began like champions, defeating Ballymun in Parnell Park. Ballymun's tactic to put James McCarthy man-marking Paul Mannion didn't seem a wise one though.
Welcome sights for Dublin football fans over the weekend included Rory O'Carroll and Diarmuid Connolly lining out for their clubs again.
Kilmacud Crokes 2-13 Ballymun Kickhams 0-14
— The GAA (@officialgaa) April 13, 2019
Na Fianna 2-14 St Sylvester's 0-10
Conor McHugh was the main man for Na Fianna, who were too slick and too quick for Syls.
Fuair David Lacey an tríú cúl do @clgNaFianna ar an Satharn, ní raibh St Sylvesters in ann dóibh
In saturday's 1st game on @GAA_BEO Na Fianna were just too strong for Sylvesters.
Buaicphointí anochtr ar @GAA_2019 8pm ar @TG4TV @DubGAAOfficial @Hill16Army @ballsdotie pic.twitter.com/Lbry398h3Q
— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) April 15, 2019
Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11 Clontarf 0-10
Lucan Sarsfields 3-14 Skerries Harps 0-10
St Jude's 2-6 Oliver Plunkett's 1-9
Thomas Davis 0-10 Raheny 0-7
St Vincent's 1-14 St Brigid's 1-6
Castleknock 1-18 Balinteer St John's 1-11
Cillian O'Connor was back in the groove on his return from injury, hitting one point for Tubber. Andy Moran was immense for Ballagh while Breaffy were impressive against Davitt's.
Breaffy 1-10 Davitt's 0-7
Kiltane 0-7 Bohola Moy Davitt's 0-6
Castlebar Mitchels 1-9 Ballina Stephenites 0-12
Aghamore 1-5 Westport 0-8
Ballintubber 0-18 Hollymount Carramore 1-3
Knockmore 1-9 Garrymore 1-5
Ballaghaderreen 2-10 Claremorris 1-12
Beal an Mhuirthead 0-8 Charlestown Sarsfields 0-7
Kingpins Clonmel had a comfortable win over Arravale while the rising JK Brackens had a good win over Clonmel Óg.
The scoreline of the weekend however came in the intermediate championship, when Brackens' second team hit three goals and no points. Take your goals and the points will come is what they say in Templemore.
County Inter Football Champioship R1
— JK Brackens GAA Club (@Jkbgaa) April 14, 2019
Clonmel Commercial 0-9 Arravale Rovers 1-4
JK Brackens 1-12 Ballyporeen Clonmel Óg 0-11
Ardfinnan 0-9 Kildangan 0-2
Loughmore-Castleiney 2-9 Kilsheelan Kilcash 0-4
Aherlow Gaels 1-6 Cahir 2-4
Moyle Rovers 0-7 Upperchurch 0-6
Éire Óg Annacarty 0-13 Killenuale 1-8
Dessie Hutchinson played for Brighton and Hove Albion during his professional football career but now he's back where it all started. The 22-year-old pointed a late free to give Gailltír a one point, 1-5 to 1-4 victory over An Rinn.
Ballinacourty 1-16 Brickey Rangers 0-4
Kilrossanty 0-16 Portlaw 2-4
Nire 4-18 Ardmore 1-3
Stradbally 0-12 Kilmacthomas 1-2
Rathgormack 3-8 Clashmore 0-4