Three Offaly teams advance in Leinster Club Championships

Naomh Ciaran, Cappincur and Bracknagh all record victories

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It was a successful day for Offaly teams in provincial competitions with three teams advancing through to their next rounds.

The Ladies Footballers from Naomh Ciaran had to pull out all the stops to see off Royal Gaels of Meath while Cappincur and Bracknagh had much more comfortable paths through.

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The game of the day came in Ferbane as Offaly champions Naomh Ciaran took on Royal Gaels from Meath in the Leinster Ladies Football Intermediate Club Football Championship semi-final.

After a game packed with drama and scores, Naomh Ciaran eventually came out on top by 3-16 to 3-13 with the last ten minutes alone producing 3-7 combined between the sides.

Scores were harder to come by in the opening quarter of the game but Naomh Ciaran made the stronger start as they opened up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.

Royal Gaels pulled back two points before Naomh Ciaran struck for a second goal with Kate Kenny finding the back of the net to put her side six points clear.

That score put a further spring in their step and by half-time they had opened up a 2-10 to 0-6 advantage.

The Meath side however came out very strongly at the start of the second-half and set about reducing the deficit. While the Offaly side only added one point to their total in this period, the Meath side found a rich vein of scoring form adding 1-4 to their account to get back within four entering the final quarter.

With ten minutes to go, that lead was down to one after Royal Gaels hit their second goal setting up a grandstand finish in Ferbane.
Ultimately the hero on the day was Ellee McEvoy who scored the crucial third goal just three minutes from time.  That settled the nerves again and Naomh Ciaran saw out the game to reach the Leinster Club Ladies Football Intermediate Final on a final score of 3-16 to 3-13.

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Offaly Senior B Champions Cappincur advanced in the Leinster Intermediate Club Championship on Saturday with a 1-16 to 0-4 win over Kilkenny side Railyard.

Cappincur were 1-5 to 0-0 ahead just after the midway point of the half and they never gave up control. Railyard matched the Offaly side for scores in the next period but Cappincur were never troubled and the score stood at 1-6 to 0-2 at the break although the Kilkenny side had not scored from play.

Cappincur started the second-half on the front foot and set about extending the lead and they outscored their opponents by four points to one in the early exchanges.

The Offaly side pressed home to the finish and rounded off the day with a 15 point win that sets up a showdown with Westmeath side Rosemount in the next round.

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Bracknagh continued their impressive run through the Leinster Junior Club Championship with a comfortable 1-18 to 1-4 win over Wicklow side Ashford by 1-18 to 1-4.

After some very close and hard fought games in recent weeks, Bracknagh were always in control this time around with the Wicklow side's goal only coming late in the game when the result was no longer in any doubt.

Bracknagh had three points on the board inside the opening seven minutes before the Wicklow side eventually opened their account.

Bracknagh continued to tack on points and they had 11 on the board by half-time with Ashford not managing to add to their total.

Any lingering doubt over the result was removed straight after the restart when Peter Cunningham smashed home a goal.
From there it was plain sailing and Bracknagh continue their odessey in Leinster against Kildare side Kilcullen