SFC round-up: Killygarry and Shercock off the mark

August 12, 2019

Lavey were delighted with their draw against Castlerahan

Killygarry upset Ramor United yesterday evening to pick up their first win in this year’s senior football championship.

Second-half goals from Ross Sheridan and Conor Smith (2) worked the oracle for the Crubany men as they won out on a 3-10 to 0-17 scrore-line in Lavey, handing Ramor their first loss in the process.

The Virginia men had led by three (0-9 to 0-6) at the half but Sheridan’s strike six minutes into the restart brought the underdogs level and although the 2016 winners stormed in front again, it was the electric Smith that would put the issue to bed.

He netted his first on the 50-minute mark after being sent through by Martin Reilly and would have the umpire’s green flag up again five minutes later thanks to some fine work by Darragh Gannon inside.

Ramor fought back but Jack Cograve’s point helped ensure the victory for Killygarry who take on Kingscourt in Round 3, while Ramor now face holders Castlerahan.

In Ballinagh, it was one-way traffic as Gowna trashed Cootehill on an emphatic 4-13 to 0-3 score-line to pick up their first win of the competition.

Conor Madden’s first-half hat-trick saw the game over at half-time (3-6 to 0-2) as Willie Stephens added their fourth major in injury-time in a game which veteran Gerald Pearson came off the bench for the winners on an afternoon to forget for the Celts.

The premier clash of the weekend came in Kingspan Breffni on Saturday evening when Crosserlough steamrolled Cavan Gaels for their second win on the bounce.

Goals in the second-half from Stephen Smith and Conor Rehill, as well as 0-4 from Dara McVeety off the bench, helped the Kilnaleck side to a 2-15 to 0-9 win and you can read the FULL MATCH REPORT from the that game here.

In Crosskeys, Kingscourt and Lacken shared the points as it finished 1-14 each after Barry Reilly’s free flew between Lacken's posts in the fourth minute of injury-time.

It leaves both sides with three points on the table after two rounds, along with champions Castlerahan who clawed their way back from 11 points down to draw (0-16 apiece) with the 13 men of Lavey at Kingspan Breffni on Friday night.

The News Inns side looked to be cruising when Gerry Smith’s point early in the restart had them 0-14 to 0-3 in front but sending offs for Dean Rutherford and Ray Cullivan either side of that didn’t help the leaders’ cause.

Following Cullivan’s second caution, the holders hit seven points without reply, including a hat-trick from Oisin O’Connell off the bench, before Enda Flanagan had looked like pulling off the remarkable comeback in injury-time.

Chris Conroy’s late free snatched a draw for Lavey at the finish though and you can read the FULL MATCH REPORT from that gripping encounter here.

In Mullagh, Shercock bounced back from their first round loss to Castlerahan by upsetting 7/4 odds against Mullahoran.

The ‘Supercocks’ made their goals count in a 3-6 to 1-5 victory which now leaves the Dreadnoughts without a point two rounds in with Lavey next up the weekend after next. 

Check out the Round 3 draws for the senior championship which are set to take place on the weekend of August 23-25 here.

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