Ring, Rackard, Meagher Cups round-up
Christy Ring Cup Group 1 Round 2
Derry 0-20 Donegal 1-14
Down 2-25 Wicklow 2-19
Christy Ring Cup Group 2 Round 2
Roscommon 1-25 London 2-15
Meath 2-27 Kildare 1-13
Nicky Rackard Cup Group 1 Round 2
Armagh 1-21 Warwickshire 2-18
Longford 2-17 Monaghan 1-17
Nicky Rackard Cup Group 2 Round 2
Sligo 3-19 Tyrone 1-14
Mayo 3-23 Louth 1-13
Lory Meagher Cup Round 1
Lancashire 0-20 Leitrim 1-15
Fermanagh 0-19 Cavan 1-11
The Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups continued with full rounds on Saturday, while the Lory Meagher Cup got underway.
Christy Ring Cup
Derry remain top of the Christy Ring Cup Group 1 after they survived a scare from tournament newcomers Donegal to win their local derby at Owenbeg.
Despite seeing Lee Henderson have to join Declan Coulter on the sidelines through injury, Donegal threatened to upset the odds when they earned a 1-12 to 0-7 half-time lead, with Danny Cullen on song and Dylan Duffy getting the goal. Cormac ODoherty and Brian g McGilligan helped Derry eat into their deficit after the restart and with several subs making an impact, they worked their way into contention. Darragh McCloskey was credited with a crucial interception late on and with Gerard Bradley, McGilligan, ODoherty and S McGuigan on target down the home straight, Derry edged it by 0-20 to 1-14.
Down and Wicklow are both within two points of the group leaders after the Mourne County made their second successful trip to Aughrim in the space of just over three months.
A Wicklow win here would have seen both them and Derry qualify for the semi-finals with a round to spare, but Down ripped up the script to leave it all to play for at the start of June. The scores flowed during a first half that finished with Down ahead by 0-15 to 0-11, with Paul Sheehan and Oisn McManus leading the visitors scoring, until the former had to go off injured.
Wicklow also suffered an injury blow later on when they lost their captain Warren Kavanagh, but Christy Moorehouse netted a penalty soon after the restart to make it a one-point game. Wicklow briefly drew level, but Down responded with 1-2, including a Daith Sands major. Andy OBrien 0-4 and Jonathan ONeill 1-0 were influential off the bench for Wicklow, with Gary Hughes also among their scorers, but Down managed to stay ahead through to the end. McManus took his total to 0-10 and when Tim Prenter hit the net late on, there was no way back for Wicklow, who finished on the wrong side of a 2-25 to 2-19 scoreline.
Qualification from Group 2 has been settled, with second wins for Roscommon and Meath securing their places in the last four.
Roscommon continued their dream start by claiming full points from their trip to Ruislip to face London. Shane Curley, Pdraig Kelly and Cathal Dolan were on the mark as Roscommon earned a narrow 0-11 to 0-9 lead by half-time and with London going on to have two players sent off, the away side would steadily build on that position. Gearid and Cillian Egan added points for Roscommon, who had the result in the bag when Conor Mulry got their only goal late on. London hit a late consolation goal, but fell well short. A 1-25 to 2-12 result means a resurgent Roscommon have beaten both of last years finalists in the space of a week.
Meath are also safely through after a double-scores win in Newbridge saw them end Kildares hopes of extending their reign as champions. The teams were evenly matched in the opening stages, but Meath took off when a brace of goals from Eamon Donnchadha put daylight between the teams. Jack Regan racked up an impressive 0-16 for Meath, as they kept their bid to return to the Joe McDonagh Cup firmly on track. Brian Byrne 0-8 and James Burke 1-2 led Kildares scoring, but a dominant Meath side top the table on score difference after a 2-27 to 1-13 victory.
Roscommon have made an impressive start to the Christy Ring Cup under manager Ciaran Comerford.
Nicky Rackard Cup
Armagh and Warwickshire remain tied at the top of the Nicky Rackard Cup Group 1 after they played out an exciting draw at Pirc na hireann, Birmingham.
Armagh started brightly with four of the first five points, only for Warwickshire to reel off seven in a row to move ahead, on their way to a 0-12 to 0-8 half-time advantage. Willie Allen and John Collins were among the scorers for Warwickshire, with a sideline cut included in the latters efforts. Kelvin Magee added a goal for the Exiles, but Dean Gaffneys accuracy continued to keep Armagh in touch their free-taker ending up with 16 points to his name and when Danny Magee found the net late on, they looked set for a second win in a week. There was still time for one more twist, however, with Warwickshire pinching an equalising goal deep into added time.