After another whirlwind weekend of hurling, football, camogie and soccer action, let’s take a look at some of the headlines doing the rounds on KCLR and Scoreline.ie for the final Monday in February.
Beginning with Gaelic games and Kilkenny head into the second rest weekend of the Allianz Hurling League with two wins from three after a comprehensive victory over Laois on Sunday. The Cats had a blistering start to the game and would break the the 30-point barrier to come away from O’Moore Park with a 0-34 to 1-18 win.
Speaking after the game, Laois manager Willie Maher told KCLR he was “disgusted” with his side’s first-half performance, an interview that you can hear on the latest edition of our Scoreline Extra podcast.
In Carlow, Paddy Boland helped himself to a hat-trick before the hour mark as the county’s senior side made light work of Down to get their first league win of the season in Division 2A of the national hurling league. That one finished 5-24 to 1-19 and saw Marty Kavanagh finally become Carlow’s all-time leading scorer on the hurling front.
Carlow’s footballers missed a chance to move up the table in Division 4 of the football league however with defeat at Leitrim all but ending promotion hopes for Niall Carew’s side. The hosts were 2-7 to 0-08 up at half time and never looked back, running out 2-22 to 0-13 winners leaving the footballers with a bit of soul searching to do ahead of their trip to London this coming Sunday.
We’ll have reaction to all three games on Full Time later this evening with Martin Quilty.
In camogie with a look back over the weekend, Kilkenny’s intermediates came away with a strong win against Galway in Division 2B of the Very Camogie Leagues but for Brian Dowling’s All-Ireland champions it’s a second straight defeat, also to Galway.
There was better news though for Coláiste Abhainn Rí Callan who will no doubt have a heroes welcome in school today as they celebrate being All-Ireland senior C champions following a 2 point win over Gort Community School on Saturday.
On the league front, we also saw the new-look Carlow football leagues get underway at the weekend with wins for Clonmore, Rathvilly and O’Hanrahan’s and while in Kilkenny we’ve seen the finals of the minor A and B have also been decided.
Provincial Towns Cup
The Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup second round took place yesterday with Tullow, Carlow and Kilkenny all in action, all with home advantage. They all made it count too as Tullow overcame Boyne 38-36, Kilkenny beat Ashbourne 29-6 while Carlow punished New Ross 57-13.
Tullow will now face Enniscorthy, Kilkenny’s reward is a trip to Gorey while Carlow are on the road to Tullamore who dumped Skerries out of the competition on Sunday.
On the international stage, Scotland’s hopes of a Grand Slam have been ended following a 32-21 defeat to France in rugby union’s Six Nations.
Monday Morning Soccer
The gap between Freebooters and Evergreen is down to three points at the top of the St. Canice’s Credit Union Premier Division with the Kells Road club having two games in hand.
Meanwhile, New Oak’s lead at the top of the Nationalist Premier Division is out to five points thanks to a 4-0 win over Killeshin yesterday. Full results from the local games of the weekend are online now on Scoreline.ie.
A 2-0 win for Spurs over Chelsea in the Premier League has heaped more pressure on Graham Potter. It moves Spurs up to 4th while Chelsea sit 10th, now with more losses than wins this season. And Man United have won their first trophy in six seasons and a first under Erik Ten Haag as they beat Newcastle 2-0 in yesterday’s Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
You can find more stories across the day on air and online plus we’ll have a full roundup of the weekend’s action with Martin Quilty on Full Time just after the 6pm news.