Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

O’Gorman fires Munster

Munster enjoyed a relatively straightforward passage to the Martin Donnelly inter-provincial football championship title when they beat Connacht at Portlaoise on Saturday (1-9 to 1-7).

And if Cork duo Daniel Goulding and Donncha O'Connor carried the main threat in the winners' attack, it was one of their less celebrated players, Waterford's Tomas O'Gorman, who fired in the early goal that gave them their 1-6 to 0-2 interval cushion.

Munster lost some of their gloss after the break with the westerners coming more into the picture, Alan Dillon and Mortimer firing over early points while substitute Ger Heneghan also contributed a brace, but it was not enough to rein in Munster.

Munster scorers: D Goulding (0-4, 0-2 frees), T O'Gorman (1-0), D O'Connor (0-3), I Ryan (0-2, frees). Connacht scorers: A Dillon (0-2), C Mortimer (0-2, both frees), G Heneghan (0-2, both frees), A Moran (0-1).

Leinster clinched the inter-provincial hurling title by 1-15 to 1-12 thanks to a 51st minute goal from Kilkenny's Richie at O'Moore Park on Saturday night.

Fellow county man Richie Power strongly aided Leinster's comeback from a six-point interval deficit as he scored nine points, four of them coming in the second half.

Andrew O'Shaughnessy's 13th minute goal had provided Munster with the impetus to show their teeth in the first-half and they led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

But it was a totally different script for the second half with Munster playing second fiddle as Leinster, after hitting four points without reply, took command.

Leinster scorers: R Power (0-9, 0-8 frees), R Hogan (1-1), J O'Connor, A Fogarty, E Brennan, E Larkin, M Rice (0-1 each). Munster scorers: E Kelly (0-7, 0-6 frees), A O'Shaughnessy (1-0), B O'Connor (0-2), N Gilligan, P Kelly (0-1 each).

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