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Lory Meagher Cup: Morgan the hero as South Down take semi spot

South Down are through to the last four of the Lory Meagher Cup after withstanding a second-half comeback from Longford at Liatroim for a win that sees them join Tyrone in the latter stages of the competition.

Liam Morgan turned in a Man-of-the-Match display for the Mourne men with a number of points while Eoin McGuinness found the net twice as they triumphed 2-15 to 1-15.

South Down were always in front and while Longford reduced their seven point lead the visitors could never get closer than three points.

Fermanagh were warm favourites to make it through to the semi-finals as well when Warwickshire were the visitors to Brewster Park, but it didn’t work out that way as they slumped to a disappointing 4-8 to 1-10 defeat.

Michael O’Hara scored an early point for the visitors, but his afternoon ended after only nine minutes when he was red carded.

It was the visitors who led 2-5 to 0-4 at the break, but the second-half was only two minutes old when Fermanagh were thrown a lifeline when the influential Ryan Bogue converted a penalty and it looked as though a fight back was on.

Shea Curran, Bogue, Peter Timney and JP McGarry had points for the Erne men, but crucially Reamonn McEntee twice found the net for Warwickshire to ensure their safe passage through to the semi-finals.

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When it comes to longevity, Séan Óg Ó Ceallacháin is in a league of his own.

The veteran sports journalist last night brought the curtain down on 60 years of broadcasting the weekly GAA results round-up on RTE.

His six decades of presenting the same programme is to be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

He has written books on GAA and his contribution to the sport was recognised at a formal presentation ceremony at RTE last week, which was attended by GAA President Christy Gunn.


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