Around the Country the Weekend’s club championship round-up:
Aiden Maguire’s early goal was the crucial score as Creggan defeated Dunloy 1-11 to 0-11 in the Antrim SFC.
Lamh Dhearg struck three points in the closing stages to advance to the knockout stages following a 0-10 each draw 0-10 against Naomh Eanna.
Casements Portglenoe enjoyed an impressive 1-16 to 1-9 success against Ahoghill.
Erins Own, Cargin also advanced to the quarter-final stage following a 5-12 to 2-9 triumph over St John’s.
Tír na nÓg and Rossa played out a 1-7 to 0-10 draw in Whitehill.
Holders Crossmaglen Rangers cruised to a convincing 2-12 to 0-5 win over Sarsfields.
Goals from Jamie Clarke and Rian O’Neill ensured Crossmaglen registered a victory following an opening round draw with Clan na Gael.
There was no shortage of drama as Clan na Gael staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Mullaghbawn 3-13 to 3-9.
Trailing by eight points at the break, Clan na Gael produced a brilliant second half performance.
Ballymacnab proved far too strong for Dromintee, winning 4-14 to 0-8, while Madden edged out Shane O’Neill’s 0-11 to 0-10.
Clann Eireann defeated Grange Naomh Colmcille 2-12 to 1-9, while Granemore and Naomh Peadar divided the spoils, 0-10 each.
Eire Og and Rathvilly registered important Group Two wins at the weekend.
Rathvilly defeated Palatine, 2-10 to 0-8, while Eire Óg eventually overcame Old Leighlin 3-8 to 2-8.
In Group One Bagenalstown Gaels were 2-10 to 0-10 victors against Fenagh.
Fiachra Fitzpatrick’s late point from a ’45 ensured Mount Leinster Rangers and Tinryland ended level, 0-9 each.
Conor Madden’s goal helped champions Gowna secure a 1-14 to 0-8 victory over Lavey.
Ramor United defeated Mullahoran 2-14 to 1-11, while Killygarry prevailed 1-15 to 0-14 against Cavan Gaels.
Lacken won a tight battle, 2-9 to 1-11, against Castlerahan, while Crosserlough beat Laragh 4-15 to 0-10.
Kingscourt Stars defeated Ballinagh 3-13 to 1-11.
Sixmilebridge, Clare senior champions on 15 occasions, were knocked out of the 2023 competition following a 3-17 to 1-21 loss against O’Callaghan’s Mills.
Colm Cleary’s brilliant 3-6 haul inspired the Mills on Friday.
Peter Duggan was in splendid form for Cloney-Quin, registering 2-6 in the 5-12 to 0-13 success over Cratloe. Conor Ryan, an All-Ireland winner with Clare in 2013, made his first appearance in seven years for Cratloe which offered significant encouragement.
Scariff and Ballyea drew 0-19 each in Group One, while Inagh-Kilnamona defeated Kilmayley 3-22 to 1-16.
Newmarket-on-Fergus, who haven’t won a title since 2012, overcame Wolfe Tones 3-16 to 0-18.
David Reidy, who contributed 2-6, was instrumental as Éire Óg beat Clarecastle 4-15 to 0-16. Feakle enjoyed a good 1-15 to 1-10 win over Broadford.
Clonlara defeated Crusheen 0-22 to 1-10.
In the Cork Premier SHC Divisions/Colleges Final Imokilly defeated Avondhu 0-25 to 0-20 at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.
Shane Hegarty and Seán Desmond were in excellent scoring form for Imokilly.
Duhallow beat UCC 2-14 to 0-14 in the Cork Premier SFC Divisions/Colleges Final.
Mikey McAuliffe’s two goals were vital as Duhallow preaviled at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday evening.
Steelstown Brian Ógs and Slaughtneil chalked up wins on Saturday evening in the Derry SFC.
Steelstown defeated The Loup 1-12 to 0-14, while a star studded Slaughtneil beat Ballinderry 1-19 to 0-7.
On Sunday Kilrea impressed in a 3-13 to 0-9 victory over Seán O’Leary GAC Newbridge.
Holders Glen overcame Eoghan Rua’s resistance to post a 1-9 to 0-7 win, while Dungiven defeated Swatragh 1-6 to 0-8.
Rivals Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s played out a 0-9 draw at Davy Brennan Memorial Park.
Eunan’s, with Conor O’Donnell and Niall O’Donnell effective, moved six points ahead early in the second half, but Naomh Conaill responded.
Ciaran Thompson and Charlie McGuinness landed crucial scores before Ethan O’Donnell’s last gasp leveller.
Cloughaneely, Ardara, and Four Masters secured Round Two victories on Sunday.
The previous day Aodh Ruadh, Kilcar, Seán MacCumhaills, and Glenswilly, with Michael Murphy influential, all earned victories.
It was a busy few days in the Down SFC with Downpatrick defeating Saul 0-13 to 0-12 on Thursday evening.
Two games took place on Friday with Clonduff defeating Bredagh 1-14 to 2-6, while Loughinisland beat Ballyholland 2-15 to 0-13.
At the weekend Glenn survived a tough test from Saval, winning 1-11 to 1-9 at the end of a controversial encounter.
Declan Carville’s opening period goal was a vital score for Glenn.
A penalty shootout was necessary as Longstone defeated Castlewellan following a 2-8 to 1-11 draw after extra-time.
On Monday evening Kilcoo face Carryduff at Páirc Esler.
AIB All-Ireland Club senior football champions Kilmacud Crokes defeated Castleknock 4-11 to 1-14 at Parnell Park.
Paul Mannion contributed five points for Crokes, while Shane Walsh also netted a goal for Robbie Brennan’s outfit.
Hugh Kenny’s goal in the final quarter was an important moment as Crokes prevailed at the Donnycarney venue.
Skerries defeated St Sylvesters 1-13 to 1-12.
Thomas Davis staged a fine comeback to overcome Raheny 1-10 to 1-9, while in the other Group Three encounter Cuala defeated Lucan Sarsfields 0-17 to 0-12.
Ballymun Kickhams registered a crucial 1-9 to 0-7 win against Templeogue Synge Street, while Ballyboden St Enda’s overcame Ballinteer St John’s 1-17 to 1-13.
David Lacey bagged a brace of goals in Na Fianna’s 3-13 to 0-15 triumph over Whitehall Colmcilles with St Jude’s 4-11 to 0-11 winners against St Vincent’s.
Rob Finnerty and Charlie Power netted four goals between them in Salthill-Knocknacarra’s 4-9 to 1-10 win over Kilannin.
John O’Mahony’s team, beaten in the 2022 decider by Maigh Cuilinn, produced a strong second half display at Pearse Stadium.
Damien Comer was a key figure as Annaghdown proved too good for An Spidéal, 6-9 to 0-9.
Favourites Maigh Cuilinn maintained their impressive form, defeating Milltown 2-14 to 1-11.
Corofin had to be resilient against a hard working Oughterard team managed by former Mayo footballer Alan Murphy.
Dunmore MacHales drew 1-8 each with Mountbellew-Moylough, while Tuam Stars clipped six points in a row to divide the spoils with St Michael’s, 0-12 to 2-6.
Caherlistrane and St James’ also posted victories over Barna and Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór.
Dylan, Conor, and Paul Geaney all scored goals as Dingle defeated Kerins O’Rahillys 3-18 to 0-14 in the Kerry Club Championship.
Aidan Crowley struck a late goal as Templenoe beat Na Gaeil 1-10 to 0-12.
Seán O’Shea scored 0-10 for Kenmare Shamrocks, who still lost 1-14 to 1-13 against Spa.
Dara Moynihan scored Spa’s goal with Cian Murphy nailing four points from play.
Spa now face Dingle at the penultimate stage, while Kenmare will play against Dr Crokes, who overcame Rathmore 1-15 to 1-11.
In the Kerry Club senior relegation play-off Kerins O’Rahillys will face an intriguing match against Na Gaeil.
In Group A of the Kildare SFC Clane and Celbridge continue to impress.
Clane were 1-15 to 2-8 victors against Clogherinkoe, while Celbridge defeated Carbury 0-18 to 0-10.
Maynooth scored three goals to overcome Athy 3-7 to 0-10 in Group B on Sunday.
St Laurences’s and Confey drew, 0-13 to 2-7 in Group C, while Raheens overcame Eadestown 3-14 to 2-11.
Moorefield defeated Ballyteague 0-12 to 0-7, while Johnstownbridge were 1-10 to 0-10 victors against Kilcock.
The pairings for the Laois SFC quarter-finals are complete following the weekend’s action.
O’Dempseys meeting with Portlaoise will attract some interest, while Portarlington face Courtwood.
Killeshin clash with Graiguecullen in the last eight, while St Joseph’s are set to meet Emo.
Courtwood, Portlaoise, Graiguecullen, and Emo all earned wins at the weekend.
Newcastle West have reached the last four of the Limerick SFC following a 2-10 to 0-11 win over Kildimo Pallaskenry.
Brian O’Sullivan and Iain Corbett scored goals for Jimmy Lee’s team.
Fr Casey’s advanced to the knockout stages, earning a 1-14 to 1-9 success against St Kieran’s.
Oola earned a vital 1-11 to 2-7 win over Claughaun, who face St Kieran’s next.
In Group Two Monaleen finished strongly to beat Ballysteen 1-17 to 1-11, while Na Piarsaigh defeated Galtee Gaels 2-10 to 0-13.
John Moloney and Gordon Brown pinched goals for Na Piarsaigh.
Robbie Clarke’s eight point contribution helped Longford Slashers earn a 1-11 each draw against Dromard.
Ronan McEntire was in great form for Dromard, but Slashers responded on Friday evening.
Rathcline booked a place in the quarter-finals, defeating Carrickedmond 3-13 to 1-7.
Oran Kenny (1-9) and Cronan Flodd (2-0) were in fine scoring form for Rathcline.
St Mary’s Granard defeated Mostrim 0-13 to 0-10, while Clonguish overcame Ballymahon 1-19 to 0-6.
Colmcille beat Abbeylara 2-14 to 2-6.
The draws for the Meath SFC quarter-finals will take place on Monday evening.
Following the weekend’s action Dunshaughlin, Simonstown Gaels, St Colmcilles, and Summerhill topped their respective groups.
Donaghmore/Ashbourne, Trim, Ratoath, and Wolfe Tones – the second placed teams are also in the last eight of a competitive Meath SFC.
The draw will also take place for the relegation quarter-finals involving clubs, who finished third and fourth place in their groups.
County champions Ballybay suffered a disappointing 2-8 to 0-8 loss against Latton O’Rahillys
Aaron Mulligan and Ryan Duffy scored Latton’s goals as Ballybay have only taken one point from their opening three fixtures.
Scotstown were always in control against Magheracloone, winning 4-19 to 0-11.
James Hamill, Jack McCarron, Ryan Malley, and Jason Carey netted goals for Scotstown.
Aughnamullen defeated Truagh 3-11 to 1-14, while Inniskeen overcame Donaghmoyne 0-18 to 0-11.
Ferbane cruised to a comfortable 3-15 to 0-7 Offaly SFC quarter-final win at Glenisk O’Connor Park.
Jack Clancy (two) and Darragh Flynn netted goals for Ferbane.
Edenderry staged a determined comeback, defeating Durrow to advance to the last four.
Gavin Hand and Ciarán Burke clipped goals for Durrow, who led by nine points at the interval.
Edenderry recovered in impressive fashion with Cillian Lowry’s 49th minute major a crucial moment.
Cian Farrell subsequently rifled over the winning score in stoppage time.
Rhode, Tullamore, Edenderry, and Ferbane are in Monday’s semi-final draw.
The pairings for the Roscommon SHC semi-finals are now known.
On Saturday September 9 Four Roads face Tremane in Athleague.
At the same venue the following day Athleague clash with Oran.
Standard bearers Tourlestrane enjoyed a 1-10 to 0-6 win over Shamrock Gaels at Markievicz Park.
Rian Kennedy’s late goal sealed the deal as Tourlestrane earned the points.
In the other Group Two encounter Drumcliffe/Rosses Point defeated Tubbercurry 2-7 to 0-6.
St Mary’s won again in Group One, emerging 1-15 to 1-9 victors against Curry, while St Molaise Gaels defeated St Farnan’s 2-15 to 0-6.
Kilruane MacDonaghs, who won the Tipperary SHC last year, will face a relegation battle.
A 1-23 to 1-21 loss to Moycarkey-Borris means Kilruane now must try to avoid the drop.
JK Brackens, Upperchurch-Drombane, and Clonoulty-Rossmore will be in the relegation play-offs, but the West Tipperary winners will be exempt if they triumph in the County Championship.
Drom-Inch, Loughmore-Castleiney, Toomevara, and Kiladangan are the top seeds in the knockout stages following the weekend’s action.
Mullinahone, with goalkeeper and former Tipperary star Eoin Kelly netting a goal from a penalty, defeated Nenagh Éire Óg, who remain in the Championship after winning the North Championship earlier in the year.
Kiladangan impressed in a victory over Clonoulty-Rossmore, while Loughmore-Castleiney, prompted by John McGrath, defeated Upperchurch-Drombane.
Toomevara produced a solid performance to defeat Roscrea, while Thurles Sarsfields were 2-20 to 1-11 winners against Borris-Ileigh.
Paddy Cadell was outstanding for JK Brackens, who beat Drom-Inch 3-24 to 2-16, but they will still be involved in a relegation scrap.
Gavin O’Brien starred for Roanmore, who defeated Mount Sion 1-18 to 0-17 in the Waterford SHC.
O’Brien struck 0-15 for Roanmore against an Austin Gleeson inspired Mount Sion.
Shane Mackey’s goal was critical for Roanmore, who will now face De La Salle in the last four.
De La Salle defeated Clonea 2-21 to 0-22 with Jack Twomey and Eddie Meaney netting goals.
Fourmilewater overcame Abbeyside 0-15 to 2-8 to earn a semi-final clash against Ballygunner.
St Loman’s Mullingar defeated Killucan 3-9 to 1-9 in the Westmeath SFC.
Caulry and The Downs finished level, 1-9 each, while Coralstown Kinnegad defeated Tyrellspass 2-9 to 0-7.
On Saturday Mullingar Shamrocks beat Moate All Whites 0-13 to 0-10, and Shandonagh edged out Tang, 1-12 to 1-11.
Athlone were 0-10 to 1-5 winners against rivals Garrycastle.
Arnie Murphy and Graham Staples scored goals as Shelmaliers beat St Mogues 2-11 to 0-4.
Glynn-Barntown defeated HWH Bunclody 1-11 to 2-6, St Anne’s Rathangan overcame Sarsfields 1-13 to 2-7, while Castletown were 1-8 to 0-5 victors over Crossabeg-Ballymurn.
Gusserane O’Rahilly’s were 2-13 to 1-13 winners over St James, while Kilanerin eased o a 4-16 to 0-9 success against Starlights.
Kiltegan earned a 2-15 to 3-11 Wicklow SHC victory over Glenealy.
James Boland’s injury time point proved to be the winning score in Aughrim.
Carnew Emmets defeated Avondale Barndarrig 3-12 to 1-10 with Dan Redmond and Eoin Kavanagh netting late goals.