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Round-up of Sunday's GAA action

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers could not be separated in the Cork Senior Football Final
Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers could not be separated in the Cork Senior Football Final

Nemo Rangers and Castlehaven will have to meet again in the Cork football decider after playing out a pulsating draw today.

The West Cork side looked within sight of the title when they led by two points in the dying minutes. But a Nemo side that featured former Kerry All-Ireland medallist Tomás Ó Sé in their ranks hit the last two scores to force a replay.

There was even more drama in the Laois decider where Portlaoise’s bid for a ninth successive title almost ran into the sand.

Two goals from 42-year-old former Laois star Mick Lawlor put underdogs Emo in the driving seat in the final quarter.

However, the title holders sprung Australian Rules player Zach Touhy off the bench and his two points from play steadied the champions.

But a pointed 65m free from Paul Lawlor near the end gave Emo a deserved draw.

Favourites Scotstown took the Monaghan title with a comfortable win over Monaghan Harps while Glenties side Naomh Conaill, the home club of former Donegal boss Jim McGuinness, beat St Eunan’s from Letterkenny by the narrowest of margins in the Donegal decider.

New county team boss Cian O’Neill was in Newbridge to witness Sarsfields’ win over Athy in the Kildare decider while in Roscommon Clan na Gael edged out Padraig Pearses.

In Dublin defending champions St Vincent’s advanced to the semi-final where they will face northside rivals Na Fianna while Clontarf, powered by Jack McCaffrey, will meet Ballyboden St Enda’s.

Despite conceding three goals Clonmel Commercials beat Moyle Rovers in the Tipperary final.

In hurling, favourites Ballygunner beat Tullow in the Waterford decider. There was a dramatic win for Coolderry in the Offaly decider – a late goal from Joe Brady enabled them to come from behind to beat a luckless St Rynagh’s.

There was a bizarre incident in Mullingar when the two competing teams, Clonkill and Raharney boycotted the minor final in which they were due to meet in as they had underage players in action in the subsequent senior decider which Clonkill won.

In Carlow former All-Ireland club finalists Mount Leinster Rangers were beaten in the county final by St Mullin’s.

County Final Results:

Football:

Monaghan: Scotstown 2-12; Monaghan Harps 0-9
Antrim: Cargin 2-11 Lamh Dhearg 1-05  
Clare: Miltown Malbay 0-13; Cooraclare 0-09 
Cork: Castlehaven 0-10 Nemo Rangers 0-10  
Donegal: Naomh Conaill 0-11 St Eunan's 0-10  
Kildare: Sarsfields 0-17; Athy 1-12 
Laois: Portlaoise 0-15; Emo 2-9
Limerick: Newcastlewest 2-10; Dromcollogher-Broadford 0-09
Monaghan: Scotstown 2-12; Monaghan Harps 0-9
Roscommon: Clann na nGael 1-9 Padraig Pearses 0-11   
Tipperary: Clonmel Commericials 1-09 Moyle Rovers 3-4  
Ulster Club SF: Slaughtneil (Derry) 4-13; Derrygonnelly 1-04 (Fermamagh) 
Dublin SFC semi-finals; St Vincent’s 2-21; Lucan Sarsfields 2-11; Na Fianna 1-9; St Jude’s 0-7

Hurling:

Carlow: St Mullin's 1-14; Mount Leinster Rangers 0-10.
Offaly Coolderry 2-15 St Rynagh's 1-16  
Westmeath: Clonkill 1-14 Raharney 1-10   
Waterford: Ballygunner 0-16 Tallow 0-12