Sars are top of the RedFM Senior Hurling League

Sars are top of the RedFM Senior Hurling League
Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson Cork County Board and Diarmuid O'Leary, CEO Red FM with East Cork Club representatives, Shane O'Connor, Bride Rovers, Padraic Hogan, Carrigtwohill, Dinny Walsh, Killeagh, Thomas Crowley, Sarsfields, Jack Sheehan, Erins Own and Red Patroller, Amy Barry, Red FM. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A first-half James Sweeney goal was central to Sarsfields moving three points clear at the top of the RedFM SHL as they saw off Ballymartle on a 1-15 to 0-14 scoreline in Riverstown on Saturday.

Having beaten Newtownshandrum on Tuesday night to leapfrog neighbours Erin’s Own at the top, Sars took advantage of the Glounthaune side’s inactivity over the weekend – they play Na Piarsaigh on Thursday – to move to ten points from six games.

Sars had goalkeeper Alan Kennedy to thank for his role in the win, making three outstanding saves, while Liam Healy contributed four points.

Also on Saturday, Killeagh made it three wins in a row as they had a 3-14 to 2-7 win at home to Carrigtowhill. Geary Leahy had 1-3 in the first half as Killeagh led by 1-8 to 1-4, while Kevin Murphy and Matthew Murphy added second-half goals, Eoghan Keniry and Dinny Walsh also among the scores as they finished with an unanswered 1-4 in the final 10 minutes. Carrigtwohill’s goals came from Jamie McCarthy and Séamus Roche.

In Sunday’s only game, Bride Rovers were 1-15 to 2-8 winners away to Blackrock. Brian Roche scored 1-2 for the Rathcormac side, who had nine points from Will Finnegan and three from Dan Dooley. Kevin O’Keeffe contributed 2-5 of the Blackrock tally. It was a second win in four days for Bride, having won by 3-12 to 2-11 away to Midleton on Thursday night. 

On that occasion, Michael Collins, Conleith Ryan and Barry Johnson (penalty) got the goals with Seán O’Meara and Patrick White netting for Midleton.

Castlelyons moved to the top of Division 1 of the IHL as they had a 0-15 to 0-13 win at home to Courcey Rovers.

While the only game played in the Rochestown Park Division 1 FL was the championship clash between Valley Rovers and Mallow, in Division 2 Kanturk had a 3-8 to 1-12 win over Éire Óg, while Newcestown were 1-16 to 0-8 winners away to Ilen Rovers. In Division 5, Knocknagree had a 1-15 to 1-10 win away to St Finbarr’s.

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