Derry hurlers beaten by Kerry in Christy Ring Cup final

Derry's Alan Grant clears the ball during the county's Christy Ring Cup final against Kerry in Croke Park
Derry's Alan Grant clears the ball during the county's Christy Ring Cup final against Kerry in Croke Park

Derry's first appearance in a Christy Ring Cup final ended in disappointment as they crashed to a 1-20 to 0-12 defeat at the hands of Kerry.

Shane Nolan finished with a 1-8 tally as the Kingdom rounded off a successful season which has seen them win promotion to Division 1B of the NHL.

Earlier there was heartache for Armagh who lost by one point to Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard Cup final.

There was some Ulster success as Fermanagh won the Lory Meagher final.

The Erne men beat Sligo 3-16 to 1-17 and dedicated the victory to the memory of former team-mate Shane Mulholland who died in a road crash earlier this year.

In the main Christy Ring final, a Shane Nolan goal helped Kerry into a 1-9 to 0-5 interval lead.

After the break, Paddy Henry thumped over a couple of long-range frees, but Derry were unable to break through a Kerry defence that continued to be strengthened by extra bodies.

Kerry shot six of the game's last seven points, with wing-back Keith Carmody hitting his third, and Nolan drilling over three more frees.

There was stoppage time heartbreak for Armagh in the Nicky Rackard final, with Micheal Kelly smashing a free to the net to give Roscommon a narrow 2-12 to 1-14 triumph.

The Armagh panel who met Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard Cup final at Croke Park
The Armagh panel who met Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard Cup final at Croke Park

The Connacht men had played the last 15 minutes with 14 men following the dismissal of sub Cathal Kelly, but displayed greater passion and intensity in the crucial closing stages.

Ryan Gaffney steered over a couple of Armagh frees early on, but Adrian Murphy poached a Roscommon goal in the sixth minute.

They kept their noses in front for much of the first half, with Jason Kilkenny getting through some worthy graft around midfield,.

John Moran, Cillian Egan and Keith Kilkenny were all on target, and the Orchard were only staying in touch by means of Gaffney's accuracy from frees.

But it all came good for the Ulster men late in the half, with David Carvill and Conor Corvan both on target, before Cathal Carvill smashed home a 30th minute goal.

They led by 1-8 to 1-5 at the interval, and stretched the advantage to five through Gaffney.

But the Connacht men responded with a couple of Jerry Fallon frees.

Fermanagh beat Sligo by five points in the final of the Lory Meagher Cup
Fermanagh beat Sligo by five points in the final of the Lory Meagher Cup

Despite the dismissal of substitute Kelly on a straight red card on 56 minutes, the Rossies continued to battle, and narrowed the gap to a single point through John Coyle.

However, Gaffney's eighth free had Armagh two ahead going into added time, but Kelly stepped up to win it for the westerners with a bullet-like free.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh saw off Sligo by 3-16 to 1-17 despite finishing the men with just 12 men.

Sligo built up a 0-9 to 0-2 lead by the 20th minute through the accuracy of Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch and Keith Raymond

But they were stunned by three Erne goals in the last 15 minutes of the opening half.

Sean Corrigan finished a cross from his brother Ciaran to the net, and Declan McGarry powered his way through to rifle home a second.

And in the 35th minute, McGarry was on hand to finish to the net from close-range after Andrew Breslin's shot had been saved by Sean Hayes.

Fermanagh led by 3-5 to 0-12 at the break, and stretched the advantage with scores from McGarry, Sean Corrigan and Brian McLaughlin.

Sligo pulled a goal back through Ciaran Brennan, and were handed a route back into the game when John Duffy (second yellow), Karl Kehoe (straight red) and David Teague (second yellow) were sent off.

But three superb long range points in the closing stages from McLaughlin sealed the win, and emotional celebrations.

Fermanagh celebrate winning the Lory Meagher Cup after a 3-16 to 1-17 final victory against Sligo in Croke Park
Fermanagh celebrate winning the Lory Meagher Cup after a 3-16 to 1-17 final victory against Sligo in Croke Park

See more photos from the hurling finals at Croke Park here.

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