Lamh Dhearg 2-11-0-06 Con Magee’s Glenravel
Lamh Dhearg hurlers made it back to back league victories with a 2-11-0-06 win over Con Magee’s Glenravel at Boucher Road this evening.
The Hannahstown men raced into a three point lead through a converted Mark Finnegan free and points from lively corner-forward Paddy Cunningham and Michael Herron.
Con Magee’s hit back with a converted Conor McNeill free and a 65’ from the same player reduced the deficit to a point with eight minutes gone.
Both sides were guilty of wayward shooting and a ten minute period without a score was finally ended when Lamh Dhearg youngster Mark Finnegan turned his marker and shot low past Ronan Donnelly to give the red hands a 1-03-0-02 lead.
Points then followed courtesy of Brendan McComb and Paddy Cunningham with McNeill pointing from play in response.
Cunningham landed his third point of the half two minutes into injury-time and just before the half-time whistle Jack Trainor; a late replacement for the injured Aidan McGuigan picked up possession and drilled low into the corner of the net to give his side a 2-06-0-03 lead at the break.
Paddy Cunningham hit the first score of the second-half and that started a run of four successive points without reply, full-forward Joe Doone hit his first of the evening with Domhnall Nugent landing a superbly converted free in the aftermath and Cunningham hit his second of the half to make it 2-10-0-03.
Con Magee’s should earlier have taken a lifeline given to them when referee Joe Compston awarded a 33rd minute penalty, however the usually reliable Conor McNeill sent his penalty wide of the target under pressure from Paddy Joe Herron.
McNeill would eventually land his side’s first score from a converted free midway through the second-half and added a second in between a Neil McCann point from play.
The final score of the game arrived through a converted Paddy Cunningham free as Lamh Dhearg ran out 2-11-0-06 winners at the full-time whistle.
Lamh Dhearg: PJ Herron, SP Gibson, M Lynch, C Nolan, R Diamond, D Nugent (0-01f), C Kelly, B McComb (0-01), P Mervyn, J Trainor (1-00), M Herron (0-01), C McCloskey, P Cunningham (0-06, 0-01f), J Doone (0-01), M Finnegan (1-01,0-01f). Subs: C Herron for C Nolan (58 mins).
Con Magee’s: R Donnelly, S Burns, D McBride, D O’Hagan, SL Kerr, M Scullion, B O’Neill, P O’Neill, J Duffin, B McCann, C McNeill (0-05, 0-03f), N McCann (0-01), J Fyfe, D Traynor, R McCann.
Carryduff top the division
Down side Carryduff top the Division 3 & 4 table after seven rounds with 10 points and had a good win over another Down side, Bredagh at Cherryvale on Wednesday night. Following close behind are Cushendun on 8 points from six starts and St. Enda’s with 8 from five starts.
We then have six teams on 6 points but the best placed of these is Sarsfields who have only played three games while Con Magee’s have played eight games, Shane O’Neill’s five, Na Magha five, Bredagh five while Dungannon Eoghan Rua have played only four.
On Wednesday night there were wins for Lamh Dearg over Con Magee’s, Gort na Mona defeated Loch Mor Dal gCais while St. Tresa’s had a good away win at Naomh Colum Cille. Its early days in this division however and league places look likely to change from week to week given the large disparity in the amount of games played.