All ounty Hurling League Division 2
Carey Faughs 3-16 Portaferry 4-21
Despite fielding without seven regulars, five on the treatment table and two on holidays, the Faughs gave the high flying Co Down outfit a tough hour in a thoroughly entertaining game in St Patrick’s Park Ballyvoy .
Eoin Sands gave the visitors the ideal start with a goal after only twelve seconds, however the faughs replied with points from chris Butler and John mc bride to keep the home side in contention, after a further Sands point savage found the carey net again on the 16th minute.
Both sides exchanged points with cathar mcauley and james black with a couple on target for the hosts. By the 15th minute the Down men had extended their lead with O’Prey and Braniff on target, but a raid on the ports goal mouth resulted in young Daniel Martin finding the back of the net, on his Carey senior debut. This was followed by a Cathar McAuley point to leave the half time score 2-9 to 1-7 in favour of the Ports.
Carey needing the first score of the second half and were rewarded with James rocket black taking advantage of some fine work by Martin hunter to Split the posts and a further point from a cathar mcauley free reduced the deficit to four.
In a fine ten minute period for the down men they scored 1-2 without reply. Despite being under strength the faughs found another gear and further points from mcauley and black was
followed by a fine long range effort from Daniel mc bride another lad making his senior debut. Entering the final quarter both sides recorded major score, firstly a portaferry 65 ended up in the carey net, while at the other end Chris Butler did likewise finding the visitors rigging. Carey had the better of the exchanges in the final ten minutes with rocket picking off a couple of points and one apiece from Cathar McAuley and Daniel Mc Bride, before Butler grabbed his second goal.
Best for Carey featuring three debutants were Mick McVeigh, James McCuaig and John Mc Bride in defence while up front Rocket Black, Cathar McAuley and Chris Butler battled well against a good Portaferry defence.
Carey scorers – J Black 0.6; C McAuley 0.6 D McBride 0.2 C Butler 2.1 D Martin 1.0 J McBride 0.1.
Referee Paul McSparran (Emmet’s)