Carey victory strengthens their promotion hopes

All County Hurling League Division Three

Carey 0-17 Eoghain Ruadh 1-11

Carey Faughs took a big step towards promotion back to Division 2 when they overcome the challenge of Eoghain Ruadh Dungannon in Sunday’s league game at Ballyvoy. Going into the game the Dungannon men were just two points behind the Faughs and a win would have brought the visitors level with their north Antrim opponents with just two matches left to play. However Carey’s win puts them four clear in second place and barring any major mishaps they boys from Barnish should be secure.

Eoghain Ruadh opened the scoring in this fiercely contested game through Harry Mulgrew, but by the end of the first quarter Carey had opened up a three point lead from John McBride, a couple from their impressive midfield Caolan McCaughan and points apiece from James Black, Martin Hunter and Fiachra McVeigh, who proved a handful for the Tyrone defence. The visitors during that period had points from Mulgrew again, Sean Doneghan and the other two from their ace marksman Damian Casey. In the 17th minute Casey cut the arrears further, but John McBride cancelled out the score with a point from McCaughan and Sean McLaughlin, and a superb score from Fiachra McVeigh to extend the Carey lead to seven, but with half time approaching two Casey points pulled the score back to 0-12 to 0-7 at half time.

The visitors came out for the second half and capitalised on a litany of mistakes by the home side and by the 40th minute the game was all square Casey with two points, and a Brendan Molloy goal. Indeed Carey had failed to raise a flag in the first eleven minutes of this half, but this turned out to be the wake-up call for them and James Black responded with a point on the 52nd minute, only for the Tyrone men to edge ahead again through McErlane and Casey. However these scores in the 54th and 55th minutes were to be the final flags raised by the Dungannon side, as McBride pointed a 65 to level matters, this was followed by two points from James Black, one from a free.

With time running out, and only two points separating the sides, Damian Casey was presented with a 20 metre free, but a brilliant goal line block from Michael McVeigh was cleared and picked up by Black to leave three between the sides at the end of a hard and bruising contest.

Dungannon – P McKilliou, T McInlock, M Winters, P Laverty, D Rush, R Devlin, L Devlin, J Ferguson, S Donoghan, P McGlone, P Kelly, C McErline, H Mulgrew, D Casey, B Molloy

Carey – C Butler, E Hill, S McBride, P McVeigh, J McQuaige, S Hunter, M McVeigh, C McCaughan, D McBride, J Black, J McBride, S McLaughlin, F McVeigh, M Humter, P Gillan.

P Butler for P Gillan




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