Dunloy seal Division 1 league title with win over Ballycran

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 1

Dunloy 2-26 Ballycran 0-17

Dunloy added another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet in Sunday when they beat relegation threatened Ballycran with a power packed performance of skill and scoring power at Pearse Park on Sunday. The Cuchuallains were flying from the start and with Eoin O’Neill, ‘Coby’ Cunning and Keelan Molloy on top form up front they raced to a 0-15 to 0-8 lead by half time. After the break they were even more devastating and with Cunning and substitute Deaglan Smith grabbing goals they were fifteen points to the good at the end.

Conal ‘Coby’ Cunning fires a shot just inches wide of Stephen Keith’s goal in the first half of Sunday’s league game in Dunloy. Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

Two early points by Eoin O’Neill and one by Conal Cunning had them three clear in as many minute and though Conor Woods pulled on back for Ballycran points by Nigel Elliott, Nicky McKeague and Chrissy Brogan put them in control. The Down men came back with two points from Woods and one from Conor Dorrian. Two by Keelan Molloy for the home side brought a response from Ballycran as Conor Woods fired one over and Niall Breen hit three but Dunloy finished the half in control with five points in reply to one from Woods to lead by 0-15 to 0-8 at the break.Dunloy v Bcran - 14Eoin O’Neill crashes a shot off the Ballycran crossbar. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine

Dunloy opened the second half on the offensive and Balycran goalkeeper Stephen Keith did really well to keep out a rasping shot from Eoin O’Neill in the first minute. However there was nothing Keith could do to keep out Coby Cunning’s shot two minutes later as the corner forward, who had shaved the post in the first half, found the bottom right hand corner from twenty metres. Cunning added two points and Keelan Molly cut loose to fire over three more and though Breen, Savage, Woods and Coyle kept battling away for the Ards men Dunloy were soon out of sight. Dunloy substitute Deaglan Smith grabbed his team’s second goal seven minutes from the end and to put the icing on the cake as the home side sealed the league title in style.

Dunloy – Ryan Elliott, Phelim Duffin, James McKeague, Oran Quinn, Ronan Molloy, Kevin Molloy, Conor McKinley, Nickey McKeague, Shane Dooey, Paul Shiels, Keelan Molloy, Nigel Elliott, Eoin O’Neill, Christopher Brogan, Conal Cunning.

Subs – Deaglan Smith, Seaan Elliott, Aaron Crawford.

Balycran – Stephen Keith, Michael Hughes, Padraig Flynn, Andrew Bell, Michael Taylor, Liam Savage, Aaron Dorrian, Scott Nicholson, James Coyle, Conor Dorrian, Conor Woods, Cormac McAlister, Padraig Flynn, Colum McManus, Niall Breen

Referee – Fiontann McCotter

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Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

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