Impressive Moortown on top at the Hill

Ulster Intermediate Club League (round three)

Tir na Nog Randalstown 3-07 St Malachy’s Moortown 4-12

Report: Geordie McGuckin

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

St Malachy’s Moortown collected the points in this entertaining Ulster Club league clash in impressive fashion when they finished deserved winners over Tir na nOg at a cold Whitehill on Sunday morning.

The Tyrone side in which mid fielders Pat Devlin and Ryan Kelly were prominent, had gone nine points ahead shortly into the second period and never panicked when the home side hit back with three quick fire goals and a couple of points in a hectic eight minute period which saw them hit the front.

The Lough Shore men quickly set about recovery in a calm controlled fashion to absolutely dominate the last ten minutes with replacement Sean Paul Quinn’s 50th minute goal lighting the fuse to a turbo charged finish.

The visitors raised four further white flags in as many minutes before a last minute Turlough Quinn major just preceded the long blast to give them a handsome 4-12 to 3-07 win.

A cold air but bright sunshine greeted St Malachy’s from Moortown as they lined out against the home side, Tir na nOg on the pristine Whitehill sod on Sunday morning.

Little separated the sides in the opening quarter and at the end of the fifteen minutes it was at 0-02 apiece as both sides in turn squandered openings to find the posts.

A 3rd minute free by the home side’s Aaron McNeilly was cancelled by Conor Herron’s delivery at the other end and Dara Fagan and Lee Kelly swapped further points to tie the contest for the second time.

Having taken a while to acclimatize the Tyrone side upped the ante in the second quarter to capitalize on unforced errors as points from Conal Hagan, Damien Hagan and Thomas Doris saw them nip three ahead.

Dara Fagan reduced the deficit when he directed a 24th minute free between the posts but the home side were proving wayward in front of the posts as their bye ball tally increased.

 They were rocked back on their heels when the impressive Ryan Kelly took a second opportunity to find the net after Sean McAtamney made a gallant effort to deny his initial effort and Pat Devlin followed with a point to put the Red Hand side 1-06 to 0-03 ahead at the interval.

Having concluded the opening period on the positive Moortown began the second in similar mode and after the Randalstown men added a point via Leigh Martin the visitors replied through a 33rd minute point from the impressive Conor Herron.

 The centre forward followed quickly with a slick soccer style finish which yielded an excellent goal and the die looked well cast.

The Tyrone men had nipped into a 2-07 to 0-04  lead and they looked in complete charge.

The home side were far from finished however and the next phase was to see the game turn completely on its head as Damien Hagen’s men replied in style.

Dara Fagan’s 37th minute goal saw the home side rejuvenated.

Ryan Kelly added a Moortown point but replacement Ciaran O’ Neill and Kevin Sheerin responded with points apiece before a goal from the latter put Tir na nOg right back into contention.

Sheerin rose to punch Leigh Martin’s cross to the back of the net following a strong Darren Mc Cormick approach and after his brother Barry added a point the ‘on fire’ Sheerin rose again to meet a Dara Fagan cross in the 44th minute to add another major the home side were in the lead.

The men from the Hill had, against all odds seized the initiative and looked on the way to victory but the visitors were quick to respond as they calmly returned to the positive again.

Tir na Nog had earned a 3-07 to 2-08 advantage but Moortime replied with a fine move which involved several players with Sean Paul Quinn firing to the net and when Conal Hagan and Tomas Doris added point apiece the Tyrone side had regained control.

Ryan Kelly and Conor Quinn increased the advantage with points apiece before another well laid offensive concluded with a last minute goal from wing half back Turlough Quinn to see Moortown cross the winning line with points secured at 4-12 to 3-07.

Referee Richie Donohoe (Doire)

Tir na Nog:S P Mc Atamney,Barry Magee,Niall Cassidy,Daniel Martin,Barry Mc Cormick (0-01), Caomhinn Duffin, Darren Mc Cormick, Christy Sheerin, Ryan O’ Neill, Kevin Kerr, Aaron Mc Neilly (0-01), Darren O’Kane, Leigh Martin (0-01), Kevin Sheerin (2-01), Dara Fagan (1-02). Subs: Ciaran Logan for D O’ Kane, Ronan O’ Neill for D Martin, Pearce Sheerin for D Martin, Ciaran O’ Neill (0-01) for K Kerr

Moortown: Conor Hagan, Conor Mc Veigh, Christopher Mc Guigan, Aaron Quinn, Turlough Quinn (1-00), Damien Kelly (0-01), Conor Quinn (0-01), Pat Devlin (0-01), Sean Kelly, Lee Kelly (0-01), Conor Herron (1-02), Ryan Kelly (1-02), Thomas Doris (0-02), Conal Hagan (0-02, Paul Quinn. Subs: Sean Paul Quinn (1-00) for D Kelly, Brian Mc Larnon for P Quinn, Stephen Spiers for S Kelly, Ryan Mc Larnon for L Kelly

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