Con Magees make it two wins out of two

All County Hurling League Division 4

Ardoyne 0-08 Glenravel 2-24

Con Magees notched up their second successive victory in ACHL Div 4 with a fairly straightforward win over Ardoyne at the recently renamed Fennell Park on Cliftonville Road. Ardoyne started brightly and had the first score from Fiachra McVicar but the visitors edged in front through a free from Stevie Acheson and 2 from play delivered by midfielder Padge O’Neill and full forward Caolan Mullan. Ardoyne’s influential free taker Hugh Grieve pulled one back before veteran Vic McCann edged Glenravel further ahead with 2 fine scores from play in the 6th and 7th minute.

Ardoyne stayed in touch through the accurate free taking of Grieve with two more in the 8th and 9th minute but the visitors were now starting to get on top and when Declan Traynor goaled from a tight angle in the 10th minute it started to look very bleak for the locals. Further points from Stevie Acheson (2 x frees), James Duffin ( 1 x 65) and points from play from Neil McCann, Odhran McAleenan and Declan Traynor put Con Magees in front at half time on a 0-05 to 1-12 scoreline. Ardoyne’s cause was severely weakened on the stroke of half time when they lost their influential midfielder, Kealan McCallon to a suspected fracture which saw him taken to hospital straightaway.

The locals started the second half as they did the first with a fine point off a free from Hugh Grieve – who would go on to be their top scorer on the day with a tally of 6 points to his name. But the Glensmen were really putting the screws on their rivals and some excellent fielding by Jonathan Fyfe yielded loads of possession for Glenravel which they duly converted to scores. Stevie Acheson effectively sealed victory with a well taken goal on 37 minutes. At this stage the floodgates opened and Stevie Acheson, Padge O’Neill, Declan Traynor, James Duffin and Jonathan Fyfe getting on the scoresheet as Glenravel started to run riot through a beleaguered Ardoyne defence. The Belfast men worked hard under heavy pressure with Pascal Clarke and High Grieve recording a couple of points in the 48th and 60th minute however Glenravel were scoring at will at this stage. Points from Neil McCann, Declan Traynor and Padge O’Neill stretched the Glensmen’s lead until Odhran McAleenan brought the game to an end with the final point on 63 minutes.

This was a fast flowing game played on the 4G surface at “The Crikkie” but Glenravel had too much class in the end and ran out deserved winners on 0-08 to 2-24 scoreline. Hugh Grieve was the pick of the local men finishing with a personal tally of 6 points whilst Jonathan Fyfe, Declan Traynor and Stevie Acheson impressed most for the Glensmen.

Ardoyne: John Paul Agnew, Conor Keenan, Sean McGearty, Paul O’Halloran, David Saunders, Jim Og McAuley, Pascal Clarke (0-01), Kealan McCallan, Martin McLaughlin, Fichar McVicar (0-01), Cahal Clarke, Christopher McShane, Luke Brady, Stephen Hill, Hugh Grieve (0-06, 5f)

Glenravel: Ronan Donelly, Declan Mcauley, Conor Carey, Michael Magee, Dean Kerr, James Duffin (0-03, 3f). Conleth O’Loan, Padge O’Neill (0-03), Jonathon Fyfe (0-01), Stephen Acheson (1-04, 3f), Neil McCann (0-05), Declan Traynor (1-03), Chris McCann, Caolan Mullan (0-02), Odhran McAleenan (0-03)

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