Cloney men running into form in division 2

ACHL Division 2

Cloney Gaels 2-24 Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 0-10

Cloney Gaels followed up last Friday’s Abbey Cup success with a good home win over visitors, Eoghan Ruadh in Ahoghill on Wednesday night and after a couple of early season setbacks the newly promoted Ahoghill side looked to have established themselves in division 2.

Those early season defeats included a one point loss to St. Enda’s and fairly heavy losses to Creggan and Glenariffe but as players have returned from injury the Cloney band wagon has gathered momentum and pace.

After falling behind to an early Damian Casey point the Cloney side responded through points from Owen Neeson, James O’Connell but the Tyrone men, who have been going well this season kept in touch with the sides level after 12 minutes.

Cloney Gaels should have been ahead however at this stage but the Eoghan Ruadh net-minder pulled off an excellent save to deny Ronan Graham in the 10th minute. Pearse Downey hit a couple of points to edge the home side ahead and they stepped it up a gear in the second quarter.

Owen Neeson, who had an excellent hour for the Ahoghill side led the way with three points and he added a goal in the 25th minute while James O’Connell (0-2), Ronan Graham and PJ O’Connell all found the target to leave Hugh Dobbin’s side 1-12 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

Owen Graham, PJ O’Connel (0-2) and the impressive Neeson extended the Cloney lead further at the start of the second half and while the visitors continued to battle hard they had no answer to the slick movement of the home side.

The scores started to flow freely as Fionnbar O’Neill, Owen Neeson and three on the trot from James O’Connell put matters out of reach for the visitors by the 50th minute and then PJ O’Connell looked in for his side’s second goal but was denied by an excellent point blank save by the Eoghan Ruadh custodian.

James O’Connell had taken over as scorer in chief in the closing stages and he added two more with PJ concluding the home side’s scoring with two more to leave Cloney Gaels convincing winners by 20 points.

Cloney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Diarmaid Graham, Bernard Graham, Sean McMahon, James Magee, Neil O’Connell, Eamon Brady, Francis Neeson, Donal Graham, Donach Graham, James O’Connell, Owen Neeson, Ronan Graham, Pearse Downey, Dan O’Neill. Subs: Owen Graham, Fionnbar O’Neill, Dominic Neeson, James McMeel, Stephen O’Connell.

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