ACHL Div. 4
All Saints 0-12 Loch Mór Dál gCais 4-18
Darragh Turley and Michael McDonnell ran riot as Loch Mor Dal gCais swept aside the challenge of All Saints, Ballymena at Quinn Park tonight. Youngster, Turley struck 2-8 while his colleague McDonnell contributed 2-5 against an All Saints defence who had simply no answer to their pace and movement.
The visitors led 3-10 to 0-7 at the short whistle by which time this game looked well and truly over and when Turley outpaced the home defence for his second and his side’s fourth goal, two minutes into the second half it looked like being a long night for Enda Casey’s side.
To their credit they never gave up but were badly off the pace throughout the game and a poor first touch too often saw them loose possession as a hungry Loch Mor hunted in packs and moved the ball at pace when in possession.
It was the home side who made the better start with Ciaran Neeson pointing after 30 seconds but they hit three wides on the trot as they briefly dominated the opening exchanges. Darragh Turley brought the sides level in the 8th minute and the flying corner forward was to have a massive influence on the game.
Ruairi Bannon edged the visitors ahead and Michael McDonnell added another as the Loch shore side started to get on top with All Saints greatest threat coming from a clearly unfit Ciaran Neeson who was struggling with a recurring hip injury.
A McDonnell goal in the 16th minute put the visitors five in front and they went on to lead 3-10 to 0-7 at the break with Darragh Turley and McDonnell again finding the net and both players regularly splitting the posts.
When Ciaran Neeson pointed in the opening minute of the second half there may have been some hope of a revival from the home side but young Turley raced through the home defence and plant the sliotar in Ciaran Cassley’s net in the second minute to dash those hopes.
Colum Neeson, Vincent Esler Damian Gillan and the clearly struggling Ciaran Neeson battled hard to get their side going but the visitors continued to call the shots.
Ciaran Neeson brought his personal tally to seven before limping off to be replaced by Dwane McKee but not before having a penalty saved by Bailey Graham in the Loch Mor goals after he himself had been brought down as he broke clear on goals.
After that the visitors continued to dominate with Turley and McDonnell adding to their personal totals with some fine points and Ciaran O’Boyle getting a late consolation point for the Ballymena side.
All Saints: Ciaran Cassley, Francis Casey, Christopher McAffee, Patrick Kane, Terence Diamond, Colum Neeson, Sean O’Rawe, Damian Gillan 0-4, Vinny Esler, Cormac Magill, Gary Miskella, Daire Hasson, Kevin Brady, Ciaran Neeson 0-7, Ciaran O’Boyle 0-1, Subs: Ryan McGarry for Francis Casey, Dwane McKee for Ciaran Neeson, Anthony Mitchell for Daire Hasson
Loch Mor Dal gCais: Bailey Graham, Gerard Jim Pickering, Manus Carson, Aaron Monaghan, Conor Jones, Sean Burke, Ruairi Bannon 0-1, Ruairi Moran 0-1, Matthew Jones 0-1, Conor Mulholland, Lorcan Rooney, Darragh Turley 2-8, Michael Pearse McDonnell 2-5, David McAreavey Subs: Paul Molloy 0-1, Martin Braniff, Reece McDonnell, Robert Graham, Gary Dunlop
Referee: Rab Lappin Lamh Dhearg