Creagh Concreate Minor Hurling Group 1
Corpus Christi Gaels 1-08-2-17 Dunloy
From Kevin Herron at Davitt Park
Dunloy opened their account in the Minor Hurling Championship with a straight-forward 2-17-1-08 win over Corpus Christi Gaels at Davitt Park this afternoon.
The North-Antrim men weathered an uneasy start in west Belfast as Damien Fitzsimons slipped in Daniel Walsh at the back-post but Walsh was unable to guide his strike to the net.
Corpus Christi were first off the mark through a 4th minute Marcus Toner free but Barry Scott quickly drew Dunloy level and Padraig McGilligan converted a free in the aftermath.
Ryan Mort then saw his high shot fumbled by Jamie McNally and Scott popped the ball over from point-blank-range.
Dunloy should have claimed the opening goal just short of the midway point – but Jamie McNally produced to a smart save to deny Barry Scott.
A terrific point followed from Padraig McGilligan with Oisin Elliott converting a free shortly after. The same duo were on target from further free’s as Dunloy had opened up a six-point lead with 10 minutes of the first half remaining (0-07-0-01).
Conal Kelly and Barry McCloskey both popped off further scores between a second converted free from Marcus Toner which ended a 20-minute scoreless period for the hosts.
McGilligan conjured up his fourth point of the half from a free and on 28 minutes the opening goal arrived.
Oisin Elliott collected Jamie McNally’s puck-out and burst forward, before rifling low to the net to give his side a 1-10-0-02 lead.
The visitors were further boosted by a quickfire second as Barry Scott prevented the ball going out of play and picked his spot from the tightest of angles.
Elliott added a further free before the break as Dunloy held a 2-11-0-02 lead at the midway point in proceedings.
The visitors picked up where they left off as Elliott and Barry McCloskey found range in the early stages of the second period. Barry Scott and Oisin Elliott (free) followed-up with further scores.
It took Corpus Christi Gaels until the 52nd minute to register their third score through a third Marcus Toner free and the full-forward produced a fantastic point in the aftermath to give his side a lift.
Barry McCloskey and Elliott free added their sides final scores of the afternoon but it was Corpus Christi who ended the game on the front foot.
Marcus Toner ended the afternoon with 0-07 to his name, thanks to another point from play and two further frees.
Then Caoimhin Heaney got in on the act with a point and just when Heaney went bursting towards the target he was halted at the expense of a free- which was rifled to the net by Damien Fitzsimons as Corpus Christi ended the afternoon with 1-08 to show for their hard work.
Dunloy took the spoils though and entertain Ballycastle on Thursday evening, hoping to make it two wins from two.
Corpus Christi Gaels: J McNally, E Neeson, L Boyd, E Roberts, A McLaughlin, C Heaney (0-01), J Mulvenna, M Walsh, D Fitzsimons (1-00f), M Mallon, A Robinson, D Robinson, S og Fay, M Toner (0-07, 0-05f), D Walsh. Subs: S McCallin for L Boyd (HT), C Carbery for M Walsh (56).
Dunloy: C Mullan, S Martin Ryan, C McCloskey, C McAleese, C Martin, D McMullan, F Martin, E McFerran, R Mort, O Elliott (1-06, 0-05f), P McGilligan (0-04, 0-03f), R Doherty, C Kelly(0-01), B Scott (1-03), B McCloskey (0-03). Subs: D Watterson for R Doherty (43), D O’Hagen for C Kelly (52).
Referee: Colm McDonald (St Galls)