Faughs come through a tough opening challenge

Andersonstown Social Club IHC Group 1

Creggan 0-13 Carey Faughs 2-10

Carey came out on top of this exciting and hard-fought game, played in sweltering temperatures. James Black got Carey up and running with an early point, but by the first half water break Creggan had built up a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. Conor McCann their ‘ace marksman’ with 3 points while Thomas McCann, Small and Rice accounted for the other scores with ‘Doug’ McAuley picking up the second Carey point from a free.

A Conleth McKinley point was followed by a Conor McCann point, but the score which settled the Faughs arrived with 23 minutes gone. A long delivery was flicked to the Creggan net by Shea Hunter after a scramble in the square. Creggan’s cause was not helped when they had a man sideline with a straight red card and his absence was to prove a real burden as the game progressed. Kevin Small increased the Creggan lead to four points but the vistors closed the gap with points from Conor McBride and ‘Doug’ McAuley to trail by just two at the short whistle. 0-10 to 1-5.

Carey started the second half on the offensive and two ‘Doug’ McAuley points within three minutes left it all square. Carey were now getting the upper hand all over the pitch and a Conor McBride point gave them a lead which they were never to lose. A point from James Black and a goal from ‘Doug’ McAuley mid-way through the half gave them a 4-point cushion. Creggan were struggling to find the target and managed just three points during the second half, all of them from Conor McCann frees.

Carey scorers:
Cathal ‘Doug’ McAuley: 1-5; Conor ‘Bim’ McBride: 0-2; James ‘Rocket’ Black: 0-2; Conleth McKinley: 0-1; Shea Hunter: 1-0

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