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Davitts 1-09 Moneyglass 2-14
Gary Duffin reports from Davitt Park
Moneylgass headed up the M2 tonight to try and maintain their unbeaten record in this year’s Intermediate Championship against Davitts and were made to work hard to achieve this. The St Ergnet’s men achieved their goal and maintained their 100% record in the Round Robin section of the competition and go into next week’s final game with Glenravel knowing that if they avoid defeat they will top their group.
Davitts started fast and broke up field from the throw in to take the lead with a fine point from Caomhan Slane. Both sides kicked a few wides until Colum Duffin equalised for the country men in the eighth minute.
Sean Kelly opened his account two minutes later with a well-executed score for St Ergnats to nudge the South West men ahead before Davitts keeper Aaron Slane made the long journey upfield to kick a free to level matters once again.
The scores were coming quicker now as both sides settled into their rhythm and Moneyglass midfielder Seanchann Duffin put his side ahead once again.
From the resulting kickout the Falls Road men had the ball in the Moneyglass net in a matter of seconds. A long kickout, a flick on at midfield and a quick reaction from full forward Danny Largey saw him win the ball, round full back Tiarnan Duffin and slot the ball cooly into the Moneyglass net.
Seanchann Duffin responded immediately and pulled one back for the boys in blue and Dermott McErlain added another almost immediately.
Both sides were going tit for tat and Davitt’s midfielder Sean Og O’Neill kicked over a sublime point with the outside of the boot to put the city men ahead once again.
As if that score wasn’t good enough the St Ergnats men went one better with their next attack. They broke in numbers with ferocious pace and the ball was finished to the net by Dermott “Bugsy” McErlain
The half was rounded off with two points from the Duffin brothers Fearghal and Seanchann to leave the half time score Davitts 1-03 St Ergnats 1-07
Two minutes into the second half Davitts sharp shooting goalkeeper doubled his tally but once again Moneylgass hit back hard. The Davitts team could not contain the Moneyglass counter attack and Bugsy McErlain netted his second of the night, but he Belfast side responded with two frees from centre forward Stephen Tully.
Moneyglass were on top now and added four points from Sean Kelly, Seanchann Duffin, Kevin Marron and Colum Duffin before Davitts could register their next through Conor Toner. Colum Duffin responded with a `minor’ for the blues but Davitts battled on with points from Stephen Tully and Daniel Wallace before Liam Brady kicked the final score of the night as Moneyglass impressed while retaining their unbeaten record.
Referee – Brendan Toland