Cloney maintain unbeaten record

ACHL Div. 2A

Glen Rovers 1-12 Cloney Gaels 0-27

Cloney Gaels maintained their unbeaten run in division 2A of the hurling league when they travelled to Armoy on Sunday and recorded a comprehensive victory over the Glen Rovers. The Ahoghill men were in a strong position when they led by 0-14 to 0-9 at the half way stage and although Armoy hit back with a second half goal, they never really looked like making a serious challenge.

The visitors led 0-7 to 0-4 after 21 minutes with Donal Graham 0-2, James O’Connell 0-3, PJ O’Connell and James again splitting the posts while the home side replied through Ciaran McCormick, Sean Dillon and a couple from Trevor Linton.

James O’Connell was in fine form for the visitors, both from play and from frees and he added three more before half time with his brother PJ adding a couple to his total and Donal Graham and Dan O’Connell completing the Gaels first half total.

Trevor Linton was Glen Rovers greatest scoring threat and he weighed in with three more to take his first half total to five with their other point coming from PJ McBride but at half time the smart money was on the Ahoghill side.

The visitors began on the front foot at the start of the second half and a couple of points from Owen Neeson and another from James O’Connell saw them move eight clear with only three minutes of half gone before Eoin O’Boyle and Sean Dobbin replied with a couple of quick scores to lift their side’s hopes.

Turlough McBride fired home the game’s only goal in the 13th minute and it looked like we would be in for a tight finish but Cloney Gaels responded with a flurry of point with PJ O’Connell 0-2, Francis Neeson and James O’Connell 0-2 all on target and Trevor Linton replying at the other end to leave it 1-12 to 0- 22 with eight minutes remaining.

Linton’s point was to prove the Armoy side’s final score as Ahoghill continued to find the target with unerring accuracy and PJ O’Connell, Colla McDonnell 0-2, Eamon Brady and James O’Connell fired over unanswered points to leave the visitors well clear at the final whistle.

Cloney Gaels sit joint tops with Sarsfields who they drew with on day one of the league and they were good value for this win with PJ and James O’Connell providing the greatest scoring threat in a solid all round team performance.

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