ACHL Division Four
Lámh Dhearg 3-14-1-06 Loch Mor Dal gCais
Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown
A hat-trick of Niall McGarry goals helped Lámh Dhearg continue their unbeaten start to the league season with a 3-14-1-06 win over Loch Mor Dal gCais at Hannahstown on Sunday afternoon.
Lámh Dhearg got on the front foot early and led through a Declan Straney point before claiming the game’s opening goal.
Daniel Murray saw his free from distance drop short and Niall McGarry was on hand to hook the ball to the net.
Loch Mor Dal responded through Matthew Jones with a fine point over the shoulder, but Fionn Mervyn got his angles right at the other end.
Bailey Graham made a smart save in the Loch Mor goal to deny Ronan Fegan with a low drive though Daniel Murray popped the ball over minutes later and then converted his first free of the afternoon.
On 20 minutes the hosts claimed their second goal of the half, again it came through Niall McGarry who confidently turned Aaron Monaghan and raced in at the by-line before drilling high into the top right-hand corner of the net to give his side a 2-05-0-01 lead.
Daniel Murray conjured up his third point of the half before the Lámhs third goal arrived. Christopher Nolan switched to Sean Paul Gibson who floated a dangerous ball into the area, and it fell to Niall McGarry who shot straight at Bailey Graham- the ball came loose and McGarry poked home for his third inside the opening half hour.
A further point would follow courtesy of Ronan Fegan before the break with Matthew Jones replying at the other end as Lámh Dhearg were ahead at the interval.
Loch Mor Dal were first off the mark in the second half as Darragh Turley converted an early free and they then followed that up with a goal from full-forward Murtagh Moran – who was unable to dip and fire home from close range to make it 3-06-1-03.
Daniel Murray would settle his side down with their first score of the half and Fionn Mervyn then followed that up with his second point of the game.
A point from Michael McCullagh broke the hosts momentum- though they replied with a superb score after Fionn Mervyn popped the ball off the shoulder to Declan Straney who sent the ball between the posts.
Mervyn would then convert a free for his third of the afternoon and hat-trick hero McGarry added his second period in the aftermath of the second half water break.
Loch Mor Dal replied through a fantastic Matthew Jones point- his third of the afternoon. Fionn Mervyn would then convert from a 70’ to add to his personal tally.
Declan Straney would pick off his third score of the afternoon from range with Sean Paul Gibson emerging forward and striking over to finish his sides scoring for the afternoon.
Goal scorer Murtagh Moran would conjure up a further point for Loch Mor but Lámh Dhearg had a little too much in the end and continue their winning start to the season.
Lámh Dhearg: F Dugan, C Nolan, J Brady, T McKenna, SP Gibson (0-01), P Fitzsimons, R Diamond, M Hamill, E Murray, F Mervyn (0-04, 0-01f, 0-01 70’), D Straney (0-03), D Murray (0-04, 0-01f), R Fegan (0-01), C Hannan, N McGarry (3-02). Subs: N McGuigan for R Diamond (6), A Ferris for D Murray (48), S Byrne for C Nolan (53), G Smyth for E Murray (56), C Boyd for R Fegan (58).
Loch Mor Dal gCais: B Graham, A Monaghan, D Phillips, D Bell, G Pickering, C Jones, R Bannnon, M Braniff, R Moran, M Jones (0-03), C Dwyer, P Molloy, D Turley (0-01f), M Moran (1-01), M McCullagh (0-01).
Referee: Danny O’Neill (Gort na Mona)