Sarsfields too strong for understrenght Dungannon

Doherty Woodshavings All County Hurling League Division 2

Sarsfields 2-23 Dungannon 0-12

Paul McIntyre was at The Bear Pit.

A blistering opening quarter from Sarsfields saw them maintain their unbeaten start to the season as the easily accounted for an understrenght Dungannon with 17 points to spare in what was a long afternoon for the Tyrone outfit, who had the bulk of their first team away on county duty with Tyrone.

A second minute goal from Darragh McGuiness set the tone and when the visitors lost their full back Brian McGilloway to a straight red card five minutes later, there was only going to be one winner.

Sarsfields used the extra man to their advantage and were happy to keep the scoreboard ticking over as the hit 1-13 without reply in the opening 20 minutes.

Dungannon eventually got on the scoreboard after 22 minutes, and went on the register a further three points before the break, but at half time the homeside were well on top and lead 1-16 to 0-4.   

Sambo McNaughton’s side battled gainfully in the second period but missing fourteen players due to county commitments was a real stretch on their resources.

The second half was a much quieter affair with the only score of note being the ‘Paddies’ second major in the 36th minute as Darragh McGuiness reacted quickest after the Dungannon defence failed to deal with a high ball from Kevin McKernan.

From here on Sarsfield managed to close the game out with minimal fuss and top scorer Daniel McKernan claimed their final score with his 11th point of the day.

Teams & Scorers:

Sarsfields: David Ward, Kevin Ward, Niall McAlea, Malachy Campbell, David Johnston (0-1), Caolan Mervyn, Jim McKernan, Kevin McKernan (0-3, 1f), Jack Daniels (0-2), Daniel McKernan (0-11, 9f), Ryan Carson, (0-1), Garry Lennon (0-2), Darragh McGuiness (2-2), Daniel McKernan (0-1), Brendan McGibbon.

Subs: Michael Johnston for D. McKernan Snr (43), Noel Ferris for B. McGibbon (49), David McAlister for J. McKernan (54), Patrick Sheridan for D. McGuiness (55), Paul Carson for R. Carson (58).

Dungannon: John Devlin, Mark McCrory, Brian McGilloway, Sean Paul McKernan, Brian Rush, Stephen Donnelly (0-1), Padraig McHugh, Fionn Devlin, Cathal McErlean, Josh Ferguson, Branán Molloy, (0-1f), Cormac Hughes, Ciaran McCrudden (0-2), Matthew Mulgrew (0-2), Cormac Hughes (0-1).

Subs: Sean Donaghy (0-5, 2F) for C. Hughes (HT), Mark McCann for P. McHugh (40), Padraig McHugh for M. McCrory (47).

Referee: Mr Lorenzo McMullan.

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