Dunloy back to winning ways

St Patrick’s Lisburn 2-9 Dunloy 3-12

Dunloy got their Intermediate Football Championship campaign off to a winning start when they travelled to Lisburn and beat St Patrick’s by 3-12 to 2-9. Last year’s beaten finalists have not fielded a full strength team since that game, because of their commitment to the county hurling team, which ruled more than a third of their starting fifteen out, so it was a relief for them to turn out at somewhere near full strength.

The Cuchullains got off to a flying start when Karl Fitzpatrick grabbed a goal inside two minutes and they went four clear when Anthony Smith added one from a free.

It was thirteen minutes before St Patrick’s opened their account through Conor Dixon but two further pointed frees from Anthony Smith put the visitors 1-3 to 0-1 ahead.

Shane McEvoy got a second point for St Patricks on 17 minutes but Seaan Elliott fired over a point and added a goal three minutes later to put the north Antrim men in charge and they went on to lead by 2-6 to 0-3 at half time.

A Josh McMullan goal within thirty seconds of the restart gave St Patrick’s new heart and when Niall Dixon pointed and Mark Chernek grabbed his team’s second goal, they were right back in the game. The gap was back to just two points, but Dunloy hit back with points from Karl Fitzpatrick and Anthony Smith before Chrissy McMahon fired in his team’s third goal.

St Patrick’s again found a reply as Josh McMullan, Conor Dixon and Ben McMullan came back with points but Dunloy pulled clear again as Anthony Smith hit his fifth point, while Kevin McAllister added another to seal the win. St Patrick’s kept battling to the end and Francis McMeel and Ben McMullan pulled a couple more back in the final minutes, but it was too late to have any influence on the game.

This Sunday Dunloy are at home to St Paul’s while St Patrick’s have a bye

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