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Con Magees Half Pace Hurling Week 3


Twenty-two former heroes…..thirteen goals…..a County footballer from Toome….., two former Ballygalget and Loughgiel legends…..and a stand in keeper wearing dealer boots. It can only be the Con Magees Half Pace Hurlers in all their floodlit glory once again!! 
Action was delayed from starting this week as an important discussion was had about strawberry cheesecake ice cream and some show off came up with a new idea called stretching. Some of the noises heard are best left to the imagination, but everyone survived the warm up and the ball was finally launched in the air to get proceedings underway. 
The bibs were on the attack early and looked determined to overturn 2 weeks of gut wrenching defeats at the hands of a cocky non bibs outfit. Chris McCann was first to strike the net with a neat finish following some nice build up play from Kieran “Windows” McKeown and Fred Scullion. Windows returned to the small ball this week after 10 long years, with an even smaller helmet belonging to his wee sister. Two crunching tackles later and it was as if he never left. 
The self titled “best shape of a man in the parish”, Rodney Kerr, was looking very lively at full forward for the non bibs and although he squandered a couple of early chances, missed a couple of lifts and fell over twice, the equaliser came after he chased down a lost cause to round the keeper and find the net. Game on!! 
A succession of wide balls soon followed from Rodney and Martin Scullion as the non bibs struggled to make their dominance count and the bibs sensed this might finally be their week! Cormac sensed another trip to Teamkit if anymore balls disappeared under the catch nets!


Barry McCann and Dingy Coulter looked dangerous for the bibs, but a solid non bibs defence led by Joe Butler, Decky McBride and Shane McDonnell, kept getting in the way…which didn’t really seem fair. 
Suddenly, Martin Scullion faceplanted the turf on his way to goal and cries for a penalty rang out through the night air. Unfortunately for Martin, the referee was taking notes for his report and wasn’t paying attention, so he awarded an indirect free for the craic. Another wide and the bibs survived.
Half time was called and Willie Hughes decided the non bibs were winning. Most were too tired to argue so after a quick drink and another stretch, the teams lined out once more. 
Paul Hughes got the second half underway from a puck out and after McD pulled up with an injury, Aidan Reid grabbed a stick and went into nets to even up the teams, shortly before pulling off a wonder save to deny Martin Scullion, who was clean through with nobody to beat but the keeper. Soon after, a move involving Kev Hegarty, Philip Sharpe and Rodney Kerr ended with Kerr rifling a shot to the roof of the net and the non bibs were back in control. 
When Conor Donnelly and Paul “Soda” O’Hagan lined eachother up in the middle of the field it was like two trains meeting head on at the station and suddenly we were in a match! Windows squeezed one home to put the bibs one up heading into the final minutes and they were starting to believe!


An attack for the non bibs came to nothing and time was running out. Then Conor Donnelly went on a big adventure into the forward line and found himself in front of goal. The net bulged and it was all square!! 
With 3 mins left on the clock, the next goal would be the winner. Who would step up to be the hero this week??
The non bibs worked the ball into the corner to Sparky Hughes who unleashed a pile driver towards the top corner, only to see it rattle the post and bounce off the goal line to safety. Calls for Hawk Eye fell on deaf ears and it looked like we were heading for a draw. 
One last throw of the dice by the non bibs and the ball broke to Sparky again. This time he made no mistake. The ball was lashed into the roof of the net and the bibs fell to their knees in despair as the ref called time on this week’s battle royale! 
Final score 7 – 6 to the non bibs. 
Same time next week. 8.30pm. All welcome!! 🇳🇬🇳🇬

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