Carey maintain top spot with win over St Gall’s

Antrim Hurling League Division 2

Carey Faughs 1-15 St Gall’s 0-13

Carey Faugh came from three points down at half time to beat visitors St Gall’s by five in the end when the two sides met in ideal conditions at Ballyvoy on Sunday. After a good start Carey appeared to be cruising but wind assisted St Gall’s hit back to lead by 0-9 to 0-6 at the break. After the change of ends Carey got the upper hand and boosted by a Peadar McVeigh goal they pushed on to victory.

James Rocket Black got Carey off the mark in the opening minute and Conor McBride added a second, before Jackson McGreevy opened the St Gall’s account. When McBride, Conlith McKinley and Fiachra McVeigh added points Carey appeared to be well on top, but St Gall’s started to find their range, and Tomas O’Ciaran hit some great scores from frees to put the Milltown men 0-9 to 0-6 in front by half time.

An exchange of points from Carey’s Peadar McVeigh and Tomas O’Ciaran in the early stages of the second half kept the gap at three, but Carey were beginning to get on top and a point from play by Caolan McCaughan and two from frees by Conor McBride brought them level. Peadar McVeigh then ran at the St Gall’s defence and with his team mates and the Faughs supporters calling for him to tap it over the bar, the right half back ignored all advice and fired the ball to the net to give his team a three point lead. Tomas O’Ciaran cut the gap back to just one when he fired over two more frees and he trhen missed  a chance to bring his team level and Carey took advantage.

The Faughs went two clear with a point from Conor McBride, and though O’Ciaran pulled one back for the visitors, the home team finished strongly with three on the trot from midfielder Conlith McKinley to seal the win and maintain their place at the top of the table alongside Cloney Gael.

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