Lámhs miss out on top half finish after being pegged back by Con Magee’s

ACHL Division Three 

Con Magee’s 1-10-1-10 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Fr Maginn Park 

Lámh Dhearg missed out on a top-half finish in Division Three after Con Magee’s came from four-points down at the break to earn a share of the spoils in a 1-10 apiece draw at Fr Maginn Park this afternoon. 

Niall Donnelly opened the scoring for the hosts, only for Daniel Murray to immediately respond through a converted free. 

Con Magee’s restored their lead when a side-line puck landed to Chrisey Quinn to float over the bar. 

They then hit the net soon after, Rhys Camlin did well to deny Jonatahn Fyfe, but the danger wasn’t fully averted, and James Duffin followed in to bundle the ball over the line and give his side a 1-02-0-01 lead. 

It was a lead that was quickly eaten into when Sean-Paul Gibson won back possession and switched the play to Paddy Cunningham- whose high shot was lost by Ronan Donnelly and fumbled into the net. 

Odrán Waldron then levelled things up for a second time and the next two scores were traded between the sides. 

Glenravel regained the lead through a ConlEth O’Loan score on the turn, however Niall McGarry showed great desire to feed Paddy Cunningham down the channel and Cunningham floated over an equaliser. 

The hosts forged two-points ahead thanks to back-to-back frees from Niall Donnelly, but Declan Lynch picked out the run of Cunningham to conjure a second point and namesake Daire Cunningham then pulled his side- again thanks to solid work-rate from Niall McGarry in the lead-up. 

Momentuem was with the Hannahstown side and they hit the front for the first time in the half through a converted Declan Lynch free, followed soon after by a straight-forward Cunningham dead-ball. 

Back-to-back scores from Daniel Murray extended the Lámhs lead, but just before the break Con Magee’s went close to a reply; that would have closed the deficit. 

A well taken side-line cut from Chrisey Quinn dropped for Martin Scullion to take off towards goal and his shot was somehow turned around the post by Rhys Camlin as Lámh Dhearg held a 1-09-1-05 lead at the midway point. 

Playing with the wind advantage in the second period, Con Magee’s were first off the mark through Jonathan Fyfe’s first score of the afternoon.  

Midfielder Declan Traynor dropped over another effort from range and half-time substitute Sean McKay angled over a third score in succession to leave a single score separating the sides. 

The visitors were off colour in their shooting in both half’s and it took 17 minutes of the second period for their first point in the form of a Paddy Cunningham free. 

Glenravel instantly closed the gap again through a score from James Duffin to leave a point separating the sides with over ten minutes to play. 

Niall Donnelly had two chances to level the game up as the clocked ticked to the game’s conclusion, but on both occasions his free’s tailed to the right of the post and wide. 

Undeterred they continued their pursuit for a share of the spoils and two minutes into added time they took their chance through Duffin to level a 1-10 apiece. There wasn’t enough time for either side to force a winner and in the end the points were shared. 

Con Magee’s: R Donnelly, B O’Neill, S Woulahan, J Martin, S Atcheson, M Scullion, M McDonnell, J Duffin (1-02), D Traynor (0-01), E McCusker, N Donnelly (0-03, 0-02f), C McIlfatrick, C O’Loan (0-01), C Quinn (0-01), J Fyfe (0-01). Subs: S McKay (0-01) for C Quinn (HT), R Lennon for C McIlfatrick (HT), C Derry for C O’Loan (53). 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, T McKenna, F Mervyn, D Lynch (0-01f), SP Gibson, P Mervyn, C Boyd, D Murray (0-03, 0-01f), A McGuigan, P Cunningham (1-04, 0-02f), D Cunningham (0-01), O Waldron (0-01), N McGarry. Subs: A Ferris for T McKenna (42). 

Referee: Paul McSparron (Cushendun)

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