ACHL DIVISION 4
Loch Mór 1-15 Latharna Óg 1-7
Loch Mor Dal gCais had to grind out a hard fought win in a match that won’t win any awards for free flowing, champagne hurling. With the league splitting after the next two rounds of matches this game was huge in the context of their season and securing a top half of the table finish. An achievement which was surely on the agenda of today’s opposition so it really was all to play for. This set the tone for what was, on the whole, a cagey affair.
Loch Mór started well with some really great pockets of inter play between the middle 8, leading to some early points which really settled the lads into the game. One of note was Ruairi Moran’s long range strike from right half back, sailing inside the right upright.
The game had a real stop/start feel to it which was difficult to build momentum but the lads stuck to the task. In a game littered with throw-ins and frees this was a game you needed your free taker on top form and Darragh Turley did not disappoint. Deadly accurate as ever he racked up a personal tally of 1-8 which was massive in swinging the game Loch Mór’s way. Some early injuries forced a few changes but that didn’t dent the lad’s grit and determination to take everything from this game.
A real thorn in Latharna’s side was Cormac Dwyer with his trademark Ox-like runs from the middle of the field, eventually drawing the fouls with several yellow shirts hanging off him but unable to stop his run. That seemed to be the theme of the day with Latharna unable to cope with Loch Mór running at them and forcing the foul or laying it off to the man in space to tap over the bar.
Having gone in at the break ahead, the lads stated the second half bright enough but a goal by the away side caused them to gain a bit of traction. The defence stood strong and kept the attacks out, turning them over and quickly breaking up the pitch. One such break had Darragh Turley on the end of it and a quick low drive to the keepers left really was the nail in the coffin for Latharna. It sucked all momentum out them and a few more points from play, Marty Braniff delightfully pinging one from the left wing, made it a comfortable win in the end.
This win leaves Loch Mor Dal gCais in second place in the league and on this form they are sure to be strong contenders for the title.
Cormac Dwyer 0-1
Darragh Turley 1-8
Ruairi Moran 0-1
Ruairi Bannon 0-2
Conor Jones 0-1
Mathew Jones 0-1
Marty Braniff 0-1
Loch Mor’s final game before the split is on Wednesday night against St’Paul’s.