Ballygalget find another gear to win comfortably

ACHL Division 1

St. Enda’s 1-9 Ballygalget 3-16

Ballygalget proved too strong for Naomh Eanna at Hightown on Wednesday night in this ACHL Division 1 clash. The home side played their best hurling during the opening half and looked to be in with a shout when they trailed by 1-7 to 2-9 at half time.

They only flattered to deceive however as the visitors from the Ards’ peninsula found another gear during the second half, outscoring the Glengormley men by 1-7 to 0-2 to win comfortably in the end.

There wasn’t much between the sides during the opening exchanges with Luke O’Connor striking a couple of early points for St. Enda’s before a goal from Tim Prenter gave the visitors the lead.

Niall O’Connor, Luke O’Connor, Cormac Jennings and Brendan Cormican were all on target for the home side with Marc Fisher, Jordan Doran, Paul McManus, Eoin Pucci and Ciaran Watson replying with points at the other end to keep the Ballygalet noses ahead.

Niall O’Connor gave St. Enda’s a major boost when he fired to the Ballygalet net early in the second quarter and further points from O’Connor and Ruairi Donaghy in reply to points from Jordan Doran, Ciaran Watson and Michael Og Dorrian left it in the balance as half time approached.

However a second Ballygalget goal late in the half by the impressive Jordan Doran put a bit of daylight between the sides with the visitors heading into the second half with a four point advantage.

That goal seemed to lift the Down men as the second half got underway as they tightened up at the back and slowly began to put more distance between the sides.

Marc Fisher at centre half led the way as he added four second half points and further points from Eoin Pucci, Paul McManus and Michael Og Dorrian and a late goal from Owen McDermott in reply to points from Eddie O’Connor and Ruairi Donaghy saw the visitors home comfortably.

St. Enda’s: 1 Martin Curran, 2 Dara Maguire, 3 Ryan Bogue, 4 Malachi McGibbon, 5 Eoin Conlon, 6 Joe Maskey, 7 Diarmuid Maguire, 8 Owen Kennedy, 9 Brendan Cormican, 10 Luke O’Connor, 11 Niall O’Connor, 12 Eddie O’Connor, 13 Ruairi Donaghy, 14 Phillip Curran,15 Cormac Jennings.

Ballygalget: 1 Eopin Clarke, 2 Michael Toner, 3 James McGrath, 4 Joseph Smyth, 5 Caolan Coulter, 6 Marc Fisher, 7 Peter McManus, 8 Jordan Doran, 9 Eoin Coulter, 10 Michael Og Dorrian, 11 Paul McManus, 12 Eoin Pucci, 13 Owen McDermott, 14 Ciaran Watson, 15 Tim Prenter

Referee: Patrick Tumelty (Lamh Dhearg)

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