Loch Mor finish strongly to beat new boys Loughbeg

Junior B Hurling Championship

Loughbeg Harps 4-11 Loch Mor Dal cGais 5-17

New boys, Loughbeg Harps produced their best performance of the season but in the end came up short against a strong Loch Mor Dal gCais side who will contest the final against Kickham’s Ardoyne.

Two goals from full-forward, Brian McManus and one each from Conor McElhinney and Seanchan Duffin in a strong first half performance from Loughbeg kept them in contewntion at the break.

Loch Mor hit four of their own with Bailey Graham, Darragh Turley, Cal Burke and Declan Phillips all on target and five points from the impressive Turley saw them lead 4-9 to 4-5 at the break.

Loughbeg must have fancied their chances of picking up a first win in the competition as the second half got under way and Seanchan Duffin kept the scoreboard moving with a number of well struck frees.

However Loch Mor Dal cGais were always able to keep their noses in front with Darragh Turley continuing to fire over points, six in all to add to his first half total and Bailey Graham finished the scoring with a late goal.

Despite this defeat Loughbeg Harps will take a lot of heart from this performance and it gives them something to build on in the season ahead.

Loch Mor will now play Kickham’s Ardoyne who ran riot against Belfast Saints at Fennell Park to complete their league programme with an 8-12 to 1-12 victory.

Loch Mor Dal gCais: 1 Calthan hEireamhoin, 5 Aaron Monaghan, 3 Sean Burke, 4 James McGorrian, 6 Declan Phillips, 7 Oisin O’Boyle, 8 Cormac Dwyer, 9 Conor Jones, 10 Cal Burke, 22 Michael Morgan, 13 Ferdia Carson, 14 Bailey Graham, 12 Darragh Turley, 18 Aodhan Morgan, 19 Ben Dunlop, 17 Matthew Jones

Loughbeg Harps: 1 Francis Boyd, 2 Gerard Maybin, 3 Diarmuid Scullion, 4 Paul Quinn, 5 Adrian Heggarty, 6 Ronan Devlin, 7 Ruairi Taggart, 8 Callum McStocker, 9 Joseph O’Loughlin, 10 Sean Boyd, 11 Seanchan Duffin, 12 Gary Murray, 13 Ben McLarnon, 14 Brian McManus, 15 Conor McElhinney

Referee: Ryan O’Reilly (Glenravel)

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