James O’Connell who scored 0-13 as Clooney Gaels defeated Gort Na Mona in the ACHL Division 3 on Sunday.
O’Neill’s ACHL Div. 3
Clooney Gaels 2-25 Gort Na Mona 1-14
Clooney Gaels may have the division 3 league title already secured but they showed no sign of letting up when they entertained Gort Na Mona on Sunday. Last year’s Junior Champions were expected to provide a stiff test for the home side and they certainly didn’t make things easy but in the end they had little answer to a slick Clooney Gaels side.
First half goals from Donal Graham and Dan O’Neill saw the Ahoghill men in control at the short whistle where they led 2-9 to 0-8 with James O’Connell weighing in with a flurry of points, both from play and from frees.
Despite the best efforts of Mark Rea, Sean Doyle, Padge McHugh and Dessie McLean the West Belfast side were left with a mountain to climb in the second half and despite a Ciaran McMullan goal they never looked like getting back into contention.
James O’Connell continued to display unerring accuracy as he brought his total for the day to 0-13 and his brother P.J. kept the score board ticking with five of his own as the Clooney side ran out winners by 14 points and they look in fine shape as they await an Intermediate championship meeting with St. Brigid’s Cloughmills in Cushendall on the 25th Of August.
Clooney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Eamon Brady, Bernard Graham, Neill O’Connell, Diarmaid Graham, Donal Graham 1-02, James Magee 0-01, Ronan Graham 0-01, James O’Connell 0-13 (6 frees), Patrick Graham 0-2, Owen Neeson, PJ. O’Connell 0-5, Dan O’Neill 1-01
Dominic Neeson for Donal Graham
Martin Graham for Ronan Graham
Gerard Graham for PJ.O’Connell
Gort Na Mona: Martin Ward, Kevin Valliday, Mark Rea, Conor Caldwell, Sean Doyle, 0-1, Conor McCann, Colm Scullion, Patrick McCafferty, Declan Hayes 0-2, Thomas McCaffrey 0-2, Padge McHugh 0-5 (3 frees), Darren Boyd, Dessie McClean 0-2, Christopher McErlean, Ciaran McMullan 1-2.
Ref Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)