DIV 1 HL Dungourney 0 - 20 Shanballymore 1 -15 DUNGOURNEY took the points in this AvondhuImokilly Div 1 HL game at Shanballymore on Tuesday evening.
Some excellent scores were recorded by both sides over the hour. John Ronayne and Shane Casey gave the winners the start with early points. Shanballymore forced level with points by Coleman O'reilly and Eoin O'regan.
The home side tried very hard to get through for goals but the Dungourney defence were very solid. The sides were level again at 0-3 and 0-4 before Dungourney with points by Kevin Kelleher and Dan Aherne edged two clear. Shane Casey pointed a 65 and when Kevin Kelleher pointed from a tight angle and then the same player placed Kenneth Kelleher for a point that opened up a lead 0-9 to 0-4.
Shanbally came back well with Jamie Sheedy and Brian O'reilly adding points with Brian O'reilly pointing from a free over 90 yards that cut the lead 0-9 to 0-7.
Dungourney added another point with Shanballymore having two late points to come within a point at the break 0-10 to 0- 9.
Shanballymore levelled on the resumption when Brian O'reilly struck a long range pointed free. From here on Dungourney did very well in defence and some well taken points by Niall Motherway, John Ronayne, Niall Aherne, Warren Mccarthy and Kenneth Kelleher opened up a lead 0-17 to 0-12.
Bill Aherne and Warren Mccarthy exchanged a point each with the O'reilly brothers 0-19 to 0-14 by the 55th minute. The home side had a goal by Jimmy Burke that gave them hope entering the closing moments. They were unable to get on terms.
In injury time Declan Fitzgibbon saved well from Bill Aherne with the rebound going over.
Brian O'reilly completed the scoring with another long range pointed free. Dungourney held out for a close but deserved win.