Saturday 10 December 2016

Goonery goal seals win

Raharney 2-18 Clonkill 1-13

Published 24/10/2016 | 02:30

Raharney rallied in the second half to claim victory Stock photo: Sportsfile
Raharney rallied in the second half to claim victory Stock photo: Sportsfile

An outstanding second-half display enabled Raharney to regain the Westmeath senior hurling title by defeating the holders Clonkill in Mullingar.

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The reigning champions looked by far the better team in the opening half when playing with the aid of a strong wind. Peadar Scally and Anthony Price were on song in the Clonkill attack, while Cathal Scally was imperious at full-back when repelling rare Raharney attacks.

A lengthy delivery by Brendan Murtagh teed up Niall Mitchell for a fine goal in the 20th minute, and Clonkill went on to lead by 1-7 to 0-2 at half-time.

Anthony Price increased Clonkill's lead to nine points within three minutes of the resumption and they were still six points ahead approaching the end of the third quarter.

However, Joey Boyle's 30m shot in the 44th-minute deceived Gary Healy for a tonic goal for Raharney and gave them a new lease of life. They went on to dominate in most sectors for the remainder of the game.

Raharney wrapped up a deserved 13th title when teenage corner-forward James Goonery found the net in style on the hour mark.

Scorers - Raharney: K Doyle 0-9 (4f), J Goonery 1-2, R Greville 0-4, J Boyle 1-0, C Boyle 0-2, C Doyle 0-1. Clonkill: A Price 0-4 (2f), N Mitchell 1-0, P Scally 0-3, E Price 0-2, B Murtagh (f), P Dowdall, N Dowdall, A Dowdall 0-1 each.

Raharney - A Doyle; S Quinn, C Jordan, D Giles; G Greville, P Greville, A Sheils; N Flanagan, C Boyle; R Greville, K Doyle, J Boyle; J Goonery, C Doyle, J Shaw.

Clonkill - G Healy; S Power, C Scally, J Fagan; L Folan, B Murtagh, A McGrath; P Dowdall, E Price; K Reilly, P Scally, N Dowdall; A Price, N Mitchell, A Dowdall. Subs: D Egerton for N Mitchell (41), J McGrath for A Dowdall (53), C Austin for N Dowdall (58), A Mitchell for A Price (60 + 1).

Ref - A Devine (Castlepollard).

Irish Independent

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