Ryan the man as St Fechin's retain Louth title
Goal-hungry St Fechin’s retained their Louth senior hurling crown with an emphatic win over 2014 champions Knockbridge in Dundalk.
St Fechin's 4-14 Knockbridge 0-12
The champions made a dream start when Michael Ryan slipped full-forward Seaghan Conneely in for a goal on five minutes and built a strong lead against the wind. Paddy Lynch chipped one in from play and the champions adjourned with their two-in-a-row hopes on track, and a 1-7 to 0-5 lead.
With the wind at their backs, Fechin’s wasted no time in putting the issue beyond doubt, man-of-the-match Ryan rifling in his team’s second goal just four minutes after the break before tapping into an empty net for his second four minutes later to make it 3-9 to 0-9.
A long David Stephenson effort dropped to the net for goal number four and a straight red card for Stephen Kettle compounded a miserable afternoon for Knockbridge.
SCORERS – St Fechin’s: P Lynch 0-10 (5f, 1’65’), M Ryan 2-3, S Conneely 1-1, D Stephenson 1-0. Knockbridge: S Fennell 0-4 (3f), R Wallace 0-4, K Hearty 0-2, G McKeown, G Kerrigan 0-1 each.
ST FECHIN’S - S Hackett; N Devlin, D McDonnell, R Moynagh; M Byrne, C Ryan, O Byrne; C McAuley, D Ryan; V Hynes, P McCormack, P Lynch; M Ryan, S Conneely, D Stephenson. Subs: P Mathews for M Byrne (43), B Devlin for V Hynes (51), C Mathews for D Stephenson (55), B Stephenson for M Ryan (58), C Seery for P McCormack (60).
KNOCKBRIDGE - S Kerrigan; D Deane, C Kerrigan, M Wallace; R McKeown, S Fennell, A Wallace; G McKeown, S Kettle; K McNally, G Kerrigan, R Wallace; G Kane, J Costelloe, D Kettle. Subs: K Hearty for K McNally (ht), B Dunne for R McKeown (36), A Smyth for C Kerrigan (51), C Deane for G Kane (51), L Molloy for G McKeown (56).
REF - J Keoghan (Meath).