Johnson's magic earns glory
Down SHC Final
Ballygalget 3-19 Ballycran 1-13
Ballygalget turned in a scintillating display of hurling, teamwork and scoring power to overcome holders Ballycran in sun-kissed Portaferry yesterday.
Gareth 'Magic' Johnson was in brilliant scoring form, netting a personal tally of two goals and five points as Ballygalget dominated from the start.
He set up his side's first goal when his low shot from a 20-metre free was scrambled to the net by Conor Doran midway through the first half and two minutes later he scored a brilliant goal.
Two minutes into the second half he was again on hand to flick a Danny Toner pass to the net. This put the winners in a commanding 3-13 to 0-8 lead. Thereafter they strolled through the game, picking off six points.
Ballycran fought hard throughout but, despite their best efforts, which included a goal from Aidan Clarke, they were always fighting a losing battle as Ballygalget strolled to the title.
Scorers -- Ballygalget: G Johnson 2-5, C Doran 1-0, S Clarke 0-6 (0-5f), D Toner, S Bailie 0-3 each, E Clarke 0-2 (0-2f). Ballycran: A Clarke 1-1, S Wilson 0-5 (0-4f), J Coyle, C Woods 0-2 each, B Ennis, S Nicholson, A Bell 0-1 each.
Ballygalget -- G Clarke; L Clarke, S Johnson, J Smyth; B Toner, D Flynn, C Doran; D McManus, G Flynn; G Johnson, S Bailie, J McGrattan; D Toner, S Clarke, E Clarke. Subs: P Monan for D McManus (55), P Coulter for C Doran (58).
Ballycran -- S Keith; M Hughes, S Wilson, P Hughes; P Flynn, M Ennis, B Bell; A Bell, G Gordon; J Coyle, B Ennis, P Keith; S Ennis, C Woods, A Clarke. Subs: C Flynn for P Hughes (28), C Dorrian for A Bell (33), G Savage for G Gordon (33), S Nicholson P Keith (50).
Ref -- HP McCusker (Ballela).