Sands steers Portaferry home
Portaferry bridged a six-year gap with this deserved title win over holders Ballycran in Mitchel Park Ballygalget.
Three goals in nine minutes after half-time set up Portaferry in a game that never reached any great hurling heights.
Ballycran had the better of the first-half exchanges and led by three points at the break but the three-goal salvo by the winners saw them take control and ease their way to the title. In a strong Portaferry defence Ciaran Coulter and Matthew Conlon were outstanding, while Andy Savage was most impressive at midfield.
Eoghan Sands claimed the Man of the Match award as his two goals set Portaferry on their way.
SCORERS -- Portaferry: E Sands 2-1, P Braniff 0-5 (4f), F Rodgers 1-0, C O'Prey, A O'Prey 0-1. Ballycran: S Nicholson 0-8f, C Woods 0-2; M Ennis, J Coyle 0-1.
Portaferry -- K Keating; P Smith, C O'Neill, N White; M Conlon, C Coulter (capt), C O'Prey; A Savage, F Rodgers; A O'Prey, J Convery, N Kelly; C Mageean, P Braniff, E Sands. Subs: B Coleman for N Kelly, S Murray for F Rogers.
Ballycran -- S Keith; M Hughes, P Flynn, S Ennis; S Wilson, P Hughes, A Bell; P Keith, C Woods; S Nicholson, M Ennis, A Clarke; C Dorrian, C Flynn, J Coyle. Subs: E Gilmore for C Flynn, N Torney for C Dorrian, C Egan for A Clarke.
Ref -- P Braniff (Ballygalget)