Sunday 27 May 2018

In-form Rovers claim top spot



HUNTERSTOWN Rovers made it five wins from five as they beat their closest rivals, Dundalk Gaels to finish top of Group A on Sunday morning.

Hunterstown have enjoyed a wonderful campaign plundering ten goals in their previous four matches and they added to that tally with another three against the Gaels.

David Finn was in fine form for the home team and it was his two first half goals which helped Hunterstown establish a narrow lead at half time with the scoreboard reading 2-4 to 1-6 in their favour.

Paul Carrie took centre stage for the league leaders in the second half as he caused the Gaels all sorts of trouble scoring three quick points in succession to give his side a comfortable four point cushion.

The Gaels responded with a goal to narrow the gap once more but Carrie cancelled that out with a goal of his own to ensure last year's Division 3 champions finished top of Group A. Despite losing the Gaels finished in second place.

HUNTERSTOWN: Alan Fedigan; Danny McKenna, Paddy Matthews, Martin Lennon; Brian Matthews 0-2, Padraig Matthews 0-1, Stewart Callan; David Finn 2-1, Conor Matthews; Keith Brennan, Brendan Lennon, Robbie McNiece; Tony McKenna 0-1, Paul Carrie 1-6, David Fedigan. Subs: Shane Matthews for David Fedigan, Paddy Mooney for Padraig Matthews, Colin McKenna for Robbie McNiece.

DUNDALK GAELS: Stephen Murphy; Darragh O'Callaghan, Jamie Faulkner, Peter McGinnity; Eamonn McKenna, David Maloney, David McComish; Gerard Fee, Sean McCann; Andrew Coleman, Sean Fee, Niall Hearty; Nathan Murphy, Paul Burke, Gary Shevlin. Subs: Lee Wright for Nathan Murphy.



DESPITE neither side having much to play for this game between neighbouring clubs was a highly competitive affair with the Emmets just proving too strong in the closing stages.

The first half was a tight affair with the Malachis playing with a slight breeze. Colin Murtagh gave the Mals a great start when he netted from close range to give his side the upper hand early on. Sean McElroy and Cathal Bellew responded for the home side and they were soon ahead thanks to a well struck Sean Hand goal.

A second Cathal Bellew point just before half time left Kilkerley four points ahead but a Shane Rogers point immediately after meant the scoreboard read 1-7 to 1-4 at the break in Kilkerley's favour.

The second half continued to be competitive, but the Mals were guilty of missing scoring opportunities and they soon found themselves five points behind when Sean McElroy notched up his fourth point of the day. Pierce Carthy did eventually get the Mals on the scoreboard in the second half but his point would be one of only two scores for his side in the second half.

Kilkerley eased clear in the final 10 minutes with Alan McGeough, Sean Hand and Ciaran Clarke all grabbing points.

KILKERLEY: Cillian Quigley; Emmet Hughes, Niall Mulholland, Ronan Lennon; Ciaran Bellew, Fintan Clark, Alan McGeough 0-1; Ciaran Quigley, Donal McElroy 0-2; Sean McElroy 0-4, Sean Hand 1-2, Cathal Bellew 0-3; Ciaran Clarke 0-1, Ray Mulholland, Niall Lennon. Subs: David McGeough for Ray Mulholland, Michael McGeown for Sean McElroy.

NAOMH MALACHI: Niall Bird; Conor Gonnelly, David Begley, Jamie Kelly; Peter McShane, Ronan McElroy, Donal Begley; Eamon Agnew, Pierce Carthy 0-2; Colin Rooney 0-1, Mark Meegan, Colin Murtagh 1-0; Shane Rogers 0-3, Padraig Moley, Anthony Martin. Subs: Padraig McArdle for Jamie Kelly, Mickey Woods for Colin Murtagh, Ronan Lynch for Anthony Martin.

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