Tuesday 18 June 2019

Blues turn on the derby style

A dominant first half showing laid the foundations for the Blues giving them their opening victory of their Division 1 campaign.

Newtown Blues 1-14 O Raghallaigh's 2-4

This Drogheda derby was a surprisingly one-sided affair in the opening half with the Newtown Blues racking up four points without reply in the opening ten minutes to put themselves in control early on.

Hugh McGinn piled on the misery for the O Raghallaighs with two points in a row to send the Blues six clear. The Raghs eventually got on the scoreboard midway through the half but that effort would prove to be their only score of a disappointing opening half.

The Blues finished the half strongly with Colm Judge, and Robert Carr amongst the scorers as the Blues hit four points in a row to leave themselves 0-10 to 0-1 ahead at half time.

Things went from bad to worse for the O Raghallaighs three minutes into the second half as Robert Carr was on hand to score the opening goal after Colm Judge's fierce shot had been saved.

Two more points from the impressive McGinn gave him a personal tally of six points and the Blues a lead of 14 points. Although the game was over as a contest the O Raghallaighs kept on plugging away and were rewarded with two late goals to put a better look on the scoreboard.

NEWTOWN BLUES: Paul Black; Niall Costello, Thomas Costello, Darren Moore; John Connolly, Eoghan Judge, James Murray; Tom Reilly, John Kermode; Conor Moore, Hugh McGinn 0-6, Robert Carr 1-1; Dale Harding, Colm Judge 0-5, Cormac McQuillan 0-1. Subs: Aiden O'Brien for D Moore; Barry Sharkey 0-1 for H McGinn.

O RAGHALLAIGHS: S Smith; Stephen Murphy, James Moonan, Kevin McCormack; Eoin Moore, Graham Leech, James Morgan; Alan Doyle, Chris Smith; Rory Moore, Barry Flanagan, Eoin Morrison; Joe Rogan, R Moore, Damhan Finnegan. Subs: Cillian Curran for J Morgan and S Rooney for E Morrison.

Drogheda Independent