Thursday 23 November 2017

Rovers are still burn-ing strong

HUNTERSTOWN Rover's amazing season is showing no signs of fatigue following an emphatic victory away to Laois champions Kilcavan on Sunday.

With Louth minor Ryan Burns in devastating form the Louth representatives always looked like they would leave Mountmellick with a place in the next round, which will see them host Longford champs Carrickedmond at Ardee on Sunday week, November 3rd.

Despite a tight, low-scoring opening period, Rovers were creating plenty of scoring chances and finally made their intentions known in the closing minutes of the half when Burns slotted home from close range to make it 1-3 to 0-2.

He then added a free to leave the visitors with a commanding five-point lead at the interval.

Kilcavan started the second-half brightly and closed the gap to four points at one stage, but it was only a temporary reprieve and Burns' fiercely struck second goal made it 2-5 to 0-4, undoing all of the home side's good work.

Paul Carrie added a third goal soon afterwards, extending Rover's lead to 10 points and they continued to turn the screw in the closing stages as Burns brought his personal tally to 2-5.

Rovers confirmed on Tuesday that neighbours St Mary's will host their quarter-final clash with Carrickedmond on Sunday week.

HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Alan Fedigan; Brian Matthews, Ciaran Carrie, Paddy Matthews; Martin Lennon, Keith Brennan, David Finn; Tony McKenna, Conor Matthews; Maurice O'Sullivan, Paul Carrie 1-0, Robbie McNeice; Alan Landy, Ryan Burns 2-5, Padraig Matthews 0-2. Subs: Robbie Clarke for A Landy, David Fedigan 0-1 for Padraig Matthews, Niall Taaffe for T McKenna, Richie Taaffe for R McNeice, Brendan Lennon for M O'Sullivan.

Drogheda Independent

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