Sport Hurling

Friday 19 January 2018

Derry have last word

Derry 2-16 Down 3-12, Christy Ring Cup

Derry's Kevin Hinphey
Derry's Kevin Hinphey

For 20 minutes the small attendance at Owenbeg had little to cheer about as the game was very scrappy – Johnny McCusker's 10th-minute piledriver the only highlight in the opening spell that saw Down lead 1-3 to 0-3 after 20 minutes.

With Ruairi Convery converting five points from frees, Derry then had a purple patch that gave them the advantage at the break, Oisin McCloskey putting them in front with a 23rd-minute goal.

In the second half Daniel Toner netted in the 51st minute to narrow the gap (1-12 to 2-7) but goals from Shane Farren and James Coyle set up a grandstand finish.

The sides were level going into added-time and Derry's Kevin Hinphey was in the right place to take a pass from his clubmate Paddy McCloskey and fire over what proved the winning score.

Scorers – Derry: R Convery 0-10 (9f, 1 '65'), S Farren 1-1, K Hinphey, B Rodgers 0-2 each, A Grant 0-1. Down: J Coyle 1-4, (0-2f), D Toner 1-1, J McCusker 1-0, C Woods 0-3 (2f, 1 '65'), C O'Prey, S Nicholson, P Sheahan, M Ennis 0-1.

Derry: D McDermott; M Warnock, L Óg Hinphey, E McGuckin; P Cleary, K Hinphey, A Rafferty; B Óg McGilligan, T Rafferty; C McQuillan, A Grant, A Kelly; S Farren, R Convery, O McCloskey. Subs: B Rodgers for A Grant (28) P McCloskey for B Óg McGilligan (43), M O'Hagan for T McCloskey (51)

Down: S Keith; M Conlan, P Conlan, P Hughes; B Nicholson, C Woods, M Hughes; C O'Neill, C O'Prey; D Toner, D Hughes, R Brannigan; J McCusker, S Nicholson, J Coyle. Subs: M Ennis for C O'Prey (33), P Sheahan for C O'Neill (55), M Turley for P Sheahan (64).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)

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