Sport Hurling

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gaffney just the trick for Middletown

Na Fianna ( Armagh) 5-19 C'blayney (Monaghan) 0-5


A rampant Na Fianna Middletown cruised to the title when they proved too strong and too adept in all departments for Monaghan champions Castleblayney in Pairc Esler, Newry yesterday.

Castleblayney made a bright enough start in this one-sided contest played in difficult conditions with early points by Michael McHugh (free) and Gerry Brady, but once Middletown got into their stride the lopsided nature of the contest began to emerge.

Middletown led at half-time by 4-8 to 0-3, Michael Mone with the opening goal approaching the end of the first quarter and Ryan Gaffney with a hat-trick in the six minutes before the break, one from a penalty, to end the game as a contest.

In the second half the one-way traffic continued with substitute Ned McCann getting three excellent points and Mone netting Na Fianna's fifth goal to clinch a first Ulster club title for the Armagh club, who now await Mayo opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final in February.

Scorers -- Middletown: R Gaffney 3-1 (1-0pen), M Mone 2-4, D Carvill 0-6 (4f), N McCann 0-3, B McCann 0-2, S Gaffney, C McCann 0-1 each. Castleblayney: M McHugh 0-3f, D Connolly, G Brady 0-1 each.

Middletown -- P Mone; B Mallon, P Hughes, F Woods; K McKernan, N Curry, P Gaffney; B McCann, P McBride; M Maguire, C McCann, D Carvill; R Gaffney, C Carvill, M Mone. Subs: N McCann for M Maguire, S McCann for K McKernan, S Gaffney for M Mone, P Curry for F Woods, J McKernan for D Carvill.

Castleblayney -- H Byrne; D Bolger, P Murphy, P Collins; M Treanor, J McHugh, P Treanor; G Boyd, B McGuigan; B Reilly, D Connolly, P Finnegan; G Brady, M McHugh, F Rafter. Subs: J Lacey for G Brady, R McAteer for P Finnegan.

Ref --D Magee (Down)

•BURT of Donegal will face Kickhams from Creggan in the Ulster Club JHC final after a spirited 1-12 to 1-9 win over Na Magha from Derry at Celtic Park yesterday. County star Alan Grant led a second half revival that restricted Magha to two points after the break, having led 1-7 to 0-7 points at the interval. Brendan Quigley was the scoring hero for Burt as he finished with a total of 1-5.

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