Wednesday 21 February 2018

Impressive Donegal and Louth stretch unbeaten runs

Allianz NHL Division 3A

LOUTH kept their unbeaten record intact with a strong second-half display in Dundalk.

Monaghan 0-11

LOUTH kept their unbeaten record intact with a strong second-half display in Dundalk.

Pat Clancy's troops went in at the break trailing by three points, 0-9 to 1-3, with Andrew Mackin's early goal keeping them in touch.

The home side wiped out that deficit within three minutes of the restart and an unfortunate own goal by Monaghan keeper Ronan McAteer gave them a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

A bad day got a lot worse for Monaghan in the dying minutes as top scorer Hugh Byrne was sent off after picking up two yellow cards, leading to his second red in as many games.

Scorers – Louth: S Fennell 0-6f, A Mackin 1-0, D Mahony, N Stanley 0-2 each, G Smyth, B Corcoran, D Dunne 0-1 each. Monaghan: H Byrne 0-6 (0-5f), E MacSuibhne 0-3 (0-1f), C McKenna, B McGuigan 0-1 each.



PACE-SETTERS Donegal continued their fine start to the campaign with a five-point win over Fermanagh at Brewster Park yesterday.

Paddy Hannigan's brace clinched a third win in three for Ray Durack's men.

Fermanagh had the better start and were 0-7 to 0-4 ahead before Hannigan levelled with the opening goal following a scramble.

Stephen Boyle bagged a second for the visitors, who had a slender 2-7 to 0-12 lead at the interval thanks to a late Lee Henderson point.

Eight minutes into the second half, Henderson flicked home his second before Enda McDermott punished a poor Wayne McPhillips clearance for Donegal's fourth to render Rory Porteous's late goal a mere consolation.

Scorers – Donegal: E McDermott 1-4, L Henderson 0-7 (1 f, 1 '65), P Hannigan 2-0, S Boyle 1-1, S McVeigh 0-2, R McDermott 0-1. Fermanagh: S Corrigan 0-6 (1f), J Duffy 0-5 (4f), R Porteous 1-1, S Curran 0-2, C Rice, A Breslin, K Kehoe, B McGarry, JP McGarry 0-1 each.

Fingal 2-11

Tyrone 0-15

Tyrone are in deep relegation trouble after losing at Healy Park yesterday.

Five points from Damian Casey had the hosts in a commanding lead as they notched the first seven scores – but two goals in the final five minutes of the first half from David Smith and Dean Flood narrowed the gap to 0-10 to 2-0 at the break.

A run of six unanswered points on the restart put Fingal in front, with JM Sheridan and Smith among the points.

Casey replied for Tyrone but a late Sheridan brace sealed a Fingal win.

Scorers – Fingal: J M Sheridan 0-6 (0-3f), D Smith 1-1, D Flood 1-0, B McCarthy 0-2, P Sheridan, P Daly 0-1 each. Tyrone: D Casey 0-8 (0-5f), M Devine 0-3, T Morgan, G Fox, G Gilmore, A Kelly 0-1 each.

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