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Downpatrick run Riocht

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

FOUR first half goals provided the platform for RGU to progress to Round 2A in the Senior Championship at Castlewellan on Saturday.


AN RIOCHT ...1-10
DOWNPATRICK ...4-14 .

It's hard to believe the teams were level after 28 minutes, 1-7 to 2-4, when Hoops struck for goals three and four to give themselves a healthy advantage going in at the break.

Taylor Louden opened the scoring with an RGU point but in their first attack Kory Colgan put Rory Cunningham away and he crashed in a goal and should have added a second only moments later but sent his shot over off the bar.

Neil Cunningham pulled a point back before Ruairi Quinn was left unmarked to shoot Hoops first goal and a Jarlaith Brannigan free made is six to four points after 15 minutes.

Points from James Colgan and Declan Doyle tied things before Brannigan pointed again.

Noel McArdle pointed two frees to edge An Riocht back in front before in the 26th minute Hoops goaled again when Garrett Trainor's fierce drive was parried and Sean Bell following in found the empty net.

Doyle and McArdle replied and at ten each the game was going into added time when Downpatrick centre half Johnny Bell raced all of 60 metres through the middle with defenders failing in his wake before finding the top corner for a spectacular goal.

And it got better for the County town men when with the last kick of the half Michael Magee played the ball into the path of Garrett Trainor who picked his spot bottom left and planted a fourth goal.

An exchange of frees on the restart was followed by five third quarter points for Downpatrick, the pick from Ruairi Quinn, and the gap had almost doubled before Noel McArdle landed a third second half An Riocht free in the fifty-third minute.

Hoops with the result long secured ran in three unanswered points to complete a double scores victory, 26 to 13.

An Riocht: Stephen Doran, Liam Rodgers, Paul Allen, Conor McVeigh, James Cunningham, James Colgan 0-1, Conor Clarke, Ronan McAlinden, Kory Colgan, Deaglan Morgan, Aidan Sloan, Noel McArdle 0-6 (5f), Declan Doyle 0-2, Rory Cunningham 1-1, Adam White.

Subs: Conor Cole, Conor Sloan, Brian Rodgers, Christopher Mulligan, John O'Rourke, Sean Clarke.

RGU: James Deeney, Paddy Smith, Anthony Doherty 0-2 (f, 45), Gerard Collins, Taylor Louden 0-1, Johnny Bell 1-1, Neil Cunningham 0-1, Damian Turley, Peter Turley, Conor McGrady 0-2 (2f), Kevin Gracey, Jarlaith Brannigan 0-2 (1f), Ruairi Quinn 1-3, Sean Bell 1-1, Garret Trainor 1-1.

Subs: Michael Magee, Ryan Slavin, Conor Doherty, Owen McEvoy, Eoin Boyle 0-2.

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