Brian Duffy hit a stunning tally of 1-12 on Friday night as Glyde Rangers scored 3-28 to rout basement Dowdallshill at Páirc Uí Taibh, a result that keeps the Tallanstown men level on points at the top of the Louth GAA Division 3.
It was a tale of two full forwards on the night with Duffy’s scoring exploits, overshadowing Dowdallshill’s Aidan McCabe who score eight points of his team’s 1-8 total.
McCabe opened the scoring for the Dundalk outfit after only 30 seconds but Glyde hit back immediately and never looked back. With 8 players, including all the starting forwards, scoring for Glyde, their speed, energy and fitness was more than Dowdallshill could handle.
Points from Alan Brennan, Dion Conlon, Conor Sheridan, Trevor O’Brien and both Gavin and Brian Duffy had built up a 0-12 to 0-2 lead just before half time Gavin Duffy lashed in a superb shot from the 21 line into the bottom left hand corner. The game was effectively over as Glyde set about in the 2nd half trying to reel in the score difference between themselves and the league’s other pacesetters Roche Emmets.
Glyde had built up a healthy 1-22 score by 15 minutes in the 2nd half when Dowdallshill’s Gerry McGrane finished to the net after following a rare attack for the visitors. Gavin Duffy ended the night with 1-03 – so the Duffy brothers combined to score 2-15 in total. Not a bad night’s work.
GLYDE RANGERS: David Brennan, Conor McCullough, Cein Sheridan, Peter Duffy, Niall Sharkey, Mark O’Brien, Aaron Devlin, David Devanney, Ciaran Sheridan (0-01), Dion Conlon (0-06), Conor Sheridan (0-02), Alan Brennan (0-02), Trevor O’Brien (0-02), Brian Duffy (1-12), Gavin Duffy (1-03).
Subs: JP Boyle, Jason Dullaghan, Barry Brennan, Stephen Sharkey, John Myles.
Hunterstown Rovers remain unbeaten in the league this year but their four game winning run came to an end on Friday night as they 0-12 to 0-12 with Oliver Plunketts in Drogheda. Without Ryan Burns who was on inter-county duty on Sunday and midfielder Tony McKenna, Rovers will still feel disappointed that they couldn’t get the job done.
Midfielder Ryan Ward returned from injury to take his place alongside David Finn in the middle of the park for Jim Mathews’ team and with consigned to the sideline, free duty fell upon goalkeeper Niall Carrie. He hit a 45 over the bar in the first half and top league scorer Alan Landy hit three before the interval – although Rovers were left trailing at the break.
Carrie and Landy added further scores in the second half, as did Muiris O’Suilleabhain, Glen Mathews and Lennon brothers Brendan and Martin. Next up for Rovers is pointless Na Piarsaigh.
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Niall Carrie (0-02), Richard Cunningham, Brian Mathews, Martin Lennon (0-01), Keith Brennan, Paul Carrie (0-01), Patrick Taaffe, David Finn, Ryan Ward (0-01), Brendan Lennon (0-01), Padraig Mathews, Paddy Mooney, Alan Landy (0-04), Muiris O’Suilleabhain (0-01), Glen Mathews (0-01).
Subs: Robert McNeice for Muiris O’Suilleabhain, Paul Taaffe for Padraig Mathews
There was more frustration for the Westerns this week as their relatively short trip to Dunleer to face Lann Leire ended in defeat by a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-11. Once again without Tommy Durnin, Westerns lined out with Dylan Ogle and Terence Sweeney in midfield.
Ciaran Campbell scored six points for the Reaghstown men, including five from placed balls but he was guilty of hitting four wides from frees – a number that proved the difference between the sides. The first half was a relatively low-scoring affair and the men in green-and-yellow went in a point behind, 0-06 to 0-05.
Peter Shiels then scored the second half Westerns goal on 47 minutes – a scored which levelled the match at 1-09 to 0-12. However, the visitors managed just two more scores – two Campbell frees as the Dunleer men pulled away.
WESTERNS GFC: Jonny Brennan, Mick Martin, James Ward, PJ Marron, John Murray, Stephen Boylan, Damien Boylan, Terence Sweeney (0-02), Dylan Ogle, Anthony Durnin (0-01), Ciaran Scriven (0-01), Ciaran Campbell (0-06), Gerry Curtis (0-01), Peter Shiels (1-00), Liam Hoey.
Subs: Colm Martin for Daniel Boylan
Ardee St Marys were in Division 1 action in Ardee on Friday evening and although they couldn’t extend their three match winning streak, they did manage to claw back a seven point deficit with 25 minutes remaining to earn a hard fought draw against St Pats.
The 2015 Championship winners were inspired by ex-Louth star Paddy Keenan who scored 1-06 of their 1-12 total. The Marys were without the injured Darren Clarke as well as John Bingham, Niall Eccles and Paudy Clarke but performed well late on. Kian Moran’s goal and five points in total from Alan Kirk was enough to level the match.
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ARDEE ST MARYS: Peter Duffy, Brendan Matthews, Eamon Callaghan, David Carroll, Conor Keenan, Eimhin Keenan, Dean Matthews (0-01), Ronan Carroll (0-03), Robbie Leavy, Jamie Rooney (0-01), Daire McConnon (0-02), Mark Fay, Alan Kirk (0-05), Kian Moran (1-00), Wayne Matthews.
Subs: Barry McCoy for Wayne Matthews (Black card), Shane Carroll for Jamie Rooney
It’s now two wins on the spin now for Sean McDermotts as the men from Mountrush held off a spirited comeback from local rivals John Mitchels to edge an entertaining affair 2-14 to 1-15. Peter Osbourne scored 2-02, with both goals in the first half, and although Kevin Gallagher and Robbie Coyle helped the Mitchels rally late on, the Seans held on.
They now move up to sixth in the 12 team division while the Ballybailie men remain with just one win in the campaign thus far.
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SEAN MCDERMOTTS: Mark McEneaney, Alan O’Neill, Ciaran McMahon, Kevin McGahon, Danny Reilly, Sean McMahon (0-01), Danny Commins, Patrick Osbourne, Emmett Duffy, Ian Corbally (0-01), Kevin Carroll, David O’Neill (0-04), Peter Osborne (2-02), Tony Kelly (0-02), Kevin McMahon (0-03).
Subs: Lee Ross, BJ Matthews, Aaron Myles, Niall McEneaney, Brian Melia, Lorcan Myles (0-01).
JOHN MITCHELS: David Anderson, Mitchell Keenan, Emmett Farrell, Anthony Coyle, Aaron Kane, Alan Mackin, Ryan Carroll, Steven Coyle, James Clarke, Kevin Gallagher (1-8), Ben O’Brien (0-1), Aaron Keely (0-1), Barry Kirk, Robbie Coyle (0-5), Mikey Nulty
Subs: Gareth Finnegan (for Anthony Coyle), Connell Keenan (for Alan Mackin).
Also in Division Three, Stabannon Parnells enjoyed a big win on Thursday evening. With Naomh Mairtin the visitors, Stabannon ran out 3-18 to 1-07 winners, building on a 10 point half time lead to pull even further away in the second period to run out comfortable victors to ensure their second league win of the season.
Friday’s Louth GAA League Results
- DIV 1 – Ardee St Marys 1-12 St Patrick’s 1-12
- DIV 2 – Oliver Plunketts 0-12 Hunterstown Rovers 0-12
- DIV 3 – Sean McDermotts 2-14 John Mitchels 1-15
- DIV 3 – Lann Leire 1-15 Westerns 1-11
- DIV 3 – Glyde Rangers 3-28 Dowdallshill 1-08
- DIV 3 – Stabannon Parnells 3-18 Naomh Mairtin 1-07 (Thursday)