Division 2 League
O’Connells 2-16, Hunterstown Rovers 0-7
O’Connells moved into third in the table when they held Hunterstown scoreless in the second half while winning their fourth league game in a row on Friday evening. The home side raced into a three point lead with scores from Emmet Byrne and two from Robert Quigley. Robert Brennan got the visitors first point of the game but O’Connells replied with the next four from Dean Stanfield, Stuart Osborne and two more from Quigley. Two points within a minute from Brennan and Glen Matthews and another one from Paul Carrie reduced the margin to three 0-7 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. Points from Sean Connolly and Stanfield increased the lead to five but Rovers got the next three from Alan Landy, David Finn and Robert McNiece to make it a two point game. The home side got the last two points of the half from Byrne and Quigley to leave them leading at the break 0-11 to 0-7. The Bellingham team got off to a flyer at the start of the second half when a Salem Rifaie pass found Quigley and he hand passed to Connolly who side stepped the keeper and shot to the net. Stanfield got his third point of the game and a minute later Osborne intercepted a Rovers pass and laid it off to Jackie Agnew who played a one two with Quigley slapping the return ball to the net to leave the score 2-12 to 0-7 with ten minutes left on the clock. No matter how hard Rovers tried to get a score they found the home side’s defense in outstanding form and could not break them down. While at the other end Quigley landed the next three points two of which were frees to take his tally for the night to eight. Osborne got the last point of the game to seal the victory for the Bellingham team and move them on to 12 points in the league, four behind the leaders with just two games remaining.
O’Connells: Stuart Reynolds; James Clerkin, Conor Byrne, Jason Carroll; Jackie Agnew 1-0, Paul McKeever, Salem Rifaie; Conor Kiernan, Sean Cairns; Emmet Byrne 0-2, Stuart Osborne 0-2, Conor McGill; Robert Quigley 0-8(4f), Sean Connolly 1-1, Dean Stanfield 0-3. Subs John McLoughlin for C. Kiernan, Liam Kiernan for J. Carroll, Cian O’Dwyer for S. Connolly.
Hunterstown Rovers: Niall Carrie; Brian Matthews, Richard Taaffe, Martin Lennon; David Finn 0-1, Paddy Mooney, Robert McNiece 0-1; Tony McKenna, Ryan Ward; Conor Matthews, Paul Carrie 0-1, Brendan Lennon; Alan Landy 0-1, Robert Brennan 2, Glen Matthews 1. Subs Eddie Burke for R. Brennan, Alan Matthews for R. Ward.