MONAGHAN GAA DEVELOPMENT HURLING LEAGUE FINAL.
Clontibret 2-8, Castleblayney HC 0-13.
A more resolute Clontibret held out for the narrowest of victories in a tight finish to this very entertaining Development Hurling League final that was played in excellent conditions in Inniskeen on Thursday evening last.
Clontibret led from gun to tape after they got off to a great start, hitting 1-2 in the opening five minutes, veteran and top scorer Cormac Connolly with the goal and he grabbed a second goal in stoppage time at the end of the first half, giving them a five points half-time lead. Twice in the third quarter Castleblayney got the margin down to 2 points, but despite all out attack in the final quarter they could only manage one further score, although both sides were guilty of a series of missed chances to leave one between them at the finish. Castleblayney finished the game with fourteen players when Bernard Connor was red carded in the final minute of normal time.
Teams and scorers: Clontibret: Ryan O’Neill, Conor Reneghan, Raymond McNally, David Evans, Emmet Walsh, Kieran Greenan, Ned McCann, Paul Murphy, Gareth Brennan 0-1, Christopher McDermott, Arthur Morgan 0-1, Eamon McBride, Joseph Brennan, Shane Murphy 0-1, Cormac Connolly 2-5 (0-5f). Subs: Fergal O’Dowd for a Morgan, Joseph McSkeane for J Brennan, Dylan Connolly for C McDermott, Cillian McDonald for E McBride.
Castleblayney HC: Paddy Collins, Jack Deasy, Bernard Connor, James Carville, James Lavelle, Declan Hughes, Steven Beattie, Declan Crowe 0-1, Brian Flanagan, Fintan Finnegan, Hugh Brennan, Aidan Kerr, Ciaran McBride 0-1, Pauric Malone 0-6, Tony Forde 0-5 (4f). Subs: David Irwin for F Finnegan, Cathal Kerr for C McBride, Jordan Carville for A Kerr, Eoin Leonard for B Flanagan. Referee: David Hurson (Drumhowan).