CASTLEBLAYNEY CLING TO TOP SPOT

20 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CASTLEBLAYNEY 1-13
CURRIN 2-07
COLM SHALVEY reports from St Victors Park

Castleblayney are joint-leaders in the Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League after they held off a spirited challenge from Currin in Toome last Sunday.
Despite starting without Ciarán Hanratty and suspended backs Cormac Brady and Paddy Mallon, Blayney were much quicker out of the starting blocks and although Currin rallied strongly, they were never able to catch up.
Blayney won more than two-thirds of the kick-outs (24/35), but senior newcomers Currin stayed in contention until the final whistle.
All six Blayney forwards got on the scoresheet, with Martin McElroy and Dermot Malone very lively up front, while Conor Gurn and Francis Moore were on top at midfield. Stephen Smyth, Tommy Maguire and Kieran Kierans led the way for Currin, who sorely missed the scoring power of injured forward Jack McCarron.

Malone point
Blayney started like they meant business, as a well-worked move involving Damien Hughes, Martin McElroy and Francis Moore set up Dermot Malone to kick a fine point off his left foot and Brendan McElroy added a second after a one-two with his brother Martin.
That was to be his last involvement before he went off injured, but Currin suffered a blow also when Philip O’Callaghan limped off. Martin McElroy made it three-nil to Blayney after he had been well-placed by Malone, who then linked up with Niall Duffy to hit his second point. Currin still hadn’t scored going into the tenth minute, but a strong run by Dick Clerkin ended with him sending the ball over the top for Kieran Kierans to fire to the net.
Stephen Smyth converted a 30-metre free for a foul on Francis O’Callaghan and Kierans added a well-taken point from play and suddenly, Currin were a point up. It lasted just a minute as Blayney substitute Keith Hill linked up with Niall Duffy to kick the equaliser, although Currin had a couple of glimpses at goal which came and went. The first saw Kierans over-hit an attempted pass across the square, before Blayney keeper …

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