ALL-SQUARE AT AUGHNAMULLEN

15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BALLYBAY 1-09
CARRICKMACROSS 0-12
BY JOHN GRAHAM

BALLYBAY and Carrickmacross have to do it all again after they fought out an absorbing draw in their senior championship meeting in Aughnamullen on Sunday evening last.
Overall a draw was probably a fair enough result although Ballybay will feel that they were marginally the better side throughout but they could never put any real daylight between themselves and a tenacious Carrickmacross who were fielding 8 players short of the team that won the intermediate double last year due to a variety of reasons and at the finish they were more relieved than elated.
Ballybay fielded short the services of team captain Paul Finlay and Carrickmacross left Stephen Gollogly on the bench although he was introduced during the final quarter.

Playing conditions were good at the Sarsfields venue and the exchanges were in keeping with the fact that this was a championship opener for both sides and both determined to get off to a winning start. The Ballybay defence with Fergal Smith and Drew Wylie in the central positions worked hard throughout as did Mark McArdle and Brent Wylie with Evan Rutledge seen to good effect on a number of occasions.
Midfield was a real battleground and honours were about even while up front Ballybay were looking to the likes of county senior and U21 players Christopher McGuinness and Thomas Kerr, respectively, along with Shane McQuillan and veteran Colin Malone who was making a first-team appearance for the first time in quite some time.
Thomas Kerr finished top scorer with 1-3, all from frees with …

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