27 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY reports from Gavan Duffy Park
CASTLEBLAYNEY are one win away from retaining the Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling Championship title after a commanding performance in last Thursday’s semi-final against Truagh at Gavan Duffy Park.
Castleblayney quickly took charge with points from play by Stephen Forde and Barry Reilly and a 50-metre free by Mickey McHugh. A well-taken point by Gary Boyd was followed by two in quick succession from Forde, before Boyd hit another good score from out on the left wing. The gap became ten points on 12 minutes when Hugh Byrne latched onto a Forde pass and kicked the sliotar to the net, although Truagh got off the mark two minutes later with a long-range free by Conor McGinnity.
Niall Coyle added Truagh’s first point from play and Aidan Coyle then tapped over a close-range free. A Brian McGuigan point ended 13 scoreless minutes for Blayney and the same player almost added a goal on the next attack, only for a good stop by Truagh keeper Pauric McKenna. Another free from distance by McGinnity and a nice point by Niall Coyle brought Truagh to within six, but Byrne hit the final score of the half to give Blayney a 1-9 to 0-5 half-time lead.
A brace of points from Byrne and one each by McGuigan, McHugh (free) and Nathan Adair ended any lingering doubts about the result. Adair then found the net with a scrambled effort which just squeezed past Pauric McKenna, before McGuigan added a point. Maurice McQuillan replied with Truagh’s first point of …

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