5 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Carrickmacross 0-05
Ballybay 3-11


COUNTY champions Ballybay made an impressive start to the SFL with a convincing first-round win away to Carrickmacross last Sunday.

Ballybay, who began with 12 of last year’s SFC final team, wasted no time in putting their opponents to the sword with the wind at their backs in the first half. Christopher and Shane McGuinness and Paul Finlay accounted for 3-9 between them over the hour, with the former a thorn in Carrick’s side throughout, scoring 2-1 from play and also laying on his team’s other goal for his brother.

Mark McNally and Cillian Cromwell worked hard in the Carrick defence, but Stephen Gollogly was their only threat up front and even he was shadowed everywhere he went by Ryan Wylie.

Ballybay took just a minute to open their account through a point from Shane McGuinness, after good work by Tommy O’Neill and Paul Finlay, who then sent in a long ball for Christopher McGuinness to fire just wide. They didn’t have long to wait, however, as Christopher McGuinness linked up with Fergal McArdle to drill a low shot to the net. McArdle also set up Shane McQuillan to burst through for a point, before Finlay lofted over a long-range point from play and did likewise a minute later from a 50-metre free.

Finlay converted a 30-metre free for …

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