18 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ballybay 2-10
Castleblayney 1-08


GOALS by Hugh Malone and Christopher McGuinness helped Ballybay pick up their second SFL win at home to Castleblayney last Sunday.

Ballybay led from the first minute right through to the end and rarely looked troubled, although Blayney could have been closer but for poor finishing which saw them kick nine wides.

Christopher McGuinness continued his good form for Ballybay, who also had Paul Finlay, Ryan and Drew Wylie and Malone to the fore. Blayney had Ciarán Hughes and Ciarán Hanratty available after lengthy injury absences, but they were without a number of first-choice players, including county man Dermot Malone.

Ballybay took barely 20 seconds to open the scoring when Christopher McGuinness raced onto a Paul Finlay free to blaze over and the same duo soon combined again when McGuinness collected a Finlay ’45, turned sharply and split the posts.

Finlay then converted a brace of frees – both from the right wing after fouls on McGuinness – either side of Blayney’s first point, from a 30-metre free by Mark Hanratty, following a foul on his brother Ciarán.

Martin McElroy kicked a good point to bring Blayney to within two, but they had a lucky escape when Hugh Malone fired wide at the end of a well-worked move involving Drew Wylie and McGuinness.

A Brian McCabe point restored the three-point gap, which doubled on 18 minutes, when Finlay floated a perfectly-weighted free over the Blayney defence for Malone to slot home the opening goal.
Ciarán Hughes and Finlay were then booked after a tussle, before Mark Hanratty and Finlay swapped points from 25-metre frees after fouls on Patrick Tavey and Christopher McGuinness.

Blayney had a goal chance when Darren Daly linked up with Michael Gurn, but he blasted his shot wide, although they did manage a point when Mark Hanratty converted a 20-metre free …

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