CASTLEBLAYNEY CLINCH IT AS HOMESTERS CLONTIBRET FALL TO LATE STRIKES BY MALONE AND MCELROY

26 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

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BY COLM SHALVEY

CASTLEBLAYNEY got their first points of this year’s SFL with a hard-earned win away to Clontibret last Sunday.

The teams were level five times in an entertaining first half and they were never separated by more than four points, but Blayney’s greater need for league points told in their favour.

Blayney, who were again well short of full-strength, had good performances from Martin McElroy, Ciarán Hanratty, Dermot Malone and Mark Treanor, while Clontibret, who were still without Dessie Mone and Paul McGuigan, were over-reliant on Conor McManus, who accounted for two-thirds of their total.

Castleblayney took an early lead, as their full-forward line of Dermot Malone, Ciarán Hanratty and Martin McElroy linked up for the latter to kick a point, but a strong run by Conor Boyle set up Darach Mooney to bring Clontibret level and they edged ahead with a well-taken score by Conor McManus.

Ciarán Hanratty replied with a fine score at the end of a patient Blayney attack, before McManus and McElroy swapped points from 20-metre frees after fouls on Martin Corey and Malone, who then got on the end of an Aaron McNamara free to kick a point from play.

McNamara then converted a 25-metre free for a foul on McElroy, but McManus replied from a 45-metre effort after Vincent Corey had pressured Jim McHugh into over-carrying. McManus then won and scored a 30-metre free and Ryan McGuigan added a nice point to edge Clontibret ahead, but McElroy equalised from a 20-metre free following a foul on Malone. McNamara landed a fine score from distance after …

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