IFC: Clans edge Rovers at second attempt

September 09, 2019



Clan na Gael set up a meeting with St Mochtas in the quarter-final of the Louth Intermediate Championship after coming through their replay on Saturday night.

Once again it proved to be a tight affair but the Dundalk men hit back from an interval deficit before coming out on top.

The Clans got off to a great start with a Conall McKeever point followed by a Billy Smith goal to put them in the driving seat. However, Hunterstown soon found their rhythm and they hit back with points from Ryan Burns and Tony McKenna before a goal from Burns had is side leading by 1-3 to 1-1.

The Clans hit back to level through Robbie Curran and Mark Newell, but Hunterstown finished the half on top and points from McKenna and Ryan Ward had them leading by 1-7 to 1-4 at the break.

It looked for much of the second half that Rovers were on their way to the last four as Ryan Burns helped maintain that three-point cushion.

However, the Dundalk men refused to give up and with four minutes remaining had cut the gap to 1-14 to 1-13, before late points from Curran, Newell, McKeever and Reece O’Hanlon saw them snatch victory.

CLAN NA GAEL: Sean Smyth; Craig Callan, Donal Boyle, Brian McDonnell; Craig Long, Micheal McDonnell, Kevin Carroll; Robbie Curran 0-1, Gerard Curran; Conall McKeever 0-2, Paul Crewe 0-1, Mark Newell 0-4; Mark McGeown 0-2, Billy Smith 1-4, Stephen Fitzpatrick. Subs: Jason Cullen 0-2 for G Curran, Reece O’Hanlon 0-1 for C Long.

HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Niall Carrie; Brian Mathews, Patrick Taaffe, Martin Lennon; Marc Ward, David Finn, Muiris O Suilleabhain; Tony McKenna 0-2, Ryan Ward 0-1; Brendan Lennon 0-1, Padraig Mathews 0-2, Glen Mathews; Paul Carrie, Ryan Burns 1-9, Keith Brennan. Subs: Paddy Matthews for B Mathews, Dean Burns for M Ward, Colm Murphy for R Ward, Euan Woodlock for P Carrie.

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