Errigal Ciaran defeated Killyclogher at Ballinamullen 1-15 to 2-11 after a very close and competitive game between two sides hoping to make an impact in both league and championship this year. The accuracy of Mark Bradley for Killyclogher and Darragh Canavan for Errigal made sure that any indiscretions by over zealous defenders were punished.
Both teams hit the net within the opening two minutes as first Patrick Corcoran netted for the home side and within thirty seconds Darragh Canavan slotted the ball to the net in Errigal’s first attack. Ben Mc Donnell clipped over Errigal’s first point but their lead did not last too long as Killyclogher’s Gavan Potter found space where there was none before firing past Darragh Mc Anenly in the Errigal goals. Mark Bradley added a brace of points to put Killyclogher 2-2 to 1-1 ahead.
Errigal remained patient however and a point apiece from Niall Kelly and Darragh Canavan reduced the deficit to two points. Ben Armstrong broke through for Killyclogher to stretch the lead to three again. In the closing minutes of the half Errigal outscored Killyclogher three points to two with Ciaran Quinn and Darragh Canavan on target for Errigal and Mark Bradley delivering two superb scores for Killyclogher.
Half time Killyclogher 2-5, Errigal Ciaran 1-6
Errigal were much more threatening in attack after the break and made better use of their possession. Killyclogher will look back with regret at some of the turnovers they conceded and wrong options that they took. Darragh Canavan’s accuracy from frees proved crucial as his team enjoyed more of the ball. Five points unanswered from the visitors with Tommy Canavan (2), Darragh Canavan (2) and Peter Harte midway through the second half had Errigal two clear and looking odds on for the win.
Killyclogher battled hard to get themselves back in the gamewith late points from Oran Potter, Mark Bradley and Tiernan Mc Cann to reduce the gap to one. They had two decent opportunities to create late scores but the Errigal defence stayed strong and took the win by the narrowest of margins.
Final score: Killyclogher 2-11, Errigal Ciaran 1-15