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Rock beat Aghyaran by two points…
Rock became the third side to book their place in the intermediate quarter final line-up when they withstood a determined challenge from Aghyaran to progress on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-7 following a good championship first round battle at Killyclogher this evening (Saturday).
The high flying St Patrick’s, who are still strongly in contention for a league and championship double, had got off to a superb start against an Aghyaran team that was playing in the senior championship last year, hitting the first four points of the contest inside the first dozen minutes through Conor McCreesh (2), Martin McCreesh and James McCreesh.
But a Martin Penrose goal in the 14th minute changed the complexion of the game from an Aghyaran perspective and the St Davog’s went on to add points through Shane Sweeney and Aidan Connolly in the closing stages of the first half, but Rock were still deservedly in front at the midway stage, with Conor McCreesh, Kevin McWilliams and James McCreesh bringing their side’s first half total to seven points.
Rock held a 0-7 to 1-2 advantage as the second half got underway but the tie was all square ten minutes into the second half after Martin Penrose (two frees) and Ronan McNamee had responded to another Conor McCreesh point for Rock.
That left it 1-5 to 0-8 with twenty minutes to go but Rock then enjoyed a purple patch which was to prove significant. Conor McCreesh swung over a spectacular score from 60 yards and then converted a huge free to put two points between the sides, before James McCreesh widened the gap to three at the beginning of the final quarter.
Aghyaran fought hard to get back into it and points from Jude Hans and Martin Penrose left the minimum margin between the teams entering the closing stages. But Rock held on to their lead in a tense finish and fittingly it was Conor McCreesh who wrapped up the scoring in the dying moments to cap yet another winning performance from Paul Quinn’s charges in what is proving to be a memorable season thus far.