A composed performance from full-forward Eoghan Brown saw Wolfe Tones, Bellaghy clinch the points at Páirc Seán de Brún last Friday evening in their DJ Print Sean Larkin Cup match with St Canice’s Dungiven.
The opening minutes of the match were frantic, with both teams looking to establish their gameplan on the match. Dungiven’s patient build-up was effective but Bellaghy were deadly in their counter attacks, with Eoghan Brown, Paul Cassidy and Christopher Downey taking early scores to cancel out Fergal Higgins’ unerring free kicks, one of which was given the freedom of the Bellaghy 21m line as it bounced before splitting the home side’s posts.
The early point-tennis was brought to a clinical end by Wolfe Tones’ Frankie Donnelly, who latched on to a poor St Canice’s kick out and dispatched the ball to the Dungiven net with minimum fuss. Not to be outdone, Eoghan Brown regained possession from the resulting restart, fired over a beauty of a score off the outside of his right foot and suddenly Bellaghy had a five-point lead.
A brace of points from Mark Craig saw St Canice’s mount a comeback, before Brown ended the half as it began, sending over to leave the hosts three up at the break.
Conor Quinn wasted no time in kick-starting the second half, quick movement in the Wolfe Tones forward line resulting in a well-taken score, before Conan McReynolds kicked a monster of a score with two Bellaghy men hanging off him to bring the deficit back to three.
The hosts then hit a purple patch and rattled off 0-04 without reply to extend their lead as Dungiven began to struggle with their direct play and their cause wasn’t helped when Conan McReynolds was dismissed for his second yellow card of the evening after a foul on Bellaghy’s Gerard O’Neill.
As both teams emptied their benches the game became more fractious as it ebbed towards its conclusion and fittingly it was Man of the Match Eoghan Brown who had the final say, slotting over a free to see the Wolfe Tones greeting the final whistle with a seven-point victory.
Wolfe Tones, Bellaghy: Brendan Diamond, Declan Brown, Gerard O’Neill, Jack McErlean, Ryan Lee, Christopher McAfee, Odhran Quinn, Karl McCallion, Peter Cassidy, Conor Quinn, Frankie Donnelly, Christopher Downey, Ryan McElwee, Eoghan Brown, Paul Cassidy.
St Canice’s Dungiven: Sean McNicholl, Fergal O’Kane, Barry McReynolds, Pauric McNicholl, Stiofan Tracey, Daniel Mullan, Martin McCloskey, Mark Craig, Conan McReynolds, Conor Kelly, Conor McElhinney, Frank Dillon, Seamus McCloskey, Fergal Higgins, Niall O’Neill.