Hurlers’ strong second half books divisional final slot

Photo: Ocean FM

The county’s hurlers this afternoon recorded their fifth straight win of the year in Division 3A of the NHL. Today’s match was the most competitive one they’ve played so far in this campaign, in which they eventually got the better of hosts Sligo at Kent Park on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-14.

If the weather at Ballydoogan was anything like the conditions that prevailed here, forty miles down the road, then it wasn’t a day for flowing hurling. It hasn’t stopped raining since some time last night and there’s still no sign of a respite from the leaden grey sky.

It’s not overly windy here but, according to this match report from Ocean FM (here), a strong breeze was the reason behind the see-saw nature of this contest. The Yeats County had the elements at their backs in the first half and they used this to good advantage, racing into a seven-point lead approaching the half-hour mark. It was only then that we opened our account in this game.

Seven points was the lead we had to overturn in the second half and we quickly set about doing this. The game’s major turning point came ten minutes from time when Joe Burke bagged our opening goal, a score that edged us ahead for the first time.

Despite the Magpies having lost Gavin Connolly to a red card, there was still just a point between the sides deep in injury time. That meant our second goal, scored by Eoin Delaney, added some lustre to the final score from our perspective, as our lads ran out the winners by four points.

Today’s victory means we’ve qualified directly for the Division 3A final, which is due to be played at some point over the Easter weekend. In the meantime, Sligo, who finished runners-up, play Cavan in the divisional semi-final for the right to meet us in the decider.

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