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The Irish News Archive - Aug 1 1998: Nerves see Clonduff leave it very late

Down's Cathal Murray moves in on Tyrone's Adrian Cush
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Down SFC: Clonduff 0-16 Annaclone 1-8

THERE is no substitute for experience in the Championship and this was very-clearly demonstrated at Drumgath last night when Clonduff veteran Cathal Murray slotted over three points in the first quarter of a dull first half.

These points came after Annaclone keeper Mark McNeill had saved a Shane Ward penalty in the opening minute.

Annaclone had a good spell in the 10 minutes before half-time when Paul Lavery’s pace troubled the Clonduff defence.

Three points from Aidan Fegan frees reduced the lead to two before Clonduff upped the pace to finish with four unanswered points. Annaclone who will feel that they should have got something out of this game had best performers in goalkeeper Mark McNeill, fullback Mark Lavery in defence, John Farrell at midfield with Paul Lavery and Colm Fegan most dangerous in attack.

Clonduff were Padraig Matthews and Paul Shields in defence with John Morgan at midfield, Shane Ward and Damien Smith in attack.

Clonduff: J McAleavey, P McConville, P Shields, E O’Hagan, P McShane, P Matthews, R Matthews, J Morgan, P McConville (0-1), J Farrell, R Carr (0-1), C Murray (0- 3), S Ward (0-2), E Brannigan (0- 3), D Smith (0-5).

Sub: S Morgan (0-1) for C Murray.

Annaclone: M McNeill, S Quinn, M Lavery, N Byrne, B Greenan, P Fegan, B Tumelty, J Farrell, K Doyle, C Fegan (1-1), N Greenan, G McNeill (0-1), A Fegan 0-4), M Tumelty, P Lavery (0-2).

Sub: J Fegan for G McNeill.

Referee: Michael Cranney

Down SFC: Downpatrick 0-14 Loughinisland 0-7

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A BRILLIANT start in which they scored five points in the opening nine minutes and a similar feat in the 10 minutes after half-time in which they scored another five points set Downpatrick on the road to victory.

Both teams played some good football in this Down SFC clash at Ballykinlar but poor finishing on both sides cost vital scores. Loughinisland seemed out of the game in the opening quarter but they came back strongly and had reduced the Downpatrick lead to three points at half-time.

Loughinisland had the better of the early midfield exchanges with Stephen Molloy being outstanding.

Downpatrick restarted in fine style and added six further points before Gareth Doran, who was Loughinisland’s outstanding player, had their third point after 12 minutes.

However Downpatrick finished with points from Kyran Smith, Danny Carville and Gerard Deegan to avenge last year’s defeat and book a place in the quarter-final.

Downpatrick: TP Louden, S Cahir, M Trainor, H Rice (0-2), Gregory Deegan, R Starkey (0-1), M Quinn, P Close, D McCartan (0- 1), D Carville (0-1), K Smith (0-1), J Clarke (0-1), K Oakes, K Donnelly (0-1), Gerard Deegan 0- 6).

Sub: B Donnelly for M Quinn.

Loughinisland: M Rice, S Digney, P McGorrian, J Doran, G Doran (0-3), G Gordon, C Fitzpatrick, A Malloy, S Malloy, A McKeown, G Trainor (0-2), M Valentine, R Carville, N O’Toole (0- 2), D Mason.

Subs D O’Neill for A McKeown, J Savage for R Carville.

Referee: N Morgan (Bryansford)

Armagh SFC: Mullaghbawn 1-10 Killeavy 1-5

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MULLAGHBAWN produced a clinical first-half performance last night to put the game beyond Killeavey early on.

Mullaghbawn started off the match in great scoring form racing into a 1-5 to 0-2 half-time lead. They stifled the Killeavy attack for most of the opening period with great defensive work helped by 10 Killeavy first-half wides and a lot of industry around the midfield complimented by sharp scoring from Noel McParland.

Mullaghbawn seemed to find another gear and sealed a victory with two fine points late in the game winning with a total of 1-10 to 1-5.

Mullaghbawn: B Tierney, S McDonnell, C Byrne, B McKinney (0-1), E McAnulty, J McAnulty (0-1), J McParland, N Smith, K McGeeney (0-1), D Crawley (0-3), T McGeeney, P McAnulty, N McParland (0-4), M O’Connor (1-0), R McDonnell. Subs: D Ferris; F McDonnell (50)

Killeavy: M Taggart, D O’Hanlon, F Mallon, A Mallon, B McKevitt, M McDonnell, P Watters, F McKnight, B Duffy, G Reel, J McKevitt, S McDonnell (1-4), G Matthews (0-1), A Doran, R Trainor

Subs: T Murphy (20)

Referee: Brendan Gorman

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