Hurling and camogie

Portaferry edge out Ballygalget in a hard-fought encounter in the Down Senior Hurling Club Championship

Diarmuid Pepper

Extra time was needed to separate Portaferry and Ballygalget in a pulsating second-round fixture in the Down Senior Hurling Championship.

In the end, Portaferry won by a narrow two-point margin after a nip-and-tuck affair.

Eoghan Sands bagged a goal from a penalty and Connor Mageean also breached the Ballygalget goal to give the Ports a slender 2-4 to 0-7 lead with 20 minutes of the game gone.

But when the half-time whistle was blown, Ballygalget found themselves a single point ahead, leading with a score-line of 0-12 to 2-5.

In the second half, Portaferry added 11 points to the scoreboard and looked to have created a bit of breathing space for themselves as time ebbed away.

However, with the second half quickly drawing to a close, Gareth Johnston stuck the ball in the back of the Portaferry net to send the game to extra-time, with the match tied at 2-16 to 1-19.

In extra-time, a second Eoghan Sands goal helped the Ports outscore Ballygalget by 1-5 to 1-3 and come out on top with a final score-line of 3-21 to 2-22.

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