A step too far for Dunloy

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A step too far for Dunloy thumbnailThe Dunloy hurlers who failed against Slaughtneil in the semi final of the Ulster Club senior championship. GB41GAA1-P49

DUNLOY'S fairytale 2017 came to an end with a crushing defeat in this Ulster semi final.
Holders Slaughtneil couldn't have had a worse start as they fell 1-4 to 0-1 behind, but a strong finish saw them hit 1-8 without reply and with it seal Dunloy's fate in this semi final.
Dunloy were simply swept aside by a side who knew what it took to win and exactly how to achieve it. They gave Dunloy a great start but by half time it was Dunloy who were looking for answers and scratching their heads in a bid to get close in this match.
Dunloy rang the changes with the loss of Oran Quinn, he was replaced by Paudie Shivers while Kevin Molloy moved to corner back and Ali Dooey came in for Chrissy Brogan.
Slaughtneil took made a single change before the throw-in with Mark McGuigan replacing Brian og Corbett at corner back and so the game got off to a flying start with Paul Shiels sending over a long range free.
By the 3rd minute Dunloy had doubled their lead to 0-2 with Eoin O'Neill picking off a wonderful point from a very acute angle but at the other end the ball bobbled dangerously around and a hasty clearance from Phelim Duffin coupled with two frees dropping short and a missed chance kept Dunloy noses ahead.
Dunloy's movement off the ball was working well with Kevin Molloy racing out and passing to Nigel Elliott who flicked the ball over the head of his opposite number and he crashed home the games opening goal in the 8th minute.
Paul Shiels then added an 11th minute point and an awkward landing from Sean Cassidy saw his game ended as he carried off injured. This seemed to break the Dunloy momentum for a few minutes as a great goal chance went wide of the post and in the 13th minute Dunloy stretched their lead to 1-4 to 0-1 with Gabby McTaggart fired over a great point from distance.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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