Fechin’s get off to a flyer

St Fechin’s O’Con­nell’s 3-19 2-15

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

ST FECHIN’S got their Di­vi­sion 2 cam­paign off to a win­ning start with a seven-point vic­tory over O’Con­nell’s in a high-scor­ing en­counter at the Grove on Satur­day night.

The home side got off to a great start when they were awarded a penalty in the first minute af­ter Stu­art Os­borne was taken down in the area and Niall Con­lon sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick.

A Dean Cor­ri­gan point in­creased the Bellingham team’s lead, but the vis­i­tors then landed the next six points with­out re­ply, with braces from Danny Bur­nell, Ro­nan Hol­croft and Karl McDon­nell. How­ever, O’Con­nell’s replied with two quick points to level the game 1-3 to 0-6 af­ter 18 min­utes.

Points from Ryan Sheri­dan and Jamie King for the vis­i­tors were again quickly coun­tered with two from Con­lon and Conor Cul­li­gan to keep the teams level, but the Ter­mon­feckin men then went three clear with scores from Bur­nell, Be­van Duffy and Sheri­dan.

Con­lon got the last point of the half from a free to leave the score at the break 0-11 to 1-6 to the vis­i­tors.

Cor­ri­gan added an­other point for the O’Con­nell’s at the start of the sec­ond half, but the Fechin’s then launched a quick at­tack that re­sulted in Hol­croft hit­ting the net.

The sides shared the next six points to leave the score 1-14 to 1-10 af­ter 44 min­utes. But the vis­i­tors then scored 1-3 in the next five min­utes. The goal came from Bur­nell, who was go­ing for a point when the ball lobbed over the keeper into the net, and the points were scored by Hol­croft, McDon­nell and Leo McGrane.

Con­lon scored a brace to re­duce the mar­gin to eight, but a Hol­croft point and then a tap-in goal by the same man af­ter a great run by Niall Devlin and an­other point by Bur­nell in­creased the lead to 13 with five min­utes to go.

Fair play to the home side they did not give up and a point from McGill and then a goal from Cul­li­gan was fol­lowed by a brace of points from Con­lon to take his tally to 1-10 for the night and make the score­board look more re­spectable.

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