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Down Hurling Final: Johnson’s brace fires Ballygalget to glory

Ballycran 1-13 Ballygalget 3-19: Ballygalget turned in a scintillating display of hurling, team work and scoring power to overcome holders Ballycran in the Down SHC final.

They took the game to the champions with Declan McManus and Gary Flynn dominating midfield throughout the game.

Up front Gareth Johnson was in brilliant scoring form netting a personal tally of two goals and five points.

He set up his side’s first goal when his brilliant low shot from a 20 metre free was scrambled to the net by Conor Doran midway through the half and two minutes later he sent a brilliant shot to the net.

Two minutes into the second-half he was again on hand to flick a Danny Toner pass to the net, to give them a commanding 3-13 to 0-08 lead.

Thereafter they strolled through the game picking off six points.

Ballycran never gave up the chase. They battled hard, but despite the efforts of defenders Michael Ennis, Brian Bell and Michael Hughes they were always fighting a losing battle.

The attack lacked possession with James Coyle, Conor Woods and Aidan Clarke being best while Simon Wilson scored five frees to keep his side in contention.

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