Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Down left to reflect on sloppy finishing

Down manager Gerard Monan was left to rue missed chances when his side were pipped 2-16 to 1-18 by resilient Meath in the Allianz Hurling League Division Two clash at Pairc Esler, Newry.

Ostensibly it was a meeting between two old rivals but in essence it morphed into a shoot-out between Down's ace marksman Paul Braniff and Meath scorer-in-chief Stephen Clinch.

The fact that the latter won this particular battle by racking up a prodigious 1-12 against Braniff's impressive 1-9 ultimately influenced the outcome.

Monan was left shaking his head in disbelief at his side's 14 wides.

Points from Aidan O'Prey, Danny Toner and the mercurial Braniff had thrust Down into a three-point lead near the end but a late Clinch goal that was embellished by an even later point saw Meath leave with an opening round win under their belts.

Armagh were unlucky to lose 0-22 to 0-14 against London at the Athletic Grounds where two controversial decisions by Antrim referee Gerard Duffy sparked ire within the home support.

With the match delicately poised at 0-18 to 0-13, Duffy turned down strong Armagh claims for a penalty after full-forward Conor Corvan appeared to have been upended and then disallowed a goal by the same player because of having blown for an earlier foul.

Armagh's woes were further compounded when Cathal Carvill was sent off after an off-the-ball tussle, with London's James Egan suffering a similar fate three minutes from the end.

Sub Martin Beggan, on his senior debut, scored a late goal in Fermanagh's 2-12 to 1-11 win against Tyrone.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre