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Turley now braced for Warrenpoint reunion

 

By John Campbell

Down ace Peter Turley may have missed out on honours at inter-county level this year but he is certainly putting his shoulder to the wheel in a bid to come up trumps at club level.

The powerfully-built fireman certainly fanned the flame of hope for his RGU Downpatrick side in their thrilling draw against CPN Warrenpoint in the Down senior football championship at the weekend and is now set to offer a repeat offering of his considerable skills when the sides meet in the replay at Kilcoo on Wednesday (7.00).

The teams were deadlocked at the end of normal time by which stage Warrenpoint had collated 0-16 and Downpatrick had scored 2-10 but when each side landed two further points in extra-time a replay became inevitable.

Taylor Lowden and Conor McGrady were also impressive in the Downpatrick side while Warrenpoint skipper Ryan Boyle along with Aaron McGee provided the inspiration for their team's feisty display.

In total contrast to that contest, Castlewellan went on a scoring spree in humbling Saval on a 5-17 to 0-9 score line.

Saval were never in the hunt with the impressive Rory Burns setting the tone for Castlewellan's scintillating performance by hitting 2-1.

Bredagh, meanwhile, had to work hard before they just got the better of Ballymartin by the narrowest of margins (0-9 to 0-8).

And St John's, St Gall's and Lamh Dhearg have lost no time in serving notice that they have the Antrim senior football title, which is currently held by Cargin, very much in their sights.

Lamh Dhearg were never in any real trouble in beating St Paul's by 1-14 to 0-7 with Niall Murray scoring the only goal of the game.

Antrim county ace Declan Lynch was impressive at the heart of the Lamh Dhearg defence and ensured that the St Paul's attack was not allowed to flourish.

St John's chalked up a comfortable 2-17 to 1-6 over St James's (Aldergrove), their experience and stamina proving key assets.

The Whiterock Road outfit led by 1-9 to 1-4 at half-time and sustained their rhythm throughout the second-half.

But St Gall's certainly did not have things their own way against a tenacious Portglenone side who they just managed to pip by 1-14 to 1-12.

Indeed, the Milltown side required all the experience and craft they had at their disposal to advance in the Antrim series such was the intensity of their opponents' challenge.

Meanwhile, the litany of one-sided matches which have blighted the championship season continued when Down beat Armagh by a whopping 6-32 to 1-3 in the All-Ireland Minor 'B' Hurling Championship semi-final on Saturday.

The orchard county managed to land 1-2 against their opponents' 3-16 in the first-half and were restricted to just one point after the break. Down will now meet Meath in the final.

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