Loup just edge over Bridge in dour game
Loup just about deserved their narrow two-point win over a determined Newbridge side in what could only be described as an attritional battle over the course of a dour game in which 10 of the scores came from placed balls.
Loup raced into a 0-04 to 0-01 lead with Johnny McBride, Brain Doyle, Benny and Paul McVey on target. Kevin Sweeney and Ryan McElhone pointed frees either side of a Danny Mulholland point to cut the Loup lead to 0-04 to 0-03 at half-time.
Four times the sides were level in the second half, Paul McFlynn and Paul McVey sharing the four points from frees as Loup edged 0-08 to 0-07 in front after Kevin Sweeney and Ryan McElhone shared 0-04, the latter converting two frees.
Loup’s Gavan Mallon was red carded after a second yellow card five minutes from time, with Brian Doyle’s second point in the 61st minute the insurance score as Loup won 0-09 to 0-07.
Elsewhere a confident Rossas took a 0-03 to 0-01 lead after seven minutes, Frankie Niblock landing two points, one from a free, after John Young had opened the scoring in the second minute.
However Bellaghy soon settled into the game and, after getting the Tones first and third point from play, Conan Doherty converted a free for 0-04 to 0-03, after Eoghan Brown had levelled at 0-03 each.
Monaghan scored points in the 14th and 30th minutes from frees but Bellaghy still took a 0-07 to 0-05 lead to half-time through Brown (2) and Doherty from a free.
Five minutes from half-time Rossas’ Conan O’Brien went down in the goalmouth under a sliding challenge from Bellaghy corner back but the referee waved away Rossas appeals for a penalty, much to their chagrin.
By the end of the third quarter the Tones had pushed 0-13 to 0-06 ahead.
Seven minutes from time Darren O’Neill cracked home a Rossas goal, but they were unable to turn sustained pressure into scores and the Tones qualified for the semi-final thanks to 14 points with Rossas only able to register 1-08.