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Published on June 17th, 2013 | by admin

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Goals repel spirited Loup

Old Thatch-Inn Derry Minor ‘A’ Football League

Lavey 2-16 Loup 0-15

Displaying economy of effort and clinical forward play, Lavey saw off a spirited Loup team to maintain their unbeaten league record.

A towering display from Declan Hughes was the platform for this Lavey victory. High fielding and an insatiable appetite for hard work were to the big midfielders credit. Ably assisted by Eamon McGill, Lavey’s mobility in central positions combined with a fluid kicking game, eventually overran the visitors mid-way through the second half.

Lavey had threatened to gain a stranglehold of the game in the first half but worryingly found themselves continually pegged back. Points from Toner, McGurk (2) and McGill gave the home side a deserved 0-04 to 0-02 advantage after 10 mins of the first half. It was largely long range strikes both from play and placed balls by Terence O’Brien which kept the loughshore men in touch.

Leads of three points were twice built and lost by the home side in the following fifteen minutes of a first half which entertained both sets of supporters in the evening sun.

The impressive Dara McPeake gave notice of his potential with a fine point before O’Brien brought the sides level at 0-09 each with three minutes to the break. With Shea Downey punching and probing holes in the Loup defence, McPeake followed his half forward colleagues example, ending a strong run with an emphatic strike to the net. A further point just before half time gave the home side a four point cushion at the break, and crucially, the momentum.

Niall Toner re-established the flow of the game upon the restart with a left footed effort. With Toner a constant threat to the Loup defence, the presence of a sweeper failed to turn the tide as McGurk gave Lavey what looked like a winning lead with the second period only four minutes old.

With Loup growing more desperate and increasing one dimensional, Terence O’Brien was swallowed up by a Lavey defence whose minds quickly turned to attack. A stop watch begun at the moment Hughes dispossessed fellow Derry minor O’Brien would have shown less than five seconds until Hughes’ midfield partner Eamon McGill finished a brilliant move to the net, effectively ending the contest.

That goal, which included a defence spitting pass by Niall Toner, gave Lavey an unassailable 2-13 to 0-11 with thirteen minutes remaining.

To their credit, the young Loup team never gave up and tagged on several points as Lavey appeared to ease up. However, as if to illustrate the difference between the two teams, Shea Downey and Eunan Shaw registered classy scores within the final minute for a deserved seven point home win.

With ten points from ten, Lavey minor footballers top division A with fixtures against Glen, Slaughtneil and Magherafelt to follow.


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