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Lavey Shake Off The Blues

It was all smiles at Owenbeg on Saturday evening as Lavey recorded a championship victory over local rivals Bellaghy for the second year in a row. After the bitter defeat to Magherafelt last weekend, the Lavey players dug deep and produced a fine performance which left the result beyond doubt after 40 minutes.

Cailean O’Boyle certainly brought his shooting boots as he bagged an impressive tally of 1-10. James McQuade also impressed as he came off the bench to score 3 fine points from play as well as setting up O’Boyle for the Lavey goal.

While O’Boyle will grab the headlines, the same player will be the first to admit that these scores came from the hard work being done out the field by the full panel of men wearing the orange and black shirts. Kevin O’Neill put in a solid shift at midfield; his fielding and work rate are now what Lavey folk have come to expect of him after a fine and consistent season. Damian Chivers and Chrissy Henry both covered acres of ground as they tracked back to support their defence and provide the link up play to the attack. Niall Toner tormented the Bellaghy defence all day; his speed and skill on the ball left Bellaghy no option but to consistently foul him and this resulted in 6 converted O’Boyle frees.

The Lavey defence could not be faulted as they continued to put in interception after inception, turnover after turnover. Their distribution of the ball was also spot on. Kevin Rafferty adapted well to his new found defensive role while Colm Murphy had an excellent game from half back.

It was fitting that the Lavey players paid tribute to their captain after the match; ‘hopefully this gives the big man a good boost,’ Michael Drumm tweeted after the game. After a tough few weeks, this result has given the parish a boost. Let’s hope the boys can carry this form into next weekend’s quarter final v firm favourites’ Ballinderry. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Final score Lavey 1-13 Bellaghy 0-5

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