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Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Edelle Henry

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Senior Football League Off To Winning Start

A bright, sunny, but cold April afternoon marked the beginning of the 2016 league season with a home draw against this season’s championship opponents, Slaughtneil.

A fitting ‘minutes applause’ was held before the game in memory and honour of our recently deceased senior footballer, Sean Conway, RIP. Sean, a true gentleman will always be remembered fondly by his teammates for his kindness, sense of humour and the heart and passion which he showed when lining out in the orange and black jersey.

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Sean Conway playing against Ballinderry

The first half was a tightly contested low scoring encounter. Two Liam Murphy points and one from Anthony McGurk were cancelled out by two from Ronan Bradley and one from Chrissy McKaigue to leave the score 0-3 each at the break. Slaughtneil suffered a blow prior to half time when their wing back Michael McGrath was shown a second yellow card, reducing the Emmets to 14 men.

Despite playing against the breeze, Lavey enjoyed a period of dominance at the beginning of the second half. A Niall Toner point got the score board ticking again. Within five minutes, a fisted effort from Cailean O’Boyle found its way to the back of the net and one minute later, Niall Toner gave the net another rattle when he found himself one on one with the keeper and made no mistake. Lavey looked secure in all areas of the pitch with the younger players in particular looking impressive; Conor Mulholland putting in a fine debut performance at corner back, Eamon McGill looking composed from the centre and Shane McGill always looking dangerous up front.

Slaughtneil were never going to lie down and they began to mount a comeback bringing the deficit back to three points with frees (3) from Paul Bradley and a point from play from Shea McGuigan.

Lavey were afforded an opportunity to close off the game when they were awarded a penalty, however the Cailean O’Boyle effort was saved and knocked over the crossbar to leave four between the sides again.
Sustained pressure from Slaughtneil forced Lavey into conceding a further two scores; a Paul Bradley free and a Ronan Bradley point, his third of the day, to leave a dangerous two point gap heading into the final five minutes of play. However Lavey remained composed and held out to finish the game Lavey 2-5 to Slaughtneil 0-9.

Lavey should be pleased with their opening performance of the year however they will be aware that the true test against the Emmett’s will come later on at the ‘business end’ of the season.

Lavey scorers; Niall Toner (1-1), Cailean O’Boyle (1-1), Liam Murphy (0-2), Anthony McGurk (0-1)


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