A TWO goal blitz just after half time saw Clan na Gael kill off the Newtown Blues in an enthralling Paddy Sheelan Cup encounter on Sunday afternoon, the Castletown outfit running out 2-11 to 0-12 winners.
Mark Newell and Drew Duffy opened the scoring for the Clans early on as a lacklustre Blues, shorn of several county players, looked all at sea. The Blues found their feet soon after and scored four on the trot.
A battling performance from the Clans saw them edge the first half in terms of possession and chances, including several clear efforts which should have brought a reward. The sides headed for the dressing rooms tied at seven points apiece.
Those all important goals arrived early in the second half. Mark Newell found the net after some neat build up play and this was followed by a Mark McGeown screamer from close range. A follow up point from Adrian McGlynn left the Blues stunned once again and chasing a towering seven point gap.
To their credit they battled on with dignity, but even some late points weren’t enough to earn them anything from their trip to Dundalk. Clan Na Gael: Gavin Neary, Gary Hoey, Padraig Staunton, Craig Long, Paul Crewe (0-2), Paul Gartland, Stephen Fitzpatrick; JJ Quigley, Adrian McGlynn (0-2), Drew Duffy (0-1), Paul Gore, Mark McGeown (1-3), Paul Martin (0-2), Stephen Grimes, Mark Newell (1-1). Subs used: Robbie Curran for Gary Hoey, Conall Cooney for Adrian McGlynn, Brian McArdle for Craig Long.
Newtown Blues: Paul Black, Thomas Costello, Cormac Reynolds, Lorcan McQuillan, Ciaran Doherty, James Murray, Stephen Moonan, Barry Sharkey, Keith Lynch, Robert Carr, Hugh McGinn (0-5), Conor Brannigan(0-2), Colm Judge (0-3), Donal Nugent, Keith Arnold (0-2). Subs used: Cormac McQuillan for Robert Carr, Miguel for Keith Arnold.