Cuchulainn Gaels' Callum Fearon and Martin Rafferty of Wolfe Tones. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Anchor Tours JFC group three
Wolfe Tones 5-13 Cuchulainn Gaels 1-3
Marc Lugoye top-scored with 3-2 as Wolfe Tones secured second place in group three at Cuchulainn Gaels’ expense at the Grove on Friday night.
The Drogheda outfit were impressive for spells of a first half plagued by rainfall, and took a 2-6 to 1-1 lead to the break.
Jordan Loye hit the first score of the match - a free - from along the sideline for Gaels, but Tones soon found their groove with Lugoye and the impressive Jamie McCormack slotting past Brendan O’Hagan for three-pointers.
A goal from Gavin Mullen cut his team’s deficit to four at one point, but Tones closed the half the stronger and carried their dominance into the second half where they outscored the Omeath men by 3-7 to 0-2. Adam Gartland and two magnificent finishes from Lugoye accounting for the goals.
An early injury to Martin Ward, who left in an ambulance after a lengthy spell of treatment, compounded a miserable night for Gaels.
Wolfe Tones: Chris Eustace; Sam Kelly, Graham Fanning, Alan Fanning; Eoghan O’Shea, Patrick Fanning (0-1), Adam Gartland (1-0); Mark Healy, John Kelly; Marc Lugoye (3-2, 0-1 free), Michael Rafferty, Darren Weldon (0-2); Jamie McCormack (1-6), Niall Smith (0-1), Chris Cudden
Subs: Reese Owens for Graham Fanning, Garrett Cooney (0-1) for Weldon, Jordan Duffy for Cudden, Seán Matthews for Lugoye
Cuchulainn Gaels: Brendan O’Hagan; Peter Morgan, Brendan McKeown, James Ward; Martin Ward, John Morgan, Seamus McCabe; Francis O’Hagan, Martin Hayes; Micheál McCabe (0-1), Alan Brennan, Eoin McDonald; Cian McDonald, Gavin Mullen (1-0), Jordan Loye (0-2, one free)
Subs: Callum Fearon for Martin Ward, Chris Connolly for James Ward, Paddy O’Hanlon for Fearon, Paul O’Hanlon for Loye
Referee: Thomas Brennan (Westerns)