Clan na Gaels' Conall McKeever and Robert Murphy of Na Piarsaigh. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
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Clan na Gael 4-13 Na Piarsaigh 0-11
Clan na Gael defeated local rivals Na Piarsaigh in the relegation play-off at Darver on Friday night to preserve their intermediate status for another season.
Clans got off to a flying start as Robbie Curran found the net after just 15 seconds with Conall McKeever adding a second soon after. Just before the break, McKeever struck again to send his side in with a commanding 3-7 to 0-5 lead.
Na Piarsaigh fought hard to get back into the game and added points through Ciarán Murphy, Robert Murphy, Alan McCartney, Shane Roddy and Niall Franklin, but the couldn’t put any real pressure on a Clans side who added a fourth goal through Mark McGeown.
Clan na Gael: Seán Smith; Gerard Curran, Donal Boyle, Kevin Carroll; Craig Long, Paul Crewe (0-1), Micheál McDonnell; Leo Martin, Robbie Curran (1-4); Mark Newell, Mark McGeown (1-4), Paul Gore; Conall McKeever (2-1), Billy Smith (0-2), Stephen Fitzpatrick
Subs: Stephen Coleman for Martin, Martin for Gore, David McGeown for Mark McGeown, Tiarnan Reilly for Gerard Curran
Na Piarsaigh: Adam Molloy; Fearghal Mulholland, Jarlath Lyons, Shane Roddy; Mark Larkin, Joe Woods, Stephen McGuinness; Michael Woods, Ronan McCartney; Ciarán Murphy, Gerard Smith, Robbie Murphy; Alan McCartney, Niall Franklin, Eamonn McAuley
Subs: Stephen Arrowsmith for Robert Murphy (BC), Mark O’Hare for Larkin
Referee: Paul Kneel (Kilkerley Emmets)