Despite suffering a heavy defeat in their final Group B game, Foreglen still qualified for this year’s semi-finals were they will take on Coleraine on Wednesday night.
But if Damian O’Connor’s side have any intentions in making the final, they’ll know that they will have to tighten up at the back as the Wolfounds hit the net five times and left as many behind.
Limavady were already out of the running for a semi-final spot but this first win of the season may just be the shot in the arm that their season requires as they battle for safety at the bottom of Division 1b.
Only 20 seconds had elapsed when Cormac Quigley blasted to the net to open the scoring and two minutes later Richard King almost added a second but shot straight at Foreglen net minder Ryan Downey. But the Wolfhounds didn’t have to wait too long for a second major score with Sheagh McLaughlin adding a second on seven minutes after a powerful run through the heart of the Foreglen defence.
Wed (7.30 in Limavady) - Coleraine v Foreglen
Thur (7.30 in Banagher) - Dungiven v Claudy
The Wolfhounds were enjoying the wide open spaces that this 13-a-side competition brings Ruairi Hasson, Sheagh McLaughlin and two from Cormac Quigley saw they take control on the scoreboard to lead by 10 points after 22 minutes. The finishing from the homeside left a lot to be desired despite their dominance on the scoreboard but the visitors offered very little in the opening half. A long distance point from Ciaran McFeely on 24 minutes easily the highlight of a disappointing opening half for the O’Briens.
Manus Quigley finished the scoring in the first-half and at the break Limavady held a commanding 10 point lead at 2-6 to 0-2.
Strong words must’ve been said in the visitors changing room at the break as Foreglen came out different animals and in the opening three minutes they rattled off 1-2 without reply. Wing-back Liam O’Hara’s effort deceiving Dean McInnes in the Limavady goal to end up nestling after just 30 second half seconds before Caolan O’Connor and Kevin O’Connor registered points.
Frees from Richard King and Cormac Quigley steadied the Limavady ship but Foreglen were playing with a lot more purpose in the second half and fought back through scores from Caolan O’Connor and Kevin Dunne and after 43 minutes Limavady’s lead was halved to five points.
That was as close as Foreglen got as minutes later the game was effectively put to bed. Richard King picked the up along the end line and powerfully went past two Foreglen defenders before giving Downey no chance in the Foreglen goal . Confusion from the resulting kick out led to a turnover and Cormac Quigley to claim his second major score of the evening, and all of a sudden the Wolfhounds were leading by 11 points.
Two Kevin O’ frees and another long range effort from play from Ciaran McFeely cut the deficit to to eight but on 56 minutes Kieran McGlinchey finished off a sweeping team move to leave eight between them again as the game ticked into injury time.
Ruairi Hasson thought he had the last say of the evening but his effort came back off a post but Mark McGroraty showed his predatory instincts by finishing the rebound to the net for the Wolfhounds fifth major score and a first win of the season.
Limavady: Dean McInnes, Ruairi O’Kane, Harry McLaughlin (0-1), Ben Deery, Conor Boyd, Manus Quigley (0-0), Kieran McGlinchey (0-1), Aaron McGregor, Jack Deery, Sheagh McLaughlin (1-1), Richard King (1-1, 1f), Cormac Quigley (2-3 1f), Ruairi Hasson (0-1).
Subs: Mark McGroraty (1-0), Mickey McVeigh, Fintan Curley.
Foreglen: Ryan Downey, Paul O’Kane, Cathal O’Hara, Fintan O’Hara, Sean O’Connor, Mark McCormick, Liam O’Hara (1-1), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Niall McConway, Ciaran McFeely (0-2), Cahir O’Connor, Kevin O’Connor (0-3f), Caolan O’Connor (0-2).
Subs: Odhran McFeely (0-1), Christopher Farren.
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