The Reserves opened their League campaign with victory over Aghyaran on Sunday

Ard Bó 2-07
Achadh Ui Arain 1-04

The Reserves produced a solid display to see off Aghyaran in the first league fixture of the year at Michael Coney Park on Sunday, winning on a scoreline of 2-07 to 1-04.

Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, Ardboe opened brightly with scores from Daniel Wylie and Joe Coyle.  Aghyaran opened their account with a pointed free minutes later, but Ardboe regained the lead with Joe Coyle landing another couple of points.  The first goal of the game came mid-way through the half when Stephen Graham raced clear and his shot found the top corner of the net to open up a six point lead.  However, Aghyaran kept in touch when they goaled a penalty at the end of the half to leave the score 1-04 to 1-01 at the break.

Aghyaran started the second half strongly with a couple of points to narrow the gap to the minimum, but Ardboe responded well – Nishy O'Neill landing two fine points to open up the lead again.  And the game was put beyond doubt with 15 minutes remaining when Ronan Campbell blasted a penalty to the net after Sean Hagan had been fouled.  With a comfortable lead Ardboe saw out the remainer of the game and with both side swapping late points, Ardboe ran out six point winners.

Team: Ryan Higgins; Edward Devlin, Cathal McKeown, Paddy Teague; Shea Quinn, Kieran Devlin, Ronan McGurk; Ronan Campbell, Noel O'Neill; Adrian Devlin, Joe Coyle, Mark Quinn; Thomas Wylie, Daniel Wylie, Stephen Graham.  Subs used: Nishy O'Neill, Sean Hagan, Shay Coney

By ciaranhurl Sun 5th Apr