Ballinderry repeat hat-trick

Ballinderry 3-10 Ballinascreen 2-07
Ballinderry emulated the club’s heroes from the ’80s by completing the club’s second three-in-a-row with a comprehensive win over Ballinascreen yesterday.

The Shamrocks last achieved the feat between 1980 and ’82 and it was matched by the current crop as goals from Darren Lawn, Michael McIver and Daniel McKinless helped them to a six-point win.

It could have been a different story had Ballinascreen captain Benny Heron not missed two penalties, but there is little doubt Derry’s best are champions again.

The key events began before the break when Heron dragged his first penalty attempt wide of the posts.

McKinless bravely fisted to the net on 39 minutes before Heron missed again.

Scorers for Ballinderry: C Devlin 0-5, R Bell 0-3 (1 45), M McIver, D Lawn, D McGuckin 1-0 each, D Conway, C Nevin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballinascreen: M McBride 1-1, S Bradley 0-3 (1f), P Burns 1-0, B Heron (1 45), D McBride, C McWilliams 0-1 each.

BALLINDERRY: M Conlan; R Scott, C Nevin, M McIver; R Wilson, G McKinless, D Lawn; K McGuckin, J Conway; D McKinless, D Conway, D McGuckin; C Devlin, R Bell, C Gilligan

Subs: A Devlin for D Conway (ht), E Muldoon for G McKinless (43), F Bell for D McKinless (49), M McGeehan for M Conlan (57), C Wilkinson for Gilligan (57).

BALLINASCREEN: D Devlin; P McGlade, M McShane, D Scullion; R Devlin, D McBride, K Conway; M McBride, P Bradley; J Scullion, B Heron, C McWilliams; S Bradley, G Kelly, Eamon Murray.

Subs: Eunan Murray for Kelly (42), E McKillion for J Scullion (43), P Burns for Eamon Murray, G Conway for S Bradley (57), S Woods for R Devlin (59).

Referee: B Cassidy (Bellaghy).

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