Lively Lyre lay down early marker

Lyre 0-13 Cullen 2-5
Lyre claimed the Duhallow JAFC title for the second time when overcoming brave Cullen in Ballydesmond yesterday.

Despite a late Cullen comeback that yielded two goals in the closing stages, Lyre were always in control with a dominant opening 30 minutes laying the platform for victory.

Lyre started with greater urgency, with Denis Mannix, Brendan Withers, Thomas Vaughan and David Murphy to the fore.

Their use of the ball throughout the field was excellent and they reeled off eight consecutive points.

Cullen, playing in their third game in seven days, opened their account in the 33rd minute to trail 0-8 to 0-1 at the break.

Though Cullen tried valiantly to make an impression, Lyre smoothly rose the tempo to consolidate their position with a series of neatly struck points on the restart.

In fairness to never-say-die Cullen, they summoned up a response that yielded a pair of goals from Brian Kelleher and Alan Regan.

Pressurised by gritty opponents, Lyre never looked rattled and held out for a deserved win to take the title for the first time since 2010.

Scorers for Lyre: D Murphy 0-3, B O’Driscoll 0-2f, T Murphy 0-2, S Murphy(’45), B Withers, K Tarrant, D Roche, S Mannix and M Kearney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cullen: B Kelleher 1-2, A Regan 1-0, M Fleming 0-2f, B O’Connor 0-1f.

LYRE: S Murphy; S Twomey, J McSweeney, J Twohig; D Mannix, B Withers, B O’Keeffe; K Tarrant, T Vaughan; T Murphy, M Kearney, D Murphy; D Roche, S Mannix, B O’Driscoll.

Subs: S O’Connor for B O’Keeffe(39), P O’Keeffe for Tarrant(45), P Ryan for O’Driscoll(53), C Mannix for Vaughan(55).

CULLEN: B O’Connor; C Dineen, D Hickey, D D Hickey; A O’Sullivan, S Og Murphy, C Moynihan; A Regan, P O’Sullivan; A Lynch, M Fleming, D Meade; J O’Connor, B Kelleher, T O’Keeffe.

Subs: S Fleming for Lynch(28), A Nolan for Meade(ht), P Cremin for O’Keeffe(43), G Twomey for M Fleming(53).

Referee: E Walsh (Freemount).

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