Sundays Well are turning season around

Three consecutive defeats at the start of the Ulster Bank League campaign now seem a distant memory as Sundays Well have quickly found their feet in Division 2A.

Sundays Well are turning season around

Their resurgence, and charge for promotion, continued on Saturday with a hard-fought win over Dungannon (9-6) on a heavy pitch at Mahon after Musgrave Park was deemed unplayable.

Coach Robbie Doyle was delighted with a display which pushes them up to fourth place behind City of Derry, Greystones and Highfield — the teams that inflicted those early season losses.

“We made our minds up we wanted this game played, we were on a good run of form and this is six on the bounce.

“Had the game not gone ahead, we would have been looking at having to play six or seven games consecutively in January and February, a massive ask. We’re happy enough now. There’s plenty to look forward to and we have guys who can throw the ball around, although that wasn’t possible in this instance.

“This game was about digging in and playing to the conditions; it was a lottery in terms of the weather but we got a couple of scores early in the first half and another early in the second. After that, it was a question of just doing the simple things right.”

His Dungannon counterpart, Andrew Hughes, was disappointed at losing in such a close contest and at having to move from Musgrave Park. “We’re unhappy that last week’s game was called off, and disappointed that we had to move grounds because we (both) felt the pitch here (Musgrave Park) was playable. Unfortunately the powers that be decided otherwise,” he said.

“In terms of the game, we have no complaints. It was tough, it was close but Sundays Well just about did enough to win. Both sides fought hard, there was a lot of intensity and in the conditions it wasn’t a bad game. We’re down around the wrong end of the table and that’s due to the fact that we’re playing in fits and starts. We got a bonus point so that’s not too bad and I would be looking forward to January because we’re then playing all the teams around us, so that’s our chance to make sure that we can get ourselves up the division.”

With leaders Derry and Highfield inactive, Greystones took advantage to beat Bective and move into second. Two games in Div 2A went ahead, with leaders Banbridge accounting for Queens University and second placed Malone beating Skerries. Cashel, Naas and UCC (2) have games in hand and remain very much in the race for promotion.

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