Senior Championship – Derrynoose 3-8 Keady 2-21
Keady began their Senior Championship campaign with a convincing ten-point win over Derrynoose, away from home, on Tuesday evening.
The hosts made the brighter start with scores from Patrick McGrane and Mark Lennon but the sides were tied 0-3 apiece after 12 minutes.
The sides were still evenly tied ten minutes later, before Lennon shot Derrynoose one-point in front.
Two quickfire scores from Conor Corvan and Sean Colton nudged the visitors ahead and kickstarted a scoring spree.
Marc Toal (3), Caoimhin Rafferty and Odhran Fullerton all split the posts as Keady charged into a 12-6 lead.
Derrynoose responded just before the break, with McGrane rattling the net to close the gap. That left the half time score 1-12 to 0-6.
Rafferty grabbed a goal straight after the break while four points on the trot opened up a ten-point deficit.
Corvan slotted home another Keady major, netting from the penalty spot before Derrynoose got their first score of the second half.
An incredible individual goal Shea McNaughton was followed by another three-pointer from Stephen Keenan.
Keady had the game wrapped up by that stage however and advance to the second round with a ten-point win.
They’ll face Middletown in round two and the defending champions got their title defence off to a winning start.
In a repeat of last years final, Middletown saw off Craobh Rua with ease, winning by 26-points in the end.
Sean Og McGuinness and Ryan Gaffney claimed the goals for Middletown in their 2-32 to 1-8 success.
Last year’s Junior Hurling Championship winners Sean Treacy’s made it two from two on Tuesday evening.
The Lurgan side beat Middletown IIs in the opening round while two Anthony Carville goals helped them beat St Malachy’s 2-30 to 1-12.
Cuchulainns IIs followed up their first-round win over Keady IIs with a six-point victory over Middletown IIs. 1-17 to 1-11.