Belleek 0-7 Cullyhanna 1-17
Cullyhanna began their Intermediate Championship challenge with an eye-catching 13-point win away to Belleek on Saturday.
St Pat’s, with the aid of a big breeze in the first half, built up a nine-point advantage by the break.
They lead from start to finish and had to wait just 30 seconds for the games opening score. A goal though Jason Duffy.
Cullyhanna attacked right from the throw in and Duffy’s pointed attempt dropped short and crossed the goal line.
Belleek replied with a Callum O’Neill free. But Cullyhanna took full control of the scoreboard with nine points on the trot.
A Jason Duffy score split two by his club and county teammate Aidan Nugent, while Shea Hoey also opened his account.
Nugent knocked over another from a free, while Duffy and Hoey notched another point apiece to add to their tallies.
Gavan Duffy and Tony Donnelly got in on the scoring act as Belleek finished out the half with two more points of their own.
O’Neill fired over a free while James McParland sliced over a wonderful score. That closed the gap to nine at the interval, 0-3 to 1-9.
Cullyhanna just picked up where they left off after the turnaround with a trio of points from Nugent, Pearse Casey and Caolan Reavey.
Sean McCreesh pulled one back for the home side, while O’Neill kicked over his third of the afternoon.
O’Neill’s midfield partner Stephen Finnegan burst through the St Pat’s defence and laced the ball over the black spot.
Donnelly and Nugent both split the posts at the other end while O’Neill raised a fourth white flag, from a difficult angle.
Like they started the half, Cullyhanna finished with a flurry and recorded the final three scores of the encounter.
Casey claimed his second point while Hoey and Phelim McArdle notched on further scores to give Stephen Reel’s men a 13-point victory.