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One goal goes a Lunga way

Lifford’s Fabrice Batista under pressure. Photographs by Declan  Monaghan

Hermitage A 0 Lifford 1

Lunga Balman was the hero for Lifford in this Ennis derby at the Fairgreen on Sunday. He scored the all-important goal, just before half time, to give Lifford the points against the league leaders.
The ’Tage will be disappointed that they weren’t ahead at the time as they had created some good chances but the Lifford defence held firm Balman’s strike broke the deadlock and came after good work by Greg Howard.
In the third quarter, the ’Tage piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but the winner’s defence in which Michael J Sullivan again impressed, held firm. An equaliser looked to be on the cards when Hermitage were awarded a penalty but Dave Moloney’s effort rebounded off the upright.

Lifford: Jan Da Silva; Greg Howard, Hamad Kuku, Michael J Sullivan, J Lynch; Gary McMahon, TJ Ajisomo, Ruairi Norrbyt, Fabrice Baptista, Ciaran Neenan, Lunga Balman.
Subs: Gary Browne, Liam Meaney, Jamie Fahy.
Hermitage: Joe Burke; Donal Harnett, Rhys Phillips, Ritchie Fitzgerald, Alan O’Riordan, Ger Dullaghan, John Maher, Pa Mannion, Scott Hennessy, Eddie Killeen, Paul Dullaghan.
Subs: Davy Moloney, Dean Ryan, Robbie Downes.

Bridge Celtic 2 Bridge United A 0

Second half goals from Rob Cassidy and Ricky Mowatt gave Bridge Celtic victory over Bridge United A at O’Briensbridge on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Adrian Dhuig produced a couple of great saves for the winners
as Bridge United dominated the opening half.

Bridge Celtic A: Adrian Dhuig; Rob Cassidy, William Slattery, Rob Seymour, Trevor Howard; Noel Howard, Shane Byrnes, Paul McEvoy, Stephen McCarthy, Ricky Mowatt, Conor Hynes.
Subs: Fergal Lyons, Paul Nolan, Ryan Morris.
Bridge United A: Mark Lonergan; John Hayes, Donald Devanney, Darren Murphy, Billy Maxwell; Stephen Stewart, Darragh Fitzgerald, Mark Culbert, Shane Devanney; Trevor Kearney, Michael Reddan.
Subs: Pa Toomey for Kearney.


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