Fermanagh’s Lisbellaw claimed their first ever Ulster IHC title with a well deserved victory over Antrim champions St Brigid’s Cloughmills at Esler Park, Newry yesterday afternoon.
Goals from their inside forward line of Declan McGarry, Ciaran Corrigan and Sean Corrigan proved to be the games crucial scores.
The Erne side led at the interval by double scores – 2-10 to 1-5. Declan McGarry and Ciaran Corrigan grabbed Lisbellaw’s two goals while corner forward Stephen Smith gave Cloughmills a huge morale boost with a goal just before the half time whistle following an error from a Lisbellaw defender.
Cloughmills made a great start to the second half closing the gap to four, with four unanswered points in the space of five minutes.
However, Lisbellaw restored their advantage when J P McGarry put Sean Corrigan through on goal and the latter made no mistake firing to the net.
It looked to be all over but Cloughmills never gave up, Michael Devlin blasted to the Lisbellaw net from a free, this was to be their last score.
Lisbellaw closed the game out with three points to ensure victory.
Lisbellaw – D McPhillips; N Carson, F Bannon, D Teague; A Breslin (0-1), M Slevin (0-1), K Kehoe; R Bogue J Duffy (0-7); J P McGarry (0-1), M Teague, P Timoney; S Corrigan (1-2), D McGarry (1-2), C Corrigan (1-0). Subs: B McGarry for P Timoney.
Cloughmills – A McNeill; M Dobbin, D Morrison, S Martin; J McGuckian, A Smiley (0-1), R Laverty (0-1); J Doherty (0-1), M Morrison; M Devlin (1-3), L Connolly, C McKernan; S Smyth (1-0), C Laverty, L Kearns (0-4). Sub: S McKendry for C McKernan.
Referee – B Sweeney (Cavan).