28 May 2022

Derry hurlers cruise to home win over Warwickshire

Three McKeever goals put the Oakleafers on track

Derry hurlers cruise to home win over Warwickshire

Odhrán McKeever's goals helped Derry to victory. (Pic: Tom Heaney)

Three goals from Odhran McKeever propelled Derry hurlers to a 4-22 to 2-7 win over Warwickshire at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Their third successive win puts John McEvoy's team top of the table, adding to wins over Down and London.

“We’re three from three and building. There’s a bit of competition coming into the squad, but we’ve picked up one or two knocks now that we’ll have to assess during the week,” McEvoy told the County Derry Post.

“Next weekend is a different animal again going away to Roscommon – it’s a big trip, three hours, and we have to manage it the right way.”

Elsewhere in division 2B this weekend, Kildare entertain the Rossies on Sunday, while Down face London in Ruislip.

DERRY: Sean Kelly; Paddy Kelly, Brian Óg McGilligan, Darragh Cartin; Seán Ó Caiside, Eamon McGill, Conor Kelly; Paul Cleary (0-1), Thomas Brady (0-1),; Steafan McCloskey (0-3), Cormac O’Doherty (0-10, 4f, 1 ‘65) Alan Grant (0-1); Eoghan Cassidy (0-1), Odhrán McKeever (3-3), Tiarnán McHugh (1-0).
SUBS: Sean Cassidy for E McGill (25), Richie Mullan for T Brady (HT), Meehaul McGrath for S O’Caiside (44), Johnny O’Dwyer (0-2) for T McHugh (51), Charlie Gilmore for C Kelly (57).

YELLOW CARDS: S O’Caiside (23), P Kelly (35), D Cartin (53), S McCloskey (65).
RED CARDS: M McGrath (58).

WARWICKSHIRE: Phil Crean; Seamus Brough, Ronan O’Donoghue, Tom Kelly; Diarmuid Murphy, Ciaran Heeney, Micheal O’Regan; Robert Curley, Alan Brooks (0-1); Daire King (1-0), Ian Dwyer (1-0, 1 pen), Darren O’Neill; Robert Duggan, Pauric Crehan (0-6f), Fintan White.
SUBS: Joe McDermott for S Brough (47), Ben Muldoon for I Dwyer (67).

RED CARD: D O’Neill (32).

REF: James Clarke (Cavan).

More from Derry's win in next week's Derry News and County Derry Post

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