McGURK ARCHITECTS SHC QUALIFIERS

Kevin Lynch’s 1-17 Lavey 0-10

KEVIN Lynch’s blitzed Lavey with a second-half scoring display to setup a semi-final clash with neighbours Banagher in on Saturday, September 2.

Ciaran Mackle scored a first-half goal that would see Geoffrey McGonigle’s side into a narrow two point interval lead.

Lavey emerged from the blocks quickest racing into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, with their captain Paddy Henry involved in all their attacking prowess.  The opening half of this keenly contested game was dominated by the free takers Henry and Kevin Lynch's full-forward Odhran McKeever.

Henry extended the Lavey lead with a brace of points but a Ciaran Mackle goal midway through the half and an Adrian Armstrong point put Lynch’s 1-2 to 0-4 in front.

After the break, points from Odhrán McKeever and Armstrong saw them lead 1-11 to 0-9 after 40 minutes.

Twice in the third quarter Kevin Lynch’s keeper Brian Lagan made superb close range saves from Sam Dodds moments after the restart and then from Sean Toner in the 13th minute when five points separated the teams.

Lavey scored a single point for the rest of the game, as McKeever rattled up a personal tally of 0-9 and shoot Kevin Lynch’s into the last four.

MATCH STATS:

Kevin Lynch’s: Brian Lagan, Ciaran O’Kane, Conor Kelly, Seamus Higgins, Donal Kelly, Ciaran Steele, Kevin Hinphey (0-1), Ciaran Mackle (1-0), Paddy Kelly, Mark Craig, Adrian Armstrong (0-3), Thomas Brady, Corey O’Reilly (0-3, 2f), Odhrán McKeever (0-9, 5f), Niall Ferris (0-1).

Subs: Paddy McCloskey for O McKeever (50), Paul Sweeney for A Armstrong (53), Darragh Mullan for M Craig (59).

Lavey: Pearse McGill, Sean Toner, Dara McPeake, Shane Lagan, Aidan Toner, Conor McGurk, Shane McGill, Paddy Henry (0-8, 4f), Colm Dillon, Sam Dodds, Ryan Farren (0-1), Ciaran Hendry, Brendan Laverty (0-1), Ben Dodds, Liam Murphy.

Subs: Niall Toner for C Hendry (30), Raymond Dougan for B Laverty (51), Danny Shaw for S Toner (51), Caolan McGurk for C Dillon (55).

Ref: Paddy McEldowney (Ballinascreen).

At Monday's other game at Celtic Park, Ballinascreen beat Swatragh 2-16 to 1-15, with goals from Aaron Kelly and John McCloskey.  Michael Kirkpatrick scored 1-13 for the Davitt’s.

Semi-Final draw

The draw for the SHC semi-finals took place on Monday night.  Ballinascreen will play Ulster champions Slaughtneil in the last four with Kevin Lynch's to face neighbours Banagher.

SHC Semi-Finals – Saturday, September 2

Kevin Lynch’s v Banagher

Slaughtneil v Ballinascreen 

Saturday, September 16

IHC Final - Lavey v Swatragh

JHC Final - Na Magha v Coleraine

SHC Final

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