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Chris snipes 2-8 as MLR brush Btown aside

Kevin Regan
July 7, 2023

MLR 4-22, Bagenalstown Gaels 3-13

A tally of 2-8 from Chris Nolan spearheaded Mount Leinster Rangers to a facile 12 point win over Bagenalstown Gaels at Netwatch Cullen Park on Friday evening.

Before hand this had all the hallmarks of a classic and the early indications were that this could be the case with Nolan and Ted Joyce (2) giving MLR an early lead inside 3 minutes.

But a minute later Jake Doyle netted for the 4th time in just two championship games and by 10 minutes in they led 1-2 to 0-4.

Chris Nolan then netted on the 12 minute mark and it was to get better for him five minutes before half time when he roofed an absolute belter.

Bagenalstown who were enjoying the aid of a stiff breeze, really needed to be ahead at half time and looked set to go in just a couple of points down with Danny Doyle, Jason Wall and Jamie Whelan on the scoresheet.

However another piece of brilliance from Nolan saw him create the opening for Donagh Murphy for MLR’s third goal.

Craig Doyle’s free made it MLR 3-7, Bagenalstown Gaels 1-9 at half time but Rangers were to be backed by a stiff breeze in the second half.

And breeze or no breeze they were incredible in the second half, scoring 1-15, with Bagenalstown notching 2-4.

The boot went out through the bulkhead in the early part of this half with Donagh Murphy’s second goal on the 36th minute mark sandwiched between points from Nolan, Joyce and Ciaran Kavanagh.

This particular goal was engineered out of great pressure from Ted Joyce inside the large parallelogram. The ball squirmed loose, Andrew Townsend made a superb save, but Donagh was on hand to tap home.

Jason Wall was a bright light for Bagenalstown and he bagged a goal in the 39th minute. And a notable aspect was MLR’s ability to get a score straight after a setback and they got a point in response within seconds of each and every Bagenalstown goal.

Ciaran Kavanagh and Chris Nolan continued to keep the foot on the pedal, and even though Mark McDonald tapped home a goal from close range it offered little reprieve for the town.

This was due to points from Ted Joyce, another Nolan brace and Donagh Murphy’s final score which Wall and Styler did offer a slight response to.

MLR made a fair statement here this evening, but at the same time there’s plenty of hurling to be played and plenty of talent to come back on to both teams.

It’s first blood MLR, but the next meeting between these two will be an interesting encounter should it happen.

The Town have Naomh Eoin next up, while MLR will face St Mullins who saw off Naomh Brid by 1-22 to 0-12 this evening in Fenagh.

MLR: Dean Grennan; Sean Joyce, Michael Joyce, Jamie Nolan; Kevin McDonald, Diarmuid Byrne, Fiachra Fitzpatrick; Tim Brennan, Richie Coady; Dean Tobin, Ted Joyce, Eddie Byrne; Donagh Murphy, Chris Nolan, Donagh Murphy.

SUBS: Gary Lawlor, Tadgh Doran, Jack Ryan

Scorers: Chris Nolan 2-8 (0-3f), Donagh Murphy (2-2), Ted Joyce 0-5 (0-1f), Ciaran Kavanagh (0-5, 0-1f), Richie Coady (0-1), Dean Tobin (0-1)

Btown: Andrew Townsend; Eoghan Dowling, Darragh Nolan, Sean Wall: Niall Bolger, Cian Doyle, Jamie Whelan; Jack McCullagh, Kealan Guidera; Danny Doyle, Mark McDonald, Craig Doyle; Jason Wall, Jake Doyle, Paddy McDonnell.

SUBS: JP Treacy, Robbie Kane, James Doyle.

Scorers: Craig Doyle (0-7, 0-3f, 0-2, 65), Jason Wall 1-2, Jake Doyle 1-1, Mark McDonald 1-0, Danny Doyle 0-1, Darragh Nolan 0-1f, Jamie Whelan 0-1.

Referee: John Hickey

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