On Saturday evening past An Céide Lamh Dhearg met Croibh Rua in the Senior Hurling Championship for the first time ever and although the Camlough men give a good account of themselves they were no match for the Keady hurlers who were that little bit sharper on the night. The first five minutes saw Croibh Rua take the game to Keady and they took a well deserved lead, but soon after Keady got their first goal of the game when Stephen Renaghan broke away from his marker and coolly slotted the sloitar in the oppositions net. From here on it was one way traffic until a unnecessary foul by the Keady defence gave the Camlough men a chance for a goal and they duly obliged after another calamity of errors. This gave Croibh Rua renewed hope and they followed on with a few more minor scores before Lamh Dhearg restored order with another well taken goal by young Stephen Renaghan again. There would be no second chances as the Keady defence became more disciplined in the tackle while the mid fielders & forwards tagged on score after score and it soon became apparent that there would only be one outcome. When the referee called time the final score registered was 6-21 to 1.05 and although the Keady players were happy with the result, they surely went home knowing that they must preform so much better next time out. Praise must go to the Camlough men who battled hard through out while on the Keady side players like Dylan Mckenna; Stephen Renaghan; Gerard Enright; Liam McKee; Nathan Green; John Corvan all put in a good hours hurling. Special praise must go to 16yr old Dylan McKenna who playing in his first Senior Championship match was probably one of the better players on the field of play. As yet it is unknown who Keady will play in the Senior Final as Middletown & Cuchulainns played out a draw on Sunday evening and now must do it all again.
PHOTOS BY JOHN MERRY