GRANEMORE picked up their first win of this year’s league campaign after a ruthless display against Killeavy last Wednesday night.
The home side, poor against Armagh Harps and much improved when they travelled to Cullyhanna, Granemore really needed these two points.
The return of Darren Hughes and Tony McClelland in defence ensured that a previously generous backline was reinforced with much-needed experience.
Killeavy threatened early but their prolificacy in front of goal allowed Granemore to settle quickly – something they failed to do in the previous two encounters.
Barry Toner was at his best from the dead-ball knocking over frees at a whim – a dimension to his game in which he has improved immensely upon this year.
A deftly taken Jonny Fahy goal, at the end of a well-worked team move, gave Paul McShane’s side the breathing space required to remove the shackles that may have held them back in the last few weeks.
Brendan Boylan, once again, was immense in the middle of the field, catching and breaking ball that belied his 17 years.
Granemore held a six point lead at the break and shortly after the restart they extended that lead with Paudie Hollywood and Coalan Rafferty chipping in.
In the end, it was a routine win for Granemore with the stand out player being Darren Hughes at full-back.
Photos by John Merry