Carryduff ladies got off to a very slow start and an excellent save by goalkeeper Susie Baxter kept them in touch as Bryansford notched up three points from play in the opening 12 minutes.
Bryansford should have had more to show for their efforts with the strong breeze at their backs but kicked three wides in this period.
Hazel Jordan’s 13th minute goal brought the sides level but Bryansford replied with three fine scores from play before Jessica Foy’s 19th minute point reduced the deficit to two points.
In a very lacklustre first half, Carryduff were only to mount one further challenge which saw Megan Doherty kick wide. Bryansford finished the half strongly with two further points while a well finished goal from their industrious right full forward left them with a commanding six-point advantage at the break: Carryduff 1-01 Bryansford 1-07.
Alec McGoran shepherded his charges into the changing room at half time and a more determined Carryduff side came out for the second half.
Despite Bryansford opening the half well, and claiming the first score from a converted free in the second minute, it was the only score they were to register in the half.
Carryduff settled to take control and scores from five different players were indicative of the second half dominance. Erin Robinson’s 37th minute point marked the start of the Carryduff revival and additional points from Jessica Foy (44th), Kate McKay (46th) and Emer McKay (47th), before Robinson struck her 40th minute point, took Carryduff’s deficit to two points.
Jessica Foy’s 51st minute goal put Carryduff two to the better and further points from Erin Robinson (53rd) and from Ciara Doherty (54th) sealed the victory for Carryduff.
Carryduff: Susie Baxter, Carly Fay, Laura Sharvin, Ciara Doherty, Hannah Magorrian, Emer McKay, Ciara Rooney, Kate McKay, Megan Doherty, Emily Duffy, Leeanne Murray, Alannah Connery, Erin Robinson, Hazel Jordan, Jessica Foy.
Despite having the advantage of a strong first half breeze Carryduff failed to capitalise on the advantage it offered and allowed Bryansford to peg off a few points from play in the opening minutes of the game that were to prove crucial.
A fine save from Quinn kept Carryduff ahead, his save deflecting over the crossbar for Bryansford’s second point.
Getting a steady supply of ball Ciaran Conway managed to kick five points in the first quarter but the home side seemed to live on their luck as Bryansford continued to win most of the breaking ball around the midfield sector and, despite trailing by three points, seemed more purposeful in their approach to the game.
A 15th minute point brought them within two of Carryduff before McConville pointed to put three between the sides. That advantage disappeared when Bryansford goaled in the 17th minute.
A further point from play and a second goal from the penalty spot in the 26th minute left them with a three-point advantage: Carryduff 0-06 Bryansford 2-3.
Playing the second half with the strong breeze to their backs, Bryansford extended their advantage by converting two frees in the first ten minutes.
Ciaran Conway’s 40th minute goal brought some hope to the Carryduff cause, leaving only two points between the sides.
However, playing the long, direct ball with the assistance of the breeze, Bryansford soon added a further three points without reply and a third goal seven minutes from the final whistle gave them a comfortable seven-point advantage.
Bryansford claimed a further converted free and point from play. Luke Magowan’s late point left the final scoreline Carryduff 1-07 Bryansford 3-10.
Carryduff: Stephen Quinn, Ciaran Goodwin, Paddy Craig, Shane Flaherty, Aodhan McGoran, Gavin Kelly, Mark McConville, Peter Lavery, Conor McCarroll, Luke Magowan, Ciaran Conway, Michael McGrath, Kieran Devlin, Tony McMahon, Rory McGrath. Subs: Seán McGonigle, Conor Beatty, Thomas Artherton.
Strictly Come Dancing
Carryduff GAC’s Strictly Come Dancing event was an unprecedented success.
All patrons and supporters who attended the event, sponsored by Sentel, thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
The competition was won by couple number four, Eugene McNicholl and Mary Early, but the ‘count’ had gone right to the wire as the standard of competition was so high.
Our thanks to all the competitors, sponsors, well-wishers and supporters – those of you who voted so fiercely for all the competitors - and especially to the organising committee and volunteers who helped make the event such a resounding success.
Best wishes from everyone in the club to competitor Kieron Moore who was unable to participate – we wish him well for a speedy recovery and hope to see him tread the boards in the not too distant future with Ailish.