Erin's Own respond to disaster
LAVEY received the perfect tonic for a shock loss to Glen by sharing the spoils with fierce rivals Bellaghy last weekend.
Their loss midweek to lowly Glen had left the Lavey men with a major headache as the championship looms large on the horizon. But the character and resolve shown in their clash with their neighbours which earned them a 1-7 each draw, ensures that Lavey find themselves in a much more content place.
The game marked the first taste of competitive action for Cailean O’Boyle in over two months, the versatile young star having made his recovery from a double hamstring tear. He was sprung from the bench by Lavey boss Henry Downey, and showed no ill-effects of his lengthy lay-off as he helped himself to two points. For O’Boyle though, it was only the result that mattered.
“It was a game we could have won, but we could also easily have thrown it away. We started like a house on fire, because losing to Glen by ten points was a disaster. This could have been our last game before championship, and we needed a positive result.
“The fact that it was Bellaghy probably helped us because we knew we were in for a battle. It was a really good, physical game, and both sides probably went home happy enough with a draw.
“We knew going into the championship off the back of a positive result, and if it is to be the case that our next game is the championship, we’ll be happy enough. There’s a good buzz and belief back now.”
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