Muirhevnamor’s Brendan Hughes. PICTURE: BEN MCSHANE

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NEFL Premier Division | Muirhevnamor 1–0 Bellurgan United

Brendan Hughes scored the only goal of the game as reigning champions Muirhevnamor got back to winning ways against Bellurgan United on Friday night.

Muirhevnamor, beaten heavily by Newfoundwell last Sunday, needed the three points to kickstart their season and they opened brightly with Hughes breaking the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes.

Billy Smith and Gary Clarke combined neatly in the approach and Hughes made no mistake, his finish from the edge of the penalty area beating Robbie Arthur all ends up.

Bellurgan, whose form has nosedived in recent weeks, leading to the departure of manager Wayne Conroy earlier in the week, struggled to fashion any real opportunities with Ciaran Sheelan seeing their best effort of the first half turned away by Michael Cooney.

Billy Smith and Sean Maguire of Muirhevnamor presenting Michael Connelly of Mico Electrical Systems with a training top in recognition of his sponsorship to the club

The peninsula side dictated possession for large spells after the break but Cooney had a stress free evening with Sheelan again, and Ray Finnegan, passing up opportunities.

With Padraig Hearty absent through injury and Smith yet to go through the gears, Muirhevnamor still look some way off their free flowing best but a welcome clean sheet ensured them a big win which they will be hoping to use as a launchpad for the rest of the campaign.

MUIRHEVNAMOR: Michael Cooney, Brian Begley, Chris Caulfield, Adrian Rafferty, Cónal Mulvenna (Stephen Smith), Wayne Robinson (Gino Cooney), Philip Duffy, Gary Clarke, Billy Smith, Mickey O’Kane, Brendan Hughes (Conor Gorman).

BELLURGAN UNITED: Robbie Arthur, Aoghan McGuinness, Ray Finnegan, Daragh Lafferty, John Smyth (Stephen Finnegan), Shane Finnegan, Paddy Keenan, Brian White, Daniel McDonald, Ciaran Sheelan, Barry Carr (Owen Traynor).

REFEREE: Brendan Gillespie.

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