CONDITIONS were damp and bleak on Saturday, but second placed Heywood maintained the heat on ladder leaders Westerns with a decisive 19.9 (123) to 7.6 (48) against Coleraine in South West football on Saturday.
The Lions laid the foundations for the four premiership points with a stunning seven-goal opening term blitz, which took the wind out of the Maroons’ sails.
Subsequently the home side led by 44-points at the first change and continued to dominate for the remainder of the contest.
The work ethic in the difficult weather conditions of Ben Millard, Broderick Church, Ben Nash, Stephen Keiller, Jason Walker and Aaron Barr ensured the Lions maintained a winning edge.
John Bell was also influential up forward with five goals, which was an impressive return on a day when forwards had to contend with wind and rain.
Church (three), along with Barr and Nash (two apiece), helped to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
It was a significant setback for the Maroons in their quest to stitch up a final five berth.
Coleraine’s best players were Lachlan McCann, Eric Guthrie, Jack Haw, Niall Ashby, Josh Brown and Daniel McDonnell.
Zachary McDonald was effective when within goal scoring range with three majors for the Maroons.