by Dave Baker
U16 North Antrim B Championship Semi Final
Naomh Éanna 0-6 v Loch Mór Dál gCais 5-8
Loch Mór Dál gCais booked their place in the final of the North Antrim Under 16 B Championship when they travelled to Glengormley and beat St Enda’s by 5-8 to 0-6 on Monday evening
The game was slow to start in the first few minutes on a cool and breezy night in Glengormley and the watching crowd had to wait almost ten minutes for the opening point of the game scored by Loch Mór’s Sean McGuiness. The teams exchanged two points each as the first half was proving tight until Bailey Graham saved on the goal line, before his long clearance started a move which set Sean McGuinness up for the first goal of the game. St Enda’s pressure saw them denied once again by Loch Mór’s keeper Bailey Graham and as the chances were missed by Naomh Éanna Loch Mór hit back with a goal and a point in quick succession, again from Sean McGuinness to give his team a 2-3 to 0-3 lead at the break
Loch Mór opened the second half as brightly as they closed the first with Naomh Éanna making two goal line saves themselves before Anthony Gallagher grabbed a point to open the second half scoring. Naomh Éanna where then presented with a goal scoring opportunity with a free on the 20 metre line only for Baily Graham to make another goal line save, although the home team secured a point from the clearance. Loch Mór when further ahead when they were awarded a penalty, which although struck well was saved by the Naomh Éanna keeper but quick reaction from Tiernan Lees saw him force the rebound home. The visitors were now coasting at nine points clear and the introduction of substitute Daragh Turley saw things get even better as Daragh fired over two quick points. The home side hit back with two points of their own but Daragh replied with two goals back to back to seal and impressive win.
Overall this was an excellent game to watch and in the first half was closer than the score would imply only for the excellent performance of Baily Graham in the Loch Mór goal. In the second half the visitors came into their own with the Loch Mór keeper again on top form, Anthony Gallagher driving the team forward through the middle and Sean McGuinness (match total 2-3) and Darragh Turley (2-2) in form up front as they booked their place in the U16 North Antrim B Championship final against either St Olcans or Tir Na Nog