Report: Geordie McGuckin
Photographs: Bert Trowlen
Thomas Devlin Car Sales under-12 Shield (final)
Con Magee’s Glenravel 2-06 Kickham’s Creggan 0-05
A brace of back to back goals in the early stages of the second half proved the difference and ensured Con Magees Glenravel would take the under-12 Shield at the expense of a gallant Kickham’s Creggan in the opening game of a ‘double header’ at Clooney on Sunday.
This was a hugely enjoyable encounter in which character aplenty was apparent and those second period goals proved the difference but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
An outstanding performance by Glenravel net-minder Oisin Mc Keown who made a series of outstanding saves over the 40 minutes, which included one from the penalty spot was very much a factor.
The Glenravel lads made the better start and Niall Hynds had the opening score as he fisted the leather between the posts in the 4th minute.
Both sides had spurned chances apiece to open the scoring before the full forward opened account for the Con Magees and the Creggan keeper had made intervention to stop a Joseph Mc Kay effort crossing his line.
‘Butterflies were more than evident in the opening phase as fumbling and unforced errors were in evidence but effort was not in question and the Glenravel lads went a couple clear when Peadar O’ Donnell, who was on the cusp of an excellent performance split the posts.
Creggan were on the board in the 13th minute after lively corner forward Arthur Martin sped away down the left wing to combine with Shea McCann and confidently split the posts.
The opener did add impetus to the Creggan lads and after their net minder Paul McNally stood tall to defy Peadar O’ Donnell his clearance sent the ever available Arthur Martin on his way to raise a second white flag and square the issue at 0-02 apiece.
The Kickham’s lads finished the period on the positive and a foul on the advancing Peter Shore allowed Fintan Close to send the resultant award over the bar and ensure a 0-03 to 0-02 interval advantage.
The Con Magee’s enjoyed the favour of the brisk north westerly breeze in the second half but Creggan were quicker into stride and an early Conor Johnston point increased their advantage.
An excellent score from the winger but in the event it was to provoke lethal response from the Con Magees.
A direct approach saw Peadar O’ Donnell cut in from the right hand side and despite the acute angle he found space to slide the leather to the back of the net.
Daire Higgins collected the resultant kick out to deliver to the goalmouth and Niall Hynd’s was first to react, fisting to the net and suddenly the momentum was with the Con Magee’s. Glenravel had come from behind to gain a four point advantage 2-02 to 0-04 and seemed in the driving seat.
A real body blow to the Kickham’s and after Conor Johnston made reply with a fine point Oran McLintock was sent on his way by Niall Dixon to raise white at the other end.
Creggan returned to the offensive again in an effort to reduce the deficit but the Glenravel rear guard were proving strong and indeed their last man standing, net-minder Oisin Mc Keown was more than defiant in his duties making several outstanding saves.
Creggan pressed and seemed on the brink of reward for their efforts in the 35th minute when a foul on the lively Arthur Martin saw the man in charge point to the penalty spot.
Fintan Close stood tall to assume the spot kick duties and although the delivery was good it was turned away by the outstanding Oisin McKeown who went down to his right to push the fierce delivery around the post.
The Con Magees were still at 2-03 to 0-05 as the Kickham’s battled to get back in touch but the Glenravel defence stood tall as their opponents pressed forward. Once again Con Magee’s had their keeper to thank as he made another superb save to deny the incoming Shea McCann in the 39th minute.
As Injury time proceeded it was the Glenravel boys who were to finish with a flourish, and a late trio of points from the eye catching Peadar O’ Donnell in the 41st, 43rd and 45th minutes saw them conclude at 2-06 to 0-05 and the under-12 Shield was Cargan bound.
Glenravel: Oisin Mc Keown, Sean Og O’ Neill, Niall Dixon, Conn Fyfe, Colla Ward, Pheilim Ward, Oran Mc Lintock (0-01), Daire Higgins, Harry Fyfe, Tiernan Mc Laughlin, Joseph Mc Kay, Niall Hynds (1-01), Peadar O’ Donnell (1-04)
Fintan Brady for H Fyfe (inj)
Creggan:Paul Mc Nally, Matthew Donaghy, Eoin Mc Lernon, Darragh Mc Cann, Liam Mc Lernon, Peter Shore, Tristan Mc Cann, Fintan Close (0-01), Conor Johnston (0-02), Aiden Mc Elwee, Shea Mc Cann, Arthur Martin (0-02)
Referee Paul Lagan (Casement’s)