Danske Bank Mageean Cup semi-final
An Dún 0-24 Cross and Passion Ballycastle 1-11
Last year’s beaten finalists, An Dún, are back in the Danske Bank Mageean Cup final after a comprehensive win over Cross and Passion Ballycastle in Friday’s semi-final at the Dub.
Ballycastle competed well in the first half and the sides were level on a number of occasions including half-time when they turned over on terms at 1-8 to 0-11, and again early in the second half when free-takers Ronan Blair and Seamus McAuley exchanged points.
But from then on An Dún were dominant throughout the field and they established control of the scoreboard as they coasted into a final against either St Louis Ballymena or holders St Patrick’s Maghera.
The high point for CPC as Conor McBride scores an early goal
Michael O’Boyle opened for CPC with an early point, but An Dún had edged ahead 0-3 to 0-1 before Conor McBride gave CPC a great boost as he took possession in the corner in the 7th minute, and raced through to score a brilliant individual goal. McBride’s goal came just after the Down boys had come close to a goal themselves at the other end, only to be denied by stand-in goalkeeper Tiernan Smyth who made a brilliant stop from close range.
Although McAuley added a free soon after McBride’s goal, An Dún came back strongly with their full-back line cutting out a lot of ball played through by Ballycastle’s half-backs and midfield.
McAuley and Blair popped over nine points between them from frees during the first half, but it was the Down men who seemed to create more scoring option with five other players getting on the scoreboard.
After the change of ends Down gained the upper hand and with midfielder Phelim Savage controlling the game they went ahead with a point from a Ronan Blaire free. CPC’s replied through corner forward Rian McMullan but it clear the Down boys were getting on top and they soon stretched their lead to five as Nial McParland, Tim Prenter and Savage all added excellent points. Padraig McGilligan and Seamus McAuley pointed to bring CPC back to within two points, but McAuley’s score from forty metre free in the 42nd minute was to be their last of the game.
Man of the match Phelim Savage breaks clear to score a late point.
With Savage weaving his magic around the middle of the field An Dún resumed full control of the game and from there to the finish they winners were on top. Stuart Martin floated over a beauty from right on the side-line, Tim Prenter and midfielder Phelim Savage picked off a couple of fine scores each and with Blair applying punishment for fouls within range, Cross and Passion struggled. There were a couple of goal chances for the Ballycastle school but nothing was going for them on the day and An Dún swept through to the final with ten points to spare.
An Dún : Cathal Lavery, Imran Hussain, Matt McAreavey, Aodhan Furlong, John Hughes, Ciaran Watson, Sean Campbell, Sean Hughes, Phelim Savage (0-4), Niall McParland (0-1), Stuart Martin (0-2), Caolan Coulter (0-2), Padraig Doran (0-1), Ronan Blair (0-10, 0-9 frees), Tim Prenter (0-4).
Subs : Francis Caldwell for P Dorrian (51), Aaron Dorrian for N McFarland (51), Eoin Magee for T Prenter (55), Tiernan Murphy for P Savage (58)
Cross and Passion : Tiernan Smyth, Colm Butler, Cormac Donnelly, Enda Óg McGarry, Padraig McGilligan, Oisin McAuley, John McAllister, Ryan Hill, Paul Boyle, Michael McGarry, Ryan McFarline, Michael O’Boyle (0-1), Rian McMullan (0-2), Conor McBride (1-1), Seamus McAuley (0-7, 0-6 frees)
Subs; Ciaran McKay for P Boyle (42).
Referee : B Toland
Pics by John McIlwaine