Dunloy and Dungiven into minor final

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Dunloy Cúchulainn’s (Antrim) 2-18 Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon (Tyrone) 0-9

13AEoin Brick McMullan who scored two goals in Dunloy’s win over Eoghan Rua Dungannon.

WHEN Eoghan Ruadh from Dungannon opted to play a sweeper against the wind in the opening half of this Leadon Timber Frames Ulster Minor club semi-final in Ballinascreen, they probably didn’t expect Dunloy to push corner-back Eoin McMullan up on that sweeper.

Less did they expect that McMullan would shut the door firmly on a spot in the final by expertly shooting both Dunloy goals in a three minute spell just before half-time.

Those scores put the Antrim champions into a commanding 2-11 to 0-2 lead at the break and, while McMullan looked a bit disappointed in having to revert to a marking job at corner-back for the second half, the damage had been done.

Another aspect of the game Dungannon will regret was the number of frees they conceded and they were punished by Padraig McGilligan with 11 of his 13 points coming from placed balls.

Six of Dunloy’s first half points came from McGilligan frees and he also added two from play as the Antrim champions kept the score-board ticking. They held a 0-10 to 0-2 lead in the 28th minute when McMullan picked up a long clearance from the half-back line, cut in along the end line and fired home his first goal.

Callum Scullion found McMullan free in first half injury-time and he neatly hit the top-corner for his second goal.

With the wind behind them after half-time the Eoghan Ruadh forwards saw more of the ball, but their key scorer Cian Ferguson had dropped out to around midfield and they lacked the ability to penetrate Dunloy’s defence to score the goal they, and the game, needed.

Decent performances from Conor Devlin, Ben Gormley and Sean Paul McKernan however made little impact on a Dunloy team that will give the final a good rattle.

Dunloy fielded without three of the team that started the Antrim final replay and none from Eoghan McGrath, Seaan Elliott or Oisin McErleane came off the bench. However with a straight red card for Callum Scullion for an incident in the 50th minute that saw Dungannon’s Feargal Donaghy also dismissed, there will be changes for next Sunday’s decider.

Dunloy: Adam Mooney; Ciaran McQuillan, Aaron Crawford, Eoin McMullan (2-0), Patrick Kinsella, Ryan McGarry, Barry Scott; Callum Scullion (0-1), Rory Mullan, Anthony Smith, Padraig McGilligan (0-13, 0-11 frees), Ryan McFarlane (0-2); Sean O’Neill (0-1), Anton McGrath, Conal Kelly (0-1).

Subs: Daithi Cree for R Mullan (47), Aaron McGuckin for A Smith (52), PJ Crolly for C McQuillan (58)

Eoghan Ruadh : C Molloy, S McGeery, C MacGinnity, B Rush, P Hughes, C Devlin, J Donnelly, F Donaghy, SP McKernan, M McCann, F Devlin, B Gormley (0-3), J McCann, C Ferguson (0-1 free), R Weir (1-2).

Subs : C MacRory for J Donnelly (24), C Hughes for C MacRory (34), J Toner for M McCann (54), C McCurry for C MacGinnity (54), D Corr for P Hughes (59).

Referee : Eddie Nash (Derry)

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Kevin Lynch’s (Derry) 3-17 Bredagh (Down) 0-14

KEVIN LYNCH’s made a serious statement of intent by going into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead before the stop-watch reached 2 minutes in this Leadon Timber Frames Ulster Minor club Hurling Cup semi-final in Ballinascreen yesterday.

The goal came after 50 seconds, Richie Mullan’s long free reached Tiarnan McHugh who off-loaded to the in-rushing Sean Kelly to tap to the Bredagh net and my Player of the Match midfielder Eoin Cassidy fired over two long range points before the Belfast side could recover.

Bredagh did hit three of the next four points, but the Cup holders were in no mood to ease up and they went on to lead 2-10 to 0-7 at the break with the second goal also filtered through McHugh and Kelly in the 27th minute for Thomas McClary, on his knees, to find the bottom corner of the net.

Bredagh came out for the second half and hit four unanswered points in the opening seven minutes to bring the gap down to five points, but Daire McKeever eventually got Dungiven going again with a superb point from the side-line and they broke Bredagh resistance with 1-4 in the last ten minutes, with only Ciaran McMullan pointing in reply.

The south Belfast side, who won the Down championship last month for the first time in their short history, competed gamely throughout especially during the second half, with Niall McFarland, Aaron Patterson, Joe Hanrahan and Sean Hughes prominent.

However they can have little complaint with the result as Kevin Lynch’s were physically stronger in the tackle and had big performers in key areas of the field, Niall McNicholl, Conor McKelvey, Eoin Cassidy, Sean Kelly and Tiarnan McHugh.

Kevin Lynch’s : Niall McGonigle, Thomas Doran, Niall McNicholl, Cahir Hasson, Connor McKelvey, Richie Mullan (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), Padraig O’Kane, Eoin Cassidy (0-6), Darragh McGilligan (0-1), Cahir Higgins, Sean Kelly (1-2), Daire McKeever (0-1), Eoin McKeever, Tiarnan McHugh (0-4), Thomas McClarey (1-1),

Bredagh : Odhran Davis, Evin Maguire, Tiarnan Sheehan, Aaron Patterson, Aodhan O’Keefe, Niall McFarland (1-1, 0-1 free), Liam Hogan (0-1), Matthew McAreavey (0-2), Joe Hanrahan, Joe Blaney, Sean Hughes (0-2), Dara Curran (0-1), Ciaran McMullan (0-2), Ronan Costello (0-4, 0-3 frees), Enda Gargan

Subs : PJ Lavery for E gargan (HT), Dylan Kerrigan for E Maguire (57).

Referee : Owen Elliott (Antrim)

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