Portglenone keep themselves in the picture

U21 Football Championship

Casements 7-19 , Antrim  0-3

While a picture begins to emerge as to the likely combatants come the later stages of the U21 football championship with St. Brigid’s, Dunloy and St. Gall’s making the early running it’s much too early to make predictions with several other sides impressing and aiming for a place in the knockout stages.

Casement’s Portglenone have certainly kept themselves in contention with an impressive performance in an opening day draw with Kickham’s Creggan in Ballymena and last night they proved much too strong for St. Comgall’s Antrim who were dipping their toes in the competition waters for the first time

The Bannsiders turned in a sparkling performance to brush aside the challenge of the Antrim town side and led by 4-9 to 0-0 at the interval by which stage the game was as good as over. Casement’s continued to show fire power all over the field with youngster, Oisin Doherty again impressing at wing half back and weighing in with 1-2.

Michael Hagan, who gave the Creggan defence a tough time last day, continued to lead from the front and top scored with 2-5 and could even afford the luxury of missing a penalty with their other goals coming from Paddy Graffin, Ronan Kelly, Jack McAleese and substitute Jordan Hyndman.

Kickham’s Creggan and St. Joseph’s Glenavy play tonight in Portglenone and the winner of that game could accompany Casement’s to a place in the knockout stages but nothing is decided yet with another round of games still to play in this section.

Andrew Hasson , Christie Convery , Ryan Convery (0-1), Ryan Mc Gerr , Ciarán Lynch (0-1) , Ryan Mc Guigan (0-1) , Oisín Doherty (1-2) , Stephen Kelly  (0-1) , Connor Mc Ghee , Paddy Graffin  (1-2) , Ronan Kelly (1-3), Caolan Tierney (0-4), Jack Mc Aleese (1-0) , Michael Hagan (2-5 penalty miss also) , Fergal O Kane (0-2)


Subs: Jordan Hyndman (1-0) for Jack Mc Aleese , Callum Lynch for Oisín Doherty , Fintan McLarnon for Christie Convery , Jimmy Convery for Paddy Graffin

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