Con Magees hold off Gorts fightback

Antrim Under 21 B Football Championship
Con Magees – 1-10 Gort na Móna 1-8
Glenravel U21’s came through in the U21 B Championship on Saturdy with a narrow two point victory over a spirited Gort Na Mona side in a game was played on the Crumlin 4G pitch in nearly ideal conditions. The Belfast side started well enjoying the best of the opening exchanges and were first on the scoreboard after 4 mins. Some wayward shooting from both sides followed before Eoin Hynds trusty left foot levelled for the Glensmen. Gorts regained the lead from a free but Glenravel edged ahead on 21 minutes with two good points from the lively Daragh Donaghy and Hynds again to leave Con Magees ahead on a 0-3 to 0-2 score line. Gort Na Mona wrestled control again with a brace of points but Glenravel levelled on the short whistle to leave the sides all square at half time 0-4 each.
Aiden O’Donnell opened the scoring on the 2nd half putting Con Magees ahead with a free form a tight angle and at this stage Glenravel enjoyed their best spell of the game. Conleth O’Loan hit a rasper from 21 yards which the Gorts keeper did well to get a hand to but Aiden McKenna was on hand to palm to the net and the Glensmen had opened a four point lead 1-5 to 0-4. This was quickly followed up with a fine individual score from Daragh Donaghy and when Conleth again scored a great point from a tight angle in the 40th minute, Con Magees had stretched the lead to 6 points and looked home and hosed. Gorts pointed from a close in free and when their full forward netted on 47 minutes following confusion in the Glensmen’s defence it was game on 1-08 to 1-05. Conor Carey stretched the Glenravel lead to 4 with a good score from play on 49 minutes. The last 10 minutes of the game were totally dominated by Gorts with three points on the trot reducing the margin to a single point.
Referee Barry Hotchkiss played 3 minutes of injury time and Gorts were camped in front of the Glenravel goal for a lot of it but the Glensmen held firm and pointed in the final attack of the game to leave them victorious on a 1-10 to 1-08 scoreline.

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