Glenravel hold out for the win

Under 16 Football Group 2

Con Magees 4-6 Dunloy 3-7

Con Magees Glenravel held off a late fightback by visitors Dunloy to take the honours in Tuesday evening’s opening game in Group 2 of the Under 16 Football Championship at Fr Maginn Park. In a well contested game the home team appeared to have sealed the win when they hit a goal and three points without reply between the 53rd and 57th minutes to open a six point gap, but Dunloy were far from finished and cut the deficit to just three with a goal from Conor McAllister. Three minutes into injury time they came close to grabbing the equaliser but the Glenravel defence held out and though Barry McCamphill closed the gap to just two with a pointed free, it was to be a case of too little, too late as the final whistle blew on the kick out.

Glenravel started strongly and Cormac McKeown pointed them ahead in two minutes. It was to be a further seven minutes before we saw the next score, and it was McKeown again, this time finding the back of the Dunloy net with  clever lob, after the keeper was stranded in now man’s land. It was sixteen minute before Dunloy opened their account with a pointed free from Barry McCloskey, but after the first half water break they came on strongly and full forward Sean McAleese finished a good move by palming the ball to the Glenravel net.

Two minutes later Tom McFerran added a point to give Dunloy the lead, but a brilliant solo goal from centre half back Eamon Carey, and one from corner forward Daire Higgins gave the home team a 3-1 to 1-2 half time lead.

Cormac McKeown increased the Glenravel lead to six when he pointed two minutes after the restart but Dunloy hit back with points from Stephen McCamphill and Barry McCloskey (2) to cut the gap to just three by the time referee Joe McCavana blew for the second half water break. Substitute Jack McIlhatton put home team four clear again on 37 minutes but another McCloskey point and a goal from from substitute Seanna Martin tied things up going down the home straight. It looked as if it could either way at this stage but the young Con Magees showed great character when McIlhatton set up Cathan Graham for a brilliantly taken goal, which was quickly followed by two points from Shea O’Broin and one from Graham to put six between the side. Dunloy came close to getting something out of the game with their late rally but Glenravel held out to take the win.

CON MAGEES

Adam McAuley, Ethan McNeill, Conor Duffin, Fionntan Hodgson, Eamonn Ward, Eamonn Carey, Conor McQuillan, Conor Laverty, Niall Hynds, Fergus Donaghy, Joseph McLaughlin, Cormac McKeown, Daire Higgins, Shea O’Broin, Liam Young

Subs

Niall Dickson for Fionntan Hodgsson

Jack McIlhatton for Liam Young

Cathan Graham for Daire Higgins

DUNLOY

Eoin O’Kane, Pearse Maguire, Darragh Watterson, Frances McMullan, Joseph Magee, Ruairi Martin, Stephen McCamphill, Conan McAllister, Sean Moore, Tom McFerran, Barry McCloskey, Joseph Black, Sean McAleese, Daniel Dixon, Caither Gormley.

Subs

Seanna Martin, Pearse McLean, Darra McLean

Referee – Joe McCavanna (Naomh Comgall’s)

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