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Intermediate football championship – Round 2
Dunloy 4-11 Davitts 0-06
Report by Paul McLean
Dunloy recorded a comfortable win in their second game of the Intermediate football championship making it two wins from two for the Cuchulainn’s and consigning Davitts to a second defeat in a row.
A brace of goals either side of each half killed the game as a contest but to Davitts credit they continued to battle right up to the final whistle.
Davitts started brightly and had Dunloy keeper Stephen McIlroy in bother with a high ball that was allowed to bounce which forced him to concede a 45. The resultant kick was scored but that was the last time the visitors would stay in front.
The lively Seaan Elliott was causing bother with his pace and he forced Aaron Slane into a good save. The warning signs were on the wall already for the visitors as Seaan and Keelan Molloy were being afforded too much space.
Molloy it was who would open Dunloy’s account with a fine score from range which was then doubled with a free by full forward Caolan Gillan. Not long after it was the dead ball of Gillan that further extended Dunloy’s lead to two points.
Davitts did create chances in this period but were guilty of shooting some bad wides that were to cost them as the game wore on. A further point by Caolan Gillan from play brought the last score before the first half water break.
Seaan Elliott then did what he had threatened to do in the first five mins as he scored a fine individual goal. The centre forward picked up the loose ball in the middle of the park where he soloed the full length to fire low past the keeper.
Christopher Gallagher got his first score of the evening with a free after Padraig McParland was brought down. Gallagher would go on to have a good game taking some fine scores for the visiting team.
However, the gaps showed again in the Davitts defence as a long ball into wing back Oran Quinn saw the defender in on goal to be brought down and a penalty given by referee Gerard Dougan. Caolan Gillan fired high into the roof of the net. Seaan Elliott tapped over another point and as the half time whistle approached the impressive Keelan Molloy scored the point of the game from near the side-line.
With the breeze at their backs Davitts needed to get off to a good start and the first score to keep themselves in contention but Dunloy had other ideas as they scored the goal that killed the game off. Caolan Gillan found Keelan Molloy wide on the left-hand side in a mile of space and he soloed though and unselfishly squared the ball to Chrissy McMahon to tap it into the empty net. Game over.
Davitts to their credit never dropped their heads and continued to press and create chances. Padraig McParland had a great chance but his vicious shot looked destined for the top left corner of the net but just skimmed the post. James Lindsay got a point back for the Belfast men which was followed up by two frees scored by Christopher Gallagher.
Both sides then rang the changes and emptied out the benches as time ran down.
Anthony Smith had a great chance to grab a goal but for a fantastic block by James Lindsay to deny the corner forward.
But with the game so stretched and Davitts pushed up so much another goal for Dunloy was always liable to come. A great cross field ball by full forward Gillan to sub Conal Cunning split the defence wide open and Cunning made no mistake.
Corner back Niall Hughes got this sides final score of the night and Anthony Smith Dunloy’s as full time was called.
A good win for the home side as they keep their winning run going. Defensively they were strong and gave very little away with no one putting a foot wrong. Up front Seaan Elliot, Keelan Molloy and Caolan Gillan played well and took some fine scores.
Davitts never gave up and battled hard for the hour but the pace and movement of the Dunloy forwards caused them problems. In midfield Sean Og O’Neill had a good game and up-front Christopher Gallagher and James Lindsay had a good hour.