Con Magees Glenravel 0-4 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 2-7
By Gary Duffin
Moneyglass headed north into the Glens to take on Con Magees in the final group match of the Intermediate Championship on Wednesday evening knowing that a place in the semi-final was theirs, with anything less than a six point defeat. On a night of driving wind and rain they achieved their goal with a bit to spare. There was a brief moment in the second half when Glenravel reduced their half time deficit of four points back to just two the home team may have felt there was a slight chance, but those hopes were soon dashed by Moneyglass centre forward Jimmy McMeel who broke through the home defence to fire in a brilliant goal and all but seal his team’s win.
Good football was never going to be on the menu as the atrocious conditions dictated what was going to be served up.
Colum Duffin opened the scoring for Moneyglass after six minutes and their lead was doubled when Kevin Marron slotted over four minutes later.
Colum Duffin scored his second and sent the blues three up after 12 minutes and it wasn’t until the 17th minute before the Glensmen opened their account with a point from roving full forward Eamon Fyfe.
Play was scrappy with lots of dropped balls, slipping and sliding but then Dermot McErlain made one of his trademark runs and rifled a shot towards the corner only to be matched by an equally good save from Glenravel shot stopper Shaun O’Boyle who touched it round the post.
McErlain made amends for the missed chance and slotted over the resulting 45 and Paddy Mc Cormick rounded off the first half with another point for St Ergnants which sent his tean into the break with a five point cushion. Glenravel 0-1 Moneyglass 0-5.
The second half started in the same vein as conditions remained horrendous as the players endeavoured to play out their systems.
Glenravel opened their second half tally with a pointed ‘mark’ from corner forward Sean McKay to cut the gap to three, and when Eoin Hyndes sent over a free from out in the right corner the home team fans were starting to believe. Hoever those hopes were soon dashed as Moneyglass hit back hard with a brilliant solo goal from centre forward Jimmy McMeel.
Five minutes later county star Colum Duffin knocked over his 3rd point of the evening.
Glenravel we’re struggling to break through a frugle Moneyglass defence. Connor Boyd was sweeping up everything and Eamon Kelly had Glenravel dangerman Eamon Fyfe firmly in his grasp.
Eventually they did break through again with another fine point from Eoin Hynds but just like the light, the Con Magees chances in this years championship were fading fast. Colum Duffin struck again for the blues , firstly with a pointed free and secondly with a thunderous strike to goal after some good approach play from veteran Donal Laverty.