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Creagh Concrete Minor A Hurling Championship Quarter-final

Rossa 5-17-2-08 Dunloy

From Kevin Herron at Dunsilly

Rossa outscored Dunloy 3-07-0-03 in the second period to book their place in next Thursdays Minor Hurling Championship semi-final after a 5-17-2-08 win over the Cuchullians at Dunsilly this evening.

The Shaws Road side were in control early-on with goals from Eoin Trainor and Daire Murphy- though Dunloy shot back with goals of their own through Cathain Martin and Ryan Mort to move within 5-points of Rossa at the break.

An early Matthew McKernan goal had Rossa back in control at the beginning of the second period and further strikes from substitute Caolan O’Dubhfinn and Murphy completed  a routine win in the end.

Rossa began the game as favourites in the eyes of many- having missed out on topping the group after a narrow defeat to Loughgeil last time out.

They settled quickest and were off the mark after 3 minutes with Conor Boyle combining with Daire Murphy who pointed.

Within two minutes the opening goal arrived and it was a slick finish from corner-forward Eoin Trainor who fired past Callum Mullan.

Daire Murphy added to his early point with two further scores that were well worked, it took Dunloy until the 8th minute to respond as Barry Scott conjured up a point after some intelligent play from Barry McCloskey.

The Cuchullians had a mountain to climb when Ruairi Murray slipped the ball inside to Daire Murphy whose low angled shot rippled the corner of the net to give Rossa a 2-03-0-01 lead.

Further points followed through Ruairic Murray and Daire Murphy (free) before free-takers Barry Scott and Murphy traded placed balls.

A second point from Ruairic Murray had opened up an 11-point lead for Rossa with little over ten minutes of the opening half remaining- but Dunloy were about to hit a purple patch.

Barry Scott converted his second free of the half and third point in total, successive 65’s followed from midfielder Padraig McGilligan and on the 24th minute a high looping ball from Cathain Martin dropped to the net to cut Rossa’s lead to five (2-07-1-05).

Daire Murphy replied through a converted free but his sides defensive vulnerability was exposed with three minutes to the break as Padraig McGilligan floated a free into the danger area and Ryan Mort swopped to flick the ball to the net- via the underside of the bar to leave just three-points separating the sides.

Rossa steadied the ship with Jay Burns and Conor Boyle both pointing before the half-time whistle as their side saw a large advantage chopped down to five-points at the midway point (2-10-2-05).

Like the first-half, it took a few minutes for the opening score of the second period to arrive and it’s one that Dunloy keeper Callum Mullan will want to forget about.

Eoin Trainor slipped the ball to Daire Murphy whose shot was left by Mullan- who felt it was going to tail wide, however the ball came back off the post and Matthew McKernan was well placed to poke home and extend his sides lead (3-10-2-05).

Points followed in the aftermath from Conor Boyle and Daire Murphy (free) before substitute Caolan O’Dubhfinn made an immediate impact- floating over a terrific angled point from the side-line.

The sides then traded scores through McGilligan and Murphy courtesy of the placed ball and Ruairic Murray was on-hand to pop over his third point of proceedings.

Rossa weren’t for letting up and added two further goals in the space of 60-seconds. Caolan O’Dubhfinn added to his earlier point with a fine finish to the quarter of the net, that was followed by a Daire Murphy goal – that would prove the clinical forwards last act of proceedings.

Conor Boyle added a point in the aftermath- the game was far beyond the reach of Dunloy but they added late scores through Ryan Mort and Padraig McGilligan (free). Ruairic Murray still had time to burst through and finish the evenings scoring to secure a comfortable second-half win for his side who progress to next Thursdays semi-final against Ballycastle.

Rossa: A Carey, C Cooley, B McAuley, D Rogan, P Short, D Murray, D Magee, O May, R Murray, R Murray (0-04), D Murphy (2-08, 0-04f)M McKernan (1-00), E Trainor (1-00), J Burns (0-01), C Boyle (0-03). Subs: C O’Dubhfinn (1-01) for J Burns (41), A McLean for D Rogan (50), F McIlroy for D Murphy (55).

Dunloy: C Mullan, S Martin-Ryan, C McCloskey, C McAleese, C Martin (1-00), C Kelly, S Scullion, P McGilligan (0-04, 0-02 f, 0-02 65’), E McFerran, F Martin, B Scott (0-03, 0-02f), R Doherty, B McCloskey, R Mort (1-01), D Watterson. Subs: C Coyle for D Watterson (39), T Ferran for R Doherty (47).

Referee: Kevin Parke (St Endas)

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