South West U14 Football Shield semi-final
Casements 1-7 All Saints 2-9
A goal in each half by the strong running Callum Burnside proved the difference in the end in this South West U14 football Shield semi-final between Casement’s Portglenone and All Saints Ballymena at O’Cahan Park this evening.
Burnside hit his first in the 10th minute of the opening half to put his side four ahead and struck with a decisive second late in the game to finally kill off the challenge of a battling Portglenone side who certainly played their part in making this an exciting contest.
It was the Ballymena side who dominated the opening quarter with Callum Burnside’s goal and points from Finton Bradley and Harry Connon in response to a single point from Odhran Doherty seeing them lead by 1-3 to 0-1 at the first water break.
On the restart Patrick Murphy looked to have put the visitors in the driving seat when he returned the ball to the net after Ports keeper, John McAtamney had palmed a Callum Burnside delivery into his path but the score was ruled out for a square ball infringement.
The home side seemed to take heart from this escape as they began to grow into the contest and points from Conor McCann in the 16th and 18th minutes and a goal from Ryan McKeever saw them draw level before a great point from Ryan Anderson moved the Casement’s one ahead as half time approached.
The visitors looked rocked but they gathered their composure and two late pointed frees from the impressive Callum Burnside saw them edge one in front at the half way stage and it looked like we had a real contest on our hands.
Callum Burnside continued to trouble the home defence on the restart as he hit three points on the trot to move his side four in front but Portglenone continued to battle hard with Tom Duffin prominent and a couple of excellent points from Ryan McKeever closed the gap to two as the clock ticked down.
The All Saints defence came under increasing pressure in the closing stages with Liam Heggarty in goals, Edward McKendry, Ryan McAllister and substitute Connor O’Hara making a number of important interceptions before the visitors made an decisive break away with Callum Burnside finishing to the net to secure a place in the final for the Slemish Park side.
Casement’s: John McAtamney, Oisin McAtamney, James McAleese, Eoin Carey, Fergus McCormack, Ryan McAllister, Cathal McFerran, Ryan Addison, Jason Kelly, Tom Duffin, Ryan McKeever, Oisin Kelly, Conor McCann, Odhran Doherty, Oliver Brookman. Subs: John Paul Payne, Frank McAleese, Oisin Porter, Eoin Porter, Eoghan McErlean.
All Saints: Liam Heggarty, Euan Anderson, Edward McKendry, Ciaran Logan, Sean McDermott, Ryan McAllister, Corey McKillop, Harry Connon, Pearse Martin, Callum Burnside, Carter Reid, Fiontan Bradley, Conan McKeown, Patrick Murphy, Jack Dowds. Subs: Connor O’Hara, Matthew Watt, James Anderson, Michael Connolly, Nicolas Agnew, Oran Robert Mayo, Finn Connon, Justin Mark,
Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)