Creggan edge high scoring encounter

U15 Football League Division 1

Creggan 5.11 v Con Magee’s 4.09

Pics: Joe Rice

Staffordstown was the venue for a very entertaining, competitive and good natured game of football with both sides battling to the bitter end.   If it hadn’t have been for deflections of the upright and cross bar it could have finished level.   Con Magee’s were the first to score a point, 3 minutes in from Peadar McDonald.  Fintan Close responded for the home side winning the kick-out and scoring the next 2 points.  With 8 minutes gone, the home side lead by a single point.  At the first water-break Creggan lead 2.04 to 2.03  – a goal apiece for Ronan McGuckian and Conor Johnston followed by 2 points from Shea McCann.  The visitors were on target too equalling Creggan’s goal tally – Joseph McKay and Daire Higgins raised the green flag while their team mate, Harry Fyfe got his first score of the game.  McKay pointed again to leave the minimum between the sides going into the second quarter.    Creggan’s Conor Johnston popped over 2 points, one from play at the 22nd minute followed by a free minutes later.  Harry Fyfe levelled for the visitors on the 28th minute running through the Creggan’s defence giving their net minder, Paul McNally, no chance as he rattled the back of the net.  Con Magee’s got their head in front for the 2nd time in the game with a fine point from Daire Higgins from 20 metres out.  Tristan McCann levelled for the home side while his younger brother took possession 30 metres out, criss-crossing through the defence and pulling the trigger leaving Deagle Carey, the visitor’s goalkeeper, no chance.  With 5 points up to the short whistle, Creggan’s confidence grew and in the dying seconds of the first half, Magee’s Joseph McKay put the visitors back in contention raising the green flag as the whistle blew. 

Half Time Score:        Creggan 3.07 v Con Magee’s 4.03.

Referee, John Moran, got proceedings underway for the second half.  Peadar McDonald for the Glen’s men put his side within a point of the Lough shore lads.  Creggan’s Antoin Martin kicked 2 over the bar giving his side a 3 point margin.  The visitors rallied heading towards the second water break but they couldn’t break down the Creggan defence and luck wasn’t on their side either as they hit the cross bar, upright and side netting in search of goals.  Almost 40 minutes had passed before Colla Ward registered Glenravel’s first point of the second half.  Both sides exchanged points with the home sides, Conor Loughran and Conor Johnston scored on the 41st and 43rd minute.  Daire Higgins increased his tally with another point from play, as the momentum turned in favour of the home side.  Loughran’s second score of the game, a goal on the 48th minute, putting some daylight between the teams.  The home side’s Conor Johnston scored their last point of the game as his team mates moved into defensive mode.  The visitors increased the pressure on Creggan’s back line adding 3 further points – Harry Fyfe 0.01 and Peadar McDonald 0.02 – but this just wasn’t enough as Creggan retained possession as the clock ticked away.  Referee, John Moran, allowed the game to flow freely while at the same time keeping a disciplined grip on proceedings.

  CREGGAN: No.1 Paul McNally, No.2 Darragh McCann, No.3 Eoin McLernon, No.4 Matthew Donaghy, No.5 Peter Shore, No.6 Cillian McIldowney, No.7 Ailbe McKeown, No.8 Fintan Close (0.02), No.9 Aidan McIlwee, No.10 Antoin Martin (0.02), No.12 Tristian McCann (0.01), No.13 Ronan McGuckian (1.00), No.14 Conor Loughran (0.01), No.15 Shea McCann (2.01), No.17 Conor Johnston (1.04), No.19 Sean Daly, No.20 Callum McTeague.

CON MAGEE’S:  No.1 Deaglan Carey, No.2 Eoin Duffin, No.3 Nial Dickson, No.4 Oisin McKeown, No.5 Conn Fyfe, No.6 Oran McClintock, No.7 Colla Ward (0.01), No.8 Callagh Mooney, No.9 Daire Higgins (1.02), No.10 Ronan McCormick No.11 Peadar McDonald (1.04), No.12 Joseph Leech, No.13 Harry Fyfe (1.02), No.14 Phelan Ward, No.15 Joseph McKay (1.00), No.16 Thomas McLoughlan, No.18 Feargal McKay, No.19 Luke McQuillan, No.20 Luke Campbell, No.21 Gerard McFadden.

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