Senior Reserve Football Cup (semi final)
St Gall’s 2-17 Casement’s Portglenone 0-12
Back to back goals from the impressive Brendan Bradley and Barry McCaffrey in the third quarter fired St. Gall’s to victory over Casement’s in the semi-final of the Reserve Football Cup at Dunsilly tonight.
The lower Fall’s side received an early numerical advantage when Casement’s Niall Kelly was shown red after only 12 minutes but the South West side remained very much in contention until that double strike just prior to the second water break.
St Galls opened brightly but it was the South west side who drew first blood as Aiden Mc Aleese raised the opening white flag. The city side tried to respond but were denied by a couple of excellent save by Portglenone keeper, Jordan Hyndman.
The young keeper denied both Barra Mc Caffrey and Niall Burns in the 5th and 6th minutes, but he was powerless to prevent the former from opening the St Galls account when the corner man despatched a close free between the posts.
The city men having found their feet went on to raise a trio of white flags without reply and they led 0-04 to 0-02 at the first break.
Casement’s were reduced in numbers when Full forward Niall Kelly was shown red in the 12th minute but fought hard to get going but Caolan Chada and Brendan Bradley were calling the shots in the central zone for the Milltown men.
A couple of points from Aiden Mc Aleese and Stephen Kelly left the Ports just a point in arrears as the end of the opening period drew near but the Milltown men grabbed late points from Barra McCaffrey and Dualtach Mc Liam to lead 0-08 to 0-05 at the interval.
Casement’s introduced Feargal O’ Kane at the start of the second half and it gave his side a foothold at mid-field and when Aidan McAleese grabbed two early points they were only a point behind.
St Gall’s regained the initiative however and back to back points from the impressive Caolan Chada and Conn Doherty moved them three ahead once more.
Casement’s were gaining the upper hand at mid-field at this stage with Feargal O’ Kane impressing but the South West side had appeals for a penalty waved away and St. Gall’s broke forward with Brendan Bradley firing to the net.
The momentum was now with St. Gall’s and Barra McCaffrey seized the resulting kick out to nip away and the Milltown men had moved 2-10 to 0-07 ahead.
Casement’s pressed hard in the closing stage with the St. Gall’s goal surviving
A number of goal attempts and a couple of points from Aidan Mc Aleese and mid fielder CoaryMc Laughlin was all they could manage.
St Gall’s emptied their bench as the Casement’s threw everything at them in the closing stages and late scores from Aidan Mc Aleese (0-03), Stephen Kelly and Coary Mc Laughlin increased their tally but in was too little too late and it is St. Gall’s who go forward to meet St. Brigid’s in the Reserve Cup final.
St Gall’s: Niall Mc Curdy, Fergus Donnelly, Jack Hopkins, Eoghan Mc Curdy, Dualtach Mac Liam (0-05), Ruairi Wilson, Conall Mc Girr, Conor Ryan, Caolan Chada (0-01),Michael Hopkins (0-010, Brendan Bradley (1-02), Dara Delaney, Barra Mc Caffrey (1-07), Conn Doherty (0-02), Niall Burns (0-01)
Oran Mc Ilhatton for Jack Hopkins
Matthew Mc Caffrey for Conor Ryan
Conaill Mc Cabe for F Donnelly
Kevin Bradley for B Bradley
Casement’s: Jordan Hyndman, Declan Dobbin, Ciaran Lynch, Kevin O’ Kane, Paddy Graffin, Paddy Carey, Conor Magee, Coary Mc Laughlin (0-01), Stephen Kelly (0-04), Ronan Kelly (0-01),Aiden Mc Aleese (0-06), BJ Donnelly, Adrian Carey, Niall Kelly, Michael Kelly
Feargal O’ Kane for A Carey
Colin Lordon for BJ Donnelly
Referee: Barry Hopkiss (Glenavy)