6 of the best gets Creggan off the mark

U20 A FC Group 2

Kickhams 6-04 Tir na nOg 1-12

Neighbours and rival, Kickham’s Creggan and Tir na nOg Randalstown met today in the opening game Of the U20 A Football Championship on the Staffordstown Road with the home side out scoring their neighbours in an entertaining hour’s football.

 That old saying goals win matches was definitely true today as the score line will tell you and over the hour the Kickham’s scored 6 of them. 

Diarmuid Mulholland got the first score for the home side with a well taken point and Conor Hastings levelled from a free a minute later.  Conor edged Tir na nOg ahead just after they had been reduced to 14 men when one of their players was shown straight Red.

 Kickham’s took advantage of the extra man as they hit a purple patch with Dominic McAteer getting in for the game’s opening goal and the same player added a point. Morgan Nelson got in for a second Kickham’s goal as gaps started to appear in the visitors defence.

However Tir na nog found a response as they hit the next 3 points with Conor McCamphill getting his first score and the impressive Conor Hastings kicking the next 2 points.  With the half time whistle approaching Kickham’s put another excellent attack together which resulted in their third goal through the hard working Dylan Hinfey to leave them leading by 3-02 to 0-0-6 at halftime. 

Ciarán O Neill got Tir na nOg off the mark at the start of the second half with a well taken point from a ‘45’ but Creggan continued to open up the Tir na nOg defence and the deadly duo of Dominic McAteer and Morgan Nelson added 2 further goals to put their side in a commanding lead.

Tir na nOg looked rattled but they found a response and they hit 1-04 without reply with points from Conor Hastings 0-03 and Conor McCamphill scoring 1-01 to close the gap to four points.

The Kickham’ defence shut shop however with Aaron Hughes, Dylan Hinfey and Eathon Carey-Small taking control control and with the strong running Sean Duffin feeding his forwards Kickhams replied with 1-01. Dominic McAteer added another point and Morgan Nelson completed his hat-trick to put the game out of reach of the Whitehill side. The visitors kept going to the end and Conor Hastings kicked the game’s last point to bring his personal tally to 0-09.

Creggan: 1 Joel Dudley, 2 Sean McAuley, 3 Aaron Hughes, 4 Peter McGinley 5 Dylan Hinfey, 6 Ethan Carey-Small, 17 Michael Murray, 8 Sean Donnelly, 9 Lee Johnston, 18 Ciaran McLarnon, 11 Sean Duffin, 12 Diarmuid Mulholland, 13 Joe McAteer, 14 Morgan Nelson, 15 Dominic McAteer, 19 Oisin McAteer, 20 Fintan O’Neill, 22 Peadar McGuckian, 24 Caolan Hughes

Tir na nOg: 1 Ricardo Cozcapy, 2 Ethan Higgins, 3 Paddy Dougan, 4 Shane Hinfey, 5 Ryan Crilly, 6 Brandon McLarnon, 7 Oliver McAtamney, 8 Ciaran O’Neill, 9 Joshua Higgins, 10 Conor McCamphill, 11 Emmet Murray, 12 Conor Crossey, 13 Brian Fitzgerald, 14 Connor Hastingd, 15 Daniel O’Neill, 17 Jude Casey, 19 Sean Grant, 20 Rory Mullan, 21 Paul Grant, 22 Alexander O’Donnell

Referee: Ray Matthews (Rossa)

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