Strong finish sees Con Magees gain the points

U20 Football A Championship – Group 2

Con Magees 0-14 Sarsfields 1-8

A strong finish by Con Magees Glenravel, which saw them score six points without reply saw them turn a three point deficit into a three point win and visitors Sarsfields and Fr Maginn Park on Saturday. The visitors went into the second half water break in a strong position, leading by 1-9 to 0-9, but they failed to raise another flag and the home side hit a real purple patch to turn the game around and claim an opening day victory.

This was a slow starter and after Sarsfield opened the scoring on six minutes through the excellent Tomas Skillen it was a further five minute before Eoin Hyndes got Glenravel’s first score. Skillen struck again to give the Paddies a 0-2 to 0-1 lead at the first water-break but Glenravel eventually found a bit of form and Rian Lennon levelled after twenty minutes.

Corner back Caolan McDonnell soloed upfield to send over a great point and put Sarsields back in front but Glenravel finished the half strongly with point from Callum Higgins, Ryan McQuillan, Rian Lennon and Eoin Hynds, in reply to one by Steven Hughes for Sarsfields, to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time.

Tomas Skillen on his way to scoring Sarsfields goal

The third quarter saw the momentum swing towards Sarsfield and during that spell of dominance they hit over three points to just a single point in reply. Rian McShane, Tom Skillen, Ethan Mervyn all pointed, while Skillen grabbed the only goal of the game to help his team to a 1-9 to 0-9 lead at the second water-break.

Glenravel were struggling but is so often the case the break changed the momentum completely and suddenly the home side could do no wrong. Two excellent points from Ryan McQuillan closed the gap to the minimum and they drew level when Rian Lennon popped over a free from 30 meters. A great move involving Calum Higgins and Rian Lennon saw the latter put Daniel Higgins clear to send over the lead point, before points from Callum Higgins and Rian Lennon sealed the win.  

Con Magees Cathal Hynds and Sarsfields Rian McShane battle for the ball

CON MAGEES – Jude Scullion, Eamon Carey, Sean Higgins Sean McCusker, Joe Martin, Cathal Hynds, Chris Laverty, Daniel McQuillan, Darragh Donaghy, Eoin Hynds, Rian Lennon, Ryan McQuillan, Sean McKey, Callum Higgins, Adam Campbell.

SARSFIELDS – Michael Johnston, Caolan McDonnell, Pearse Murray, Amhad Soda, Philip McPeake, Liam Mitchell, Ehtan Mervyn, Miceal Ferris, Rian McShane, Joel Panikulangara, Richie Patterson, Eamonn O’Cuinneagain, Tomas Skillen, Stephen Hughes, Ruairi Devlin.

Subs – Antion McGarrigle, Eoin McBriarty

Referee – Richard Leahy

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