Hannon steers Aghagallon to U17 final

Creagh Concret U17 A Football Championship

Aghagallon 3-9 St Brigid’s 0-9

Aghagallon made their way to the final of the U17 Football Championship with a comprehensive win over St Brigid’s at Dunsilly on Sunday. Although they conceded five points in the last ten minutes of the game, Aghagallon were always in command of the game and drive on by their brilliant midfielder Johnny Hannon they secured a final spot against St Paul’s

With Hannon dominating midfield the St Mary’s boys were in control from the start and three points from Hannon and one from Sean Gowdy gave them a great start. It was fourteen minutes before St Brigid’s registered their first scored through Fintan Cleery, but when Rory McErlean added another a minute later things began to look a brighter for the South Belfast boys. However those hopes were dashed when man of the match Hannon broke through to drill home a great goal to give his team a 1-6 to 0-3 half time lead.

With the wind behind them in the second half St Brigid’s must have felt they were still in the game, but Aghagallon started the second half really strongly with a goal from Enda McCartan. Rory McErlain pulled a point back for St Brigids but after Hannon had replied with a pointed free left half forward Ethan Laverty broke through to fire in goal number three.

Laverty added another point on 52 minutes to open up a fourteen point gap, but it was to be his team’s final score of the game. St Brigid’s finally began to show a form as they hit five points on the through McNicholl, McErlean, Tonery, and Duffy to cut the gap to ten. Deep in injury time they were awarded a penalty but it flew wide of the target and Aghagallon ended up winners by tree clear goals.

AGHAGALLON

Gabhan Baine, Eoghan Magill, Edward Wilson, Sam Thomas, Conor Magill, Padraig Gowdy, Eoin Maginnis, Ciaran Maginnis, Johnny Hannon, Keelan Gardiner, Gareth Leavey, Ethan Laverty, Sean Gowdy, Enda McCartan, Nathan Gowdy.

ST BRIGID’S

John McCooe, Samir O’Hare, Jamie Conway, Thomas McKenna, Brendan Delaney, Brian McGurk, James Gorman, Donal Hanna, Thomas Lloyd, Jack Toner, Finton Cleary, Rory McErlean, Niall Duffy, Aodhan McNicholl, Con Gileece

Referee – Joe Mc Cavana

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