Great start sets St Gall’s up for semi-final win

Creagh Concrete U17 B Football Championship semi-final

St Gall’s 2-14 Con Magees 2-12

A great start set up the platform to secure a final spot when they played Con Magees Glenravel in Sunday’s U17 B sem-final at Dunsilly on Sunday. Ahead by 1-5 to 0-1 after 13 minutes the Milltown boys were in control, though Glenravel battled back to cut the gap to a single point (1-8 to 1-7). St Gall’s started the second half, just as they had the first and added a goal and three points without reply to all but seal the win, and though the Con Magees closed the gap once again they were still two short at the final whistle.

Shea O’Brion gave the Con Magees the lead with a point in the opening minute, but St Gall’s hit back strongly with a Niall Fallon goal and five unanswered points, two from Fallon, and one each from Gaireach McAdhaimh, Manus McCrossan and Ciaran Og Mullan. Seven points in arrears the Glenravel boys were in trouble, but an interception by right-half back Colla Ward saw him race through to fire the ball to the St Gall’s net to cut the deficit to four at the first water break.

St Gall’s stretched it out to six with two quick points from McCrossan and Fallon after the restart, but Daire Higgins and Cormac McKeown replied for the Con Magees to cut the gap back to four again. A great save by Con Magees goalkeeper Adam McAuley prevent what seemed a certain St Gall’s goal on 22 minutes, though Niall Fallon sent over a point soon afterward to stretch his team’s lead to five again, but Glenravel finished the half strongly with a point from Cormac McKeown and three from the excellent Shea O’Broin to leave them just a single point behind at the half time whistle.

The Con Magees must have thought they had got their opponents measure at this stage, but just like the start of the game, St Gall’s hit the ground running and added 1-3 in the opening ten minutes of the new half to stretch their advantage to seven. Glenravel had only scored a single point during that third quarter but the came with another burst and points from Fergus Donaghy (2) and Shea O’Broin cut the gap to four, and then on 51 minutes Donaghy got in for his team’s second goal.

The gap was back to a single point once again and it looked like it could go either way, but St Gall’s steadied the ship and points from substitute Padraig O’Muirigh and centre forward Liam Lynn secured their place in the final in two weeks’ time.

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