Saints go marching on

OB Construction Intermediate Football Championship semi-final

All Saints 0-12 Dunloy 0-6

All Saints qualified for the final of the Intermediate Football Championship when they beat Dunloy in Sunday’s semi-final at Fr Maginn Park, Glenravel. Over the past number of years the Ballymena side have had great difficulty against the Cuchullains in championship football but they got it right this time to win by double scores and secure a final place against Tir na nÓg next weekend.

Conor Stewart, who was one of the heroes of Antrim’s promotion bid at the start of the year, got All Saints off to a good start with a point from play on three minutes and full forward Paddy McAleer put them two ahead on five minutes with a well taken point. Keelan Molloy, who was Dunloy’s best player on the day, got his team on the scoresheet on seven minute, but a great solo effort from Kavan Keenan and another excellent score from Paddy McAleer put the Ballymena side 0-4 to 0-1 and in control.

However a Shane Dooey point just before the water break and one immediately afterwards from a Karl Fitizpatrick free cut the gap back to a single point by the seventeenth minute. Michael McCarry stretched the All Saints lead to two with a pointed free on 22 minutes, but Dunloy were now having more of the play at this stage and a great point from Keelan Molloy and one from Chrissty McMahon brought them level by the 27th minute. To their credit All Saints reacted well when challenged and a great long range point from Conor Stewart and another from Michael McCarry gave them a 0-7 to 0-5 advantage at the break.

A point from a 45 four minutes into the second half by Peter McReynolds and another from midfield stalwart Sean McVeigh stretched the All Saints lead to four but it was to be their only scores during a lack lustre third quarter, though Dunloy’s Keelan Molloy came close for the Cuchullains when his shot for goal zipped across the face of the goal and went narrowly wide.

Dunloy got their only score of the second half one 52 minutes when Molloy raced through and fisted over from close range, but All Saints finished strongly and injury time points from Ciaran McGarry and Conor Stewart sealed the win by double scores to set up a final meeting with Randalstown on Saturday next.

ALL SAINTS

Conor Brennan, Mathew Downey, Peter McNicholl, James McDonnell, Conal Lennon, Emmet Killough, Kiearn McGarry, Sean McVeigh, Conor Stewart, Kavan Keenan, Michael McCarry, Peter McReynolds, Ronan McKillop, Paddy McAleer, Brendan McDonnell.

DUNLOY

Conor McGilligan, Oran Quinn, Conor Kinsella, Eoin McFerran, Aaron Crawford, Callum Scullion, Kevin McQuillan, Ryan McGarry, Deaglan Smith, Keelan Molloy, Karl Fitzpatrick, Ryan McFarline, Chrissy McMahon, Shane Dooey, Seaan Elliott

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