Unique pairing meet in first semi-final

Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship (semi-final)

Dunsilly Sunday (12.30 pm)

Casement’s Portglenone v St Mary’s Aghagallon

This has the makings of a cracker as Casement’s who came under the radar to gain a win over the 2017 champions Lamh Dhearg last week face the challenge of an Aghagallon side in search of a unique double having claimed the minor title at the same venue a couple of weeks ago.

Casement’s looked in some trouble when they trailed favourites Lamh Dhearg by four points at the half way stage but a Michael Hagan goal early in the second half brought them right back into contention and further goals from Paddy Kelly and substitute Aiden McAleese saw them breast the winning line with a bit to spare.

The Bannsider’s have been familiar participants in the semi-final in recent years and Sundays date is their third year in succession to gain a last four berth and Barry Dillon’s charges will be seeking further progress this time.

Aghagallon won the minor title a few week ago and were fancied by many to progress to the senior semi-final as they faced the challenge of St Brigid’s in the SFC quarter-final and in the event the St Mary’s men delivered.

They trailed the South Belfast men for most of the opening half but a late Conor McAleer score ensured they only trailed by the minimum at the short whistle having played against a stiff breeze in the opening thirty minutes.

Second half goals from Ruairi McCann and a splendid second from Eunan Walsh saw them run out winners in the end to set up a meeting with Portglenone on Sunday.

This one could go either way with Portglenone starting as slight favourites and Jonny Convery, Ronan Delargy, Dermot McAleese, Ruairi Hagan, Niall McKeever, Michael Donnelly, Michael Hagan, Paddy Kelly, Ronan Kelly and Oisin Doherty are the men who can power Casement’s to their second senior final.

The tag of underdogs is unlikely to worry Aghagallon. They are a side who have shown progress year on year and were very impressive last day out. Luke Mulholland in goals is the Antrim number one at present with Aiden Mulholland, Jamie Lamont, David McAlernon, the Lenehan’s, Eunan Walsh, Gareth Magee and, if fit, Adam Loughran the men who could make life very difficult for the Ports.

This one could turn into a shootout between two very potent attacks and the experience of defeat in the previous two semi-finals could be the catalyst to edge Casement’s through but it could be close.

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