Con Magees make it 3 from 3 in U20 FC

Under 20 Football Championship

Con Magees 2-9 Tir na nÓg 1-7

Con Magees Glenravel kept their good run going in the Under 20 Football Championship when they came from a goal down midway through the second half to beat Tir na nÓg Randalstown on Sunday morning at Fr Maginn Park. The side had been level at 3 points apiece at the water-break but just after the restart Tir na NÓg went ahead with a Colla McDonnell goal, but the home team clawed their way back and a Sean McKay goal just before the break gave them a 1-5 to 1-4 lead at the break. A second goal five minutes into the second half gave Con Magees a grip on the game that they held right through to the end and in the end they had five to spare.

Colla McDonnell celebrates after scoring Tir na nÓg’s goal

Point from Daniel McQuillan, Senan Black and Rian Lennon had Con Magees 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after seven minutes, but two points from the excellent Colla McDonnell had the visitors back on terms at 0-3 apiece at the first water break.

A goal from McDonnell just after the restart gave the visitors the edge but the home team produced a strong finish to the first half with points from Eoin Hyndes and a Rian Lennon free on 25 and 27 minutes, before Lennon picked out Hynds with a quick free on 30 to send him through for well taken goal which them a one point lead at the break.

Eoin Hynds celebrates after scoring Con Magee’s second goal

A Ciaran O’Neill point less than a minute into the second half brought Tir na nÓg level, but they would only score two more points for the remainder of the game as Glenravel started to gain control. Ryan Lennon and Ryan McQuillan added points in the 34th and 35th minutes and when Hynds got in for his team’s second goal soon afterwards they had a five point cushion. Ciaran O’Neill, a man with strong Glenravel connections, pulled a point back on 37 minutes but Darragh Donaghy came back with one for the home team to restore their five point cushion by the second half water break and though O’Neill managed to get one more back in the final quarter, Sean McKay had the final say for the home team three minutes from time.

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