U20 Football Championship (Finals)
Sat 12th November
The 2022 season in Antrim reaches conclusion on Saturday as the Under-20 football championship finals in both A and B grade are down for decision.
A double header at Dunsilly is certain to attract a good attendance with two eagerly awaited games down for decision.
Under-20 football B championship Final (12.00 noon)
Kickham’s Creggan v Patrick Sarsfield’s
The first final features Kickham’s Creggan and Patrick Sarsfield’s in the first game on the programme and this does look a hard one to call.
Sarsfield’s progressed to Saturday’s final when they recorded a narrow semi-final win over Portglenone at Kelly Park last weekend which required extra time to provide a verdict.
The Paddies reached the Intermediate semi-final this year and the under-20 squad followed suit with an opening 3-11 to 0-07 win over Glenavy but an away trip to Portglenone in the semi-final looked a tough ask.
Casement’s defeated St Patrick’s Lisburn in their opening game with the minimum of fuss and with home advantage started the game as firm favourites and with a three point lead approaching the finish they looked bound for the decider.
Sarsfield’s produced a strong finish however and when late replacement Sean Clarke found the net in the closing minutes extra time was required to decide the issue.
In the event the concluding twenty minutes were to prove as enthralling as the previous sixty minutes, but Sarsfield’s finished strongly and a last minute Donal Smith point ensured a place in the final with the final score 1-11 to 0-13 in favour of the Stewartstown Road side.
Creggan began their campaign with an eye catching 1-16 to 4-01 victory over a good Cuchullian’s team to earn a semi-final against their closest rivals, Tir na nOg.
The Randalstown recorded an impressive 5-11 to 0-07 victory over Lamh Dhearg in the quarter-final in Creggan and with their own ground closed, returned to the Staffordstown Road for last weekend’s semi-final.
It turned out a close one as most had predicted but the visitors looked on their way to the decider when they held a two point lead with the clock ticking towards conclusion.
|The Kickham’s finished strongly however with the excellent Sean Duffin leading the way and it was his late point which secured his side a place in the final.
With both the sides in Saturday’s final showing good form an exciting final looks in prospect. Creggan may start this one as slight favourites but Sarsfield’s were impressive at Portglenone in that win at Portglenone and this one could go either way.
Under-20 football A championship Final (2.00pm)
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Brigid’s
With the minor title already secured St Brigid’s will travel to Dunsilly seeking further addition of silverware as they take on the challenge of Moneyglass in the U20 A final.
St Brigid’s will start this one as firm favourites after beating Cargin 3-03 to 0-09 in the semi-final after beatiung St. Gall’s 4-8 to 1-5 at Milltown in the quarter-final.
Declan Heery in goals, Joe McCartney, Ronan Boyle, Oisin McDonnell, Toirleach Brolly Donal Bradley, Niall Finnegan and Conan McNicholl will carry the St. Brigid’s challenge.
They face a talented Moneyglass side who are strong in defence where Paul Duffin and Charlie McCloskey have impressed this season. Tiernan McCormick was excellent in the quarter-final win over a good Aghagallon side while Kevin McCann, Connlaodh McCann, Aiden McErlain and Seannie McIntosh are all strong performers.
St Brigid’s will start as favourites but this is a useful St Ergnat’s side who will give this one a real lash and indeed are more than capable of causing an upset.