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Saffrons suffer defeat as Wee County gain revenge

TG4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football semi-final

Antrim 1-05-3-15 Louth

From Kevin Herron at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones

Antrim’s hopes of reaching the TG4 All-Ireland junior football final were ended on Saturday afternoon as Louth shot the Saffrons down with a 3-15-1-05 win in the semi-final at Clones.

The wee County were in control of the contest and led 0-06-0-01 before Lara Dahunsi gave her side renewed hope with a goal before the break.

But an injury to inspirational captain Saoirse Tennyson early in the second-half was a major body-blow to Sean O’Kane’s side who only managed two second-half points in comparison to a dominant Louth side that hit 3-05 with a brace from Kate Flood and another from substitute Lauren Boyle.

The Saffrons preparations for the game were less than ideal as an injury to Mairead Cooper saw the St Pauls forward miss out and the scheduling of the Antrim club Championship meant that Sean O’Kane’s charges missed a week of training in the build-up to their biggest game of the season.

Louth were keen to avenge April’s semi-final League defeat at the same venue and opened the scoring through a converted Kate Flood free.

Cathy Carey levelled proceedings from the same scenario but the wee County were the more clinical of the sides in the opening exchanges.

Rebecca Carr restored her sides advantage with Louth’s second free of the afternoon and Kate Flood doubled her account with a fine point that curled over the bar.

A second converted free from Flood was followed by a double from Niamh Rice as Antrim trailed 0-06-0-01 with 19 minutes on the clock.

Despite the Saffrons best attempts in attack – they were unable to penetrate through a strong Louth defence and Aoife Russell was often on-hand to turn defence to attack.

With little over ten minutes until the break Antrim were gifted a lifeline. Louth keeper Una Pearson was slow to react to the loose ball on the edge of the 6-yard box and Lara Dahunsi scooped the ball up and lofted it high into the empty net to close the gap and make it 0-06-1-01.

Kate Flood replied with her third converted free of the half, though back to back points from Dahunsi and a Cathy Carey closed the deficit to the bare minimum.

Louth were to end the half strongly however and tagged on three unanswered points before the break.

Susan Byrne, Eimear Byrne and a second point from Rebecca Carr gave their side a 0-10-1-03 lead and but for an outstanding save from Anna McCann to deny Carr – things could have been worse for the Saffrons.

Any hopes of an Antrim fightback were dealt a hammer-blow early in the second-half as captain Saoirse Tennyson collapsed in agony with a knee injury – the stretcher was required and manager Sean O’Kane was forced into a reshuffle, introducing Caoimhe Stewart.

When play resumed again it was Cathy Carey who forged the opening score of the half through a converted free, however it would be 17 minutes before the Saffrons next white flag was raised and in-between Louth stretched their advantage.

Centre-half back Michelle McMahon popped the ball over in response to Carey’s free and Rebecca Carr conjured up her third point of the afternoon.

Louth then took a massive step towards victory with their opening goal of the game – it came through a familiar face in Kate Flood and gave the wee-County a 1-12-1-04 lead.

Aine Tubridy shot over the bar in response and it would prove to be the Saffrons final score of a disappointing afternoon.

They did have the chance to register a consolation goal after Lara Dahunsi was felled in the area, though Orla Corr was denied by Pearson in the Louth goal.

Kate Flood top-scored on the afternoon with 2-06 – at the end of her sides All-Ireland campaign Flood will travel Down Under to ply her trade for Australian Football outfit Fremantle Freo and on the basis of her performance Freo have signed an outstanding talent.

Flood confidently kicked two further placed balls and secured her sides third goal before the whistle – the other strike coming from Lauren Boyle, who was only fit to make an appearance from the bench but ended the game with 1-01 to her name.

At the end of a one-sided second period it was Louth who were able to celebrate reaching back to back junior finals and the Leinster champions will take on Fermanagh in the September 15th decider at Croke Park.

It was a disappointing end to what has been a promising campaign for Sean O’Kane’s charges who just missed out on promotion and clinched the Ulster Championship in the Tyrone natives first year in charge.

Antrim: A McCann, S Haughey, E Kelly, N Killen, M Hanna, C Brown, K Farren, S Tennyson, A McFarland, L Dahunsi (1-01), O Corr, N Enright, C Carey (0-03, 0-02f), E Magee, A Tubridy (0-01). Subs: C Stewart for S Tennyson (36 mins); M McGourty for N Enright (49 mins); C Taggart for K Farren (51 mins); A Taggart for O Corr (53 mins); N Webb for A McFarland (55 mins).

Louth: U Pearson, E Hand, S Quinn, S McLoughlin, C Nolan, M McMahon (0-01), A Breen, E Boyle (0-01), A Byrne, R Carr (0-03, 0-01f), S Byrne (0-01), A Russell, J McGuinness, K Flood (2-06, 0-05f), N Rice (0-02). Subs: D Osborne for A Russell (30 mins); L Boyle (1-01) for J McGuiness (38 mins); S Woods for A Byrne (43 mins); A Halligan for A Breen (54 mins); S Matthews for E Hand (54 mins).

Referee: Siobhan Coyle (Donegal)

Good start sets Tír na nÓg on the road to victory

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Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round

Tír na nÓg 0-13 Rasharkin 1-4

Brendan McTaggart reports from Páirc Uí Cheallaigh, Portglenone

Comfortable progression with minimum fuss.  It was exactly what Tír na nÓg would have hoped for and after 20 minutes of this preliminary round tie on Saturday afternoon, they would have been forgiven for thinking on the quarter-finals. 

The Whitehill men saw off the challenge of Rasharkin with six points to spare in the end but it was ‘carpet slippers and pipe’ mode for the second half with the hard work and graft put in during the first half.  Rasharkin didn’t trouble the scoreboard operative until the 23rd minute on Saturday afternoon while Tír na nÓg had run into a nine point lead and were well worthy of that advantage.

Rasharkin couldn’t get their hands on leather during that opening 20 minutes while Tír na nÓg went about their business with controlled, methodical precision with Leigh Martin and Aaron McNeilly the chief tormentors.  Martin finished the hour with seven points with three from open play and while all four of the Randalstown men’s scores came from Martin in the second half, it was enough to keep Rasharkin at bay.

The midfield duo of Malachy Duffin and Christy Sheerin were peerless in the first half while the Tír na nÓg half back line swept anything their midfield might have missed and that was very little.  With the choice of playing a long ball into Kevin Sheerin on the edge of the square or use the trickery of Martin and the pace of McNeilly, Tír na nÓg varied their attacks and didn’t let Rasharkin settle.

The men from Dreen were given a glimmer of hope on the stroke of half time when Conor McFerran laid down a marker for goal of the championship and while they showed more determination, grit and hunger in the second half, they were behind the eight ball after Tír na nÓg’s showing in those opening 20 minutes.

Eamon McNeill cast a frustrated figure for long periods of this match.  A man who on his day can light up any pitch in the country yet he lived off scraps and wasn’t doing a good job of hiding his frustrations.  Ryan Lynch was prominent in the second half as Rasharkin looked for the scores to bring their championship hopes to life but they never materialised.  They showed more endeavour, heart and a willingness to fight for their shirt in the second period but Tír na nÓg had their number.

Rasharkin finished the match with 14 men when they had a man send off in the last minute of normal time that saw some ugly scenes develop but it had little baring on the contest.  Job done for the Whitehill men who have their sights set on a quarter-final meeting with their neighbours Moneyglass.

Rasharkin actually made a decent start to the match but a couple of efforts from McNeill went to the wrong side of the posts in the opening minutes.  Such was Tír na nÓg’s dominance though, they wouldn’t have another effort at goal for close to 20 minutes.  McNeilly, Martin and Darragh Fagan giving the Randalstown side a three point advantage after 10 minutes.

With a mix of patience, long ball and counterattack, Tír na nÓg were leaving Rasharkin in their shadows as they went about building what was effectively a match winning lead.  Ciaran McKeown, McNeilly (free), Martin and Fagan taking the Tír na nÓg lead to nine points after 19 minutes.  Martin’s point the pick of their scores in the first half, showing one way before shimmying past the Rasharkin challenge and sending the ball over with precision.

Eamon McNeill finally got the St Mary’s men off and running in the 23rd minute and while they had more attacking intent in the closing stages of the first half, Rasharkin already looked a beleaguered team at that stage.

Both sides lost their way in front of goal before Conor McFerran lit up this tie in first half injury time.  Collecting a long ball from Lynch and wide on the right, McFerran spotted Sean Paul McAtamney just off his line.  With one swing of his right foot and with all the precision of 45-degree pitching wedge, McFerran managed to find the bottom corner while lobbing the Tír na nÓg ‘keeper.  Audacious, sublime and an outstanding score that gave Rasharkin a glimmer of hope for the second half.

If there was ever a bad time for a team to score a goal however, Rasharkin and McFerran found it.  The goal reduced the lead to five points and it gave them a glimmer of hope but the half time break took any momentum they may have gained from it and gave Tír na nÓg a chance to recuperate, rehash and build a plan to ensure they had safe passage to the next round.  And that they did.

Rasharkin were always going to come out a different animal after the break and when Lynch pointed barely 30 second after the restart, they looked like they could do Mission Impossible.  That was as close as they would get to the Whitehill side as they controlled the second half, always keeping Rasharkin at arm’s length.  They shored up their defence and nullified any attacking threat the Dreen side carried while being methodical and meticulous while going forward.

Martin fired over his first of four second half frees in the 35th minute, Tír na nÓg’s first point for 15 minutes and while they strung together a trio of wides before Martin repeated the feat in the 45th minute, Rasharkin didn’t record a score either.

Lynch and substitute Brian Og O’Neill raised white flags in response to a brace of frees from Martin in the time that remained.  Rasharkin tenacious defender Kelly saw red for violent conduct in the last minute of normal time but Tír na nÓg’s progression to the next round was all but sealed at that stage.

The Randalstown men progress with a mouth-watering tie in prospect in the quarters against their south west neighbours, Moneyglass.


Tír na nÓg: Sean Paul McAtamney; Sean Redmond, Niall Cassidy, Ciaran Logan; Barry McCormick, Caoimhin Duffin, Darren McCormick; Christy Sheerin, Malachy Duffin; Ryan O’Neill, Ciaran McKeown, Darragh Fagan; Aaron McNeilly, Kevin Sheerin, Leigh Martin.

Subs: Ronan O’Neill for K Sheerin (42); Ciaran O’Neill for C McKeown (48); Peter Cullen for C Sheerin (54).

Scorers: Leigh Martin 0-7 (4 f’s); Aaron McNeilly 0-2 (2 f’s); Darragh Fagan 0-2; Kevin Sheerin 0-1; Ciaran McKeown 0-1.

Rasharkin: Tiarnan O’Boyle; Pearse Kelly, Conor Hasson, Donagh Quigg; Fearghal Kennedy, Emmet McFerran, Fergus Quigg; Shane Hasson, Thomas McMullan; Jack Quinn, Ryan Lynch, Thomas Doherty; Conor McFerran, Brendan Etherson, Eamon McNeill.

Subs: Brian Og O’Neill for B Etherson (23); Colm Kennedy for F Kennedy (44)

Scorers: Ryan Lynch 0-3 (1 f); Conor McFerran 1-00; Brian Og O’Neill 0-1

Referee: Darren McKeown (St Galls)

Antrim and Derry produce a Special game


On Saturday 24th August at Páirc Chiceam, the Antrim and Derry teams returned to lock horns once more following on from last years successful Special Championship. This was the third year of the unique event and was by far the largest yet with over 30 players involved and a fantastic crowd in attendance.

Players travelled from far and wide to be a part of and play in the match this evening at Kickhams GAC. Rebekah Keane came all the way from Listowel Emmets GAC, Co. Kerry as well as Micheál McCloy from Whitecross GAC, Co. Armagh.

Both teams were given and warm heartfelt welcome onto the field with a guard of honour led by, Creggan and Tír na nÓg underage teams who played in the curtain-raiser.

The momentum grew as the managers finished the team warm-up and referee, Gerard Dougan took the toss with the team captains before lining out. The match then commenced with a throw-in from Antrim Chairman, Ciarán McCavanagh. 

A large crowd made up of family, friends and onlookers from all around both Antrim and Derry enjoyed watching on as the teams showcased their skills and talents in an exciting end to end game.

The match proved yet another huge success encompassing everything which the GAA ethos entails – enjoyment, good spirit, family & friendships.

Congratulations go out to all players, managers, family & friends and the organisers at Kickhams GAC Creggan for making this evening possible.

Thank you to Ulster Bank, TeamKit, NI Water, O’Neills, Convery Sportsturf and The Lab for sponsoring water, kits, food and much more for all the players, supporters and their families on the night.

The clubs represented at the Special Championship between Antrim and Derry were: Kickhams GAC Creggan, St. Malachy’s GAC Castledawson, Limavady, Dunloy, Sarsfields GAC, Glen, Desertmartin, Wolfe Tones Bellaghy, Kilrea, Michael Davitts, Whitecross GAC, Ballymaguigan, Moneymore, Bridge Association, Glenravel, Davitts, Cargin, Lavey, Magherafelt, Loup and Listowel Emmets GAC.

Quick-fire goals see Aghagallon advance

Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship

St Teresa’s 0-13-2-15 Aghagallon

From Kevin Herron at Corrigan Park

Aghagallon saw off a dogged St Teresa’s side with two goals inside of a minute; midway through the second-half – on the way to a 2-15-0-13 triumph at Corrigan Park this evening.

Relegated St Teresa’s began the game strongly but at half-time it was Aghagallon who held a 0-10-0-06 lead.

St Teresa’s remained in contention up until the midway point in the second-half when quick-fire goals from Eunan Walsh and Adam Loughran saw their side slip into the comfort zone and seal progression to the quarter-final and a meeting with St Galls.

Having accounted for St Enda’s in last weekends preliminary round clash Aghagallon were overwhelming favourites to progress against relegated St Teresa’s but it was the men from the Glen Road who ran into an early lead.

Philip Maguire laid the ball off to Colm McGoldrick who edged his side ahead after two minutes, a converted Jay Mallon free in the aftermath was followed by a fine Anton Taylor point as St Teresa’s built up an early 0-03-0-00 advantage .

Gareth Magee angled the ball over in response and Aghagallon were soon into their stride – hitting a further four unanswered points to swing the pendulum.

Eunan Walsh popped the ball over after some neat interchange with Ruairi McCann before Jamie Lamont drew the sides level – roaming up from wing-half back and firing between the posts.

Kevin Murray’s charges hit the front through a Ciaran Brady point and doubled their advantage through Ruairi Loughran – but a goal should really have arrived after McCann and Walsh linked up and Walsh fed corner-forward Loughran unmarked, under pressure Loughran shot high between the posts instead.

Liam Gault instantly halved the deficit after an ambitious burst and shot from the narrowest of angles, but three unanswered scores from Gareth Magee had Aghagallon 0-08-0-04 ahead approaching the midway point in proceedings.

Magee scored his first after latching onto a quickly taken free and splitting the posts, his other two scores came directly from the placed ball.

Aghagallon saw a second goal opportunity go abegging after Magee slipped in Caolan Farr whose low shot beat Matthew Mallon -but not the post.

The sides twice traded scores at the end of the opening half. Robert Gallagher’s point was cancelled out by a third converted free of the half from Magee and Jay Mallon kept the deficit at four-points after Adam Loughran had fisted his side into a 0-10-0-05 lead.

At the interval it was Aghagallon who were in control at 0-10-0-06 but St Teresa’s still remained a potent threat going into the second period.

Indeed it was the Super T’s that landed the first score of the second period, substitute Sean Maguire combined with Liam Gault for the wing-half forwards second point of the evening.

Aghagallon full-back Daniel Donnelly hit back at the other end and the sides traded further scores through Jay Mallon and Adam Loughran.

Paul Mulholland increased his sides lead after exchanging passes with Eunan Walsh and the next two scores would ultimately see off the challenge of a dogged and determined St Teresa’s side.

Midway through the second-half an Adam Loughran pass to Ruairi McCann set their side on the front foot and McCann picked out midfield partner Eunan Walsh who rifled past Matthew Mallon to give Aghagallon a 1-13-0-08 lead.

Things had gone from bad to worse by the time St Teresa’s had even plotted a response as Ciaran Brady popped the ball inside to Adam Loughran and the half-forward drilled in a quick-fire second to make it 2-13-0-08.

As the game had ran its course for St Teresa’s it was all about salvaging pride in the final quarter of an hour that remained and back to back Jay Mallon points brought his side into double figures for the evening.

Gareth Magee (free) and substitute Anthony Varndell traded points and Aghagallon’s final score of the evening arrived courtesy of substitute Oisin Lenahan.

Jay Mallon and Liam Gault’s late points were scant consolation as Aghagallon ran out convincing 2-15-0-13 winners thanks to Walsh and Loughran’s strikes.

The reward for Kevin Murray’s charges is a quarter-final clash with St Galls in two-weeks time – although it promises to be a difficult prospect in store, there is no doubt that the border-men have gathered momentum of late and will be chomping at the bit for a crack at the men from Milltown.

St Teresa’s: M Mallon, R Mallon, D McCann, P O’Rawe, C O’Rawe, P Maguire, C Mallon, N McCann, J Rainey, C McGoldrick (0-01), J Mallon (0-06, 0-04f) , L Gault (0-03), R Gallagher (0-01), A Taylor (0-01), P McGoldrick. Subs: E Connolly for C O’Rawe (22 mins); S Maguire for C McGoldrick (30 mins); A Varndell (0-01) for N McCann (38 mins); A Clarke for R Mallon (59 mins); P Glennon for J Rainey (59 mins).

Agahagallon: D O’Hagan, A Mulholland, D Donnelly (0-01), M McKenna, J Lamont (0-01), J Lenahan, P Mulholland (0-01), E Walsh (1-01), R McCann, C Brady (0-01), A Loughran (1-02), C Farr, R Loughran (0-01), G Magee (0-06, 0-04f), P Branagan. Subs: O Lenahan (0-01) for R Loughran (38 mins); M McAfee for M McKenna (50 mins); R O’Neill for A Mulholland (56 mins); F Bustard for C Farr (56 mins); S Donnelly for J Lamont (60 mins).

Referee: Brendan Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

Deadly Duffin decides it for St Ergnat’s

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Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round

St Ergnat’s, Moneyglass 2-19 Dunloy, Cuchullains 1-15

Brendan McTaggart reports from Páirc Uí Cheallaigh, Portglenone

Two goals from Conaill Prenter and a man of the match performance from Colm Duffin ensured St Ergnat’s lived up to their pre-match billing as favourites.  The Moneyglass side saw off the challenge of Dunloy with seven points to spare at the end of a hugely entertaining hour of football that would make for a statisticians dream.

12.  The number of minutes it took Moneyglass to score 2-6 in the first half in a purple patch that effectively won them the game.  The Cuchullains managed just one point in the same time.

13.  The number of minutes between Dunloy scores in the first half as Moneyglass made their way to a seven point half time lead.

9.  The magic number for Colm Duffin.  Nine shots on goal, nine white flags raised and just three frees.

3.  The number of minutes between the two majors scored by Conaill Prenter in the first half and the number of wides Moneyglass hit over the 60 minutes.  Efficient.

Dunloy bent over backwards at times but Moneyglass had that bit extra as the booked a place in the next round against Tir na nÓg

It was a hugely efficient and at times, breath-taking performance from the St Ergnat’s men in the first half.  They attacked at speed, with precision and with devastating results.  The Cuchullains made a bright start and after Seán Elliott’s ninth minute goal, they held a three point lead.

Moneyglass and Colm Duffin had different ideas however.  The speed of Jack McCoy and Peter McCormick coming from deep while Dermot McErlain and Conaill Prenter wreaked havoc.  They went for the jugular and turned a three point deficit into a nine point lead just before half time.

Dunloy were much better after the restart with Keelan Molloy excellent throughout.  The dual star finished with five points beside his name on the list of scorers while Conal Cunning’s four points all came from frees.  Midway through the second half they had cut the Moneyglass lead to three points and raised hopes of performing a Lazarus like recovery in Páirc Uí Cheallaigh but Moneyglass didn’t panic.  With Colm Duffin, Patrick McCormick and substitute Kevin Marron instrumental, Moneyglass sealed progression with a hugely impressive performance.

Dunloys Conal Cunning goes for a point but meets a Moneyglass wall during Saturdays IFC game in Portglenone.

This one took a while to get on fire and the first score didn’t come until the fourth minute, a Colm Duffin free putting Moneyglass ahead before Conor McKinley restored parity with a fine score from the right hand side.  The first major came three minutes later with the Elliott brothers combining with devastating effect. Nigel passing to Seán who used his blistering pace to speed past the would be Moneyglass challenges before finding the bottom corner of Mark Carey’s net.

St Ergnat’s replied with a brace of white flags from Colm Duffin and while Coby Cunning’s first free of the match restored the Dunloy two point lead, Moneyglass and Conaill Prenter took over.  Jimmy McMeel lead the break before finding Paul Tohill.  The Moneyglass man passed square to the charging Prenter and his palmed the ball to the back of Sean Doherty’s net in the 13th minute.

Sean Kelly left his sweeping duties to split the uprights shortly after and Moneyglass were making the most of their superiority, scoring their second major in the 16th minute.  Dermot McErlain with the break through the Dunloy defence and passing to Prenter who timed his run to perfection once again before palming the ball to the net.

Colm Duffin and Conor Boyd split the posts to put seven between the sides in the 18th minute.  A devastating turnaround that had the Cuchullains reeling.  Kevin Marron’s first of the match in the 22nd minute made it 2-6 in 12 minutes and giving the St Ergnat’s men control of the tie.

The Cuchullains finished the half well with Keelan Molloy and Cunning (free) reducing the St Ergnat’s lead to seven points at the short whistle.

Dunloys Seaan Elliott celebrates after scoring a brilliant individual goal early in the game

Half time: Moneyglass 2-8 Dunloy 1-4

The Cuchullains needed a fast start to the second half and when Molloy and Aaron Crawford split the posts with barely two minutes after the restart, it was four points unanswered.  It could have been more had Crawford spotted the run of Gillan in the middle but he settled for a fisted point to maintain the Cuchullains push.

Colm Duffin scored Moneyglass’ first of the second half with his sixth white flag and fifth from play settled his side into the tie once again and despite the constant pressure from the Cuchullains, Moneyglass used their pace to break with Colm Duffin, McErlain, Patrick McCormick and McCoy all influential. 

Gillan and Molloy fired over in response to a brace from Colm Duffin (one free) and Paul Tohill but Dunloy began to turn the screw in their favour.  Seán Elliott and Molloy splitting the uprights before McErlain fired over his first of the match.  A brace of frees from Gillan and Cunning got Dunloy firing again and reignited hopes of making a dramatic comeback with three points separating the sides after 15 minutes of the second half.

Moneyglass were making the most of the gaps appearing in the Dunloy defence however with Marron (two) and Duffin taking the St Ergnat’s lead to six once again.  Gillan and Cunning frees was the Dunloy response but they were going to need goals and the Moneyglass defence wasn’t yielding any space for the Cuchullains to reap from while they continued to counter with the desired effect.

Colm Duffin’s ninth point of the night was followed by white flags from Patrick McCormick and McCoy and while McKinley’s shot was deflected over in injury time, Moneyglass and McCormick had the final say, splitting the uprights in the fifth minute of time added on to give St Ergnat’s a seven point win and book a meeting with neighbours Tír na nÓg in the quarter-final.  

After falling behind by nine points at one stage Dunloy dragged Moneyglass back to three at one stage, but the St Ergnats men hit the turbo chargers and pulled clear in the end.


Moneyglass: Mark Carey; Sean Kelly, Tiarnan Duffin, Peter McCormick; jack McCoy, Conor Boyd, Eamon Kelly; Colm Duffin, Dermot McErlain; Jimmy McMeel, Paul Tohill, Patrick McCormick; Conaill Prenter, Seanchann Duffin, Gavin Murray.

Subs: Kevin Marron for S Duffin (11); Jervis Weir for C Boyd (49); Liam Brady for D McErlain (59).

Scorers: Colm Duffin 0-9 (3 f’s); Conaill Prenter 2-00; Kevin Marron 0-3; Patrick McCormick 0-2; Dermot McErlain 0-1; Sean Kelly 0-1; Jack McCoy 0-1; Conor Boyd 0-1; Paul Tohill 0-1.

Dunloy: Sean Doherty; Conor Kinsella, Karl O’Kane, Aaron Crawford; Cathaoir McGuigan, Gabriel McTaggart, Callum Scullion; Keelan Molloy, Conor McKinley; Nigel Elliott, Karl Fitzpatrick, Shane Dooey; Seán Elliott, Caolan Gillan, Conal Cunning.

Subs: Ryan McGarry for G McTaggart (19); Kevin McAllister for K Fitzpatrick (30); Jamie McFerran for C Scullion (36); Aidy Scullion for K O’Kane (43); Anthony Smith for C Gillan (60).

Scorers: Keelan Molloy 0-5; Conal Cunning 0-4 (4 f’s); Seán Elliott 1-1; Conor McKinley 0-2; Caolan Gillan 0-2 (2 f’s); Aaron Crawford 0-1

Referee: Karol Doherty (Rasharkin)