Late goals kill of Con Magee hopes as Red Hugh’s book semi-final spot

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Con Magees Glenravel (Antrim) 0-08 Red Hugh’s (Donegal 3-08

Report by Geordie McGuckin

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

A couple of late goals claimed in the dying minutes of the Ulster Club Junior Football championship ensured passage into the next phase of the competition and added sheen to the scoreline and a victory claimed by Donegal representative Red Hugh’s over the Antrim champions, Glenravel on a pristine Portglenone sod on Sunday.

The Donegal men having gone in at the break with a 1-07 to 0-04 advantage, late call-up Calvin Bradley grabbing the goal from a 16th minute penalty, but as the second period progressed it became clear that the Glensmen were not about to give up the ghost.

DYLN7193Conor McNeill who scored 4 points for Con Magees. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine

The Antrim champions started the second half with a point from the impressive Conor Mc Neill and as the defence, in which Niall Swann and Paul Mc Curry led by example, stood tall in defiance they started to reel in the Donegal champs. When Josh Mc Keown sent a free between the posts in the 50th minute only a score separated the sides.

The Tir Conaill men having failed to register a score in the second period  were a little rattled but late replacement Jonny Carlin raised a white flag in the 52nd minute to settle things down. Glenravel cut their deficit back to three points again and hopes were high that they might yet salvage something out to the game until late goals by  Colm Melaugh and Calvin Bradley dashed their hopes and sealed their team’s win by a somewhat flattering nine point margin.

The year 2018 had been kind to the Con Magees and after winning the county title they went on to add the Division 3 title as well. Red Hugh’s arrived to the Portglenone meeting place in the guise of firm favourites and they started out on the pristine O’ Cahan Park surroundings with an early point.

Less than a minute had elapsed when mid-fielder Damien Browne made strong approach to the target and although a Glenravel defender got in the way of his initial goal bound shot, he was able to claim the rebound and plant it between the posts.

The Glensmen looked for a quick reply and although denied in transit on a couple of occasions Conor Mc Neill had them on terms at the 7th minute when he split the uprights with a good finish.

The Con Magees may well have nipped ahead shortly thereafter when the Red Hugh’s net-minder Ciaran Kelly fluffed his lines from a kick out which went straight to Josh Mc Keown but the wing half forward failed to take advantage as he fired wide of the target.

UlsterJFC14Red Hugh’s Gerard Melaugh in action against Glenravel’s Michael Laverty

The Donegal champs certainly lacked for nothing in composure on their first visit to Portglenone and they seized advantage with back to back points through Shane Gallagher and Peadar Mc Glinchey saw them on the march as the end of the opening quarter approached.

Despite the nimble Conor Mc Neill and Aiden O’ Donnell causing concern to the Donegal rearguard when presented with the quick delivery Glenravel were having problems and a well worked counter attack by the Tir Connell men in the 16th minute as Calvin Bradley fired home from the penalty spot to give his side a 1-03 to 0-01 advantage.

Josh Mc Keown and Aiden O’ Donnell pulled a couple of points back for the Antrim men to sandwich a Peadar Mc Glinchey point at the other end, but despite having plenty of possession Glenravel were finding it hard to  make the breakthrough and breakaway points from Pauric Mc Menamin and Calvin Bradley put Red Hugh’s in control.

Calvin Bradley added a further point to the Red Hugh’s total when he was sent away on the clear by Colm Melaugh in the 29th minute, but the Glensmen were to have the final say in the period via the pace laded Conor Mc Neill with his injury time delivery to their arrears to 1-07 to 0-04 at the short whistle.

Glenravel needed a good start to the second period if they were to get back into the game, and indeed with a few words of ‘encouragement’ no doubt delivered in the sanctuary of the changing room they returned in a different mood.

Conor Mc Neill added to their account with a point in the 32nd minute and indeed they should have added another in the next attack but for wayward finishing.

Red Hugh’s men were struggling to find a way through a Glenravel defensive unit in which a ‘no entry’ notice had been erected but the Antrim side were looking less secure in the attack mode.

Martin Mc Carry’s fetch and delivery from a Jonny Fyfe approach opened the way to the target for Declan Traynor, whose crisp delivery was parried away for a ‘45’ by Red Hugh’s keeper.

Conor Mc Neill did send the award across to see Conor mor Carey grab a smashing point and when Josh Mc Keown despatched a close range free, on the same direction a few minutes later only a score separated to protagonists with less than ten minutes remaining and the game appeared to be within the Antrim men’s grasp.

UlsterJFC10Con Magees forward Josh McKeow. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine

Red Hugh’s having failed to find the target for the opening twenty minutes of the second portion were begging to look a little less confident, but their drought ended in the 52nd minute when a strong Stephen Mc Menamin clearance sent late replacement Jonny Carlin away on the left to raise a white.

The Glensmen were quick to reply as Conor Mc Neill hoisted white in at the other end but and the game was still up for grabs.

However as the Glenravel men pushed to reduce the deficit further a well-timed interception saw Cathal Doherty and Damien Browne combine to send Colm Melaugh in for goal that would all but end the Antrim side’s challenge. Glenravel’s brave challenge had hit the rocks as the game went into injury time and to make matters worse Calvin Bradley broke through to grab his side’s third goal and give his team a somewhat flattering, though well-deserved victory.

Red Hugh’s

Ciaran Kelly, Cathal Doherty, Sean Sweeney, Shane Mc Glinchey, Gary Kelly, Stephen Mc Menamin, Ryan Kelly, Thomas Mc Menamin, Damien Browne (0-01), Pauric Mc Menamin, Gerald Melaugh, Peadar Mc Glinchey, Colm Melaugh (0-01), James Carlin, Calvin Bradley (2-03)

Subs

Jonny Carlin (0-01) for S Sweeney; Colm Melaugh (0-01) for J Carlin; Eugene Browne for D Browne; Michael Devine for Gerard Melaugh; PJ Gallagher for S Mc Menamin

Glenravel

Sean O’ Boyle, Alister Mc Keown, Paul Mc Curry, Michael Laverty, Conor og Carey, Niall Swann, Gareth Mc Keown, Conor mor Carey (0-01), David Higgins, Declan Treanor, Ciaran Mc Keown, Josh Mc Keown (0-02), Conor Mc Neill (0-04), Martin Mc Carry, Aiden O’ Donnell (0-01)

Subs – Jonny Fyfe for Gerard og Carey; Conleth O’ Loan for D Traynor; Mark O’ Connor for G Mc Keown

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Con Magees take on Red Hughs’ of Donegal in Portglenone

Ulster Club Football Championship

Con Magees, Antrim v Red Hughs’, Donegal at Portglenone

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Antrim Junior champions Con Magees Glenravel set out on their Ulster Club campaign tomorrow when they take on Red Hugh’s of Donegal in the quarter final at Portglenone. A formidable task faces the Glenravel men as the men from Kilygordon were highly impressive when ending a 37 year famine to claim the Junior title against Urris three weeks ago. A mix of youth and experience the Donegal men had fallen at the final hurdle four times in the last 15 years but this time around they got it right with a power packed display on their way to a 4-9 to 0-4 victory, all four goals coming from corner foward James Carlin. Carlin, who had scored their only goal in their hard fought semi-final win over Letterkenny Gaels, was really on fire in the final, scoring two goals in each half. With Donegal senior player Stephen McMenamin pulling the strings they led by 11 points and half time and continued their dominance throughout the second half to cruise home with ease.  To say they have experience on their side would be no exageration for in their ranks are team captain Gerard Melaugh (33), full-back Sean Sweeney (39), goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly (38) and forward Damien Browne (34), not to mention subs like 43-year-old PJ Gallagher and 37-year-old Eugene Browne.

EA7I7856Big Martin McCarry returns to his home club of Portglenone where Con Magees take on Red Hughs’ of Donegal in the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship

Con Magees have been kept busy since their win over St Patrick’s Lisburn in the Antrim final. The following week they took on, and beat fellow league contenders St Comgall’s in a crucial league game at Fr Maginn Park, before securing the league title with a convincing win over Ardoyne last Sunday at the same venue. The Glenravel men were given a boost in those game by the return of former Antrim minor star Eamon Fyfe who spent most of the summer in the USA and Fyfe must be in line for a starting place tomorrow. Otherwise the team will be along the same lines as the one that won the Antrim title that day with Paul McCurry, Niall Swann and Ciaran O’Connor the stand out players in defence. David Higgins and Conor Carey should again form the midfield partnership where they will be hard pushed to contain McMenamin while up front the men in green will look to Josh McKeown, Conor McNeill and Eamon Fyfe for their scores. The physical presence of former Antrim and Portglenone star Martin McCarry on the edge of the square has been a big factor this season and with the game being played at his home club it will be a special day for the seasoned veteran.

EA7I8484Josh McKeown has been in good scoring form in Glenravel’s recent run of wins.

When Con Magees last won the Antirm title back in 2016 they lost out in the first round in Ulster to Tyrone champions Rock at O’Neill Park, Dungannon. That day they made a dreadful start when playing against a strong wind in the first half and were eight points down before they registered their first score. However in the second half they showed much better form and fought back well, but they had left themselves too much to do. They can’t afford anything like that tomorrow and it is important they get out of the traps much quicker this time. They face an unknown quantity in the Donegal champions but it they can reproduce the form they have shown in the last three weeks then there is no reason why they can’t book a semi-final place.

The Glenravel team who won the Antrim title was…

Sean O’ Boyle, Ally Mc Keown, Paul McCurry, Michael Laverty, Gareth Mc Keown, Niall Swann, Ciaran O’ Connor (0-01), Conor Carey, David Higgins (0-01), Declan Traynor (0-01), Kieran Mc Keown, Josh Mc Keown (0-04), Conor Mc Neill (0-02), Martin Mc Carry, Aiden O’ Donnell

Subs

Mark O’Connor for Gareth McKeown ; Jonathan Fyfe for A O’ Donnell

The Red Hughs’ team that won the Donegal title was

Ciaran Kelly; Cathal Doherty, Sean Sweeney, Ryan Kelly; Gary Kelly, Gerard Melaugh (0-2), Thomas McMenamin; Peadar McGlinchey (0-1, 1 ’45), Stephen McMenamin; Damien Browne (0-4, 3f), Pauric McMenamin, Shane McGlinchey; James Carlin (4-0), Shane Gallagher, Calvin Bradley (0-2). Subs: Jonny Carlin for P.McMenamin (50), Odhrán Doherty for James Carlin (56), Michael Devine for S.McGlinchey (56), Eugene Browne for Sweeney (58), PJ Gallagher for Bradley (60).

Strong second half gets Con Magees over the line

 

Con Magees Glenravel 0-09 St Patrick’s Lisburn 0-06

Geordie McGuckin reports from Chapel Hill, Glenavy

Con Magees Glenravel won the Antrim Junior champions after a strong second half display saw them get the better of St Patrick’s Lisburn in Sunday’s final at Chapel Hill Glenavy.  Going in at the break with just a two point lead after having the use of the strong wind, the Glenravel men appeared to be in a bit of bother, but they put together a great second half display to breast the tape three ahead of their opponents.

The Lisburn lads having occupied the runners up berth in the competition last year, did look well capable of going a step further in the second period with the breeze on their backs. However the realignment of big Martin Mc Carry to the central zone added impetus to the Con Magees outfit and with the impressive Conor Mc Neill most adept in the fetching and carrying role the men in green and white always looked in command.

The Lisburn side were dealt a blow to their chances when their best on view Aaron Mc Donald received a red card during the second half, and despite their honest endeavors they were never to regain composure in front of posts.

23Dylan McIlwaine presents the Saffron Gael Man of the Match award to Con Magees captain Conor McNeill.

A stiff breeze to contend with as the sides lined out on the well manicured sward at the Chapel Hill base of St Joseph’s Glenavy.

Glenravel captain Conor McNeill won the toss and  decided his team would have the southerly breeze on their backs in the opening period and although they were away in a hurry as Aidan O’Donnell grabbed the opening score in the opening minute the way to posts was not to be an easy route to follow thereafter.

Lisburn came close to getting off the mark in the 4th minute after Paul Mc Curry had made intervention on the Glenravel goal line and his clearance was claimed and returned wide of the posts by Francis Mc Meel.

The St Patrick’s side were well organized on their defensive duties as Glenravel looked to make full use of the elements though the Con Magees added to their lead when the strong running Conor Mc Neill sent an 8th minute ‘45’ directly between the posts, and when Josh Mc Keown added another from a free they were 0-03 to 0-00 to the good.

Lisburn were getting to grips with the elements though as the game progressed and getting organized in their defensive duties they were proving adept in halting planned offensive movement and a well laid counter saw Francis Mc Meel open his team’s account splitting the posts from a 30 metre free following an indiscretion on the advancing Aaron McDonnell.

The ill-fated defender was proving influential within the ranks of the Lisburn side as they stood tall in resistance to Glenravel attacks with Conor Mc Neill most often in the vanguard.

The Glensmen did add to their tally in the 24th minute as Mc Neill planted a 35 metre free kick between the posts but as events were to unfold that was to prove their last addition on the scoreboard with an excellent long range delivery from the free roaming Josh Mc Mullan yielding the last score of the half as he reduced the Glenravel lead 0-04 to 0-02 when the short blast sounded.

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The Con Magees followers must have feared for their team at the break with just a two point cushion, but the second period was but a couple of minutes old when the Glenravel men added a point via a Josh Mc Keown delivery and events were about to liven up as Aaron Mc Donald replied in kind with an expertly taken score at the other end within a minute.

Glenravel with the veteran Martin Mc Carry now operating at the middle of the field increased their lead by another point via Josh McKeown, again after the former collected and sent Conor Carey away on the right to deliver in to the wing half forward.

Lisburn replied again with the hard working Aaron Mc Donald claiming another score but the Glensmen were again quick to negate this score as a slick combination between Conor Mc Neill and Niall Swann opened the way for Ciaran O’ Connor to raise the white flag at the other end.

Similarly when Mark Og Cherneck struck to grab a super long range score for St Patrick’s, Glenravel mid fielder David Higgins turned on the style to leave a couple of defenders struggling to contain as he planted between the posts.

With Martin Mc Carry influential in the rear guard duties and the ever available Conor Mc Neill always ready to fetch and carry the Glensmen looked comfortable in possession  but the gallant St Patrick’s were not about to make any concession.

The Lisburn men were working hard in their efforts to gain penetration but when the main cog within the St Patrick’s wheel Aaron McDonald saw red the die was cast.

The Glensmen dictated the goings on in the last minutes and a late Josh Mc Keown, free which sailed directly over the black spot, ensured they crossed the winning line for the second time in three years.Spar-advert-copy

3Aidan O’Donnell grabs Con Magees’ opening score. Pic by John McIlwaine

Teams

Glenravel

Sean O’ Boyle, Ally Mc Keown, Paul McCurry, Michael Laverty, Gareth Mc Keown, Niall Swann, Ciaran O’ Connor (0-01), Conor Carey, David Higgins (0-01), Declan Traynor (0-01), Kieran Mc Keown, Josh Mc Keown (0-04), Conor Mc Neill (0-02), Martin Mc Carry, Aiden O’ Donnell

Subs

Mark O’Connor for Gareth McKeown ; Jonathan Fyfe for A O’ Donnell

St Patrick’s

Peter O’ Neill, Jack Mc Mullan, Thomas Burns, Aaron Mc Donald (0-02), Shane Mc Evoy, Tighearnan O’ Meallaigh, Eoin Fay, Thomas Fay, Mark Torbitt, Francis Mc Meel (0-01), Paul Law, Ben Mc Mullan (0-01), Denver Taggart, Josh Mc Mullan (0-01), Mark og Cherneck

Subs

Declan Burns for Paul Law; Martin Kennedy for Eoin Fay; Paul Law for T Fay

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Con Magee’s and Naomh Padraig could prove a real cracker

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Junior Championship Final Preview

Con Magee’s Glenravel v Naomh Padraig Lisburn

This year’s Junior Football Championship decider between Con Magee’s Glenravel and Naomh Padraig Lisburn could prove to be a real cracker. Both sides play an excellent brand of football and both are laced with players who have pace and skill in abundance.

Both Glenravel and Naomh Padraig play their football in division 3 and sit equal on points at the top of that division as they challenge Kickham’s Ardoyne in a three team race for the title with the top two of the three getting promotion.

The league for race honours has been confined to the back burner however in recent weeks as both sides set their sights on championship success and Sunday’s meeting at Glenavy is one likely to provide entertainment for the good crowd expected to attend.

Naomh Padraig were beaten finalists last year when they lost to a very strong Sarsfield’s side in the final at Lamh Dhearg but they showed a lot of potential  in that one, going down by a couple of points in the end. This year Naomh Padraig had little difficulty in dealing with Eire Og in their opening game of this year’s championship winning convincingly at Cliftonville.

Naomh Padraig faced a much stiffer test when the met Ardoyne in the quarter-final at Woodlands but in a tight game they held their nerve and composure to beat the Kickham’s by two points.

It was back to the (plastic) at Woodlands for their semi-final encounter with a St. Agnes side who they had defeated on their way to last year’s final and the ‘Aggies’ weren’t  expected to provide too stiff a test this time around.

St. Agnes turned in a battling second half performance however which saw Kieran McCoy’s side close the gap to three points as the clock ticked down but Naomh Padraig finished with late points from Josh McMullan and Francis McMeel to run out winners by five points.

St. Patrick’s are a useful side with Thomas Burns, Jack McMullan, Eoin Fay, Tighearnán Ómeallaigh, Tomas Fay, Ben McMullan and Francis McMeel  all top class performers but the ace in their pack is Josh McMullan, a man Con Magee’s will have to keep a tight rein on if they are to win on Sunday.

The men from Antrim’s 10th Glen were Junior champions just a couple of years ago when they defeated St. Comgall’s in the final at Creggan but after playing Intermediate last year they have regraded and will be aiming for their second title in three years.

They have played a game less than the Lisburn side in this year’s journey to the final but have been mighty impressive in both those outings. They began their campaign with a resounding victory over Na Piarsaigh in Ballymena, winning that one 3-10 to 1-5 with Josh McKeown leading the way with 1-6 in the opening half.

Kearney's mace copyIn the semi-final the Con Magee’s were faced with what looked like a much greater challenge when they met O’Donnell’s at Sunday’s venue. The MacRory Park side played their football in division 2 this season but despite not winning a game, they made people sit up and take notice with a quarter-final win over Naomh Comghall, Antrim.

Con Magee’s took control of this semi-final from early on however at Chapel Hill and had it all wrapped up at the interval when they led by 11 points and there was to be no respite for the Whiterock Road side in the second half, the Con Magee’s running out winners by 25 points.

Declan Traynor was the man who did most of the damage against O’Donnell’s scoring 2-2 over the hour and causing endless problems with his strong running. Josh McKeown was again very much to the fore with 0-5 with the other two goals coming from Eoin McCusker and Michael Laverty as Glenravel ran out winners 4-20 to 0-7.

Paul McCurry and Niall Swann are likely to anchor a Glenravel defence where Ally McKeown and Ciaran O’Connor will need to be on top of their game. The hard working  David Higgins should give them plenty of energy at mid-field while Kieran McKeown and Martin McCarry will complement Declan Traynor, Conor McNeill and Josh McKeown adding experience in attack.

Con Magee’s defeated Naomh Padraig at Kirkwood Park on the opening day of the season while the Lisburn men reversed that result when they visited Fr. Maginn Park in June so there doesn’t appear to be a lot between the sides.

Verdict: Much will depend on which side can hit top form on the day and this one is likely to be close but I give a tentative nod to Con Magee’s Glenravel.

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Decky’s double steers Con Magees to emphatic win

Junior Football Championship – Semi-Final

Con Magees, Glenravel 4-20 O’Donnell’s 0-7

Saturday September 22

Brendan McTaggart reports from Chapel Hill, Glenavy

I think it’s fair to say without fear of contradiction that no one seen this one coming.  O’Donnell’s came into the semi-final as favourites to book their place in the Junior Football championship final in many peoples eyes.  The men from Glenravel had other ideas.  Two goals in either half, the first two from Decky Traynor, and an exhibition of accuracy throughout the 60 minutes from Con Magees ensured they eased past O’Donnell’s to reach the junior decider.  25 points and every inch the massacre on a football pitch the scoreline suggests.

It was an afternoon to forget for O’D’s.  On the back of a tough year in Division Two, they came into the semi-final with a confident performance against Naomh Comgall’s and had high aspirations of bringing the junior crown to the Whiterock Road.  It just didn’t happen for them as Glenravel blitzed, pressured and purred playing an entertaining brand to football to victory while O’Donnell’s lost the run of themselves.  The Whiterock Road side ended the match with 12 men with all three red cards coming in the space of 30 seconds.  An incredible stat but it reflected O’Donnell’s lack of discipline.  All three dismissal’s were for second yellow cards and all of the second yellow cards were for dissent.  Only two minutes of normal time remained when O’Donnell’s hit the self-destruct button and the dismissals had no bearing on the end result.  Glenravel did manage to score 1-3 in the time that remained to add gloss to the score line but this was a day for the Con Magee’s to celebrate an incredible victory and leave them 60 minutes away from another junior crown.

18O’Donnell’s Ciaran Ferran and Con Magees Nial Swann battle for the ball.

It was Glenravel who opened the scoring with corner forward Aidan O’Donnell firing over with barely 30 seconds on the clock.  Ciaran Ferran replied in the second minute, splitting the posts for his first of three points over the hour but it was the north Antrim men who settled into their stride and took the game by the scruff of the neck.  They pressurised the O’Donnell’s kickouts and dominated in midfield, winning the lion’s share of clean ball or second phase possession.  They looked to go long when setting up attacks, employing Martin McCarry on the edge of the square and forcing O’Donnell’s to bring John Lavery back as a sweeper and while O’D’s may have nullified McCarry’s scoring ability, the rest of the Con Magee’s attacking unit stepped up.  Playing with a high press, they restricted any O’Donnell’s attacks.  To say they were fleeting would be an understatement.  The Glenravel men hit four unanswered points McNeill (three) and Declan Traynor all raising white flags before Ferran landed his second point of the match.  Kieran McKeown split the posts in the 20th minute to restore Glenravel’s four point lead before the Con Magee’s men scored their first goal of the match.  Declan Traynor combining with McNeill to carve open the opportunity and finishing with the outside of his boot.

O’Donnell’s responded well with Padraig McKissock landing points either side of a point from the excellent Ciaran O’Connor before Glenravel scored their second major in first half injury time.  Traynor getting on the end of a long delivery from David Higgins before beating two men and finishing with a deft touch to beat Conor Walsh in the O’Donnell’s goals. Two points from Josh McKeown underlined the Glenravel dominance and gave them a commanding 11 point lead at the short whistle.

23ACorner back Michael Laverty turns way in celebration after scoring Con Magees third goal. Pic by John McIlwaine

Half Time: Glenravel 2-9 O’Donnell’s 0-4

The Whiterock Road side made changes galore at during the break with Conor Walsh leaving full back and joining John Rafferty in midfield.  Steven Seawright moved to the edge of the square while Ciaran McKissock and Jordan Toner swapped positions but that and the half time break did little to disrupt the flow of brilliance from Glenravel.  They fired over the opening three points of the second half to take a 14 point lead, David Higgins, Aidan O’Donnell and Josh McKeown splitting the posts before Joseph McDonnell landed the first point of the second half for O’Donnell’s in the 42nd minute.

Both teams were tackling hard but fair and while the card count began to mount, it was by no means a ‘dirty’ game of football.  It was played in the right spirit with both teams showing desire for their shirt but Glenravel continued to dominate while the O’D’s frustration began to mount.  Ferran and Ciaran McKissock landed points either side of a Josh McKeown free to reduce the deficit to 12 points midway through the second half but that was the last score the west Belfast side would manage.

The third Con Magee’s goal came on the back of four unanswered points as the Glenravel men took the game by the jugular.  The major came through the most unlikely of sources, Michael Laverty finding himself at the wrong end of the pitch but showed all the composure of an out and out attacker by rounding Walsh in the O’D’s goals and finishing a superb team move in the 57th minute.

It was then that O’Donnell’s lost the plot.  Three yellow cards for dissent towards referee Kevin Parke, resulting in reds for Conor Walsh, Patrick Meenan and Kevin Kennedy meant a bad day at the office was turning into a footballing apocalypse.

Glenravel continued to fire over points at will, substitutes Eoin McCusker and Jonathan Fyfe along with McNeill’s fifth of the match extended the Con Magee’s lead to 22 points before McCusker had the final say with the fourth goal of the match.  Substitutes Fyfe and Conleth O’Loan combining to create the chance and McCusker applied the finish to emphatically seal Glenravel’s place in the 2018 junior decider.

5O’Donnell’s corner forward John Laverty gets back to help out his defence. Pic by John McIlwaine

TEAMS

Glenravel: Shaun O’Boyle; Ally McKeown, Paul McCurry, Michael Laverty; Gareth McKeown, Niall Swann, Ciaran O’Connor; Conor Carey, David Higgins; Declan Traynor, Kieran McKeown, Josh McKeown; Connor McNeill, Martin McCarry, Aidan O’Donnell.

Subs: Eoin McCusker for J McKeown (53); Jonathan Fyfe for D Traynor (57); Conleth O’Loan for A O’Donnell (58); Ruari Lennon for Connor Carey (inj); Charlie Henry for G McKeown (inj)

Scorers: Declan Traynor 2-2; Josh McKeown 0-5 (1 f); Conor McNeill 0-5 (1 f); Eoin McCusker 1-1; Aidan O’Donnell 0-3; Michael Laverty 1-00; Kieran McKeown 0-1; Ciaran O’Connor 0-1; David Higgins 0-1; Jonathan Fyfe 0-1

O’Donnell’s: Conor Walsh; Ciaran McKissock, Conor Walsh, Patrick Meenan; Kevin Kennedy, Marc Mallon, Conor O’Donnell; John Rafferty, Steven Seawright; Ciaran Ferran, Fergal McNerney, Jordan Toner; John Lavery, Padraig McKissock, Joseph McDonnell.

Subs: Jamie Walker for F McNerney (11); Joseph Rafferty for M Mallon (HT); Matthew McSwiggin for C O’Donnell (37)

Scorers: C Ferran 0-3; P McKissock 0-2 (1 f); J McDonnell 0-1

Referee: Kevin Parke (Naomh Éanna)

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Pics by John McIlwaine