Creggan coast it as Faughs fall apart

Intermediate Hurling Championship – Semi-Final

Creggan Kickhams 0-18 Carey Faughs 1-6

Brendan McTaggart reports from Glen Rovers, Armoy

It’s not often the bookies get it wrong.  It’s not often the Saffron Gael get it wrong either.  Well, maybe not.  But Creggan put in a performance to defy the bookies and with a bit to spare over the Faugh’s into the bargain.  Nine points separated these sides on the score board but on reflection of what transpired over the 60 plus minutes, the score line flatters the men from Ballyvoy.

Carey have been the ‘nearly men’ in the Intermediate championship now for longer than they care to remember.  Saturday will be a performance they want to forget.  Coming into the match on the heels of a resounding win and performance to match against Clooney Gaels in the previous round, Carey would have held high hopes of finally becoming the bride and not the bridesmaid.  The bookies had them at 8/13 favourites on the day and in the run up to Saturday’s semi-final the experts called a close contest with the Faugh’s to edge the win.  What we got was a comfortable nine point win for the Kickham’s and a Carey side who couldn’t reach the heights they had shown in the run up to the last four.

5Carey’s James Black in action against Creggan’s Aidan Maguire (left) and Ruairi McCann.

Creggan started well and put Carey on the back foot.  The returning Conor Small reforming his full forward partnership with Conor McCann to give Creggan a potent threat in attack but it was the Creggan men’s ability to win ball in the middle of the park and their distribution that kept Carey under pressure and ensure the Faugh’s couldn’t get any early momentum.

Donal Carey at centre half excelled for the Staffordstown Road men with Aidan McKeown a rock just behind.  Thomas McCann’s sweeping ability and vision to pick a pass was a major asset for Creggan but the work rate and hunger of the Kickhams men to win ball, sometimes ball they had no right to win, and pressure Carey into errors was commendable.  Sam Maguire was a shining light for the Kickhams in that regard, putting his body on the line time and again for his side producing blocks, tackles and an unnerving hunger for possession while Kealan and Ruairi McCann outclassed their counterparts at midfield.

Sean McCormick copy-congats - blankCarey trailed by seven points at the short whistle and while they had the slight help of the elements in the second half, it wasn’t a seven point wind.  They would have to dig in and produce a complete turnaround after the short whistle but their hopes were essentially ended when Shea Hunter was red carded for an incident off the ball ten minutes after the restart.  Caolan McCaughan’s 59th minute proved to be scant consolation for the Faughs who just couldn’t produce their ‘A’ game when it mattered most.  One point from play in a championship game of hurling won’t win many games of hurling and while James ‘Rocket’ Black top scores for Carey with 0-5 over the hour, all his points were from dead ball.  Creggan had done their homework on the Faughs and nullified their threats all over the pitch.  Sean McBride at full back was Carey’s best performer on the day but their were too few men in emerald green with pass marks by their side as Creggan cantered to the Intermediate final.

In a repeat of the 2015 final when the Kickhams men edged the Faughs with two points to spare, it was the first time since these two had faced each other in the heat of championship battle.  Carey sought revenge and while just like three years ago Creggan were underdogs, they made all the early running.  Conor Small opened the scoring in the second minute before Conor McCann, so impressive against Rasharkin in the quarter-final, continued his rich vein of form and landed his first of 13 points during the match to double the Creggan lead in the fourth minute.  The Kickhams men were dominant in the early stages but their radar was off and their profligacy in front of target was keeping the Faughs within touching distance.  The Ballyvoy men just couldn’t get any footing in the game.  A further flurry of scores from Conor McCann (two – one free), Oran McCann and Conor Small gave Creggan a seven point lead by the 14th minute and already they had landed six wides in the same period.

20Creggan’s Conor McCann who scored 13 points in his team’s win over Carey

The Carey attack were living off scraps but they did manage to score their first points of the semi-final when Rocket split the posts twice in as many minutes mid-way through the half.  Conor McCann and Kevin Rice combined to cancel out Rocket’s frees and while John McBride landed the Faugh’s first from play in the 23rd minute, it would be their last point from play and last point of the half.  Creggan continued to dominate but their accuracy left them and they could just manage another free from Conor McCann in the time that remained to leave the score 0-10 to 0-3 at the half time whistle.

In a slow start to the second half, both sides only managed pointed frees – Rocket and McCann landing the scores and while seven points isn’t a big lead in a game of hurling, the Carey task was made more difficult when Shea Hunter saw red for an off the ball incident with Conor McCann in the 40th minute.

Carey reshuffled their pack to fill the void Hunter left but their attack couldn’t make any inroads in an outstanding Creggan defence.  McCann landed his second free of the half before a brace of points from Rocket (frees) left six between the sides with 15 minutes remaining.

Creggan almost scored the first goal of the game in the 47th minute but for Eoin Hill to make an outstanding block at full stretch to deny Ruairi McCann with the goal at his mercy.  Creggan and Conor McCann went through the gears though in the final quarter.  With the Kickhams half back line and midfield laying the foundations, McCann took advantage.  A brace of frees was followed by a brace of points from play to take the Kickhams lead to 11 points with three minutes of the hour remaining.

Carey pushed for goals at the death and got their consolation when McCaughan pulled the sliotar to the back of the net after a free from Rocket landed in the mix.  The Creggan defence, for the only time in the match, failed to clear their lines and McCaughan took advantage.  McCaughan’s goal barely scratched the gloss of the victory for Creggan.  Oran McCann landed his second point of the match in the second minute of injury time to end the scoring and continue the Creggan charge to Intermediate glory.IMG_1608 copy

TEAMS

Creggan: Emmet Long; Jake McAteer, Aidan McKeown, Liam McCann; Kevin Small, Donal Carey, Aidan Maguire; Ruairi McCann, Kealan McCann; Kevin Rice, Sam Maguire, Oran McCann; Conor McCann, Thomas McCann, Conor Small.

Carey: Christopher Butler; Eoin Hill, Sean McBride, Peadar McVeigh; Michael McVeigh, Shea Hunter, James McCouaig; Patrick Butler, Caolan McCaughan; James Black, John McBride, Sean McLoughlin; Patrick Gillan, Martin Hunter, Fiachra McVeigh.

Scorers for Creggan:  Conor McCann 0-13 (10 f’s); Conor Small 0-2; Oran McCann 0-2; Kevin Rice 0-1

Scorers for Carey: James Black 0-5 (5 f’s); Caolan McCaughan 1-00; John McBride 0-1

Referee: Fiontann McCotter (Sarsfields)

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Faughs and St Gall’s start favourites

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Carey Faughs v Creggan Kickhams @ 3-30pm in Armoy

It is going to be town v country in the Intermediate Hurling final as Saturday’s semi-final pits Carey Faughs from North Antrim against Creggan Kickhams from the South West, while Sunday’s showdown sees South Antrim rivals St Gall’s take on St Enda’s at Corrigan Park. St Enda’s do play their underage hurling in North Antrim but most hurling people would still regard them as being from the city.

Saturday’s meeting sees the Faughs head back to Armoy, scene of last season’s final defeat to Sarsfields, to take on a team with real championship pedigree. The men from the shores of Lough Neagh have tasted success in this competition just three years ago when they beat Carey at Saturday’s venue on September 19th 2015 before going on to add the Ulster title, after having won the Ulster and All Ireland junior crowns just two years previous.

Carey have been knocking at the door for a few years now without getting over the line and they are desperate to do so this time around. After dropping down to Division 3 last season the men from Ballyvoy have fought back from a bad start to the season to win promotion back to the second tier. In their most recent meeting with Saturday’s opponents they recorded a seven point win over the Kickhams in Carey on August 8th (2-16 to 2-9) while  just three weeks earlier they travelled to Creggan and beat them by 0-21 to 2-19 in a much tighter affair. In their quarter final against Cloney Gaels they really turned on the style as they beat an Ahoghill team who had been most impressive when beating Cloughmills in the opening round. Many had tipped the Ahoghill men to go all the way but Carey had their measure as they won by 2-20 to 2-13.Sean McCormick copy

Creggan started the season really well and were going great guns early on until the wheels came off the wagon midway through the league campaign. They won their first six games and were sitting top of the table but things turned against them badly and a series of defeats, including one to Carey, derailed their promotion hopes. Of course what you have to take into consideration in the fact that Creggan are a dual club and many of the team are turning out for the footballers every other week, a football team that has been going from strength to strength this season. They were back in good form when beating Rasharkin in the quarter final of hurling two weeks ago and as the championship season gets to the business end of things they have the pedigree and know-how to compete with anyone.

Recent league form would point towards a Carey win here but championship hurling, and the pressure it creates, is a completely different matter. There is a lot at stake for both teams in what should be a real thriller so let’s hope the weather is kind and the crowds turn out in big numbers.IMG_1608 copyb

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Sunday @ 5pm in Corrigan Park.

2016 beaten finalists St Enda’s will bid to get back to another decider when they take on St Gall’s in Sunday’s semi-final at Corrigan Park. Two years ago the Glengormley outfit looked set to win their first title at this grade when they led Cloughmills down the home straight but a late goal from the Biddies Liam Kearns snatched the carpet from under them at the death. Since winning the club’s first ever adult hurling title back in 2012 when they beat Cushendun in a replay of the Junior Hurling Championship the men from Hightown have had their sights firmly set on winning the Intermediate crown. They have recorded some memorable wins along the way, including an extra time victory over Osins in the 2016 semi-final, but their search for the Intermediate crown still goes on.

They were impressive in their quarter final win over Tir na nÓg two weeks ago. After a tight first half it appeared they were up against it when they lost star forward John McGoldrick to a second yellow card early in the second half, but rather than hinder them it appeared to lift their game another notch and they went on to record a 3-17 to 2-8 win.

Their league form has been good and though they missed out on promotion they finished in third place, one behind St Gall’s but in their head to head with Sunday’s opponents they haven’t fared so well. When the side met at Milltown Row back in June St Gall’s were much the better team as they ran out convincing winners by 2-18 to 0-7, though it was a much tighter affair in the return leg in August up in Glengormley when just four points separated the sides (1-16 to 2-17)

It is nine years since the men from the Bog Meadows last won the Intermediate title, beating Lamh Dhearg in the final in Casement Park before going on to win Ulster and eventually qualify for an All Ireland final when they lost to St Lachtain’s of Kilkenny. Of course they have since gone on to qualify for a county senior final in 2014, and though they were well beaten that day, to reach a senior final was quite an achievement for a side who are mainly regarded as a football club.

They started their league campaign badly this season and after suffering early defeats they started to get their old squad together and slowly but surely the climbed up the table to seal promotion to the top grade once again. In their preliminary round game against Gort na Móna they were cruising to victory until they ended up getting three men sent off. That really put the cat among the pigeons for a spell but in the end they rode out the storm to book a place in the quarter final against Oisins.

Under the lights at Quinn Park, Ballymena they had just too much know-how for the Glenariffe men, adapting much better to the conditions to win by 1-17 to 1-9. During the first half there wasn’t a lot between the sides but as they game progressed they got the better of things and during the second half they were always in control.

St Gall’s will go into Sunday’s game as favourites, and indeed probably favourites to win the title outright. However St Enda’s will be no push over and they will take courage from their most recent league meeting when just four points separated the sides.scullionhurls.com copy

Flying Faughs set up Creggan semi-final

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1. Chrissy Butler 2. Eoin Hill 3. Sean McBride 4. Peadar McVeigh 5. Eggy McVeigh 6. Shea Hunter 7. James McCouaig 8. Daniel McBride 9. Caolan McCaughan 10. James Black 11. John McBride – 18. Nataniel Hunter 12. Sean McLoughlin – 17. Patrick Butler 13. Patrick Gillan – 24. Connor McBride 14. Martin Hunter 15. Fiachra McVeigh

Intermediate Hurling Championship (quarter final)

Carey Faughs 2-20 Cloney Gaels 2-13

Pics and report by John McIlwaine

Two goals near the end of the first half were the scores that really turned this quarter final in Carey’s direction as they went on to record a seven point win over Cloney Gaels, Ahoghill in Sunday’s Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter final at Healy Park, Loughgiel. The Ahoghill men had started the game well and with the breeze at their backs they were on top early on and though Carey had hit back to lead by the 21st minute the Gaels slipped back ahead with just three minutes of the opening half left to play. That is when disaster struck the Ahoghill men for after Martin Hunter had grabbed the Faughs opening goal with a ground shot Carey got in less than a minute later when James Rocket Black blocked down the goalkeepers attempted clearance before rounding the netminder and steering the ball to the empty net.Advert Strapline 07th aug 2015 copy2 (2) copy

After the game Cloney Gaels manager Hugh Dobbin felt that the club’s All County Football League relegation battle on Wednesday evening against Rossa had been taken a bit out of the team and they were never as sharp as they had been a week earlier against Cloughmills. However the Loughgiel man was quick to point out that Carey had hurled really well and that they fully deserved their win.

Cloney Gaels started the game in the fashion they had ended last week’s win over Cloughmills and Dan O’Neill had them ahead inside thirty seconds with a great catch and point on the turn. James O’Connell made it two a minute later and though James Black pulled one back for the Faughs, two more from James O’Connell frees had them 0-4 to 0-1 clear after eight minutes.  Black pulled another one back for Carey, again from a free before two excellent points from Eoin Graham and Dan O’Neill stretched the Cloney lead to 0-6 to 0-2.18

There was some concern among the Carey fans as the gap was beginning to widen but the Faughs were getting to the pace of the game and in a purple patch between the 14th and 21st minutes they hit six unanswered points, two from the ‘Rocket’ Black, two from midfielder Caolan McCaughan and one apiece from John McBride and Paddy Gillan. This run of scores put Carey two ahead but back came Ahoghill with three quick scores of their own from Donal Graham, James O’Connell and PJ O’Connell to take a slender one point lead with just three minutes of normal time remaining. It was at this stage that things started to go wrong for the Gaels and from being a point up they found themselves five down at the break as Hunter and Black grabbed goals for the Faughs.

Two to the good at the break the Faughs stated with a Fiachra McVeigh point from a narrow angle in the opening minute, which stretched the gap to three, but a minute later Cloney Gaels were back on terms when midfielder Eoin Graham raced through from midfield and blast the ball home one handed. The Carey men were undeterred and came back with four points on the trot form Martin Hunter, Caolan McCaughan, Paddy Butler and Paddy Gillan to give themselves a four point cushion. Points from James O’Connell and Eoin Neeson in reply to one by Fiachra McVeigh left just three between them by the 41st minute, but the Faughs were able to up the pace when it was needed and in another fertile spell they added five points in as many minutes, four of them from Rocket Black and one from substitute Paddy Butler.IMG_1608 copyb

It looked like that was it and we could all pack up and go home, but the Ahoghill men are a resilient lot and a Martin Graham goal gave them a glimmer of hope. The O’Connell brothers James and PJ added points apiece and the gap was down to six and while Carey were creating plenty of chances they had lost their scoring touch and wides mounted. There was never really any real concern that they would be caught but a there must have been a wee bit of anxiety creeping in among the fans until the Rocket settled it all with a pointed 65 in injury time to secure a semi-final meeting with Creggan in two weeks’ time.

CAREY

  1. Chrissy Butler
  2. Eoin Hill
  3. Sean McBride
  4. Peadar McVeigh
  5. Eggy McVeigh
  6. Shea Hunter
  7. James McCouaig
  8. Daniel McBride
  9. Caolan McCaughan
  10. James Black
  11. John McBride
  12. Sean McLoughlin
  13. Patrick Gillan
  14. Martin Hunter
  15. Fiachra McVeigh

Subs – Nathaniel Hunter for John McBride; Patrick Butler for Sean McLoughlin; Connor McBride for Patrick Gillan

 

 

CLONEY GAELS

1 Aidan Graham

2 Stephen O’Connell

3 Francis Neeson

4 Diarmuid Graham

5 Bernard Graham

6 Neill O’Connell

7 Eamon Brady

8 Donal Graham

9 Eoin Graham

10 Eoin Neeson

11 Patrick Graham

12 Ronan Graham

13 Dan O’Neill

14 PJ O’Connell

15 James O’Connell

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Fourteen men St Enda’s through to semis

Antrim Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter final

St Enda’s 3-17 Tir na nÓg Randalstown 2-8

When St Enda’s were reduced to fourteen men five minutes into the second half of Saturday’s Intermediate Championship quarter final against Tir na nÓg in Ahoghill the Randalstown fans must have thought they were in with a great chance of victory. They had played fairly well in the opening half and scored two goals, and though they trailed by three points, the man advantage had to be a major boost. However the exact opposite happened and it was the men from Glengormley who took control of the match. Substitute Daniel Lowry who had just been introduced grabbed a goal two minutes after coming on and when he got his second six minutes later the game was gone from Tir na nÓg’s grasp and St Enda’s were on their way to a semi-final.

The opening half was tight and competitive with an early exchange of points between St Enda’s Cormac Ross and Tir na nÓg’s Ciaran Logan and Logan put the Randalstown men ahead in the third minute before John McGoldrick tied things up again for the Saints. It was still deadlocked when Kevin Sheerin (Tir na nÓg) and Brendan Cormican (St Enda’s) exchanged points but when Pearse Sheerin’s high ball from distance went all the way to the St Enda’s net in the 13th minute Tir na nÓg suddenly had an edge. The Hightown men responded well however and three points without reply from Cormac Ross, John McGoldrick and Ruairi Donaghy brought parity once again.

Tir na nÓg appeared to have gained the upper hand again when a well worked move involving Ciaran McKeown and Ronan O’Neill set up Pearse Sheerin for his team’s second goal and restored their three point advantage. Things looked good for the Randalstown men but just like the last time St Edna’s found an instant response and within 30 seconds the ball was in the net at the other end of the field as Dermot Maguire capitalised on the goalkeeper’s hesitancy to prod the ball home. It proved to be a bad blow for Tir na nÓg as they failed to score again in the opening half while St Enda’s finished strongly with points from Ruairi Donaghy, Conor McSteen and Cormac Ross to go in at the break with a three point advantage.10

When Conor McSteen and kevin Sheerin exchanged points in the opening minutes of the new half it looked like we were in for a hard fought contest, but things were to change when St Enda’s John McGoldrick, who had received a yellow card in the opening minute of the game, got a second yellow and subsequent red card. It looked advantage Tir na nÓg but that didn’t happen and the introduction at the same time of substitute Daniel Lowry was to pay early dividends. Lowry grabbed his first goal within minutes of his introduction and then added a second six minute later and the gap that was a very bridgeable three points was suddenly out to nine. Pearse Sheerin and Ciaran Logan pulled points back for Tir na nÓg but St Enda’s had their tails up and in a blistering ten minute spell they hit six points to just one in reply, the scores coming from Cormac Ross (3), Joe Maskey (2) and Ruairi Diamond.

The win earns the Glengormley men a semi-final meeting with St Gall’s in two weeks’ time in what should be an intriguing contest.

ST ENDA’S

Philip Curran, Cillian Jennings, Matthew O’Hare, Michael McGivern, Edward O’Connor, Manus Mullan, joe maskey, Cormac Ross, Aidan McGowan, Brendan Cormican, Ruairi Donaghy, John McGoldrick, Dermot Maguire, Conor McSteen, Ruairi Diamond.

Subs – Oliver Breen for McSteen; Michael McQuillan for McGowan.

TIR NA NÓG

Rudi Graham, Conor Fitzgerald, Daniel Martin, Brendan Kerr, Tony Martin, Colum Duffin, Darragh Fagan, Conor Fitzgerald, Caoimhin Duffin, Sean Duffin, Pearse Sheerin, Ciaran McKeown, Ciaran Logan, Kevin Sheerin, Ronan O’Neill.

Subs – Aaron McNeilly for D Fagan; Declan Mallon for C Mckeown.

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Kickham’s progress to semi-finals

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Intermediate Hurling Championship

Quarter-Final

Saturday September 1

Kickhams Creggan 0-17 St Mary’s Rasharkin 1-6

 

Brendan McTaggart reports from Pearse Park, Dunloy

2015 Intermediate Champions Creggan coasted to the semi-finals of the 2018 intermediate championship on Saturday afternoon with an eight point victory over Rasharkin.  A late goal from substitute Conor McFerran took some of the shine off the final score for the Kickhams men but a man of the match performance from Conor McCann was enough to see the Creggan men through to the last four.  McCann would finish the match with a personal tally of 0-10 of his side’s 0-17 as he put in an accomplished performance from placed ball and open play.  Eight of McCann’s ten points came from placed ball (one ’65) but his overall play throughout the hour was a major factor in Creggan’s victory.

The men from Dreen had three men sent off by the end of the 60 minutes, Conor Donaghy, James Scally and Daniel Doherty seeing red in the second half but it had little baring on the final score.  Rasharkin will look at the opening 30 minutes when they analyse this match and try to decipher where it all went wrong.  One point in 30 minutes of championship hurling isn’t going to win you many matches at this level but seven wides in a low scoring and nervy opening certainly hurt their challenge in the first half.

Throughout the match they battled superbly and their full back line, in the main, held strong.  Daniel Doherty was having an outstanding game on the edge of the square for his side before the red mist descended while Conor Donaghy and Conor Hasson were able deputies on either side. Dual star Thomas McMullan was everywhere on the Pearse Park surface for his side before dropping into the full back line after Doherty’s dismissal.  It was up front where Rasharkin’s downfall fell.  1-3 from play in their tally of 1-6 was never going to be good enough as Creggan put in a gritty performance from the first whistle to full time.  The Kickham’s half forward line of Oran McCann, Sam Maguire and Kevin Rice put in a huge shift at the breakdown and laid the foundation for Creggan’s victory.  Ruairi and Keelan McCann were excellent at midfield but Tommy McCann will know that if Creggan are to replicate their feat’s of 2015, they will have to reach greater heights than those that seen them to victory on Saturday.

It was a nervy opening to the quarter-final with both sides lacking any cohesion of fluency.  A couple of wides apiece in a game of cat and mouse in the opening exchanges was all they could muster before Thomas McCann landed the first score of the match in the eighth minute.  A brace of frees from Conor McCann followed before Sam Maguire found himself in the right place and the right time to give his side a four point lead by the 12th minute.

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Rasharkin’s Eamon McNeill was lively in the opening quarter without any reward but he did score his sides first point of the match in the 16th minute, gathering the sliotar from a ruck before dissecting the posts.  Creggan responded by dominating the time that remained.  But for the bravery of Conor Hasson, Thomas McCann would have scored the first goal of the game with the next attack.  Hasson using his body to deny McCann from point blank range.  Conor McCann pointed the resulting ’65  and a free shortly after to stretch the Creggan advantage to five points and as the half progressed, Rasharkin were struggling to deal with the agility of the Creggan half forward line and Conor McCann was the main beneficiary.  Creggan landed four further points in the time that remained, three from Conor McCann (two frees) and Liam McCann assisting Oran McCann for his first of the match to leave the Kickham’s men ahead by eight points at the interval.

Creggan 0-9 Rasharkin 0-1

It was a first half to forget for Rasharkin and but for Daniel Doherty, Creggan almost made the dream start to the second 30 minutes.  Thomas McCann feeding the sliotar to Kevin Small but his shot was heroically blocked by Doherty when a goal looked a certainty in the early exchanges of the second half.  Daniel Hasson landed his first point of two in the second half to open the scoring before Kevin Rice landed his second point of the match to restore the Creggan half time advantage.

A long ball from Liam Tunney gave Rasharkin a hint of goal chance in the 36th minute, Daniel Hasson finding space 25 yards from goal but elected for a point when he had a clear shot at Eunan McAteer’s goal.  Conor McCann’s first free of the second half was answered by a free from Conor McKeever for Rasharkin but Creggan began to turn the screw once again.  Sam Maguire landed his second point of the match before Conor Donaghy was sent off for the men from Dreen in the 43rd minute for a second bookable offence.  An uphill task became mission impossible for Rasharkin and it was all about damage restriction as the game entered the final quarter.  A brace of points from Conor McCann (frees) and Rice stretched the Creggan lead to 11 points before Conor McCann pointed from play in the 49th minute.

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Seeing the game enter the final quarter, Creggan looked to their bench to see the game out and give their squad players game time.  Rasharkin’s hopes were dashed when James Scally was sent off for a second bookable offence but the men from Dreen continued to push and fight for every sliotar.  Conor McKeever’s second and third free’s of the match reduced the deficit before they scored the only goal of the game.  Substitute Conor McFerran firing low to the bottom of Eunan McAteer’s net to give his side hope.  That hope was dashed moments later when they were reduced to 12 men in the 51st minute.  Outstanding full back Daniel Doherty seeing red for an off the ball incident to end Rasharkin’s hopes of a comeback.  A point from Liam McCann rounded off the scoring in injury time for Creggan as they sealed safe passage to the last four and a meeting with the winners of Carey and Clooney Gaels.

Creggan:  Eunan McAteer; Jake McAteer, Aidan Maguire, Dannan O’Hara; Aiden McKeown, Donal Carey, Liam McCann; Ruairi McCann, Keelan McCann; Oran McCann; Sam Maguire, Kevin Rice; Conor McCann, Thomas McCann, Kevin Small.

Rasharkin: James O’Mullan; Conor Donaghy, Daniel Doherty, Conor Hasson; Shane Hasson, Aidan McKeever, James Scally; Emmet McFerran, Thomas McMullan; Donagh Quigg, Liam Tunney, Daniel Hasson, Eamon McNeill, Brian O’Neill.

Scorers for Creggan: Conor McCann 0-10 (7 f’s, 1 ’65); Kevin Rice 0-2; Sam Maguire 0-2; Thomas McCann 0-1; Oran McCann 0-1; Liam McCann 0-1

Scorers for Rasharkin: Conor McKeever 0-3 (3 f’s); Conor McFerran 1-00; Daniel Hasson 0-2; Eamon McNeill 0-1

Referee: Vincent O’Boyle (Dunloy)

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