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Minors reach Divisional Final (17/09/11)

posted 19 Sep 2011, 05:12 by Unknown user

UNDER 18 DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

BALLYMACNAB 0-16 CARRICKCRUPPEN 2-04

 

Our minor team progressed to the Final of the Division II Championship on Saturday evening with a well deserving victory over Carrickcruppen at Whitecross. A second half blitz of scores saw the lads to victory and will now face amalgamated side Corraghill Blues or Mullaghbawn in the coming weeks.

 

Both sides made a tentative start to the game as both looked nervous and unforced errors left it that it wasn't until the 15th minute that the first score came, that being a goal for the opposition. Two pointed frees from Jack Grugan closely followed as the Round Towers settled into the game and further points from Aidan Toner (2), Jack Grugan and Shane McCone swung the balance of power in favour of the boys in maroon, to leave them leading 0-6 to 1-0 at the interval.

 

Carrickcruppen began the second half in a more determine manner, converting two early points in quick succession. However, these scores were enough for our lads to come out of their shell and show their true quality. Points from Kieran Hughes and Niall Cosgrove cancelled out the previous scores. The Nab now began to dictate proceedings, particularly through midfield general Brian McClelland who put in a man of the match performance, and kicked his sides ninth point. Kieran Hughes and Jack Grugan added points before a point on the 43rd minute for the opposition left it 0-11 to 1-3. 'Cruppen had far from given up and only an excellent save from keeper Conor McGivern, aided by a clearance from John McManus, denied a certain goal. Once again the lads upped their game and scores from Conor Murdoch, Kieran Hughes and Jack Grugan (2) ensured the victory. Carrickcruppen hit back with a consolation goal four minutes from time before another point from the outstanding Kieran Hughes wrapped the game up.

 

This was a good performance from the lads but they our well aware that nothing has been won yet and an even better performance and concentration will be needed in the final. An overall good team display with John McManus deserving of praise for his defensive qualities. Brian McClelland controlled the midfield quarter and displayed great leadership. Up front, although slow to start, all forwards showed greater hunger, understanding and movement with Kieran Hughes especially leading the way.

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