Eglish secured the u14 grade 1 double this afternoon in an entertaining game at Fr Peter Campbell Park in Coalisland. Similar to the teams championship semifinal a few weeks back it was the victors ability to find the net which proved crucial.
Ardboe had built up an early 3-0 lead with points from Ciaran McKeown, Conan Doris and Odhran Coleman before Eglish opened their account on the 16th minute with a score from Ryan Gildernew.
The influential Coleman, wearing 8 but positioned at full forward set Luke Muldoon up for a lovely score to restore Ardboe’s 3 point advantage. However, Brian Og McGuckin began to settle into the game as he hit a brace of frees putting the minimum between the sides.
Ardboe responded impressively, with four unanswered points through Tommy O’Hare, Daire McKeown, Brogan Devlin and Coleman, six different scorers for their side in the opening half. McGuckin had the final say of the half, as he sent over an Eglish free to leave it 0-8 to 0-4 at half time.
Two minutes into the second half Ethan Gildernew hit the Ardboe net and when Ghost Pizzaman of the match Matthew Daly got his first point of the afternoon, it was game on as he drew the sides level. Coleman and McGuckin exchanged frees, before Coleman again put Ardboe in front but McGuckin immediately replied with an outstanding score from a difficult angle from play.
Ardboe had just registered their fourth wide of the second half as a McGuckin free gave the winners the lead for the first time on the 51st minute. When Daly got forward to hit his second from distance it inspired his side, with Daithi Corrigan and McGuckin splitting the posts from play to open up a four point lead. At this stage Ardboe lost their goalkeeper to a black card, before Matthew Daly ended the game as a contest as he fisted a high ball to the Ardboe net and hard working wing forward Senan Donnelly complimented his afternoons work when he hit a quick fire 1-1 in the final minute, securing Eglish first ever u14 grade 1 double with a 3-13 to 0-11 victory.
Eglish scores- Brian Og McGuckin 0-8 (5f), Matthew Daly 1-2, Senan Donnelly 1-1, Ethan Gildernew 1-0, Ryan Gildernew 0-1, Daithi Corrigan 0-1