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Errigal Ciaran Bow Out In Ulster
Glen 3-10 Errigal Ciaran 1-12
Errigal Ciaran bowed out of the Ulster Club championship on Sunday afternoon but not before they took prematch favourites Glen to the pin of their collars at Celtic Park in Derry.
The Tyrone champions gave as good as they got throughout and led by four points at the break but a strong second half display during which they 1-9 to their opponents 0-4 saw the Derry champions emerge to play Antrim champions Cargin in the semi final. In the end two crucial calls at the same goal went against Errigal Ciaran and that proved to be decisive. The first one was after only five minutes when Conor Convery had the ball in the net but it surely shouldn’t have counted as he impeded Errigal Ciaran keeper Darragh McAnenly. Then at the end of the game the Tyrone champions had the ball in the net via substitute Eoin Kelly but it was ruled out for what looked a harsh called.
Errigal Ciaran recovered from that early goal to get their noses in front when a Darragh Canavan point was followed by a goal from team Captain Tommy Canavan. At the end of the opening quarter Glen got their second goal via Alex Doherty but they were to add just another point to their tally as Errigal Ciaran took over. Mark Kavanagh and wing half back Peter Og McCartan had quality efforts from play while Tommy Canavan converted a tricky free to leave the Tyrone champions in front by the 20th minute.
Darragh Canavan then weighed in with a brilliant point with his weaker left foot and that was followed by an outstanding brace from his younger sibling Ruairi. It took Glen until the 26th minute to get their only point of the half through Conleth McGuckian but it was Errigal Ciaran who had the final say of the half with another quality effort from McCartan to leave it 1-8 to 2-1.
Jack Doherty and Conor Glass had early second half points for Glen before Tommy Canavan opened Errigal Ciaran’s account with a sweetly struck free. In the 37th minute it was all square when a blistering run from Ethan Doherty saw him go past three or four challenges before firing to the net despite the best intentions of defender Dermot Morrow on the line.
Bradley and Darragh Canavan exchanged points before Glen got their noses in front again with a long range effort from substitute Tiarnan Flannagan that was helped over the bar by McAnenly. A Darragh Canavan free drew Errigal Ciaran level before their team Captain Tommy Canavan hit a superb score for the lead. Glen didn’t panic though with substitute Stevie O’Hara knocking over a brilliant brace for an advantage that they were never to lose.
Alex Doherty tagged on a point and while Glen lost Conleth McGuckian to a black card they always looked like holding out. In injury time Errigal Ciaran substitute Eoin Kelly had the ball in the net but it was ruled out as Glen advanced to a last four meeting with Cargin.
Glen: C Bradley, C Mulholland, R Dougan, C Carville, A Doherty (1-1), M Warnock, E Mulholland, C Glass (0-1, “45), E Bradley (0-2), E Doherty (1-0), J Doherty (0-1), C Convery (1-0), C Gallagher, D Tallon (0-1, F), C McGuckian (0-1). Subs: T Flannagan (0-1) for Gallagher, S O’Hara (0-2) for Convery, A McGonigle for A Doherty
Errigal Ciaran: D McAnenly, Ciaran Quinn, A McCrory, D Morrow, Cormac Quinn, N Kelly, P McCartan (0-2), M Kavanagh (0-1), P Harte, B McDonnell, T Canavan (1-4, 3F), P McGirr, R Canavan (0-2), D Canavan (0-3, 1F), J Oguz. Subs: C Corrigan for McGirr, P O’Hanlon for Morrow, E Kelly for Kavanagh, O Robinson for Ciaran Quinn
Referee: P Faloon, Down