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Errigal Are Minor Champions

Wednesday 26.07.2017
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Errigal Ciaran clinched the minor championship title in style at Pearse Park, Galbally on Wednesday evening when a surging final twenty minutes saw them completely overwhelm neighbours Killeeshil.

Six days after losing out in the League decider the Dunmoyle based lads were determined not to end their campaign empty handed but nobody could have foreseen that the winning margin would be eighteen points.  The winners looked the hungrier side throughout and once they got on top of Killeeshil they ruthlessly put them away.  Killeeshil didn’t play the football that they are capable of on the night but they would be first to admit that they were beaten by the better side.

Darragh Canavan had the opening score after only eleven seconds but by the 9th minute Killeeshil had their noses in front thanks to points from Jason Doyle, Niall Loughran and Cormac Donaghy. Canavan and Ciaran Traynor then edged Errigal Ciaran in front but by the end of the opening quarter it was 0-4 apiece after Michael O’Neill split the posts.

Pauric Traynor then gave Errigal a lead that they were never to lose and in the 26th minute Canavan created the first goal which Tommy Owens palmed home from close range. Loughran replied with a Killeeshil point but it was Errigal who had the final say of the half when Canavan darted in from the left wing to fist over.

Trailing 1-6 to 0-5 and now playing against the wind Killeeshil had it all to do in the second half but they began well. Tomas Hoy pointed before centre half back Liam Hughes got forward twice to point with either foot and all of a sudden the gap was down to the minimum. It was Killeeshil’s best spell in the game but it was to come to an abrupt end as the winners stepped on the gas.

Canavan gained possession and weaved through the Killeeshil defence before laying it of for Pauric Traynor to finish to the net. Canavan then pointed before Pauric Traynor, Peter Og McCartan, Cormac Quinn and Ethan Neill combined for the later to hammer the ball to the net to make it 2-1 without reply in a blistering two minute spell.

Errigal Ciaran now led by double scores, 3-7 to 0-8, and with just a quarter of an hour left to play there was only going to be one winner. Ciaran Traynor converted a penalty after Neill had been fouled and after Canavan had raised another white flag left half back Pauric McNeilis got forward to get his name on the score sheet. Defender Ethan Owens then got a goal and after O’Neill had Killeeshil’s last score it was the winners who closed the game out with goal number five from corner back Cormac Quinn as it finished 6-9 to 0-9.

 

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