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Loughmacrory Defeat Kildress To Claim U14 Double

Saturday 03.10.2020
Team Talk Mag
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Loughmacrory defeated Kildress 2-10 to 1-8 in the Grade 2 U14 Championship final on Saturday afternoon at Greencastle but were pushed all the way in the second half by a very well drilled and determined Wolfe Tones outfit.

Indeed had the runners up found the net with a second half penalty the outcome could have been a whole lot closer.

Loughnacrory played wind assisted in the first half and with Ruairi Mc Cullagh, Michael Gallagher, Cathal Grimes, Michael Mc Namee and Enda Donaghy driving them forward they recovered from conceding the opening point to Tiarnan Mc Nally to move 1-3 to 0-1 clear after fifteen minutes. Ruairi Mc Cullagh accounted for all 1-3 including a well placed penalty and a perfectly converted 45 but was denied a second goal by a brilliant save from Kildress keeper Kiernan Devlin. The Kildress number one produced a number of top class saves that helped keep his side in the game but Loch added a further 1-4 before the break to lead 2-7 to 0-2 at half time. Michael Mc Namee hit the Loch’s second goal while Mc Cullagh contributed four further points to his and his team’s tally.

After the restart Tiarnan Mc Nally and Ruairi Mc Cullagh swapped scores to add a brace of points apiece. Kildress had their tails up and with the elements in their favour they pushed hard for scores. John Paul Tracey and Mc Nally hit points and Loughmacrory goalkeeper Ferdia Rafferty pulled off two super stops to deny Kildress the chance to really put Loughmacrory under pressure. Kildress won a penalty but the well hit shot came off the wrong side of the post and the chance was lost.

With the game entering the closing stages Mc Nally did hit the net to narrow the gap but Loughmacrory managed to see out the game with team captain Mc Cullagh adding the insurance point. Mc Nally added two late points for Kildress but Loughmacrory were deserving winners on a final score of 2-10 to 1-8.

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