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North Tyrone U14 Championship Double

Saturday 29.06.2024
Team Talk Mag


Naomh Eoghan did a superb job of hosting the Grade 2 and Grade 4 under fourteen championship finals on Saturday morning. The finals resulted in wins for Aghyaran over Clann na nGael and Owen Roes over Beragh.

Aghyaran made it a league and championship double after being pushed all the way by a talented CNG side for whom Shay O’Neill, Tomas Dooher, Oisin Mc Kee and Jack Dooher stood out. The 5-12 to 2-8 result does not tell the story of a game that was much closer than the scoreline would appear to suggest.

Charlie Byrne Daithi Mc Hugh, Oisin Connolly, Tiernan Caterson and player of the match Garbhan O’Donnell never stopped running for Aghyaran and made sure their team mates had options every time they were in trouble.

Two points separated the sides at the break with the winners leading 1-7 to 1-5 but a couple of early second half goals including a converted Liam Connolly penalty gave the double winners breathing space. CNG fought to the end but the tenacity and workrate of the St. Davogs ensured the championship crown would be heading up the road with them.

Aghyaran Scorers: Charlie Byrne 0-4, Liam Connolly 1-4, Seanach Mc Hugh 0-1, Garbhan O’Donnell 1-2, Daithi Gormley 1-0, Ryan Mc Nulty 1-0, Dathi Mc Hugh 1-1

CNG Scorers: Thomas Dooher 0-2, Shay O’Neill 0-1, Jack Dooher 2-2, Dara Mc Bride 0-1, Oisin Mc Kee 0-2

The second game was tight throughout the first half and level on three occasions during the course of the opening thirty minutes. Owen Roes enjoyed plenty of possession and created numerous chances but excellent goalkeeping from Breannan Farley and solid tackling by the Red Knights defence helped make sure that Beragh reached the break in front leading 0-6 to 0-5.

Owen Roes were wasteful at times and will feel they should have had more to show for their efforts during the opening thirty minutes. Points from Kalvin Diver, Shea Houston (2) and Lorcan Kelly book ended a brace of Aidan Farley points before a point apiece from Farley, Matthew Meenagh and Enda Teague put Beragh in front.

Luke Doherty took advantage of space in the Beragh defence to level the game at 0-5 apiece. Beragh’s best player on the day Ronan Conroy fired over a point before Owen Roes full forward Kalvin Diver had a shot that narrowly missed the post.

Half time score Beragh 0-6 Owen Roes 0-5.

The second half saw Beragh create and finish the better chances. Tiarnan Kelly, Enda Teague, Sean Boyle, Ronan Conroy and Matthew Meenagh helped their side dominate the third quarter as goals from Ronan Conroy and Daniel Curran helped their team establish a nine point lead with less than ten minutes remaining.

However an opportunistic goal from Kalvin Diver gave Owen Roes hope and two quick points from Lorcan Kelly and Shea Houston had the gap down to four. A goal from Shea Houston almost lifted the roof off the stand as momentum swung in the direction of Owen Roes.

With time running out player of the match Lorcan Kelly levelled the scores before Shay Gallagher won it for Owen Roes with their last attack of the game. Beragh did have one final chance to force a draw but good defending by the Owen Roes back six made sure nothing came of it and they claimed the title after a great game on a final score of 2-10 to 2-9.



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