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Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament

Monday 11.11.2019
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football

Burren 3-17 v Clan Na Gael 0-7

A devastating spell either side of half time which yielded 2-07 without reply was key as Burren annexed the much coveted Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions trophy in spectacular style on Sunday afternoon.  Going into the match as favourites Burren produced a display of defiance, determination and ruthless finishing against a gallant Clan Na Gael side who will rue a number of missed opportunities.

The game started in breathtaking fashion as both sides threw everything at each other and passions ran high right from the first whistle.  An early Niall Toner free got the scoring underway for the champions and they followed this up shortly after when Michael Murdock got the game’s first goal, profiting from superb work from man of the match OdhranMurdock. The highly impressive Murdock put in a dominant midfield performance providing a constant supply of quality ball to the free scoring Burren forward line.  Clan Na Gael though were playing with great intensity, half backs Callum O’Neill and Michael McConville were particularly prominent for their side throughout the game. O’Neill and Matthew Lennon with two points reduced the deficit after fifteen minutes but a number of missed opportunities meant they failed to add to their tally.  It was at this stage that Burren began to show their true quality and hit the next five points in the run up to the half time whistle. Toner with three and one each from Zach Murdock and Tiernan Ryan giving the Down champions a 1-07 to 0-02 interval lead.

burren nos 11 man of tournament Niall Toner great catch clan nos 2 Pearse Scullion defends

A pumped up Clan Na Gael needed a good start to the second half, however Burren had other thoughts and goals from James Duggan and top scorer Toner put paid to any dreams they may have had.  To their credit though Clan Na Gael never gave up with the brilliant O’Neill and industrious Ronan O’Hagan doing their utmost to keep their hopes alive, but their lack of efficiency once again in front of goals letting the Lurgan side down. O’Neill, Lennon, McConvilleand Michael McGivern registered second half points but it was not enough to halt the Burren juggernaut. Clan Na Gael goalkeeper Shea Murphy had a superb outing for his side with two stunning stops to deny Duggan among the highlights of the game.  For the winners wing back Eoin McKernan, corner forward Eoin Loughran and substitutes Harry Magill and Cian Cunningham were among the scorers as Burren battled to a title they last won in 2014 in front of a packed stand at Gardrum Park.

Burren’s head coach Neil Coulter was in jubilant mood after the game. ‘We had a few nerves coming into the game but we got off to a great start. The goal steadied us.  Clan Na Gael responded well and while they had a lot of the ball, they didnt put it on the score board. We made hard work of it at times but had a great finish to the half. We couldn’t ask for a better start with 2-02 in the first three minutes of the second half which took the wind out of them.  After that we dominated throughout the field. We are obviously delighted to win the Paul McGirr trophy and continue a great club tradition in Ulster. It wasn’t just about the lads that played today but the whole 42 players who’d all contributed this year. Again we’d like to thank the Dromore club for hosting a fantastic competition.’

Burren are worthy winners of the Ulster title but Clan Na Gael are a talented young side who will be hoping to return next year to get another chance of Ulster glory.

clan nos 5 Colm O’Neill chased by burren 23 Ben McManus


Teams: Burren – Callum Grant, Shea Downey, Patrick McCarthy, Aaron Cole, James Duggan (1-1), Ryan Magill, Eoin McKernan (0-2), Odhran Murdock, James Kelly, Aaron Murdock, Niall Toner (1-6, 4f), Tiarnan Ryan (0-2), EoinLoughran (0-1), Zach Murdock (0-1), Michael Murdock (1-2)

Subs – Cian Cunningham (0-1) for Michael Murdock, ConlinBradley for Kelly, Thomas O’Hare for Loughran, Harry Magill (0-1) for Cole, Ben McManus for Ryan, Logan Woods for Z Murdock

Clan Na Gael – Shea Murphy, Pearse Scullion, Shea McCann, Niall Magennis, Callum O’Neill (0-2), Brendan O’Hagan, Michael McConville (0-1, 1f), Odhran Reid, Cian McCrory, Oran O’Kane, Matthew Lennon (0-2, 1f), Odhran McGivern(0-1), Matthew King, James Austin, Ronan O’Hagan

Subs – Joseph Murray for King, Connor Lennon for Austin, Oisin Moore for O’Hagan, Shea Harbinson for McGivern

Referee – Kieran Eanetta (Tyrone)



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