St Patrick’s GAC The Loup 1-10 Watty Graham’s GAC Glen 1-14
Despite losing Oisín Hegarty to a 17th minute red card, Glen made light work of the numerical disadvantage to book their place in the O'Neill's Derry SFC Quarter-Finals at the expense of St Patrick's The Loup in Owenbeg.
A second-half Paul Gunning goal sparked an exodus from the 4,341-strong Owenbeg crowd, but the damage had been done by a swashbuckling Emmet Bradley.
Such was the Glen dominance of possession, you would have been forgiven for thinking that they were the full-strength team as the game unfolded.
Ethan Doherty's early score got Glen off the mark before Anthony O'Neill and Emmet Bradley traded points, but O'Neill's 6th minute goal rattled Watty Graham's and St Patrick's went four up with frees from O'Neill and Caolan Devlin.
Ciaran McFaul and Declan McVey then swapped scores before Cathal Mulholland's low effort left just the goal between the teams.
Hegarty's dismissal struck a blow against Glen, but the league runners-up responded superbly. Quickfire scores from Conor Carville and Emmet Bradley reduced the gap to the minimum before Alex Doherty levelled with a neat finish.
Bradley then fired Glen into the lead only for a late Anthony O'Neill free to send the teams in level at the break.
Bradley was proving almost unmarkable and began the second half with another fine effort to bring his tally to 0-04, before half-time substitute Tiarnan Flanagan doubled their lead, nipping in front of the onrushing Thomas Mallon to squeeze over.
Ciaran Devlin hit back for St Patrick's, but namesake McFaul responded almost immediately, before Terence O'Brien hit a huge score from out the field to raise a cheer from The Loup support.
A period of ferocious score-trading followed, first Ciaran McFaul and then Paul Gunning being met by two Colan Devlin frees, before two crucial scores from Gunning effectively sealed Glen's passage.
A foul on Conleith McGuckin allowed the corner forward to point a free, before he latched onto a Bradley piledriver that crashed off the bar and buried it past Mallon to leave five between the sides with ten to play.
Cathal Mulholland's black card allowed Caolan Devlin to bring his tally to 0-03 for the evening, but the Glen side were able to manage the remaining minutes, keeping the ball superbly against the greater numbers of the beaten Loup side.
It'll be Lavey for Watty Graham's again in a repeat of last year's Semi-Final. The Glen men will have a point to prove as they look to make up for that defeat.
St Patrick’s The Loup: Thomas Mallon, Colm McVey, Dominic McVey, Conall McGinley, Conor McVey, Gary Doyle, Patrick Coney, Terence O’Brien (0-01), Aidan McAlynn, Brian Doyle, Anthony O’Neill (1-00, 0-02f), Caolan Devlin (0-03f), Ciaran Devlin (0-02, 0-01f), Paul Young, Declan McVey (0-01).
Subs: Craig O’Kane for Brian Doyle 39’, Michael McVey for Conor McVey 43’, Fearghal McVey for Dominic McVey 45’, Adam Canavan for Paul Young 56’, Karl Gallagher for Ciaran Devlin – BC 61’.
Watty Graham’s Glen: Callum Mullan Young, Oran McGill, Cahair McCabe, Oisín Hegarty, Ethan Doherty (0-01), Conor Carville (0-01), Cathal Mulholland (0-01), Emmet Bradley (0-05), Ciaran McFaul (0-02), Michael Warnock, Danny Tallon, Ryan Dougan, Paul Gunning (1-01), Alex Doherty (0-01, 0-01f), Jack Doherty.
Subs: Tiarnan Flanagan (0-01) for Danny Tallon HT, Conleith McGuckin for Alex Doherty 43’, Danny Tallon for Cathal Mulholland – BC 56’, Eunan Mulholland for Paul Gunning 58’.
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Wolfe Tone’s Bellaghy)
Man of the Match: Emmet Bradley (Watty Graham’s)