Cúchullain’s Dunloy 1-15 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 2-19
Uber-efficient finishing and a well-executed running game helped St Ergnat’s defeat an earnest Dunloy side on Saturday evening in Portglenone as they Moneyglass men progressed to the next round of the Larkin Cassidy Antrim IFC.
With a wide-count of just three and the peerless Colum Duffin converting every opportunity that came his way, St Ergnat’s were well worth their seven-point winning margin, despite the best efforts of the Dunloy scorers who hit a respectable 1-15.
Dunloy made a bright start and a Seaan Elliott goal had them in the lead, only for an identikit brace of goals from Conaill Prenter to swing the pendulum in their favour with alarming continuity.
Duffin had given his side an early lead from a free after shaking off a bone-crunching collision with Cathair McGuigan in the early stages, but Dunloy responded through Conor McKinley before Elliott rippled the net in the 9th minute.
The Moneyglass response was immediate and through the boot of Duffin again, the lively midfielder firing over a brace. Conal Cunning kept Dunloy noses in front with a free but from the next attack Sean Doherty was stooping for the ball.
St Ergnat’s won the kickout and raced upfield at speed, moving the ball through hands down the right to Paul Tohill who squared for Prenter to palm home.
Sean Kelly added a fourth point for St Ergnat’s before they again hit a shell-shocked Cúchullain’s with a second goal, Prenter again palming home after a neat move down the opposite flank to leave five between them mid-way through the half.
Patrick McCormick then fed Duffin for his fourth of the day and further scores from Conor Boyd and Kevin Marron, who had replaced the injured Seanchann Duffin, left Dunloy eight adrift and looking devoid of ideas.
Keelan Molloy signalled the Cúchullain intent to fight back as he watched his low drive beaten away by Mark Carey and after a futher Duffin score, points from Molloy and Conal Cunning saw them end the half on a positive note.
Molloy led the charge from the whistle in the second half, cutting in off the right to point before Aaron Crawford quickly followed up with a point of his own to reduce the deficit to five.
Duffin then traded scores with both Molloy and Caolan Gillan before Paul Tohill found acres of space to steady himself and split the Dunloy posts in response.
After Nigel and Seaan Elliott combined for a Cúchullain’s score, Tohill then found himself on the end of a black card, referee Karol Doherty sending him to the sideline for a trip on Keelan Molloy.
The midfielder dusted himself off to slot his fourth of the evening and leave only three between them with 41 minutes played, only for Dermot McErlain to hit an immediate reply.
Pointed frees followed from Gillan and Cunning but Dunloy were not getting the breaks, a superb Aidy Scullion block falling straight to Kevin Marron who sent it over.
Marron immediately followed with a score off his right before Duffin again had the crowd audibly purring their appreciation with a point off the left flank off the outside of his boot.
Gillan and Cunning again responded from dead balls as Dunloy looked to challenge, but Moneyglass always had a response, Duffin landing his ninth of the evening before injury time points from Jack McCoy, a Patrick McCormick brace and a consolation from Conor McKinley heralded the final whistle.
An impressive showing from Moneyglass, whose devastating accuracy left no room for manoeuvre and safely sees them through to a Quarter-Final meeting with Tír na nÓg. Dunloy will be disappointed with the result but encouraged by a scoring spread of six different scorers.
Cúchullain’s Dunloy: Sean Doherty, Conor Kinsella, Karl O’Kane, Aaron Crawford (0-01), Cathair McGuigan, Gabriel McTaggart, Calum Scullion, Keelan Molloy (0-04), Conor McKinley (0-02), Nigel Elliott, Karl Fitzpatrick, Shane Dooey, Seaan Elliott (1-01), Caolán Gillan (0-04f), Conal Cunning (0-03f).
Subs: Ryan McGarry for Gabriel McTaggart 19', Kevin McAllister for Karl Fitzpatrick 29', Aidy Scullion for Karl O'Kane 43', for Jamie McFerran for Calum Scullion 36', Anthony Smith for Caolan Gillan 62'.
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass: Mark Carey, Sean Kelly (0-02), Tiarnan Duffin, Peter McCormick, Jack McCoy (0-01), Conor Boyd (0-01), Eamon Kelly, Colum Duffin (0-06, 0-03f), Dermot McErlain (0-01), Jimmy McMeel, Paul Tohill (0-01), Patrick McCormick (0-02), Conaill Prenter (2-00), Seanchann Duffin, Gavin Murray.
Subs: Kevin Marron (0-03) for Seanchann Duffin 11', Jervis Weir for Paul Tohill (BC) 40', Niall Boyd for Sean Kelly 59'.
Referee: Karol Doherty (St Mary’s Rasharkin)
Man of the Match: Colum Duffin (St Ergnat’s)