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Derry Championship Round-Up - 08/09/18

Updated: Sep 10, 2018

St Colm's Ballinascreen file back into the dressing room after two Benny Heron goals helped them see off Wolfe Tones Bellaghy in the Derry SFC at Owenbeg.

In a packed weekend of fixtures, the O'Neill's Derry SFC threw in as both the Intermediate and Junior competitions continued their journeys. We took in four games today across the Senior and Intermediate ranks.

Niall Keenan's black card at the end of the first half proved the catalyst for a blistering St Trea's purple patch to begin the second half that sealed the victory for Ballymaguigan, despite having Thomas Brady red-carded for a second bookable offence.

The opening half was tense and tight with Aiden McElhone and Darren Conway having their own personal shoot-out, but it was the black-carding of Niall Keenan that proved Castledawson's undoing, only Paddy Henry's late point seeing them level at the break.

An opening salvo of 1-02 without reply signalled the Ballymaguigan intent, their goal coming through Tomás Kealey who got on the end of a neat passing move to hit the net.

St Trea's were denied a second goal as Dara Shivers got down to deny Barry McGlone and despite a comeback of sorts led by substitute Lee Martin, Ryan Ferris finally got the second St Trea's goal, collecting a Darren Conway ball and burying it to the net.

Late points from substitutes Gary Burke and Andrew McCartney saw the Loughshore men home and through to a semi-final meeting with Drumsurn.

Our JM Fitness Man of the Match Darren Conway of St Trea's.

St Malachy's Castledawson: Dara Shivers, Tony Gallagher, Owen Gribbin, Ryan Kennedy, Niall Keenan, Sebastian Leyden, Ruairí Keenan, Rian Convery (0-01, 0-01f), Jack Bresland, Conor Taggart (0-02), Niall McNicholl, Luke Doyle, Ruairí Shivers, Aiden McElhone (0-02, 0-03f), Paddy Henry (0-01).

Scoring Substitutes: Declan Lavery (0-01), Lee Martin (0-01)

St Trea's Ballymaguigan: Aaron Cassidy, Michael Spiers (0-01), Liam Cassidy, Patsy Bateson, Pádraig Martin, Ryan Ferris (1-00), Thomas Brady (0-01), Ciarán McIvor, Johnny Crozier, Tomas Kealey (1-00), Sean Brady (0-01), Shea Bradley, Barry McGlone, Darren Conway (0-04), Daniel Bradley (0-01, 0-03f).

Scoring Substitutes: Gary Burke (0-01), Andrew McCartney (0-01).

Referee: Daniel Mullan (Glenullin)

The Loup came into this game as favourites and it panned out as expected, the St Patrick's men eventually easing to victory in Swatragh on Saturday afternoon.

The Loughshore side raced into an early lead, with Anthony O'Neill influential, before the Claudy men fought back, Aaron Kerrigan leading their recovery from the front to leave the North Derry side trailing by two points at the break, despite some confusion over their total.

Our Unit Updates Man of the Match Anthony O'Neill of St Patrick's the Loup.

With the Loup leading by a point, they had a scare when Jason Rocks had to clear a goalbound effort off the line and the favourites took the initiative, points from Ciaran and Caolan Devlin helping them surge into the lead before Anthony O'Neill effectively ended the game with the green flag.

Loup progress to a quarter-final meeting with Lavey.

St Patrick's the Loup: Thomas Mallon, Conall McGinley, Gary Doyle, Colm McVey, Sean Rocks, Patrick Coney (0-01), Jason Rocks, Terence O'Brien (0-01), Aidan McAlynn, Anthony O'Neill (1-04, 0-03f), Gavin Mallon (0-03), Ciaran Devlin, Caolan Devlin (0-02, 0-01f), Paul Young (0-01), Declan McVey (0-02).

Scoring Substitutes: Brian Doyle (0-02)

John Mitchell's Claudy: Kieran Reilly, Jamie Brown, Fionnain Smyth, Conall White, Blaine Carlin (0-01), Conor Johnston, Aaron Donaghy, Darrell Devine, Oran Duffy, Patrick Hargan (0-02), Martin Donaghy, Oran Armstrong (0-02), Eoin McGahon (0-02), Odhran McCloskey, Aaron Kerrigan (0-04, 0-02f).

Referee: Maurice Corrigan (Moneymore)

A controversial red card marred the first half of this match, as Swatragh's James Kearney was red-carded following an incident in front of the stand, and Glen eventually took advantage of their numerical superiority, a Eunan Mulholland goal sealing the victory late on.

With the game poised at 0-03 apiece, the red card saw Glen surge forward and into a three point lead before a huge Francis Kearney score saw them hit back twice, but further points from Emmet Bradley and Stephen O'Hara saw Glen lead at the break.

Swatragh fought back after the break and took the lead after a Francis Kearney free from 40 yards, but Glen recovered and substitute Eunan Mulholland's goal knocked the wind out of the Davitt's sails.

Swatragh had a late chance to mount a comeback as Conor McAtamney was fouled in the box but McAtamney's spot kick was superbly saved by Callum Mullan Young and Glen move on to a quarter-final meeting with Ballinderry.

Michael Davitt's Swatragh: Sean McNicholl, Liam Kearney, Sean F Quinn, Sean M Quinn, Ryan Dillon, Patrick Kearney, Niall Coyle, Conor McAtamney (0-01f), Eoghan O'Kane, Brian Diamond (0-01), Francis Kearney (0-03, 0-05f), Niall McAtamney (0-01), James Kearney (0-01f), Michael Friel, Fintan McGurk (0-01).

Watty Graham's Glen: Callum Mullan Young, Oran McGill, Ryan Dougan, Oisín Hegarty, Declan McCusker, Connor Carville, Phillip O'Connell, Conor McDevitt, Ciaran McFaul, Cahir McCabe, Emmet Bradley (0-01, 0-05f), Michael Warnock (0-01, 0-02f), Danny Tallon (0-02), Stephen O'Hara (0-02), Jack Doherty.

Scoring Substitutes: Eunan Mulholland (1-00)

Referee: Brendan Quinn (Ballinascreen)

Bellaghy will rue a host of missed chances as Benny Heron's class proved the difference between these two sides at Owenbeg.

In a first half where Wolfe Tones were in the ascendancy, their forwards misfired and hit several wides as Benny Heron picked off two points and was continually fouled, allowing Shane Mulgrew to kick four points from frees to see them lead by one at the break.

A strong start to the second half saw Bellaghy get into the lead but they were rocked by the Screen goal, Heron fisting to the net to put them back in front.

Again Bellaghy fought back to lead, before a second Heron goal with three minutes remaining did enough to see them through to the next round and a meeting with Greenlough.

St Colm's Ballinascreen: Ryan Scullion, Michael McShane, Phillip McGlade, Ruairí Devlin, Martin Bradley, Carlus McWilliams, Kieran Conway, Phillip Bradley, Paul Burns, Sean Doyle, Shane Mulgrew (0-07), Anton Scullion, Benny Heron (2-02), Brendan Herron (0-01), Gary Conway.

Wolfe Tones Bellaghy: Brendan Diamond, Declan Brown, Gerard O'Neill, Jack McErlean, Conleth McShane, Ryan McNally (0-01), Ryan Lee, Chris McAfee, Karl McCallion, Peter Stuart, Francis Donnelly (0-01, 0-06f), Odhran Quinn, Declan Cassidy (0-02), Eoghan Brown (0-02, 0-01f), Paul Cassidy.

Scoring Substitutes: Lorcan Spier (0-01)

Referee: Mark McGeehan (Ballinderry)

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