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Eoghan Rua Cruise Past Mullahoran

Eoghan Rua (Doire) 1-27
Mullahoran St Joseph's (An Cabhán) 0-06

A quality performance from Eoghan Rua saw them book their place in the final four of the AIB Ulster JHC with victory over Cavan champions Mullahoran at Owenbeg this afternoon.

The north coast side boasted eight different scorers as they powered their way past a Mullahoran side who were visibly out of their depth. Ruairí Mooney helped himself to 0-09 in another superb display from full forward and Man of the Match Ciaran McGoldrick fired home 1-02 from half-back as their side progressed.

The Cavan men did tack on a few scores in the second half as Eoghan Rua sat back a little, but they rarely troubled a composed Coleraine defence who dealt efficiently with everything that came their way.

Niall Holly had the Derry champions ahead after just 2 minutes of play and points followed from Anton Rafferty and Ruairí Mooney before Holly added his second after 6 minutes.

Mullahoran corner forward Anthony Sheridan then dropped deep to open the Cavan men's account from midfield, steadying himself to split the posts, but he was swimming against a tide of Eoghan Rua exuberance and the Derry side replied with minors from Mooney, Sean Leo and Dara McGoldrick to open up a six-point lead.

With the opening eight scores coming from play, Sean Leo then fired over the game's first free before Eoghan Rua had their first goal chance. Darren Sheridan had to be alert to parry Ciaran McGoldrick's effort over the bar and was in action again seconds later when was unable to prevent Ruairí Mooney's hanging effort from landing over the bar.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, quick thinking from Tomas Magee saw him play a one-two with Aidan Boyle and arrow the ball between the posts in front of the stand to extend the Coleraine lead to 10 points.

Ciaran McGoldrick, with 1-02 from half-back, receives the Unit Updates Man of the Match award.

A further 0-05 followed from Eoghan Rua, with points from Mooney, Dara, Sean Leo and Ciaran McGoldrick met only with Hugh Briody's score to end the half, the full forward plucking the ball from the air and firing between the posts to double Mullahoran's tally.

The game appeared to be as good as won for Eoghan Rua but two minutes into the second half Mullahoran gave them a scare when Briody's hand-pass found Anthony Sheridan bearing down on goal. The forward was superbly hooked by Barry McGoldrick as he attempted to pull the trigger and Eoghan Rua cleared for Mooney to point up the other end.

A long-range Tomas Magee effort followed before Coleraine were awarded a penalty for a trip on Niall Holly, but Sean Leo's effort was acrobatically turned round the post by Darren Sheridan in the St Joseph's goal.

Liam McGoldrick landed the 65, Anton Rafferty tacked on his second of the day and Ciaran McGoldrick added another to open a 19-point gap on their beleaguered opponents, but the Cavan man fired back through a Derrick Dalton free and a Michael Sexton effort.

Coleraine nipped in the bud very quickly any Roy of the Rovers notions the Cavan men may have harboured and points from Sean Leo and Liam McGoldrick, coupled with a Mooney brace saw the deficit increased to 20 points.

Mullahoran again hit back with scores from Eddie Dalton and Ryan Smith but it was bows and arrows against the Eoghan Rua lightning as points from Mooney, Liam McGoldrick and a low rasping finish of a goal from Ciaran McGoldrick saw them ease home with plenty to spare.

Eoghan Rua will now meet Inniskeen Grattan's of Monaghan in the Semi-Final as they look to emulate the 2016 campaign that saw them all the way to Croke Park.

For now though, they won't get too carried away.

Eoghan Rua: Kevin McCarry, Ciaran Lagan, Barry McGoldrick, Pearse Dallas, Ciaran McGoldrick (1-02), Colm McGoldrick, Aidan Boyle, Liam McGoldrick (0-04, 0-01 - 65), Tomas Magee (0-02), Anton Rafferty (0-02), Sean Leo McGoldrick (0-03, 0-01f), Niall Holly (0-01), Paul Roantree, Ruairí Mooney (0-09), Dara McGoldrick (0-02).

Subs: Ciaran Lenehan for Paul Roantree HT, Dara Mooney for Tomas Magee 35', Ruairí Devine for Aidan Boyle 46'.

Mullahoran: Darren Sheridan, Fionnan Reilly, Dominic Crudden, Owen Roe O'Reilly, Ronan O'Hagan, Caolan Kelly, Michael Sexton (0-01), Edward Dalton (0-01), Shane Shiels, Ryan Smith (0-01), Bart Nannery, Derrick Dalton (0-01f), James Coyle, Hugh Briody (0-01), Anthony Sheridan (0-01).

Subs: Thomas Gibney for Owen Roe O'Reilly 56'.

Referee: Kevin Parke - Naomh Éanna (Aontroim)

Man of the Match: Ciaran McGoldrick - Eoghan Rua