DERRY INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL 2017
ODHRAN CRUMLEY REPORTS FROM OWENBEG
A hat-trick of goals from full forward sent Newbridge well on their way to the Intermediate championship final with a fifteen point win over reigning champions Castledawson.
Newbridge opened the scoring in the very first minute of the game, Eamonn Burke improvising to punch Conor Doherty’s high ball over the bar. Luke Doyle would equalise from the very next attack, a fine effort from the narrowest of angles.
Newbridge would retake a lead on the third minute, a lead they would never surrender. Kevin Sweeney going direct beating his man before sending a fisted effort over the bar.
Eamonn Burke would put four between them in only the seventh minute, the big full forward found himself one on one with the ‘Dawson’ keeper after the usually reliable Niall Keenan misjudged the bounce of the ball allowing his counterpart to finish high into the net.
Conor Doherty would score before Dara Shivers would make a remarkably brave save down low to his left from what would have been a sure goal. In reality, the attackers had numerous chances to score passing off the responsibility the over exuberance costly.
Castledawson were finding scores hard to come by such was the ferocity in the tackle from the men in green as they hounded in packs forcing serious turnovers. Aidan Keenan got their first score in nineteen minutes pointing after some industrious play.
Michael Bateson would kick a beauty before Conor Doherty off his weaker right would trade scores with Kieran O’Kane. The Bridge would have the ball in the net for the second time four minutes before the break the umpire awarding a goal as both sides played on. It was later deemed to be Eamonn Burke who got the decisive touch to take the ball over the line.
Michael Bateson kicked another score from almost an identical positon from his first extending the lead to ten going into injury time. The league champions hadn’t finished their scoring for the half Eamonn Burke completing his hat-trick with the last touch of the half punching Conor Doherty’s high ball into the net.
This gave Newbridge a thirteen point lead at the break on a score line of 3-7 to 0-3.
Bridge began the second half where they left off with SP McCann pointing. Conor Taggert opened his and his side’s account for the half before Eamonn Burke added do his incredible personal tally.
Niall McNicholl nailed a 45 as Paddy McGuigan tapped over at the other end. Aidan Keenan kicked a free to reduce the arears to eleven before Niall Keenan was there to stop a sure goal blocking the ball on the line.
Danny Mullholland got his side’s first score from a free in the forty seventh minute before half back Rian Connery nailed a 45’ for Dawson. It became clear that Paddy Bradley’s men had eased up somewhat in the second half as Declan McKeever was dismissed on a black card.
With two minutes left to play Castledawson goalkeeper Dara Shivers was called into action once again to make a point blank save as the ball appeared destined for the net. In the second of three added minutes Ciaran Brooks put the icing on the cake nabbing his side’s fourth goal, a pointed effort dropping short and over the head of Shivers in the goals.
The final whistle would soon sound bringing an end to a rather one sided derby game Newbridge booking their place in the final on a score line of 4-12 to 0-9.
The Intermediate Final is scheduled for a double header with the Senior County Final on Sunday September 24th.
Newbridge: Michael O’Neill, Caolan McGrogan, Nathan Rocks, Declan McKeever, Dessie McColgan, Conor McGrogan, Ciaran Brooks, Conor Doherty, James Gilmore, Paddy McGuigan, Danny Mullholland, Sean Patrick McCann, Kevin Sweeney, Eamonn Burke, Michael Bateson.
Subs Used: Ruairi Shivers, Jude Diamond, PJ O’Neill, Odhran McGlone, Ryan McElhone.
Scorers: Eamonn Burke (3-2), Michael Bateson (0-3), Ciaran Brooks (1-0), Conor Doherty (0-2), Kevin Sweeney, Odhran McGlone, Paddy McGuigan, Sean Patrick McCann, Danny Mullholland (0-1) each.
Castledawson: Dara Shivers, Ryan Kennedy, Niall Keenan, Brian Ludlow, Rian Connery, Paddy Henry, Jordan Shivers, Declan Lavery, Niall McNicholl, Aidy Bradley, Kieran O’Kane, Aidan Keenan, Conor Taggert, Odhran Mullan, Luke Doyle.
Subs Used: Aidan McElhone, Sebastian Layden, Conor Scullion, Manus McAlister.
Scorers: Aidan Keenan (0-4 2f), Luke Doyle (0-2), Kieran O’Kane, Niall McNicholl, Conor Taggert (0-1) each.