All too easy for Northern Gaels

Anthony O'Reilly on the attack for Northern Gaels as Aaron McGee of Fr. Manning Gaels/St. Francis gives chase during the Minor 'A' Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday last at Devine Park. Photo: Frank McGrath
Northern Gaels . . . . . . . 4-20

Northern Gaels . . . . . . . 4-20

St. Vincent’s/St. Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4

The title favourites Northern Gaels qualified for the 2013 Sealtec Minor ‘A’ Football Championship Final with a comprehensive win over the St. Vincent’s/ St. Francis amalgamation (Drumlish/Ballinamuck and Dromard) at Devine Park, Mostrim on Saturday last.

Playing into a stiff breeze, the strong Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta combination were quick off the mark with a Rian Brady score in the first minute and two more points followed before an excellent four man move ended up with Brady slipping the ball beyond the opposing keeper for the first goal of the game.

Almost directly from the kick-out, David McGivney’s shot from distance ended up in the back of the net in deceiving the opposing keeper. Four more Northern Gaels points followed before Aaron Earley finished a pass from Jason Matthews to the net. A fourth goal was denied to Northern Gaels when Aidan McElligott’s effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar.

Finally with 22 minutes gone in the first half Martin Cassidy got St. Vincent’s/St. Francis opening score from a free and a minute later he added a second point before a fine Paul Donnelly free left the half-time score 3-9 to 0-3.

Another fine Donnelly free was to be St Vincent’s final score of the game after three minutes of the second half. Northern Gaels fourth goal was a well taken effort from Aidan McElligott. Both sides proceeded to use all the substitutes allowed (five apiece) and the one-sided game continued with Northern Gaels completely dominant in all sectors to run out very easy winners.

NORTHERN GAELS: C Brady; M Cunningham, L Meehan, D Kane; A O’Reilly 0-3, C Berry 0-1, C Lynch 0-2; D McGivney 1-3, A McElligott 1-0; B McKiernan 0-1, A Earley 1-2, Russell Brady; N Rabbitte 0-1, Rian Brady 1-4, J Matthews 0-3.

Subs used:- J Mooney, P Brady, C Brady, A Brady, D Masterson.

ST. VINCENT’S/ST. FRANCIS: B Smith; L McKeon, D Gorman, R McGee; L Doherty, N Kiernan, T McGee; J Connell, P Donnelly 0-2; C Murphy, M Cassidy 0-2, A McGee; P Kiernan, G Quinn, R Corr.

Subs used:- D Masterson, S Breslin, C Hourican, M McCann, P Mimnagh.

Referee: A Dowler (Moydow).