Dunloy grind out two points win over All Saints

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dunloy grind out two points win over All Saints thumbnailDunloy Under 21 footballers, through to the semi finals after a two point home victory against All Saints. GB45GAA1-P56

DUNLOY ground out a two point win over All Saints to reach the last four of the U21 'B' Championship.
Played in treacherous conditions, the Cuchullains had to overturn a six point deficit at half time with the visitors to Pearse Park showing in the first half that goals make the difference in knock out football.
Despite the Cuchullain's having the lion's share of possession in the opening 30 minutes, a well organised All Saints defence continued to frustrate them while bagging two late majors through Ryan McGarry and Niall Shannon to go into the interval six points up.
The Cuchullains regrouped at half time and were much more clinical after the restart.
A goal from tireless midfielder Oisin McPoland in the 40th minute brought them to within touching distance while they controlled the second half to edge past a gallant display from the Ballymena men.
The All Saints men have had a four week break since they were defeated by Moneyglass in the Grading Round and they certainly had some cobwebs to blow off their system in the opening exchanges.
Playing into the wind, Dunloy made all the early running with Keelan Molloy and Deaglan Smith pivotal in their attacking play.
Content to soak up pressure and try to hit the home side on the break, All Saints reorganised to keep James McConnell and Cormac Lennon free in defence while full forward Ryan McGarry came out to the middle third to bolster an already strong midfield.
Keelan Molloy opened the scoring for the Cuchullains in the fifth minute before centre half forward Cormac Lennon equalised with an effort that he was certainly looking for more from.
A high ball into the Cuchullain's full back line wasn't dealt with properly and Lennon pulled the trigger first time but his effort sailed over the bar much to the relief of Frankie Cochrane in the Dunloy goals.
*Full report in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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