Ulster U17 Minor League
Monaghan 4-16 Antrim 1-3
Monaghan entered the final round of their U17 League campaign last Saturday 6th April in Dunsilly knowing they had to win by 14 points if they were to reach the final of the Jim Mc Guigan Cup.
They opened brightly with a point from Jason Irwin and then Liam Mc Donald got on the score sheet with a free. Antrim then replied. However for the remainder of the half it was mainly one way traffic with Monaghan getting 3 goals and Antrim’s only reply was a goal from Marcus Lynch at the end of the first quarter. At half time Monaghan led by 12 on a 3-8 to 1 – 2 scoreline.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first half with Monaghan continuing to exert pressure on the Antrim defence, scoring a further 1-8 to Antrim’s solitary point. Monaghan’s goal came directly from a 45 taken by Julius Sniauksta. With Monaghan in the driving seat management got the chance to empty their bench thus ensuring that all panel members got game time during the 4 game campaign . The 22 point victory means a Cup Final appearance this Saturday 13th of April against Tyrone in Watty Graham’s GAC with a 12 noon throw in.
Teams and Scorers
Monaghan: Joe Kirk, Shane Hanratty, Ronan Boyle, Aodhan Brennan, Kyle Connolly, Shane Slevin, Michael Coyle 0-1, Conor Mc Kernan, David Kerley, Declan Courtney, Karl Gallagher 1-1, Jason Irwin 1-4 (3f), Dara Mc Cann 0-1, Julius Sniauksta 1-3 (1-1 both 45s), Liam Mc Donald 1-6 (0-4f) Subs: Darragh Dempsey for David Kerley, Conor Capaldi for Michael Coyle, Tiarnan Kierans for Jason Irwin, Ciaran O’ Reilly for Joe Kirk, Gerard Quinn for Kyle Connolly, Nathan Mc Caul for Declan Courtney
Antrim: Louis Mc Cormick, Ruben Carleton, Jack Agnew, Michel Ferris, Brandon Mc Larnon, Ruairí Hagan 0-1, Conal Killough, Ronan Boyle, Adam Lambe, Marcus Lynch 1-0, Pauric Magennis, Rian Lennon0-2(2f), Joe Mc Nally, Oisin Connolly, Odhran Mc Donald