Published on May 9th, 2017 | by admin0
U21 Hurling Semi-Final Dunloy 2-19 St. John’s 0-05
(Pic by John McIlwaine)
Dunloy U21’s cruised into the county final after an emphatic 20-point win over St. John’s last night in Creggan. The win means they secured a place in the County final against neighbours Loughgiel in a weeks’ time.
This was a game that Dunloy never looked like losing and were in front from the word go. St Johns seemed content to knock the ball about with short passes whenever they got the chance but they lacked that cutting edge to get in behind the Dunloy defence and cause problems.
Conal Cunning was in fine form causing the full back all sorts of problems as he fired over score after score to rub salt in the full backs wounds who all he could resort to was jabbing a stick in his back.
Centre half back Eamon Smyth hammered over a massive score from over 80 yards out to extend Dunloy’s lead 0-05 to 0-01 before the first green flag of the day was raised. Keelan Molloy picked up the ball in the half forward line and went on a strong run to the goals. With 2 defenders trailing in his shadow his first effort was blocked but he wanted the follow up ball more and forced the ball into the net.
Effectively this was game over as St John’s never got within any distance in any areas over the pitch. Another fine score from Seaan Elliott capped off a brilliant half for Dunloy as they went in at half time 1-09 to 0-03.
The second half was much the same as Dunloy took control all over the pitch. Again, St Johns seemed content to play short balls into each other to try and work a goal opportunity instead of taking their points. Against a lesser team this would of produced scores but this Dunloy defence was giving nothing away esp. the full back line of Aaron Crawford, Conor Kinsella & Adam Mullan.
Dunloy continued to fired over scores in Conal Cunning, Deaglan Smith, Keelan Molloy & Sean Elliott. Another St Johns ball was dropped into the square where the impressive Conor Kinsella collected and cleared to Caithair McGuigan. His low ball into the wing was collected by Keelan Molloy who left the defence for dead to fire into the roof of the net.
An impressive display from Dunloy who continued from the Cushendall game in the first round and look to have improved even more. Final score of 2-19 to 0-05 more than does justice to this teams dominate of the hour. St Johns have some fine hurlers but their insistence on playing short balls to try and work a goal instead of taking their points cost them.
In nets Ryan Elliott was untested and what little he had to deal with he did so with ease. In front of him both Conor Kinsella and Aaron Crawford were superb and snuffed out every loose ball in the box. Dunloy’s half back line was like a rock with all 3 lads offering nothing to their opponents. Eamon Smyth capped a fine night off with a thunderous score in the first half.
At midfield Deaglan Smith had yet another great game as he continues to improve every time he pulls on a Dunloy shirt. Up front Keelan Molloy and Conal Cunning were untouchable. Keelan picked up 2 goals with his last a carbon copy of the one he scored against Loughgiel for the seniors. Conal was treated to some rough treatment by the full back but he put him in his box each and every time he fired the ball over the bar.
A great night’s work and one that the Dunloy support fully enjoyed!
Dunloy team :-
R Elliott, A Crawford, C Kinsella, A Mullan, C McGuigan, E Smyth, R McGarry, C Elliott, D Smith, S Elliott, K Molloy, R Molloy, C McMahon, C Cunning, A McGrath