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Irish News Past Papers: Dec 22 1998: Down's Glen McMahon slams door on Louth's ambitions

Hastings Cup: U21 Football: Down 1-8 Louth 1-5

A WELL-TAKEN goal by the young Mayobridge star Glen McMahon midway through the second half gave Down their first win in this year’s competition.

Both sides had difficulty coping with the heavy underfoot conditions at Newcastle.

Down played second fiddle to the more experienced Louth men but were sharper up front and led 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time.

Down still held a one-point lead (0-6 to 0- 5) at the end of the third quarter when good work by Karl Oakes and Shane Ward put McMahon in for the goal.

Louth replied almost immediately when Brendan McVey parried a shot from O’Hanlon but the rebound was tapped over the line.

Down held out in a grandstand finish with late points from McMahon and Oakes giving them victory.

Down: B McVeigh, P Oakes, P Shiels, K Kearney, M Doran, M Feeney, D McCarthy, D Anderson, C Doyle, PP McCartan, A Devlin, P Bradley (0-2), S Ward (0-1), G McMahon (1-3), K Oakes (0-2).

Subs: H McGrath, G Gordon, G Doran.Referee: Jim Murphy.

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ST MARY’S High School Limavady retained their Ulster Bank Derry U14 Vocational Schools title with an impressive 6-3 to 1-11 victory over St Mary’s, Clady , Portglenone in an exciting final at Drum.

Limavady opened with a point from captain Shane McAteer followed by a goal from Conor O’Hara.

Clady eventually settled with star midfielder Michael McGoldrick pointing midway through the half.

However, Paul O’Hara struck for Limavady’s second goal 10 minutes from time.

Michael McGoldrick chipped over three Clady points before Gareth Lynn had their goal to level the game. Just on the interval Stephen Guyler had a Limavady goal as they led by 3-2 to 1-5 at half-time.

Limavady got some breathing space minutes after half-time when McAteer goaled from a penalty.

Michael McGoldrick chipped over three points to keep Clady in touch.

However, McAteer sealed victory for Limavady with a cracking goal seven minutes from time.

St Mary’s Limavady scorers: S McAteer (3-2), S Guyler (2-0), C O’Hara (1-0), P O’Hara (0-1).

St Mary’s Clady scorers: G Lynn (1-4), M McGoldrick (0-7)

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IT was a great weekend for Ulster amateur boxers at the finals of the Irish Intermediate Championships in Dublin.

Our congratulations are extended to the five All-Ireland title winners – Harry Cunningham (flyweight), William Waite (bantam), Joe Harkin (light-welter), John Duddy (lightmiddle) and middleweight, Conall Carmichael.

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THE following Derry U21 footballers will play Sligo in a challenge match at Celtic Park on Tuesday December 29. The final panel will be selected after this match.

Derry U21s: P O’Kane, R Lynch, P Carton (Banagher); P Hassan (Ballinascreen); C Gilligan, P McIver, N McCusker, D Conway, S McGeehan, G Cassidy (Ballinderry); F Glackin, G Diamond (Bellaghy); A Heaney (Castledawson); P Faulkner, S McCoy (ballerin); D McColskey (Caludy); E McGinley (Derry Colmcille); K Wilkinson (Dolans); P Murphy (Dungiven); M Kelly, B Kearney (Slaughtneil); S Morrow (Faughanvale); B Kelly, M McCullough (Glen); M McNicholl (Glenullin); S Quigg, J Donaghy, T Donaghy (Kilrea); P O’Kane, P McFlynn (Loup); K McCloy, F Scullion, M Hassan (Lavey); D Devlin, J Niblock (Magherafelt)

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