Football

Glen set up Derry semi-final clash with Slaughtneil

Newbridge players celebrate victory over Lavey Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Newbridge players celebrate victory over Lavey Picture by Margaret McLaughlin Newbridge players celebrate victory over Lavey Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

DERRY and Ulster champions Glen are set for another showdown with rivals Slaughtneil after last night’s semi-final draw. 

It will be a repeat of the previous two finals, won by Glen, with Magherafelt drawn to face Newbridge in the other semi-final.

Glen strode intoto the last four with goals from Conor Glass and Danny Tallon in Saturday’s 2-11 to 0-9 win over Kilrea. 

James Kielt put Kilrea ahead but the lively Jack Doherty levelled seconds later before Conor  Glass pointed and then found the net in the eighth minute.

Kilrea conceded Glen’s kick-outs all night and it invited the Watties on to them, but they failed to carve out a clear goal-chance on the counter to ask Glen any serious questions. 

Glen led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break and could have added a second goal only for a full-length save from Eoghan Rogers to deny Danny Tallon before Ethan Doherty finished with a point.  

It was a 45th-minute Danny Tallon penalty that opened up a 2-7 to 0-7 gap on their way to victory. 

It took a point from substitute Niall Higgins to edge Magherafelt (0-11 to 0-10) past Ballinascreen. 

’Screen had late chances to force extra-time but missed both. 

Points from Noel Rafferty, Conall Logan and Antain Donnelly had ’Screen 0-3 to 0-0 ahead but Rossa were level by half-time, Conall Heron’s point making it 0-6 all at the break, with Paddy McLarnon’s effort the pick of the scores. 

Frees from Rafferty and Ryan Scullion had ’Screen back in front before Magherafelt pegged it back, Shane Heavron’s third of the evening putting them ahead for the first time, 0-9 to 0-8, after 43 minutes. 

It had extra-time stamped all over it and Ballinascreen were back level before Higgins kicked that 55th-minute winner. 

A storming second-half saw Newbridge come from four points down to see off Lavey 0-18 to 1-13 on Saturday night. 

Patrick McGurk, Liam Murphy and Ryan Mulholland were all on target for Lavey, with the movement on Newbridge’s kick-outs giving them a platform to hit back. 

The sides were level five times in the opening quarter before Declan Hughes hit the net for the only goal of the game. 

Paudi McGrogan (2) and Conor Doherty hit points for the ‘Bridge who trailed 1-10 to 0-9 at the break. 

Sean Young, with the first of three second-half points, set Newbridge on their way in a 20-minute spell where they held Lavey scoreless. 

Callum McGrogan, Conor McGrogan and substitute Aidan McGlone were all on target, with Newbridge having 11 scorers in all, 

The ’Bridge needed a block from Paudi McGrogan with Hughes having a sniff of a second goal. 

Three Toner frees pulled Lavey back into the melting pot before a fisted Mark Doherty point proved the insurance score.

Semi-finals

Saturday, October 14

Magherafelt v Newbridge (Owenbeg, 5.45pm)

Sunday, October 15

Glen v Slaughtneil (Owenbeg, 6pm)