Mc Elligott Cup Semi Final: Austin Stacks 5-15; Beaufort 3-5.
We qualified for the Final of the McElligott Cup with a comfortable win in this Friday evening’s (31st Aug) semi final in Connolly Park. From finding ourselves four points down inside the first minute we had drawn level by the 9th minute and went in at the break with a two points lead (1-8 to 2-3).
A 3rd goal by Beaufort – 38 seconds after the resumption – left us trailing again by one point. But that was as good as it got for the visitors as we held them to just two more points for the remainder of the game while we went on to score a further 4 goals and seven points to leave us with more than a double scores win at the end (30 pts to 14 pts).
All 19 who lined out had a hand in this win. We had eight different scorers, including two of our four substitutes. Fergal Ryan scored the first of our five goals in the 25th minute while substitute Rory Forbes scored of 5th and final goal in the 53rd minute. However, in between it was Michael Linnane who made the headlines, scoring a hat-trick of goals during a ten minute spell (41st to 51st) in the second half. He also added two points during the game to equal the Bomber Liston’s record in that famous 1978 All Ireland Final against Dublin.
But it wasn’t all just down to our forwards. Beaufort always looked threatening on the attack but a solid display by our defence thwarted them throughout the hour.
It was good to see Barry Shanahan back in a Black & Amber jersey again after spending some time down under – putting over a beautiful point half way through the second half. And also nice to see new man Jonathan Boulding making his debut and he was unlucky not to have added a 6th goal late on.
So now we meet Rathmore in the final after they overcame Glenbeigh/Glencar in their semi final encounter by 3-18 (27) to 4-7 (19).
Team: Seamus Bastible, Shane Kelliher, Paul Galvin, James Quigley, Andrew Morrissey (Capt), Barry Shanahan (0-1), Eoghan Galvin, Gearóid McCann, Darragh Scanlon, Theo Diggin (0-1), Alan Duggan (0-3 – one free), Fergal Ryan (1-2), Donagh McKivergan (0-5 – one free), William Kirby, Michael Linnane (3-2).
Subs used: John Dennis (ht), Paul Barrett (39m) (0-1), Rory Forbes (41m) (1-0), Jonathan Boulding (51m).