STEELTSTOWN CLINCH GRIPPING ENCOUNTER

10 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

STEELSTOWN 4-13
DONAGHMOYNE 2-07

Donaghmoyne exited the Ulster Club IFC when they fell to a heavy defeat against Derry-city side Steelstown at Celtic Park last Sunday. Donaghmoyne’s greater efficiency up front, via goals by Ronan and Liam McDonald, handed them a narrow interval lead, but after hitting the net within seconds of the throw-in, Steelstown outscored the Fontenoys by 2-6 to 0-1 in the first ten minutes of the second half to take command. Donaghmoyne struggled for primary possession throughout, winning less than a third of the game’s 38 kick-outs, and after leaving a handful of chances behind them early on, Steelstown eventually made their dominance count.

The Brian Ógs hit 3-10 altogether in a devastating second-half performance that accounted for a Donaghmoyne side who were overreliant on David Garland in their attacking play. They welcomed their captain Mikey Murnaghan back to their starting team, but the pacy and versatile Stephen Finnegan was restricted to a substitute appearance. Despite being double-marked from the start, David Garland was quickly on the scoreboard with a fine point from play after getting on the end of a pass from Pádraig Donaghy, but Donaghmoyne were all too easily opened up at the other end moments later, as Diarmuid Baker glided unchallenged up the left wing to set up Eoghan Bradley to fire the first of this game’s six goals.

A foul on Bradley allowed Oran McMenamin to convert a 30-metre free to move Steelstown three points up, but Donaghmoyne…

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