DERRY SFC: Impressive Glen see off Dungiven

Dungiven's Gabriel McGuigan with Emmet Bradley of Glen Maghera during the Derry SFC at Owenbeg on Saturday night. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin)

Dungiven's Gabriel McGuigan with Emmet Bradley of Glen Maghera during the Derry SFC at Owenbeg on Saturday night. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin)

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Glen 0-017, Dungiven 1-08

Dungiven's James McNicholl evades Paul Gunning of Glen Maghera during the Derry SFC at Owenbeg on Saturday night. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin  20-8-16)

Dungiven's James McNicholl evades Paul Gunning of Glen Maghera during the Derry SFC at Owenbeg on Saturday night. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin 20-8-16)

When Ryan McElhinney, Conor Murphy and Kevin Hinphey put Dungiven 0-3 to 0-1 ahead inside six minutes - Ciaran McFaul had levelled in the 2nd minute - they gave the impression that they just might give Glen a tight game but that proved an illusion as Glen dominated the rest of the half, with a 16 to 6 midfield success statistic.

Dungiven’s fourth point did not come until the 30th minute when Kevin Johnston pointed but by that stage the superb Emmett Bradley had pointed a 40m free, and then another from closer range before putting Glen 0-4 to 0-3 ahead from play in the 18th minute.

Bradley finished the half with 0-6 (3 frees), Stevie O’Hara and full back Phillip O’Connell also on target as Glen powered to a 0-8 to 0-4 interval lead.

Within seven minutes of the restart O’Hara from 60m and Bradley twice - once from a 40 metre free- had dissected the posts for 0-11 to 0-4.

Johnston and substitute Kevin Boyle scored Dungiven points either side of one from Glen replacement Conor Convery, Kevin Hinphey and Danny Tallon from a free leaving six between the sides going into the final quarter.

With Dungiven not committing enough players to attack and Glen posting a sweeper in front of their two defenders in the full back line, Dungiven struggled to create scoring chances.

But 10 minutes from time there was a glimmer of hope for St. Canice’s when Johnston and Hinphey worked the ball to Davy McLaughlin and he finished in style to cut the lead to 0-13 to 1-7.

But again that was another false dawn as Tallon, substitute Ryan Winton and Stevie O’Hara, from 50 metres, put the result beyond doubt, McElhinney from a free and Convery exchanging points in the last five minutes.