Poor first half costs Dolan’s as Glack impress

Glacks James OConnor evades Sean Dolans Kevin Nixon and Joe Gallagher during their junior championship game in Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon last. DER3116GS090
Glacks James OConnor evades Sean Dolans Kevin Nixon and Joe Gallagher during their junior championship game in Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon last. DER3116GS090

Premier Electrics Junior Football Championship

Glack 3-16, Dolans 4-09

Sean Dolans Caolan McCosker is challenged by Glacks Luke McLaughlin and Ciaran O'Brien during their game in Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon last. DER3116GS087

Sean Dolans Caolan McCosker is challenged by Glacks Luke McLaughlin and Ciaran O'Brien during their game in Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon last. DER3116GS087

Sean Dolan’s paid the price for a poor first half against a skilful and composed Glack team who will be dangerous outsiders for this Championship title if they can tightened up their defence.

Glack held a 12-point lead at half time but at one stage in the second half the game was in the balance with just two points between the teams and eight minutes left. Then, Derry minor panellist Martin McGonigle cut through Dolan’s for his third goal in an outstanding performance which saw him score 3-02 from play.

Dolans, with coach Geoffrey McGonigle back along the sideline, never gave themselves a chance and Glack’s running game caused huge problems for the city men. A first half brace from McGonigle left Glack with a commanding 2-9 to 0-3 lead and while Dolan’s improved, they were always chasing the game.

Kevin Nixon was on target for Dolan’s early in the second half and there were worries when Conor McCloskey hit the net to leave the score 2-11 to 2-6. Nixon hit the third Dolan’s goal to leave just two points between the teams before McGonigle eased the nerves for the deserving winners.

Glack: Dylan Moore, Ryan O’Kane (0-2), Aaron Moore, Luke McLaughlin, Tommy O’Kane (0-1), Cairan O’Brien, Shane Toner (0-1), Niall McGowan (0-4, 2f, 1 forty-five), Gavin Moore, Oisin King, Cormac Boyle, Adam O’Kane (0-1), Ryan Morgan (0-5, 1f), Martin McGonigle (3-02), Jimmy O’Connor. Sub Eoin Mackey for O King, 55mins.

Sean Dolans: Dave McGilloway, Dean McFadden, Oran Cassidy, Gerard O’Donnell, Caolan Thompson, Eamon McGinley, Gary Fisher, Paul Melaugh (0-1f), Alan Grant, Caolan McCosker (1-03, 1f), Joe Gallagher (0-1f), Damian Lynch. Sean O’Rourke (0-1f), Gerard McDermott (0-1), Kevin Nixon (2-0). Subs Ryan Watkins (0-1) for D McFadden 7mins; Brendan Douban for E McGinley (38) Conor McCloskey (1-0) for G McDermott, 45mins; Sammy Robinson (0-1);

Referee: Richie Donohoe (Slaughtneil).