Glack 4-14, Ardmore 2-0
Two Cormac Boyle goals inside 90 first half seconds maintained Glack’s Junior Championship interest and ended the season for a depleted, but unbowed Ardmore.
Boyle’s two goal salvo, in 21st and 22nd minutes, set up a non-contest of a second half from which it was difficult to gauge anything concrete about Glack’s Junior Championship credentials.
They have match winners in the shape of Jimmy O’Connor, Niall McGowan and Ryan Morgan as well as Boyle’s potent goal threat. Add into the mix, 16-year-old Marty McGonigle who looks a real prospect and Glack will be a handful but that is not news to prospective opponents.
Ardmore were up against it before ball was kicked. Robbed of the services of Barry Gavin, Dee McGee and Peter McLaughlin, St. Mary’s simply don’t have the resources to replace that standard of player at short notice. Yet for 20 minutes Eoin Mailey’s makeshift side shaded exchanges as Glack were content to sit in and allow Ardmore possession knowing the St. Mary’s absentees were always going to be keenest felt in defence.
That’s exactly how it worked out.
Last week, Ardmore survived against Dolan’s because the Creggan men passed up opportunities. Glack were not so generous.
From the moment Ryan Morgan’s long range effort at a point dropped over Kevin Hardtop’s head and into the net with only one minute on the clock, you sensed it was not going to be Ardmore’s day.
That put Glack 1-1 to no score up but from then to Boyle’s first goal, Ardmore highlighted why they have been such a good championship side. Prompted by the hard work of Anthony Hargan and the probing of the excellent Barry Gormley, St. Mary’s made light of their woes to bring the game back to a two points at 1-4 to 0-5 and they had legitimate claims to be level at least.
The game ended though with Boyle’s brace which exposed an Ardmore defence which had been creaking since the first whistle. First Ciaran Carmichael’s lovely pass into a curiously unmarked Boyle allowed him to fist over the stranded Hardtop before seconds later McGonigle burst through from the kick-out to pick out the full-forward at the back post. Again he fisted to an empty net and the game was as good as over, Glack leading 3-5 to 0-6 at half-time.
Ryan Morgan added a fourth in a second half which was memorable only for Ardmore’s refusal to lie down, St. Mary’s getting some degree of consolation with a fabulous Stephen Bryon goal in off the underside of the bar and another Eddie Bell effort but the game had long since ended as a contest.
Glack: James Martin; Barry Kerr, Ciaran O’Brien, Ryan O’Kane; Ciaran Carmichael (0-1), Jimmy O’Connor, Thomas O’Kane; Kieran McIntyre, Liam O’Brien; Niall McGowan (0-3, 1f, 1 forty-five), Jason Clyde, Martin McGonigle (0-4); Ryan Morgan (2-5), Cormac Boyle (2-0), Shane Toner (0-1). (Subs) Phelim O’Neill for S Bryson, 60mins.
Ardmore: Kevin Hardtop; Leonard Quinn, Gerard Quinn; Gerard Storey; James Doherty, Anthony Hargan, John Quinn; Chris Duffy, Richie McGrotty; Cahir O’Kane, Barry Gormley (0-5, 4f), Stephen Bryson (1-1); Ryan Storey (0-1), William ‘Al’ McLaughlin, Eddie Bell (1-2). (Subs) Luke McLaughlin for K McIntyre, 35mins; Eoin Smyth for T O’Kane, 48mins; Aaron Moore for Ryan O’Kane, 48mins; Adam O’Kane for J O’Connor, 52mins;
Referee: Anthony Campbell (Magherafelt).