Weakened Dolan’s lose out in Magilligan

Magilligan 0-12

Séan Dolan’s 1-6

MAGILLIGAN continued their winning run in spite of a below-par performance, the frees of ‘keeper Mickey Doherty edging them past a rugged Dolan’s side who caused plenty of problems for a St. Aidan’s team which now sits level with Doire Trasna at the top of the Division Three table on 10 points.

The visitors were understrength, missing four key players around the middle, while Magilligan were able to boast an unchanged line-up from their win over Drum the previous weekend.

In what was a tight encounter, Magilligan led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break and managed to maintain their lead the whole way through in spite of a goal from Caolan McCosker in the second half. Dolan’s, without Alan Grant, Ciaran Wilkinson, Paul Melaugh and Gary Cassidy, made a brave fight of it but they just weren’t able to finish the job.

Magilligan: Mickey Doherty (0-6, 4f, 2 forty-fives); Michael McLaughlin, Paddy Gaile, Lee Gaile; Kieran Mullan, Barry Mullan, Sean McGonigle; Ciaran O’Hare, Eoin Kelly; Conor Canning, Marty McIvor (0-1), Eoin Canning; Brian Butcher, Cathal McCrudden (0-2), Conor Logue (0-3) Subs: Colm McLaughlin for E Canning, Brian Canning for P Gaile, Ricky Clarence for K Mullan

Séan Dolan’s: Dave McGilloway; Caoimhin McCrystal, Dean McFadden, Dermot McLaughlin; Mark Cooke, Gary Fisher, Darren Logue; Joe Gallagher (0-1), Oran Cassidy; Caolan McCosker (1-4, 0-1f), Sammy Robinson, Conor McCosker; Sean O’Rourke (0-1), Donal Boyd, Kevin Nixon. Subs: Ryan Deery for Fisher (50), Dermot Logue for McFadden (55)