Burren blast past Saval to make county final
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
St Mary's Burren 7-16 Saval 0-9.
A RAMPAGING Burren took no prisoners as they ran roughshod over Saval to make the Morgan Fuels Down Senior Football Championship final.
On Sunday evening at Pairc Esler the St Mary's side, who have been blowing hot and cold all season, produced a blistering performance to see off a Saval side who went into the match on the back of a stunning victory over Bryansford in the quarter-final.
But Darren Quinn's side were dealt a massive blow when four minutes before the break they had their star man Danny Hughes sent off following a melee. It was Hughes' second yellow and with his dismissal Saval's Championship plummeted.
Nonetheless Burren manager Paddy Carr was delighted to get over a potential banana skin as he said: "We have a huge respect for Saval but the match was a bit anti-climatic for a semi-final. We got key scores just before halftime but losing a man most certainly deflated Saval. The spirit went out of the game after the sending off but we're happy and honoured to be back in a county final."
Burren got off to a bright start when Kevin McKernan pointed after just eight seconds. Saval levelled through the excellent Niall Madine on three minutes with Man of the Match Donal O'Hare putting the St Mary's side in front from a free kick.
On seven minutes though came the beginning of the end for Saval. Shay McArdle, who also had a blinder of a match, found Jamie McGovern who knocked across goal to the inrushing Eamon Toner who fisted into the net from eight yards.
Shay McArdle and Niall Madine exchanged scores with Madine adding another on 13 minutes. But from then until the break Burren dominated with only Madine able to trouble the scoreboard man once in that period. Although Stephen Kearney had a fine opportunity to net on 14 minutes but under pressure he shot wide of the target.
Meanwhile the Burren bandwagon was picking up pace. An O'Hare free was followed by a second goal. On 22 minutes Eamon Toner, Sean Murdock and Donal O'Hare combined to set up Shay McArdle who fisted past Saval keeper Ryan Malone. O'Hare added another free but then on 27 minutes came that Hughes' sending off with Burren immediately taking advantage. O'Hare picked out the inrushing Sean Murdock who palmed home from point-blank range range. Another O'Hare free made the halftime score 3-07 to 0-4.
In the second half Burren showed 14-men Saval no mercy and by 40 minutes they had increased their lead by two goals and three points with no reply from their rivals.
Anton McArdle hit a cracking goal high into the net on 32 minutes and two minutes later Shay McArdle did likewise as the St Mary's side steamrollered onwards and upwards. Also Gerard McCartan, Conaill McGovern and Anton McArdle added further points.
In the final 20 minutes Burren emphasised their superiority with a host of scores although it must be said that Saval continued to battle and never gave up the fight.
And they did get some reward, with points from Niall Madine (2) and Stephen Kearney plus substitutes Ronan Digney and Fergal McConville.
Though in the last seven minutes Burren emphasised their total dominance when substitutes Eoin McCartan came on and scored a goal and a point with his brother Dan also pointing. Another substitute Chris Carroll pressed his claim for a Championship Final place when he too posted a personal tally of a goal and a point. And James McGovern and Kevin Kernan grabbed late scores.
Although Burren will have been delighted to have chalked up such a comprehensive victory, they will obviously have a much harder task in the county final when they face the winner of last night's other semi between Kilcoo and Mayobridge.
Burren: Cathal Murdock, Dan McCartan (0-1), Gerard McGovern, Ryan McGovern, Jamie McGovern, Kevin McKernan (0-2), Gerard McCartan (0-1), Conor Toner, Anton McArdle (1-1), James McGovern (0-1), Sean Murdock (1-0), Conail McGovern (0-1), Donal O'Hare (0-6), Eamon Toner (1-0) and Shay McArdle (2-02),) with subs: Eoin McCartan (1-1), Chris Carroll (1-1), Ciaran McGovern and Chris McGovern.
Saval: Ryan Malone, Paddy Clarke, Jarleth McCarthy, Johnny Hughes, Brendan Turley, Michael Clarke, Darren Cunningham, Michael McCarthy, Philip Madine, Danny Hughes, Stephen Kearney (0-1), Ruairi Digney, Kealan Rice, Niall Madine (0-6) and Ryan Rice with subs: Domhnall Murphy, Ronan Digney (0-1), Fergal McConville (0-1) and Liam Turley.
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