Ulster club: Lyng fires Cavan Gaels through

November 03, 2008
Cavan Gaels secured a 1-7 to 0-7 win over St. Galls at Casement Park thanks to a first half Michael Lyng goal. Gaels finished with 14-men following the dismissal of Darren Rabbitte in the first half, but their Antrim counterparts were reduced to 13 by the full-time whistle following red cards for Sean Burke and Kevin McGourty. McGourty's injury-time dismissal compounded Galls woes in a game which saw the hosts miss a lot of scoring opportunities. With the sides level midway through the second half, and Galls on top in the possession stakes following three well taken points it looked like the Antrim champions could secure a semi-final spot. However a Ciaran McGourty goal miss and wasted opportunities by Karl Stewart and Aodhan Gallagher opened this game up for a strong Cavan Gaels finish. In a game full of off-the-ball incidents, no more than three points separated the sides throughout this contest. It was a scoring spree from Seanie Johnston who finished with five points which ultimately secured a Cavan Gaels win and they will now meet Ballinderry in the semi-final, after the Derry side were 1-11 to 0-10 winners over Latton at Ballinascreen. Cavan Gaels - E Elliott; J Gurhy, D Rabbitte, K Meehan; A Forde, E Reilly 0-1, R Moloney Derham; E King, C Collins; N Murray 0-1, S Johnston 0-5, C Nelligan; M Lyng 1-0, N Walsh, D Reilly. Subs - P O'Donnell for Nelligan; D Graham for Gurhy; J Dunne for O'Donnell. St. Gall's - R Gallagher; C Brady, A McClean, S Kennedy; M Kelly, S Kelly 0-1, A Healy; Kevin McGourty 0-1, A Gallagher; S O'Neill 0-1, CJ McGourty 0-3, K Niblock; C Gallagher, S Burns, K Stewart 0-1. Subs - Kieran McGourty for Niblock, S Burke for C Gallagher, B Niblock for Burns. Ref - M Hughes (Tyrone).


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