Ulster club SFC preliminary round: Ballinderry in control

October 21, 2013

Ballinderry's Conleth Gilligan. INPHO
Ballinderry (Derry) 0-14
Clonoe (Tyrone) 0-10

Ballinderry progressed to an Ulster quarter-final against Scotstown after leading from start to finish in a four-point victory over Clonoe at Celtic Park.

The Shamrocks, who had eight different scorers - including all six of their forwards - never looked back after Aaron Devlin gave them a first-minute lead. Ryan Bell and Darren Lawn added points for the Derry champions before Dan McNulty eventually opened a wasteful Clonoe's account. But Ballinderry still lead by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break.

Clonoe, who only claimed the Tyrone SFC title last weekend, narrowed the gap to two points on the restart thanks to scores from Peter Lavery and Conor McAliskey, but the winners refused to panic and pulled away again thanks to scores from Conleth Gilligan, Aaron Duke, Bell and Coilin Devlin.

The losers' cause wasn't helped by a shoulder injury to county star McAliskey, which forced him to retire nine minutes from the end.

Ballinderry - M Conlan; R Scott, C Nevin (0-1), M McIver; R Wilson, G McKinless, D Lawn (0-1); K McGuckin, J Conway; D McKinless (0-1), A Devlin (0-3), D McGuckin (0-1); C Devlin (0-1), R Bell (0-4, 1f), C Gilligan (0-2). Subs: E Muldoon for Lawn, D Conway for D McKinless, M Harney for Wilson, K M McGuckin for J Conway.

Clonoe - M O'Neill; D Quinn, A Brady, C O'Neill; J McClure, S McCann, PJ Lavery (0-2); S McNulty, S O'Hagan; R T O'Neill (0-1), C Doris, P Doris; P Coney, D McNulty (0-4, 1f), C McAliskey (0-3f). Subs: G Coney for S McCann, R R O'Neill for P Doris, D McClure for C McAliskey, S Hughes for J McClure.

Referee - M Higgins.


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