Sean MacCumhaill

Championship U21

u21-footballMichael Murphy Sports Under-21 Football Championship

Knockout Format

Home to Bundoran

3rd of July 2016
Seán Mac Cumhaills made their return to the Under-21 scene and battled Bundoran today in Mac Cumhaill Park. In this knockout format the winner takes all and it was the Bundoran men who head back through the gap with the win after 5.09 to 3.08 win over the hosts. Jamie Brennan was on form for Bundoran and hit 3 goals to leave Mac Cumhaills with a battle uphill for most of the afternoon. The signs were bright for Mac Cumhaills who were 1.01 up within the 10 minute mark thanks to a goal and converted free from Aaron Kelly after Conor Glackin was dragged down when trying to smash through the Bundoran defence with Alan Russell pointing for the visitors.

Timmy Govorov and James Stewart hit two points to mount a comeback and Mac Cumhaills were dealt a hammer blow when Jamie Brennan netted twice for Bundoran within 2 minutes. Confusion followed later when a Mac Cumhaills man was adjudged to have handled the ball on the ground and the referee was indicating a penalty but awarded a free and they heaped added pressure on the home side when Alan Russell pointed over another free and a third goal within a 6 minute timespan from Conor Carty looked to have Mac Cumhaills dead and buried as they trailed by 9 points.

A rare Mac Cumhaills incursion in the first half on the Bundoran goal at the town end resulted in a 45’ which Stephen Mulligan pointed over. 10 mins from half time Bundoran had a penalty but luckily for the home side their effort went wide of the post. Stephen Mulligan hit another free between the posts and followed up from play shortly after with Aaron Kelly pitching in also a minute before half time. Aaron Kelly contributed with another free and Bundoran had to make a change when Conor Jack Mc Manus was black carded.

Half-time Score:

Sean Mac Cumhaills:……………..1.05

Realt na Meara, Bundoran:…….3.04

Mac Cumhaills never really found their feet in the second half with Bundoran dominating the opening 15 minutes. Alan Russell got the opening point with a free and Jakub Machunick netted a goal and Russell followed up with a point and free to further heap agony on the home side. Aaron Kelly hit his side’s first point of the half from a free in an attempt to claw the deficit back. Alan Russell who was on form for Bundoran from frees all afternoon added two more points and shortly after Mac Cumhaills attempted a revival when an Aaron Kelly effort on goal was partially parried by the goalkeeper and it fell to Shaun Friel to do the rest and apply the finish to the back of the net and Mac Cumhaills now trailed by 7 points entering into the last 7 minutes.

Jamie Brennan bagged his third goal of the game shortly after to end any comeback hopes and both teams were reduced to 14 men when Brennan and Conor Griffin both picked up their second yellow card after becoming involved in a scuffle in the goal area. Stephen Mulligan pointed from play and this was followed up by a second Aaron Kelly goal and Alan Russell finished the game’s scoring with a score from play.

Full-time Score:

Sean Mac Cumhaills:……………..3.08

Realt na Meara, Bundoran:…….5.10

Sean Mac Cumhaills:

Eoin Gallen, Douglas Mc Daid, Conor Griffin, Karl Hughes, Eoin Burke, Ronan Mc Menamin, Adam Lynch, Cormac Muldoon, Padhraic Patton, Niall Mc Closkey, Aaron Kelly (2.04), Dan Gallagher, Stephen Mulligan (0.04), Shaun Friel (1.00), Conor Glackin

Substitutions:

Christopher Gallagher for Ronan Mc Menamin

Carl Dunnion for Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher for Padhraic Patton

Christopher Mc Cafferty for Douglas Mc Daid

Realt Na Meara, Bundoran:

Kelvin Mulhern, Adam Brennan, Matthew Ward, Conor Jack Mc Manus, James Morris, Paul Murphy, Conor Mc Loone, Cian Mc Eniff, Niall Murphy, Niall Carr, Alan Russell (0.08 6f), James Stewart (0.01), Conor Carty (1.0), Jamie Brennan (3.00), Timmy Govorov (0.01)

Substitutions:

Jakub Machunick (1.00) for Conor Jack McManus (black card)

Dillon O’Reilly for Conor McLoone

Brendan Oates for James Stewart

Cody Granaghan for Niall Carr