Derry JFC Semi-Final
Drum 0-11 Magilligan 0-8
Drum overturned their 2016 final defeat to Magilligan to book their spot in this season's decider at a windswept Owenbeg on Friday night.
It was a victory fashioned by a measured possession game, led by Niall Ferris, into the teeth of a stiff breeze that saw them lead 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.
With five different scorers, Drum were 0-6 to 0-2 ahead after 15 minutes but breathed a sigh of relief when lively Magilligan forward Collie Mullan blazed over the bar when a goal was there for the taking.
In the second-half, James McCartney - now stationed at full-forward - almost round the net when he flicked Kevin O'Reilly's dropping ball goalwards only to be denied by the reflexes of Magilligan 'keeper Barry Mullan.
It was Magilligan who clawed themselves back in contention and can feel aggrieved when a 43rd shot from Mullan - that appeared to sail between the posts - wasn't awarded as a point. It would've cut the gap to a single point but it was Drum, with points from Niall Ferris and Ryan O'Kane who ended up as deserving winners.
Drum play the winners of Saturday's semi-final between Moneymore and Glack.
Drum: Eunan O’Hara; Seamus O’Kane (0-1f), Damian Brolly, Liam Millar; Shane Millar, Alex Moore, Niall Burke; Gabriel Farren, James McCartney; Kevin O’Reilly (0-1f), Ryan O’Kane (0-3, 1f), Donal Brolly (0-1f); Niall Ferris (0-3); Rory O’Reilly (0-1), Cathaoir McCloskey (0-1).
Subs: Marc McLaughlin for R O’Reilly (INJ HT), Conor O’Kane for Donal Brolly (50), Paddy Moore for C McCloskey (58), Rory Carlin for S O’Kane (BC 60+1).
Magilligan: Barry Mullan; Sean McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin; Eoin Canning (0-1f); Tom Mullan, Ryan Barr, Brian Canning; Cathal McCrudden, Conor McFeely; Conor Kelly, Conor Canning (0-2, 1f), Kevin Moran; Anthony Doherty, Eoin Kelly, Collie Mullan (0-5, 2f).
Subs: Colm McLaughlin for S McLaughlin (32), James Gaile for C McCrudden (52), Ciaran O’Hare for K Moran (58).
For full coverage for all the weekend's championship games, grab a copy of Tuesday's County Derry Post.
Pic: Mary K Burke
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