Glen 2-17 Kilrea 1-13
Michael McMullan in Owenbeg

GLEN qualified for a semi-final with neighbours Slaughtneil after a convincing victory over Kilrea at Owenbeg on Tuesday night.

There was controversy in stoppage time when Glen’s Emmett Bradley was shown a straight red card by Alan Nash following a melee.  Kilrea's Paddy McNeill and Jack Kielt were also sent off.

Kilrea were in command in the first-half but Ciaran McFaul led the Glen charge back into the game and Stevie O’Hara took control after the interval, finishing with 0-5.

Enda Gormley was forced to start without key players Oisin Hegarty, Danny Tallon and Ryan Dougan due to injury.  Kilrea were 0-3 to 0-0 up after five minutes with points from Niall Johnston, Charlie Kielt and a fisted effort from Paddy McNeill.  An Emmet Bradley free and a point from Stevie O’Hara effort got Glen back into the game.

Kilrea then raced into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead by the 14th minute with Benny Quigg leading the attack but Ciaran McFaul dragged Glen back into the game and on the cusp of half-time the Watties almost found the net.  Paul Gunning’s over the shoulder pass opened the Kilrea defence but Stevie O’Hara’s shot was saved by a last ditch Eamonn Darragh block on the line.  Emmett Bradley slotted over the resultant ‘45’ and the sides were level 0-10 each at the break.

The spell after half-time was the difference in the game.  Emmett Bradley squared a ball to O’Hara who blasted over the bar when the goal was on.  O’Hara quickly added a point and in the 38th minute Glen were awarded a penalty when Emmett Bradley was hauled down. Ciaran McFaul slotted his kick to the back of the net.

Bradley and McFaul added points as Glen raced clear.  With 15 minutes to go Kilrea had a close range free.  Larry Kielt took the kick quickly and swung the ball to the top corner of the net to give Kilrea a glimmer of hope– 2-15 to 1-12.

Kilrea frantically tried to save the game and had further chances for goals.  Benny Quigg was denied by Conor Gallagher and James Kielt had his attempt saved by Philip O’Connell.

Glen finished the game off with points from Conor Convery and Stevie O’Hara to setup a mouth-watering clash with Slaughtneil.  Greenlough will face Ballinascreen in the other semi-final.

In Tuesday’s intermediate replay in Ballinderry, Foreglen beat Ballerin (0-10 to 1-6) and now face the winners of Friday night’s replay between Moneymore and Faughanvale.  Castledawson will meet either Newbridge or Ballymaguigan who play on Thursday night.

Kilrea: Paul Morgan, Dermot Morrow, Niall Gorman, Eamonn Darragh, Joe Morgan, Brian Óg McAlary (0-2), Gearoid McLaughlin, Charlie Kielt (0-2), James Kielt (0-2, 1f), Larry Kielt (1-1, 1f), Denver Johnston, Steven Johnston (0-2), Niall Johnston (0-1), Benny Quigg (0-2), Paddy McNeill (0-1).

Subs: Eoghan Rogers for G McLaughlin (41), Ruairidh Donaghy for E Darragh (41), Conor Gillen for S Johnston (54).

Glen: Callum Mullan-Young, Conor Gallagher, Philip O’Connell, Connor Carville, Cahir McCabe, Conor McDevitt, Cathal Mulholland, Ciaran McFaul (1-3), Johnny McCamley, Jack Doherty, Emmett Bradley (1-4, 3f, 1 ‘45’), Tiarnan Flanagan, Paul Gunning (0-3), Conor Convery (0-2), Stevie O’Hara (0-5).

Subs: Michael Warnock for C McDevitt (21), Connlan Bradley for S O’Hara (63).

Ref: Alan Nash (Doire Trasna).

Glen v Slaughtneil
Ballinascreen v Greenlough

Foreglen v Moneymore/Faughanvale
Castledawson v Ballymaguigan/Newbridge

Ogra Colmcille v Magilligan
Sean Dolan's v Limavady

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