Sean Larkin Cup Final
Glen 1-12
Loup 1-11

Michael McMullan
Reports from Loup

After two draws already between the teams this season, it took an injury time free from Paul Gunning to clinch the Larkin Cup in a feisty encounter in Loup in fine conditions.

While the result won't have any bearing when the teams lock horns in first round of the senior championship in September, it whets the appetite.

Loup finished with 12 men.  None of the dismissals were for straght cards in a game that, while always bubbling beneath the surface, the game never spilled over.

Jack Doherty slammed to the top corner of the net in the first minute after Connlan Bradley and Paul Gunning were involved in the move.

Paul Young, Declan McVey and a Ciaran Devlin free had the home side back in the game by the mid-point of the half.

In searing heat, the officials afforded a brief and necessary water break.

Gunning, Tallon and Bradley put Glen three points clear but Jude Donnelly's side needed a routine save from goalkeeper Mullan-Young to block a tame Paddy Coney effort and keep their noses in front.

Trailing 1-5 to 0-5, Loup brought in Roddy O'Kane, Caolan Devlin and Jason Rocks at the break.

With Thomas Mallons' accurate kick-outs, Loup built from the back an on three separate occasions were back to within a point.

Connor McVey was dismissed on a second booking in the 46th minute, as both benches began to vent their frustration towards referee Terence McElhinney.

Caolan Devlin gave Loup more of an outlet at centre forward but still it was Glen who pushed into a three point lead.

Bizarrely McElhinney waved a 55th minute Paul Gunning free wide, despite both neutral umpires signalling a point.

Around the same time Glen lost Danny Tallon to a black card, with what appeared to be a tangle of legs with Terence O'Brien.

Loup went on the break and an O'Brien run opened up the Glen defence.

After an initial shot was blocked, Ciaran Devlin followed up to finish to the net for a 54th minute goal.

The sides were level (1-10 each) and amidst the goal celebrations, Paul Young was shown a second yellow card off the ball and was dismissed.

An Anthony O'Neill free put Loup into the lead for the first time in the game, in the 60th minute.

Glen didn't panic and built from Mullan-Young's kick-out.

Yet, they still needed Mark O'Donnell to win a hopeless cause in the corner, before recycling to the better placed Ciaran McFaul who levelled the game.

The Watties, with Jack Doherty and Ciaran McFaul on the run, came in search of a winner and when Doherty was fouled, Jason Rocks was shown a black card and dismissed.

Gunning held his nerve to nail his sixth point and win the game.

MATCH STATS:

Glen: Callum Mullan-Young; Declan McCusker, Cathair McCabe, Oisin Hegarty; Tiarnán McCusker, Connor Carville, Michael Warnock; Conor McDevitt, Connlan Bradley (0-1); Jack Doherty (1-0), Ciaran McFaul (0-1), Conor Convery, Paul Gunning (0-6, 1f), Andrew Ferguson, Danny Tallon (0-4, 3f).
Subs: Johnny McCamley for O Hegarty (HT), Mark O’Donnell for D Tallon (BC 56), Tommy McCloy for C McFaul (60+3).

Black cards: D Tallon (55).
Yellow cards: C McFaul (44).

Loup: Thomas Mallon; Dominic McVey, Conan Bradley, Michael Lynn; Brian Doyle (0-1f), Connor McVey, Sean Rocks; Terence O’Brien (0-1), Feargal McVey; Karl Gallagher, Aaron McAlynn, Paddy Coney; Declan McVey (0-1), Paul Young (0-1), Ciaran Devlin (1-3, 3f).
Subs: Roddy O’Kane for F McVey (HT), Caolan Devlin (0-3, 2f) for A McAlynn (HT), Jason Rocks for Dominic McVey (HT), Anthony O’Neill (0-1f) for Declan McVey (48), Odhran Bradley for K Gallagher (52).

Black cards: J Rocks (60+3).
Yellow cards: P Young (29, 58), J Rocks (41), C McVey (46, 51).
Red cards: C McVey (51), P Young (58), J Rocks (60+3).

Ref: Terence McElhinney (Faughanvale).

Full report in Tuesday's County Derry Post.

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