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Match Report By Kevin Corrigan : Tullamore Tribune

St Rynagh’s .................................1-10
Ferbane/Belmont .........................1-8
A MINOR Football Championship semi-final of heart warming intensity and quality ended with St Rynagh’s edging out Ferbane/Belmont by two points in Doon on Saturday last. This was a really enjoyable game of football as both sides gave it everything they had and they produced some very good football as well to put the icing on the cake. The shame was that there had to be a loser and for much of the game, a draw was a distinct possibility but St Rynagh’s edged through to the final against Rhode thanks to a very efficient second half.

St Rynagh’s were in trouble at half time as they trailed by 1-6 to 0-6 and Ferbane/Belmont were full value for their interval lead. In the second half, however, Ferbane/Belmont began to flounder as they could only manage two points and a brilliant goal from Niall Wynne after eleven minutes put St Rynagh’s on the road to victory. It was nip and tuck after this and the game was very neatly poised when F/B  sub, Eoin Lowry’s brilliantly struck ‘45’ levelled it up at 1-8 each with eight minutes left. It could have went either way but with Pat Camon now in unstoppable mode at midfield, St Rynagh’s had the wind in their sails and late points from Stephen Quirke and Derek Loonam got them across the finish line.

It was a close run thing though and it would not have been any big travesty of justice had the result went the other way. In particular, F/B were incensed at a number of decisions that went against them in the second half and while referee, Mick Coughlan had an okay game, even Rynagh’s supporters admitted afterwards that the referee didn’t do them ‘any harm’. The entertainment value in this game was very high and full credit is due to both sides for the manner in which they approached it and went about their business. They played football with an honesty and intent that was refreshing to watch and some of the passing movements, catching and kicking and score taking was top drawer stuff.

The St Rynagh’s defence was often stretched in the first half but stuck manfully to their task and eventually got to grips with it in the second half with Alan Camon and Joseph O’Connor anchoring the back seven very well. Pat Camon was outstanding at midfield and he really drove his side on to victory. In the first half, the impressive Ciaran Cahill gave F/B a foothold at midfield but Camon was the lord of all he surveyed in the second half and was the single biggest reason, Rynagh’s advanced to the final while Alan Kelly gave good support.

In the Rynagh’s attack, Niall Wynne got little change out of a dominant F/B full back, Conor Lowry but really prospered when moved to the corner and his goal was the difference. Stephen Quirke and Derek Loonam also impressed in a hard working attack. F/B have made great strides at underage football level in the past couple of years and this was a very fine side. Conor Lowry and Darragh Corbett were outstanding in defence, Ciaran Cahill had a great first half at midfield while George Digan had his moments and in a lively attack, Declan Cooney, Joe Maher and Aaron McDonagh all caused problems but were not as troublesome in the second half.

The first half was a hugely entertaining affair. Rynagh’s drew first blood with a Niall Wynne frree but F/B soon settled and points from Jo0e Maher (Free), Brian Grehan and Darragh Corbett had them two points up by the sixth minute. Derek Loonam halved the deficit but points from Declan Cooney and Joe Maher (Free) made it 0-5 to 0-2 after ten minutes. Rynagh’s improved after this with Stephen Quirke pointing while Rory Wynne drew a good save from Darren Digan when he really should have goaled. A Niall Wynne goal shot was also blocked before Sean Kenny kicked a very good point for the winners.

A lovely point from Declan Cooney kept F/B motoring along nicely and in the 26th minute, Aaron McDonagh got in for a goal after a great Ciaran Cahill catch and delivery. Points from Pat Camon and Niall Wynne (Free) left Rynagh’s trailing by 1-6 to 0-6 at half time. The second half was not quite as open but the entertainment level remained high. Stephen Quirke got an early point for Rynagh’s and F/B missed a great chance when Declan Cooney’s shot was smothered by Conor Cleary.

In the 11th minute, St Rynagh’s made the breakthrough they needed when Pat Camon sent in the ball, Niall |Wynne interchanged with Derek Loonam and then drove a brilliant shot to the net to give them the lead. Eoin Lowry quickly equalised with a free and the game was in the balance. A Niall Wynne free edged Rynagh’s back in front, Eoin Lowry equalised from a ‘45’ and closing points from Stephen Quirke and Derek Loonam sealed a memorable win for Rynagh’s.

The scorers

St Rynagh’s: Niall Wynne 1-3 (Three frees), Stephen Quirke 0-3, Derek Loonam  0-2, Pat Camon and Sean Kenny 0-1 each.

Ferbane/Belmont: Aaron McDonagh 1-0, Declan Cooney, Joe Maher (Frees) and Eoin Lowry (Free and ‘45’) 0-2 each, Darragh Corbett and Brian Grehan 0-1 each.

The teams

ST RYNAGH’S: Conor Cleary; Conor Daly, Alan Camon, Alan Smith; Ethan Mannion, Joseph O’Connor, Simon Og Lyons; Pat Camon, Alan Kelly; David Fogarty, Sean Kenny, Derek Loonam; Rory Wynne, Niall Wynne, Stephen Quirke.

FERBANE/BELMONT: Darren Digan; David Egan, Conor Lowry, Darren Kelly; Stephen Wren, Darragh Corbett, Shane Costello; George Digan, Ciaran Cahill; Darren Fitzgerald, Leon Fox, Declan Cooney; Joe Maher, Brian Grehan, Aaron McDonagh. Subs – Eoin Lowry (for Darragh Fitzgerald), James Nally (for Darren Kelly), John Dooley (for Brian Grehan).

Referee – Mick Coughlan (Clara).

In the other semi final Rhode won beating St Vincents 4-10 to 1-10.

Minor Semi Final vs Ferbane 2010