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Burren triumph in cracking tie

By Staff Reporter

The best game of under-age football witnessed in Ulster this year - that was the unanimous view of the crowd that saw Burren overcome Dungiven by 2-13 to 3-7 in the Paul McGirr Memorial Tournament at Gardrum Park, Dromore.

Certainly Burren manager Jimmy McAlinden had particular cause for celebration as his team, buoyed by two goals from Conor McCartan and a man of the match display from full-back and skipper Conor Cox, scorched into the final in dramatic fashion.

Burren led by 1-7 to 1-5 at half-time but when Cormac McCartney scored the second of his two goals for Dungiven immediately after the break, it looked as if the Derry side might take control.

But when McCartan flashed the ball to the Dungiven net for the second time Burren gained a further ration of confidence and even though Fergal Higgins pilfered a late goal for the Oak Leaf county outfit, Burren still finished strongly.

"This was as good a game as has been seen at this level in the province. Both teams brought tremendous talent to the table and served up a treat," said Burren boss McAlinden afterwards.

Donegal side St Michael's overcame Carrickmore by 0-13 to 0-7 with Ciaran McGinley the outstanding player. Carrickmore led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the break but McGinley's four points and five from Odhran McFadden helped St Michael's to pull clear.

St Michael's will now meet St Brigid's Belfast in the second semi-final next weekend following the latter's quarter-final win over Crosserlough yesterday. Burren will then meet the winners in the final on Sunday, November 23.

Armagh's Caroline O'Hanlon won the Players' Player of the Year prize at the TG4 Ladies Football All Stars awards in Dublin.

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