Champions Watty Grahams stay on title trai
Holders Watty Grahams safely negotiated their preliminary round clash against Antrim champions St John’s, winning |3-12 to 0-10 to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Danske Bank Ulster Minor Football Championship at St Paul’s, Belfast.
The Derry side were in control from the start against a disappointing St John’s who went 0-2 to no score behind before missing a penalty with four minutes on the clock, Padraig Nugent failing to convert the spot kick.
Two points still separated the sides after 10 minutes but Glen’s first goal put the Derry outfit in the ascendancy, with Conor Convery fisting Ryan Dougan’s pass to the net.
St John’s replied immediately with a point from play but five unanswered scores from Enda Gormley’s side had the Oak Leafers in cruise control at the break, 1-9 to 0-3.
The sides shared the opening four points of the second half but Glen then extended their advantage to nine points with their second major of the day.
Ciaran McFaul found Dougan, who played in Paul Gunning to fist to the net.
Four minutes later their third goal arrived. Gunning got on the end of a long ball forward but his shot was saved by Eoin Rua Lambert, however Danny Tallon was on hand to thump the ball home.
St John’s tagged on three late points but the Derry lads were good value for their 11-point win.
On this form Glen again look the team to beat with McFaul, Convery and Dougan all reproducing the form that brought them the title 12 months ago.
Glen face St Peter’s of Warrenpoint in the quarter-final.