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Tallon too sharp for Buncrana

The opening weekend of the Ulster minor club football tournament produced wins for Ramor United and reigning champions Watty Grahams, Glen.

Yesterday at St Pauls' west Belfast venue, champions Glen took on Buncrana and were made to work hard in the first-half, with the Donegal side trailing by a single point at the break, 0-4 to 0-3, although the Tir Conaill men had the advantage of the strong breeze.

A point from man of the match Danny Tallon put Glen two points to the good after the restart, and on the 40 minute mark the same margin remained with Glen 1-7 to 1-5 ahead.

The Donegal lads failed to register another score however, while the Oak Leaf underage kingpins claimed a semi-final place on a 1-11 to 1-5 scoreline.

Glen now face Ardboe or Rostrevor in the semi-final on December 22.

In Saturday's preliminary round clash between Cavan champions Ramor United and Derrygonnelly, the Breffni boys strolled to a quarter-final place against Armagh champions Silverbridge.

It was one-way traffic at the Dub for Leo McEnroe's side, who were making their debut in the competition.

Ramor led 1-10 to no score at the break and their dominance continued against a young Derrygonnelly in the second-half, finally running out 3-23 to 0-3 winners.

Conor Bradley, Ben Nagle and man of the match Ryan Mannion got the goals for Ramor while the points were picked off from all over the park.

"Derrygonnelly were under a bit of pressure because they hadn't been out for a long time as their championship was over in July so they had lost any momentum they had," said coach McEnroe.

"Since our championship, we've been keeping them ticking over all the time. Silverbridge will be a different story, they are a serious outfit.

"The Armagh side are a very strong, physical side but we have a good bunch of lads, they are dedicated, easy to work with and are very focused."

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