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Antrim Senior Football Championship: Ahoghill not ready to give up on dream just yet

By Micheal McGeary

All Ireland champions St Gall’s must wait until Wednesday night to find out who they face in the semi-final of the Antrim SFC after St John’s and Ahoghill battled out at draw yesterday.

St Gall’s claimed their place in the last four with a convincing win over Moneyglass on Friday night, 0-15 to 0-8, but their city neighbours St John’s failed to see out their match against Ahoghill when leading by four points with eight minutes to go.

St John’s had started well with Brian Neeson and Adrian Oliver in fine form but last year’s intermediate champions Ahoghill refused to lie down and points from sub Gerard Graham, Donal Graham and a brace from Sean McMahon tied the game at the final whistle.

St Brigid’s upset the odds against Portglenone at Corrigan Park yesterday to seal a semi-final place. The pair met last year with Portglenone prevailing after a replay, but St Brigid’s were always in control of this encounter against the Casements, who finished the game with 12 men. Ten minutes into the second half, Chris McCann got the goal which then put the game beyond their reach.

St Brigid’s will be looking for their third ever senior championship win in the semi-final against Cargin who beat local rivals Creggan 0-11 to 0-9 at Ahoghill last night.

In Fermanagh, Roslea enhanced their reputation as favourites with a 0-13 to 0-7 win over Teemore, while Devenish had too much in the tank for Newtownbutler, notching a 2-8 to 1-7 win.

In the semi-finals, Roslea will face Enniskillen who came past Erne Gaels last night by 1-14 to 2-9, while Devenish will face St Patrick’s who beat St Joseph’s by 0-13 to 0-9.

Meanwhile Ulster success was guaranteed when Tyrone met Donegal in the All Ireland minor C final at Casement Park. Tyrone came through by 2-16 to 1-13 after a strong second half performance. In the All Ireland under-16 B ladies football final, Fermanagh beat Waterford by 5-8 to 3-11.

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