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Faughanvale are too hot to handle in junior scrap

Faughanvale 2-11 Templeport 1-9

By John Campbell

Faughanvale are certainly keeping the flag flying for Derry in the Ulster Junior Football Championship.

Following their narrow quarter-final win over Tyrone title-holders Brackaville, Faughanvale turned on the style in even more emphatic fashion when beating Cavan representatives Templeport in yesterday's semi-final at Brewster Park.

The Oak Leaf club took their inspiration from a seventh-minute Kevin Martin goal and although they enjoyed just a two-point advantage at the interval (1-3 to 0-4), they gave more than a hint that they could flourish if their forwards were presented with better possession.

And that is precisely what happened after the break with Joe Gray, Odhran McKinney and Eunan Murray displaying their marksmanship.

Even the loss of skipper Stephen King to a black card did not impact adversely on Faughanvale's attacking strategy and when Murray slotted home their second goal in the 47th minute this was the signal for the side to take control.

Liam Galligan's goal, Eoin Doonan's ability to pick off points and Michael Devine's defensive resolve helped to sustain Templeport's challenge but Faughanvale nonetheless deserved their 2-11 to 1-9 triumph.

They will now meet Monaghan side Rockcorry in the decider following the latter outfit's 0-11 to 0-6 win over Down title-holders Glassdrumman in the other semi-final.

Mark McGurk, Noel Carroll, Fearghal McGeough and Stephen McGurk were very much to the fore for the winners who led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time.

Connaire Harrison and Cormac Murphy having been on target for the Mourne side.

Rockcorry's Michael Carroll commented after the game: "To have beaten Coa in the quarter-final and to have followed this up with victory over Glassdrumman gives our side a great confidence boost, but we know that Faughanvale will be very difficult opponents in the final because of the form they have been showing lately."

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