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St Eunan's and Cross to battle for Ulster glory

By John Campbell

St Eunan's, Letterkenny and Crossmaglen Rangers will meet in the Ulster Minor Club final following impressive semi-final victories over the weekend.

In yesterday's showdown against Enniskillen Gaels, St Eunan's were quickly into their stride and by half-time they had built up an emphatic 2-6 to 0-3 lead. Centrethreequarters Niall O'Donnell pulled the strings in attack and as well as proving the springboard of many of their raids, helped himself to 2-6.

Not far behind him came full-forward Rory Carr, who had registered 1-4 before suffering a dislocated shoulder - an injury that rules him out of Friday's decider. With O'Donnell and Carr having assembled 2-10 of their total, it was left to Dylan McCrory to grab St Eunan's other goal.

For Enniskillen Gaels, it was a chastening experience. Although Brendan Lilly, Conal Quinn and Ronan Quinn were among those who managed to get on the scoresheet, the side as a whole failed to match the efficiency and cohesion of their opponents.

Crossmaglen Rangers, meanwhile, showed considerable pace, power and panache in overcoming Tyrone champions Moortown by 2-14 to 0-9.

The imposing Rian O'Neill and his equally impressive brother Oisin were commanding figures up front, the former revelling in his role on the edge of the square.

He hit 1-4 and with a little luck might have had more while Oisin too was on target.

At the back Fergal Burns, Caolan Dillon and Daniel Cunningham formed a superb half-back line for the Rangers, their combined efforts doing much to frustrate the Moortown attack.

Crossmaglen's second goal followed the black card served on Moortown custodian Michael Donnelly but the Red Hand county representatives battled courageously with Conan McLernon, midfield ace James Devlin and corner-back Tiarnan Hurl epitomising the team's resolve.

But overall Crossmaglen carried too much poise and authority, their ability to adapt to the conditions and deploy their kick-passing skills intelligently proving important factors.

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