St Gall’s ousted in bad tempered Casement affair
St Gall's 0-7 Cavan Gaels 1-7
Antrim champions St Gall's were shocked at Casement Park yesterday as Cavan Gaels swept the locals aside to book a semi-final spot in the AIB Ulster Club SFC semi-finals.
The Breffni boys went home with a 1-7 to 0-7 victory after a game that fell far short of what was expected.
On and off-the-ball incidents littered the action and while there was nothing too serious these happenings ruined the match as a spectacle. Tyrone referee Michael Hughes flashed the yellow card ten times and sent three players off - Darren Rabbitte (19th minute) and Sean Burke (49th minute) for second yellow card offences. Kevin McGourty, who was booked in the first half, got a straight 'red' two minutes into injury time at the end of the match.
The first half was a catalogue of fouls and poor efforts at scoring. The teams were level at a point apiece when the Gaels stormed in for the all-important score, a goal by Michael Lyng. The lively winger nipped in to finish to the net after a centre by Niall Murray.
Seanie Johnston was causing trouble in the St Gall's defence and when he floated over a free-kick on 29th minutes, the visitors led by 1-2 to 0-2 but injury time points from Terry O'Neill, from long range, Karl Stewart and centre-back Sean Kelly.
On the resumption, the Cavan champions upped the ante again with two points by Johnston and they would have been further ahead but for a super save by 'keeper Ronan Gallagher.
The big Fermanagh man raced from his line to deny Robert Maloney Derham a clear shot at goals, smothering the ball and clearing. With that left-off, St Gall's got level thanks to quick points from CJ McGourty - one from a free and one from play - but, unbelievably, those were the losers last scores as Sean Burke was dismissed for a second yellow cards and his team mates Karl Stewart and Aodhan Gallagher were booked.
The Gaels finished much the stronger with points by centre-back Eamon Reilly from the right wing, Murray and Johnston who notched his fifth score from a free-kick five minutes into injury- time.