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McGuinness: Burren will have to be on alert in U16 club decider

Star man: John MacRory presents man of the match prize to Michael McConville of Clan na Gael
Star man: John MacRory presents man of the match prize to Michael McConville of Clan na Gael
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Burren surged into the Paul McGirr U16 Club Champions Tournament decider by overcoming Donegal side Gaoth Dobhair by 2-20 to 0-4 in what proved to be a one-sided semi-final.

The Down representatives turned up the heat from an early stage and with Niall Toner (0-7), Tiarnan Ryan (0-4) and Eoin Loughran (0-4), they were always in the ascendency and have moved into the favourites slot to lift the trophy.

Michael Murdock and James Duggan scored the Burren goals but even though his side carved out a landslide victory, manager Laurence McGuinness has already sounded a warning in relation to the final.

"We will be coming up against a Clan Na Gael side that looked very good in accounting for Antrim's O'Donovan Rossa in the other semi-final so we will have to be on our toes," said McGuinness. "Still, my lads are showing great commitment and they are very keen to go all the way in this competition."

Lurgan side Clan Na Gael certainly looked impressive in defeating O'Donovan Rossa by 2-7 to 0-6 and believe they can step up on their performance for the final.

Matthew Lennon and Michael McConville grabbed their goals after their team had trailed by 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval.

Barry McCafferty turned in a five-star performance for the losers, proving to be a capable playmaker and finisher.

Meanwhile, Ireland surrendered rather meekly to Scotland in the annual Hurling/Shinty international which proved something of a one-way affair.

The Scots came through on a comfortable 5-11 to 0-4 scoreline, the Irish offering only feeble resistance as the match slipped from their grasp.

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