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Watty Graham's Glen power into minor final

By John Campbell

There is simply no stopping Watty Graham's, Glen in the Kukri Ireland Ulster Minor Club football tournament.

Yesterday the south Derry side once again imposed their authority in the competition by beating Monaghan representatives Donaghmoyne 4-4 to 1-6 in a one-sided semi-final at the St Paul's complex in Belfast.

They will now meet the winners of the other 'semi' between Southern Gaels and Down minor champions Burren in the decider.

And, on yesterday's evidence, Watty Graham's certainly look to be on course for a fourth consecutive minor club accolade.

Donaghmoyne swept into an early 0-3 to nil lead with Mikey Murnaghan and Davy Garland, in particular, making their presence felt but goals from Conal Darragh and Danny Tallon helped to sweep the Oak Leaf county boys into a 2-1 to 0-3 advantage by the 16th minute.

From then on they proceeded to dominate the contest, leading by 2-3 to 0-3 at half-time and then landing significant blows when Tiarnan McCusker and Darragh added two more goals for the men from Glen.

Donaghmoyne were simply outclassed and although Garland scored a late consolation goal, by then his side had already surrendered to the power of their opponents.

Meanwhile, Cavan side Southern Gaels certainly showed they are made of stern stuff by overcoming fancied Crossmaglen Rangers in a tingling quarter-final replay on Saturday.

Inspired by player of the match Ruadhan McDonnell, Southern Gaels showed tremendous resolve and commitment in carving out their 3-10 to 2-7 win.

Southern Gaels appeared to have missed the boat when they only survived by the skin of their teeth in the earlier drawn game against Crossmaglen, courtesy of a last-gasp equalising point from Robbie Fitzpatrick deep in extra-time.

But there was no mistake in the replay as the Cavan side showed their penchant for snapping up goals, with McDonnell leading the way.

Eoin Keenan and Rian O'Neill bagged the Rangers goals but the physical power and opportunism of Southern Gaels ultimately proved too much for the Armagh champions who appeared less than impressed with some refereeing decisions.

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