12 Jun 2018Glenravel & Creggan minors shared the spoils yesterday evening in Maginn Park, in a match that will be remembered more for midges and misses than fine flowing football. A total of 26 wides was evidence of two ring rusty teams, emerging from exam slumber with a real need to re-calibrate the shooting boots.
Missing three key players who were exam bound, Con Magees started the livelier and Eoin Hynds slotted over a fine point from play straight from the throw in. Both sides exchanged several wides before Eoin again slotted over a 45 on 7 mins. Rian Lennon pounced on a goalkeeping error from the resulting kick out to stretch our lead to 3 and when the same player slotted over on 11 mins we were well in control of the game. Little did we know at that stage that we would offer up only 3 further points in the next 50 mins of football.
Creggan were strong down the middle of the pitch and their impressive centre half back opened their account on 16 mins from play. Their equally impressive centre half forward added a 2nd point on 22 mins from a close range free. Both forward lines were getting plenty of possession but a little wasteful and with poor shot selection the scoreboard remained quiet for another 10 mins. Callum Higgins broke the silence on 26 mins with a good score on the turn from play before Creggan’s midfielder brought the first half scoring to conclusion on 28 mins from play to leave us 2 ahead on a 0-05 to 0-03 half time score line.
Creggan were first out of the traps in the 2nd half when they pointed from a free on 4 mins but the impressive Rian Lennon steadied the ship on 10 mins with another good score from play. Rian again pointed from a free and with 12 mins left on the clock we were three ahead 0-07 to 0-04. Creggan began a spell of dominance in the closing 10 mins and their centre half forward and back pointed from a free and play in quick succession to reduce the margin to the minimum with 6 mins left on the clock. A few nervous minutes followed before Creggan equalised on 30 mins to leave the sides level. At this point the green & gold were attcking us in waves and but for a superb tackle and dispossession by captain Ruari Lennon in injury time we may have come away from this game with nothing.
A draw was probably a fair reflection of the hour’s football; both teams came away with something. Despite fielding a depleted team our "standins” gave a really good account of themselves and put down a strong marker for first team place. Despite the wayward shooting we did have some really good individual and team performances and the match time will have done both teams the world of good.
Many thanks to referee Karl Doherty who fought through the midges and kept the game flowing.