Published on September 18th, 2018 | by admin0
Powerful attacking display sees Lavey minor footballers into last four
Minor Football Championship Quarter Final: Lavey 2-21 Kilrea 1-11
On a blustery Monday night at Lavey our minor footballers produced an exhibition of attacking football to ease into a semi final against Magherafelt.
Playing with the breeze in the first half the home team led 0-3 to 0-2 after 10 mins in what was a very even contest.
A fortuitous Kilrea goal saw them take the lead. When they added another point soon after, Lavey knew they were in a championship match and had to step up their efforts accordingly. A brilliant goal from Matthew Downey after great work from Enda Downey and James McGurk was followed by points from Oran Downey and Ryan Mulholland. The last 5 mins of the half saw Kilrea score 2 more points which kept them well in the game.
However the game’s major score arrived shortly after. Lavey’s raiding wing back Jamie Duggan sent a rasping shot to the top corner of the Kilrea net, ending a passage of sublime team play with boot and hand. It was as good a goal as you’re likely to see at any level anywhere in Ireland this side of Christmas.
Two more Lavey points – one from the skilful James Mc Gurk and one from Ryan McGill from a difficult angle with his left foot – saw Lavey lead at the break 2-7 to 1-5.
Facing into a stiff breeze Lavey needed a good start to the second half and they got it through powerful midfielder Fintan Bradley who thundered over two points. Kilrea were finding scores difficult to amass as the Lavey defence tightened, being superbly marshalled by James Crawford and Eoghan Laverty who both repeatedly carried balls out of their half and fed the Lavey attack.
Goalkeeper Paudie Duggan had a solid game and was having better success with his kickouts this half as his brother Joe and Shea O’Neill mopped up the breaks. With Cormac Collins covering off any loose kicks into the Kilrea full forward line, the points flowed from Lavey’s pacey forwards; the great team play, shot selection and accuracy were a joy to watch.
Fifteen shots in the second half resulted in fourteen points with captain Oran Downey leading by example, and the powerful running of Ryan Mulholland saw Lavey gain complete control in the midfield sector.
Points from Enda Downey (4) Matthew Downey (4) Ryan Mulholland (1) Jamie Duggan (1) Eoin Mulholland (1) Oran Downey (1) Calum Downey (1) saw Lavey run out comprehensive winners.
The most pleasing aspect of tonight’s victory was the style and standard of football these young footballers played. A word of congratulations also to the officials and referee Brendan Quinn who showed why he is one of the top referees in the county with a masterclass in how to properly apply the advantage rule.