Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Edelle Henry



Lavey 2-7
Slaughtneil 0-9

After wins over Bellaghy and Claudy and narrow 2pt defeats to both Kilrea and Dungiven, our U-16 footballers faced Slaughtneil on Thursday, at home, in the last game in the league before the exam break.

Slaughtneil won the U-14 championship two years ago and were therefore hotly fancied to win this game.

Lavey captain Dara McPeake won the toss and decided to play with the stiff breeze in the first half. Slaughtneil started the brighter side and scored 2 quick points to put Lavey under pressure but a free from Dominic Duggan after a foul on wing half forward Danny Shaw, who is playing some terrific football this year, settled the Lavey lads. A brilliant score- of the outside of his right boot and from an acute angle, by mid-fielder Shea Downey brought the scores level.

Slaughtneil then gained the upper hand around the middle of the field as Lavey struggled with their height and size and three more Slaughtneil points saw Lavey trail by three approaching half time. Great work by corner forward Hugh McGurk allowed centre half back Paul Hughes to sprint through the middle of the Slaughtneil defence and fire a great shot just over the bar to leave 2pts in it. Paul Hughes wasn’t finished however, as he latched onto a stray pass and scored a great opportunist goal on the stroke of half time. Hughes’s goal was the result of great tackling by Conal Shaw and Ruari McGurk in Laveys half forward line, and saw the half time score read much better;
Lavey 1-3 Slaughtneil 0-5

With the wind to face in the second half, it was going to require a massive team effort to keep Slaughtneil at bay and that is exactly what the young Erin’s Own footballers produced.

The two corner backs; Nathan Scullion and James Crawford (both U14) and Conor Mulholland wearing number three repelled attack after attack to build the platform for an improved second half.

Dominic Duggan kicked two superb points to ease the Erin’s Own lads into a 3point lead but Slaughtneil hit back with a free of their own to reduce the gap to two. Lavey then hit a great spell of attacking football with wing half backs Conor Mc Mullan and the industrious Aidan Toner winning every ball in their sector, pushing Slaughtneil onto the back foot, and it was a move started by these two players that allowed centre half forward, Conal Shaw to find Dominic Duggan with a brilliant long ball over the top of the Slaughtneil defence. Dominic calmly flicked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper for a super goal that left Lavey now in control of the game and 5 points up.

More was to come from full forward Dominic Duggan; he scored a further two points from play after latching onto a clever ball from half forward Jack Shaw and again a brilliant chip pass from super-sub Ciaran Hendry.

Now leading by seven points with 10 minutes left on the clock, Lavey retreated to protect their lead against a strong breeze and this they did with resolute defending led by captain and now centre half back, Dara McPeake, who stood firm. Slaughtneil could only muster three frees in the remaining minutes as Lavey ran out four point winners on a scoreline of Lavey 2-7 Slaughtneil 0-9.

While this was a brilliant team performance, a special mention must go to goalkeeper, Ciaran Quigley (also still U14) whose kick outs, safe handling and courageous save in the first half were instrumental in the win. This victory caps a great week for underage football in the club with the minors beating Ballindery and the U-14s beating Dungiven!

Team: Ciaran Quigley, James Crawford, Conor Mulholland, Raymond Duggan, Aidan Toner, Paul Hughes,Conor McMullan, Shea Downey, Dara McPeake,Danny Shaw, Conal Shaw, Jack Shaw, Hugh McGurk, Dominic Duggan, Ruari McGurk. Subs used Nathan Scullion, Ciaran Hendry

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