Strong finishing Burren edge out gallant Dunloy

Thursday, 15 December 2016


DUNLOY'S ambition of winning both Ulster Minor Championship crowns fell apart at Rossa Park when beaten by three points by Down champions Burren at the quarter final stage of the St Paul's-sponsored CM Precision Components Minor Football Championship.
For the Dunloy lads this was their first taste of Minor Championship football at this level, not having won an Antrim title for some thirty nine years. The occasion, however, didn't get to them and for long spells there was little between these teams. But it was the St Mary's side that had that little bit extra going forward to take the scores that ultimately decided this quarter-final.
It was a fine hour of football that was played at a good pace throughout with both sides giving their all with some great fielding and defending on show, while both made countless blocks and interceptions to highlight the desire from both throughout.
Dunloy will certainly feel this is a game they could well have won and just seconds into the game, they could have had a goal when the pacy Sean Elliott read the flight of a long ball perfectly and his momentum took him clear but the low shot shaved the outside of the left post. Despite this let-off, Burren were slow to settle and Dunloy continued to dominate, but couldn't engineer the scores their play merited.
Instead, it was the Down club who hit the front on four minutes from their first foray into Dunloy territory when Declan Murdock converted a free. The Antrim champions hit back immediately with Conal Gunning kicking a free over, but Burren were now beginning to grow into the game and they were back in front when Thomas Travers picked out Liam Kerr on the left and the wing-forward produced an expert finish off his left boot.


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