Clann Eireann capture Junior crown

Ballyhegan 1-8 Clann Eireann 4-12

Clann Eireann claimed the Junior Championship crown with an impressive victory over pre-match favourites Ballyhegan.

But goals win games and some heroic defending for the Lurgan lads saw them capture the Sean Quinn Cup.

Three goals in the first quarter saw the game start with a whirlwind and the opening seconds gave an indication of what was to come.

Michael McCaughley’s speculative effort banged off the bar and bounced to safety. Clann Eireann did open the scoring moments later, as James French fired over a free.

A mishit shot from Sean Corry broke in the square, where Corry regathered possession and blasted to the net.

McCaughley followed it up with another goal, punching home from close range before a superb Tom Turbitt block denied a Ballyhegan score.

French hit a second before Ballyhegan rattled the net with a powerful run by midfielder Mark Hughes.

James McCormack (free), Kevin McCann and Chris McDonald pointed to bring Ballyhegan back into contention.

Ethan McKenna pushed Clann Eireann further in front while Andrew Cooper and James McKeever swapped scores.

McCaughley ended the scoring for the half with his second goal, seeing his side ahead 3-5 to 1-4 at half time.

Two more points from McCaughley pushed Clann Eireann further ahead. But a McCormack brace kept Ballyhegan in touch.

Clann Eireann claimed the Junior Championship crown with an impressive victory over pre-match favourites Ballyhegan.
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Rogan McVeigh and McKenna slotted over further scores while Hughes and Conor Bell exchanged efforts.

Roger McCormick blasted over a point while Finn Creery claimed a fourth goal of the champions.

Tony Molloy slotted over a score for Clann Eireann as they round out comfortable 13-point winners.

Ballyhegan: Jonny McKeever, James Harvey, Conor Morgan, Michael McCann, Aaron McNally, Paul McQuade, James McKeever 0-1, Mark Hughes 1-1, Kevin McCann 0-1, Jamie McKenna, James McCormack 0-3 (2f), Peter McGrane, Conor Williamson, James McCann, Chris McDonald 0-1 (1m). Subs: John Doherty for A. McNally, Paul Nixon for J. McKenna, Michael Hamill for J. McKeever, Roger McCormick 0-1 for J. Harvey, Jack Hughes for C. Williamson.

Clann Eireann II: Bobby McKerr, Niall Kearney, Matthew McCaughley, Aidan Cassidy, Tom Turbitt, Oscar McKeagney, Andrew Cooper 0-1, Johnny Torode, Conor Bell 0-1, Rogan McVeigh 0-1, Niall O’Neill, James French 0-2 (2f), Ethan McKenna 0-4 (1f), Sean Corry 1-0, Michael McCaughley 2-2. Subs: Andrew Moriarty for N. O’Neill, Finn Creery 1-0 for S. Corry, Aaron Sheehan for Michael McCaughley, Tony Molloy 0-1 for A. Cooper, Odhran McGibbon for J. French.