Ryan runs riot as Bann cruise past Newry and into the semi-finals

Clann na Banna Reserves progressed to the semi-final of the Felix Derby Cup with an emphatic win at Newry Bosco.

Tuesday, 29th April 2014, 6:35 pm

Bann completely dominated the first half with Mark Loughlin and Gary McGrath on top in midfield and Gary Queen and Paddy Gillen pulling the strings in a lively forward line.

Two goals from Chris Ryan and a third from Conor Lenaghan helped Bann to a thirteen point lead at half time. The points came from Sean Lenaghan (2), Paddy Gillen (2) Gary Quinn, Darren McAlinden and Ruairi Gillen who converted a 45. Bosco could only manage three points in reply against a hard-working Bann defence in which Sean McGarry and minors Michael Mallon and Philip O’Keefe stood out.

A point and a goal in quick succession from Paddy Gillen at the start of the second half ended any hope of a Bosco revival.

The home side tried to the end and managed a goal and four points but further points from Sean Lenaghan, Paddy Gillen, Gary McGrath and substitute Shane Campbell sealed the win. There was a welcome return to Bann colours for Sean Connolly in the second half with fine performances from Darren Brooker and Mattie Mallon.

Final Score: Newry Bosco 1-07 Clann na Banna 4-13

Bann take on Ballymartin in the semi-final, which will take place on Sunday at 2pm at Cottage Park.

fixtures

Bann’s senior team do not have a game this Friday and will resume the league campaign with a local derby away to Aghaderg on Friday 9 May.

Meanwhile, Clann na Derg U12s play Tullylish on Sunday at 11am in Tullylish.