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.
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.
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.