ULSTER CLUB SFC QUARTER-FINAL
Errigal Ciaran 1-12
By Michael McMullan
A POWERFUL and purposeful second half – with Ethan Doherty to the fore – saw Glen advance from Sunday’s Celtic Park cauldron and book their semi-final spot with Cargin.
Goals from Conor Convery, Ethan and Alex Doherty did the trick in a game that had a little bit of everything thrown in.
Errigal were four points clear after a wind-assisted first half, but Glen shot out of the blocks at the start of the third quarter.
Conor Convery hit an early wide after their first attack and when Errigal lost four kick-outs in succession Glen went to town.
Jack and Ethan Doherty were rampant with the latter cutting the Errigal defence asunder for his goal that tied the game at 1-9 to 3-3 after 36 minutes.
The sides were level twice before Stevie O’Hara (2) and Alex Doherty landed points in a four-point win.
Ruairi Canavan smashed a late goal chance off the crossbar in the closing stages before substitute Eoin Kelly had a palmed goal ruled out for square ball.
There was a minute silence before the game for John Warnock, the grandfather of Glen players Michael and Andrew Warnock.
It was the Derry champions who were out of the blocks first with a fortunate start, When a lob from Conor Glass landed into he arms of goalkeeper McAnenly, the inrushing Conor Convery charged in to bundle the ball to the net with the goal. It was a big call from Paul Faloon to allow the goal.
Tommy Canavan, after a pass from cousin Ruairi, crashed home Errigal’s goal for a 1-1 to 1-0 lead after 13 minutes.
Alex Doherty can count himself unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when upended by McAnenly and in the aftermath Peter Harte cleared off the line.
The drama continued at the other end with Ruairi Canavan pulling a shot across goal.
With Ethan Doherty on fire Glen hit a second goal when he passed to brother Alex and his shot went in off the leg of Aidan McCrory.
It was Glen’s last score for 16 minutes as Ruairi and Darragh Canavan took control with some sensational points for Errigal.
Conor Glass, Jack and Ethan Doherty took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break, all finding themselves on target in Glen’s comeback.
Tommy Canavan battled hard for Errigal, but Glen’s bench made a telling effect with Tiarnan Flanagan and Stevie O’Hara kicking points in a Glen win.
Glen: C Bradley; R Dougan, C Carville; C Mulholland; M Warnock, E Mulholland; C Gallagher, C Glass (0-1 ‘45’), E Bradley (0-2); E Doherty (1-0), J Doherty (0-1), C Convery (1-0); C McGuckian (0-1); A Doherty (1-1), D Tallon (0-1f)
Subs: T Flanagan (0-1) for C Gallagher (HT), S O’Hara (0-2) for C Convery (47), A McGonigle for A Doherty (62)
Errigal Ciaran: D McAnenly; Ciaran Quinn, A McCrory, N Kelly; P Óg McCartan (0-2), P Harte, Cormac Quinn; J Oguz, B McDonnell, D Morrow; M Kavanagh, T Canavan (1-4, 3f); P McGirr; R Canavan (0-2), D Canavan (0-3, 1f),
Subs: C Corrigan for P McGirr (44), P O’Hanlon for D Morrow (44), E Kelly for M Kavanagh (49), O Robinson for Ciaran Quinn (60)
Referee: Paul Faloon (Down)