urris hold on to reach final for second year in-a-row

urris hold on to reach final for second year in-a-row
A spirited third quarter where they showed all that old Inis Owen grit, helped edge Urris past an impressive, but extremely wasteful Convoy side, in this thrilling semi-final in MacCumhaill Park.

A spirited third quarter where they showed all that old Inis Owen grit, helped edge Urris past an impressive, but extremely wasteful Convoy side, in this thrilling semi-final in MacCumhaill Park.

Urris 0-9

Convoy 0-8

Convoy hit 13 wides including six from very scoreable positions in the final quarter as they went in search of victory.

But full credit to the more economical Urris, who survived a choppy opening half and hit a much more respectable seven wides.

The final six minutes were played at a frenetic pace as Convoy, who fielded ten U-21s, threw everything into attack but they were dealt a deadly blow five minutes from time when towering full-back John A Kee picked up the dreaded black card.

A 57th minute point from Convoy full-forward left Urris leading by 0-9 to 0-8 but the losers hit three wides in those final frantic moments as Urris held on for a deserved victory.

It was all so different in the opening half as a slick moving Convoy overhauled early points from Urris’s ace marksman Kevin McLaughlin who pushed the Inis Owen men into an early 0-2 to 0-2 lead with Kee replying for Convoy from a 40 metre free.

Indeed McLaughlin was to hit Urris’s entire total of 0-3 in that opening half where Convoy played fluid and fluent football with young Dean Bonner and midfielder Raymond McNamee very prominent.

Ex Finn Harps player Bonner played some intelligent football in this period as the points flowed from Bonner, Laurence McMullin and Kee.

But the east Donegal men also posted six wides from convertible positions as Urris relied on sporadic breaks and McLaughlin’s opportunism up front.

Convoy was well worth their 0-5 to 0-3 interval lead but they were hit with a stunning Urris revival on the restart.

The Kelly clan took over at midfield, and clever centre forward Alan Friel began to dictate matters to put Convoy on the retreat.

An early point from Paul O’Leary actually stretched Convoy’s lead to 0-6 to 0-3 but a resurgent Urris went on to hit the next three points from McLaughlin, Friel and bustling centre-back James Cooke to level matters by the 45th minute.

Urris were denied a goal thanks to a brilliant block by Convoy wing back Liam Prunty but the accurate McLaughlin converted the resultant 45 to put them back in front.

And it was a lead they were never to lose as Friel and O’Leary exchanged points in those final frantic moments.

Convoy had loads of possession in those final minutes but the wides flowed from Bonner and Co.

A well struck point from Convoy full-forward Paul O’Leary left Urris clinging on to a 0-9 to 0-8 lead in the 56th minute after a fine effort from the increasingly influential Friel had put Urris 0-9 to 0-7 five minutes from time.

The final four minutes were played mostly in Urris’s half as Convoy tried desperately to get that elusive equalizer.

But they failed to find the target, and Urris edged through for a final date with Naomh Ultan.

Urris: K Friel; C Brady, S McDaid, G Doherty; M Grant, J Cooke (0-1), D Devlin; Donal Kelly, Dean Kelly; J Doherty, A Friel (0-2), B Doherty; K McLaughlin (0-6 5f 145), P Devlin, M McLaughlin. Subs: J McCarron for B Doherty (35), D Harkin for J Doherty (55),

Convoy: C Ciarns; J Kee, J A Kee (0-3f), S Browne; L Prunty, J Doherty, B Bonner (0-1); R McNamee, T McHugh; E Patterson, D Bonner (0-1f), A Browne; L McMullin (0-1), P O’Leary (0-2), G Sweeney. Subs: M Ayton for J A Kee (black card 55)

Referee: A Mullen (Killybegs)