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BUGAA Division One Gaelic Football Final Report - Liverpool JMU 0-6 Liverpool Hope 0-5

posted Feb 21, 2013, 12:23 AM by Unknown user

BUGAA MEN’S DIVISION ONE GAELIC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL



Liverpool John Moores 0-6 Liverpool Hope 0-5

Despite the undoubted dominance of Liverpool in University Gaelic Games over the last decade this match at Haugh End in Manchester on 10th February 2013 was only the third BUGAA final meeting of the two Liverpool teams; the previous being the 2006 final at Parc na hEireann in Birmingham won by Liverpool  John Moores, and last year (2012) at Greenbank in Liverpool when Hope overcame their closest rivals after extra time.

Regardless of the conditions we are always guaranteed a tight game between two of the British Universities strongest team, to make it even more of a battle is the fact the these two clubs are integrated and the players intermingle with each other in Liverpool. As the battles go up until this game Hope have the advantage after winning the Championship last year and being the 2013 Champions of England Division One.

The match was at the relocated venue Haugh End in Manchester because of the waterlogged pitches in Birmingham, and both teams started very well but with defences on top soaking up every attack for the first 18 minutes. It took a placed ball from John Moores centre-half forward James Kelly from 13 yards to open the scoring. This didn’t last long as Hope forward Conal McGlade from St John’s Antrim slotted over an equaliser. From this Hope then upped the pace and one of the teams star performers from the weekend, 19 year old Niall Grimley from the Madden club county Armagh curled over a 30 metre free to put them 0-2 to 0-1 up.

Spurred on by this John Moores stepped up a gear and in  reply forward Caolan Trainer hit back straight away with a point to equalise and then John Moores continued to pressure for the remaining few minutes of the half, after a great effort came off the cross bar, Trainer was there to slot over another well taken score for Moores to go in 0-3 to 0-2 up at half-time.

Although we had a low scoring first half in cold and wet conditions the standard of possession football was still very high and this is something we have come to expect from these teams. The second half started just as the first had finished with John Moores on top with Down man Colm Flanagan scoring  a point to give a 0-4 to 0-2 advantage. There were great battles all over the field with Hope duo Grimley and Down man Rory Sharvin in midfield fighting hard against a fellow Down man, Phillip Madine and Kieran Harte from the Tara club in London. But it was a Tyrone man, Sean Harper who scored the next score for Hope to leave only a point in it mid way through the 2nd half. Both defences were still very strong with Paraic McGuirk leading the line for Hope and Donegal man Conor Classon  from Ardara, inspiring the John Moores defense with a spirited and robust  performance.

 

With only 15 minutes to go Hope were throwing everything at John Moores who were defending vigorously,  and were quick to hit back on the counter with substitute David Lowry from Craigbane, Derry putting them 0-5 to 0-3 up. From the kick-out Hope went on the attack as Belfast man Sean Carter the Hope manager roared from the side line for his team to get back into the game, this had an immediate impact as Sean Harper scored from play to reduce John Moores lead to one point. As Hope tried to peg back John Moores replied again with An Riocht man Niall McGovern slotting over to return John Moores to a two point advantage at 0-6 to 0-4 with only a few minutes to go.

Hope weren’t going to give up and it looked as if we were set for more extra time as Sean Harper struck again to reduce John Moores lead to 0-6 to 0-5 and with Hope now on the front foot. With the last two finals between the teams going to extra-time it seemed a certainty as Hope continued to attack looking for an equaliser but with three minutes of injury time played Tyrone referee Stephen McNamee blew the final whistle and the celebrations began for John Moores as the Hope players looked on perhaps regretting placed balls which they missed throughout. 

This Liverpool John Moores victory brings them level in the role of honour with St Marys Strawberry Hill in the 22 years of BUGAA competition with 8 first division championship titles each; and both having won 4 in a row, the LJM consecutive years being 2006 – 2009 while their other titles were won in 1996, 1999 and 2011. St Marys however have also added a Trench Cup to their historical accolades – won in 2004 in Belfast; and LJM will be attempting to match this feat when they travel to Athlone on 22nd February 2013.

 

Liverpool John Moores Squad:

 

Surname

Forename

Home Club

County

 

1

COYLE

ANDREW

ARDMORE

DERRY

 

2

DUFFY

RUAIRI

FOREGLEN

DERRY

 

3

O NEILL

CONOR

OWEN ROES

TYRONE

 

4

CUNNINGHAM

KEVIN

ST.JOHNS

ANTRIM

5

 

CARBERRY

MARK

PEARSE OG

ARMAGH

 

6

CLASSON

CONOR

ARDARA

DONEGAL

 

7

BROLLY

DARYL

URNEY

TYRONE

 

8

MADINE

PHILLIP

SAVAL

DOWN

9

 

HARTE

KIERAN

TARA

LONDON

 

10

FLANAGAN

COLM

TECONNAUGHT

DOWN

 

11

KELLY

JAMES

DUNGIVEN

DERRY

 

12

MALLON

RYAN

MOY

TYRONE

 

13

MC GOVERN

NIALL

AN RIOCHT

DOWN

 

14

TRAINOR

CAOLAN

KILLEAVY

ARMAGH

 

15

MC CABE

DAVID

SHANE O NEILLS

ARMAGH

 

16

MAGUIRE

EOGHAN

DEVENISH

FERMANAGH

 

17

MC GINLEY

BARRY

ST.MICHAELS

DONEGAL

 

18

PORTER

OISIN

ST.MARYS

DONEGAL

 

19

MC DONAGH

SIMON

ENNISKILLEN GAELS

FERMANAGH

 

20

MC CANN

RYAN

CLANN EIREANN

ARMAGH

 

21

MC ELROY

RYAN

AUGHER

TYRONE

 

22

CAIRNS

CONOR

DERRYTRESK

TYRONE

 

23

LOWRY

DAVID

CRAIGBANE

DERRY

 

24

MC ANERNEY

JOSEPH

TARA

ARMAGH

 

25

LINNIE

GARY

SHANE O NEILLS

ARMAGH

 

26

MC ELDUFF

PIARAS

ST.ENDAS OMAGH

TYRONE

 

Liverpool Hope Squad:

 

Surname

Forename

Home Club

County

1

Harper

Sean

Castlederg

Tyrone

2

Bell

Mark

Ogra Colmiclle

Derry

3

McGuirk

Paraic

Sean McDermotts

Monaghan

4

Grimley

Niall

Madden

Armagh

5

Fields

Eoin

Harps

Armagh

6

Stevenson

Conn

Harps

Armagh

7

Mackin

Matt

Patrick Pearses

Antrim

8

Curran

Declan

Downpatrick

Down

9

Morahan

Sean

Foreglen

Derry

10

O'Connor

Stephen

St Endas

Antrim

11

McCann

Ciarán

Castlewellan

Down

12

McGarity

David

St Johns

Antrim

13

Michael

Mooney

Eniskillen

Fermanagh

14

Fox

Patrick

Moy

Tyrone

15

Magee

Michael

Bredagh

Down

16

McConnon

Jason

Tullylish

Down

17

O'Neill

Kevin

Sarsfields

Antrim

18

McGlade

Conal

St Johns

Antrim

19

McDonnel

Rory

Teconnaught

Down

20

Coleman

Sean

Carrickmore

Tyrone

21

Reily

Noel

Craigbane

Derry

22

Branagan

Aaron

Kilcoo

Down

23

Cassidy

Francis

Portglenone

Antrim

24

Sharvin

Rory

Kilclief

Down

25

Coleman

Michael

St.Eunans

Donegal

26

Kieran

Carson

Sarsfields

Antrim

 

   

 

 

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