Rampant Goath Dobhair nail the Cross to reach decider

Ulster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

Gaoth Dobhair 4-11

Crossmaglen 0-16

From Odhrán Crumley at Healy Park

Dáire Ó Baoill netted a first half hat-trick as a rampant Gaoth Dobhair side tore Crossmaglen apart to set up an Ulster decider with Scotstown. 

Rian O’Neill led the Cross charge kicking 0-9 over the course of a spectacular performance before seeing red in the dying embers of the game, the Armagh men finishing with 13 as Johnny Hanratty was dismissed on the account of two yellow cards.

O’Baoill hit the net after only eight minutes before finishing off a superb counter attack, sealing the hat-trick by converting a penalty kick.

The Donegal champions in control at the break 3-5 to 0-9.

Kevin Cassidy shone in the second half adding a fourth goal for his team kicking 1-2 over the course of the second period, Crossmaglen unable to repair the damage despite their best efforts.

The Donegal champions will now meet Scotstown who toppled Coleraine in the first semi-final in the Ulster decider on the weekend of December 1st/2nd.

Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Neil McGee, Christopher McFadden; Niall Friel (0-1), Eamon McGee, Odhrán McFadden Ferry; Dáire Ó Baoill (3-0, 1-0 pen), Odhrán Mac Niallais (0-4,2f); Cian Mulligan (0-1), Naoise Ó Baoill, Donal McBride; Eamonn Collum (0-2,1f), Kevin Cassidy (1-2), Michael Carroll.

Subs: Peter McGee for McBride (43); James Carroll for Collum (45); James Boyle for McFadden Ferry (51); Seaghan Ferry (0-1) for N Ó Baoill (57); Conor McCafferty for E McGee (64)

Crossmaglen: Jamie McEvoy; Rico Kelly, Alan Farrelly, Garvan Carragher; Aaron Kernan, James Morgan, Paul Hughes; Stephen Morris, Oisin O’Neill (0-2); Johnny McKeever, Rian O’Neill (0-9,6f), Johnny Hanratty (0-1); Callum Cumiskey, Tony Kernan (0-2,2f), Kyle Carragher (0-2).

Subs: Aidan Rushe for G Carragher (27); David McKenna for J McKeever (ht) Cian McConville for T Kernan (45); Padraig Studdart for P Hughes (47)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)


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