Clans cruise into final

Paul Gore going for a Clans score in Saturday night,s Semi Final Photo Arthur Kinahan
Clan Na Gael eased into the final of this year’s Paddy Sheelan Shield thanks to goals from JJ Quigley and Billy Smith.

Clan Na Gael eased into the final of this year’s Paddy Sheelan Shield thanks to goals from JJ Quigley and Billy Smith.

In ideal conditions it was Fechins who opened from an early Kevin Cullen point with Clans wasteful in front of goals early on.

Martin McGeown opened Clans tally and they went on to add five unanswered points.

Brian Devlin kept Fechins ticking over with two long range points from frees coming up to the break. Half Time Score, Clans 0-5 , Fechins 0-3.

The sides exchanged a brace of points in the opening minutes but then Clans Billy Smith broke through the visitors defence and gave the Fechins keeper no chance.

He exchanged another point with Cullen a minute later to go in to a comfortable five point lead on forty minutes.

The sides exchanged another pair of points but when J.J. Quigley got Clans second goal the very much under strength Fechins side who worked tirelessly throughout were unable to narrow the gap.

They were unlucky when Niall Devlin missed a goal chance from close range in the closing minutes and had to be content to exchange late points with Clans running out deserving winners.

St Fechins: Mark Savage, Conor Phillips, Fergal Mc Nally, Brian O Connell, Mark Hynes, Conor Haughney, Derek Younger, Brian Devlin (0-5), Donal Ryan, Vinnie Corrigan, Colm O’Neill, Niall Devlin 0-1, Kevin Cullen (0-3), James Devereaux (0-1), Sean Mc Bride. Subs, Barry Plunkett for Mc Bride, Enda Ruddy for Hynes, Darren O Neill for Cullen, David Stephenson for O Connell.

Clan Na Gael; Gavin Neary, Keith Cunningham, Paul Gartland, Robbie Curran, Daragh O’Hanlon (0-1), Stephen Fitzpatrick (0-1), Adrian Mc Glinn, Ray Mc Cabe, Brenden Begley (0-1), J.J. Quigley (1-2). Martin Mc Geown (0-3), Billy Smith (1-2), Mark Newell, Paul Gore (0-1), Drew Duffy (0-1).