Annalong into first final.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

ANNALONG marched into their first MUFL cup final after a dominant display against Newry side, Damolly in the semi-final of the Beckett Cup.


The first 20 minutes were tight with Annalong having most of the possession but failing to breach the Damolly defence.

However after 25 minutes a delightful cross from Ryan McMurray found Matthew McConnell who raced into the penalty area, only to be brought down for a certain penalty.

Stephen Burden stepped up and put the home side into a well-deserved lead.

This settled Annalong and they continued to dominate proceedings, with Leslie Maybin pulling the strings from midfield.

Jason McCulla, McMurray and McConnell had chances to add to the lead but failed to hit the target and the home side had a slender 1-nil lead at halftime.

The second half saw a ruthless display from Annalong and Jason McCulla added No. 2 after a good cross from Maybin.

Soon after McConnell burst down the right and his pin-point cross was headed home by Burden.

With Annalong in full flow, Johnny McCulla added a fourth when he rounded the 'keeper to tap the ball into the empty net.

Burden soon added a fifth when he hammered the ball into the corner of the net.

Then in a rare attack Damolly pulled one back after the home defence, who were in tremendous form throughout, switched off, and a closerange header found the net.

This spurred on the visitors and Annalong 'keeper, John Sloan pulled off two wonder saves before substitute Mark Newell coolly slotted home a penalty to bring an end to the scoring.

This week Annalong are at home to Armagh Blues.


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