GLENELLY bowed out of the Junior Championship on Sunday night in Carrickmore but their exit was over-shadowed by a serious head injury suffered by their half-back Conor McGarvey.
Action was held up for half-an hour early in the second half as the stricken St Joseph’s defender was treated by paramedics before being whisked off by ambulance to hospital (though thankfully he was discharged later that evening).
To their credit his team-mates fought valiantly to the final whistle but there was no doubting that Aghaloo were worthy victors in the finish up and advance now to a meeting with Brackaville in the Junior decider.
The swirling wind at Páirc Colmcille negated against much free-flowing football during the first period, Glenelly in particular struggling to adjust their radar within shooting range. They hit half-a-dozen wides in the opening period, despite the firm grip which the likes of Ciaran Kearney helped them establish around the middle of the park.
Aghaloo in contrast were much more economical, possessing a more incisive edge to their attacking thrusts and in Stephen Donnelly they had the quality marksman to produce a decisive and positive end product.
They opened the scoring inside the first minute with bustling midfielder Gerard McCaughey displaying a deft touch to stick over a skilful point from a narrow angle. Seamus Harkin quickly responded for the St Joseph’s with the first of his three first half converted frees and he was again on the mark in the 12th minute from the placed ball to cancel out Donnelly’s free at the other end.
While he was tracked by two men at times, with Cathal Sherrin drifting back for Glenelly, Donnelly looked a real threat anyway he was fed quality possession and he curled over a lovely effort just before the quarter hour mark to hand Aghaloo a narrow 0-3 to 0-2 advantage.