Castlemitchell secured a place in this year's SFL Division 3 final and promotion to Division 2 with a superior performance against Ballykelly on Saturday evening.
Joe Maher quickly opened the scoring for the home side with a brace of points before Emmet Hyland scored the opening goal with an unstoppable shot from just outside the large parallelogram. Kieran Harris, Steven Donovan and Tadhg Fennin followed up with a point each from play.
John Forde opened his and Ballykelly's account with a free kick after fifteen minutes but it was all Castlemitchell for the rest of the half as they scored six points in a row, three from Tadhg Fennin, two from Joe Maher and one from Steven Donovan. With three minutes left until the break Mark Fennelly made an excellent solo run from midfield before laying off to Ray Fitzgerald who finished to the bottom corner for their second goal. Within a minute Kieran Harris had the ball in the back of the net once again as he squeezed the ball past the Ballykelly Net Minder leaving the half-time score 3-11 to 0-01.
Ballykelly were much improved in the second half but it was Castlemitchell who scored four quick fire points from Tadhg Fennin, Steven Donovan, Kieran Harris and Trevor Griffin. Liam Behan and John Forde answered back with a point each either side of two superb scores from Mark Fennelly and Killian Ward after both were played through by the impressive Oisín Holland-Doyle.
The men in maroon dominated the remainder of the game, scoring points from Jamie Hanley, another free from Forde and a fine score from Emmet Black before corner forward Eoghan Feeney popped up with an excellent individual goal.
Brendan Maher finished off the scoring for the 'Mitchells with a point from distance as his side march on to a league final against Ballyteague.
Castlemitchell: Michael Lawless, Brian Kavanagh, John O'Connor, JP Horgan, Trevor Griffin(0-01), Ray Fitzgerald(1-00), Brendan Maher(0-01), Joe Maher(0-04), Emmet Hyland(1-0), Stephen Donovan(0-03), Tadhg Fennin(0-05,3f), Mark Fennelly(0-01), Kieran Harris(1-02), John Fennelly, Killian Ward(0-01). Subs Lupio Cacela for Trevor Griffin, Oisín Holland-Doyle for Kieran Harris, Darren Doogue for John Fennelly, Tomás Fitzgerald for Brian Kavanagh.
Ballykelly: Damien Fogarty, Barry Kaye, Eugene Morgan, Dermot Fitzpatrick, Aaron Cullen, Emmet Black(0-01), Brian Fennell, Liam Behan(0-01), Patrick Forde, Jason Dunne, David Moore, Jamie Hanley(0-01), Eoghan Sinnott, John Forde(0-03f), Eoghan Feeney(1-00).
Referee Martin Tobin