No blanket defences on Chapel Hill

Laverty Cup – South West Junior Fooball Championship

St.Joseph’s 8.17   5.09 St.Ergnat’s

Both teams served up a thriller on a cold windy evening at Chapel Hill. Thirty nine scores including thirteen goals helped to keep both sides supporters warm. There was no blanket defences on show. Both teams fielded without several first tem players because of exams and injuries. The players who stepped in gave a competent display and will be fighting for a start in the next game. The very strong wind had a bearing on the game. Glenavy played with the breeze but only pulled away in a three minute period just before halftime with three goals and two points.

Malachie Doherty was first on the scoreboard with a pointed free only to see Dermot McErlean level the game. Malachie Doherty and Pearse O’Neill added two points. The game was flowing from end to end and only for two brilliant saves from Jake Nelson in the Hill sides goal Moneyglass would have been well in front. They eventually beat the keeper when Fintan Murray blasted to the net to put his side one in front. Patrick Fox stole forward and finished a passing movement with a well taken goal. Ben Hamill and Sean Duffin levelled the game with two points.

Michael Kane helped himself to a point to put the Orangemen in front for a lead they never lost, Malachie Doherty pointed from a free. Thomas Gallagher playing at fullforward took a pass from his brother Anthony and used his strength to get through for a well worked goal. Pearse O’Neill stole through the visitors defence for a point. Dermott McErlean and Ben Hamill pulled it back to a four point game.

Glenavy really put the game out of reach for the Toomebridge lads in the next three minutes when they conceded three goals and three points. Aodh O’Neill playing his first game of the season after having a broken ankle got a great cheer when he blasted home. Thomas Gallagher and Orin McGarry added two more goals with Malachie Doherty and Pearse Green getting points apiece. This left the halftime score 5.8 v 1.5 in Glenavy’s favour.

Now playing with the strong breeze everyone expected the visitors to come charging out of the blocks but it didn’t happen. Malachie Doherty took possession from the throwin and ran at the defence before passing to Thomas Gallagher who gave the visiting keeper no chance. Centre back David Nelson took possession from the kickout and went on a solo run before finding the corner of the net. Malachie Doherty split the post from an acute angle to leave the score 7.09 v 1.05.

To their credit the visitors didn’t throw in the towel and pulled themselves together and added points from Fintan Murray and Tyler Cassidy. Malachie Doherty broke had an excellent effort from forty meters. Dermott McErlean who had an excellent game pulled a goal and point back for his side. Once again Thomas Gallagher got on the end of a long ball and found the corner of the net. Malachie Doherty added another point before Dermott McErlean showed he wasn’t finished when he found the corner of the net. Thomas Gallagher pointed and Malachie Doherty with two widened the gap. Sean Duffin had a Moneyglass’ point. Orin McGarry and Patrick Fox added Glenavy last points. Tyler Duffin blasted to the net for the final kick of an exciting game. The final score Glenavy 8.17 v 5.09 Moneyglass

Referee – Brendan McCartan (Aghagallon)

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