Kelly Stone Ballymoney Breslin Shield Semi-Final
Glenavy 5-10 Rasharkin 3-12
Glenavy emerged as victors in a thrilling Breslin Shield semi-final, played at Chapel Hill on Friday night. Visitors Rasharkin opened smartly and went 2 points up in the opening five minutes but points from Feargal Henry and James Mulholland levelled the scoring before Feargal Henry put Glenavy a point ahead.
It was Rasharkin who were to enjoy the better of the exchanges during the next ten minutes as they hit 1-1 without reply and In what was turning into a great game of end to end football they should have gone further ahead but a great save from Glenavy keeper Tiarnan Lees denied the lads from Dreen with 19 minutes gone.
Despite enjoying plenty of possession the Chap3el Hill lads insisted in going for goals instead of taking their points and at least three opportunities were wasted. Point from Anthony O’Hare and another from Feargal Henry left the score 1-8 to 0-5 at half time in favour of Rasharkin.
Six down at the break the St. Mary’s looked to be in the driving seat but Glenavy started the second half on the offensive with Feargal Henry getting a goal in the first minute before following it up in the 35th minute with another goal and a point to leave the scores level at 1-9 to 2-6.
It was still anybody’s game as James Mulholland pointed in the 43rd minute to level the scores at 1-10 to 2-7 but it took some excellent defensive work from Cal Burke and Lorcan O’Neill kept a Rasharkin from going ahead again.
Things weren’t looking good for the home side when Oliver McStravick sent off for a second yellow card offence in with ten minutes remaining but they put this reverse behind them and. Callum Crighton, who had shone all night played in substitute Darragh Armstrong who scored a match changing goal.
This score certainly lifted the home side and Feargal Henry followed by two more goals in the 55th minute to stun Rasharkin and put them 7 points ahead and in control. Glenavy continued to press and great play from Lorcan Nelson in the middle of the field put Darragh Armstrong in once again pointed in the 56th minute to put his side 8 clear and it looked over at this stage.
The lads from Dreen had other ideas however and they staged a strong finish which produced two quick goals of their own to leave just two points in it with three minutes remaining. Great play from Anthony Gallagher and Chris Grant at midfield steadied the game for Glenavy once again and they finished strongly with points from Darragh Armstrong and James Mulholland ,with the final kick of the game to leave the score 3-12 to 5-10 in favour of St. Joseph’s.
Glenavy team: Tiernan Lees: Finn Stott, Jack McCann, Lorcan O’Neill: Cal Burke, Oliver Brankin (c),Matthew Magee: Chris Grant, Anthony Gallagher: Anthony O’Hare, Fergus Henry, Lorcan Nelson: James Mulholland, Paddy O’Leary, Callum Crighton. Subs: Connor Adams, Darragh Armstrong.
Scorers: F Henry 4-4, J Mulholland 0-3, D Armstrong 1-2 A O’Hare 0-1.