by John McIlwaine
All County Football League Division 1
St Paul’s 0-8 Aghagallon 3-12
An opening half blitz by last year’s Intermediate champions Aghagallon saw the St Mary’s outfit blow St Paul’s out of the water at Shaw’s Road on Wednesday evening a win that takes them into the top half of the table. Ahead from as early as the opening minute when Ciaran Brady fired the ball to the St Paul’s net the visitors totally dominated the opening half and with Ruairi McCann grabbing a second ‘major’ on twenty third minutes they had the game all but won by half time, at which stage they led by 2-7 to 0-1. St Paul’s improved dramatically in the second half and hit some fine scores themselves but they were never going to threaten the visitors lead and the Shaw’s Road men remain anchored at the foot of the league table.
Brady’s goal inside fifty seconds was the perfect tonic for Aghagallon and with their tails up they tagged on points from Ruairi McCann, Share Russell, Ruairi Loughlin to lead 1-3 to 0-0 by the end of the opening quarter. There was a bit of a lean spell when the scores dried up but when Ruairi McCann grabbed their second goal in the twenty third minute it sparked them into life again and they added four more points before the break, interrupted only by a St Paul’s only score in the twenty sixth minute.
Caolan Brady added a point at the start of the second half to stretch the visitors lead to thirteen points, but St Paul’s showed a bit more resolve in the second period and they hit back with excellent points Liam McKenna. However Aghagallon came back with points from Shane Russell and Caolan Walsh and a goal from corner forward Gareth Magee. St Paul’s kept battling and three late points from the excellent Paddy Doyle gave the scoreboard a better look, but it was Aghagallon’s night and they will go into Sunday’s game with St John’s in high spirits.
Robert Haire, Michael McStravick, Ruairi Loughran, Ryan O’Neill, Eunan Walsh, Pat Branagan, Adam Shanks, James Grant, Caolan Farr, Shane Russell, Ciaran Brady, Ruairi Loughran, Mark McKenna, Ruairi McCann, Ciaran Magee
Subs – Dessie Marshall for Ciaran Brady; Liam McCrory for Christopher Loughran; Davy McAlernon for Caolan Farr; Niall McShane for Ruairi McCann; Paul Mulholland for Adam Shanks; Aaron Doherty for Pat Branigan.
Kiefer Toolan, Aidan Kavanagh, Patrick Crawford, Sean Bradley, Damian Duffy, Don Burns, Ciaran Rea, Damian Magee, Michael Connolly, Liam Carland, Liam McLarnon, Joe Duffy, Stephen Rooney, Patrick Doyle, Col McLarnon
Subs – Liam McKenna, Mickey Joe Cooper.