All County Division 1 League 9th July 2017
Rossa 2.11 St. Mary’s Aghagallon 2.09 – @ Rossa Park
St Mary’s Aghagallon booked an unlikely sixth spot in Division One of the All County Football League when they travelled to Rossa Park on Sunday in the final game of first round of matches and despite losing by two points, qualified on score difference. Heads were down at the final whistle but as other results filtered through it emerged that four teams had finished the first round of league games on 8pts, but thanks to a better scoring difference the Aghagallon men claimed that much sought after 6th spot and will complete their league campaign in Division 1 Section A.
Playing down the slope towards the clubrooms St. Mary’s immediately had a chance from the throw in only to see Oisin Lenehan’s shot go wide. Rossa responded immediately and were rewarded with the opening point from Micheal Close. St. Mary’s responded but their efforts resulted in a second wide from Dessie Marshall. Rossa immediately responded and doubled their scores with a point from Oisin McVicker. The next Rossa attack brought a save from Aghagallon goalkeeper Gavin O’Neill however Rossa won back possession from the clearance and moved three points ahead through a Darren Grego point. Rossa were to move a further two points ahead with a second point from close and Gerard Walsh. In that time the Aghagallon men were to increase their wide count by another two before Ruari McCann opened their account in the 12th minute. Three minutes later Dessie Marshall claimed Aghagallons 2nd point with a long range effort from 45 metres. Rossa moved further ahead when McVicker palmed home a goal from inside the small square after Gavin O’Neill had pushed away a goal bound shot. The goal provoked a response from St. Mary’s with points from Shane Russell and Caolan Farr. A point from Cailean Walsh extended Rossa’s lead but St. Mary;s were to finish the half stronger with points from Dessie Marshall, a 20m free from Ruari Loughran and from Adam Shanks, but another effort from Shane Russell came back off the post and in the final minute of the half Ruari Loughran sent a 45 wide to send the teams in at the break on a scoreline of Rossa 1.06 St. Mary’s 0.07
St. Mary’s started the second half in the best manner possible when Dessie Marshall flicked a Ruari Loughran 45 to the net but Rossa’s response was even better when Cailean Walsh pointed and Eoin Fleming goaled to restore a three point lead. Three minutes later Ruari McCann had an effort blocked off the line by Niall Crossan but when Gareth Magee gathered the rebound he was pulled down and referee Colm McDonald had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Ruari Loughran steeped up to take the penalty only for it to rebound off the post back to him and he finished to the net to bring the scores level again. Rossa restored their lead in the 12th minute when Micheal close pointed from a 13m free and increased that further with points from corner back Aidan Orchin a minute later. Eunan Walsh reduced the deficit to the minimum with a point in the 22nd minute but points from Darren Grego in the 26th minute and from Oisin McVicker in the 29th minute saw Rossa move three ahead. In the final minute of normal time Eunan Walsh reduced the deficit to two points. Two minutes later St. Mary’s had a chance but saw an effort from Gareth Magee come off the crossbar. Referee Colm McDonald added a further 3 minutes but Rossa managed the game out retaining possession and denying Aghagallon any further opportunity to leave the final score Rossa 2.11 St. Mary’s 2.09
Rossa: M.Byrne, C. Walsh, C. Orchin, A. Orchin, N. Crossan, R. Gowdy, D. Grego, P. Close, G. Walsh, T. Morgan, D. Murphy, T. McGrath, O. McVicker, M.Close, E. Fleming
St. Mary’s Aghagallon: G. O’Neill, M. McStravick, L. McCrory, R. O’Neill, E. Walsh, P. Brannagan, A. Shanks, C. Farr, O. Lenehan, S. Russell, R. McCann, D. Marshall, M. McKenna, C. Brady, R. Loughran