St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.14 v 0.08 St.Enda’s
This top of the table clash at Glenavy was level on three occasions during a competitive first half, but nobody in the large crowd present would have guessed how the second half turned out as the home side took control to strengthen their grip at the top of the table.
St.Enda’s made the better start with two points from Christopher Hanley but after five minutes the home side were level thanks to points from Michael Johnston and Mathew Hamill. Donal Walsh got on the score sheet with an excellent point from an acute angle to edge St Enda’s ahead but Nial Scullion fisted a point to bring the sides level soon aftewrwards. The visitors edged in front again when Michael McGill pointed but the Loughview men were gaining control around midfield and made possession count when Alex Gallagher split the post with a beauty before Conor Hamill broke through from his centre back position to add to the scoresheet.
Domnic Gallagher, playing at full forward, was causing the St.Enda’s defence all sorts of trouble and was rewarded for his hard work when he left his marker stranded and put his side two in front, but with play moving from end to end and both defences not giving an inch scores were hard won. The Glengormley side finished the half the stronger and brought the sides level with a brace of points from Donal Walsh and a pointed 45 from goalkeeper Dan Fleeton to send his team to the changing room on level terms at 0-6 apiece.
The turnaround in fortunes is the second half had to be seen to be believed as the home side started in whirlwind fashion and added 2-6 before St.Enda’s got a pointed free twenty minutes in. Glenavy had points from Owen Gallagher, Michael McCourt and Patrick Gallagher and when Dominic Gallagher found the back of the net the writing was on the wall for the visitors. The Chapel Hill men were now in complete control and when the hard working Alex Gallagher was fouled in the square Michael McCourt stepped up and gave the keeper no chance as he fired the penalty home. St.Enda’s keeper brought off a brilliant save to stop what looked like a certain goal but Ryan Phillips added to the home sides tally with an excellent point to pulls team further clear.
Now ten points in front the Glenavy management made some changes to the line up. Fergus Cunningham, James Gallagher, Eoin Henry and Johnny Phillips joined the fray. Owen and Domnic Gallagher added points before Oran Eastwood pointed two frees for his side’s only scores in the second half. Eoin Henry and Michael McCourt brought proceedings to an end with two points to leave the score 2.14 v 0.08 in Glenavy’s favour.
The win cements Glenavy’s place at the top of the table and even though St Enda’s have dropped to fourth they are still in contention in a league that promises to be highly competitive in the run-in.
Glenavy: Gerard Hamilton; Martin Nelson; Chris Scullion; Niall McLaughlin; Mathew Hamill; Conor Hamill; Ryan Phillips; Michael Johnston; Ciaran Loney; Owen Gallagher (Johnny Phillips); Patrick Gallagher; Michael McCourt; Niall Scullion (Eoin Henry); Domnic Gallagher (James Gallagher) ; Alex Gallagher (Fergus Cunningham).