Tir na nOg impress as they claim top six spot

13All County League Division 2 (round 11)

Tir na Nog 3-15 Michael Davitt’s 1-06

Tir na Nog booked a top six place in Division 2 of the All County Football League following their last round win gained over the visiting Michael Davitt’s at their Whitehill base on Sunday.

Damien O’ Hagan’s men did not look likely contenders at the start of the season and it was not until the month of June that they seemed to get it together when they went through the month undefeated which laid the platform for that coveted top six spot.

The dark clouds overhead told the tale of imminent rain as Tir na Nog played hosts to Twinbrook based Michael Davitt’s in the last round of the first phase of the division two league at their Whitehill base.

The home side knew that a win would guarantee them a place in the top echelon whereas the Twinbrook men were in search of pride.

The Randalstown men were first to register via wing half back Barry Mc Cormick and the former county minor was most certainly in the process of making an excellent impression and concluding with another trio of scores taken directly from the top drawer.

Davitt’s were on terms at the 7th minute as Chris Gallagher stroked a ‘45’ between the posts but the city men had endured a reversal a few minutes later as centre back Anthony Rowntree saw black.

The cultured defender was deemed to have committed a ‘blocking’ offence and the Twinbrook side were to miss his contributions thereafter.

 

Ciaran Dobbin who was in a roving full forward role ensured the home side took back the lead again when he grabbed a tenth minute point and when Pearce Sheerin added another following a foul on his sibling Christy the Whitehill men had a two point advantage, 0-03 to 0-01.

Back came the visitors with a reply in kind from full forward Ger Slane who went wide to accept from Daniel Nugent before directing the ball between the posts.

A well taken Darren Mc Cormick point saw the home side open a two point lead again and indeed the midfielder’s score was to signal a period of dominance.

The Randalstown side had the ball in the net a couple of minutes later as Kevin Sheerin concluded a well directed approach which involved his sibling Christy, and Ciaran Dobbin and they were on the up and up.

They added a further four points to their total in as many minutes as Christy Sheerin and Barry Mc Cormick grabbed a couple apiece and at the 25th minute they had moved into a 1-08 to 0-02 lead and seemed on course for victory.

 

The visitors did finish the period with a flourish however as they returned to the coal face and when Daniel Nugent grabbed a 28th minute point and followed with a punched goal a minute later closed the gap 1-08 to 1-03 at the break.

 

Davitt’s looked to continue in the second period as they had concluded the first but in the event it was the Whitehill men who were quicker into stride as the irrepressible Christy Sheerin added a point and although the home side were to miss a few more as the second period progressed they always look in charge.

Davitt’s were struggling to gain a foothold and when the home side added a second goal via replacement Dara Fagan. The young substitute was only a few minutes involved but he really signalled his arrival when he grabbed a Ciaran Logan cross to despatch the ball to the back of the Davitt’s net.

Logan had been prominent throughout and the goal which looked a ‘killer’ followed another dashing run by the wing half back.

 

Tir na Nog now enjoyed a more than healthy 2-10 to 1-03 lead and it was about to be increased as Pearce Sheerin added a point and Ciaran Logan followed with a goal.

The major was certainly due reward for the dashing wing half back for an impressive contribution and with the Randalstown men now at 3-11 to 1-03 the die was well cast.

 

Barry Mc Cormick added another point for the home side as the last quarter got under way and the Sheerin brothers Christy (2), and Kevin followed with similar scores as the game trundled to a conclusion which had long looked assured.

The visitors were down but not out however and they retained interest right to conclusion as they hit the last scores of the game as late replacement Anthony Slane fired over a trio of late frees.

Tir na Nog

Michael Dempsey, Barry Magee, Colm Duffin, Gerard Martin, Ciaran Logan (1-00), Caomhinn Duffin, Barry Mc Cormick (0-07), Pearce Sheerin (0-02), Darren Mc Cormick (0-02), Sean Duffin, Ciaran Mc Keown, Christy Sheerin (0-05), Kevin Coogan, Ciaran Dobbin (0-01), Kevin Sheerin (1-02)

Subs

Dara Fagan (1-00) for K Coogan

Richard Fitzgerald for B Mc Cormick

Kevin Kerr for C Sheerin

Davitt’s

Daniel Nugent, Nathan Maginn, Gerard Mc Clenaghan, Conor Toner, Michael Rowntree, Anthony Rowntree, Niall Hughes, Daniel Nugent (1-01), Ryan Park, Jim Lyndsay, Daniel Largy, Chris Gallagher (0-01), Chris Rafferty, Ger Slane (0-01), Daniel Smith.

Subs

Anthony Slane (0-03) for C Rafferty

Fra Harbinson for C Gallagher

Jay Close for N Hughes

Referee P Mc Keever (Casement’s).

 

 

 

 

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