Football the Winner as St. Gall’s Complete Double Over Creggan

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ACFL Division 1

St. Gall’s 2-14  Creggan 1-13

Football was the real winner as St. Gall’s completed a league double over visitors Creggan at Milltown on Sunday. On a beautiful sunny day and the Milltown road pitch in pristine condition everything was set for an enjoyable game of football and both teams duly obliged as they produced an excellent game of end to end football. St Galls were first out of the blocks going three points up through Sean Burke, Tomas Crossan and Brendan Bradley before Kickham’s replied with points from Ruairi McCann, Matthew Rogers and an excellent point from Sam Maguire before he was forced to retire injured. The Milltown side responded with a goal and a point from the impressive Crossan to give St Galls a healthy lead but Kickham’s came back again with points from Odhran McLarnon and the hard working Ruairi McCann. The Milltown men came strong in the last eight minutes of the half with points from Michael Pollock and two frees from Bradley. With half-time approaching the Milltown side made a decisive strike and a quick break resulted in Kevin Niblock finishing to the net to give his side a 2.06 to 0.05 half time lead.

The men from the Lough shore weren’t about to roll over however as they opened the new half with points from Odhran McLarnon, Aiden Maguire and three from Mark Dougan with Galls replying through Brendan Bradley (2 frees) and another from Burke. On 15minutes Kickham’s got the break they needed when Ruairi McCann burst into life with another point and a great team goal. With both teams enjoying what was a great game of football points were exchanged right through to the final whistle from Pollock and Bradley for St Galls and McCann and Dougan taking the credit for the Kickham’s scores. St Galls finished up winning by four points but both teams will have benefited from a game where both sides just wanted to empty their benches and play football.

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