S West U-14 League (Final)
All Saint’s Impress in U-14 Decider
All Saint’s 3-14 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 1-06
Ballymena based All Saint’s under-14 side completed an excellent campaign in the South West division when they recorded an impressive win over a gallant St Ergnat’s side in the decider at the Toome venue on Sunday.
Having defeated Sunday’s opponents in the South West Feile final and completed a league double over the same opposition there may have been those who expected an easy victory for the Slemish Park side but the young St. Ergnat’s forgot to read the script.
The Moneyglass lads, who did enter the fray as rank outsiders lost nothing in defeat making intentions clear from the outset getting away to an excellent start to proceedings when Ronan Campbell, who had opened the scoring with a point seconds into proceedings followed up with a goal shortly thereafter to pose questions as to the resolve of the All Saint’s.
The All Saint’s side did take a time to recover from the sluggish start and aided by the precise finishing of Harry White from placed efforts they were abreast, and on terms with the quick starting Moneyglass by the end of the 15th minute.
Ronan Campbell had raised the opening white in the 1st minute before picking up a loose clearance to follow with green two minutes later.
The Ballymena side took all of eight minutes to find the posts with their hard working mid-fielder sending a 20 metre free between the posts, following the same route two minutes later to punish an indiscretion on the incoming Joseph O’ Rawe.
Moneyglass were looking to add to their opening scores with the hugely impressive Tiernan Mc Cormick causing the All Saint’s defence concern when he got his hands on leather and indeed a crisp delivery to Charlie Mc Closkey caused concern before Jude Casey made intervention.
The corner back’s clearance opened the way for Ronan McKillop to send Joseph O’ Rawe away to split the posts at the other end and when the ever accurate Harry White added another point from a free the sides were on terms, 1-01 to 0-04 at the 15th minute mark.
Moneyglass did regain the lead in the 16th minute as the dashing Tiernan Mc Cormack evaded a couple of tackles on the right hand side before sending mid-fielder Ruairi Duffin in to send over the bar, but the All Saint’s reply was prompt as Ronan Mc Killop rose to fetch in the middle before transferring over the bar.
The sides were level again as the end of the opening period drew near but the Moneyglass boys were about to be dealt a blow as to their chances when reduced to 14 with hard working wing half back Paul Duffin receiving a second yellow and the red which followed.
A harsh decision in the extreme for what looked a fairly innocuous offence and a point from the free awarded was stroked over the bar by Harry White to see the Ballymena boys nip ahead.
Moneyglass did reply in kind within a minute as Seanie Mc Intosh profited from another smart Tiernan McCormick delivery to see the St Ergnat’s back on par.
The end of the period looked in sight but ‘stoppage time’ was to be added and the All Saint’s were to make full use of the extra couple of minutes.
Oisin O’ Mullan, who looks an exciting prospect, was quick to collect the rebound as the Moneyglass full back Seamus Totten stood tall to deny the incoming Ciaran Camphill and plant the leather in the back of the net.
Ronan Mc Killop rose to collect the resultant kick out and fire between the posts and making use of the added portion ensured the Ballymena lads an interval advantage of 1-08 to 1-03.
A man down and five points in arrears faced Moneyglass as they proceeded out on the voyage of the second period and a way back looked a difficult route to navigate.
The St Ergnat’s were set to give it a lash however and an opening point from Tiernan Mc Cormick and another from an Aiden Mc Erlean free by the 23rd minute added a fresh breeze to the wings of hope.
All Saint’s did add again to their lead when the talented Oisin O’ Mullan picked up the rebound after the Moneyglass net-minder Rory Gribbin had made an excellent save to deny Ronan Mc Killop in his efforts to find the net, to fire over the bar.
Moneyglass were quick to return to the offensive however and when Ruairi Duffin was fouled inside the area a penalty was the quick decision.
Four points was the difference as Aiden Mc Erlean strode forward to take the award but such remained as the All Saint’s net minder Blake Douglas went left to intercept in the 27th minute and the remainder was to belong to the Ballymena boys and the exciting Oisin Mc Mullan.
O’ Mullan danced around the Moneyglass defence to deftly lob the keeper in the 30th minute after a well directed delivery opened the way and when he added another following a Seanie McIntosh point at the other end All Saint’s were in the calm clear waters afforded by their 3-09 to 1-06 lead.
The die was well cast and the Ballymena boys proceeded to add further scores as Ronan Mc Killop, Rossa Mc Kay (2), and Harry White all raised white flags to see them ease over the winning line as 3-14 to 1-06 winners.
Referee D Hodchkiss (St Joseph’s)
All Saint’s: Blake Douglas, Richard McCann, Michael Read, Jude Casey, Ryan Martin, Ross McKay (0-02), Ryan McCartney, (0-03), Harry Wylie (0-05), Ronan McKillop (0-1), Shaun O’ Callaghan, Patrick Ferris, Tyrone Mitchell, Joseph O’ Rawe (0-02), Ciaran Camphill, Oisin O’ Mullan (3-01).
Paddy O’ Boyle for R McCann
Conor Corr for J Casey
Jamie Montgomery for R Martin
Cahil O’ Brien (0-01) for J O’ Rawe
Moneyglass: Rory Gribbin, Brian Magee, Seamus Totten, Sean O’ Boyle, Kevin Mc Cann, James Mc Cormick, Paul Duffin, Ruari Duffin (0-01), Conor Totten, Ronan Camphill (1-02), Aiden Mc Erlean (0-01), Tiernan Mc Cormick (0-01), Connlaidh Mc Cann, Seanie Mc Intosh (0-02), Charlie Mc Closkey.
Conor Neeson for C Mc Closkey
Zack Hamill for S Mc Intosh
Sean Boyd for C Mc Cann
Gareth Mc Peake for S O’ Boyle