All County U14 A Football League Final
All Saints 3-10 St. Gall’s 0-7
Harry Wylie was the star performer as an excellent All Saints proved too good for a battling St. Gall’s under the Aghagallon floodlights on Thursday night. Wylie hit 1-7, (0-6) from frees to help his side overcome the challenge of the South Antrim champions.
The big number 11 opened the scoring with a point from play after two minutes and as the Slemish Park side opened strongly Tyrone Mitchell hammered home a 4th minute goal to put the Ballymena boys in control.
St. Gall’s did respond and two well struck frees by Sean Stewart brought them right back into contention but Joseph O’Rawe replied for All Saints and Harry Wylie pointed a free of the ground to leave it 1-3 to 0-2 by the 10th minute.
Wylie continued to show his prowess from the placed ball as he struck again but St. Gall’s were starting to enjoy some success and two points from the excellent Sean Stewart cut the deficit to a goal. The last score of the half fell to the South West side as Ross McKay pointed to leave the half time score 1-5 to 0-4.
St. Gall’s made a good start to the second half and a pointed free from Dubhaltach Wilson cut the deficit to a goal once more but the All Saints defence soaked up the early pressure before Harry Wylie replied with a similar score at the other end.
That was in the 9th minute and three minutes later an astute pass from Ciaran Campbell placed Oisin O’Mullan for a superb goal and even at this early stage there was going to be no way back for the Milltown Row lads.
With Roan McKillop and Ross McKay now in control at mid-field and the All Saints defence in dominant mood the South West side started to turn the screw as Harry Wylie pointed two more frees to edge his side nine clear by the 15th minute.
St. Gall’s never gave up as Sean Stewart and Darragh Ferguson drove them forward once more but the All Saints defence were now firmly in command and a couple of pointed frees from the boot of Dubhaltach Wilson was all they could muster.
Back came the Slemish park side and the excellent Harry Wylie fired home their third goal and followed from a pointed free as the game went into time added on before Ross McKay concluded the scoring with the game’s final point.
A good game of football played in a sporting manner throughout but it was a well-coached All Saints who held the upper hand for most of the game. They combined well and were always willing to move the ball unselfishly to a colleague when the opportunity arose.
They were solid in defence where Shaun O’Callahan, Michael Read and Patrick Ferris Excelled and at mid-field Ronan McKillop and Ross McKay worked tirelessly. Harry Wylie excelled in a sharp attack where Oisin O’Mullan, Ciaran Campbell and Joseph O’Rawe were a constant threat.
St. Gall’s should be congratulated for winning a South Antrim league where a strong Rossa team claimed the All County Feile and they certainly gave it everything on the night but were unfortunate to face an All Saints side firing on all cylinders.
They were well in it at half time but found it difficult as their opponents pressed home their advantage in the second half. Aodh Mullan, Malachi McCluskey, Sean Stewart, Joshua Quinn, Conall McGirr and Dubhaltach Wilson were their best performers on the night.
All Saints: Blake Douglas: Jude Casey, Shaun O’Callahan, Richard McCann: Michael Read (Captain), Patrick Ferris, Ryan McCartney: Ronan McKillop, Ross McKay: Tyrone Mitchell, Harry Wylie, Ryan Martin: Joseph O’Rawe, Ciaran Campbell, Oisin O’Mullan, Subs: Jamie Montgomery, Paddy O’Brien, Cal O’Brien, Conor Corr, Niall Devine, John Logan, Calum Anderson, Daniel McCoy, Dara Killough.
St. Gall’s: Aodh Mullan: Che Devine, Malachi McCluskey, Garric MacAdhaimh, Tom Herdman, Sean Stewart, Joshua Quinn, Darragh Ferguson, Callum Walsh, Conall McGirr, Adam Churchill, Joseph Diamond, Niall Fallon, Dubhaltach Wilson, David Irvine, Subs: Peter Devine, James Sloan, Joseph Murphy, Nathaniel Savage, Aodhan McDonagh,
Referee Paul Hanna (Glenavy)