St Comgall’s battle back to take both league points

Naomh Padraig 1-11 Naomh Comhghall 1-12

St Comgall’s fought back from a bad start to take both league points in Sunday’s Division 3 game in Lisburn. The game started badly for the Antrim men when Lisburn scored a goal straight from the throw in and it got worse for the visitors as they fell 1.04 to no score behind after 10 minutes.

Fielding a much changed team than lined out in the previous games things were not working out, but switches were made and St. Comgall’s got their first score after 15 minutes and pulled back 2 more points to get back into contention. However the Lisburn side kept up the pressure and increased their lead to 1.09 to 0.04 at half time.

St Comhghalls V Lisburn 6-5-2018 (4)

Things improved for Naomh Comhghall after the change of ends as the Antrim side sorted out their defence and cut-out the first half mistakes and took the game to Lisburn with the defence keeping the home side at bay. Naomh Comhghall now attacked at will and kept the scoreboard ticking as the pressure mounted.

The Antrim town side spurned a glorious goal chance when Rory McLarnon won a Lisburn kick-out and raced through on the Lisburn goal, before unselfishly passing to Conor McAuley whose shot was turned around the post. However all was not lost as Ciaran Quinn pointed the resultant 45 to keep the pressure on the home side. The turning point came for Saint Comgall’s when Paddy O’Connor won the Lisburn kick-out and blasted to the net to give his side a 1.09 to 1.07 lead

St Comgall’s kept up  the pressure and pulled away to take a 1-12 to 1-10 lead. Lisburn closed the gap with a point to leave just the minimum between the sides, but it was to be the last score of the game as Naomh Comhghall held on for a hard earned two points.

ST COMGALL’S

1              Ben Johnson

2              Paul Flannagan

3              Paddy OConnor

4              Joe Webb

5              Ryan mc Auley

6              Paddy Quinn

7              Shane og Gribben

8             Oisin Crilly

9              Daryl mc Neill

10           Ruairi Griffen

11           Ciaran Quinn

12           Miles Devine

13           Conor McAuley

14           Lewis Higgins

15           Rory Mc Larnon

16           Colm Logue

17           Colm Griffen

18          Richie Leahy

substitution Colm Griffen for Lewis Higgins

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Pics by Eelco Westerhuis, St Comgall’s GAA

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