Aghagallon win battle of St Mary’s

O’Neill’s All County Football League Division One

St Mary’s Aghagallon 1:21 Naomh Muire Ahoghill 0:14

This was the last of the games before the split and although both St. Mary’s knew that they were below the line at the split, the two points would be a valuable haul going forward into the second round of games. Thanks to the good weather Pairc Na nGael was decidedly sunburnt but this didn’t prevent an enjoyable end to end game with all but 5 score coming from play.

The Aghagallon St. Mary’s opened strongly with a point in the opening minute from Ruari Loughran. This was followed up two minutes later by a point from Caolan Farr and in the fourth minute a point from full forward Ruari McCann.

The Ahoghill St. Mary’s opened their account after 6th minute with a point from James O’Connell but Aghagallon were to stretch their lead to seven points as Gareth Magee, Francis Bustard, Jack Lenehan, Caolan Farr and Eunan Walsh added points as they dominated the next 10 minutes.

On 18 minutes Donal Graham reduced the deficit but Aghagallon immediately responded with a points from Ruari McCann and Gareth Magee to maintain their dominance on the scoreboard. In the 21st minute Ahoghill reduced the deficit with two quickfire points from James O’Connell and James Magee before Caolan Farr put another point on the board for Aghagallon.

Ahoghill finished the half with two points from Thomas McGlone who kicked a massive score from midfield on 25 minutes and in the final minute of the game PJ O’Connell grabbed the first point of the game not to come from play when he converted a free from 20 metres leaving the Ahoghill men trailing by five at the half time whistle St. Mary’s Aghagallon 0.11 St. Mary’s Ahoghill 0.06.

The second half began with a surging run from Euan Walsh whose brought a great save from the Ahoghill netminder Francis Neeson before the opening minute of the half was up. The first score of the game came in the 3rd minute from Aidan Graham but this was cancelled out a minute later when Gareth Magee pointed for Aghagallon and in the 5th minute Caolan Farr extended the Aghagallon lead with another point.

In the 6th, 7th  & 9th minutes Aghagallon’s lead was reduced when Dairmuid Graham, Aidan Graham and James O’Connell pointed for Ahoghill. Aghagallon however widened the gap again with points from Eunan Walsh and Ruari McCann in the 10th and 12th minute. James O’Connell replied with point from a free in the 15th minute but in the following attack Aghagallon won a penalty when Gareth Magee’s shot on goal was adjudged to have been stopped by a foot block and Ruari Loughran stepped up to slot home from the 11m spot for the only goal of the game.

This score put any hope Ahoghill had of taking anything from this game beyond their reach but they responded with a Micheal O’Connell point before Aghagallon further extended their lead through Caolan Farr and Shane Russelll. Dairmuid Graham again reduced the deficit by one in the 22nd minutes but St. Mary’s replied immediately through Gareth Magee and three minutes later through Ruari Loughran.

In the final minute of normal time Donal Graham got the final Ahoghill point from a free but in added time Aghagallon were to add two further scores to their total through Caolan Farr and Gareth Magee giving the Aghagallon men a 10 point win.


St. Mary’s Aghagallon: Gavin O’Neill, Aidan Mulholland, Daniel Donnelly, Mark McKenna, Paul Mulholland, Pat Brannigan, Adam Shanks, Eunan Walsh (0.02), Jack Lenehan (0.01), Francis Bustard (0.01), Caolan Farr (0.06), Gareth Magee (0.05), Ciaran Brady, Ruairi McCann (0.03), Ruari Loughran (1.02), Shane Russell (0.01), Darryl McAlernon, Jamie Lamont,

St. Mary’s Ahoghill: Francis Neeson, Seamus McKeever, Stephen O’Connell, Bernard Graham, James Magee (0.01), Diarmaid Graham (0.02), Thomas Hamill, Sean McMahon, Thomas McGlone (0.01), Michael O’Connell, James O’Connell (0.04), Eoin Graham, Aidan Graham, Donal Graham (0.02), Owen Jr Neeson (0.01), Neil Jr O’Connell, PJ O’Connell (0.02), Micheal O’Connell (0.01), Conor Neeson, Chris McGlone

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