All County Minor Football League (Div Two)
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 5-15 Gort na Mona 2-06
Moneyglass remain in touch with the goings on at the top of the table and consolidate their second place berth in the All County Minor Football League Division 2 when the proved too strong for the visiting Gort na Mona on Tuesday evening.
The St Ergnat’s boys did take a time to get it together and indeed the city visitors made the better start to proceedings and a 9th minute goal sent to the back of the net by their hard working mid-fielder Tim Scannell saw them secure early advantage.
Both had squandered early openings secured in turn but after Gary Murray opened account for the home side with a 6th minute point the visitors were quick to return fire when Ciaran Scullion sent his mid-fielder in to shake the net with a crisp finish and Caomhinn Beck followed with a point.
The home side drew abreast at the end of the opening quarter when Jack Mc Coy was impeded inside the square and Gavin Murray stroked the resultant penalty to the back of the net when the former added a second goal a few minutes later they had secured the lead.
A subtle Ben Hamill delivery, after full back Dermot Scullen made a fine interception, sent the wily corner forward in for his side’s second major and although Aiden Dempster raised a white flag in reply at the other end shortly afterwards, Tyler Cassidy’s 18th minute strike saw Moneyglass at 2-02 to 1-02 to the good.
The opening period had continued close and although the home side retained advantage the Gorts were still in contention, but after JJ Quinn struck to grab a fine 24th minute point, following a similar Ben Hamill score at the other end, the visitors were to be reduced to fourteen men. Jack Mc Coy had the final say on the scoreboard in the last minute and his 30th minute point ensured a 2-04 to 1-03 advantage at the short blast.
The home side started in the second period on the positive and when Jack Mc Coy (2), Peter Mc Cormick, and Gary Murray raised white flags apiece they had sprinted into an eight point lead. A flying start to second period proceedings for the home side but their visitors were not about to hoist any semblance of a white flag in a hurry and when the impressive Caomhinn Beck made his way in on the left hand side to dispatch to the back of the net in the 42nd minutes the west Belfast boys had cause to hope.
The centre forward added back to back points in the previous few minutes and ensured only four points separated them from their hosts with Moneyglass at 2-09 to 2-05. Moneyglass were being asked questions about their character but they were not to linger long in the provision of the answer as Fiontan and Gavin Murray combined to send Enda Duffin in for a goal and when the nimble Jack Mc Coy followed with a couple of points the home side were back on the victory trail.
The home side dominated the rest of the game and points from Michael Martin and Gary Murray preceded an eye catching 52nd minute Aiden Mc Erlean goal when the corner forward’s cheeky lob finished in the corner of the net and the end was in sight.
Gort na Mona’s best on view Caomhinn Beck did add a 54th minute point to his side’s tally but the home side were to finish with a flourish and a couple of Tyler Cassidy points and a Michael Martin goal added in the latter stages saw them cross the winning line full value for a 5-15 to 2-06 victory.
Rory Gribbin, Michael Martin (1-02), Dermot Scullen, Conor O’ Kane, Shea Madden, Tiernan Murray, Gary Murray (1-02), Ben Hamill (0-01), Tyler Cassidy (0-03), Enda Duffin (1-01), Aiden Mc Erlean (1-00), Jack Mc Coy (1-05), Peter Mc Cormick (0-01)
Conor Neeson for D Mc Erlean
Henry O’ Donnell for M Martin
Fiontan Murray for T Cassidy
Ryan Martin for C O’ Kane
Aiden Mc Erlean for M Martin
Gort na Mona
Ruairi Dixon, Darren Cahill, Connolly Taylor, Oran Garland, Oisin Cordner, Joe Mc Kee, JJ Quinn (0-01), Tim Scannell (1-00), Tiernan Jackson, Morgan Kelly, Caomhinn Beck (1-04), Aiden Dempster (0-01), Ciaran Scullion