Saints seconds stay in touch

O’Neill’s ACFL Division 2 Reserve

All Saints 6-12 Gort na Mona 1-6

In the division 2 Reserve game that preceded last night’s senior game between All Saints and Davitt’s, last year’s winners All Saints entertained Gort na Mona with second place in this year’s league the prize both sides were striving for.

St. Paul’s look odds on favourites to finish top of the league with two games remaining but a win last night moves All Saints into second place, above St. Ergnat’s on score difference and they made their intentions clear from early in the game.

Playing an attractive brand of football the Quinn Park side moved the ball about confidently and their pace, support play and clinical finishing made it a tough night for the visiting ‘Gorts’. An early goal by Dee Kelly sent All Saints on their way and they pushed on to lead 2-5 to 0-4 at the break.

Kelly added a second goal 12 minutes into the game and points from Luke O’Rawe, Damian Gillan, Ruairi McKenna and a couple from Declan McNally accounted for their total at the break when they led by seven points.

Damian Kelly continued to show the younger members of his side the way to goal with a virtuoso performance in the second half as he added two more goals and put another on a plate for Lee Kirk and an equally impressive Luke O’Rawe added a sixth as the flood gates opened.

This was a solid performance by an All Saints side who haven’t quite reached the heights of last year but one that contains quite a few talented individuals who look capable of pushing on to play senior football.

Matthew Downey caught the eye in a rock solid All Saints defence and got the point his never-stop-running style deserved in the second half and looks a player with a bright future while Luke O’Rawe, Damian Kelly and Mark Muchan were others to catch the eye in a very pleasing team performance.

A word of praise also for referee Paul Burns of St. Comgall’s who allowed play to flow and was up with the play throughout.

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