ACFL Division 2
Rasharkin 1-6 All Saints 3-17
All Saints bounced back from Championship disappointment to make it a treble of victories over old adversaries Rasharkin with a convincing victory at Dreen. In a game where there wasn’t much at stake except pride the Ballymena side fielded a strong starting 15 to move a place above their host at the top of division 2B
Shea O’Brien, like in the Championship meeting between the two sides, got the ball rolling when he showed predatory instinct to divert home a loose shot in the opening minutes. There was no looking back for All Saints after this as they totally dominated the contest racking up some great scores with Michael McCarry and Sean McVeigh getting in on the act. Ciaran McLarnon rattled the net for All Saints second goal after 12 minutes, putting the Ballymena men 9 points clear. The pressure was relentless as the visitiors split the posts a further six times before the break before Eamonn McNeill finally got the home side on the board as the half drew to a close with Saints holding a 2-12 to 0-1 lead.
Rasharkin showed some fighting spirit in the second half scoring a goal of their own through a great finish from Ryan Lynch. Niall Shannon in the Saints goal was then forced into two fine saves, before a late flurry from the Ballymena side saw points from Ciaran McLarnon, Lee Kirk and Michael McCarry saw them move clear again. As the clock run down Eoin Walsh making a marauding run from the back combined with Sean McVeigh before planting the ball in the corner of the net to complete the scoring and round off a great win for Saints.
There were some great performances on the day for All Saints with the whole defence, led by Joe Rocks and Peter McNicholl, limiting Rasharkin to few scoring chances. Sean McVeigh was excellent at midfield chipping in with a few scores while in the forwards, Michael McCarry was accurate as ever and he was aided well by Shea O’Brien and Ciaran McLarnon who between them went through a power of work scoring 2-5 in the process.