All County Hurling League – Division 1
St John’s 3-22 St Gall’s 0-5
St. John’s ran out easy winners in today’s opening Division 1 League game against St.Galls at a wet and blustery Corrigan Park. The Johnnies have been training hard in the lead up to the start of this league campaign and it showed as they overran a St Galls side who have just returned to action following their Ulster Intermediate win last season. The visitors’ cause was not helped by losing two men to double yellow cards and they finished with 13 men as Niall O’Neill (on 22 minutes) and Joe McDaniels (on 40 mins) incurred the wrath of match referee Colm Cunning.
St John’s started in bright fashion with early points from Conor Johnston, a Domhnall Nugent free and a great score from distance from Domhnall Moran. St. Galls registered their first score through a Jackson McGreevy free but St John’s continued to tag on further scores from the ever impression Conor Johnston and Domhnall Nugent who was back with the Johnnies after his two year sabbatical. Nugent was unerring all day from frees, clocking up an impressive 0.9 with three from play over the course of the hour. Johnston scored a great goal on 27 mins which effectively ended the game as a contest. McGreevy did score two more frees, but the final say was a neat point from Michal Dudley to send the teams in at halftime with St. John’s leading 1.9 to 0.3.
St. John’s aided with the extra man and more fluent approach play began to open up a large lead with further points from half time sub Donal McKernan on his debut, Ciaran Johnson, Shea Shannon and Michael Bradley with two. McDaniels’ red card didn’t help the St. Galls cause and two further goals in the space of two minutes from Conor Johnson and Mick Dudley stretched the Johnnies lead to 3.16 to 0.3. McGreevy did respond with two consolation frees, as St. John’s continued to score freely with further points from Aidan McMahon, Donal McKernan, Dudley, Johnson and the score of the game from tight on the sideline by Domhnall Nugent. Nugent was very impressive on his return to the blue and white and put a great shift in all afternoon. He was able assisted by Conor Johnson who finished up with 2.5 from play. Colm McFall was solid in goals and the defence was well marshalled by Ryan McNulty at full back and Barry McFall at centre-half. Up front young Conal Bohill had a great debut and acquitted himself well and is certainly one to watch in the future. St. Galls battled until the end with the evergreen Aodhan Gallagher working tirelessly throughout, Conor Stinton at midfield worked hard along with Stephen Morrison in defence. St. Galls were missing quite a few regulars and in showed as they were outclassed by their near neighbours from the outset. St. John’s next outing is away to Dunloy in a fortnight which will be a much sterner test.
Colm McFall, Domhnall Moran (0-1), Ryan McNulty, Jack Bohill, Conal Morgan, Barry McFall, Michael Bradley (0-2), Shea Shannon (0-1), Jimmy Peoples, Micheal Dudley (1-2), Ciaran Johnston (0-1), Conal Bohill, Conor Johnston (2-5), Domhnall Nugent (0-9), C.J McKenna. Subs Donal McKernan (0-2) for CJ McKenna, Simon McCrory for Jack Bohill, Lorcan Heenan for Domhnall Moran, Aidan McMahon for Jimmy Peoples and Sean Wilson for Conal Morgan.
Kurtis McGreevy, Stephen Morrison, Joe McDaniels, Eoghan McCurdy, Ryan Irvine, Niall O’ Neill, Aodhan Gallagher, Jackson McGreey (0-5 all frees), Conor Stinton, Greg McGreevy, Patrick Friel, Marcus Donnelly, Oran McIlhatton, Antoin McCaffrey, Ciaran McCaffrey.
Referee – Colum Cunning (Dunloy)