Antrim Div. 2 Reserve Football League
S.W. Antrim McCormick Cup
St. Joseph’s 2.12 v 2.15 Tir Na nÓg
This game at Chapel Hill on Wednesday evening had double points at steak with the sides agreeing to play for a place in the next round of the McCormick Cup as well as the points for the Division 2 Reserve league on offer.
The game was played on a beautiful summer evening in front of very few spectators. Both sides deserve a word of praise for the entertainment they served up. The home side got off to a great start with minor player Fergal Henry slotting over two excellent points. Leigh Martin pulled a point back for the visitors but Niall McCann and Fergal Henry extended their side’s lead with points.
The Whitehill side then went on a scoring spree with 1-06 from Eamon Og McAllister with a goal and 2 points (1 Free), Leigh Martin with 2 (1free), Dara Fagin with 2, to leave the score 1-07 v 0-04 as the visitors began to take control.
Johnny Phillips pulled a point back only to see it cancelled out by a Daniel Hastings point but the lough view men closed out the half with Gerard Hamilton getting a goal and point to bring them back into contention. Conor Mulholland came up from corner back and showed the forwards how to take a point to close the gap to the minimum and leave everything still to play for in the second half. Half time score Glenavy 1.07 v 1.08.Tir na nÓg.
Tir na nOg fired over four unanswered points at the start of the second half from Kevin Coogan and Daniel Fagan. Leigh Martin added another with a point from play and a pointed free to leave his side five in front. Fergal Henry and Johnny Phillips pulled two back for the Chapel Hill side but when Michael Toal pounced to score a goal the visitors were on a high. To their credit the young home side didn’t throw in the towel with Niall McCann adding to the Glenavy score. Leigh Martin extended the lead for the side in blue before Lorcan Hennan pounced on a loose ball to find the back of the net.
Fergal Henry had Glenavy’s final scores with a pointed free and one from play to close the gap to one but with time running out Leigh Martin and Daniel Fagin had the game’s final scores to leave Tir na nÓg winning on a scoreline of 2-15 to 2-12.
Glenavy: D. Shannon; S. Eastwood, M. McPeak, C. Mullholland, N. Scullion, M. Clenaghan, J. Phillips, B. McCambridge, F. Corr, C. Grant, L. Heenan, N. McCann, F. Henry, A. Gallagher, G. Hamilton.
Tir. Na nÓg: S.P. McAtamney, S. Carey. R. O’Dea, E. Martin, Kevin Byrne, D. McCormick, B. McCormick, E Og McAllister, P. Sherrin, M. Tolan, L. Martin, D. Fagin, D. Hastings, K. Coogan, B. McCloskey, D. O’Kane
Referee: Colin McDonald.