St. Teresa’s get back to winning ways

ACHL Division 4

All Saints 2-9 St. Teresa’s 4-12

After suffering a first league defeat away to Glenravel on Monday night St. Teresa’s got back to winning ways when they made another trip to the South West on Wednesday evening to play All Saints.

St Teresa’s pointed after 30 seconds to give them the perfect start at a sunny Slemish Park. The home side took a while to settle into the game with the Belfast men making all the early running. Another point and goal gave them a five point lead before Damian Gillan and Padhraig Magill replied for the Saints. Growing in confidence the home side were dealt another blow when St Teresa’s star man Phil Maguire ran through and despite being put under pressure finished to the corner of the net with a one handed swing. The sides then traded points with a pointed free for Gillan and one from Vinney Esler keeping the Ballymena men in touch. St Teresa’s stretched their lead with 5 points with Maguire again punishing the Saints although they kept battling for every ball and got their reward when Niall McGarry finished to the net just before the half time whistle.

The second half started in similar fashion as the first with St Teresa’s making all the early running. A long delivery was misjudged and ended up in the back of the Saints net to extend the gap to double figures. Back to back frees from Gillan and a long range point from Esler reduced the gap before St Teresa’s cancelled it out at the other end with another goal. Late scores from Gillan, Padhraig Magill and a goal from his brother Cormac kept the scoreboard ticking over but it was the Belfast men, led by top scorer Maguire who ran out eventual 9 point winners

All Saints: Anthony Mitchell, PJ O’Kane, Chris McAfee, Frank Casey, Sean O’Rawe, Colum Neeson, Marty McNally, Brendan McDonnell, Vinney Esler (0-2), Paul Scullion, Padhraig Magill (0-2), Cormac Magill (1-0), Niall McGarry (1-0), Barry Dorrity, Damian Gillan (0-5)

Subs. Terence Diamond for Marty McNally

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