ACFL Division 3
St. Paul’s 6-20 O’Donnell’s 0-5
Following relegation from division 2 last year St. Paul’s took a time to settle in division 3 but they have shown in recent games that they are capable of much better and last night a struggling O’Donnell’s had no answer to a slick Shaw’s Road outfit.
The hoops were superior all over the field with O’Donnell’s cause not helped when they lost their keeper through injury in the opening half but they must still have thought they were in with a shout despite trailing 3-4 to 0-4 at the break.
In truth the result was sealed after early goals from Conor Burns and Liam McKenna but O’Donnell’s rallied somewhat before the half time whistle with 4 unanswered points to leave the HT score at 3-4 to 0-4.
The home side laid siege on the visitor’s goal after the break, pinning them in their own half for long periods and the scores came thick and fast with Liam McKenna, Conor Burns, Niall Peoples and Paddy Doyle sending over some excellent points.
McKenna top scored with 3-3 and Burns followed close behind as these two proved a constant threat to an over worked O’Donnell’s defence who must have been relieved to hear the full time whistle.
After a poor start to their division 3 campaign St. Paul’s have got their game together and sit in fourth place but with a game in hand and a win over Ballycastle on Sunday would see them move into joint second and I would expect them to be very much in the promotion shake up cfome the end of the season.
St. Paul’s scorers: Liam McKenna 3-3, Conor Burns 2-4 (1F) Niall Peoples 1-3, Paddy Doyle 0-3, Liam McLarnon 0-2, Damian Magee 0-2, Joe Duffy 0-2 , Liam Og Magee 0-1 MJ Cooper 0-1 (f)