First half goals pave the way for convincing St. Enda’s victory

ACFL Division 2

St. Brigid’s 2-15 St. Enda’s 4-18

Goals from Ruairi Donaghy, Joe Maskey, Matthew O’Hare and Jason Higgins paved the way for a convincing victory by visitors St. Enda’s over a St. Brigid’s side lacking in confidence in Cloughmills tonight.

St. Enda’s made a lighting start and took control from early in the contest with three points from Cormac Jennings and goals from Donaghy and Maskey putting them in the driving seat as early as the eighth minute when they led by 2-3 to 0-1 with Liam Kearns getting St. Brigid’s only point.

Left with a mountain to climb the home side battled hard but a third goal from Matthew O’Hare, four minutes from half time left them trailing by 3-9 to 0-6 at the short whistle and even at this stage it looked as good as over.

Liam Kearns accounted for three of St. Brigid’s first half points from the placed ball and two from Aaron Smylie and one from a sublime side-line cut by Conor Laverty accounted for the Cloughmills total while Cormac Jennings struck half a dozen for the Hightown side.

St. Brigid’s fared much better after the break while never really looking like closing the gap as Liam Kearns got their opening point before Killian Jennings and Cormac Jennings responded for ‘Sambo’ McNaughton’s side.

Aaron Smylie pulled one back for the Cloughmills side but St. Brigid’s kept their momentum going with points from Ruairi Donaghy, substitute Jason Higgins and Cormac Jennings to extend their lead at the end of the third quarter.

The exchanges were fairly even at this stage with Conor Laverty, Liam Kearns and Eoin Dobbin firing over points for the home side in response to points from Cormac Jennings and Rory Crummey. A goal from Liam Kearns and an Eoin Dobbin point briefly gave the home side some hope but when Jason Higgins fired to the net at the other end it was all over.

St. Brigid’s did keep going to the end and were rewarded by a late goal from substitute Michael Reid but this score was very much a consolation score and St. Brigid’s now find themselves sitting pointless at the bottom of the league with neighbours Armoy who are also pointless after tonight’s defeat to Sarsfields.

St. Enda’s will be delighted with tonight’s performance which leaves them handily placed in third place behind Sarsfields and league leaders Creggan. They were strong all over the field with Matthew O’Hare, Ruairi Diamond, Edward O’Connor, Joe Maskey, Cormac Jennings and Ruairi Donaghy their best performers on the night.

St. Brigid’s: Chris McKiernan, Aaron McGuckin, James Doherty, Steven Martin, Geoffery Og Laverty, Ruairi Laverty, Michael Devlin, Johnny Duffin, Michael Morrison, Eoin Dobbin, Joseph Smyth, Aaron Smylie, Steven Smyth, Conor Laverty, Liam Kearns. Subs: Michael Reid

St. Enda’s: Martin Curran, Niall O’Connor, Rian Gillen, Ruairi Diamond, Matthew O’Hare, Edward O’Connor, Joe Maskey Ryan Bogue, Cormac Jennings, Ruairi Donaghy, John McGoldrick, Dermot Maguire, Philip Curran, Killian Jennings Subs: Jason Higgins, Daniel Lowry, Aidan McGowan

Referee: Gerry Cosgrove (Glenariffe)

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