Campbell’s late strike ends Aldergrove’s unbeaten run

Antrim Minor Football League Division 1

St Brigid’s 3-7 St James Aldergrove 0-14

An injury time goal from right half back Shay Campbell saw St Brigid’s snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against visitors Aldergrove in Tuesday evening’s Minor Football League Division 1 game at Musgrave Park. As the game entered added time it appeared the Crumlin boys had done enough to snatch the win, despite wasting a series of chances, but they were made to pay when the ball broke kindly for Campbell on the edge of the area and he took advantage to seal the win and in doing so end the St James’s side’s unbeaten run.

Shay Campbell celebrates his late winner

The visitors had dominated the opening minutes and were good value for their 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the tenth minute. However the power and pace that marked their early play appeared to desert them and excellent goals from full forward Ben Doherty and centre half forward Marcus Lynch helped the home team to a 2-3 to 0-7 interval lead.

Aldergrove were back on terms early in the second half when two points from Conor Morris and one from Michael Blaney, in reply to one from Conan McNicholl for the home side, tied the scores at 2-4 to 0-10.  Ben Doherty briefly restored St Brigid’s lead when he finished a good move involving Ronan Boyle and Toirleach Brolly with a neat point but the visitors hit back to hit four of the next five scores, the last of them from Morris which gave his team a two point lead by the 56th minute.

Aldergroves Declan Gough in action against St Brigids Callum Webb

When Marcus Lynch pointed a free on 59 minutes for St Brigid’s to cut the gap to a single point it still looked like the visitors had done enough to keep their unbeaten run intact but with Boyle inspiring at midfield St Brigid’s produced one more scoring chance and Campbell took full advantage to seal a two point win and keep his team in the league race.

Tir na nÓg stay top

League leaders Tir na nÓg gave another top class display as they romped to an emphatic win over visitors Dunloy at Whitehill to maintain their 100% record. All Saints Ballymena had a two point win over visitors Sarsfield’s at Slemish Park to stay in contention in the league title race, Cargin beat St Gall’s by 4-12 to 3-10 in Toome, Con Magees Glenravel got their first win of the season with a 5-20 to 3-13 win over Portglenone at Fr Maginn Park while St Paul’s beat Creggan by 3-10 to 2-4 at Shaw’s Road.    

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