Report & Photographs: Joe Rice
ACHL Division 2A
Creggan 0-15 Eoghain Ruadh 1-12
Kickhams Creggan hosted Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon, on Saturday afternoon for the 2nd leg of the League fixtures. Although Creggan were missing six starters from the corrosponding away game, the result was the same as these teams shared the spoils once again.
The visitors arrived with an air of confidence and soon got proceedings going with a point in the 1st minute from Damien Casey. Brannon Molloy increased their tally in the 3rd minute before Kiefer Morgan stunned the home support running through the defence to bag a goal. From the throw in, Creggan struggled with their accuracy, Oran McCann, Liam McCann, Tommy McCann and Ruairi McCann were all off target as they struggled to open account
. It was almost 10 minutes before Teddy McKeown pointed for the home side raising a cheer from their supporters while Dungannon’s tally increased with two frees and a 65 from Damien Casey and with 15 minutes gone they led the home side 1.05 to 0.01. Tiernan Morgan increased the visitors’ tally with a fine point from distance. and at this stage of the game Creggan looked badly out of sorts as their wide tally increased. Their 2nd score of the half came from a free by Oran McCann 20 minutes in. Casey and Morgan responded respectively with a point each but with 5 minutes left of the 1st half Creggan finally rallied with Ruairi McCann pointing from play in the 25th and 26th minute and Oran McCann added another on the 28th minute.
HALF TIME SCORE: Creggan 0.05 v Dungannon 1.08.
Referee, Colm Murray, must have had plans as he was eager to get the 2nd half going but it was a further 5 minutes before a flag was raised as Conor Small pointed from play in the 35th minute. This score seemed to lift the home side and they went on to add another 9 points in the second half. Oran McCann 0.04, Teddy McKeown 0.02, Conor Small 0.02 and Ethan Carey Small 0.01 were thew Creggan scorer with the visitors held to just four during a second half in which Kickham’s held the upper hand.
Damien Casey from a free and two 65s and Malachy Mulgrew were the Eoghan Ruadh scorers, Mulgrew’s point the final score of the contest coming in the 2nd minute of extra time to easrn the visitors a share of the spoils. The resulting puck out was claimed high by Oran McCann but as he was about to pull the trigger the final whistle sounded.
Creggan will be disappointed by the result but on the day both sides played their part in making this this a good game and on reflection a draw was possibly a fair result.
CREGGAN – No.1 Emmet Long, No.2 Jake McAteer, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Danaan O’Hara, No.5 Martin Johnston, No.6 Liam McCann, No.7 Ciaran Rice, No.8 Ruairi McCann 0.02, No.9 Aidan McKeown 0.03, No.10 Ethan Carey Small 0.01, No.11 Oran McCann 0.06, No.12 Conor Small 0.03, No.13 Dermot Mulholland, No.14 Morgan Nelson, No.15 Thomas McCann, No.16 Mark McCann, No.18 Enda Maguire, No.20 Eoghan Grant. SUBS – Enda Maguire for Martin Johnston, Mark McCann for Dermot Mulholland.
EOGHAIN RUADH – No.1 John Devlin, No.2 Sean Donaghy, No.3 Stephen Donnelly, No.4 Padraig Mallon, No.5 Lorchan Devlin, No.6 Mark Winter, No.7 Patrick McHugh, No.8 Martin Devlin, No.9 Tiernan Morgan 0.02, No.10 Damien Casey 0.08, No.11 Piaras McErlean, No.12 Bannon Molloy 0.01, No.13 Matthew Mulgrew, No.14 Kiefer Morgan 1.00, No.15 Ben Gormley, No.16 Patrick McKillion, No.17 Cathal McErlean, No.18 Cormac McHugh, No.19 Padraig Hughes, No.20 Sean McGeary, No.21 Matthew McCann, No.22 Paul Lavery, No.23 Brian Rush, No.24 Terry McIntosh, No.25 Eoin Lougue.
Referee: Colin Murray