Johnnies dent Creggan’s league ambitions

All County Football League Division 1

Naomh Eoin 4-14 Creggan 0-12

Pics by Bert Trowlen

Creggan’s hopes of retaining their Division 1 Football League title were dealt a bad blow at Corrigan Park on Sunday when they were well beaten by St John’s. Things were going well for the Kickham’s when they led by 0-6 to 0-2 after twenty minutes but St John’s hit back before the break in emphatic fashion, scoring 2-5 to go in at half time with a 2-7 to 0-6 lead. After the change of ends the Belfast side continued to dominate and two more goals put them in control as they ran out winners by 14 points.

On a great day for football Kickhams were dominant in the early stages as points from Conor Small (2),Ruairi McCann, David McGuckian, Marty Johnston and Eunan McAteer, to two Patrick McBride frees saw them lead 0-6 to 0-2. With a four point lead things looked good for the visitors but St. John’s really stepped it up a gear scoring two cracking goals through Simon McDonagh and Mathew Fitzpatrick plus three points from Conal Kelly and two from Andy McGowan to turn the game on its head.

Seven points to the good at the break St. John’s started the second half on the front foot with points from Mc Bride, Kelly, Fitzpatrick and Peter McCallin in reply to just three from Creggan’s Dominic McAteer, Ruair McCann an Eunan McAteer. By this stage the game was beyond reach for the Staffrodstown side but St. John’s hadn’t finished yet with another Fitzpatrick point and goals for Patrick McBride and Andy McGowan. With the game fizzling out both team scored another two points each with McBride and McCallin getting the Johnnies scores and Aiden McKeown and McGuckian getting Kickhams scores.

The ball is now firmly in Cargin’s court and if they can win their game in hand on Tuesday night against Casements then they will have one hand on the trophy.

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