Antrim U-21 B Football Championship
St Pauls 0-09-4-14 St Enda’s
From Kevin Herron at Colaiste Feirste
A brace of goals in each half saw St Enda’s through to the quarter-final of the U-21 B Championship after a 4-14-0-09 win over a dogged and determined St Pauls side at Colaiste Feirste this morning.
Sean McBride and Jack Park both hit the net in a dominant opening half hour that saw their side go in with a 2-07-0-03 lead and a second goal from Park and a powerful Cormac Scott strike helped the Glengormley men into the last eight – despite a spirited display from the Shaws Road men.
It was St Pauls who opened the scoring on the Falls Road as Paddy Doyle converted an early free – but Eoin Maguire hit back at the other end and Padraig Hamilton squeezed his shot high inside the large post to nudge St Enda’s 0-02-0-01 ahead.
The opening goal should have arrived after ten minutes as Sean McBride pulled the ball across to Jack Park whose initial shot was parried by Jack McAufield and the St Pauls goalkeeper somehow denied Park from from the follow-up with a terrific save low to his left.
Eoin Nagle increased his sides lead with a fine point before the Glengormley men found the net on the 13th minute.
Lorcan Murray’s popped pass across the face of goal was fisted to the net by Sean McBride and this time McAufield was helpless and St Enda’s were 1-03-0-01 to the good.
St Pauls should have responded at the other end but survived a prolonged goal-line scramble that saw Paddy Doyle drop the ball into the danger area, Eugene Reid had a low shot deflected away from the target and Ruairi Hamill hit the large post- their endeavour was eventually rewarded with a point through Mark Munce however.
Eoin Nagle responded with a point at the other end and Ruairi Hamill created space and closed the deficit to four-points again on the 20th minute.
It was to be St Pauls final score of the half though as St Enda’s began to pull away approaching the break.
Midfielder Niall McKeown expertly guided the ball over the bar and Jack Park slipped in Eoin Nagle who cut inside but opted for a point when a goal remained a possibility.
Nagle would conjure up a fourth point before the break after selling a dummy and curling the ball over the bar.
He almost added a goal to his personal tally on the stroke of half-time after scorer of the opener McBride gifted him a close range pass; Nagle palmed the ball off the underside of the bar – the ball didn’t cross the line until Jack Park steered it home from close range to give St Enda’s a healthy 2-07-0-03 advantage at the interval.
St Enda’s increased their lead four minutes after the restart and Jack Park doubled his goal count with a palmed effort to the net.
Eoin Nagle then clipped the ball over the bar and Padraig Hamilton added his second point of the contest.
Conor Murphy popped the ball over the bar to open St Pauls second-half account – though St Enda’s response would inflict further misery as Cormac Scott powerfully rifled past Jack McAufield to move his side 4-09-0-04 in front.
Ruairi Hamill and Sean McBride traded points before St Pauls hit a bit of a purple patch for the first time in proceedings.
Conall Finnegan split the posts after a nice interchange between Doyle and Reid, Niall Ward then played a one-two with Ruairi Hamill before claiming a point and their was a roles reversal in the next score as Ward intercepted and popped the ball off to Hamill who claimed his third of the afternoon.
Cormac Scott popped the ball and added to his earlier goal in-between times and then doubled his points tally after exchanging passes with Cormac Morgan.
Scott turned provider for Eoin Nagle’s sixth and final point of the morning, while Lorcan Murray steered over his sides final score of the game.
Mark Munce popped the ball over from a tight angle late-on for St Pauls – who to their credit refused to throw in the towel but in the end St Enda’s ran out convincing winners to take their place in the last eight and a meeting with St. Mary’s, Aghagallon.
St Pauls: J McAufield, M Duffy, D Stevenson, G McGroarty, M Munce (0-02), N Ward (0-01), P McCullough, C Finnegan (0-01), P Smyth, R Hamill (0-03), P Doyle (0-01f), E Reid, C Murphy (0-01), C O’Neill.
St Enda’s: C McCullough, C McKeown, P Hamilton (0-02), D Clarke, R O’Neill, M McNamee, E McNicholl, C Morgan, N McKeown (0-01), E Maguire (0-01), E Nagle (0-06), L Murray (0-01), J Park (2-00), C Scott (1-02), S McBride (1-01).
Referee: Mark McDonald (St Galls).