Goals prove the difference for Aggies

All County Football League – Division 3

St Agnes 2-9 V St Patrick’s (Lisburn) 0-9

In a well contested match at Kirkwood’s Park, the teams were level on 5 occasions in the first half. A heavy shower, just before throw in, left the conditions underfoot tricky and a stiff Crossfield breeze, slightly in the home team’s favour, didn’t help either.

A fine point from Josh Mc Mullan opened the scoring for St Pat’s after (5mins). In the sixth minute, Declan Mc Larnon launched the Aggies account with a good score, after a great move started at the back, when Patrick Mulgrew turned over a St Pat’s forward. Ronan Carroll, (12mins) from a free, eased the black and whites in front followed closely by a point for St Pat’s from Ben Mc Mullan. A Declan Mc Larnon free on (15 mins) restored the visitor’s lead. The home team replied with an equaliser with (20 mins) gone and took the lead a few minutes later. However, a nice Matt Murdoch point levelled matters once more at 4pts apiece. St Pat’s went in front again on (23 mins) only for Conal Turley (25 mins) to tie the game up at 5pts each at half time.

St Pat’s, to their dismay, had recorded seven wides as opposed to the visitor’s one wide and one short.

St Agnes went in front four times in the second half through two Ronan Carroll frees, a Conal Turley point and another from Declan Crummey who was put through with a fast hand pass from Declan Mc Larnon, only to see his goal bound shot tipped over the bar by the home keeper. The Aggies suffered a blow on (35 mins) when Kevin Grieve pulled a quad muscle and had to go off. Conor ‘Slim’ Mc Lean replaced him, winning a lot of ball in a gritty second half Aggies performance.

Each time the Aggies went in front St Pat’s replied. Their final score came on (54 mins). The match was now tied at 0-9 each and St Pat’s would come to rue those first half wides and the six dropped shots into the reliable hands of Aggies keeper, Bob Carroll, in the second half.

The Aggies management brought on Conor Gilligan to replace Matt Murdoch on (54 mins). Conor’s first task was to take a free which tailed narrowly wide in the stiff breeze. However, on (55 mins) Conor finished to the net after a quick moving counterattack. Four mins later he sealed the victory for the visitors after Declan Crummey put him in on goal.

Although this game was contested fiercely throughout, St Agnes finished deserving winners, 2-9 to 0-9, virtue of the fact they were much more economical than the home team.

The Referee, Danny O’ Neill, deserves a mention with a strong performance and firmly in control of the match throughout.

St Agnes Team: Bob Carroll, Patrick Carroll, Patrick Mulgrew, Cormac Flannery, Ronan Carroll (0-3) (0-2 frees), Ryan Reilly, Briondain Mc Larnon, Conal Turley (0-2), Cormac Mc Bride, Conor Pelan, Mark Caldwell, Matt Murdoch (0-1), Kevin Grieve, Declan Crummey (0-1), Declan Mc Larnon (0-2) (0-1 free) Subs: Conor Mc Lean for Kevin Grieve (35 mins), Conor Gilligan for Matt Murdoch (54 mins) (2-0)

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