Superb Smith fires Cuchullains to victory

Senior Reserve Football Shield

Group Two

Dunloy 1-12 All Saints 0-6

Report and pics by Brendan McTaggart

A five-star performance from Anthony Smith helped Dunloy to a comfortable win over the visitors to Pearse Park on Friday evening as the GAA season restarted once again.  The Cuchullains had nine points to spare over All Saints with Smith helping himself to a brilliant 1-7 from play out of his sides total of 1-12.  A quite brilliant display from the young man in a match the home side controlled for long periods.

Both sides looked to shake off any cobwebs after the lockdown and it’s fair to say the game was slow in starting.  Just two scores before the first water-break at the mid point of the first half with Eoghan McGrath and Cormac Magill splitting the posts.

The home side looked more assured in possession and pushed higher up the pitch to keep the Ballymena men under increasing pressure.  Three points from Caolan Gillan and Smith (two) in as many minutes opened a lead for the home side and one they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

All Saints landed scores from Cormac Magill and James Hayburn but a Gillan free in first half injury time gave the Cuchullains a two point lead at the short whistle.

Half time Dunloy 0-5 All Saints 0-3

The visitors made a bright start to the second half with Niall Walsh halving the Dunloy lead with their first attack.  It proved to be a false dawn however as they wouldn’t register another score for a further 20 minutes.

Dunloy continued to press the All Saints defence and dominated in midfield.  Callum Scullion and Ryan McFarlane impressing with their direct runs through the middle while Aidy Scullion provided plenty of assistance from full back.  Liam McCann dictated play at centre three quarters while Smith took the scores with class.  He scored three points in a nine minute spell before scoring the only goal of the game.  Caolan Gillan with the assist, a delicious ball over the top that was timed to perfection by Smith.  The Dunloy man collected and blasted to the back of the net to put the game to bed with 10 minutes of the game remaining.

THE VILLAGE INN DUNLOY

Both sides emptied their benches to give their panels much needed game time but the Cuchullains didn’t let up.  Liam McCann, Caolan Gillan and Smith (two) added further points with a solitary free from Sean McCambridge the only response from the Ballymena side.

The Cuchullains travel to Moneyglass next Friday evening for their next match in the round robin while All Saints welcome Con Magees to Slemish Park on the same night.

Dunloy

Eoghan Scott; Paddy Kinsella, Aidy Scullion, Oisin McErlean; Ciaran McQuillan, Callum Scullion, Ciaran McIlfatrick; Ryan McFarlane, Peter McQuillan; Anthony Smith, Liam McCann, Anthony Doran; Eoghan McGrath, Caolan Gillan, Oisin McPoland

Scorers: Anthony Smith 1-7; Caolan Gillan 0-3 (1f); Eoghan McGrath 0-1; Liam McCann 0-1

All Saints

Niall Shannon; Eoin Walsh, Padhraig Magill, Darragh Mussen; Cormac Magill, Joe Rocks, Conor Magill; Cormac Lennon, Ciaran Shannon; Emmett McAllister, Conor O’Rawe, Niall Walsh; Lee Kirk, Sean McCambridge, Peter McCann

Scorers: Cormac Magill 0-3; James Hayburn 0-1 (1f); Sean McCambridge 0-1 (1f); Niall Walsh 0-1

Referee: Ryan O’Reilly (Con Magees)

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