Glenavy comeback secures victory

ACFL Div.2. Group 2

Glenavy3.13 4.05 St.Teresas’

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

With home venue and excellent pitch the hill side were looking forward to a win in the opening game of this year’s league but they didn’t get things easy. Inside the first five minutes St.Teresa’s were 2.1 in front.

Darren McCann had the opening point quickly followed by goals from Joe Rafferty and Niall McCann. To their credit the young St. Joseph’s side rallied. Six unanswered points from Conor Hamill, Fergal Green with two, Patrick Gallagher, Fergal Henry and Niall McCann to leave two between the sides.

St.Teresa’s were awarded a penalty which was dispatched to the net. Fergal Green showed all his class with three excellent points, one from play and two pointed frees from difficult angles.

Halftime score 0.08 v 3.01 to the visitors.

Fergal Green added a pointed free to get the second half going. The home defence was breached again with a long ball in which fell to Jay Mellon who gave the home keeper no chance. The orange men would have been in serious trouble only for two excellent saves to keep his side in the game.

Once again back came the home side with a point and a goal from young Fergal Henry.  County player Patrick Gallagher finished an excellent move with a well-executed goal to put his side in front for the first time.

The city side were not going to give this one up without a fight. Jay Mellon had a point from play and one from a free but Glenavy replied and Fergal Henry split the posts from the sideline. Phillip Maguire got in on the act with a point from play for the visitors but once again Ferga l Henry raised the white flag. Joe Rafferty had the Glen Road side’s last score with time moving into time added on but the final score of the game fell to Conor Hamill who fired to the net in injury time to give his side a five point victory.

St.Joseph’s J. Nelson, L. Henry, R. Malley,  P. O’Neill, M. Hamill, C. Gallagher, J. Phillips, O. Hamill (M. Kane), M. Johnston, C. Loney, P. Gallagher, C. Hamill, F. Henry, F. Green (S. Doone) N. McCann (A. Gallagher).

Referee Paul Burns.

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