Minor Football A Group 1
All Saints and Moneyglass met in round 2 of the Minor A Championship at Quinn Park in Ballymena.
All Saints won their first game away to Aghagallon and Moneyglass lost at home to Tir na nOg.
The game was played in almost perfect weather conditions on a fine playing surface at Quinn Park.
The first half was evenly contested with some good hard fast flowing football played by both sides.
Moneyglass were well set up and looked a threat on the counter attack with Tyler Cassidy prominent.
Both sides exchanged early scores with Aidan Scullion prominent with scores from frees and one from play.
At the first water break, All Saints led 0-6 to 0-4 with points from Aidan Scullion (0.3 2F), Oisin Connolly, Ronan McKillop and Jamie Montgomery with Tyler Cassidy (0.2) and Conor O’Kane (0.2) accurate from frees for Moneyglass.
As the first half came to an end, Saints registered a further 2 points from Aidan Scullion (F) & Ciaran Campbell sandwiched between another O’Kane point for the visitors from a free.
On the countdown to half time, the Saints held a 3 point lead and looked to be gaining a foothold in the game.
The lively Seanie McIntosh had other ideas when he hit a high shot from distance which hit the back of the net leaving the sides level at the interval 0.8 – 1.5.
On the restart, Moneyglass gained the upper hand with another well taken free from Conor O’Kane.
All Saints then enjoyed a purple patch with scores from Jake White, Aidan Scullion (0.3) (2F 1’45) and two well taken scores by Ronan McKillop with a reply by Ronan Campbell to keep the gap to 3 points with 5 minutes to go. Moneyglass then narrowed the gap following a turnover in the middle of the field, a counter attack leaving McIntosh again on hand to palm to the net for his 2nd goal of the evening.
With the game level, All Saints were reduced to 14 men with corner forward, Paddy O’Brien receiving a straight red for a late tackle on a Moneyglass defender.
With 2 minutes left, All Saints took a one point lead with another well taken free by Scullion. Moneyglass continued to probe for an equaliser and were awarded a scorable 20m free close to the stroke of full time. O’Kane again stepped up and scored to leave the sides level. The final score was 0-13 – 2-7
This was a keenly contested hard fought game with some good passages of football and good battles all over the field.
Both sides have 3 games remaining and will be keen to get more points on the board if they have ambitions of reaching a county semi-final.
Scorers: All Saints (0.13)
Aidan Scullion (0.7)
Oisin Connolly (0.1)
Ciaran Campbell (0.1)
Ronan McKillop (0.3)
Jamie Montgomery (0.1)
Conor O’Kane (0.4)
Tyler Cassidy (0.2)
Ronan Campbell (0.1)
Seanie McIntosh (2.)
All Saints: Daniel McCoy, Jude Casey, Jack Agnew, Richard McCann, Patrick Ferris, Michael Read, Ryan McCartney, Conall Killough, Jake White, Ronan McKillop, Oisin Connolly, Aidan Scullion, Ciaran Campbell, Jamie Montgomery, Paddy O’Brien. Subs: Cal O’Brien, Ryan Martin, Sean Hasson, Christy McKillop, Joe O’Rawe,
Moneyglass: Rory Gribbon, Seamus Totten, Brian Magee, Ruairi Duffin, Connlaodh McCann, Paul Duffin, James McCormick, Frank Duffin, Connor O’Kane, Ronan Campbell, Aidan McErlain, Shay Madden, Seanie McIntosh, Tyler Cassidy, Tiernan McCormick. Subs: Charlie McCloskey, Josh Jennings, Ryan Martin, Harry O’Donnell, Kevin McCann
Referee: Cathal McDermott (Tir na nOg)