Senior Reserve Football Shield Group 2

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.10 v 1.05 St. James’ Aldergrove

photographs: Bert Trowlen

This was the first game played at Chapel Hill with supporters allowed into the ground with the relaxation from the lockdown.  As local derby’s go this was no exception with every ball contested fairly but no one pulling back in the tackle. The scores were close up until the 50th minute with the home side pulling away to the final whistle. The wet pitch and constant rain made handling difficult.

James Henry split the posts for the visitors first score before Peter Trainor and Anthony Gallagher gave the home support something to cheer about. The Crumlin side went two in front with points from Ryan Gorman, James Henry (0-2) put his team two up. We then had a resurgent home attack score four unanswered points, from Michael McCourt with two converted frees and Thomas and his brother Anthony Gallagher completing the first half score

Halftime St.Joseph’s 0.06 0.04 St.James’

The Hll side carried on from their second quarter dominance with Domnic Gallagher going on one of his famous runs into the goal area with the ball breaking to Declan Doone who gave the goalkeeper no chance as he finished to the net. Glenavy goalkeeper Gareth Collins strolled up and pointed a 45 as Glenavy now found themselves six up seven minutes into the half.

Back came the visitors with an excellent worked goal from Patrick Morris and Ryan Gorman added his second point to leave their side two in arrears. Glenavy responded again and Michael McCourt showed he hasn’t lost the art of scoring when he split the post from an acute angle. The home side were putting the Grove defence under severe pressure and were rewarded when midfielder Lorcan Heenan finished a good move when he found the corner of the net and Fergal Cunningham added a point. Peter Trainor had the privilege of scoring the final score with a well taken point to leave his side winning by double scores.

Full time score St.Joseph’s 2.10 v 1.05 St.James’

Both sides deserve great credit for serving up an excellent game of football on a miserable evening.

St.Joseph’s: Gareth Collins, Oliver Brankin, Fra McMullan, Conor Mulholland, Ryan Phillips, Sean McGirr, Patrick Fox, Lorcan Heenan, Peter Trainor, Fergus Cunningham (Ethan McGarry 50mns.) , Anthony Gallagher, Michael McCourt (Francis Corr 52mins.), Declan Doone, Domnic Gallagher, Thomas Gallagher.

Referee Paul Burns. 

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