Creagh Concreate Minor Football Group 1
Lámh Dhearg 3-12-2-02 St Comgalls
By Kevin Herron from Hannahstown
Lámh Dhearg recovered from their set-back on Thursday night as they defeated St Comgalls 3-12-2-02 at Hannahstown this morning.
In a tightly contested first-half, a goal from Caolan O’Loan gave the visitors the advantage after a slow start, but Eoin Campbell responded to ensure his side were ahead at the break.
St Comgalls were reduced to 14-men at the interval after Shea McTiernan was dismissed for dissent.
Although the visitors got back on terms through another goal from O’Loan and nudged ahead once more with a third of the game remaining.
But the Lámhs dominated in the final 20-minutes and goals from Fay-Kelly, Ciaran Boyd and a host of points saw them claim the spoils.
Both sides struggled to keep possession early doors- owing in no part to the familiar Hannahstown conditions.
Eoin Campbell got the hosts off the mark with a converted free and Kieran Fay-Kelly almost capitalised on a mistake from Kian Smyth but the chance was squandered at the back post- the ball was recycled back into the path of Fay-Kelly who took his score.
Diarmuid Hanna responded for St Comgalls who then hit the front, Lámh Dhearg switched off after conceding a free a Hanna slipped the ball across to Caolan O’Loan who slotted the ball to the net to give his side a 1-01-0-02 lead.
Rhys Camlin needed to be alert to turn away a dangerous effort from Liam Watson in the aftermath but Lámh Dhearg hit back and regained the lead on the midway point in the half.
Aaron McCloskey did brilliantly to regain possession and pick out Ciaran Boyd, Boyd found Fay-Kelly who escaped attention and slipped the ball to Eoin Campbell who finished to the net with a thunderous effort.
Kieran Fay-Kelly extended the lead with a confident point and played the providers role for the next score as Daire Cunningham slotted the ball over to ensure his side held a 1-04-1-01 lead at the interval.
As the sides were heading at the break, referee Charlie Hemsworth dismissed Shea McTiernan for dissent and St Comgalls would have work to do in the second period with a man light.
However the Antrim outfit landed the first blow in the second-half as the Lámhs were caught napping for the second time, a quick free caught the defence napping and again Caolan O’Loan was on-hand to net for a second time and make it 1-04-2-01.
A terrific O’Loan point followed to give his side the advantage but the Lámhs restored parity as substitute Conall McGuigan slipped in Daniel Murray who fisted over the equaliser.
Eoin Campbell (free) nudged his side back in front and then offloaded to Fay-Kelly for a third successive score which opened up a two-point gap.
Fay-Kelly was on a roll and landed the next three scores- a converted 45’ and two excellent points, following up after Ciaran Boyd was denied by Smyth and profiting from a Dan Murray slip-off to put six-points between the sides (1-11-2-02).
It was game over on the 60th minute as Fionn Mervyn had the presence of mind to pick-out Fay-Kelly from a free and the corner-forward blasted to the net.
Niall McGarry converted a free in the aftermath and there was still time for Ciaran Boyd to add a third goal deep into injury-time. Daniel Murray collected a kick-out and found Boyd unattended and the full-forward picked his spot to ensure a 3-12-2-02 win for his side at the games conclusion.
Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, D Uprichard, A Carey, T McKenna, L Clarke, A McCloskey, N McGarry (0-01f), D Murray (0-01), C O’Hara, E Campbell (1-03, 0-03f), F Mervyn, D Cunningham (0-01), C Goss, C Boyd (1-00), M Braniff. Subs: K Fay-Kelly (1-06, 0-01 45’) (7), C McGuigan for C Goss (40), M Boyle for D Uprichard (46), M Flynn for D Cunningham (49), D Martin for E Campbell (52).
St Comgalls: K Smyth, D Hanna (0-01), T McMahon, E Lindsay, A Murray, P McConville, I McKeating, C McDonnell, C O’Loan (2-01), J Blair, L Wilson, E Oueslati, S MacTiernan, J Moore, R Smillie. Subs: M Dennison for L Wilson (20), R Kingi for J Moore (HT), L Williamson for J Blair (42), C McLarnon for R Smillie (49).
Referee: Charlie Hemsworth (St Pauls)