Strong start to second half puts St. Teresa’s in control

Larkin Cassidy Solicitors IFC Group 2

St. Teresa’s 2-16 Rasharkin 0-14

St. Teresa’s opened their IFC campaign with a win but they didn’t get it all their own way against division 3 visitors Rasharkin despite the 8 points that separated the sides in the end.

Both teams started well with Rasharkin Working hard and getting on top in the first 5 minutes and the visitors took an early lead against the wind. There was little between the sides in the opening quarter and the Dreen side looked like they were gaining the upper hand with their hard tackling containing the home attack during the opening exchanges.

After the water break things started to swing the way of St Teresa’s and and they picked off some good points to take the lead with John Mallon, Niall McCann and Anton Taylor prominent and Andrew Hasson, Thomas Doherty and Dylan O’Doherty replying for the visitors.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men when Dylan O’Doherty, Rasharkin and Eoin Connolly, St. Teresa’s both received straight red cards following an off the ball incident.

Rasharkin seemed to respond better to being down to 14 men with Eamon McNeill picking up a couple of well worked points.

St Teresa’s responded however with a quick passing exchange opening up Rasharkin’s defence and Anton Taylor finished confidently to the net.

Rasharkin replied with points from Cahir Henderson and Eamon McNeill and at half time it was Taylor’s goal that separated the sides with St. Teresa’s points coming from Darren McCann, Anton Taylor and John Mallon to leave the half time score 1-7 to 0-7 for the home side.

St Teresa’s were quick out of the starting blocks at the start of the second half, hitting the first three points through Paul Curran, John Mallon and Niall McCann before  Eamon McNeill replied with the visitors first point of the second half from a free.

St. Teresa’s then hit a purple patch, punishing a breakdown in Rasharkin possession and a quick break led to a second goal by Joseph Rainey which might have been avoided and this score seemed to rattle the south West side as Niall McCann added two quick points, leaving Rasharkin down by 10 at the second water break.

St Teresa’s were now in the driving seat with Rasharkin’s cause not helped as they picked up a number of injuries leading to a reshuffle in the team’s layout and effectiveness.

The final quarter was a big ask for Rasharkin and with St Teresa’s in control and despite a strong effort and some fine scores from Eamon McNeill and Ruairi O’Boyle there was no way back for the division 3 leaders.

St Teresa’s kept possession well with John Mallon bringing his personal contribution to 0-7 and they went on to run out winners by eight points for a deserved victory. Rasharkin battled hard but will look back to a poor third quarter when they attempt to review their performance.

The winners had outstanding performers in Niall McCann, John Mallon and Anto Taylor while the visitors had strong performers in Eamon McNeill, Andrew Hasson and Ruairi O’Boyle.

Rasharkin:                                                                    St. Teresa’s:

Ryan Doherty                                                               Simon Harney

Conor Doherty                                                             Ryan Mellon

Emmett McFerran                                                     Anthony Varndell

Liam Quigg                                                                   Eoghan Hamill

Fergus Quigg                                                                 Eoin Connolly

Conor Hasson                                                            Colm McGoldrick

Colm Kennedy                                                            Philip Maguire

Andrew Hasson                                                           Niall McCann

Jack Quinn                                                                     Darren McCann

Thomas Doherty                                                          John Mallon

Tiernan O’Boyle                                                             Anton Taylor

Dylan O’Doherty                                                           Pierce O’ Rawe

Ryan Lynch                                                         Robert Gallagher

 Eamon McNeill                                 Joseph Rainey

 Cahir Henderson                                                           Paul Curran

St. Teresa’s Subs: Philip Glennon for Joseph Rainey, Liam Gault for Anthony Vardell, Mark Small for Robert Gallagher, Luke Cassin for Ryan Mallon, Jarlath Patterson for Ryan Harney

St. Teresa’s scorers: Anto Taylor 1-3, John Mallon 0-7, Joseph Rainey 1-0, Niall McCann 0-4, Darren McCann 0-1, Paul Curran 0-1, Philip Glennon 0-1

Rasharkin Subs: Ruairi O’Boyle for Tiernan O’Boyle, Kealan Darragh for Thomas Doherty, Killian O’Boyle forConor Doherty, Rory Hawthorn for Andrew Hasson, Gerard O’Hagan for Cahir Henderson.

Rasharkin scorers: Eamon McNeill 0-7, Ruairi O’Boyle 0-3, Andrew Hasson 0-1, Thomas Doherty 0-1, Dylan O’Doherty 0-1, Cahir Henderson 0-1

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