St. Comgall’s up and running


St Comgall’s Antrim 4-6  O’Donnell’s 1-5

St. Comgall’s, Antrim, who had a bye on day one got their GYMCO campaign up and running with a good win over visitors O’Donnell’s at a damp Dunsilly yesterday evening. Only a point separated the sides at half time with the Antrim town side taking a 1-2 to 1-1 lead into the break.

It was a different story in the second half as the home side found their shooting boots and went on to run out winners by ten points. A second Half Scoring Spree got Adrian Dougan’s St Comgall’s on theirway, however there was certainly a lot to talk about in the somewhat close encounter between two battling sides. The crowds were attracted to St Comgall’s Championship opening round and it was the home side who opened the scoring with Miles Devine and Tom Patchett adding a second. Both sides were in full Championship mood and after five minutes of play saw two yellow cards for the visitors. Strong running from O’Donnell’s Jim Donnelly and Ciaran Mc Kissock saw them launch a number of attacks but these were well dealt with by the St Comgall’s defence. St Comgal’s put themselves under serious pressure after 10 minutes of play when Joe Webb was sent to the side-line for 10minutes after pulling O’Donnell’s Joe Rafferty to the ground. O’Donnell’s took advantage of the extra man and drove up the filed adding scores through the strong running Ciaran McKissock. St Comgalls were to suffer a further blow just before the HT with Caolan McKeown sent to the sin-bin.

HT Score St Comgalls 1-2 v O’Donnell’s 1-1

The second half was not looking promising for St Comgall’s starting with 14 men against a stiff breeze. A few stern words and a shrewd change in tactics from Manager Adrian Dougan at half time sent St Comgall’s on their way. Driving runs from Ruari Griffin and Paddy O Connor saw miles Devine finish off a superb move to put the ball past O’Donnell’s net minder Colm Walsh. St Comgall’s grew stronger and stronger as the game progressed with further driving runs form Dylan Murdock and Louis Higgins in Midfield. With O’Donnell’s working the short kick out to perfection, using the advantage of their extra man they surged down the field with Connor O’Donnell and Jordan Toner working tirelessly. The home side had other ideas with Kian Walker and Caolan McKeown putting in a number of great tackles and creating turnovers. The introduction of Patrick Quinn and Colm Griffin for St Comgall’s gave a further boost to the home side as they stepped up their attacks with further scores securing victory. After two Championship games on the trot O’Donnell’s will get a deserved rest this weekend. However St Comgall’s have to prepare themselves to travel to Fennel Park. Here they will come up against Championship favourites, Ross Carrs, Ardoyne and this game should decide who will top Group 2.

GYMCO Championship round up

In the other games played in the GYMCO JFC last night Peares had four points to spare over visitors Ballycastle, Laochra Loch Lao caused the shock of the round with a win over St. Malachy’s and Kickham’s Ardoyne recorded a facile victory over John Mitchell’s.


St. Comgall’s 4-6 O’Donnell’s 1-5

Pearses 2-8 Ballycastle 2-4

Laochra Loch Lao 1-7 St. Malachy’s 0-8

Mitchell’s 0-0 Ardoyne 7-26

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