Davitt’s come out on top in basement battle

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St.Joseph’s Glenavy 0.10 v 1.10 Davitt’s

With both teams having lost their opening two games the chances of making the playoff was slim. Both teams served up an entertaining game which was played before a sparse crowd. The City side won the game because they were more clinical in front of goal. Too many hurried passes which went to their opposite number was the order of the day.

Fergal Green got the scoring going with a well-placed free to raise the first white flag before Stephen Tully pulled a point back for the Falls Road side. Paudie McPartland pointed a free and added another from play to put his side two up. Fergal Henry, who is just out of minor, was showing his more experienced colleagues how to score when he was fouled and put the result free over the black spot. The same player then won the kick-out and was fouled and once again he split the posts to bring his side level.

The ever green Sean O’Neill showed all his class when he gained possession and broke through several tackles to put his side back in front. Once again Fergal Henry brought the sides level at four each and at this stage there was nothing between the sides. Stephen Tully pointed a free to put his side into a lead they were never again to lose and Paudie McPartland, playing at full-forward was causing the home defence all sorts of trouble and was rewarded with a point. Just before half time Glenavy keeper Jake Nelson made a fantastic save to keep out what looked a certain goal.

Half time score Glenavy 0.04 v 0.06 Davitt’s

After the break the visitors carried on from where they had left off with Paudie McPartland splitting the posts. Fergal Green and Sean O’Neill exchanged points before Fergal Henry and Conor Hamill closed the gap to a single score with points apiece. Paudie McPartland replied with two points for the visitors to put two between the sides once more. Davitt’s were now controlling the game and when the experienced Sean O’Neill finished a forty meter run with a splendid goal the game looked to have been won. I’m sure the Glenavy management wished they had a few more Fergal’s. With time ticking away Fergal Henry showed just how good he is when he landed three points from acute angles for the Chapel Hill side. From the kickout the final whistle sounded and Davitt’s had collected their first points of the campaign.

St.Joseph’s Jake Nelson; Liam Henry Ryan Malley; Sean McGirr (Pearse O’Neill); Mathew Hamill; Charles Gallagher; Patrick Fox; Oisin Hamill (Michael Kane)l; Patrick Gallagher; Conor Hamill;; Stephen Doone (Johnny Phillips); Ryan Phillips;  Fergal Henry; Fergal Green; Alex Gallagher (Thomas Gallagher). 

Referee: Eamon Hamill – St.Teresa’s

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