5-Star Saints advance to play-offs

Larkin Cassidy Solicitors

IFC Group 2
Naomh Padraig Lisburn 0-7 All Saints Ballymena 5-11

All Saints travelled to Lisburn last night to meet Naomh Padraig with one foot already in the play-offs and proved to have too much knowhow and fire-power for the division 3 side who gave it everything but came up against a Ballymena side firing on all cylinders and full of confidence.

Paddy McAleer led the way with (2-0) and goals from Brendan McDonnell, Conor Stewart and Shea O’Brien ensured that the visitors had put this one well out of sight long before the final whistle and the visitors were able to give starts to Joe Rafferty and Shea O’Brien while giving their bench a run out.

The home side, as always attempted to play good open football but found it hard to find a way through a strong visitor’s defence in which James Gillan, Joe Rafferty and James McDonnell excelled.

Conor Dixon top scored for the Lisburn men with 0-4 and Francis McMeel and Mark Cheneck were their other scorers while the McMullen’s did all in their power to get their side going.

All Saints now join St. Paul’s in the quarter finals with both sides unbeaten to date and they meet in the final game of the play-offs in Ballymena next Wednesday night with only top place in the group at stake.

All Saints: Niall Shannon, Matthew Downey, James Gillian, James McDonnell, Joe Rafferty, Rhys O’Mullan, Conall Lemon, Sean McVeigh, Kavan Keenan, Peter McReynolds, Micheal McCarry, Emmett Killough, Conor Stewart, Paddy McAleer, Brendan McDonnell,

Subs: Cormac Lemon for Emmet Killough, Eoin Campbell for Peter McReynolds, Shea O’Brien for Brendan McDonnell, Caolan Loughran for Sean McVeigh, Oisin Connolly for Paddy McAleer

Paddy McAleer 2-1 Brendan McDonnell 1-2 Micheal McCarry 0-4 Conor Stewart 1-1 Shea OBrien 1-0 Peter McReynolds 0-1 Sean McVeigh 0-1 Kavan Keenan 0-1 Oisin Connolly 0-1

Lisburn scorers:
Conor Dixon 0-4 (3 frees)
Francis McMeel 0-2 (1 free)
Mark Cherneck 0-1

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