Aldergrove claim the bragging rights

ACFL Division 2

St.James’ Aldergrove 2.10 v 0.06 St.Joaeph’s Glenavy

Aldergrove gained the bragging rights against their local rivals with a 10-point winning margin in Crumlin last night. Glenavy could have finished closer if they had taken their scores, particularly in the first half. Even though the hill side finished with 12 players the game was played in the right spirit. There was man the match performances from James Trowlen with seven points (6 frees) and Gerard Mallon with two goals.

James Trowlen was first on the score sheet with a pointed free before Fergal Henry levelled matters when he slotted over at the other end. James Trowlen added two more points from frees before Gerard Mallon scored his first goal to put the home side in a strong position. The ever-reliant Trowlen extended the lead with another point from a free as the home side enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and while Glenavy were creating plenty of chances they were throwing away chance after chance because of their wayward shooting. Fergal Henry stopped the flow with an excellent point from play and Fergal Green split the posts from a placed ball. Fittingly man of the match James Trowlen brought the half to a close with a pointed free.                                                              

Halftime score St.James’ 1.05 v 0.03 St.Joseph’s

The second half started with a point from a Fergal Henry free as Glenavy closed the gap to four but they were struck a blow when they had a player red carded soon afterwards. Glenavy continued to enjoy the better of the early second half exchanges however and Fergal Green split the posts from a long distance free to leave just three between the sides. Aldergrove were in need of a score to reignite their challenge and once again that lad Trowlen delivered, knocking over two more frees. Aldergrove responded and Gerard Mallon closed the game out when he found the net for his second goal. The ‘Orangemen’ then lost a second player for a second yellow card as Eoin Gough joined the scorers with a point from play. Already down to 13 men Glenavy’s problems were compounded when they had compound when they had a player black carded and Chris O’Kane and Glen Dunham took advantage with their sides final two points before Fergal Henry finished the scoring with a pointed free just before the final whistle.                                             

 Referee Fionatan McCotter

Aldergrove: S. O’Neill; E. Irvine S. Gorman; T. O;Callaghan; E. Gough; C. McVeigh; C. Browning; R. Owens; G. Mallon; E Masterson; J. Trowlen; C. O’Kane; R. McCarthy; C. Jones; G. Dunham; L. Fleming; O Graham; F. Burke.

Glenavy: L. Murphy; O. Brankin L. D. Henry; S. McGirr. D. Doherty; C. Gallagher.   R.  Forester; O. Hamill; M. Johnston; P. Gallagher; M. Doherty  F. Green; F. Henry; P. Treanor;  C. Loney; F. Cunningham; C. Grant; F. Malley; E. McGarry; R. Phillips 

referee – Fiontan McCotter.

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