Free scoring Saints make it two from two

ACFL Division 2 Reserve

All Saints 3-24 St. Comgall’s 1-11

All Saints Ballymena proved too slick for a battling St. Comgall’s Antrim in the ACFL Division 2 Reserve football league at Quinn Park tonight. Backboned by quite a number of last year’s minor team and a sprinkling of experience they took the game to the opposition right from the off with Shea O’Brien pointing them in front in the second minute.

Ronan McKillop, Michael Reed and Kevin Brady edged them four ahead by the 12th minute before Anthony Watson in the St. Comgall’s goals brought off a fine save to deny Michael Sloan as the one way traffic towards the visitor’s goal continued.

Conor Connolly, Ronan McKillop and Niall Walsh added further points before Conor Connolly fired home his side’s opening goal in the 18th minute and even at this stage it looked a long way back for the Antrim town side.

To their credit they kept battling hard and were rewarded with a good goal from Shea McTernan after 19 minutes to give them some hope but that hope was soon dashed. Ronan McKillop replied with a point and then Patrick Ferris followed up to finish to the net after Watson in the St. Comgall’s goals brought off another brave save to deny McKillop.

The slick moving Ballymena side continued to open up the opposition defence and they finished the half as they had started with Ronan McKillop and Shea O’Brien 0-2 adding further points to leave the half time score 2-11 to 1-4 in favour of the home side.

All Saints introduced Diarmuid McNally and Darren Mussen for the second half with James McAloran coming into the St. Comgall’s defence but it made little difference as thew Quinn Park side continued to press forward in numbers with their pace and team work opening up the St. Comgall’s defence.

McKillop send over an 8th minute point and followed with a goal in the 10th minute and Phelim Killough got forward from defence to get his name on the score-sheet and Ronan McKillop brought the third quarter to an end with another point following another good save from Anthony Watson.

The St. Comgall’s chances were few and far between despite rousing performances from Paul McConville, Aaron Murray, Shaun McLarnon, Eoin Lynott, Colm Louge and substitute McAloran when the action got under way again it was more of the same.

All Saints introduced Cormac Lemon, Charlie Metrustry and Paddy O’Brien while Ryan Kingi and Ryan McTiernan came into the St. Comgall’s side but it did nothing to change the flow of play. Indeed the home side continued to press as their opponents tired with Niall Walsh, Darra Mussen, Diarmuid McNally, Paddy O’Brien and Charlie Metrustry all adding points.

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