Penalty swings it St.Teresa’s way

Antrim ACFL Division 2

St.Teresa’s 1.07 v 0.08 St.JoSeph’s Glenavy

The main talking points from this game was the number of wides both sides recorded, and a disputed penalty. Played in a good sporting manner on a perfect evening for a game, both sides played a passing game which gave their supporters value for money. The only thing that was missing was the ability to take their scoring chances and the highlight of the game was the free taking of St.Teresa’s John Mallon with 1.05. The goal was from the penalty spot.

St.Teresa’s were first off the mark with a John Mallon’ free but Fergal Henry was quick to reply for the visitors with a pointed free. John Mallon put his side in front again from a free from an acute angle but both sides were guilty of poor shooting when scores were there for the taking. Peter Trainor, operating on the edge of the square came out take a pass from Fergal Henry and split the uprights to bring the sides level for the second time. Once again John Mallon was unerring from a placed ball as the city side went into a three point lead with 2 Mallon frees and an Anthony Vandell point from play. The half finished with a fisted Fergal Henry point while under severe pressureto leave the half time score St.Teresa’s 0.05 v 0.03 Glenavy.

Whatever the Glenavy management said at the break certainly worked as the visitors hit four unanswered points on the restart and looked to be taking over. Fergal Henry, Thomas Gallagher and Ciaran Loney had long distance points and Fergal Green pointed a free from fifty meters to put his side two in front for the first time in the game. The visitors were then unfortunate to concede a disputed penalty for a foot block and this swung the momentum back in favour of the Glen Road side. John Mallon coolly placed the ball out of the reach of Lorcan Murphy but Ryan Phillips levelled the game with an excellent point. John Mallon capped an excellent individual performance when he pointed a free to put his side one up with time running out and Richard Gallagher put the game out of Glenavy’s reach with a point from play.

Referee Danny O’Neill Gort.Na M0na


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