Ferris goal sparks All Saints into action

ACFL Div. 2 Reserve

All Saints 1-14 St. Paul’s 1-4

All Saints dropped their first point at Glenravel last week but there was seldom any doubt that they were going to win this one after wing-half, Patrick Ferris raced forward to fire to the net after 16 minutes.

Visitors St. Paul’s had opened confidently and led 0-2 to 0-1 after 13 minutes with Magee from a free and Aidan Finnegan from play their scorers and the All Saints point coming from Ciaran Campbell. Significantly though the Quinn Park side had wasted a number of fairly easy chances and had been denied a goal by St. Paul’s keeper, Jonathan Rodgers.

Ferris’ goal steadied the home side and they began to move the ball around confidently with Aidan Scullion adding a couple of points before Liam Og Magee replied with St. Paul’s third point from a free in the 20th minute. Magee added another pointed free to leave just two between the sides with 25 minutes gone but it was the home side who finished the half strongly.

Ciaran Campbell added his second point of the game and a superb long range effort from Luke O’Rawe and another from Aidan Scullion had Gerard O’Callaghan’s side five ahead at the halfway stage.

After the break All Saints began to turn the screw and their pace and movement put the visitors on the back foot but they struggled to contain a rampant home attack. Aidan Scullion, Ciaran McLarnon and Scullion again from back to back free moved the home side nine in front by the 8th minute.

Luke O’Rawe, who had a great game at mid-field increased that lead to ten in the 10th minute as the home side emptied their bench with James McDonnell, who had been introduced at half time being joined by Michael Sloan, Sean O’Callaghan, Damian Casey, Lee Kirk and Charlie Metrustry.

Ciaran Campbell added his third of the game before making way with Sean O’Callaghan and Damien Casey from a free bringing the All Saints total to four before both sides had a player dismissed following a bout of silliness.

St. Paul’s never gave up the ghost and indeed finished strongly with Niall Shannon in the All Saints goals making a good save, his second of the game to deny them a goal. Their persistence paid off however as Liam Og Magee pointed another free and Eugene Reid got in for an injury time goal to put a much better look on the score-line.

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