Depleted St. Enda’s no match for rampant Johnnies

ACHL Division 1

St. Enda’s 0-7 St. John’s 4-25

A depleted St. Enda’s proved no match for a rampant St. John’s when the sides met at Hightown today. The visitors raced into an early lead with Aaron Bradley leading the charge both from play and from the placed ball and led 0-5 to 0-1 at the first water break with Bradley scoring three and Peter McCallin and CJ McKenna the other scorers. Cormac Ross got the St. Enda’s point from a well struck 60 meter free.

St. Enda’s opened the second quarter with a great point from Eoin Conlon but it provided only temporary respite for the home side with Bradley sending over a great point to extend their lead, adding another from a free and completing his hat-trick by the 20th minute.

CJ McKenna 0-2 and Bradley 0-2 moved the visitors nine in front by the 30th minute and Conaill Bohill got his name on the Johnnies scoring list before St. Enda’s troubles were compounded when they had a player dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

The one way traffic towards the St. Enda’s goal continued, despite the best efforts of Rian Gillen, Eoin Maguire and Cormac Ross and Bradley brought his personal tally to 0-7 as the Johnnies switched ends with a commanding 0-14 to 0-2 half time lead.

Donal Carson from play and Aaron Bradley from another free moved the visitors further ahead on the resumption of play before Aidan McGowan momentarily stopped the rut with an excellent long range effort for the Hightown men.

The respite was temporary as St. John’s came racing back onto the offensive and Donal Carson fired over before getting in for their opening goal with ten minutes of the second half gone. Substitute Eoin Carelton added a point before substitute John McGoldrick replied from a ‘65’ for the Glengormley side.

McGoldrick then set up Luke O’Connor who brought his side’s total to 0-5 with Carson replying at the other end before Peter McCallin got in for the Johnnies second goal with 20 minutes of the second half gone.

Substitute Eoin Carelton got through for a third goal and Fergal Morgan added a fourth with Aaron Bradley continuing to score points at will and Ciaran Kerr and Niall O’Connor replying with consolation points for the home side.

This was a strong performance from the Whiterock men who were on top all over the field and in Aaron Bradley they had an excellent score taker who punished every indiscretion their opponents made.

St. Enda’s were without quite a number of regulars and will want to put this one behind them but in Rian Gillen, Eoin Maguire, Cormac Ross and substitute John McGoldrick they had players who gave it everything.

St. Enda’s: Martin Curran, Dara Maguire, Rian Gillen, Eoin Maguire, Manus Mullan, Cormac Ross, Matthew O’Hare, Eoin Conlon, Aidan McGowan, Diarmuid Maguire, Philip Curran, Eddie O’Connor, Luke O’Connor, Niall McGivern, Brendan Cormican, Subs: Niall O’Connor, John McGoldrick

St. John’s: Declan Creggan, Aidan McMahon, Ryan McNulty, Conor Carson, Stephen Tierney, Conall Morgan, Conall Bohill (0-1), Andrew McGowan, Ciaran Kerr, C J McKenna (0-4), Oisin Donnelly, Aaron Bradley (0-13 9f), Donall Carson (1-2), Peter McCallin (1-1), Feargal Morgan. Subs: Eoin Carelton (1-1)

Referee: Colin McDonald (St. Gall’s)

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