ACHL Division 2B
CLOUGHMILLS 3.12 CREGGAN 0.12
The sun shone and the temperatures soared as Cloughmills arrived in Staffordstown hoping to rise from the bottom of their group. With 3 goals separating the 2 teams at the final whistle, they did just that.
It was the homeside who raised the 1st green flag as Morgan Nelson, on the 1st touch of the ball, landed a point from a 20 metre free with 2 minutes gone. The visitors were quick to equalize when Corie Blair levelled proceedings with a superb point from play. As the afternoon drew on, both teams traded points edging towards the 1st waterbreak. Nelson added an additional 2 pointed frees to his tally while Thomas McCann got his first point of the day.
Cloughmills were matching Creggan point for point with Reece Watt, Michael Devlin and Eoin Dobbin all getting on the score sheet leaving the minimum between both sides. When their teams returned to the field it was Cloughmills who dominated for the remaining 15 minutes of the 1st Half. Ruairi Laverty left his marker for dust running 30 yards before releasing the ball giving Creggan’s net-minder, Emmet Long, no chance, one on one. The men from North Antrim’s confidence grew when Eoin Dobbin and Ruairi Laverty added 2 and 1 point respectively to put some distance between both sides.
Creggan’s response was another pointed free from Nelson and a point for Michael Maguire from play. With 2 minutes to go to the short whistle, Corie Blair caught a pass from 20 metres out and made no mistake, with his head down, charging towards the home side’s goal with 2 of his team mates on tow. Long saved the 1st attempt and also the 2nd attempt but in the ruck Blair pulled on the ground delivering the ball to the back of the net.
HALF TIME SCORE: CLOUGHMILLS 2.08 vs CREGGAN 0.06
After the re-start Creggan had a purple patch reducing the deficit to 4. Nelson added 2 more pointed frees to his tally while Thomas McCann and the 2 Rice brothers, Kevin & Ciaran, got a point a piece. Cloughmills’ 2nd half tally of wides increased to 7 and it wasn’t until the 43rd minute did Michael Devlin got the 1st of his Team’s 2nd half points.
In fact Devlin was the only player to score in the 2nd half for the visitors adding 3 further points and a goal to put clear blue water between the sides. While Creggan went in search for goals they were hampered by a breeze at their back over hitting the ball putting it over the end line on several occasions.
As the game drew to a close, Thomas McCann added to his tally with 2 points from frees while Nelson got the last score of the match.