U-17 ACHL Division 2
Lamh Dhearg 1-06-3-32 All Saint’s Ballymena
Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown
All Saint’s Ballymena ran out comfortable winners over Lamh Dhearg at Hannahstown on Sunday morning.
Midfielder Aodhan McGarry sent the ball between the posts inside the first sixty seconds and Matthew Mullen doubled it after good work from Daniel McCloy.
Matthew Mullen added a second point a few minutes later with Joseph O’Rawe converting a free.
The opening goal fell to the dominant visitors as Kevin O’Boyle floated the ball into the path of Matthew Mullen who powerfully rifled to the net.
Mullen was proving too hard to handle and added his third point from play in the aftermath of his goal.
It took Lamh Dhearg eleven minutes to hit back as Rhys Camlin got range on his forward pass and it was worked into the path of Adam Murray who struck the back of the net.
Four points on the spin followed from All Saint’s through Aodhan McGarry conjured up two of them- one from a free and the other a long range point from play, Joseph O’Rawe added his second of the day before Niall Devine hit a terrific score.
Lamhs goal scorer Adam Murray angled over a response but the relentless Saint’s hit another three points in succession through Mullen, O’Rawe and Dara Martin.
Adam Murray brought his individual tally to 1-02 despite losing his footing- he was able to steer the ball accurately between the posts.
Points followed through Matthew Mullan and Dara Martin with Murray converting a free in response after Aidan McCague was felled.
Ballymena would add to their tally with 1-02 before the break, Tiernan McGurk saw his shot deflected to the net and back to back converted frees from Dara Martin ensured his side were in complete control at the interval.
All Saint’s extended their lead upon the resumption through Joseph O’Rawe’s fourth point of the morning after solid work from Matthew Mullan.
Lamhs go-to-man Adam Murray was able to respond before five points on the trot from the visitors.
Aodhan McGarry converted two frees in that spell with Mullan, O’Rawe and Dara Martin also contributing.
Donal Martin would convert a free for the hosts- however another six points in a row followed from All Saint’s.
Tiernan McGurk added to his first half goal with a point and substitutes Edward McKendry (2) and Pearse Martin contributed three scores, the rest coming from Joseph O’Rawe.
Adam Murray would finish the morning with 1-05 of his sides 1-06 to his name- converting his second free of the afternoon.
A third goal arrived late on after Pearse Martin fed McKendry for a nice finish to the net.
Dara Martin and Aodhan McGarry would convert late frees with Joseph O’Rawe and McGarry adding another two from play before the game was out.