All Saints 2.15 Glenavy 1.14.
Despite an outstanding performance from Glenavy’s Fergal Henry All Saints did just enough to collect both points this evening at Slemish Park against a Glenavy side who have only won 1 league game this season.
The first score of the game came after 7 minutes of play with Rory McVeigh finishing to the net following a soccer style run by Kavan Keenan. This goal was followed by points from McDonnell (0.2) and McReynolds (0.1) as the home side took a 1.3 to 0.0 lead after 12 minutes. Fergal Henry, who was the dominant forward on show, got Glenavy’s 1st score in the 12th minute, followed by another score by McDonnell and a point in response from Fergus Cunningham as the water break approached. At the water break, All Saints lead by 5 points on a score line of 1.4 to 0.2.
After the water break, both sides traded points with All Saints scores from McDonnell & Keenan and Henry again with a further 2 points leaving 5 between the teams. In the 23rd minute, Saints then extended their lead to 6 points with a free from McDonnell following a strong run by McKillop. This was to be their last score of the half however with Glenavy then narrowing the gap with 3 unanswered scores from Henry (0.2) and Fergal Green. The visitors then lost a player to a black card for 10 minutes with 3 minutes remaining to the half time break with All Saints leading 1.7 – 0.7 at half time.
Sean McVeigh scored the first point of the 2nd half to extend the lead to 4 points but Glenavy despite being a man down reduced the gap to a point with scores coming from Henry (0.2) and Thoma Gallagher following a Mark. The home side replied with 2 good scores from McKillop and another from McVeigh before another reply from a Henry free on the 2nd water break left the score 1.10 to 0.11 in favour of All Saints.
Saints management introduced the experienced McCarry to the game as the final quarter approached to stem the influence of Gallagher. On the restart, Saints picked off 3 quick scores from Keenan, McCarry (free) and Lemon with a good score from play. The visitors replied from another mark by Thomas Gallagher but 2 further points from McCarry and McLarnon left All Saints 6 points up after 52nd minutes.
The visitors refused to give up however and reduced the gap to 3 following another good piece of play by Henry to put Gallagher through to finish to the net. This left the game back in the melting pot with 5 minutes remaining and the home side were looking decidedly shakey at this point.
However, the hard running Conal Lemon capped a good display with a superb individual goal to put the Saints 6 ahead as the full time whistle neared and settle his side again. The final 2 scores of the game came from that man Henry who finished with 2 frees and 0.10 for the evening.
This was a keenly contested game and All Saints were worthy of their 4 point win and keep the pressure on league leaders Tir na nOg with 3 games remaining. Glenavy showed in patches the football they are capable off and in Henry, they had the best player on view.
All Saints: Conor Brennan, Matt Downey, James Gillan, Michael Read, Kavan Keenan (0.2), Peter Mc Nicholl, Conal Lemon (1.1),Sean McVeigh (0.2), Emmet Killough, Shea O Brien, Peter McReynolds (0.1), Ronan McKillop (0.1), Oisin Connolly, Rory McVeigh (1.0), Brendan McDonnell (0.5)
Joe Rafferty for Matt Downey (HT)
Michael McCarry (0.2) for Oisin Connolly (40 mins)
Aidan Scullion for Michael Read (40 mins)
Ciaran McLarnon (0.1) for Peter McReynolds (48 mins)
Glenavy: Lorcan Murphy, Jonathan Phillips, Ciaran Loney, Liam Henry, Sean McGirr, Patrick Gallagher, Ruairi Forester, Peter Treanor, Stephen Doone, Rian Phillips, Charles Gallagher, Fergal|Green, Fergal Henry, Fergus Cunningham, Thomas Gallagher. Subs: Michael McCourt, Jake Nelson, Declan Doone, Chris Grant, Oisin Hamill
F Henry 0.10 (0.4F)
Fergal Green 0.1
Fergus Cunningham 0.1
Thomas Gallagher 1.2
Referee: Jarlath O’Donnell (Glenravel)