Pearses throw their hat in the ring in Division 3 title race

Antrim Football League – Division 3

Pearses 0-13 St Patrick’s Lisburn 0-11

Pearses threw a spanner in the works in the Division 3 title race on Wednesday evening when they beat table toppers Naomh Padraig Lisburn by 0-13 to 0-11 in a closely fought game. The win moves Pearses into contention in the table and if they can beat Eire Og in their last game next Wednesday evening then they will secure a place in the top four. The good news for Naomh Padraig is that despite the defeat their place in the top four is secure and their final game against Rasharkin next Wednesday evening is only to decide who plays who in the top four play-offs.

Shot shy Lisburn missed a host of chances in the opening quarter and it was Pearses who took advantage with points in the 1st, 11th and 13th minutes to go three clear. Conor Dixon opened Naomh Padraig’s account on 14 minutes but Ethan Devine came back for one for Pearses to restore their three point advantage. Ben McMullan pulled a point back for Naomh Padraig but Pearses finished the half strongly with points from Stephen Fitzsimons, Ethan Devine and Daniel Magee to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time.

That gap was out to five early in the second half as Pearses tacked on two more points. Ben McMullan (2) and Josh McMullan came back with points for the Lisburn side but Pearses were able to find a reply and they were still four to the good  with just two minutes of normal time left to play.

Naomh Padraig produced a later rally as Conor Dixon sent over three points to cut the deficit to just a single point, but Pearses had the final say and another Ethan Devine point sealed the win.

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