Tir na nÓg take another step towards promotion

Antrim Football League Division 2

Tir na nÓg 1-15  St Teresa’s 1-9

Tir na nÓg took another stride towards winning the Division 2 Football League when they beat St Teresa’s in Wednesday evening’s league tie at Whitehill. This puts the Randaltown men on 16 points with eight wins from eight and they now hold a three point lead on All Saints with just three games left to play. The men in blue travel to Ardoyne next Wednesday evening, and if they collect full points there they can seal promotion two nights later when they visit Glenravel on Friday 2nd July.

Tir na nÓg made a dream start when centre back Barry McCormick soloed through to blast the ball to the St Teresa’s net in the opening minute and when Darragh Fegan added a point a minute later they were four to the good. Paul Curran opened the visitors account in the eighth minute with a fine strike from out on the left wing, and though Fegan answered it a minute later left-half-back Conor O’Rawe breathed new life into the St Teresa’s challenge in the 12th minute when he drilled a low shot to the net.

The home team responded well as they hit three points on the trot to lead by 1-5 to 1-1 at the first half water break and when full forward Kevin Sheerin got the first point after the resumption the gap was out to five.

However St Teresa’s found their touch again and hit three in a row through John Mallon, Niall McCann (2) to cut the gap back to just two, though a strong finish to the half by the home team saw Aaron McNeilly, Sean Duffin and Daniel Martin all find the target to pull their team 1-9 to 1-4 clear by half time.

When Sheerin, McCormick and McNeilly pointed early in the second half the home side were eight clear and cruising, but St Teresa’s are dogged competitors and four excellent points from the sweet left foot of John Mallon cut the deficit in half, and they had a great chance of a goal when a high ball dropped in front of full forward Sean Maguire on the edge of the ‘square’. However the spin of the ball took it away from the number 14 and the chance was gone.

Darragh Fagan settled any nerves the home team  may have had with a point on 60 minutes and Christy Sheerin added another in injury time to wrap it all up.

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