Kelly hat-trick paves the way for Casement’s victory

Homefit ACFL Division One

Casement’s Portglenone 7-12 St Mary’s Aghagallon 1-07

A Stephen Kelly hat trick initiated in the opening period and completed in the third quarter was the prominently feature as the Bannsider’s returned to winning ways with a resounding victory over Aghagallon at Kelly Park on Sunday.

The home side took a time to find their feet and in fact they had recorded a wide tally reaching double figures before the end of the first period.

 A 14th minute Ruairi Hagen goal steadied the ship however and further goals from full forward Stephen Kelly (2-0), and Michael Hagen ensured a more than healthy 4-04 to 1-02 interval advantage.  

Aghagallon with pace aplenty from Ruairi McShane and Michael McStravick showed a clean pair of heels to the home side’s on more than one occasion and had looked very much in contention in the latter stages of the opening half when Stephen Brannigan bagged a splendid 25th minute goal.

At such juncture the home side were 1-04 to 1-02 ahead but they put an error strewn period behind them as Stephen Kelly found the net following a Ryan Convery approach in the 26th minute.

Full forward Kelly added another major a couple of minutes later and when Michael Hagen grabbed their fourth they had moved into a 4-04 to 1-02 interval lead as the sides took a well-deserved break in the hot conditions.

Aghagallon had the breeze behind them for the second half but it was the Casements men who were quicker out of the start blocks as Oisin Doherty and Michael Hagen added points before mid-fielder Fergal O’ Kane opened the way for Aiden McAleese to punch to the net.

The wing half forward was to claim the resultant kick out and promptly return post haste between the posts before a clever flick set up Stephen Kelly to finish to the back of the net to complete his hat trick.

The die was now well and truly cast with Portglenone now 6-07 to 1-02 ahead and it was as good as over, even at this stage.

Aghagallon replied with back to back points from Pat Brannigan and Michael Mc Stravick before the home side were reduced in number when late replacement Coary McLoughlin was shown black.

It failed to disrupt the Portglenone dominance however as Stephen Kelly, Ryan Doherty, and Conor Magee raised white flags in sequence.

It was over as a contest at this stage but the visitors soldiered on with the excellent Jack Lenaghan leading the charge as he followed Pat Brannigan, Michael Mc Stravick by splitting the posts.

 The home side had the final say however as Stephen Kelly added a late point before setting up Ryan Convery’s to add a late goal.

Casement’s: Ryan O’Neill, Jonny Convery, Shane Delargy, Ronan Delargy, Ryan Convery (1-01), Ruairi Hagen (1-00), Conor Magee (0-01), Ciaran Lynch, Fergal O’ Kane, Aiden Mc Aleese (1-03), Michael Kelly (0-02), Caolan Tierney, Michael Hagen (1-02), Stephen Kelly (3-02), Oisin Doherty (0-01)


Ciaran Mc Kenna for C Tierney

Gerard Mc Aleese for M Hagen

Patrick Graffin for R Hagen

Corey Mc Laughlin for F O’ Kane

Paddy Kelly for M Kelly

Aghagallon: Conor Mc Kavanagh, Stephen Devlin, Aiden Mulholland, Seannen Donnelly, Jamie Lamont, Rian O’ Neill, Stephen Brannigan (1-00), Jack Lenehan (0-02), Mark Mc Afee, Ruairi Mc Shane (0-01), Michael Mc Stravick (0-03), Hugh Hannon, Pat Brannigan (0-01)


Chris Mc Grath for J Lamont (inj)

Referee K Doherty (Rasharkin)

C Mc Aleese for N Mc Shane

C Hamill for L Russel

Referee: Karl Doherty (Rasharkin)

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