Pearses secure semi-final spot

Antrim Football League – Division 3

Pearses 2-14 Eire Og 0-8

Pearses booked their place in Saturday’s Division 3 Football League semi-final when they proved too strong Eire Og side at Woodlands on Wednesday evening. Ahead by 1-7 to 0-3 at half time Pearsees were never really troubled, though it has to be said Eire Og made them work all the way and in right half forward Conor McKenna and centre forward Conall Smyth they had two excellent performers.

Caomhan Daykin gave Eire Og an early lead but four points from frees, three by Stephen Fitzsimons, two from Fionn Grew and one from Liam Deegan put them 0-6 to 0-1 up by the twelfth minute.

Pearses Liam Deegan in action against Eire Og’s Connor Ellis

They appeared to lose their way a little at this stage and it was a further 14 minutes before they raised their next flag, while in the mean time Eire Og narrowed the gap with points from Stephen Erskine and Conor McKenna.

Pearses broke their scoreless spell four minutes from half time when they were awarded a penalty after Eire Og goalkeeper Kyle Tinney was adjudged to have taken down Pearses full forward Daniel Magee as he bore down on goal, a foul that saw Tinney black carded. Up stepped Pearses corner forward Fion Gregg to slot the ball past stand-in keeper Joe George and when Stephen Fitzsimons added another point from play Pearses were seven clear at half time.

Eirie Og certainly didn’t give up the fight and during the second half they matched Pearses score for score. However they never really closed the gap, and when Fitzsimons finished brilliantly to the net five minutes from time there was no way back for Eire Og.

It hasn’t been confirmed just yet but by my reckoning Pearses with now meet St Patrick’s Lisburn in Saturday’s semi-final with Naomh Comgall’s meeting Rasharkin in the other semi-final.

PEARSES

Niall Largey, Luca Giannetto, Thomas McFarlane, Rory Bannon, Cormac O’Neill, Aidan McCavana, Nathan Gordon, Ethan Devine, Gerard Campbell, Piaras Donaghy, Stephen Fitzsimons, Darren O’Neill, Liam Deegan, Daniel Magee, Fionn Grew

EIRE OG

Kyle Tinney, Connor Ellis, Joe George, Dermot Murray, Jarlath Devlin, Conor McKenna, Tomas Malone, Caomhan Daykin, Peter McKeown, PJ Toal, Conall Smyth, Stephen Erskine, Adam McKenna, Darragh Doonan, Ciaran Rice.

REFEREE – Richard Leahy (St Comgall’s)

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