ACFL Division 2
St. Joseph’s Glenavy 1.11 St. Paul’s 2.15
St.Paul’s travelled to Glenavy on a beautiful summer evening and returned home with a well-earned win. The home side once e again fielded a young team that is still learning the hard way to try and win matches. Everything was right for a good game, the pitch was as usual in great condition, with the sun shining and no wind. This was a good game played in the right spirit. St.Paul’s won because of their ability to turn attack into scores, whereas the locals wasted too many scoring chances.
St.Paul’s had the better start and had a point on the scoreboard from Conor Hughes but the home side were given a boost when former county player Patrick Gallagher finished to the net. The lead was short lived as the visitors added a goal and three points. Conor Hughes (pointed before Liam McLarnon added a goal and Billy Joe Burns followed with another a point. The ever reliable Fergal Henry pulled a point back for the home side who were finding it difficult to turn good approach play into scores. Liam McLarnon extended St.Paul’s lead when he split the posts and Joe Duffy stole up the pitch to score a beauty to leave his side five in front. Tomas Gallagher responded with a point for the home side but it was St. Paul’s who were dictating matters and Billy Joe Burns and Joe Duffy added points for the city side. The home side finished the half strongly with three unanswered points from Tomas Gallagher, Fergal Henry with a pointed free and the hard-working Peter Traynor to leave the half time score St.Joseph’s 1.05 v 1.08 St. Pauls.
Once again Fergal Henry was on target to narrow the gap to two and at this stage a come-back looked on the cards and James Farrell for the visitors and Fergal Henry exchanged further points.
St. Pauls extended their advantage with a point and a ‘45’ from Niall McStravick but once again the ever-reliable Fergal Henry was on target with a point for the home team. St. Paul’s continued to hold the upper hand however and Liam McLarnon added a point quickly followed by a goal from Daniel Lavery to extend their advantage
The Chapel Hill side continued to rely on Fertgal Henry for scores and the mercurial forward didn’t disappoint as he pointed another free but it only served to stem the tide for a time. Niall McStravick once again was on target with a point for the visitors before Ethan McGarry got on the score sheet with a point.
The home side kept fighting until the end and were rewarded with a Patrick Gallagher point but the final score of the game fell to St. Paul’s Niall McStravick to leave the visitors winners by seven points.
St.Joseph’s: Liam Murphy; Liam Henry; Ryan Malley Sean McGirr; Ruairi Forester; Darragh Doherty; Johnny Phillips Peter Traynor; Stephen Doone; Ciaran Loney; Patrick Gallagher; Ryan Phillips; Fergal Henry; Tomas Gallagher Miichael McCourt. Reserves: Jake Nelson; Nick, Ethan McGarry; Oisin Hamill; Declan Doone; Chris Grant
St.Paul’s: Kiefer Toolan; Aodhan Kavanagh; Sean Bradley; Patrick Copeland; Joe Duffy; Dan Burns; Niall Ward; Cormac O’Hanlon; James Farrell; Padraic Mac Loweq; Niall McStravick; Conor Hughes; Daniel Lavery; Liam McLarnon; Billy Joe Burns
Referee Mark McDonald