Shane O’Neill’s ease to league semi-final

ACHL Division 3 Cup Quarter-Final 

St Teresa’s 0-07 – 0-33 Shane O’Neill’s 

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc MhicDhomhnaill/ÚiDhoctairtigh

Shane O’Neill’s advanced to the ACHL Division 3 league semi-final after a comfortable 0-33-0-07 victory over a depleted St Teresa’s side on the Glen Road on Sunday afternoon. 

Then hosts just managed to muster 15-players before throw-in but registered the opening score through a converted Robert Gallagher free. 

Daniel Black got Shane O’Neill’s back on terms with a fine point and the Glenarm side then took control of the game and the scoreboard. 

They led through a Ciaran Magill point- following Darren Hamill’s pinpoint ball out of defence. 

Magill doubled his tally and points from Conal Ward and midfielder Chris Matthews had their side 0-05-0-01 to the good. 

A Gallagher free in reply saw St Teresa’s remain in touch, though four successive converted frees from Ciaran Magill saw Shane O’Neill’s into a 0-09-0-02 lead. 

Ciaran Magill converting one of his four successive frees that saw him top score with 0-16 for the afternoon

The visitor’s domination continued with five further points in a row taking their tally to 0-09 unanswered. 

Chris Matthews picked off his second point of the half from range before Dylan McLaughlin and Daniel Black floated over further scores. 

Ciaran Magill added two further converted frees to make it six from the placed ball and eight points overall thus far. 

St Teresa’s picked off their third point of the half after Darren McCann found Anthony Varndell in space and he split the posts to make it 0-15-0-03.

Glenarm hit three more unanswered points before the break, talisman Magill conjured up his third point from play after a nice pass from Ciaran Finnegan, Daniel Black swung over his third point and Conal Ward doubled his account for the half as Shane O’Neill’s were cruising to victory and 0-18-0-03 to the good at the break. 

The second half began on a big more of an even keel as the sides traded the opening four points. 

Sean O’Boyle extended Shane O’Neill’s lead, only for Colm McGoldrick to reply at the other end. 

Ciaran Magill swung over to get into double figures for the afternoon, but Robert Gallagher responded for his third score. 

Thereafter, Glenarm seized control again through back-to-back Daniel Black scores and a long-range point from Ciaran Magill. 

Magill landed three further scores before the second half water-break, two of them converted frees to bring his tally to 0-08 from the placed ball and his side were pulling further clear with a 0-26-0-05 lead. 

The first score of the final quarter fell to Dylan McLaughlin- the wing half forwards second of the afternoon. Robert Gallagher conjured up a response at the other end. 

Another five unanswered points followed from Shane O’Neill’s – two came courtesy of substitute Sean O’Hare with Sean O’Boyle grabbing his second and two further efforts from Magill stretching the lead.

Robert Gallagher converted his second free of the afternoon to bring his personal tally to 0-05 and ensure his side would end with seven points. 

Robert Gallagher carried the threat for St Teresa’s

The scoring was complete with substitute Ryan McLoughlin swinging over late-on to ensure a last four meeting with Carryduff for the Glenarm outfit. 

St Teresa’s: J Maggorian, P Glennon, G O’Rawe, M Kewley, C Rouse, R Gallagher (0-05, 0-02f), E Connolly, C McGoldrick (0-01), A Varndell (0-01), N McGettigan, S Maguire, D McCann, A Rooney, R Brammeld, S O’Hara. 

Shane O’Neill’s: N Hamill, L McLoughlin, B Hamill, C Finnegan, P Magill, D Hamill, A Scullion, C Matthews (0-02), B O’Boyle, S O’Boyle (0-02), C Magill (0-16, 0-09f), D McLaughlin (0-02), C Ward (0-03), D Black (0-05), K O’Boyle. Subs: S O’Hare (0-02) for K O’Boyle (HT), C O’Boyle for C Ward (HT), C O’Boyle for A Scullion (43), R McLoughlin (0-01) for C Matthews (45), D McMullan for D Black (46). 

Referee: Paddy Tumelty (Lámh Dhearg) 

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