A little bit of history made at Kirkwood Park

U20 Football League Division 2

Naomh Padraig 2-14 Glenavy 3-5

There was a little bit of history made at Kirkwood Park yesterday when Naomh Padraig, Lisburn defeated St. Joseph’s Glenavy in the opening game in the U20 football league division 2.

Naomh Padraig were fielding a side in this completion for the first time and the lads on view certainly didn’t let them down and it augers well for the future of the Lisburn club.

It was visitors Glenavy who opened the scoring with a point from Fergal Henry in the 4th minute but the home side were soon back on terms when Rory Kennedy split the posts at the other end.

Kennedy pointed Naomh Padraig ahead for the first time in the 12th minute but the excellent Henry responded from a free to tie the contest for the second time.

The Kirkwood Park side began to settle to the task however and in a ten minute spell they hit four unanswered points to take control through Niall Dixon, Luca Mulholland and Eoin Dixon (0-2).

Glenavy looked rattled but their talisman, Fergal Henry momentarily stopped the rut when he pointed a free at the other end but it provided short respite as Eoin Dixon responded with a point before firing to the net in injury time to put the Lisburn side firmly in control as the half time whistle sounded.

Eoin Dixon was proving a real thorn in the sides of the Glenavy defence and he opened the second half scoring with another point to move his side 10 in front. Glenavy replied through a Ruairi Nelson point but the momentum was still very much with Naomh Padraig and that man Dixon made immediate reply from a free in the 6th minute.

The visitors were very much in need of inspiration at this stage of the game and Darragh Doherty looked to have provided it when he got in for a goal in the 12th minute and when Fergal Henry added another, a minute later we looked to have a game on our hands.

Colm Burns and Owen Brady fired over points to steady the ship with Fergal Henry replying from a free and Niall Dixon responding with another Lisburn point to keep Naomh Padriag noses in front.

The visitors were still giving it everything and when their top forward Fergal Henry blasted a free to the Lisburn net with two minutes of normal time remaining it provided the Chapel Hill side with a glimmer of light.

That light was quickly extinguished however as Naomh Padraig finished with a flourish with the impressive Rory Kennedy adding two points and Conor Ewing getting in for another to secure an impressive victory.

Referee: John Moran (Aldergrove)

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