Dreen hold off Lámhs fightback

U-17 ACFL Division 3 

Lámh Dhearg 3-06 – 3-09 Rasharkin 

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Rasharkin survived a ten minute rally to claim a 3-09-3-06 victory over Lámh Dhearg at Hannahstown last Sunday. 

Joseph McNeill steered over an early point for the visitors, and they doubled the lead when Daniel Doherty slipped the ball across to Cormac McMullan who fired between the posts. 

Oisin Casey made it three scores unanswered with a terrific point with Eoin Campbell replying after he was fouled, and he converted the resulting free himself. 

Rasharkin restored their three-point advantage with a 45’ courtesy of Jacek Kedzierski, but at the other end Eoin Mackey linked up with Aidan McCauge who threaded the ball to Eoin Campbell for a score. 

 Following a slow and subdued opening Lámh Dhearg would hit the front with 12 minutes gone. 

Donal Martin played a quick free to Adam Murray who drove forward and let fly with a shot that dipped and deceived Rasharkin keeper Oisin Johnston to loop into the net and make it 1-02-0-04. 

The lead was short-lived however as Cormac McMullan doubled his tally for the half to restore parity and a few minutes later Oisin Casey showed strength to burst through and fire high to the roof of the net past Rhys Camlin to give the Dreen’ a 1-05-1-02 lead. 

Casey clipped over another score in the aftermath, and they extended their lead further before the break when Conan McMullan fisted the ball into the path of Daniel Doherty who directed his shot between the posts. 

Eoin Campbell converted a late free, but the hosts found themselves four points behind at the midway point. 

Lámh Dhearg needed to make early in-roads after the break, but instead they fell further behind. 

On 33 minutes Oisin Casey’s shot was parried by Rhys Camlin – though Cormac McMullan swept the rebound home to see his side 2-07-1-03 ahead. 

Campbell swung over a reply at the other end from Donal Martin’s pop off – but Rasharkin landed the knock-out blow a few minutes later.

Cormac McMullan dropped a high ball into the six-yard box and Terry McGregor punched home to make it 3-07-1-04 and the Lámhs had a mountain to climb. 

Further scores from Thomas Hasson and Daniel Doherty (free) had the visitors inching further clear with the second water-complete- though their advantage would dwindle in the final ten minutes. 

Lámh Dhearg began to bring their big hitters into play in attack, though they were often prevented with getting their shots away by the visitors who conceded numerous frees in the final ten minutes. 

Eoin Campbell converted back-to-back frees to bring his tally to 0-04 from set-plays for the afternoon. 

Goals were required if the hosts had any aspirations of salvaging anything from the game and Kieran Fay-Kelly obliged. 

After winning a close range free, Fay-Kelly decided to try his luck and with success as it snuck through a gap on heavily congested goal-line to make it 3-09-2-06. 

Fay-Kelly would stand over a similar opportunity a few minutes later, his first effort was scrambled to safety, but referee Martin Quinn ordered a retake and he saw his second effort thunder to the back of the net to reduce arrears to a single goal. 

Time was against the Hannahstown side though as Rasharkin just about saw the game out and survived a nervy last ten minutes. 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C McGarry, A Morrow, D Cleland, C McLaughlin, E Stanley, D McGreevy, C O’Neill, D Martin, A McCauge, K Fay-Kelly (2-00f), E Campbell (0-06, 0-04f), E Mackey, A Murray (1-00), D O’Connor.Subs: S McCarthy for C O’Neill (HT), C Camlin for C McLaughlin (37), C McLaughlin for D O’Connor (47). 

Rasharkin: O Johnston, S Condron, C Higgins, T Hasson (0-01), J Kedzierski (0-01), P McTauge, J McNeill (0-01), O Casey (1-02), C McMullan, C McGarrell, D Doherty (0-02, 0-01f), C McMullan (1-02), K Feeney, T McGregor (1-00), R Duffin. Subs: E McKay for J Kedzierski (HT). 

Referee: Martin Quinn (Naomh Éanna)

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