U-17 ACFL Division 3
St Brigid’s 2-04- 2-23 Lámh Dhearg
Kevin Herron reports from Musgrave Park
Lámh Dhearg hit 2-11 without reply in the second half to pull clear of St Brigid’s and surely secure a place in the league semi-finals after a 2-23-2-04 win at Musgrave Park.
The visitors were slow out of the traps and conceded an early goal as David Prenter found a gap and slotted past Rhys Camlin and into the net to give St Brigid’s a dream start.
Eoin Campbell spurned a goal opportunity at the other end but made amends- fisting a point in reply from Eoin Mackey’s interchange of passes.
A further point followed from Aidan McCague after a nice exchange from Aidan Morrow before Eoin Campbell converted a free and levelled proceedings.
Campbell brought his personal tally to 0-03 with another conversion in front of the posts with Eoin Mackey then cutting inside and steering the ball over to double his sides advantage.
Having saw their lead quickly diminish- the hosts came back into proceedings and the next six scores were equally shared.
Pearse Lynch conjured up successive points- in-between Donal Martin converting from Conal McGuigan’s quick free.
It was roles reversal as McGuigan profited from Donal Martin quickly getting things going from another free shortly after – but St Brigid’s again closed the gap through a converted free from early goal scorer Prenter.
Lámh Dhearg ended the half stronger with Adam Murray popping over a point from Donal Martin’s pass, Martin himself swung over his second and a close-range Ciaran McLaughlin point ensured the Hannahstown side were 0-10-1-03 ahead at the interval.
The second half was largely one-way traffic as Adam Murray steered over the first score of the half within the first 60-seconds.
Aidan McCague doubled his tally for the afternoon with Eoin Campbell hitting the first of three quick individual points – with Ciaran McLaughlin swinging over his second in between as their lead now increased to double figures (0-16-1-03).
Playing with confidence and their tails up the Lámhs deservedly hit their first goal of the contest.
Donal Martin looked to have measured up a point – though his effort dropped and Mel Murnaghan was helpless as it clipped off the post and went into the net.
Eoin Campbell registered his seventh point in the aftermath and Conal McGuigan added two further points- the first after good work from substitute Corey Camlin and the second a dinked effort that almost ended up in the net.
Half-time substitute Calum Fegan-Lappin should have had a goal within minutes of his introduction- though got himself on the scoresheet with a fantastic point.
Conal McGuigan produced a terrific effort to swing over his fourth of the contest and Eoin Campbell powered an effort to the net to make it 2-11 without reply and see his side move 2-21-1-03 to the clear.
St Brigid’s did muster a reply with Colm Finnegan floating the ball over Rhys Camlin and into the net for his sides second and Pearse Lynch adding his third point from play.
There was still time for Eoin Campbell to steer over his eighth point of the contest and Ciaran McLaughlin to convert a late free as Lámh Dhearg ran out comfortable winners in the end.
St Brigid’s: M Murnaghan, F Collins, O McCarney, L Logue, C Brown, C Finnegan (1-00), S Kilmartin, N McSherry, P Lynch (0-03), J Moore, S Prenter, C Austin, D Prenter (1-01, 0-01f), T Graham, L Cullinan.
Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C McGarry, D Young, D Cleland, C McLaughlin (0-03, 0-01f), E Stanley, D McGreevy, D Martin (1-02), A Morrow, A McCague (0-02), C McGuigan (0-04), E Campbell (1-08, 0-03f), D O’Connor, A Murray (0-02), E Mackey (0-01). Subs: C Camlin for D Cleland (HT), C Fegan-Lappin (0-01) for D O’Connor (HT), C Tumelty for C McGarry (HT), A Din for D McGreevy (41).
Referee: Mark McDonald (St Galls)