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Tir na nÓg 2-17 St Teresa’s 1-15
Two goals from full forward Kevin Sheerin were to prove vital as Division 2 League champions Tir na nÓg were made to work hard for their four point win over visitors St Teresa’s at Whitehill on Wednesday evening. ‘Skimper’ struck in the 13th minute with the Glen Road side leading by 0-5 to 0-4 and ten minutes later the big full forward showed his soccer skills when he created an opening and fired in a shot which was deflected past Jarlath Patterson in the St Teresa’s goal.
Sheerin and Darragh Fagan had given the Randalstown men a two point lead by the third minute, but St Teresa’s came back to level with points from Anton Trainor and John Mallon in the 4th and 5th minutes. Right half forward Aaron McNeilly restored the Tir na nÓg lead with a point on seven minutes, but the visitors hit back with two points in a minute to take the lead for the first time. McNeilly levelled matters once again when sent over a free, and though St Teresa’s edged ahead in the 12th minute through Paul McGoldrick, Philip Maguire and Niall McCann but Sheerin’s first goal in the 13th gave the home side back the lead.
Barry McCormick and Sean Duffin added points before ‘Skimper’ grabbed his second major of the game which helped his side to a 2-8 to 0-10 cushion at half time.
When Darragh Fagan pointed early in the second half to give Randalstown a five point cushion it looked like they were comfortable, but St Teresa’s hit back with a goal from Sean Gault and points from Anton Trainor and Conor O’Rawe between the 34th and 38th minutes to draw level once again. Darren McCormick edged Tir na nÓg back ahead, but once again the visitors drew level through Conor Mallon and it was clear the home team were in a real battle. However when the chips were down they found another gear and four points on the trip from Darragh Fagan, Ciaran O’Neill, Eamon Og McAllister and Kevin Sheerin helped them to victory.
TIR NA NÓG
Sean Paul McAtamney, Brandon McLarnon, Ciaran McGrellis, Peter Cullen, Ciaran O’Neill, Barry McCormick, Caoimhin Duffin, Darren McCormick, Ryan O’Neill, Aaron McNeilly, Sean Duffin, Darragh Fagan, Ciaran Dobbin, Kevin Sheerin, Daniel Martin.
Jarlath Patterson, Aidan Dugan, Anto Varndell, Conor Mallon, Conor O’Rawe, Paul McGoldrick, Colm McGoldrick, Darren McCann, John Mallon, Philly Maguire, Niall McCann, Paul Johnston, Anton Taylor, Joseph Rainey.
Referee – Patrick Tumelty (Lamh Dhearg)