Northern Switchgear SFC Group 1
Moneyglass 0-10 St. John’s 1-13
St. John’s recorded their second win from two starts in the Northern Switchgear Group 1 SFC but certainly didn’t get it all their own way against a determined St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass side who were unrecognisable from the one who lost heavily to Cargin last Wednesday night
With still 7 of their panel missing from last year’s Intermediate winning team, St. Ergnat’s were determined to make amends for last week’s poor showing and while losing in the end by six points never the less restored pride in the Moneyglass jersey.
Indeed during the opening half they matched their division 1 opponent’s score for score and were perhaps unfortunate to be trailing by one at half time. Colm Duffin, who had a fine game at mid-field for St. Ergnat’s opened the scoring in the first minute with Conal Quinn levelling matters with three minutes on the clock.
Conal McGlade gave the visitors the lead for the first time with a point in the 4th minute but Aidan McErlain tied the contest once more with six minutes on the clock.
St. John’s began to get on top as they moved two in front through Patrick McBride and Conor Johnston and when Johnston added another they were three in front with 19 minutes gone and looking comfortable.
Moneyglass had other ideas however with the excellent Colm Duffin hitting the next three points of the game to level matters by the 23d minute but St. John’s got their noses in front with Conor Johnston hitting the final point of the half to leave the half time score 0-7 to 0-6 in favour of the Corrigan Park side.
On the resumption of play it was the Johnnies who made the stronger start with Patrick McBride firing home the game’s only goal from the penalty spot and he followed with a point from a free and Matthew Fitzpatrick and Conal Kelly added points from play to move them seven ahead by the 37th minute.
Fitzpatrick added another with 13 minutes remaining it looked as good as over but Moneyglass refused to bend the knee and they came back strongly with four of their own with Patrick McCormick leading the way and Sean Kelly, Aidan McErlain and the impressive Colum Duffin on target as they reeled in their more illustrious opponents.
That was as close as they got however with St. John’s hitting the final two points of the game to run out winners by six to join Cargin on maximum points at the top of the group and these two look favourites to qualify for the play-offs but with four games still to play nothing can be taken for granted.
The home side will take a lot of heart out of this performance however and on the day they gave it everything with Colum Duffin, Sean Kelly, Peter McCormick and Aidan McErlain all in great form as they look forward to their visit to Rossa on Friday night while the visit of Cargin to Corrigan is sure to generate a lot of interest.
St. Ergnat’s: Gary Murray, Kevin McPeake, Peter McCormick, Luke O’Donnell, Sean Kelly, Fearghal Duffin, Jervis Weir, Colum Duffin, Tiernan Duffin, Miran Neeson, Patrick McCormick, Aidan McErlain, Jack McCoy, Ryan Doyle, Conor O’Kane, Subs: used: Tyler Cassidy, Diarmuid Scullion, Callum McStocker
St. John’s: Pearse Donnelly, Adrian Oliver, Jack Bohill, Patrick McBride, Stephen Tierney, Oisin Donnelly, Conal Bohill, Conor Johnston, Conal Kelly, Darren Bellew, Conor McEvoy, Conal Quinn, Ciaran Garland, Simon McDonagh, Conal McGlade. Subs Matthew Fitzpatrick
Referee: Colm McDonald (St. Gall’s)