OB Construction IFC Group 1
All Saints 1-13 Davitt’s 1-6
A goal from Rory McVeigh in the 28th minute of the second half finally killed off the challenge of a spirited Davitt’s in round 3 of the OB Construction IFC at Slemish Park tonight. The home side trailed to a goal from the penalty spot from Michael Connolly just after the first water break but hit five points on the bounce to lead by the minimum at the half way mark.
After the break All Saints dominated possession but it was not until the closing stages that they really pressed home their advantage with substitutes Oisin Connolly and Rory McVeigh combining for the goal that finally killed off the Davitt’s challenge.
Benny McDonald opened the scoring with a point for All Saints in the 5th minute with Gerard Slane replying for the visitors with six minutes on the clock. McDonald restored the home side’s lead with an outrageous point from near the side-line in the 12th minute and that was how it stood at the first water break.
On the restart Davitt’s went on the attack and were awarded a penalty after an indiscretion by the home defence and Michael Connolly stepped up to send Conor Brennan the wrong way from the spot kick and give his side the lead.
This score seemed to lift the visitors and Aaron Slane moved out of his goal keeping berth to take a short free and play a clever one-two before firing over a great point to move the Falls Road side two in front and when Marcus Toner followed with another the home side looked to be in a bit of trouble.
They began to settle however with Michael McCarry leading the way with two points from play and looked to have taken the lead when Benny McDonald rose to beat Aaron Slane to the touch from a dropping ball and finish to the net in the 23d minute but the score was ruled out for a Square-ball infringement.
That was in the 23d minute but it didn’t unsettle the Slemish Park side as they finished the half on the offensive with Michael McCarry pointing a couple of frees and the superb Brendan McDonnell adding another from play to leave them 0-7 to 1-3 ahead at half time.
On the restart it was the home side who opened where they had left off and Peter McReynolds looked to be in for an early goal but shot over from close range. Gerard Slane replied from a close range free to leave just one between the sides once more and it still looked anybody’s game at this stage.
The home side were beginning to dominate possession however with Michael McCarry leading the way with a couple of good points and Sean McVeigh hit another great point with the outside of his boot to move All Saints four in front by the 11th minute.
Davitt’s were still giving it everything to get themselves back into the game and Gerard Slane pointed another close range free to leave just a goal in it as we reached the second water break and it still looked far from over.
The visitors looked to be in for that goal as gthey produced their best attack of the second half but Conor Brennan and Sean McVeigh combined to deny Daniel Wallace and that was as near as the visitrs got.
All Saints finished the game strongly however and Rory McVeigh rose to palm an Oisin Connolly pass to the net with three minutes remaining and points from Michael McCarry and Oisin Connolly put matters out of reach of a Davitt’s side who had given it everything on the night.
This win puts All Saints top of the group with six points from three starts, two ahead of Tir na nOg who won at Glenravel tonight with the Con Magee’s also on four points from three starts but with a break in proceedings until the 19th September nothing has been decided yet.
All Saints: Conor Brennan, Matt Downey, Peter McNicholl, James McDonnell, Ciaran McGarry, Reece O Mullin, Joe Rafferty, Sean McVeigh (0.1), Emmet Killough, Conal Lemon, Michael McCarry (0.7 (0.2F), Peter McReynolds (0.1), Ronan McKillop, Conor Stewart, Brendan McDonnell (0.3)
Oisin Connolly (0.1) for James McDonnell 15 minutes
Rory McVeigh (1.0) for Ronan McKillop 40mins
Davitt’s: Aaron Slane, Conor Toner, Michael Rowntree, Aaron McLaughlin, Gerard Slane, Thomas McCourt, Chris Gardner, Paul McKinney, Anthony Rowntree, Anthony McGowan, Conor Sullivan, Marcus Toner, Caomhin Grant, Michael Connolly, Daniel Wallace. Subs: Niall McParland, Chris Rafferty
Referee: Colin Mallon