St Agnes 1-07
Rasharkin made it 2 wins out of 2 in group 2 of the junior football championship with a hard fought 6 point win over a determined St Agnes outfit at Dreen last night.
St Agnes’ made an excellent start to the game and had the ball in the Rasharkin net inside in the opening minute. Ronan Carroll found space and finished well after a strong run from Colin Clarke directly from the throw in. Rasharkin responded well and were back level again after 5 minutes with frees from Andrew and Shane Hasson and a well taken point from Eamonn McNeill who was on the end of a good move involving Fearghal Kennedy and Seamus Ellis. Rasharkin were having a lot of possession in the early stages but playing against the breeze were finding it hard to penetrate the Aggies defence. A free from Ronan Carroll and a point from the classy Conall Turley put St Agnes back in front but Rasharkin hit back with an Andrew Hasson free before Seamus Ellis levelled it up again with a well taken point to leave the score 1-02 to 0-05 at the first half water break.
St Agnes were on top in the second quarter but couldn’t make in count on the scoreboard. Conall Turley was having a big influence and St Agnes’ were using the breeze to good effect but were guilty of a number of missed chances. Colin Clarke edged them back in front but Andrew Hasson tied it up again with a free before half time after a good run from Donagh Quigg.
Rasharkin started the 2nd half brightly and took the lead with a Shane Hasson free before Ronan Carroll hit back with a great point from an acute angle. Rasharkin now had the breeze in the second half but, like St Agnes’s in the first, were forcing it and had a string of missed chances either going wide or dropping short. They were in control of the game though and started to make it count with long range points from Tiernan O’Boyle and Seamus Ellis. St Agnes were still causing lots of problems and forced a couple of smart saves from Ryan Doherty in the Rasharkin goals. Donagh Quigg had a goal disallowed after collecting a rebound off the post but points from Ruairi and Tiernan O’Boyle opened up a 4 point lead at the water break.
St Agnes were in no mood to lie down and hit points from Peter Laverty and Ronan Carroll either side of a pointed Shane Hasson free, the latter having a shot at goal deflected over with a good save from Ryan Doherty. Rasharkin finished the game strongly with a long range effort from Eamonn McNeill and points from subs Oran McMullan and Conor McFerran.
Conall Turley pulled the strings for St Agnes with Ronan Carroll very accurate in front of the posts. For Rasharkin, Donagh Quigg made a number of blocks in defence and drove forward at every opportunity, Shane Hasson delivered some great balls into the forwards and Feraghal Kennedy gave an all action display all over the pitch.
Pearce Kelly, Emmett McFerran, Conor Doherty;
Colm Kennedy, Donagh Quigg, Fearghal Kennedy;
Jack Quinn, Ruairi O’Boyle (0-01);
Shane Hasson (0-04 3f), Tiernan O’Boyle (0-02), Andrew Hasson (0-03 3f)
Gerard O’Hagan, Eamonn McNeill (0-02), Seamus Ellis (0-02)
Fergus Quigg for Colm Kennedy 25mins
Callum Montgomery for Conor Doherty 37mins
Oran McMullan (0-01) for Jack Quinn 42mins
Conor McFeran (0-01) for Andrew Hasson 47mins
Conor Hasson for Emmett McFerran 57mins
St Agnes Team:
James Grieve, Ryan Reilly, James Campbell;
James Halleron, Cormac Flannery, Mark Caldwell;
Shane Moran, Patrick Mulgrew;
Conall Turley (0-02), Colin Clarke, Peter Laverty (0-01);
Ronan Carroll (1-04), Brian Crossan, Declan McLarnon