St Paul’s championship race back on track

OB Construction IFC Round3

Glenavy 2-4 St Paul’s 1-10

After losing their opening game to neighbours Sarsfields St Paul’s faced an uphill struggle to make the knock-out stages and when they trailed Dunloy by seven points in last week’s game the mountain appeared to be getting even steeper. However a fantastic fight back by the Shaw’s Road men saw them come away from Dunloy with both points in the bag and on Friday evening they took another step towards the play offs with a three point win over Glenavy at Chapel Hill.

It was the home team who started the stronger in this game and despite the fact that Fergal Henry rattled a shot off the St Paul’s crossbar they came back with a point from the same player from a 45 to take the lead.

St Paul drew level when Liam McLarnon point but Glenavy went in front again when Rory Foster fired in a goal and Johnny Philips put them four clear as the went to the water break with a 1-2 to 0-2 lead.

St Paul’s responded well and points from Aaron Traynor and Colm McLarnon cut the gap back to a point and when Conal Duffy broke through for a goal they were 1-4 to 1-2 in front at the break.

St Paul’s increased their lead after half time with points from Liam Larnon, Aaron Duffy and Colm McLarnon to go five clear, but when Glenavy’s Mal Doherty scored his team’s second goal Glenavy were right back in the game. An exchange of point by Conor Hughes for the visitors and Mattew Lawlor for Glenavy left two between the sides and when Glenavy’s Fergal Henry pointed the gap was down to the minimum.

It looked like anyone’s game at this stage but St Paul’s finished strongly and points from Liam and Colum McLarnon saw them home with a goal to spare.

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