U20 FC Group 2
St. Enda’s 1-10 Aghagallon 4-8
Goals from Hugh Hannon in the 56th minute and another from Jonathan Hanna in time added on killed off the challenge of a battling St. Enda’s in the opening round of the U20 Football Championship at Hightown on Saturday.
The visitors made all the early running and led 1-4 to 0-0 going into the first water break with their goal coming from Hugh Hannon following a flowing move from within their own half after 12 minutes and their points shared by Jonathan Hannon, Padraig Gowdy, Michael McStravick and Enda McCartan.
On the restart St. Enda’s struck with their first score in the 22nd minute and a good build up involving several players saw Omar Beydilli fire past James Hamill in the visitors goal to get them off the mark.
Fionn Nagle followed with a point but Aghagallon responded and Nathan Kerr in the St. Enda’s goal made a smart save to deny the visitors a second goal.
Aghagallon had regained the initiative and Jonathan Hannon added a point but St. Enda’s were playing with a lot more confidence at this stage and Fionn Nagle pointed a free in the 26th minute to close the gap to three points.
Things were starting to liven up as Adam Lamb received a yellow for the home side but it was St. Mary’s who finished the half strongly and Michael McStravick split the posts before Hugh Hannon finished a great team move to the net in the 30th minute and his side looked to be taking control again.
The visitors received a setback however when Michael McStravick received a straight Red as half time approached, leaving them to play with 14 men for the remainder of the game but they looked in a comfortable position, leading 2-6 to 1-2 as the short whistle sounded.
Michael Devenny replaced Omar Beydilli in the St. Enda’s side at the start of the second half and they opened brightly with points from Fionn Nagle and Michael Kennedy but Pauric Maginnis replied with a point for the Visitors with 9 minutes of the new half gone.
Liam Russel added another Aghagallon point before Sean McBride replied with a point for the Glengormley side but the visitors cause received a boost when Sean Murray of St. Enda’s received Red and parity in numbers was restored.
The Hightown side were still battling hard for every ball and looking for the scores to get them back into contention and Max Thomas came to St. Mary’s rescue with a great interception as the home side threatened.
Back came St. Enda’s again and an Eoin Nagle pointed free just before the water break closed the gap to five. Nagle added another from play on the resumption of the final quarter as the intensity of the game increased and the hits went in hard and fast and when Conor Eastwood followed with another with ten minutes remaining the momentum was with the Hightown side.
Things took a turn for the worse however as substitute Matthew McAllister was shown Black for cynical fouling but the home side continued to press and when Sean McBride added a point following a ‘Mark’ there was just two in it and the momentum was with the home side.
Aghagallon had been under the cosh for a time but, as good teams do, they responded with those late goals from Hugh and Jonathan Hannon to take the points despite a late consolation point from Fionn Nagle for the home side.
St. Enda’s: 1 Nathan Kerr, 2 Eoghan O’Hare, 3 Owen Kennedy, 4 Oran McRuagain, 5 Callum Morgan, 6 Ronan O’Neill, 7 Colm McCabe, 8 Ryan Kingi, 9 Sean Murray, 10 Omar Beydilli, 11 Conor Eastwood, 12 Jude Stewart, 13 Michael Kennedy, 14 Fionn Nagle, 15 Sean McBride, 17 Matthew McAllister, 18 Ciaran McKeown, 19 Dylan Kingi, 20 John Joe Walsh, 21 Oran Rooney, m22 Adam Lamb, 23 Michael Devenny
Aghagallon: 1 James Hamill, 2 Max Thomas, 3 Stephen Devlin, 4 Kieran Hamill, 5 Jack Hannon, 6 Seanan Donnelly, 7 Jonathan Hannon, 8 Padraig Gowdy, 9 Pauric Maginnis, 10 Hugh Hannon, 11 Enda McCartan, 12 Jack Nelson, 13 Ruairi McShane, 14 Michael McStravick, 15 Liam Russell, 16 Callum Fitzpatrick
Referee Finton McCotter (Sarsfields)