St. Joseph’s and Naomh Padraig share the spoils

OB Construction Intermediate Championship

St. Joseph’s Glenavy 1.11 v 1.11 St.Patrick’s Lisburn

Local rivals Glenavy and Lisburn played out an interesting draw at Chapel Hill on a beautiful autumn day. Both sides gave it everything in an effort to win the game with scores level on four occasions.

Early in the first half an accidental clash when Lisburn keeper Peter O’Neill and Glenavy full forward Michael McCourt collided resulted in the Glenavy player leaving the pitch because of possible concussion. A long stoppage resulted which upset the rhythm of play.

Fergal Henry opened the scoring with an excellent point from play but Conor Dixon had the sides level with a pointed free. The home side’s Martin Lawlor fell awkwardly and had to leave the pitch with an injured his ankle and was replaced by Pearse O’Neill. Conor Dixon pointed a beauty to put his side one up but from Lorcan Murphy’s quick kick out the ball landed with Ciaran Loney who went on one of his solo runs before splitting the posts to bring the sides level. Conor Dixon was on the mark again when he gained possession to land a beauty between the uprights and Rory Kennedy put his side two in front when he raised the white flag. As things began to liven upGlenavy keeper Lorcan Murphy made an excellent stop to keep his side in the game. Oisin Hamill closed the gap with an excellent point and the hard running Pearse O’Neill brought the sides level for the third time with a well worked point.

We then had the lengthy stop with the injury to Michael McCourt who was replaced by Conor Hamill. The home side then scored the only goal of the game with the build-up starting through Liam Henry’s intervention. The ball was passed through several players before it reached the other Henry, brother Fergal who gave the visiting keeper no chance as the ball nestled in the net.  Fergal Henry then gained possession from the kick-out and quickly landed it back over the crossbar. Stephen Doone thought he would get his name on the score sheet when he landed a beauty between the posts before Rory Kennedy closed the gap with a pointed free for the final score of the opening half.

halftime score St. Joseph’s 1.06 v 0.06 St.Patrick’s.

The second half started with the visitors in the ascendancy with two points from Rory Kennedy and a ppointed free from the reliable Conor Dixon. The excellent Fergal Henry pointed from an acute angle but we then had three unanswered points from the visitors to bring the sides level for the fourth time. Josh McMullan and Conor Dixon with two were the Naomh Padraig marksmen

. At this stage both sides were giving it everything in search of the win and Ciaran Loney and Fergal Henry edged their side two in front going into added time. To their credit St.Patrick’s had other ideas when first Conor Dixon pointed and then they turned the screw and were rewarded with a goal from the hard working Conor Dixon. The score with time almost up was Glenavy 1.09 v 1.11 Lisburn. To their credit the home side finished strongly and were rewarded with points from Fergal Henry and Fergal Green to tie the contest. Both sides deserve great credit for the effort their players put in. Final score St.Joseph’s 1.11 v 1.11 St.Patrick’s

St.Joseph’s: Lorcan Murphy; Liam Henry; Oisin Hamill; Stephen Doone; Ruairi Forester; Ciaran Loney; Matthew Hamill; Patrick Gallagher; Michael Johnston; Darragh Doherty; Charles Gallagher; Matthew Lawlor; Fergal Green; Michael McCourt; Fergal Henry.. Res. used Timmy Honeyford; Pearse O’Neill; Conor Hamill..

St.Patricks; Peter O’Neill; Patrick Craig; Thomas Burns; Jack McMullan; Josh mcMullan; Shane McEvoy; Oisin Gorman; Sonan O’Sullivan; Conor Ewing; Mark Clement; Ben McMullan; Conor Dixon; Niall Dixon; Kevin Gallagher. Res. Used; Kevin Gallagher; Sean Burns; Eoin Fury. Res. Used:  Kevin Gallagher; Sean Burns and Eoin Fury.

Referee: Marty Quinn 

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