Pollock shines as St Gall’s turn on the style

Homefit Antrim Football League – Division 1

St Gall’s 2-14 St Enda’s 1-9

St Gall’s turned in their best display of the season when they beat visitors St Enda’s at Milltown on Wednesday evening, finishing eight clear in the end. A great display by veteran forward Michael Pollock, ably supported by young centre forward Niall Burns, were the main reason for St Gall’s win. Pollock hit two superb goals, one in each half, while Burns knocked over seven points, five from frees and two from play to lay the platform for the side’s victory, while others to show up well in the famous blue shirt were Thomas Bunting, Conal McGirr and Niall Fallon.

Fallon and Burns hit the first two scores of the game in the 6th and 7th minutes, but St Enda’s were soon level as Michael Morgan and Fionn Nagle split the posts at the other end. Michael Pollock struck the first telling blow for St Gall’s soon afterwards when he cut in from the right and blasted the ball to the visitors’ net, and though Odhran Eastwood pulled a point back for the Glengormley men, a series of excellent scores from McCabe, Burns and Pollock had the home side 1-7 to 0-4 at half time.

When Tommy Bunting increased the St Gall’s lead to four within a minute of the restart the Milltown men looked really strong, but the visitors came back strongly and after Gerard Crossan pulled a point back Peter Healy got on the end of a good move to palm the ball to the St Gall’s net. Suddenly St Gall’s appeared a little vulnerable but they provided the perfect answer when questions were being asked and after a great move from one end of the field to the other Michael Pollock was picked out at the far post and coolly finished to the net.

When Niall Burs added a point from a free the 8 point cushion was restored, but St Enda’s kept picking off the points and two apiece from Fionn Nagle and Odhran Eastwood (2), in reply to one by Callum Walsh closed the gap to six with five minutes still to play.

However that was as close at the Glengormley men were to get and two late points from the stylish Niall Burns wrapped up the win.

Referee – Paddy Tumelty (Lamh Dhearg)

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