St Mary’s do just enough at Pairc na nGael.

Homefit ACFL Div One.       Wed 04.05.22

St Mary 1-11 ,   Randalstown 2-07.

Report: Gerard Lenehan

With both teams looking to improve on their league performances to date St Marys had a one point win over Randalstown in a closely fought encounter which went to the wire in an exciting finish. Both teams fielding strong teams with St Marys welcoming some players back from injury.

Randalstown hit five points three from play to St Mary’s goal and five points for the home team to lead at half time, 1-5 to 0-05. Second half and both teams picked the tempo of the game up a gear and half way through the second half Randalstown had two major breakthroughs as they hit two goals within a ten minute period to put the blues into the driving seat with the score board reading 2-05 to 1-06 to the visitors with ten minutes to go. St Marys held out against sustained pressure and scored five points after this to go a point in front with minutes left and the final whistle sounded.

Both teams had a bright attacking start and they shared a point each and after Eunan Walsh hit the net from close in St Marys held this goal lead for most of the first half. Two Johnny Hannon frees and one from play and a point from Oisin Lenehan gave a goal and five points to the home team. Randalstown showed they were an attacking force as they hit St Marys on the break and scored themselves three from play and two frees. They had the St Marys defence backtracking and hit a few wides in the process. Half time 1-05 to 0-05 to St Marys.

In the second half both team lifted the pace and tempo of the game as the large crowd ‘expected’ for both teams. St Marys had the first score with another free from Johnny Hannon. Then Randalstown caught the St Marys defence on the hop with a number of long balls into no man’s land and they had runners to finish to the net on two occasions to really put it up to the home team and lead for the first time in the game. St Marys lifted their game and intensity now as they searched for a win and put some great attacking moves together, Oisin Lenehan pointed from play and another Hannon free left a point in the game with 8 minutes left. 

St Marys finished strongly and continued to put the pressure on in attack, Eunan Walsh pointed from a free, Adam Loughran hit a great score and Oisin Lenehan showed his strength going through for a point off the left . A great response from the home team but Randalstown continued to pile on the pressure when they could, this was rewarded by a free to leave a point in the game to the hosts. St Marys continued to withstand some late pressure from a gallant Randalstown team but St Marys held the line for the brace of point.

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