Ardoyne make it five from five

ACFL Division 2

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.10 Kickham’s Ardoyne 2-8

The recent resurgence of Kickham’s Ardoyne continued at Chapel Hill on Sunday as they inflicted a narrow defeat over St. Joseph’s Glenavy to make it five wins from their last five starts.

Concistency indeed when you consider that the Kickham’s lost their opening five games and were being touted as relegation candidates in some quarters and after yesterday’s win are now pushing for a top six place going into the league split.

Ardoyne arrived at Chapel Hill hoping to extend their four-game winning streak. After an exciting game they achieved their goal with a hard earned win over the locals. The game was played in almost perfect conditions with a slight breeze blowing across the pitch.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks with a point from a pointed free from Aidan McNeill. Both sides were settling into an end to end game when the home defence sent a long ball into the Ardoyne goal where the alert Fergus Cunningham pounced to fire to the net.

The ever reliable Fergus Henry pointed but Ardoyne replied and Aidan McNeill showed he was up to the task of free taking when he split the uprights from forty meters out.

The game was swinging from end to end with both defences dominating but McNeill showed he was not only a free taker when he landed a beauty from play to raise the white flag. Fergal Henry showed his class when he pointed from an acute angle but once again Aidan McNeill split the posts from a free.

Ardoyne took the lead for the second time in the contest when referee Martin Quinn awarded a penalty to the visitors which was calmly dispatched to the net by that man McNeill.

Play swung from end to end as two evenly balanced sides fought for supremacy and Patrick Gallagher then went on one of his solo runs and finished with a point which brought the sides level at 1.03 apiece.

The large crowd were then entertained with three excellent points for the visitors with Aidan McNeill getting two and Cormac Mullan from a pointed free. Malachy Docherty got in on the scoring act with an excellent point for the home side to leave the halftime score Glenavy 1.05 v 1.06 Ardoyne.

It was St. Joseph’s who made the brighter start to the second half with Fergal Henry pointing a free and adding one from play to put his side one up. The lead was short lived however as the game turned in the North Belfast side’s favour when Kevin Lynch went on a solo run which started on his fifty-meter line and fired to the net from 13 meters out. 

To their credit the home side didn’t give up and Fergal Henry fired over two points to leave the sides level at 1.09 v 2.06 and a share of the spoils looked a distinct possibility at this stage.

The visitors showed just why they are on a five game winning streak when Aidan McNeill and Cormac Mullan replied with points to put Ardoyne two in front with Matthew Lawlor replying for the home side with the game’s final score to leave the visitors winners by a single point.

 Glenavy: Gareth Collins; Darragh Doherty; Liam Henry; Michael Fox; Patrick Fox; Mathew Hamill; Conor Hamill. Oisin Hamill; Ciaran Loney; Ryan Phillipa; Malachy Doherty; Patrick Gallagher; Fiontán O’Boyle; Fergus Cunningham;

Reserves; Lorcan Murphy; David Nelson; Shay O’Neill; Darragh Armstrong;;Stephen Doone; Matthew Lawlor; Fergal Green.

Ardoyne: Tiernan Hughes; Conor Meehan; Cormac Curran; Dermot Martin; Pearse McLaughlin; Joseph McNeill; Fiontain Marley; Kevin Lynch; Declan McCormack; Aidan McNeill; Conor MacLaughlin; Eoghan Corrigan; Pearse Marley; Ciaran McNeill; Cormac Mullan

Reserves: Alan Davidison; Joseph Gibson; Cahanl Keown; Patrick Montgomery; Daniel Moore; Odhran Mullen; Sean Rooney; Seamus Watson

 Referee: Martin Quinn

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