Rossa take the points at St Enda’s

 Antrim Hurling League Division One


Naomh Éanna 1-16 O’Donovan Rossa 2-17

Rossa travelled out to glengormley on Wednesday evening and after a hard battle with Naomh Eanna, and the elements, came away with a five point win. Trailing by two points at half time after having faced a gale force wind, Rossa appeared to be in a strong position, and so it proved but having said that it took two second half goals from James Connolly to get them over the line.

The home team had first use of the wind but they fell behind to a Aodhán O’Brien point before getting on terms with a well taken point from Cormac Jennings. Mick Armstrong restored the Rossa lead but the home team were starting to find their range and Rian Bogue fired over two points to put them back in front. However Rossa were sticking with their opponents and when just two points separated the sides at half time they knew they were in a strong position. (0-11 to 0-9)

It appeared that Rossa would pull away when they got the breeze at their backs, but Naomh Eanna were resilient and the Shaw’s Road men were made to work for their scores.  Points from James Connolly and Eoin Trainor got them back on terms ten minutes into the second period. Connolly’s opening goal, a great solo effort, came soon afterwards and gave Rossa their first real advantage, but the next four points were shared. Cormac Ross sent over a point from a free to leave just two points between the sides but with eight minutes of normal time to play Connolly struck for his second goal. Aodhan O’Brien pointed to pull the visitors six clear, and though Cormac Jennings did grab a late goal for the home side, it was too late to effect the overall result.

 NAOMH ÉANNA: M Curran; M O’Hare (0-1), R Gillan, D Maguire; C Ross (0-3, 2 frees), R Bogue (0-1), M Mullan; L O’Connor (0-2), O Kennedy (0-1); C Jennings (1-5, 0-2 frees), M McGivern (0-2), B Cormican; K Jennings (0-1 free), R Donaghy, R Edgar.
Subs: N McGivern for M McGivern (22), O Maguire for D Maguire (28), M McGivern for N McGivern (38), E Jennings for M McGivern (52).

ROSSA: P Crean; C Boyle, C McGuinness, C Orchin; Stephen Shannon (0-1), A Kenneally, E Trainor (0-1); C McGettigan, Seaghan Shannon; A Orchin, M Armstrong (0-1), A O’Brien (0-11, 7 frees, 1 65); M McEnhill, S Beatty (0-1), J Connolly (2-3).
Subs: D Rogan for C McGettigan (39), D Rocks for A Orchin (46), C McParland for M Armstrong (60), R O’Neill for S Beatty (60+1).

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