St. Paul’s move to the top of the table

ACFL Division 2 Reserve

St. Paul’s 4-7  St. Joseph’s 1-9

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

St. Pauls moved to the top of the division 2 reserve football league following this excellent seven point win over a previously well placed Glenavy at Shaw’s Road last night. The home side struck with two goals in the opening half and added two more in the second to overcome the challenge of the Chapel Hill side.

Eugene Reid pointed St. Pauls ahead with a fine long range effort early in the game and the same player put them in a strong position from the penalty spot to move them 1-2 to 0-2 ahead with Davey Nelson on target for the Visitors.

Anthony O’Hare moved St. Paul’s four ahead nearing the end of the opening quarter but St. Joseph’s rallied during the second quarter with points from Luke Devereux 0-3 and Davey Nelson they were back on level terms.

It got even better for Glenavy when Mickley McCourt was on hand to finish a rebound off the cross to the St. Paul’s net and move them three in front but, significantly, Conall Duffy replied with a goal for the Shaw’s Road side just before the break to leave it 2-3 to 1-6 as the half time whistle sounded.

Patrick Doyle edged St. Paul’s ahead again with a point on the restart with Luke Devereux replying for the visitors to tie matters once more before things began to swing back in favour of the home side.

Caomhin Killyleah split the posts and Patrick Doyle followed with a fine long range effort and Conall Duffy sent an overhead effort between the uprights before Killyleah reacted quickest to a rebound off the post to finish to the net and the ‘Hoops’ were 3-7 to 1-6 ahead and looking good.

St. Joseph’s staged a short rally with Luke Devereux and Mickey McCourt on target to reduce the deficit to five going down the home straight but Killyleah drove the final nail into the visitor’s coffin when he hammered the ball to the Glenavy net as he got on the end of a sweeping counter attack from deep in their own half late in the game.

St. Paul’s now sit proudly on the top of the table with 8 points from four starts with Glenavy and Sarsfields on six points but the Chapel Hill side have played a game more.

St. Paul’s: 1 Jonathan Rodgers, 2 Rossa Morgan, 3 Gary NcGroarty, 4 Fionn Ireland, 5 Micael Duffy, 6 Damien Magee, 7 Pearse Magee, 8 Liam Og Magee, 9 Stephen O’Brien, 10 Eoghan Brennan, 11 Patrick Doyle, 12 Conall Duffy, 13 Caoimhin Duffy, 14 Eugene Reid, 16 Ruairi Hamill, 17 Sean Munce, 18 Callum Murray, 19  Niall Martin, 20 Caomhin Killileagh   

Glenavy: 1 Lorcan Murphy, 2 Conor Loney, 3 Sean McGirr, 4 Eopin Mitchell, 5 Darrsgh Armstrong, 6 Pearse O’Neill, 7 Shay O’Neill, 8 Stevie Doone, 9 Ben McCambridge, 10 Matthew Horner, 11 Charles Gallagher, 12 David Nelson, 13 Michael McCourt, 14 Frank Corr, 15 Luke Devereux, 17 Anthony O’Hare

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