ACFL Division 3B
St Malachy’s 4-15 St Agnes 0-10
Three second half goals proved the key to success as St Malachy’s came from behind to gain a full return of the points as they gained a first win in the second phase of Division 3 with a win over the Aggies on Wednesday evening.
Only a couple of points had separated the sides when their paths crossed in the first phase of the competition and another close encounter looked in prospect looked in prospect during the opening quarter last night.
The Aggies in fact had the better of things in the opening minutes and the Woodlands side nipped away to lead 0-03 to 0-02 at the end of the opening quarter.
As events progressed the Markets men began to gain the upper hand and started to turn the screw in the latter stages of the half.
A slick combination involving Turley, Carson and Millar in sequence saw the ball delivered to the stylish Carson to plant the leather in the back of the net.
The visitors were stunned at the onslaught which followed and with Connor and Mc Cavanagh much involved in the action the home side added a seven point haul in the closing minutes to ensure a healthy 1-10 to 0-05 interval advantage.
The second half saw a replication of what had been seen in the opening minutes of the game with the Aggies leading the way and a couple of early points hinted at comeback for the visitors.
The Mals had other ideas however as all-out offensive saw them find the back of the Aggies net in a matter of a few minutes with Vernon, Mc Kavanagh, and Mc Givern raising green flags apiece and the end was nigh.
Mc Givern’s goal was a class laden effort which was preceded by a dazzling left sided approach before his crisply struck finish found the roof of the net and that was that.
St Agnes to their credit were not about to make any concession despite the odds being firmly stacked against them and a big deficit facing them as they rallied to the cause again.
They added a further three points in succession in the closing minutes but at this stage it was all over with the St Malachy’s men crossing the winning line points secured on a final score which read 4-15 to 0-10.
St. Malachy’s: S Turley, S Carson, C Corr, P Hanna, M Connolly, D Casey (0-01), C Vernon (1-02), A Dobbin (0-01), J Mc Givern (1-03), A Connor (0-05), G Mc Glennan (1-00), K Mc Kavanagh (1-02), P Millar (0-01), F Brennan