Kickham’s maintain their place at the top

HomeFit ACFL Division 1

Kickhams 0-10 to Casement’s 0-06

Kickham’s Creggan maintain their place at the top of division 1 following this four point win over their nearest rivals, Casement’s Portglenone in Creggan today.

The game was never going to be a classic giving the strong wind blowing down the field and it was Casements who had it in their favour in the opening half. Kickham’s really controlled the first 20 minutes playing a nice brand of possession football and by the 18th minute they lead 0-03 to 0-01 with points from Ruairi McCann, Tiernan McAteer and Kevin Small and Niall mc Keever replying for Portglenone. 

The visitors began to find their feet however and with the wind behind them they responded with the next 3 points through Paddy Kelly and 2 points from the boot of Michael Hagan to put Casement’s into a 1 point lead at half time.

 A good finish to the opening half for the Kelly Park side but would it be enough as they turned to face the wind in the second half.

The McAteer brothers were to the fore as Creggan started the second half with a bang as Dominic McAteer in a man of the match performance scored 2 excellent points in the 1st and 7th minute and then his brother Tiernan hit the score of the day with a fantastic point from out near the sideline.

Aiden Hagan replied for Casement’s in the 12 minute only for Ruairi McCann to kick his second point of the day as he and Kevin Small started to control midfield. The home side were now controlling matters and upped stepped Kickham’s keeper Oisin Kerr to score his customary point of the match.

Jamie McCann got his first point of the day in the 23rd minute but a Michael Hagan point in the 26th minute left just a goal in it.  With Marty Johnston in charge at the heart of the Kickham’s defence he set up the last score of the game with a long diagonal ball into Jamie McCann’s path and the later duly complemented the pass by stroking the ball over the bar to leave the league leaders winners by four points.

This win leaves Creggan top of division 1 with 22 points from 13 starts, two above neighbours Erin’s Own who sit on 20 points from the same number of games after their win over Lamh Dhearg in Toome today. 

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