McDonnell leads All Saints to victory

ACFL Division 2

All Saints 3.12 – Ardoyne 1.7

All Saints kept themselves in the race for a promotion play-off place following this comprehensive win over Ardoyne at Fennell Park today. In what looked like a difficult assignment on paper the Ballymena side dominated the opening half and had matters more or less sewn up as the half time whistle sounded.

Ardoyne performed better in the second half and added 1-6 to their first half meagre total of a point but never looked like overturning the visitors lead.

All Saints dominated this game from start to finish and registered 3 goals in the first half to take a 14 point lead at half time.

Playing into the breeze in the 1st half, the visitors played some good football on the front foot with goals coming from Shea O Brien (penalty) and two goals from the in-form Brendan McDonnell.

Ardoyne only registered one point in the 1st half from an Aidan McNeill free and it was the Slemish Park side who had the hard work done as they led 3.6 to 0.1 at the break.

Ardoyne started the 2nd half better and registered 5 points in the opening10 minutes. They certainly put it up to the visitors for a spell and narrowed the gap to 9 points at one stage when their centre half forward found the net but that was as close as they got.

Brendan McDonnell was in excellent form for Baker Bradley’s side finishing the game with a personal tally of 2-5 and proved a real handful for the Ardoyne defence.

The Ballymena side reasserted their authority in the closing stages to run out winners by 11 points and with three home games to finish their league programme their destiny is very much in their own hands.

They welcome Davitt’s to Slemish Park on Wednesday night while third place St. Paul’s entertain league leaders St. Ergnat’s at Shaw’s Road and with only three points separating second and fourth these games are sure to be keenly contested

All Saints: Niall Shannon, Matt Downey, James McDonnell, James Gillan, Connell Lemon, Paddy McAleer, Cormac Lemon, Emmet Killough, Ciaran McGarry, Conor Stewart (0.3), Ciaran Campbell, Shaun O’Callaghan, Brendan McDonnell (2.5), Owen Campbell (0.1), Shea O Brien (1.1)

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