Late Lynch strike earns Rasharkin a valuable point

ACFL Division 2

Rasharkin 0-11 St. Joseph’s 0-11

A late Ryan Lynch point earned St. Mary’s Rasharkin a valuable point as they staged a strong second half comeback to earn a share of the spoils against St. Joseph’s Glenavy at Dreen last night but once again the win they so badly needed eluded them as they continue their fight for survival.

Ryan Lynch got the home side on their way with a point in the 1st minute and Fergal Henry fired over the equaliser before Andrew Hasson pointed a 6th minute free to edge the Dreen side ahead once more.

Fiontan O’Boyle for Glenavy and Andrew Hasson for the home side exchanged further points to edge the home side ahead once more but Glenavy were slowly gaining the upper hand and they went on to dominate the opening half.

Fergal Henry fired over two in succession and Fergal Green stepped forward to send a ‘45’ between the uprights before Andrew Hasson replied with Rasharkin’s final point of the opening half in the 20th minute.

The visitors were now in full stride however as Niall McCann and the excellent Fergal Henry 0-2 moved them 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at half time and the visitors would have been sorry to hear the short whistle as the momentum was very much with them.

As so often happens the half time break gave the home side a chance to regroup and whatever was said at the interval seemed to have the necessary effect as they returned a much more focused and determined outfit for the second half.

Andrew Hasson pointed a free after two minutes and Shane Hasson added another from play with three minutes gone to close the gap to two as Rasharkin dominated the opening exchanges.

Ryan Lynch added a further point in the11th and the same player levelled matters with a fine score in the 17th minute and at this stage the traffic was very much heading in the direction of the visitors goal.

Conor McFerran edged them in front for the first time since the 10th minute with 20 minutes of the second half gone and the home side looked to be on their way to two much needed points but for the third game in succession they appeared to hit a wall.

Glenavy gathered themselves up of the canvas and Pearse O’Neill fired over the equaliser and when Fergus Cunningham edged the Chapel Hill side ahead with a point in the 25th minute the Rasharklin second half effort looked like counting for nothing.

Tiernan O’Boyle struck a monster point from all of 55 meters off the ground to tie matters once more but substitute Anthony Gallagher looked to have nicked it for the visitors with a point in the 29th minute.

The home side refused to throw in the towel however as they pressed up on the Glenavy kick out, forcing a turnover and Ryan Lynch kept his cool to send over an excellent point and secure a share of the spoils.

The draw keeps Rasharkin one point ahead of St. Teresa’s who secured a draw themselves against visitors Dunloy but both Glenavy and Dunloy remain three points ahead of Rasharkin and on reflection the visitors will be more satisfied with the result.

Rasharkin: 1 – Tiernan O’Boyle,  2 – Conor Higgins, 3 – Emmet McFerran, 4 – Pearse Kelly, 5 – Donagh Quigg, 6 – Conor Hasson, 7 – Colm Kennedy, 8 – Thomas McMullan, 9 – Ruairi OBoyle, 10 – Oran McMullan, 11 – Seamus Ellis, 12 – Shane Hasson, 13 – Andrew Hasson, 14 – Ryan Lynch, 15 – Conor McFerran. Sub: Dylan O’Doherty for Oran McMullan.

Glenavy: 1 Fergal Green, 2 Darragh Doherty, 3 Liam Henry, 4 Oliver Brankin, 5 Patrick Fox, 6 Pearse O’Neill, 7 Michael; Fox, 8 Ciaran Loney, 9 Stephen Doone, 10 Fiontan O’Boyle, 11 Niall McCann, 12 Patrick Gallagher, 13 Fergal Henry, 14 Charlie Gallagfher, 15 Fergus Cunningham, 16 Gareth Cunningham, 17 Matthew Lawlor, 18 Michael McCourt, 19 Anthony Gallagher, 20 David Nelson, 21 Michael Kane, 22 Ben McCambridge, 23 Michael Johnston.

Referee: Eamon McAuley (Cargin)

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