McCourt pulls the strings as Glenavy record comfortable win

ACFL Division 2 Reserve

Glenavy 2-14 Aldergrove 0-8

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Goals from Michael Kane in the 7th minute and another from David Nelson with three minutes remaining to half time paved the way for a comfortable victory for St. Joseph’s Glenavy over neighbours, St. James’ Aldergrove at Chapel Hill last night.

With veteran Micky McCourt pulling the strings, Glenavy were always in control and took the lead through an Anthony Gallagher point in the first minute before Glen Dunham brought the game level for the only time in the contest with a point with two minutes gone.

Glenavy began to get it together and Ferghal Green struck a couple of impressive points before Michael Kane got in for the game’s opening goal in the 7th minute to move the Chapel Hill side five ahead.

Stevie Doone and the impressive Green added two more by the 10th minute gone before Glen Dunham replied with his and his side’s second point but the visitors were finding it difficult to penetrate a solid St. Joseph’s defence.

Fergal Green for the home side and Mark Dunham for the visitors exchanged further points but the momentum was very much with the Chapel Hill side with Green and Micky McCourt on target before David Nelson finished to the Aldergrove net to put his side in almost total control with three minute remaining to the break.

Mark Dunham was providing Aldergrove’s only real threat and he added his fourth point of the half before David Nelson replied with the final score of the half to leave the half time score 2-9 to 0-4 for Glenavy and even at this stage it looked a long way back for the St. James’ men.

Fergal Green continued to find the posts an inviting target as he added to the Glenavy total with a point in the second minute and the same player added two more by the 8th minute as the home side dictated matters at the start of the second half.

The home side had to thank keeper Lorcan Murphy however when he pulled off a good save as the visitors briefly threatened before Mark Dunham added a point for Aldergrove as he continued to lead a one man assault on the Glenavy goal.

It provided only temporary respite however as Green with another fine long range effort in the 24th minute replied before Micky McCourt produced a moment of magic with a catch and kick to split the uprights, much to the delight of the Chapel Hill faithful.

Patrick Burns became the visitors only other scorer as he pointed in the 27th minute with Green again on target for the home side as the clock ticked down and Mark Durnam concluded the scoring as he added two consolation scores for the Crumlin side.

St. Paul’s continue to lead the way in the division 2 reserve league and are in a strong position after their 1-11 to 0-11 win over nearest rivals, Sarsfield’s last night with Aldergrove in third place despite last night’s defeat.

Glenavy: 1 Lorcan Murphy, 2 Niall McLaughlin, 3 Padraig Fox, 4 Oliver Brankin, 5 Eopin Mitchell, 6 Pearse O’Neill, 7 Matthew Lawlor, 8 Stevie Doone, 9 Ben McCambridge, 10 Michael Kane, 11 Anthony Gallagher, 12 David Nelson, 13 Micky McCourt, 14 Charles Gallagher, Ferghal Green

Aldergrove: 1 Oisin McGarry, 2 Padraig Kerlin, 3 David Aiken, 4 Michael Brazier, 5 Malachy Burns, 6 Adrian Mulholland, 8 Christopher Browning, 9 Fionn McDonagh, 10 Michael Smart, 11 Glenn Dunham, 12 Conor Totten, 13 Odhran Rooney, 14 Ryan McCarthy, 15 Ronan Aiken, 17 Logan Fleming, 18 Paddy Morris, 21 Patrick Burns

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