ACHL Division 2
Creggan 7-17 Sarsfields 1-7
Report & Photographs: Joe Rice
Creggan dominated from the throw in and had 1.06 on the board without reply after 22 minutes. Sarsfield’s first score came from a free in the 23rd minute followed by another pointed free 2 minutes later. Creggan added 2 additional goals to their tally but a goal in the 26th minute seemed to give Sarsfield’s some inspiration but by the short whistle the game as a contest looked over. The home side led 6.08 to the visitors 1.02 and things didn’t get much better in the second half with Creggan finishing on a tally of 7.17 to Sarsfields 1.07.
Visitors to the Staffordstown Road were thin on the ground given the torrential rain prior to thrown in but as luck would have it the sun came out for the next 60 minutes or so. Bredagh Referee, Lorenzo McMullan, was keen to get things going as the visitors waited on the arrival of their last player fielding the maximum of 15 players with no one on the bench.
Unfortunately, for Sarsfield’s, they were missing too many players and things didn’t look any better when Rory McCann pointed from the throw in. Creggan got the next 5 points without reply – 2 from Rory McCann and one each from Aidan McKeown, Tiernan McLarnon & Conor McCann – to give the home side a 5-point lead with 15 minutes gone.
To suggest that the contest at this stage was all one sided would be wrong – Sarsfields had as much possession as Creggan but couldn’t hit the target as their wide tally increased.
It was 22 minutes in before Daniel Smyth troubled the score board with a pointed free adding another pointed free 2 minutes later. The home side’s response was a further point from Rory McCann and a goal a piece for Conor McCann, Dermot Mulholland and Morgan Nelson, each attempt unstoppable as the Creggan’s forwards broke through coming in one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Naoise Ofaolain, giving him absolutely no chance.
As we neared half time, Sarsfields’ Pierce Cusack challenged Creggan’s goalkeeper, Brendan Prenter, and when the ball dropped inside the square Cusack pulled first time steering it into the net. From the resulting puck-out Dermot Carey took possession and pointed from play and 2 minutes later Morgan Nelson got a second goal right on the stroke of half time with another unstoppable effort.
Dermot Mulholland also doubled his goal tally for the home side on the 32nd minute and Rory McCann added another point before Creggan’s Conor McCann got his second goal, blasting a bouncing ball into the net.
HALF TIME SCORE: CREGGAN 6.08 v SARSFIELDS 1.02
After the turn around things continued much as they had in the first half and to be fair to Sarsfields they never gave up and kept going to the end but they just couldn’t find the target.
Rory McCann got the first score of the second half – a point from play – while Sarsfield’s Daniel Smith scored his third pointed free. Creggan’s Conor McCann scored 2 further points in the 36th & 42nd minute while his team mate, Morgan Nelson completed his hat trick . The visitor’s response was another Daniel Smyth’s converted free. As we headed towards the last 15 minutes, Creggan were pointing away at will – scores from Liam McCann (1 point) , Tiernan McLarnon (2 points), Nial McAuley (1 point), Brendan Maguire (1 point) and Aaron Hughes (1 point) – but their tally could have been much greater had it not been for the visitor’s goalkeeper who pulled off a number of goods saves. As proceedings were coming to a close Daniel Smyth added another free to his tally and Brendan Jackson and Pierce Cusack got 2 further points but Creggan never looked in trouble.
CREGGAN: No.1 Brendan Prenter, No.2 Aidan Maguire, No.3 Thomas McCann, No.4 Jake McAteer, No.5 Aidan McKeown (0.01), No.6 Liam McCann (0.02), No.7 Dannan O’Hara, No.8 Keelan McCann, No.9 Rory McCann (0.05), No.10 Tiernan McLarnon (0.02), No.11 Morgan Nelson (3.00), No.12 Niall McAuley (0.01|), No.13 Dermot Carey (0.01), No.14 Conor McCann (2.04), No.15 Dermot Mulholland (2.00), No.17 Aaron Hughes (0.01), No.18 Callum McCann, No.19 Brendan Maguire (0.01).
SARSFIELDS: No.1 Naoise Ofaolain, No.2 Conal Jemfrey, No.3 Nicholas O Mmullane, No.4 Mark McCavanagh, No.5 Daniel Smyth (0.05), No.6 Domhnall n, No.7 Jim McKernan, No.8 Eoin McBriarty, No.9 David McAllister, No.10 Daniel McKernan, No.11 Ryan O[Neill, No.12 Brendan Jackson (0.01), No.13 Paul McCalson, No.15 Ronan McKenna, No.26 Pierce Cusack (1.01).
Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)