Scullion double proves the difference as Glenravel win at Dreen

ACHL Division 3

Rasharkin  1-16 ConMagee’s  2-17

Goals from former All Ireland winning star defender Martin Scullion in the 7th minute of the first half and another from the same player in the 13th minute of the second proved the difference as Con Magee’s Glenravel edged out St. Mary’s Rasharkin in a tight contest at Dreen on Sunday.

The sides were level at three points each after five minutes with Conor McKeever, Donagh Quigg and Eamon McNeill on target for Rasharkin and Niall Donnelly, Michael McDonnell and Declan Traynor replying for the visitors, Traynor’s point the pick of the bunch from a sideline cut.

Conor McKillop edged Rasharkin ahead before Scullion struck with the game’s opening goal for the Glen’s men but Rasharkin came back with points from Cormac Gaston and Conor McKeever to draw level again by the 13th minute.

Scullion and Conleth O’Loan for the Con Magee’s and Cormac Gaston and Conor McKeever for Rasharkin exchanged further scores as the intensity of the game increased with litter quarter asked or given.

Rasharkin were giving as good as they got at this stage and point from McKeever and Gaston edged them ahead after 18 minutes but the scores dried up for the Dreen side at this stage and it was Glenravel who hit the final three scores of the half with Niall Donnelly converting two frees and adding another from play to leave his side 1-8 to 0-9 ahead at the interval.

The home side made a bright start to the second half and dominated the opening ten minutes with Conor McKeever pointing before Eamon McNeill caught a long clearance from Shane Hasson, 45 yards from goal and went on a mazey run beating two defenders before placing the sliotar in the corner of the Glenravel net.

The momentum was very much with St. Mary’s at this stage and they followed with three unanswered point from Conor McKeever 0-2, and Shane Hasson to move four clear before Martin Scullion and Conleth O’Loan replied with Con Magee’s opening scores of the second half.

Shane Hasson increased the Rasharkin lead to three but the Glenravel effort was again gathering momentum and they hit five of the next scores to edge ahead going down the home straight.

Martin Scullion began the Glenravel comeback when he fired to the net in the 12th minute and Niall Donnelly followed as he pointed two frees and added another from play while Chrisey Quinn got his name on the score sheet for the visitors with Donagh Quigg replying with a point for the Dreen side.

The visitors pushed home their advantage as the game went into time added on with the sweet striking Donnelly converting another free and adding one from play and Conor McKeever getting Rasharkin’s final point but the goal they needed just wouldn’t come.

With two games remaining Rasharkin sit two points ahead of Na Magha but visit the Derry side in their next game and may need something from that game to secure their division 3 stratus for next season while Na Magha finish with a home game against Davitt’s and two wins for the Derry city side would leave them safe.

Rasharkin: 1 – Liam Tunney, 2 – James Higgins, 3 – Conor Doherty, 4 – Daniel Doherty, 5 – Ruairi OBoyle,  6 – Tiernan O’Boyle, 7 – Daniel Hasson, 8 – Shane Hasson,  9 – Emmet McFerran, 10 – Conor McKillop, 11 – Declan McKay, 12 – Donagh Quigg, 13 – Eammon McNeill, 14 – Cormac Gaston, 15 – Conor McKeever.

Glenravel: 1 Ronan Donnelly, 2 Brian O’Neill, 3 Shane Woulahan, 4 Joe Martin, 5 Stephen Atcheson, 6 Rian Lennon, 7 Michael McDonnell, 8 James Duffin, 9 Conor Deery, 10 Niall Donnelly, 11 Chrisey Quinn, 12 Ciaran McIlfatrick, 13 Conleth O’Loan, 14 Martin Scullion, 15 Declan Traynor

Referee: Mark McDonald

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