Senior Reserve Football Shield
Glenavy 3-11 All Saints 1-14
Glenavy completed a double over All Saints at Chapel Hill on Thursday evening when they beat them in the Reserve Shield Championship, have already beaten them in the round robin stage of the Intermediate earlier this month. The Glenavy men were more efficient in this game, and their ability to hit goals at vital times gave them the vital edge over Ballymena, who squandered a series of chances, including a second half penalty.
David Nelson got the home team off to a great start with a goal inside 30 seconds and though All Saints held the upper hand for the remainder of the first half, thanks to a great display by centre forward Eoin Campbell, they missed a good few chances and a second goal just before the break by Glenavy’s Darragh Armstrong gave his team a 2-4 to 0-6 half time lead.
Glenavy stretched their lead to five at the start of the second half, and after Campbell pulled another one back for Ballymena, the home team stretched their lead even further with a point from David Nelson and two from David Devereux to put seven between the sides. Rory McVeigh pulled a point back for All Saints, but when Ben McCambridge pointed and Darragh Armstrong goaled for the home side they were ten points clear and apparently cruising to the win.
However All Saints got back into the game when Ciaran Cambell fired in a penalty and Charlie Metrusty and Shaun O’Callaghan knocked over points to cut the deficit in half. It could have been closer when Ballymena won a second penalty, but Rory McVeigh’s shot was saved this time by Glenavy ‘keeper Lorcan Murphy, and though they did close to within three Glenavy were able to hold out for the win.