Glenavy win the south west derby

Antrim Football League – Division 2

Naomh Padraig Lisburn 0-8 Glenavy 1-13

Glenavy travelled to Lisburn on Wednesday evening to take on Naomh Padraig and came away winners by seven points, a result that keeps them in the top six with just one game left to play.

Lisburn were first to strike when full forward Mark Chernek pointed them ahead early in the game and while it took Glenavy until the seventh minute to raise their first flag, they made up for lost time and a point from Patrick Gallaher and Fergal Henry, plus a goal from centre forward Charles Gallagher put them four clear. Mark Chernek pulled one back for the home team but two in a row from Glenavy’s Fergal Henry pulled them five ahead by the 20th minute.

Glenavy goalkeeper Stephen Daly makes a magnificent save to deny what seemed a certain goal for Naomh Padraig

Luca Mulholland pulled on back for Naomh Padraig but Glenavy finished the half strongly with points from Henry, Doherty and Henry to lead by seven at the break. (0-3 to 1-7)

Francis McMeel brought the gap back to six early in the second half with a pint from play, but five minutes later a well worked team move was finished by Glenavy’s Paddy Gallagher who sent over a point. A great point from distance by midfielder Ben McMullan closed the gap again and the Lisburn men seemed set to get even closer when they got through on goal, only to be denied by a fantastic save by Glenavy goalkeeper Stephen Daly who dived at the forward’s foot as he was about to pull the trigger and turned the goal bound shot around the post.

Lisburn kept going however and they were rewarded as Chernek and McMeel sent over points, to close to within five midway through the second half. However Glenavy hit back with points from Ciaran Loney, Fergal Henry, Malachi Doherty (2) and Paddy Gallagher to seal the win.

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