ACFL Division 1
St Enda’s 1-04 Kickhams 4-13
A few weeks back, Kickham’s Creggan lost to St. Mary’s Ahoghill in Clooney and looked in a spot of trouble. Last week we saw the first seeds of recovery when they recorded a 0-16 to 1-7 win over St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass and on Sunday that recovery continued when they travelled to Hightown and comprehensively defeated St. Enda’s
If ever there was a game of two half’s this was it. A cagey game with wides being the order of the day and the first score didn’t arrive until the 13th minute when defender Sam Maguire kicked the first point followed by 2 from Mathew Rodgers in the 14th and 19th minutes.
St Enda’s got their first point in the 20th minute from their number 14 before Mathew Rodgers replied with his third point of the half in the 27th minute. St Enda’s finished the scoring withtheir centre-half-forward converting a ‘45’ to leave the half time score 0-02 to 0-04 in favor of Kickhams.
Thankfully the second half had a bit more life in it as St Enda’s no 5 kicked off with a fine point before the lively Tiernan McAteer and Aiden Maguire replied with points for the visitors to bring their side to life.
Mathew Rodgers hit two superb goals and Dominic McAteer followed with two points as the visitors began to dominate proceedings but St. Enda’s were far from finished as they replied with a goal and a point of their own.
The hard working Sean Duffin got his name on the score card with a point on 21 minutes and Dominic McAteer followed with another before the same player fired home his side’ third goal to put the game beyond the reach of the Hightown side.
Paddy Coey then got in on the scoring act with points in the 25th and 27th minutes and Dominic McAteer concluded his scoring for the evening with a point in the 29th minute. The last score of the game went to the man who deserved it most however as Joe McAteer, who had covered every inch of the pitch finished to the back of the net for a fantastic individual goal.
This win sees the Kickham’s climb into 7th place, a point behind St Ergnat’s but with two games in hand and they still have a strong chance of a top six place when the leagues split.