ACFL Division 3
St Comghall’s 1-12 Rasharkin 6-9
A Ryan Lynch hat-trick and further goals from Donagh Quigg, Oisin Casey and Tiernan O’Boyle kept the Rasharkin promotion race on course when they visited Antrim on Saturday evening to take on Naomh Comhghall in a game that certainly produced a barrow full of scores.
Lynch, who has been in fine form since his return to the side this season led the way against an Antrtim town side who were in descent scoring score themselves but were too easily penetrated at the other end.
St Comghall’s raced into an early 3 point before Shane Hasson slipped over Rasharkin first score from a free.
The town again pushed it out to 3 before corner back Donagh Quigg hit a much needed major to leave the scores level.
Anothe point for St Comghall’s brought another leveller from Oran McMullan and at this stage of proceedings there was nothing between the sides
Rasharkin began to get on top however and Oisin Casey popped in behind the defence to slip the ball past St Comghall’s keeper the gap would widen when referee Ryan O’Reilly signalled for a penalty that was sent to the net by Ryan lynch for his first of the evening.
Rasharkin were now 7 clear and looked to be in control but 3 unanswered points from the home side brought deficit back to 4.
Naomh Comhghall were playing some good football and a Shane Hasson pointed free in the 27th minute brought a late rally from the home side who finished the half with 3 unanswered point to leave just one in it at the break.
Half time: Rasharkin 3-03 St Comghall’s 0-11
So with the game finally balanced, the next 30 minutes would test Rasharkin’s resolve and they son faced a more daunting test with only 5 minutes of second half gone as the home side were awarded a penalty that they tucked away to move into a two point lead.
Rasharkin held their nerve however and replied with had points from a Shane Hasson free and another from substitute Tiernan O’ Boyle to level the scores and these scored seemed to spark the league leaders into life.
Tiernan O’Boyle was having an impact since his introduction and he sent a 45 straight between the posts before Ryan lynch hit the top corner of the Naomh Comhghall net and points from Lynch asnd O’Boyle moved Rasharkin further in front.
The momentum was now very much with the men from Dreen and with 53 minutes gone they were awarded a penalty and again that man Ryan lynch stepped up to apply the finish and complete his hat-trick.
Shane Hasson converted another free before Tiernan O’Boyle sent a rifling shot to the net which would prove to be St. Mary’s final score.
It was done and dusted at this stage however with Naomh Comhghall replying with a consolation point in injury time and Rasharkin’s unbeaten run in tact following this 12 point win.
Donagh Quigg 1-00, Oisin Casey 1-00, Ryan Lynch 3-01, Tiernan ‘O’Boyle 1-03 (1f), Shane Hasson 0-04 (4f’s), Oran McMullan 0-01
Rasharkin: 1 Andrew Hasson, 2 Pearse Kelly, 3 Daniel Doherty, 4 Donagh Quigg, 5 Fearghal Kennedy, 6 Conor Hasson, 7 Fergus Quigg, 8 Cathal Mooney, 9 Ruairi O’Boyle, 10 Shane Hasson, 11 Thomas McMullan, 12 Oran McMullan, 13 0isin Casey, 14 Eamonn McNeill,
15 Ryan lynch
Cormac McMullan for Oran McMullan 34 mins
Tiernan O’Boyle for Thomas McMullan 34 mins