All County U-17 football league Div 2
Quick Starting Gorts Impress in Victory
Casement’s Portglenone 3-07 Gort na Mona 9-12
An impressive opening period and a huge twenty point lead gained in the opening half gave Gort na Mona the platform for ultimate success at O’ Cahan Park as they proved too strong for the Portglenone men in their under-17 league assignment on Sunday last.
The West Belfast side were in top form right from the off and an early major by Lewis Dillon in the 3rd minute provided got them off to a flyer, and at the interval they had earned a more than healthy 5-08 to 1-00 advantage.
The city lads settled well into the task on hand in the blazing heat and the early goal despatched by full forward Lewis Dillon saw them away in style.
The full forward was well served by a Conor Scannell delivery and the finish was as good as the delivery.
The West Belfast lads added a second major via Kaydan Smith shortly afterwards and although Sean Burn set up Paddy Murray for a Casements goal, the visitors soon provided a stern response.
Dominating the central zone where David Mc Keown and the impressive Connor Scannell reigned supreme the Casement’s rear guard were put under extreme pressure and with Lewis Dillon providing a couple of majors and Tarlach Enright adding another they enjoyed a more than healthy 5-03 to1-00 lead at the first water break.
The second quarter continued to be dominated by the visitors and although Sean Burn did provide a couple of points for the South West side the impressive Gorts held a 5-10 to1-02 advantage at the short blast and the points look secured
The introduction of John Mc Atamney did aid the Casement’s cause and the home side seemed to settle into the groove in the latter stages with Sean Burn and the replacement leading the offensive but by such juncture the die was well cast.
Gort na Mona were again quickly out of the starting blocks and after their net minder Chris Keenan came to their aid to make an excellent save from Casement’s replacement John Mc Atamney a quick, well laid counter strike saw Ciaran Mc Kiernan find the net at the other end before Chris Kelly, Jack Thompson and Tarlach Enright followed with points apiece.
A 46th minute penalty strike saw wing forward Tarlach Enright find the net and at the last break the advantage was 7-13 to 1-05.
Casements, to their credit kept battling and in the last minutes retained focus, and their best player Sean Burns did find the net in the 24th minute and Michael Mc Garry provided another long range special.
But in the event such scores were mere consolation as Gort na Mona were ‘home and hosed’ by this stage and Jack Thompson added another major in injury time to ensure an emphatic 9-12 to 3-07 winning scoreline .
This latest victory ensures the residents on Enright Park hold firm in their second place in the table with a couple of points in arrears of the pace setting St Gall’s
Referee Jarlath O’ Donnell (Con Magees)
Rory O’ Hagan, Peter Mc Cann, Chris Mc Aleese, Hugo Eddis, Conor Mc Atamney, Ryan Mc Keever, Ryan Mc Allister (0-01), Jack Addison, Ryan Addison, Michal Mc Garry (1-00), Sean Burn (1-04), Jason Kelly (0-01, Paddy Murray (1-00), Fiontan O’ Connell, Conor Mc Cann.
John Mc Atamney for J Addison
Gort na Mona
Christopher Keenan, Barra Cordner, Aaron Mc Clean, Lee Davis (0-01), Kriston Walsh, Chris Kelly (0-01), Rian Brown (0-01), David Mc Keown, Conor Scannell (0-01), Ciaran Mc Kernan (1-01), Jack Thompson (1-00), Tarlach Enright (3-03), Christopher Keenan, Lewis Dillon (2-01), Kaydan Smith (2-01)