ACF League Division One (round three)
St Mary’s Ahoghill 1-12 Gort na Mona 1-08
enduring back to back defeats in their opening two games St Mary’s Ahoghill got
their opening points when a strong late quarter saw them come from off the pace
to register victory over the visiting Gort na Mona at a cold and bluster
Clooney on Sunday afternoon.
separated the sides in the opening period which saw both sides finding trouble
in locating the target and such was underlined in the fact that they only
raised a single white flag in the second quarter and at the short whistle they
were on level par at 0-05 apiece.
Clooney men were the more wasteful in front of the posts before an early second
period goal by James “Bobby” Magee put them ahead but the visitors were quick
to reply in kind and had moved ahead by the 50th minute.
with the excellent Patrick Graham on top in the middle, and Stephen O’ Connell
standing tall at the centre of defence proceeded to dominate the remainder with
Donal Graham, unerring from the placed ball raising a further trio of whites to
accompany a couple from Eoin Neeson to ensure points secured at 1-12 to 1-08.
cold blustery afternoon at Clooney saw Ahoghill play hosts to Gort na Mona in
the third round of the Division One league.
home side remained without a positive return from their two opening games to
date and although their visitors had opened account with a win over St Teresa’s
in round one they had lost to Portglenone in mid-week.
opening phase saw the visitors away in front as Darren Boyd despatched a 30
metre free between the posts in the opening minute and the home side wasted a
couple of opportunities to draw level but were back on terms when Patrick
Graham collected in the middle and delivered to Eoin Neeson via PJ O’ Connell
to reply in kind.
by this success Ahoghill pushed forward again and a brace of points followed
from the ever ready corner man Eoin Neeson to ensure a 0-03 to 0-01 advantage.
Mary’s side looked in control but Gort na Mona were quick to respond with Chris
Carson controlling mid-field and the City men moved forward with some
foul on the advancing Sean Campbell on the right hand side was fully punished
when Shane Scullion defied the blustery cross field breeze to fire between the
posts in the 12th minute, and when Aiden Mc Donagh completed a well worked
approach to add another they were on terms, 0-03 apiece.
Clooney men regained the lead again in the 17th minute as Patrick
Graham rose highest to collect in the central zone and proceed to split the
posts and when Danny O’ Neill was grounded on his way forward a couple of
minutes later Donal Graham claimed full retribution steering the resultant
award between the posts.
home side had nipped a couple clear but the earlier bad habits returned to
haunt Dualtach Johnston’s charges in the latter stages as chances came and went.
A couple of brilliant finishes from Gort na Mona’s centre forward Darren Boyd
defied the elements and the acuteness of the left sided angles to raise
respective white flags to ensure parity on the board at 0-05 apiece as the
short whistle sounded.
Mary’s started the second half with a bang and with less than two minutes gone
they had grabbed a good lead as James Magee pounced to find the net.
Neeson, who was proving dominant on the left side, had fired into the box and
as the Gort na Mona defenders struggled to clear Magee seized the opportunity to
forward the loose leather to the back of the net.
home side’s lead didn’t last long as the bad habits of the opening period were
about to revisit and after they had spurned several opportunities to increase
their lead the action turned to the other end and would see the visitors assume
Campbell had moved in from the right hand side to combine with Conor Browning
and Aiden Mc Donagh to hoist a 43rd minute white flag and then big
Chris Carson rose highest to claim in the middle and initiate an incisive
was then involved in a promising build up before full forward Paddy McCaffrey’s
finish to the net and Gort na Mona had moved into a 1-06 to 1-05 lead.
Graham replied to bring the home side back on terms but when play proceeded to
the other end shortly after Paddy Mc Caffrey’s finish which raised another
white flag saw the Gorts nip ahead again.
odds looked in favour of the visitors at this stage but St. Mary’s rose to the
challenge and a superb Patrick Graham catch in the middle saw him place Donal
Graham who split the posts. Graham then pointed a free following a foul on the
former and Ahoghill were back in front.
52nd minute Darren Boyd point raised hope within the Gort na Mona ranks
but St Mary’s were having none of that and in a storming finish, Donal Graham
and Eoin Neeson helped them to a couple of point apiece as Ahoghill crossed the
finish line with a 1-12 to 1-08 advantage to claim their first league points.
Ahoghill: Frankie Neeson, Bernard Graham, Sean Mc
Mahon, Seamus Mc keever, Eamon Brady, Stephen O’ Connell, Diarmuid Graham, Neil
O’ Connell, Patrick Graham (0-01), PJ O’ Connell, Donal Graham (0-06), Ronan
Graham, Eoin Neeson (0-04), Danny O’ Neill (0-01), James Magee (1-00)
Mc Glone for S O’ Connell
na Mona: Nial Mooney, Chris Devlin, Tommy Mc Gouran, Brendan Burns, Padraig
Mulvenna, David Mc Erlaine, Chris Carson, Conor Browning, Aiden Mc Donagh
(0-01), Darren Boyd (0-04), Sean Campbell (0-01), Pogy Mc Hugh, Paddy Mc
Caffrey (1-01), Shane Scullion (0-01)
Niall Mullanney for S Campbell
Referee V Boyle (Dunloy)