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All County Football League Division One

St Teresa’s 1-08-2-08 Lamh Dhearg

By Kevin Herron from McDonnell/ Doherty Park

St Teresa’s will be left scratching their head and wondering just how they spurned two late chances to salvage a point, after going down 2-08-1-08 to Lamh Dhearg at McDonnell/ Doherty Park this evening.

Robert Gallagher rifled the hosts in front early on but Lamh Dhearg would battle back to lead at the break thanks to Pearse Fitzsimons strike.

Terry McCrudden powered home his sides second shortly after the restart and the visitors were in command heading down the home straight – however a brace of converted John Mallon frees left a goal separating the sides before the late drama unfolded.

Referee Paul Hughes signalled for a late penalty after a foul by Ryan Diamond – Gallagher seized responsibility but was thwarted by John Finuchane who was forced to bring Gallagher down at the expense of a further penalty and his marching orders due to a black-card.

It was Roy of the Rovers stuff in the dying seconds as Gallagher had the chance to atone for his original miss – but was denied a second time by stand-in goalkeeper Declan Lynch as the Lamhs held out after a grandstand finish on the Glen Road.

Both sides went into this evenings rearranged encounter depleted and short on numbers – but the game certainly wasn’t short on incident and talking points.

The first arriving inside of two minutes as Robert Gallagher saw his shot bravely blocked down by Ben Rice – the corner-forward showed determination and his low drive fizzed past John Finucane and into the net to give St Teresa’s the early advantage.

Paddy Mervyn drove forward and split the posts in response with Mark Finnegan closing the gap further with his first converted free of the evening; in the absence of Paddy Cunningham.

Finnegan conjured up his second score of the evening and drew the sides level with little over ten minutes gone – though the hosts regained the lead through a converted John Mallon free and a Robert Gallagher point.

St Teresa’s may even have had a second goal inside of the first quarter of an hour – but for a combination of John Finucane and Ryan Diamond – the later scrambling John Mallon’s low shot off the goal line.

Mark Finnegan watched his 45’ drop short but Michael Herron’s high shot dropped over the crossbar –  John Mallon converted his second free of the half in response to preserve his sides two-point advantage (1-03-0-04)

Pearse Fitzsimons evening looked to have came to a premature end after going down in agony with an apparent knee injury – however the midfielder ran of his knock and gave his side the lead for the first time in the game.

Gerard Slane ran at the heart of the St Teresa’s defence but was met by a wall of yellow and blue jerseys and opted for a pop off to Pearse Fitzsimons who showed composure and shot to the net to give Lamh Dhearg a 1-04-1-03 lead.

Slane would coolly register his first of the evening in the aftermath and Ben Rice capped a fine attacking move to edge the Hannahstown men three ahead.

But late in the first half, St Teresa’s substitute Anthony Varndell hit back to keep the hosts on the Lamhs coat-tails at the break with the score 1-06-1-04.

The first-half rain gave way to a shade of blue sky and faint sunshine and it was Lamh Dhearg who made the brighter start after the break.

The energetic Owen McKeown shaped for a shot that crashed off the top of the crossbar and into the hands of Gerard Slane – Slane picked out Terry McCrudden unmarked and McCrudden rifled high off the crossbar and gave Aaron Thompson no chance to make it 2-06-1-04.

McCrudden’s goal should have been a platform from which his side could have built upon – though the full-forward hit ones of three wides which followed his goal.

Mark Finnegan would eventually extend the lead thanks to a converted free and Ryan Straney found range to open up a seven-point advantage heading into the final quarter of an hour (2-08-1-04).

St Teresa’s were still without a second-half score until the 47th minute when Robert Gallagher conjured a fine score.

Gallagher would claim his second of the half sandwiched between John Mallon’s third converted free of the game as the hosts were firmly on the comeback trail and in the ascendancy.

Mallon made it a three point game with little under five minutes remaining and a grandstand finish was on the cards.

The Lamhs were struggling and on the back-foot late on when disaster struck – St Teresa’s exploited the gaping gaps and looked to be through on goal, only for Ryan Diamond to take down Conor McCann.

Diamond was shown a black-card by referee Paul Hughes who signalled for a penalty that would potentially give the hosts a share of the spoils.

After clearing the area Hughes allowed Robert Gallagher to have his chance at glory – but Gallagher could only watch as John Finucane flung himself to the left and turned his spot-kick onto the bar.

Gallagher reacted quickest and was about to turn the ball home at the second time of asking, only to be dragged to ground by Finucane at the expense of a further penalty and black-card for the Lamhs skipper.

With no-sub goalkeeper amongst the one remaining Lamh Dhearg substitute that had already departed ten minutes previous – it was Declan Lynch that volunteered to stand between the posts for take two.

Gallagher bravely stepped forward once more for a second battle of wits and was again denied – this time Lynch stopped with his feet and the stand-in keeper was fouled in the follow-up to take the sting out of the situation and buy his side some time to regroup.

The visitors saw out the remaining sixty seconds and claimed the spoils after a dramatic finish to proceedings.

St Teresa’s: A Thompson, P O’Rawe, E Connolly, M Mallon, P McGoldrick, C O’Rawe, C Mallon, J Rainey, N McCann, L Gault, J Mallon (0-04f), P Maguire, R Gallagher (1-03), A Taylor, C McCann. Subs: A Varndell (0-01) for C O’Rawe (23 mins).

Lamh Dhearg: J Fincuane, R Fegan, C Nolan, R Diamond, P Mervyn (0-01), M Herron (0-01), B Rice (0-01), P Fitzsimons (1-00), D Lynch, O McKeown, G Slane (0-01), D Bellew, M Finnegan (0-03, 0-02f), T McCrudden (1-00), R Straney (0-01). Subs: C Flynn for M Finnegan (52 mins), E O’Neill for R Diamond (black card substitute – 61 mins), M Finnegan for J Fincuane (black card substitute – 63 mins).

Referee: Paul Hughes (O’Donnells)

Depleted St. Enda’s no match for slick Creggan

ACFL Division 1

Kickham’s Creggan 7-16 St. Enda’s 1-8

In a very one sided game Kickham’s overcame an under strength St Enda’s in a one sided encounter. In the early exchanges it was point for point and with 12 minutes gone a St. Enda’s side, barely recognisable from the one who had started the season so well, were level at 0.-03 each.

Any notion that they were about to match their hosts were quickly dispelled however as Creggan stepped up a couple of gears and  a scoring spree of five goals from Sam Maguire, Conor Small (2) and Kevin Small and a peach from U20 county captain, Tiernan McAteer put the game out of reach by half time.

The half time score was 5-06 to 0-05 and realistically the game was over.  Kickham’s kept the scoreboard ticking over through the second half with some excellent points and credit to St Enda’s they kept plugging away until the final whistle.

Creggan scorers: Conor Small 2-6, Kevin Small 1-3, Paddy Coey 1-1, Tiernan McAteer 1-1, Fintan Burke 1-0, Sam Maguire 1-0, Jamie McCann 0-2, Aidan McKeown 0-1, Dominic McAteer 0-1, Ruairi McCann 0-1.

St. Enda’s scorers: Cormac Scott 1-0, Ruairi Scott 0-6, Micky Morgan 0-1,  Fionntan O’Conner 0-1👍

Aghagallon edge the battle of the St. Mary’s

ACFL Division 1

St. Mary’s Aghagallon 0-18 St. Mary’s Ahoghill 0-9

It was the battle of St Mary’s today at Pairc na Gael and the two points stayed in Aghagallon with the hosts winning their third game in a row.

Ahoghill started brightest and Donal Graham raised the first white flag of the day when he slotted over after a short free from PJ O’ Connell. Neil O’ Connell had a chance to add a second but couldn’t do the fine passing move that proceeded it justice as he shot wide.

Last time out Ruairi Mc Cann was instrumental in the Aghagallon team’s win and today again he was to prove to too hot to handle in the centre of the field. His first telling contribution came when he won the ball and fed Ruairi Loughran who scored the hosts first point. Adam Loughran had a chance to draw the sides level but after a great solo run steered wide of the target, however a minute later he did find his range and brought parity to the score board.

But Ahoghill kept coming and were unlucky when Graham’s shot came back off the upright but did restore their lead when PJ O’ Connell got his second.

The hosts shook off this bright start by the visitors and when Jack Leneghan was clearly fouled as he broke through the Ahoghill defence but referee Danny O Neill signalled advantage as the ball broke to Eunan Walsh who drew the sides level.

It was fitting on ten minutes when big Ruairi McCann put the G’s in a lead that they wouldn’t surrender with his first point of the day.

Ciaran Brady then made a mark from a poor Ahoghill kick out and fed the ball to Adam Loughran who dispatched it over the cross bar.

One of the scores of the day came half way through the first half, a Daniel O Neill free was short and Damien O Hagan collected it and found Ciaran Brady, with players moving and wanting the ball a great passing move ended successfully when Jamie Lamont delivered to Eunan Walsh who doubled his tally.

Ruairi McCann then found himself in a forward position with his back to goal and as the ball dropped into him he collected, turned and increased the lead.

Aghagallon were starting to get on top and Gareth Magee got a brace just before half time, the first from play and the second from a free.

Not to be out done Daniel O Neill replied for the visitors with two points before the break, the first after a great cross field pass by Eamonn Brady.

As the referee blew the short whistle the score board read Aghagallon 0:09 Ahoghill 0:04.

A few changes at half time saw the introduction of Caolan Farr and Oisin Leneghan for his first action of the season as he made his return  from a lengthy injury.

Adam Loughran got the first score of the second half and the young forward proved a thorn in the visiting defence for the remainder of the second half as they struggled to contain him, often having to resort to fouling him.

In fact the second half started off a scrappy affair as both sides were guilty of fouling – PJ O’ Connell scored from a free moved up after the ball was thrown away before Ruairi Loughran replied from a free for Aghagallon.

Ahoghill scored another two frees the first from Donal Graham and the second from PJ O’Connell as they enjoyed a bit of success and added two from play when Martin Graham surged through to score before PJ O Connell collected a quick free from Fionnbar O Neill and brought the gap to three points.

The home side were in no mood to let this one slip however and a great passing movement which saw Ruairi Mc Cann and Caolan Farr carve open a goal scoring opportunity for Adam Loughran but the keeper Francis Neeson made a full stretch save to push it over the bar.

Aghagallon finished strongly however as Oisin Lenehan marked his return with a point from distance to set up a strong finish for the home side.

The man in form Mc Cann then demonstrated what his game is about as he shook off the shackles of Neil O’Connell and with pace and strength ran at the Ahoghill defence before splitting the posts before Caolan Farr added a point before seeing another effort rebound of a post.

As the game came to a conclusion Aghagallon were getting stronger.  Pat Branagan made a great interception but Oisin Leneghan kicked wide, and Adam Loughran was brought to a halt as he was fouled on a number of occasions but should have scoredwhen he hung in the air to collect a mighty catch and despite making a lot of room for a shot he sent it wide.

Ruairi Loughran got Aghagallon’s final two scores, one from play and one from a free with Ahoghhill replying with two pointed frees  through Donal Graham and PJ O’Connell.

Aghagllon: Damien O Hagan, Seannan Donnelly, Daniel Donnelly, Aidan Mulholland, Jamie Lamont, Jack Leneghan, Paul Mulholland, Eunan Walsh (0:02), Ruairi Mc Cann (0:03), Ciaran Brady, Adam Loughran (0:04), Marc Mc Afee, Ruairi Loughran (0:04), Gareth Magee (0:02), Pat Branagan

Caolan Farr (0:01) Oisin Leneghan (0:01)

Ahoghill: Francis Neeson, Aidan Graham, Sean Mc Mahon, Gerard Graham, Eamonn Brady, Stephen O Connell, Martin Graham (0:01), Neil O Connell, James Magee, PJ O Connell (0:05), Daniel O Neill (0:02), Bernard Graham, Donal Graham (0:02), Owen Neeson

Bradley points St Gall’s to victory

ACFL Division One (round 9)

Casement’s 1-07 St Gall’s 0-12

The artistry of Brendan Bradley in his execution of the dead ball proved decisive as the wing half forward, raised a grand total of eight white flags, a couple late in the game to ensure St Gall’s claimed both points in a keenly contested, enjoyable affair at O’Cahan Park on Sunday.

The Milltown Blues had nipped quickly out of the start blocks to gain early advantage and although a 5th minute goal by impressive mid-fielder Feargal O’Kane allowed the home side to draw level the expertise of Bradley from the placed ball ensured the Lower Falls men were two points in front at the break, 0-09 to 1-04.

Jackson Mc Greevey had the city side away in style with a point only seconds into proceedings quickly followed by another from John McCaffrey.

A Brendan Bradley pointed free following a foul on Niall O’ Neill set the trend for what was to follow as the visitors took a three point lead.

 Such was not to last for long however as a long distance ‘solo’ concluded with a goal from Fergal O’ Kane, who took second opportunity after Chris Kerr parried away his initial strike.

Brendan Bradley increased his tally with a further couple of strikes in the 7th and 10th minutes but the Bannsider’s hit back with the goal scorer O’ Kane strong in the central zone and a point from Paddy Kelly and a superb addition from Coary McLoughlin saw them on par, 1-03 to 0-06 at the 20th minute.

Brendan Bradley gave further employment to the scoreboard attendant with a 4th point with Ronan Kelly replying at the other end but a further brace from Bradley in the closing minutes ensured St Gall’s were a couple ahead at the short whistle.

The second half proceeded in similar intensity with nothing separating the sides as point at one end was to prompt reply at the other and when Casement’s late replacement Oisin Doherty pounced to raise back to back flags the sides were level at 1-07 to 0-10 as the game entered the last few minutes.

It had taken a while for the opening score with the intensity increasing and Casement’s wing half forward Conal Delargy was shown black in the 37th minute just prior to another trademark Fergal O’ Kane 39th minute point.

The next score followed a few minutes later and as ace marksman Bradley was getting attention to a head injury corner man Kevin Bradley nipped away to split the posts and ensure a two point advantage for the visitors.

It was the turn of the home side’s keeper to come to his side’s rescue as Ryan O’ Neill made a smart save to deny St Gall’s replacement Mark Kelly in the 51st minute and the heroics of their keeper seemed to inspire his side as a brace of points by Oisin Doherty at the other end signaled his arrival.

The end was in sight but in the event Brendan Bradley had been patched up on the sideline and the wounded hero returned to action for the closing minutes and the bandaged wing half forward was quick to raise a couple more white flags to open up a two point gap as the final whistle approached.

The home side battled to the end but they were denied a late goal when former Antrim net minder Chris Kerr went down to his right to push a Dermot Mc Aleese delivery destined for the corner of his net away to safety just prior to the long whistle which signaled a 0-12 to 1-07 win for the visitors.

Casement’s: Ryan O’ Neill, Jonny Convery, Niall Delargy, Ronan Delargy, Michael Kelly, Dermot Mc Aleese, Caolan Tierney, Coary Mc Loughlin (0-01), Feargal O’ Kane (1-01), Conal Delargy, Michael Hagen (0-01), Ciaran Mc Kenna, Ronan Kelly (0-01), Michael Donnelly, Paddy Kelly (0-01)

Subs:

Ryan Carey for R Delargy

Oisin Doherty (0-02) for C Mc Kenna

Gerard Mc Aleese for C Delargy (black card)

St Gall’s: Chris Kerr, Shane O’ Hagen, Colm Brady, Conal Murray, David Cummings, Jackson Mc Greevey (0-01), John Mc Caffery (0-01), Aodhan Gallagher, Cathal O’ Kane, Brendan Bradley (0-08), Ciaran Mc Gourty, Anto Healey, Kevin Niblock, Niall O’ Neill (0-01), Kevin Bradley (0-01)

Subs

Mark Kelly for D Cummings

Eoghan Mc Cabe for B Bradley

Sean Kelly for C O’ Kane

Brendan Bradley for A Healey

Referee F McCotter (Sarsfield’s)

Moneyglass finish strong

All County Football League Division 2

Davitt’s 0-9 Moneyglass 2-12

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

A good start and a strong finish helped Moneyglass to a nine point win over Davitt’s at Falls Park on Friday evening. The South West side dominated the opening quarter and were 1-7 to 0-1 up, but Davitt’s slowly grew into the game and closed to within six at the break. The Falls Road men were on top in the third quarter when they hit five points to just one from Moneyglass to close to within two. It could have been even better  for the Davitt’s, but for a couple of brilliant stops by the visitors goalkeeper Mark Carey and as the game wore on the St Ergnat’s men regained a foothold and a late goal from substitute Liam Brady saw them hone with a bit to spare.

That early run of scores by Moneyglass saw Patrick McCormack (2), Conal Prenter, Colum Duffin and Dermot McErlain fire over points, to add to Prenter’s early goal while Christopher Laverty got Davitt’s solitary reply. However a Sean O’Neill point settled the home side and when centre half back Declan Smyth added another a minute later they began to build as bit of momentum. They had further chances nearing half time and had a goal ruled out for a square ball infringement and just before the break O’Neill appeared to be in for a goal but Carey in the Moneyglass goal turned his well hit shot over the bar for a point.

Early second half points from Coamhan Slane and Declan Smyth got Davitt’s off to good start in the second half and though Conor Boyd replied with one for the visitors Niall Hughes, Danny Largy and Declan Smyth added to the Davitt’s tally to cut the gap to just two by the 42nd minute. Both teams were guilty of some poor shooting with Moneyglass particularly poor in that department but they seemed to have ended their scoreless spell on a high when midfielder Dermot McErlain volleyed the ball high into the Davitt’s net only for it to  be ruled out as the whistle had already blown. McErlain pointed the free which got his team going again and he added two more soon afterwards while substitute Brady also chipped in. Sean O’Neill pulled a point back for Davitt’s from a free but Moneyglass were now back in control of matters and a point from Gavin Murray and a goal from substitute Liam Brady saw them safely over the line.