O’Neill’s ACF League Division One
St Joseph’s Glenavy 1.09 v 2.13 St.Enda’s Glengormley
This game was a must win for the home side to give themselves any realistic chance of staving off the spectre of relegation. However the Glenavy men theoretically still have an outside chance of staying up as their last two games are against St Teresa and Ahoghill, teams who are still in danger of the drop themselves. However they will need other teams to do them a big favour as well as running up massive scores themselves
on wednesday night he visitors arrived determined not to be brought into the dog fight of the drop. Peter Healey scored an early goal to give the Glengormley side a lead which they never lost. The game was played in a sporting manner with referee Eamon McAuley allowing the game to flow. Eamon also deserves great credit in getting the game finished in almost complete darkness.
The home side was first on the score-sheet with an excellent point from centre back Conor Hamill to give his side the lead for the first and only time. With the game flowing from end to end scores were hard to come by. St Enda’s struck with a vital score however as the ball was played into full-forward Peter Healey who planted it in the corner of the Glenavy net. The visitors continued to turn the screw on their hosts with points from Odhrán Eastwood and Conor McAuley before Niall McCann stemmed the flow with two excellent points for the Chapel Hill side.
The visitors then went seven points in front with scores from Eoin Nagle, Odhrán Eastwood (2) Ruairi Scott and a score direct from a ‘45’ but Matthew Hamill and Michael McCourt closed the gap with a points for the St. Joseph’s side. The momentum was with the lively visitors however as Odhrán Eastwood extended his side’s lead with a point.
Glenavy were handed a lifeline when a speculative shot into the square was fumbled by the St. Enda’s keeper and trundled over the line to leave the halftime score St.Enda’s 1.08 v 1.05 Glenavy and leave the home side with something to build on for the second half.
The large home support was hoping for a fight-back from the team following that goal just before the break but St.Enda’s had other ideas with Peter Healey scoring a point from the throw in. Thomas Gallagher pulled a point back and Niall McCann pointed a free to leave two between the sides and the momentum seemed to be changing in favour of St. Joseph’s.
However Ruairi Scott replied for the visitors, quickly followed by a Peter Healey free to put their side four to the good. Niall McCann replied from a pointed a free but Cillian Jennings put the game beyond the reach of the Glenavy side with a late goal. Alex Gallagher had the final point for the home side almost on full-time but it was merely a consolation score.
This defeat ends any hope of escape from relegation for the Glenavy side while St Enda’s, who were promoted with them from division 2 last year are safe for another season after a series of impressive results throughout the year.
St.Joseph’s: F. Green. M. Nelson (Black Card R. Forester), P Gallagher, S McGirr (N. Scullion). M. Hamill, C. Hamill, Malachi Doherty (P. Traynor), M Johnston; C. Loney, R Phillips (Charles Gallagher), N McCann, M. McCourt (Eoin Henry), F Cunningham, D Gallagher (A. Gallagher), T. Gallagher.
St.Enda’s: C .Eastwood, Mi. McNamee, C. Jennings, C. Little, C. McAuley, C. McAuley, P. Curran, E. Gibson, C. Jennings, . R. Scott, O. Eastwood, D. Walsh, P.Healey, E. Nagle.
Referee: Eamon McCann (Erin’s Own)