O’Neill Sportsear Division 2 Football League
Glenravel 0-15 Aldergrove 1-07
Glenravel emerged victorious in this top of the table clash in Antrim’s ACFL Div 2. Played in good spirit, referee Karol Doherty did a fine job in letting the game flow and both teams served up some great football including superb long range points from play. Two points ahead at half time Glenravel put in a good second half and ended five points to the good but at no time would they have felt comfortable given the incessant attacking play from the men in red.
Daniel McQuillan opened the scoring in the first minute off his left boot and four minutes later Rian Lennon pointed from a similar position this time with the right foot. Cormac McGarry reduced the deficit to a single point but back came the home team with three unanswered points from Daniel McQuillan again and Cormac McKeown. Aldergrove were starting to enjoy a bit more possession and Declan Gough kept their scoresheet ticking over with a brilliant score on the run from forty meters; this was followed minutes later with the game’s only goal when Aldergrove sliced through the home defence leaving Anthony Kidney one on one with the keeper and he duly dispatched the ball to the back of the net to level the game with six minutes to go to half time. In those final minutes though Glenravel wrestled back control and Eoin Hynds ensured they went in at the break two ahead with a couple of well taken scores.
Glenravel had a good start to the second half with three points from Daniel McQuillan and Cormac McKeown stretching their lead to five. Aldergrove came back with points from midfielder Ryan Owens and James McGarry who was starting to pose a greater threat. McQuillan pointed again for the home team but back came Aldergrove with a brace of points from McGarry so we entered the final quarter with the home team two points to the good on an 0-11 to 1-06 scoreline. Cormac McKeown pointed from long range to open a three point gap but this was quickly cancelled by another score from McGarry, this time from a free. The final ten minutes was dominated by Glenravel and they went on to record three more unanswered points to leave the final score Glenravel 0-15 Aldergrove 1-07.
Both teams face local derby matches in their next outing with Glenravel taking on neighbours and table toppers All Saints whilst Aldergrove host Glenavy. Both matches scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th.