ACFL Division 2
All Saints 0.7 Davitts 0.7
An All Saints team who topped division 2 for most of the season saw their promotion chances suffer another blow on Sunday when they were fortunate in the end to get a draw with a Davitt’s team who will feel that they should have left Slemish Park with both points.
In mid-week All Saints had an opportunity to put themselves in a commanding position in the race for the league title when they led their nearest rivals, Glenravel 0-6 to 0-4 at half time at the same venue but could only manage one second half point as the Con Magee’s ran out deserved winners.
On Sunday their lack of scoring power proved their downfall once again as they failed to raise a flag in the opening half with Davitts in a strong position when they led 0-5 to 0-0 at the short whistle.
In a low scoring encounter at Quinn Park, the visitors secured a well-earned point. Davitts arrived at Quinn Park with a game plan set out to frustrate the hosts and it worked to perfection.
In the early exchanges. All Saints dominated possession and probed the Davitt’s rear-guard with little success with the visitors continuously frustrating and turning over attacks. Despite dominating possession, a disappointing All Saints didn’t raise a flag in the 1st half.
Davitts played a possession based game and their patient approach with counter attacks paid dividends. Playing with the breeze in the first half, they registered 5 points (0.3F) to no score at half time.
The 2nd half started in a similar fashion with All Saints eventually registering on the scoreboard 5 minutes into the 2nd half, Davitts responded to maintain their 5 point lead.
An improved All Saints eventually started to gain some momentum and registered a further 6 points without reply to take the lead 7-6 heading into the closing stages.
All Saints couldn’t hold onto their lead and Davitts registered the final score of the game as the final whistle approached to earn a well and deserved point.
All Saints will be hoping for an improved performance as they travel to Chapel Hill in mid-week whilst Davitts travel to Crumlin to face league challengers Aldergrove.
All Saints: 1. Ryan Stewart 2. Eoin Walsh 3. James Gillan 4. Cal O’Brien 5. Kavan Keenan 6. Shaun O’Callaghan 7. James McDonnell 8. Sean McVeigh 9. Shea O’Brien 10. Ciaran McGarry 11. Peter McReynolds 12. Brendan McDonnell 13. Ronan McKillop 14. Micheal McCarry 15. Emmet killough