ACFL Division 2
St. Ergnat’s 0-13 Rossa 2-12
At half time things were looking good for top of the table Rossa as they led by 7 points and were playing with the aid of a strong breeze. However it took injury time points from Sean Pat Donnelly and Dara Rocks to secure victory against a spirited and well organised Moneyglass outfit.
The unbeaten league leaders looked in pole position as Martin Quinn sounded his half time whistle as goals from Sean Pat Donnelly and Thomas Morgan saw them change ends 2-4 to 0-4 ahead and with a strong breeze in their favour in the second half they looked to have put themselves in an unassailable position.
There was a touch of good fortune in both the visitor’s goals with Donnelly’s effort after six minutes catching out the unsighted Benny Marron to open the scoring. Moneyglass responded with Colm Duffin pointing a 7th minute free and adding another from play in the 11th minute as the home side fought to get back into contention.
Both sides were guilty of some poor shooting as chances went a begging at both ends with Sean Pat Donnelly seeing his effort from a free go wide off an upright before the same player added a point from another free to move the visitors 1-1 to 0-2 ahead after 18 minutes.
The Shaw’s Road side were managing possession better however with Stephen Beatty driving them forward from mid-field and a pointed free from Colm Fleming saw them move three clear with 20 minutes gone.
Colm Duffin replied almost immediately with a point for the Marrion Hill side before Rossa struck with their second goal. Thomas Morgan, who had threatened from the start with his strong running took on the Moneyglass defence but appeared to have run out of road.
He broke clear however and his shot from a difficult angle dropped over Benny Marron and nestled in the top corner of the net. Indeed the league leaders looked like adding another as Stephen Beatty broke through but Benny Marron came off his line to deny the Antrim county man with a brave blocking save.
A superbly struck free from 50 meters from Dermot McErlain and a pointed free at the other end from Tomas Morgan concluded the first half scoring to leave Rossa 2-4 to 0-4 ahead at the short whistle and looking good value for that lead.
Colm Duffin for Moneyglass and Eoghan McMenamin for Rossa exchanged points at the start of the second half before Conor Boyd hit three great points for Moneyglass , while Rossa’s only reply came from the fist of Sean Finch .
While a point from Niall Boyd and two points from county star Patrick McCormick kept up the Moneyglass momentum, points from Colm Fleming and Cormac McGettigan kept the South west team at arm’s length. A fine 21st minute point from target man Colm Duffin set up a great finish to the game and the home side looked well placed.
However Rossa, with a 5 man move, found their star forward Tomas Morgan at the edge of the small parallelogram and Morgan struck the score of the day with a Messi-like volley over the bar to keep the visitors in front .
Connaill Prenter‘s replied with a point but it was to be the St Ergnat’s men’s final score but they will be delighted with their performance in the second half if not the result. However it was Rossa’s day and they will be pleased with their break away scores giving the Belfast men a win and both points.
Moneyglass: Benny Marron, Miran Neeson, Tiernan Duffin, Peter McCormick, Jack McCoy, Conor Boyd, Padraig Mackle, Niall Boyd, Dermot McErlain, Sean Kelly, Paul Tohill, Patrick McCormick, Liam Brady, Colm Duffin, Conaill Prenter.
Moneyglass scorers: Colm Duffin- 0-5, Conor Boyd 0-3, Patrick McCormick 0-2, Dermot McErlain 0-1, Niall Boyd 0-1, Connaill Prenter 0-1
Rossa: Michael Byrne, Michael McGreevey, Ciaran Orchin, Niall Crossin, Richard Gowdy, Christopher McGuinness, Sean Finch, Stephen Beatty, Eoghan McMenamin, Sean Pat Donnelly, Michael Armstrong, Cormac McGettigan, Dominic McEnhill, Colm Fleming, Thomas Morgan.
Rossa scorers: Sean Pat Donnelly 1-3,Thomas Morgan 1-2, Colm Fleming 0-2, Eoghan McMenamin- 0-1, Sean Finch- 0-1, Cormac McGettigan-0-1, Dara Rocks- 1 point.
Referee: Martin Quinn.