Pearses throw their hat in the ring in Division 3 title race

Antrim Football League – Division 3

Pearses 0-13 St Patrick’s Lisburn 0-11

Pearses threw a spanner in the works in the Division 3 title race on Wednesday evening when they beat table toppers Naomh Padraig Lisburn by 0-13 to 0-11 in a closely fought game. The win moves Pearses into contention in the table and if they can beat Eire Og in their last game next Wednesday evening then they will secure a place in the top four. The good news for Naomh Padraig is that despite the defeat their place in the top four is secure and their final game against Rasharkin next Wednesday evening is only to decide who plays who in the top four play-offs.

Shot shy Lisburn missed a host of chances in the opening quarter and it was Pearses who took advantage with points in the 1st, 11th and 13th minutes to go three clear. Conor Dixon opened Naomh Padraig’s account on 14 minutes but Ethan Devine came back for one for Pearses to restore their three point advantage. Ben McMullan pulled a point back for Naomh Padraig but Pearses finished the half strongly with points from Stephen Fitzsimons, Ethan Devine and Daniel Magee to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time.

That gap was out to five early in the second half as Pearses tacked on two more points. Ben McMullan (2) and Josh McMullan came back with points for the Lisburn side but Pearses were able to find a reply and they were still four to the good  with just two minutes of normal time left to play.

Naomh Padraig produced a later rally as Conor Dixon sent over three points to cut the deficit to just a single point, but Pearses had the final say and another Ethan Devine point sealed the win.

McNeill hat-trick secures Rasharkin win

ACFL Division 3

 St Agnes 0-13 Rasharkin 3-08

Rasharkin secured their position in the league semi-finals with a hard-fought win over a solid St Agnes’s side at Woodlands.

A hat trick of goals from full forward Eamonn McNeill, who returned to the side following an injury layoff, was the difference between the teams.

St Agnes started brightly with the first score of the evening but Rasharkin quickly replied through Andrew Hasson before McNeill fired to the net for his first of the evening.  The sides then exchanged points to leave the score 1-3 to 0-4 at the first water break.

St Agnes’ were causing lots of problems and reeled off the next 3 points to take the lead before McNeill sparked into life by hitting 1-2 inside a couple of minutes.  Rasharkin further stretched their lead with points from Shane Hasson and McNeill again before St Agnes’ hit back with the last 2 points of the half.

Half time score St Agnes 0-09 Rasharkin 2-07.

Rasharkin started the second half well with an Andrew Hasson free before McNeill hit the net again for his third goal of the night to open up an unassailable 8 point lead.

St Agnes’ did fight back and hit the final 4 points of the game but it was Rasharkin who took the points.

Rasharkin Team

Ryan Doherty;

Pearce Kelly, Emmet McFerran, Conor Doherty;

Donagh Quigg, Thomas McMullan, Andrew Hasson (0-02);

Jack Quinn, Ruairi O’Boyle;

Colm Kennedy, Shane Hasson (0-01), Odhran McGarrell (0-01);

Oran McMullan, Eamonn McNeill (3-04), Cathair Henderson

Seamus Ellis for C Henderson

Gerard O’Hagan for O McMullan

Tiernan O’Boyle for C Kennedy

Rasharkin back to winning ways

ACFL Div 3

Rasharkin 2-10

ODonnells 0-07

Following what could only be described as a couple of disastrous results, St. Mary’s Rasharkin got back to winning ways with a good win over visitors O’Donnell’s at Dreen last evening.

It was the visitors who struck first however and in a low scoring opening quarter they led 0-2 to 0-1 through Patrick Meenan and Caolan Loughran with Rasharkin’s reply coming from Andrew Hasson, 17 minutes into the opening half.

This score seemed to settle the Dreen side and they added two more without reply from Fergus Quigg and Odhran McGarrell before Shane Hasson got in for the game’s opening goal, four minutes from half time.

O’Donnell’s relied and Patrick Meenan pointed the final score of the half to leave it 1-3 to 0-3 for Rasharkin at the halfway stage but it still looked finely balanced at this stage of the game.

O’Donnell’s showed their intent when they opened the second half scoring through the impressive Patrick Meenan but Rasharkin were beginning to find their rhythm and Shane Hasson, Andrew Hasson and Oran McMullan fired over three quick fire points to move their side five in front with only five minutes of the second half gone.

Patrick Meenan pulled one back for the Whiterock side as Seamus Ellis replaced Pearse Kelly in the Rasharkin side and after Odhran McGarrigle fired home Rasharkin’s second goal the substitute followed with a point to move the South West side seven ahead by the 18th minute.

Patrick Meenan was doing his best to keep the O’D’s in touch as he pointed another free but the home side were now on top in most areas of the field and Shane Hasson and Oran McMullan responded with points to move them further ahead with five minutes still to play.

The visitors never gave up and Padraig McKissock pointed from a late free before Andrew Hasson capped a fine individual performance with the final point of the game as it edged into injury time.

St Mary’s Rasharkin: Ryan Doherty, Pearce Kelly, Emmet McFerran, Conor Doherty,Fergus Quigg, Thomas McMullan, Donagh Quigg, Jack Quinn, Ruairi OBoyle, Odhran McGarrell, Shane Hasson, Colm Kennedy, Cahir Henderson, Andrew Hasson, Oran McMullan Subs:

SUBS:

10mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off:Pearse Kelly on: Seamus Ellis

19mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Fergus Quigg  on: Thomas Doherty

25mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Oran McMullan  on: Gerard O’Hagan

O’Donnell’s Panel: David Mackel: Conor Murphy, Nathan Garland O’Neill, Gerard Sloan, Jonathan McKenna, Stephen Seawright, Gearoid McKernan, JohnRafferty, Conor Walsh, Patrick Meenan, Richard McAvoy, Keelan Loughran, Cailean Walsh, Michael Dorrian, Padraig McKissock, Darragh Walsh, David Mackle, Luke Doyle, Daniel Walsh, GD Doherty, Scott Thompson, Ryan Rafferty

Referee: Gerard Duggan (Creggan)

Naomh Comghgall’s riding high

ACFL Division 3

Naomh Comhghall 6-18 Rasharkin 2-2

St. Comgall’s Antrim are riding high in division 3 of the ACFL Division 3 following this comprehensive win over Rasharkin at Dunsilly today. This looked like the Antrim town side’s toughest assignment to date but in the event they passed the test with flying colours.

Joe Webb got the home side on their way with a goal after four minutes and Paddy Quinn added another as St. Comgall’s started at break neck speed. Caolan O’Loan, Tom Patchett and Miles Devine added points by the 13th minute and when Caolan O’Loan got in for their third goal at the end of the opening quarter it looked a long way back for the men from Dreen.

Rasharkin finally got their name on the score sheet when they got in for a goal after 21 minutes, their first score of the game but St. Comgall’s continued to dominate with Tom Patchett and Ruairi Griffen adding points before Caolan O’Loan fired home his second goal of the game with three minutes remaining to the break.

It was relentless pressure from the league leaders and they continued to pile on the pressure as Miles Devine pointed a couple of frees and Lewis |Higgins added another from play to leave the half time score 4-11 to 1-0 in favour of the Antrim town side.

The second half continued in much the same trend as the first as St. Comgall’s continued to press home their superiority with Tom Patchett hammering home goal number six and following with a point as the one way traffic towards the Rasharkin goal continued.

Joe Webb added another before the visitors final raised their first white flag of the evening but it was only temporary respite. Eoin Lynett got in for goal number six in the 54th minute as the points continued to come thick and fast with Caolan O’Loan, Dylan Murdock, Conor McAuley and Rasharkin replying with a late goal to put a slightly better look on the scoreboard

St Comgall’s

Anto Watson, Kain Walker, Stephen Webb, Conor McAuley, Paddy O’Connor, Dylan Murdock, Ruairi Griffin, Danan O’Hara, James McCabe, Tom Patchett, Miles Devine, Caolan O’Loan, Paddy Quinn, Joe Webb, Oisin Crilly

St. Comgall’s remain unbeaten

ACFL Division 3

St. Agnes 2-9 St. Comgall’s 2-20

This meeting of Division 3’s two unbeaten sides had all the makings of a cracker and didn’t disappoint with Naomh Una in a strong position at half time when they led by 1-5 to 0-7. However the men from Antrim town got their game together after the break, adding an impressive 2-13 to their first half total to run out winners by 11 points.

It was the Aggies who came racing out of the blocks and they had the ball in the St. Comgall’s net straight from the throw in but from the resulting kick out Naomh Comhghall stormed up the field but the width of the post denied them a goal and they had to settle for a point.

Both sides were guilty of poor shooting in the opening half but it was St. Agnes who held a narrow one point lead at the break, the score 1- to 0-7 in favour of the Belfast side.

After the break Naomh Comhghall stepped it up a gear and their pace and movement started to open up gaps in a stretched Naomh Una defence and the scores came thick and fast.

The Antrim town men now lead the division 3 table and remain the only side unbeaten in the division but they are closely followed by St. Mary’s Rasharkin, Naomh Padraig Lisburn and St. Agnes who all sit just two points behind them.

St. Comgall’s: 1/Anto watson 2/Conor mcAuley 3/Kain Walker 4/Stephen Webb 5/Paddy Cooke 6/Paddy Quinn 7/Paddy OConnor 8/Dannan OHara 9/Caolan mcKeown 10/ Miles Devine 11/Rory mcLarnon 12/Tom Patchett 13/ Oisín Crilly 14/Joe Webb 15/Caolan OLoane Subs Ruairi Griffen for Stephen Webb James McCabe for Rory McLarnon Lewis Higgins for Oisín Crilly Arron Murray for Paddy Quinn

Scorers:Tom Patchett 0.01 Miles Devine 0.02 Lewis Higgins 1.02 Paddy Cooke 1.04 Paddy Quinn 0.04 Joe Webb 0.02 James McCabe 0.05 all frees

Division 3 tables:

1Naomh Comhghall CLG   5   50 0 99633610
2St Mary’s Rasharkin   5  4109958418
3Naomh Padraig   5  4108352318
4Naomh Úna CLG/St Agnes’ GAC   5  4106570-58
5CLG Uí Dhonaill   5  3209674226
6Na Piarsaigh   5  23097111-144
7Mac Uílín CLG   4  1303448-142
8Laochra Loch Lao   5  1404878-302
9St Malachy’s   4  0404670-240
10Éire Óg   5  0503982-430