Lisburn beat St Comgall’s to top Division 3

Homefit Antrim Football League – Division 3

St Patrick’s Lisburn 1-8 St Comgall’s 0-6

St Patrick’s Lisburn moved three points clear at the top of Division 3 when they beat St Comgall’s in Sunday’s top of the table clash in Lisburn, a result that sees them take a strong grip of the division after the first round of the top six.

In a close and highly competitive opening half Miles Devin gave St Comgall’s and early lead, but the home team came back with a point from Sean Burns to things up. St Comgall’s were denied what looked to be a certain goal when St Patrick’s netminder Ruadhan McKenna made a brilliant point blank save, but they did move back ahead against when right half forward James McCabe fired over. Three points without reply from Eoin Dixon (2) and Mark Torbitt put St Patrick ahead nearing half time, but a Patrick O’Connor point for the visitors cut the deficit to a single points at the interval. (0-4 to 0-3)

The home team made a great start to the second half when Eoin Dixon pointed from a free to increase the lead to 2 points, and when Oisin Gorman added a goal they were in charge of the game. Eoin Dixon added another to puts six between the sides, and though St Comgall’s responded with points from Devine and O’Connor, Josh McMullan and Eoin Dixon secured the victory for the new league leaders with two late points

O Donnell’s hit Aggies for six

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

ACFL Division 3

St. Agnes 2-7 O’Donnell’s 6-18

O’Donnell’s maintain their challenge at the top end of the division 3 table with a resounding win over St. Agnes last night at Woodlands to maintain their joint second place position and improve their score difference as the hit the home side for six.

The MacRory Park side took the initiative from early in the game with Ciaran Ferran dominating at mid-field and by half time they were well on their way to victory where they led by 2-6 to 0-5 with the impressive Ciaran Ferran getting the opening goal.

A great move from deep in defence led to the O’Donnell’s second goal with Eugene Gallagher getting on the end of a fluent move to finish to the net.

Padraig McKissock 0-2, Eugene Gallagher 0-2, Richard McAvoy 0-2 and Cailean Walsh were the point scorers for the visitors while Dylan Cunningham 0-2, Conor Mclean, Brian Crossan and Colin Clarke were the St. Agnes point scorers.

The Whiterock Road side continued to dominate as the second half got under way and Ciaran Ferran  got on ther end of a long delivery to finish to the net for their third goal. St. Agnes continued to give it everything and were rewarded when Conor McLean flicked a dropping ball to the net but it provoked another response from a rampant O’Donnell’s.

Despite emptying their bench O’D’s continued to score freely with Ciaran Ferran bringing his personal goal scoring tally to four and Darra White getting another with Conor Walsh replying with a quickly taken free for St. Agnes second goal.

O’Donnell’s now sit on 13 points from 8 starts in joint second place with Naomh Comhghall who have the same number of points from the same number played but have a superior score difference while Naomh Padraig Lisburn top the table 0n 14 points from 8 games played.

St. Agnes: 1 Paul McStravick, 2 Paul Kennedy, 3 Niall Gillespie, 4 Games Grieve, 5 Conor Compston, 6 Dylan Cunningham, 7 Killian McCormick, 8 James Halleron, 9 Colin Clarke, 10 Paul McClenaghan, 11 Brian Crossan, 12 Cioran Flannery, 13 Paddy Toner, 14 Conor McLean, 15 Conor Gilligan, 17 Matt Carlin, 18 Peter McCullough, 19 David McGaharan, 20 Luke Duffy

O’Donnell’s: 1 Conor Murphy, 2 Caoimhin Doherty, 3 Stephen Seawright, 4 GerardSloan, 5 Kevin Kennedy, 6 Scott Thompson, 17 Gerard McKernan, 8 Ciaran Ferran, 9 Connor Walsh, 10 Richard McAvoy, 11 Cailean Walsh, 12 Fergal McNerney, 13 Ciaran McKissock, 14 Padraig McKissock, 15 Eugene Gallagher

Naomh Padraig remain top after victory over Laochra Loch Lao

ACFL Division 3

Laochra Loch Lao 0-8 Naomh Padraig 1-21

Naomh Padraig Lisburn maintain their slender one point lead at the top of the table over Naomh Comhghall Antrim following this convincing win over Laochra Loch Lao on Wednesday night.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with Tarlac Barclaigh opening the scoring for Laochra in the 2nd minute before the Lisburn men replied through Francis McMeel and two from Conor Dixon to go ahead after six minutes.

Dixon fired over his third of the game before Cuilte MacGiolla Fhiondgin replied for the home side but Dixon continued to make point taking look easy as he added two more to move his side three clear by the 14th minute.

Both sides wasted opportunities but the visitors moved further ahead through Ben McMullan, Conor Dixon and Eoin Dixon to move 0-8 to 0-3 ahead after 30 minutes with the Laochra Loch Lao point coming from Jack Mac Lomhair.

After the break the Lisburn men continued to call the tune with Mark Chernek, Eoin Dixon and Chernek again on target but Laochra were fighting hard to stay in contention and replied through Cathal O Ceallaigh, Caoimhin O’Daimhin and Jack MacLomhair.

Back Came Naomh Padraig with points from Eoin Dixon, and Conor Dixon and when Mark Torbitt intercepted a short kick-out to fire to the net in the 39th minute they were in almost total control.

Josh McMullan and two from Oisin Gorman saw the visitors increase their lead with PJ O’Prey pulling one back for Laochra Loch Lao and in the run in to the final whistle Eoin Dixon added two more with Conor Dixon getting another to leave Naomh Padraig convincing winners by 16 points.

The Lisburn side sit a point above nearesdt rivals, Naomh Comhghall Antrim who had a big win over St. Malachy’s on the same night and the race for the division 3 title looks like being between these sides.

Pearses back to winning ways

St Malachy’s 1-6 – 1-11 Na Piarsaigh
A sunny but cold night over at Cherryvale saw St Malachys host Pearses, with both
clubs needing a win to keep their chances of a top 5 finish alive before the league
St Malachy’s were looking to get back to winning form after disappointing results
against Naomh Padraig and Laochra Loch Lao in previous weeks, whereas Pearses
were looking to make it 4 wins on the bounce.
First Half:
The game started with St Malachys winning the throw in, controlling the ball early
before lumping the ball forward to try and grab an early score but Ciaran McCavana
done well to get the ball and play it out of defence.
The first real chance of the game went to Pearses where the St Malachy’s keeper
made a great save to deny Fionn Grew, and St Malachys themselves drove up the
pitch with a chance of their own but denied by some great defending from the
Pearses back line.

The first score of the game went to Oisin Grew after some great play from Piaras
Donaghy, driving the ball forward and passing it off to Oisin. 0-0 to 0-1. The score
was soon 1-0 to 0-2 after Naoise Ó Cuilín scored immediately after the first score of
the game, before St Malachy’s #13 played a great ball into his forward line for the
first goal of the game, all within the first 5 minutes.
The game was very back and forward in the first 10 minutes, with St Mals working
the ball forward from midfield, with their #11 winning and scoring a free to make it
1-1 to 0-2 before some great from Pearses from the resulting kickout to grab the
second goal of the night. Naoise Ó Cuilín done well to hold a pass from Barry Harper,
then from a few nice passes between Sean Moreland and Piaras Donaghy, Piaras
plays a brilliant pass through to Naoise who smashes the ball home.
The next 10 minutes was very much in Pearses favour with scores from Piaras
Donaghy, Naoise Ó Cuilín & Phil Murray extending the lead to 5 points, with the St
Malachy’s keeper making another good save to deny Sean Moreland during this time.
St Malachy’s reacted to this pressure by breaking down a good attack from Pearses,
running the ball through the middle of the pitch to grab their third, then fourth
scores of the game, to make it 1-3 to 1-6 close to half time.
Pearses fail to capitalise on some sloppy passes and kickouts from St Malachys right
before half time to extend the lead going into the break.
Half time Score:
St Malachy’s 1-3 to 1-6 Na Piarsaigh
Second half:
St Malachy’s win the throw in and immediately try and get a score immediately but
the ball falls to a pearses man and the North Belfast men win a free from a great
turnover from Phil Murray, which allows Fionn Grew to get his first score of the game
to make it 1-3 to 1-7.
Another turnover in the middle allows Conall Hughes to get in on the action to make
it 5 in Pearse’s favour, with St Malachy’s then missing a good chance themselves
putting the ball wide from within the 21 immediately after this score.
Both teams driving forward and missing chances themselves was the story for both
teams over the next 5 minutes with St Malachys with some sloppy passing and
Pearses hitting the post from a high free. St Mals then drove forward themselves,
with their #20 scoring a free off the deck just inside the 45 to reduce Pearse’s lead
back to 4. 1-4 to 1-8.
Some more St Malachy’s pressure led to some attacks into the pearses defence,
driving forward to reduce the difference to 3 from a score from St Malachy’s #13
halfway through the second half, with some good defending after thus denying St
Malachys a second goal, before #13 puts the ball wide.
A bad challenge from St Malachy’s #7 gave Pearses the opportunity to get back on
the scoresheet with a quick free played between Piaras Donaghy and Liam Deegan to
allow Piaras to get his second of the evening, making the score 1-5 to 1-9 in Pearse’s
favour with 10 mins to go.

Another long ball into the box from St Malachy’s finally results in another goal, but
the referee rules the goal out due to a square ball and pearses capitalise immediately
after this by winning a free up the pitch to allow Naoise Ó Cuilín to restore Pearse’s 5
point lead. 1-5 to 1-10.
St Malachy’s continue their pursuit of a goal during the last 5 or so minutes but some
brilliant defending from the likes of Aodhan McCavana and James Smyth help
pearses hold out the St Malachy’s attack. The threat from St Malachys resulted in a
point scored to bring this back to a 4 point game with only a few minutes remaining.
Pearses finished the game with a score from Liam Deegan to take the game to 1-6 to
1-11 in Pearses favour and help secure a 4th win on the bounce.
Full time Score:
St Malachy’s 1-6 to 1-11 Na Piarsaigh
Na Piarsaigh:
N’Largey, D’O’Neill, A’McCavana, C’McCavana, C’O’Neill, B’Harper, N’Gorman,
P’Murray (0-1), J’Smyth, S’Moreland, P’Donaghy (0-2), C’Hughes(0-1), N’Ó’Cuilín (1-4),
F’Grew(0-1), O’Grew(0-1)
L’Deegan (0-1) for S’Moreland
F’McCallan for J’Smyth

Best display of the season by St Patrick’s

Homefit Antrim Football League Division 3

St Patrick’s Lisburn 5-13  St Malachy’s 0-8

Division 3 leaders St Patrick’s Lisburn produced their best performance of the year as they beat St Malachy’s by 5-13 to 0-8 in Wednesday evening’s league game at Kirlwoods Park, all five goals coming from different players.

There was little between the sides in the early stages with two points from Eoin Dixon and one from Conor, being answered by one each from St Malachy’s Jack Mcgivern and Odhran Devine to leave just a point between the sides. However when Conor Dixon grabbed his team’s opening goal on 12 minutes the gap began to widen and a second goal, this time from Ben McMullan, after a defence splitting pass by Che Smyth, helped them to a 2-6 to 0-3 lead at half time.

Eoin Dixon and St Malachy’s Odhran Devine exchanged points early in the second half before the Lisburn side got their third goal, this once coming from Oisin Gorman. Odhran Devine, Patrick Smyth and Ciaran Vernon kept plugging away as they each fired over points for the Mals, but a great finish from Rory Kennedy on 50 minutes brought goal number 4 for Naomh Padraig. Kennedy and Vernon exchanged points on 53 minutes before Mark Chernek  put the seal on the home teams’ win with goal number 5, which he finished to the bottom corner of the Mal’s net.

Both teams have a couple of weeks of a break now before their next outings when St Patricks will travel to Coláiste Feirste to take on Lochra Loch Lao while St Malachy’s are at home to Belfast rivals Pearses