Naomh Comhghall 2-14 Pearses 0-9
St. Comgall’s gained some consolation from their league semi-final defeat to Pearses when they defeated them in the JYMCO JFC Group 1 in Antrim on Friday night. The Antrim Town side led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time and at this stage it looked anybody’s game but the home side pushed on after the break to win convincingly.
The visitors matched St. Comgall’s during the opening ten minutes of the new half but goals from Joe Webb in the 11th minute and another from Miles Devine deep into injury time saw Naomh Comhghall run out convincing winners to maintain their unbeaten run in the championship to date.
Miles Devine pointed the home side ahead in the opening minute but they were forced into an early substitution when Dylan Murdock replaced James McLornan. Naomh Comhghall continued to edge the first half exchanges however with Miles Devine 0-2, Tom Patchett and Joe Webb the men on target as they led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.
Pearses started the second half brightly and had drawn level by the 8th minute before Conor McAuley and Joe Webb replied at the other end to restore ‘the Town’s’two point advantage with 11 minutes of the new half gone.
Tom Patchett and Miles Devine kept the score board ticking over with the visitors keeping themselves very much in touch before Joe Webb fired to the Pearses net to put some daylight between the sides.
This score seemed to settle the Antrim men with Miles Devine and Ruairi Griffen adding points and Caolan O’Loan and Griffen again on target as the game ebbed towards conclusion. Devine put the icing on a fine individual performance with Naomh Comhghall’s second goal in injury time with Conor McAuley following with a late point to see his side run out winners by 11 points.
This win sees Naomh Comhghall join Pearses on 4 points but the Belfast side have played a game more and both are likely to be in the hunt for a play-off place come the end of the group stages