O’Neill’s ACHL Division 2 – Round 6
Sun 17 Jun 2018 Páirc na nGall
Naomh Gall 2-18 Naomh Éanna 0-7
The gap since the last game in the league for both teams was over three weeks, it could be said that the time between games allows rest and recovery, but on the other hand upsets the rhythm of the squad and the team, the former applied to Naomh Gall and the latter applied to Naomh Éanna after Sundays Round six match of Antrim’s division two league. Naomh Éanna where on somewhat of a roll, beating Tír na nÓg, Glen Rovers and Naomh Bríd in the previous three matches, with favourites tags going into this match that idea was well and truly dispelled after the final score, back to the drawing board for the Hightown crew and onwards for Naomh Gall.
With Naomh Gall playing their usual game, the tried and tested formula, the youth of Naomh Éanna struggled at times to keep up with a Naomh Gall team that has a lot of miles in the legs, not alone the score ratio was poles apart but the wides were too!
Naomh Gall registered eighteen wides over the period of the match, with all front six, midfielders and some of the half back line getting forward to contribute.
The first score of the game was registered after seven minutes, it was a simple score from Naomh Gall. The immediate response from the visiting side was a converted free from John McGoldrick Minutes later Naomh Gall doubled their score to make it 0-2 to 0-1
It was mid-way through the first half that CJ McGourty wearing No.19 was introduced replacing the injured No.14.
Naomh Gall would punish all match long, as their free-taker made it three to one but St. Enda’s replied from two more frees from McGoldrick from the 65m and midfield to square the contest. Within minutes the home side raced into a three points lead and with twenty two minutes played they led 0-6 to 0-3. Captaen an foireann Naomh Éanna, Cormac Jennings made it six to four from a free and then John McGoldrick got the penultimate Naomh Éanna score of the half to keep his side in touch.
Brendan Toland indicated that four minutes of added time would be played and both sides added scores, two for the Milltown side and one for the visiting side (to leave it 0-8 to 0-6 in favour of the Milltown men at the break.
St. Gall’s toke complete control at the start of the second half and hit ten unanswered points to put the result beyond doubt with twenty five minutes played.
At times, in the first and for the majority of the second, Naomh Éanna looked stunned and off the pace, first touch and hooking and blocking ratios were poor. Indeed they were completely reliant on John McGoldrick and Cormac Jennings for their Six scores in the first half all from frees. One score in the second half from, Philly Curran, who lined out at centre three quarters was the only score from play in the whole match.
A forgettable result for na Fir Éanna but a boost for St. Gall’s who have been languishing in the lower reaches of the division but will have been boosted by this excellent result, scoring two goals and eighteen points with special mention of CJ McGourty, who scored two goals in a minute, four minute before the end.
Michael “Eggy” McNicholl
Cormac Jennings (0.01)
John McGoldrick (0.05)
Philly Curran (0.01)
Referee: Brendan Toland (Lamh Dhearg)