Thursday, 14 February 2019 at 11:40 PM Joe Hegarty
Greencastle’s Reserve side came to Glenmornan boasting an unbeaten
campaign to date. However the League leaders were made fight all the way before
emerging with a 6 point victory that was somewhat harsh on the hosts.
Mark O’Neill opened his account from an early placed ball before the St Patrick’s banged three on the bounce with Owen Roe’s riposte via a short free kick sent over by Sean McBride.
It looked like a routine outing for Greencastle as they clipped over the games next two scores to ease three ahead, however the Leckpatrick lads were making them scrap for everything they earned and eased their way back into the contest with a trio of O’Neill frees to end the half 0-5 apiece.
Indeed the away side were indebted to their stopper who made a decent save from an Eamon McBride effort just prior to the first of those three points with Ruairi Boylan and Oisin Dooher also having goal chances go awry in that same period.
O’Neill had the free taking boots on and knocked over his 5th dead ball of the day seconds into the second half but ‘The Castle’ collected the games next four scores in quick succession to open up a gap. One of those efforts coming via a 45 which was the result of a fine Sean Mór Devine save.
The home side though stuck to their task and Niall McAleer popped over on 38 minutes to close the gap. Indeed the hosts nosed in front just after when Eamon McBride chased down a lost cause and toe-poked the ball into the net past the incoming Greencastle keeper.
Stung into action, Greencastle, sensing that their place at the League summit was under threat, made a number of changes that helped wrestle control back, so much so that the away team struck six scores without reply.
Oisín Dooher ended the charge with a well taken score with 5 minutes to go, but Greencastle ended on top with two late points ending any chance of another Owen Roe’s comeback.
Full-time: Owen Roe’s 1-08 Greencastle 0-17
Owen Roe’s: Sean Mór Devine, Rory Devine, Kevin O’Neill, Peter O Flaherty, Ruairi Kelly, Davy Harte, Sean McBride (0-1), Connor Devine, Niall McAleer (0-1), Ruairi Boylan, Eamon McBride (1-0), Marty O’Neill, Mark O’Neill (0-5), Oran Roddy, Oisin Dooher (0-1).
Subs: Barry McDaid for Connor Devine (37 mins), Ryan McShane for Roddy (43 mins), Liam McCay for Marty O’Neill (51 mins)