Relief in Eglish
There were beaming smiles all over the faces of the faithful at the final whistle in Pairc Cormaic, Eglish on Sunday afternoon as the home side recorded a much-needed victory over Edendork.
It was a hard fought and tense affair between two sides battling to escape from the relegation zone in Division 1 and after a couple of disappointing results the home side will be delighted to have registered two points.
The defining moments in the game came early on as Eglish registered early goals to give themselves a four point lead they never really looked like losing.
Edendork were quickest into action, however, with Brian Og O’Rourke registering a point within the opening minute from the right wing.
Shooting into the clubhouse goals, the St Malachys moved further ahead moments later, Brian McGuckin proving himself to be as accurate as ever from the placed ball when he pointed from 25 metres.
The first half proved to be a scrappy affair with the defences well and truly on top, but their cause was helped by some poor shooting and shot selection by both teams.
Eglish finally got the scoreboard moving when Peter McCann volleyed to the Edendork net after Gregory Jordan’s shot had been blocked down.
In the 14th minutes the St Patricks extended their lead in the best possible way when McCann turned provider for Jordan who palmed to the back of the Eglish net.
Seconds before the goal Mark McReynolds had saved brilliantly from McCann but there was little he could do with Jordan’s effort.
The game was fast turning into a war of attrition and both teams were struggling to get register scores.
Edendork took 24 minutes to register their third point of the game and it was corner forward Brian McGuckin who kicked a free that he himself had won.
The teams exchanged wides before Eglish got their first point with a Gregory Jordan effort from play which gave the home side a four point half time lead.
The second half provided for a little more entertainment, with both teams finding scores a little easier to come by.
Niall Morgan reduced the gap to three points with a brilliant effort from a ’45’ to open the half, but this score was cancelled out through a sublime Conal McNulty effort cancelled Morgan’s point out.
The teams traded points again as veteran Brian McGuckin registered another point from a free, a score cancelled out by a Mickey Jordan effort.
There was never going to be much between the teams and they exchanged points again when Harry Og Conlon’s score from the right wing was nullified through Brendan Donnelly as the second period reached it’s half way point.
Substitute Aidan McCann gave the St Patrick’s a five point lead moments after his introduction and gave the St Malachy’s an uphill battle.
Niall Morgan was determined that his team were not going to be beaten as he led the Edendork resistance, firstly through an expertly converted 45 and then moments later intercepting a pass in the Eglish defence before firing over to leave three between the teams once more.
Brian McGuckin reduced the gap to 2 points with 24 minutes of the second half played through another free but that was to be the last score of the game as Mickey Donnelly’s Eglish side closed the game out by shutting up shop at the back, with fullback Ryan Jones and Conall McNulty particularly impressive for the home side.
The win takes Eglish clear of the bottom three sides at the foot of the Division One table as they push onto the final third of the season.
Eglish - Niall Daly, Johnny Jordan, Ryan Jones, Michael Donnelly, Conall McNulty, Padraig Martin, Ryan McKenna, Conal Martin, Conor McCann, Mickey Jordan, Brendan Donnelly, Ciaran Colton, Peter McCann, Damien Jordan, Gregory Jordan. Subs - Joey Jordan for Mickey Jordan, Aidan McCann for Conal Martin, Eugene Daly for Gergory Jordan.
Scorers: Gregory Jordan 1-1, Peter McCann 1-0, Conal McNulty 0-1, Mickey Jordan 0-1, Brendan Donnelly 0-1, Aidan McCann 0-1.
Edendork - Mark McReynolds, Donal Maneely, Stephen O’Neill, Rhys Murty, Sean Donnelly, Joe McGuckin, Chris Coulter, Peter Mallon, Harry Og Conlon, Brian Og O’Rourke, Karl McGuckin, Conor Mallon, Brian McGuckin, John McGuckin, Niall Morgan. Subs - Shane McGuinness for John McGuckin, Jake Ferguson for O’Rourke
Scorers: Brian McGuckin 0-4, Niall Morgan 0-3, Harry Og Conlon 0-1, Brian Og O’Rourke 0-1.
Referee - Martin Sludden, Dromore
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