St Joseph’s claim the vital points in battle to escape the bottom three

A St Joseph's player gets up in the air to compete for the ball with a Moneyglass player challenging.

A St Joseph's player gets up in the air to compete for the ball with a Moneyglass player challenging.

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St. Joseph’s Glenavy claimed the points to help them in their quest to get out of the bottom three with a 1-13 to 0-07 win over Moneyglass.

Both sides were after the two points for very different reasons before this game as Moneyglass were fighting to keep their place in the top three of Divison Three.

Two St Joseph's players try to win back the ball during their victory over Moneyglass.

Two St Joseph's players try to win back the ball during their victory over Moneyglass.

The first ten minutes were played at a hectic pace and only for both sides being guilty of some poor finishing scores could have been five apiece.

The hill side settled first and were soon on the scoreboard with a point from Conor Hamill.

Owen Gallagher added another followed by a Mark Cush goal.

It took the Toome side twelve minutes before they opened their account with a point.

The home side lost their midfielder Michael Johnston through a black card and Peter McClenaghan replaced him.

The visitors added a pointed free to leave the score after twenty minutes 1-02 to 0-02.

Luke Devereux pointed a long distance free before Conor Hamill who once again split the posts.

Moneyglass had the final point of the half to leave the score 1-04 to 0-03 in favour of the Glenavy side at half-time.

Everyone expected the visitors to come out in the second half with all guns blazing but it was the home side started the better with points from Owen Gallagher and a beauty from Niall McCann from almost the end line.

Moneyglass came back with two points and looked like they were going to make a fight off it and only for some wayward shooting they could have closed the gap.

In recent games St.Joseph’s have been guilty of allowing their opponents back into the game but on this occasion they made sure this was not going to happen.

County player Owen Gallagher steadied the ship with two excellent points. Once again Moneyglass came back with two points which were to prove to be their last scores.

Niall McCann, Conor Hamill, Patrick Gallagher added points for the home side. The final two points came from the boot of the excellent free taker Luke Devereux.

The home side were happy to hear referee Danny O’Neill blow his final whistle to claim a vital win.

St.Joseph’s team: S. Daly, N. McLaughlin, P. Gallagher, M. Nelson, C. Loney, M. Cleneghan, F. McMullan, M. Johnston ( P. McClenaghan 24 mins.), G. Phillips, M. McCourt, C. Hamill, M. Cush, L. Devereux (R. Phillips 55 mins.), O. Gallagher, N, McCann

The reserve game was won by St Joseph’s Glenavy with a score 2-12 to 1-05.