Glenavy lose by two

St.Joseph’s 0.07

Rasharkin 0.09

St. Joseph’s Glenavy lost to Rasharkin by two points in a close match between the division’s bottom two sides.

The final score finished 0-09 to 0-07 in Rasharkin’s favour to leave Glenavy empty handed.

Heavy overhead rain during the earlier reserve game left the pitch heavy.

Glenavy playing with a strong breeze got their first score from a Michael McCourt pointed free.

Jonathan McAleese and Shane Hasson put their side in front.

With the home side exerting strong pressure the visitors defence were committing fouls.

Michael McCourt punished their indiscretions with three pointed frees.

Ryan Phillips extended the Chapel Hill side’s lead to three.

Eanan McAleese Pointed a free, Michael McCourt had the last score of the half with a pointed free.

The half-time score was 0-06 to 0-04 in favour of St.Joseph’s.

The second half started with a deluge of rain which made playing almost impossible.

Ryan Phillips pointed for the home side, in what would be their last score.

Rasharkin took control and had points from Brian Etherson, Eanan McAleese with a point from play and a pointed free to leave his tally 5.

Jonathan and Shane Hasson completed the scoring to leave their side two in front.

This was not a day for pretty football but St.Mary’s won’t mind as this win lifts them third from bottom.

Referee Barry Coyle deserves the highest praise for allowing the game to go ahead.

St.Joseph’s team were as follows:

Gareth Collins, Daniel McAllister, Oisin Hamill, Niall McLaughlin, Niall McCann, Martin Cleneghan, Jonathan Phillips, Mark Cush (Gavin Phillips 48 Mins) Michael Johnston, Owen Gallagher, Fran McMullan, Ciaran Loney, Michael McCourt, Patrick Gallagher, Ryan Phillips (Conor Hamill 25 Mins),

St.Joseph’s won the reserve game 3.06 v 1.07.