Wednesday 21 February 2018

Mearnog are too good for Ballinteer

Naomh Mearnog 4-8

Ballinteer St Johns 0-12

NAOMH Mearnóg turned in a strong first-half display against Ballinteer St John to pick up their first points of the season on Sunday.

Ballinteer's poor start to the campaign may surprise some given they were pushing for the Division 1 title for most of last year, but they were always struggling against an in-form Naomh Mearnóg side who found the back of the net on 10 minutes through Aaron Mulvey.

The visitors were to lose a man to two yellows in the first half and then conceded two quick goals before the break, with Jordan Briggs and Mulvey both on target.

That put the home side up by 3-3 to 0-4 at the turnaround, and with Ronan O'Reilly bossing the game at centre half forward, Mearnóg maintained their lead and pulled further clear in the latter stages when Johnny Madden registered their fourth goal.

NAOMH MEARNOG: Aaron Mulvey 2-0, Niall Murphy 0-4, Jordan Briggs, Johnny Madden 1-0 each, Jamie Storey 0-2, Frank Doyle, Ronan O Reilly 0-1 each.

Fingal Ravens 3-9

Erins Isle 1-9

DAMIEN Flanagan turned back the years at Rolestown on Sunday as he grabbed one of three goals for the home side to make it two wins from two in the division.

Once again Ravens young defence impressed, with Luke Griffin giving a very solid display at full back and Adam Lawless keeping close tabs on Erins Isle danger man Luke Sweetman.

A penalty from Niall Tormey had seen Ravens level proceedings on five minutes and they eventually went in at half-time with a four-point lead.

Ravens were to suffer a setback when David Mitchell went off with a groin injury, but Tommy Daly performed well in between the posts in his place.

Flanagan, a veteran of many a Ravens campaign, hit a fine effort to the net from 20 yards mid-way through the second half to put Ravens back in the driving seat.

Their lead was now five points and Derek Daly, marking his return from injury, popped up with Ravens' third goal on 53 minutes to put the game beyond Erins Isle's reach.

FINGAL RAVENS: Niall Tormey 1-3, Derek Daly 1-2, Damien Flanagan 1-0, Ciaran Norton 0-2, Alan Casey 0-1, Eoin O Flaherty 0-1 each.

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