SENIORS OF TO WINNING START WITH VICTORY OVER TIR NA NOG
Wednesday 26th February saw the opening of the football campaign for Ahoghill Seniors with the first round of the O'Cahan cup being played under the flood lights at Fr. McGuigan Park.
Both teams started brightly, but the Ahoghill lads stepped up to take the first score of the game on the 9th minute with number 9 Thomas McGlone hitting the mark. Soon after, Tir Na nOg upped the ante and number 14, Donnelly, hit a goal for the Randalstown team to put them 2 points in front with only 10 minutes played.
Ahoghill showed great strength and winning the majority of the kick outs, they went on to put another score on the board, this time from number 12 Gerard Graham. Ahoghill were on flying form with scores raining in from PJ O'Connell, Donal Graham and Gerard Graham again.
Tir Na nOg put up a fight to secure some points before half time with scores in the last 3 minutes from Niall McCoy, Caoimhinn Duffin and Ciaran McKeown.
Half-time score. St. Mary's Ahoghill 0:7 - Tir Na nOg 1:3.
The 2nd half began with Ahoghill again out in front, and after just 10 seconds there was another score notched up by Tom McGlone. Soon after number PJ O'Connell produced another superb point.
With Ahoghill dominating midfield it was one-way traffic and following yet another turnover, a great pass into the full forward line found PJ who obligingly rattled the net. Ahoghill were now ahead by 5 points and cruising. Ahoghill continued to pressurise the visitors with some great tackling and team work.
Management and players had agreed not to eliminate players from McCormick Cup duty by making unnecessary substitutions, so the starting 15 remained in place until the final whistle. Fitness levels obviously still high following the hurling campaign.
The scoring rout continued through to full time with Sean O'Connell, Donal Graham, James O'Connell and PJ O'Connell all finding their range.
Final score St. Mary's Ahoghill 1:17 - Tir Na nOg 1:4.
Well done to both teams but especially the Ahoghill boys who looked comfortable, despite the lack of football, from start to finish. Good luck in the next round.
Reporter, Gerard Magee