Senior Footballers retain Division 2 status for next season
5th October 2016
Bredagh senior footballers needed just one point from their remaining three league games to secure division 2 status for the 2017 season. On Sunday morning they travelled to St Johns for round 20 in the league fixture calendar. The sun was shining but the ground was soft underfoot from the previous day’s rain, although I’m sure the Bredagh players were happy with conditions after playing in continuous horizontal rain against Loughinisland last Wednesday evening at the Abbey school.
In a competitive and niggly opening period there was little between the teams at the break. Both teams had their fair share of wides, six each in total, with scores being elusive for both sets of players. Bredagh opened the scoring in the first minute with a pointed free from Donal Hughes. St John’s responded with a well taken goal after three minutes. Five minutes elapsed before the next score when Donal Hughes pointed his second free with a good strike. The next three scores were all in favour of the home team with tall and strong Chris McKay in the no. 14 shirt proving to be a bit of a handful for the Bredagh defence. Twenty-two minutes after Bredagh’s last score and just on the stroke of half-time Alan Davidson found the back of the net with a well taken goal, leaving the narrowest of margins going into the interval St Johns 1-03 Bredagh 1-02.
Bredagh started the second half with a bit more purpose, Conor Francis netting on 30 seconds from the restart which was followed up immediately with a nice point from Emmet Costello. A second goal for Conor Francis was denied by the crossbar when his power driven strike beat the keeper and rebounded back into play only to be cleared by the St Johns defence. A point for the home team was followed up by three points in succession by the Bredagh men, Donal Hughes (0-2, frees) and a well taken point by Conal Toland. A further point for St Johns left the score at 2-06 to 1-05 going into the final 7 minutes of the game. A good point from play from Conor Francis pushed the margin out to 5 points with 5 minutes left on the clock. A high ball into the Bredagh square saw the towering Chris McKay flick the ball into the net to give the home team a glimmer of hope of saving the game in the final few minutes. However, with St John’s last few attacks in search of a winning goal the Bredagh defence held out well to the final whistle to secure a good win in a tight and competitive game. Well done to all players involved. Final score St Johns 2-05 Bredagh 2-07
Squad – Odhran Devlin, Owen Costello, Niall Kelly, Chris Savage, Conal Toland, Donal McKegney , Kevin Dornan, Michael Woods, Joe Shields, Conor Francis, Alan Davidson, Emmet Costello, Sean Blaney, Donal Hughes, Niall Mulholland, Conor Kelly, Niall Devlin, Matthew Hollywood, Ben Scullion and Kealan Devlin
Scorers – Donal Hughes 0-4, Conor Francis 1-01, Alan Davidson 1-0, Emmett Costello 0-1, Conal Toland 0-1
Referee – Ciaran Mooney