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Toal's Co Antrim Junior Shield Round 1 - Tie of the Round

Robert Doherty from the Co Antrim FA presenting James Begley from St Patrick's YM II with his Toal's Bookmakers Man of the Match Club award after his hat-trick seen St Patrick's YM II defeat North Belfast rivals Crumlin Star II 4-0 in Round 1 of the Toal's Junior Shield at Mallusk


Match Report

On Mallusk 22 pitch, not renowned for clement weather, the sun shone on St Patrick's II this afternoon

Crumlin Star II , fielding a few mature players started the brighter of the two teams with Paul Brown belying his years in control for the first ten minutes,

This was as good as it got for Star as St Pat's picked up the pace and exposed weaknesses in Star's back line.

On 12 minutes slack marking allowed hat-trick hero James Begley to pick the ball up on the edge of the box and with Keeper McNeill unsighted, he side footed home the first goal through a forest of legs.

McConnell should have equalised for Star, but only managed to side foot straight at keeper Light and the chance was gone. 

McNally should have increased the lead, but sorcerer Begley made up for the miss when he slammed the ball goalwards, only for it to take a deflection and loop into the far corner on 26 minutes.

Brown had a header cleared off the line on 27 minutes in an effort to reduce the arrears, but three minutes later the game was over as a contest when again, with Star's defence in shreds, Begley picked up a loose ball and rounded McNeill to score a superb hat trick and eventually receive the Man of the Match Club Award kindly sponsored by Toal’s Bookmakers to be used for the benefit of his Club

 HT 0=3

The second half was pedestrian by comparison and Moore applied the coup de grace when he slotted home the fourth goal on 57minutes after a slick piece of inter passing giving McNeill no chance.

The two teams then played out the remaining half hour with little or no efforts of note.

FT 0=4

MOM  James Begley 


Report By Robert Doherty. 



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County Antrim and District Football Association
County Antrim and District Football Association