GAA Football

Third time's the charm as Lisburn claim the Antrim Junior Championship

St Patrick's Lisburn put past heartache behind them as they beat Ardoyne by two points
Diarmuid Pepper

ST PATRICK’S Lisburn put past heartache behind them as they beat Ardoyne by two points in the Antrim Junior Football Championship final.

Lisburn had come up short in the previous two finals but were able to clinch silverware despite playing much of the game with 14 men.

Ben McMullan scored the first of three Lisburn goals when he got on the end of a fine move and struck the ball confidently into the back of the net.

Not long after this opening goal, Lisburn midfielder Sionan O’Suilleabhain was shown a red card.

But Lisburn are made of stern stuff and ended the first half on a high through a Mark Chernek goal.

This goal gave Lisburn a 2-4 to 0-5 led heading into half time and it was Lisburn’s goal scoring that proved to be the difference between the sides.

With the game still up for grabs, Francis McMeal hammered the ball into the Ardoyne net for Lisburn’s third goal.

Ardoyne tried to make a late rally, but a Colm Burns point killed off their chances and seen Lisburn over the line with a 3-9 to 0-16 victory.

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