AFL Div 3 – Bective promoted to Div 2
Bective 3-11 Cortown 0-10
Bective achieved their goal of promotion to Division 2 after this 10 point win over Cortown in Cortown on Thursday evening.
The winners started well and had the ball in the back of the net on 4 minutes after Cathal McConnell weaved his way through the Cortown defence and squared to Mark O’Brien to blast home.
Marty Mulhall pointed from a free kick followed by a McConnell point on 7 minutes. Cortown pointed on 8 minutes from play and from a free kick on 14 minutes.
Bective were then guilty of wasting great scoring chances but Paul McCabe steadied the ship with a pointed free kick. Cortown narrowed the margin with a further point from play on 17 minutes. Ciaran Breslin was in great form between the sticks and was successful with most of his kick outs. This provided a good supply of ball in the middle third and wing back Colin O’Rourke showed the forwards how it was done with a 60m run and a great point from play on 26 minutes. Cortown score another point before McConnell added a fine score from play to close out the first half with Bective 1-5 to Cortown’s 0-4 in front.
Cortown come out fighting with a fine point and a converted free kick to narrow the margin to just 2 points but thats as close as it got. Mulhall kicks a point before Sean Keating won a long delivery to drive to the net. This was added to by Craig Roche blasting to the net on 8 minutes to put Bective in complete control.
Further points from McConnell, a Paul McCabe free kick and 3 points from play from Mark O’Brien sealed a comfortable win for David Hosies charges.
Bective: Ciaran Breslin, Jack Grant, Gary Brennan, Craig Roche, David Fitzpatrick, Jarlath Brennan, Colin O’Rourke, Kevin Brennan, Ciaran McConnell, Paul Lyness, Marty Mulhall, Paul McCabe, Mark O’Brien, Sean Keating, Cathal McConnell. Subs in were – Colm Barry, Ronan Murtagh, Brian Cantwell, Michael Lyness.