Saturday 13th September – NADAFL McCall’s Division 1

Downpatrick FC 2nds 10 v’s Kilmore Rec 2nds 3 

Touser Holland was looking his players to bring their scoring boots this week after last weeks draw with Saintfield AYC and he wasn’t disappointed with the response he got. He was also able to welcome back last years top goal scorer Sean McMahon to the line-up and he outlined how prolific he has become in front of goal, notching up an impressive five goal tally for the game. 

Despite the score Kilmore Rec started the game much brighter and went one nil up within the opening five minutes after a mix up between stand in keeper Paddy Kerr and Gary Trueman. This lead only lasted a couple of minutes before Sean McMahon Junior brought the sides level after some good work from Terence Bell on the right wing.

Downpatrick went in front after 15 minutes when Conail Kerr gave the Kilmore Rec keeper no chance from 10 yards out after a good pass from striker Damien Turley.  The next 20 minutes saw Downpatrick step the tempo up and two goals from Conail Kerr to complete his hat-trick saw Downpatrick race into a 4 – 1 lead.

However rather than killing the game off the home side allowed Kilmore to get back into the game with two goals, one of which was from the penalty spot. On the stroke of half time Downpatrick increased their lead when striker McMahon doubled his tally for the game after a good pass from midfield from his namesake Sean McMahon Senior.

Half Time: Downpatrick FC 2nds 5 v’s Kilmore Rec 2nds 3

The second half was all about cousins McMahon and Kerr, to see who score the most goals and at times were both guilty of missing scoreable chances. The prolific McMahon completed his hat-trick early in the half to put three goals between the sides.

Midway through the half Neal Cunningham who was making his first start of the season got on the score sheet with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Kerr added another goal to bring his tally of the day to four goals and make the score 7 – 3 to Downpatrick.

Not to be outdone by his cousin, striker McMahon bagged himself a further two goals to ensure he finished Downpatrick’s top scorer for the match. Although both Kerr and McMahon will get the plaudits for their goals the performance of all players was a joy to watch. Next up is another home fixture against Castlewellan 2nds.

Downpatrick 1) P Kerr 2) G Trueman 3) C Holland 4) B Connolly 5) P O’Reilly 6) N Cunningham 7) T Bell 8) S McMahon Snr 9) D Turley 10) S McMahon Jnr 11) C Kerr 12) Chrissie Curran 14) M Carson 15) C Curran