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Ruthless Star see off Island
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Crumlin Star traveled to one of the toughest away venues in the NAFL Premier League on Saturday and a ruthless display by centre forward PJ O Neill ensured the Ardoyne side left Wilbourne Park with a massive three points. Sean Brown's preparations were hampered by the withdrawal of Fra Murphy due to a calf injury but the Star boss was able to recall club captain Paul McLarnon to the squad.

The Star began the game like a house on fire and PJ O Neill waltzed past three men on the five minute mark and placed the ball beyond the keeper into the bottom right hand corner. The Star were in dream land and that man O Neill again doubled his and the Stars advantage with a bullet header following a McKervey delivery. Despite their 30 minute dominance the Ardoyne side let a two goal lead slip in a crazy five minute spell. The unmarked Cowie headed home to halve the deficit and within two minutes Islandmagee were level as a short free kick wasn't picked up on and the left winger smashed home from 25 yards. Despite this the Star nearly regained the advantage on half time as O Neill smashed a header against the crossbar.

Sean Brown encouraged his side to play like they did in the opening half hour and that they did as in the second half the Star were dominant and determined to pick up three vital points. PJ O Neill clinched his hat trick after great work from Ciaran Murphy. Ciaran Murphy nearly got in on the act but as he bore down on goal Devine made a good save. Steven Brown linked up with O Neill and Murphy and as time stood still Brown smashed into the roof of the net with the outside of his foot. With this goal the Islandmagee challenge had gone with McDowell, Reilly, McKernan and Berne well on top of Moore and Hilditch up front. Trainor and Mooney were tigerish in the tackle in midfield while the second half display from Ciaran Murphy was his best in weeks. Mal Thompson was as dependable as ever in goal and PJ O Neill was immense from start to finish. Dan McAlea, McLarnon and Paul Brown entered the fray in the remaining ten minutes as the Star saw out the game.

Crumlin Star face Malachians this Wednesday night and Kilmore Rec on Saturday. Both games are at the Cliff.


Star with vital three points
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

 Dromara Village 0 Crumlin Star 3

 Crumlin Star picked up another vital three points in their NAFL Premier Division title quest with a three nil victory away to Dromara Village. Ciaran Murphy opened the scoring with an opportunist strike. Mark Mooney scored a wonder goal to double the Stars advantage and Murphy grabbed his brace after superb play between himself and Paul Brown. This Saturday the Star face a tough test away to Islandmagee. 


 Saturday 22nd February:-Crumlin Star 2 Shankill Utd 0


PJ with another goal


 Crumlin Star defeated Shankill United on Saturday to pick up a crucial three points in their first game in the NAFL Premier League since the opening weekend of January. Fresh from their cup exploits, Brown chose to rotate his pack with Paul Brown partnering PJ O Neill and Trainor and Reilly handed starts. The Star began the game like an express train and found themselves in dreamland within ten minutes as a quickfire double killed off the Shankill challenge before it even began.

The Star were given a free kick. A long ball from Berne was controlled magnificently by O Neill and the big man rolled his marker before firing home. The Star soon doubled their advantage as Paul Brown gave the Shankill goalkeeper no chance with an exquisite finish with the outside of his right foot. A Steven Brown lob found the roof of the net as Shankill struggled to contain the Ardoyne side. The backline of McDowell, McKernan, Reilly and Berne were limiting Shankill to few if any chances and with McKervey and Murphy looking dangerous on the break from midfield it looked like Star would add to their lead in the second half.

Despite the blistering start in the first half, Star never reached those heights in the second half with a disjointed display. Despite this Shankill were limited to very few chances with the vocal captain Mal Thompson organising his side well. Reilly continued to link up impressively with McKervey on the left and despite a few teasing deliverys the Star couldn't add to their lead as O Neill headed over. Brown rang the changes with twenty minutes remaining and the talismanic Ciaran Murphy entered the fray alongside Mooney and Savage. Murphy nearly got the goal he craved but he dragged his shot wide of the mark as the Star saw out the game for a vital victory.




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