Having won the County Og Sport, All Saints went forward to represent Antrim in the annual Ulster GAA 7-aside Og Sport blitz hosted at a splendid Lavey GAC in Derry.
They were drawn in a tough group which included Bellaghy (Derry), Gweedore (Donegal) and Newtownbutler (Fermanagh).
They began their opening round of Group games with a convincing 2.9 to 1.2 win over Gweedore.
Next up were pre-tournament favourites and last year’s Derry u.14 County Champions, Bellaghy.
They had defeated a good Newtownbutler side in their opening game and restricted All Saints to few scoring opportunities opening up a 7 point half time lead. Bellaghy continued to dominate the 2nd half and won comprehensively on a scoreline of 3.7 to 0.4.
The final game in Group stages was against Newtownbutler who had earlier drawn with the Donegal champions, Gweedore. The winner qualifying for the shield semi- final against either Carrickmore from Tyrone or Killeavy from Armagh.
All Saints got off to a slow start and left themselves with an uphill battle in the 2nd half trailing by 6 points at the break. In a much improved 2nd half performance, they chased the half time deficit and despite creating numerous goal scoring opportunities eventually lost by a margin of 4.
This left All Saints in a competition for the Ulster Og Sport Plate. The 3 remaining teams were drawn and All Saints were given a bye to the final. With the other 2 teams, Gweedore and Dunamoyne contesting the semi-final. The Monaghan Champions emerged as the winners to face All Saints in the Plate Final.
In a very competitive and at times feisty game, it was level at half time with both sides playing good fast football. It remained ‘nip and tuck’ in the 2nd half with the teams exchanging scores. All Saints got on top in the closing stages eventually running out winners by the narrowest of Margins on a 2.8 to 2.7 final scoreline.
This resulted in All Saints being awarded the provincial og Sport Plate thus following some illustrious names on the trophy including Cargin, St Johns, Carrickmore and Enniskillen Gaels.
The Og Sport Shield was won comprehensively by Bellaghy, defeating Carrickmore on a scoreline of 7.7 to 0.3.
Overall, an excellent tournament, extremely well hosted by Lavey GAC in conjunction with the Ulster Council and a tournament and 7s concept that should be more widely promoted as there was some excellent football on display.
This was a great day out and an enjoyable experience for the All Saints lads as they continue their underage football journey.
All Saints squad:
Ryan Mc Cartney
Shaun O Callaghan
Paddy O Brien