South Antrim Feile Peile na n Og round-up
Report and pics by Kevin Herron
South Antrim football Feile got underway on Sunday as various sides battled it out to top their respective groups and make the finals in a few weeks’ time.
Played across two venues at the Falls Park and Cliftonville there was some impressive football on show.
In the north of the city host club Ardoyne, Clan na Gael, Lamh Dhearg and Sarsfields did battle to take control of Feile B Group 2.
Ardoyne took on Lamh Dhearg in the opening game and fell behind to Ronan Webb’s point, though Paul Og Hendry clipped over a close range free in response.
Sean McCarthy re-established Lamh Dhearg’s lead but the Hannahstown side trailed at the break as Robert Scullion intercepted a high ball and rifled past Daniel Burns to give Ardoyne a 1-01-0-02 lead at the break.
Lamh Dhearg regained the lead five minutes after the restart as Ronan Webb won possession and found the net.
Webb angled over a further point in the aftermath and a deflected Cormac Frazer goal had the Lamhs 2-03-1-01 ahead with seven minutes remaining.
Odhran Lee added two further points; one from a free and the other from play and looked to have secured the win for his side.
But Ardoyne set-up a grandstand finish as Finnen Wall- O’Brien curled a shot over the bar and then dropped another to the net to make it 2-05-2-02.
The hosts were unable to salvage a share of the spoils though and Lamh Dhearg held out for victory.
Ardoyne had the chance for redemption as they took on Clan na Gael in the second group game.
But it was Clan na Gael who gained the upper hand in the opening half of their encounter.
Jamie McCarron popped the ball over the bar to open the scoring and moments later Caoimhin Grieve laid the ball off to Rian Gallagher who picked his spot in the net.
Grieve played the providers role in his sides second goal – this time it was Charlie McLoughlin who benefited and lashed home to give his side a 2-01-0-00 lead.
Ardoyne caught Clan na Gael napping before the break though, Paul Og Hendry played a short free to Ollie Simpson who in turn found Barry McKervey to finish to the net.
Ciaran Gaston almost found a second goal – but Caelin Loughlin produced a super point-blank stop to ensure Clan na Gael held a 2-01-1-00 lead at the break.
Ardoyne did find their second goal with six minutes remaining as Ollie Simpson rifled to the net and Simpson then conjured up an equaling score sixty seconds later.
Back to back points from Charlie McLoughlin looked to have earned Clan na Gael victory and condemned Ardoyne to successive defeats – though there was to be late drama.
With two minutes remaining Ollie Simpson found the corner of the net to give his side the lead for the first time and they held out to claim a 3-01-2-03 win.
Sarsfields took on Lamh Dhearg in the final group game and had far too much for the Hannahstown side as goals from Oisin Murphy, Lucas Campbell, Gerard Doherty Ward and Fiontan Peter James had the Stewartstown side in control at the interval.
Daniel Burns in the Lamh Dhearg goal made some terrific saves throughout but was unable to prevent Rhys McCloskey, Jake Ward and Fionn Jemfrey from adding to Sarsfields advantage in the second period.
Sarsfields appear to be in control of Feile B Group 2 and will be hoping to cement their place in the decider with victories next weekend.
Feile B Group 1 also got underway in the Falls Park and there were victories for St Teresa’s, St Pauls B and St Brigids’s B.
St Brigids B took the early advantage in the group with a 2-04-0-02 win over St Teresa’s, whilst St Pauls B joined them at the summit with a 2-06-1-04 win over Gort na Mona.
St Teresa’s eventually got off the mark in a high scoring encounter to end the first-week of fixtures in the group with a 5-04-3-03 win over St Pauls B – which gives them a chance of progression going into next weeks fixtures.
In Feile A Group 1 the early advantage lies with St Pauls A – who registered back to back victories from their two encounters.
First defeating Rossa 5-04-0-02 and then accounting for St Johns with a 4-01-1-02 victory.
St Brigids A will have their sights fixed on the much coveted top-spot as well, they defeated St Johns 2-10-1-03 to make a solid start to their Group 1 assault and all eyes will be on the clash between St Pauls A and St Brigids A at Woodlands next weekend.