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McCann leads the way as Creggan win away to Carryduff

 

ACHL Division 3

Carryduff 1-9  Creggan 3-25

After a surprise home defeat to Cuchulainn, Armagh a couple of weeks ago Kickham’s Creggan have got back to winning ways and on Sunday they travelled to Co. Down where they recorded an impressive win over Carrydurff.

Conor McCann led the way with two first half goal and with Oran McCann knocking over 0-9 over the hour Carrduff had no answer to the boys from the South West. The game was as good as over at half time when Creggan led 2-14 to 0- 7. Kealan McCann, Liam McCann, Sam Maguire, Aidan McKeown and Tommy McCann were all on target as the Staffordstown Road side ran out winners by 24 points.

Kickham’s now share top spot in the league with Clooney Gaels on 16 points from 9 starts, each side having lost once and the Ahoghill side continued their winning run when they travelled to Cushendun on Sunday to defeat the Emmet’s by six points.

The sides are set to meet in Ahoghill on the 22nd of July but prior to that Clooney Gaels face a difficult away fixture at Gort na Mona while Creggan face an equally tricky home game against Cathaoir an Ri. Depending on the results from those games the meeting in Ahoghill on the 22nd of July should attract a lot of interest and a good crowd.

Kickham’s Creggan: 1)Emmett Long 2)Jake Mc Ateer, 3)Aidan Maguire,  4)Dannan O’Hara, 5)Ciaran Rice, 6)Kevin Small, 7)Liam Mc Cann, 8)Dermot Carey, 9)Kealan Mc Cann, 10)Conor Mc Cann, 11)Niall McAuley, 12)Oran Mc Cann, 13)Tommy McCann, 14)Aidan Mc Keown, 15)Sam Maguire Subs:

Micheal Maguire

Brendan Maguire

Peter Graham

Enda Maguire

Scorers:

Oran Mc Cann 0-9

Kealan Mc Cann 0-5

Liam Mc Cann 0-3

Sam Maguire 1-2

Aidan Mc Keown 0-2

Tommy Mc Cann 0-2

Conor Mc Cann 2-2

Con Magees ladies beat Rossa in Division 2

Antrim Ladies Football League Division 2

Con Magees 5-7 Rossa 3-6

Con Magees Glenravel scored an impressive win over a somewhat understrenth Rossa side on Sunday evening’s Division 2 league game at Fr Maginn Park. In perfect conditions Glenravel were dominant from the start and with Torie Edgar proving a real handfull for the visitors defence they were two goals to the good, Edgar grabbing both from close range. Rossa got going when Rianna Matthews grabbed a goal but Con Magees came back with a goal from Laoisa McKenna to lead by 3-3 to 1-2 at half time.

McKenna grabbed her second goal soon after half time and though Matthews and Marie Terese Fleming grabbed goals for Rossa the home team were always in control and Kirsty Laverty sealed it with her team’s fifht goal.

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St Paul’s edge basement battle

O’Neills All County Hurling League Division Three

St. Paul’s 1-17-2-12 Lámh Dhearg

By Kevin Herron at Rossa Park

St. Paul’s edged the Divison Three ACHL derby with Lámh Dhearg and in the process edged away from the bottom three after a 1-17-2-12 win this afternoon.

Played in the shadow of their Shaws Road home in neighbouring Rossa Park – the hoops looked to be on track for two crucial league points after a goal from Kevin Gamble helped them to a 1-14-0-11 lead with time fast running out.

However the returning Domhnall Nugent flicked to the net to set-up a grandstand finish – St. Paul’s looked to have again secured the spoils, but the defiant Lámhs hit the net again through Mark Finnegan though a Gerard Carbery free deep into injury-time was the last action as St. Paul’s held out for the win.

Just two-points separated the sides prior to the relegation four-pointer at the bottom and it was Lámh Dhearg who began on the front foot, the returning Domhnall Nugent made an immediate impact as he shot over the bar and then doubled the lead with an accurate shot that sailed between the posts.

Conleth McVeigh struck back for St. Paul’s but the hosts defence were struggling with Nugent early on and the big full-forward restored his sides two-point lead and made it 0-01-0-03.

An excellent point from Ruaidhri O’Muiri was followed by a leveller from Andy McMorrow as St. Paul’s began to gain the upper hand.

McMorrow the edged his side ahead and just past the midway point in the opening half Gerard Carbery split the posts to make it four-points on the trot for the Shaws Road men and make it 0-05-0-03 on the score board.

St. Paul’s were very the side in the ascendancy and a further three points in quick succession had them six in front with little under ten minutes remaining of the half – Conleth McVeigh struck for the second time in the half before Antrim’s Stephen Rooney produced a magnificent score and Carbery made it seven on the spin.

Carbery hit his third of the half from a converted free to give his side a 0-09-0-03 lead – the Lámhs were in need of a score to try and stem the tide and they were rewarded as Paddy Mervyn claimed Paddy Joe Herron’s puck out and won a free, Mark Finnegan watched in frustration as his effort drifted short but Mervyn won possession and shot over the bar.

Gerard Carbery converted a further free to move his side six ahead once more and Paddy Mervyn again cut the gap with a point – it could have been so much better however as Sean Paul Gibson charged down the right hand channel and almost picked out Mark Finnegan inside the small square, the St. Paul’s defence frantically tried to usher the ball out of the imminent danger and Leon McVeigh breathed a huge sigh of relief as Mervyn shot over the bar rather than under it.

Declan Chapman and Domhnall Nugent traded scores in injury-time but it was St. Paul’s who were in control at the break, 0-11-0-06 to the good.

Lámh Dhearg began cut the deficit from the restart thanks to Domhnall Nugent’s fifth point of the afternoon though Declan Chapman responded – Mark Finnegan then landed a free from range to reduce arrears to four for the second time in the half but eight minutes into the second period St. Paul’s dealt the Hannahstown side a hammer blow.

Kevin Gamble picked up possession in the small square and fired low past Paddy Joe Herron in the Lámh Dhearg goal to give his side a 1-12-0-08 lead. Gamble almost scrambled home his second inside the opening ten minutes of the half, but Paddy Joe Herron emerged from a congested goal mouth and fired the ball into touch and out of harm’s way.

St. Paul’s would increase their lead through Carbery’s third converted free of the afternoon though three successfully converted frees from Mark Finnegan kept Lámh Dhearg within touching distance at, 1-13-0-11.

Carbery’s accuracy from the placed ball paid dividends again as St. Paul’s went six ahead with little under ten remaining.

Lámh Dhearg were in urgent need of a goal and with little over five minutes remaining it was game on – Ronan Fegan’s persistence paid off as he scooped up possession and burst forward before floating the ball into the danger area where Domhnall Nugent was lurking and Nugent flicked the ball past the oncoming Leon McVeigh and into the net to make it 1-14-1-11 and set-up a grandstand finish.

Sensing the spoils were there for the taking Lámh Dhearg upped the ante but Nugent, Conor McConville and Ryan Diamond all watched on as their efforts drifted wide of the target.

Instead Andy McMorrow and a converted Carbery free gave St. Paul’s breathing space again and a five-point lead two-minutes into injury-time.

Mark Finnegan had the opportunity to float the ball into a crowded area from a free shortly afterwards but got too much elevation onto it and instead hit a point.

Sean Paul Gibson then turned over the resulting puck out and Lámh Dhearg won a second free which surely had to drop into the danger zone – but ice cool in his striking Mark Finnegan’s effort bounced into the net and suddenly Lámh Dhearg trailed by the minimum with just enough time to salvage something, 1-16-2-12.

However Finnegan was adjudged to have given away a free from Leon McVeigh’s puck out and the final action of the game saw Gerard Carbery convert the resulting free as St. Paul’s were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief and move four-points clear of Lámh Dhearg at the basement.

St. Paul’s: L McVeigh, J Keatings, C Hetherington, S Bradley, F Sewell, S Rooney (0-01), C Murray, C O’Carroll, R O’Muiri (0-01), C McVeigh (0-02), K Gamble (1-00), A McMorrow (0-03), D Chapman (0-02), G Carbery (0-08, 0-06f), D McGreevy.

Lámh Dhearg: PJ Herron, R Fegan, M Lynch, M McGuigan, SP Gibson, A McGuigan, E Herron, R Diamond, M Finnegan (1-06f), P Mervyn (0-02), M McGarry, C McConville, J Boyd, D Nugent (1-04), J Trainor. Subs: G Smyth for M McGarry (31 mins), C Herron for A McGuigan (31 mins), D Fox for J Trainor (41 mins).

Referee: Fintan McCotter (Sarsfields)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carey withstand the heat to earn league win

After a sluggish first twenty minutes in the sweltering heat at Pearce Park in Armagh Carey bounced back with a great second half display to claim two valuable points in their division 3 pursuit. Despite opening the scoring through a Martin Hunter point Carey fell behind and after two Conleth Laverty pointed frees and another from play from Tony Duffy left them two in arrears after ten minutes and only for some great defending by Eoin Hill and Sean McBride matters could have much worse.

Duffy again was on the score sheet for the home side before John McBride sent over a long range free for the Antrim men in the 14th minute. Another Lavery free and a point from their live-wire corner-forward Jordan Murtagh left a four point margin, but the visitors were now begining to get the better of the exchanges and points from Fiahra McVeigh and Dan Martin brought Carey back into the game. A further point from a Lavery free and another couple from Murtagh left the Cuchullians on a five point lead with half time approaching, but with Nat Hunter and John McBride now asserting themselves around midfield Carey’s Caolan McCaughan went on one of his customary runs and fired the ball past Matt Rafferty in the home goal to leave the half time score 0.9 to 1.4.

The Armagh men opened the second half scoring with a Ciaran Duffy point, Caolan McCaughan replied for the Faughs with a similar score and a Paddy Gillan point in the fortieth left only one between the sides. With Carey now winning  most of the battles it was probably no surprise when substitute Daniel McBbride found the Armagh net in the forty-fifth minute, two more pointed frees from their main marksman Conleth  Lavery left the sides level again with seven minutes left to play, but in the fifty-fifth minute Daniel McBride was on hand again  to finish a dropping ball past Rafferty in the Armagh goal, further points from McCaughan and Martin Hunter, left the north Antrim men with a four point cushion and a last minute Duffy point for the home side was the last action of a good game played in difficult conditions with the heat and a difficult pitch.

 

Mc Auley brace the platform for St Comgall’s success

133    Conor McAuley who scored 2-6 as St. Comgall’s Antrim defeated Casement’s  Portglenone in the McCormick Cup semi-final in Rasharkin today.

The Orchard Randalstown Mc Cormick Cup (Semi Final)

St Comgall’s Antrim 3-14 Casement’s Portglenone 3-11

A brace of first half goals by corner forward Conor McAuley laid the platform for St Comgall’s to claim a berth in the final of the McCormick Cup when they defeated Casement’s Portglenone at Dreen today.

Nothing separated the sides at the 20th minute mark after the Antrim men came from off the pace to haul in the quick starting Bannsider’s who had stepped smartly from the start blocks to raise a trio of white flags without reply.

Peter Duffin opened the scoring with a pointed free in the opening minute and when Corey McLaughlin and BJ Donnelly followed suit the Portglenone men looked to be taking charge.

St Comgall’s did gain their bearings after a lack lustre start to proceedings and by the 11th minute they had drawn abreast of the Portglenone men.

A smart interception and a slick interchange involving Shane Og Gribbin and Rory Griffin opened the way for Griffin to open their account with an 8th minute point and when the latter was fouled on the way to possibly another, Dylan Murdock took advantage to send the resultant free between the posts.

Casement’s did miss opportunity to increase their advantage in the 10th minute as Michael Donnelly’s effort was just a whisker off target but the resultant kick out, claimed by the hard working Dylan Murdock saw the centre forward send Myles Devine scampering away on the right hand side and finish with a fine point to level the issue.

The next phase was to see both sides in turn miss opportunities to take advantage but Peter Duffin escaped the close attentions of his close attendant James Mc Larnon to receive from Michael Donnelly and forward between the posts.

The Antrim lads were quick to return fire as Myles Devine had the ball over the bar at the other end shortly after.

Corner forward Devine was causing concern to the Casement’s defence when he took possession and again when he nipped out ahead of his marker to receive out on the right hand side and find Conor Mc Auley.

McAuley was impressive in the approach and equally eye catching in the finish

As he fired to the corner of the net and the Antrim men had nipped ahead.

St Comgall’s had come from behind to gain advantage and there was more to follow when Rory Griffin gathered a loose ball on the ‘40’ to scamper away through the middle and send goal scorer Mc Auley in to raise another green flag.

The Antrim men had taken advantage and Myles Devine added a point as did the goal scorer Mc Auley although Casement’s replacement Eoin Doherty had the last say of the half as he raised a 30th minute white flag.

The short whistle which signalled respite and a few minutes break to seek shelter from the sweltering conditions saw St Comgall’s with a 2-06 to 0-05 lead.

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The second period saw the Bannsider’s strike first as Eoin Doherty had the ball over the bar in the opening minute with Myles Devine quick to reply in kind at the other end.

Casement’s were striving to close the gap as the second period made progress with the pace laden Peter Duffin causing concern with his movement, and indeed with his finishing as he fired over three quick points.

Dylan Murdock’s 40th minute free which yielded a point eased the pressure on the St Comgall’s men and they looked to have reached the calm waters of safety a few minutes later as Rory Griffin added a third goal.

A super Paddy Quinn delivery and a cute Myles Devine lay off opened the way for the slight wing half forward to provide an excellent finish and ensure a 3-09 to 0-09 advantage for the Antrim men.

The Bannsider’s looked down and out but in a dramatic last quarter the Portglenone men were not about to settle for a fate which looked inevitable.

Substitute Gareth Kelly signalled arrival in the 45th minute as his precision cross opened the way for the incoming Peter Duffin to collect and fire directly to the net.

The St Comgall’s men returned to the coal face with another Conor McAuley point to ease concerns but the next few dramatic minutes were to see the whole complexion of the semi-final change as the Bannsider’s came roaring back into contention.

A foul on replacement Gareth Kelly inside the square saw a penalty awarded and Peter Duffin’s strike yielded a goal to close the gap to four points.

The Antrim men were wavering it seemed as Peter Duffin added another goal when his cross field delivery seemed to deceive the keeper as it ended up in the corner of the net.

Casement’s had almost bridged the gap as they had reduced the gap to the minimum and questions were being asked as to character of the Comgall’s men.

Casement’s seem to have taken the initiative as Gareth Kelly fired over a good point but a couple in reply from the excellent Conor Mc Auley saw the Antrim men edge two in front again by the 56th minute.

After almost an hour under a hot evening sun a place in the final of the Mc Cormick cup was still in question as both sides in less than ideal conditions gave their all.

In the event it was to be the Antrim men who were to win the day as replacement Niall Taggart sent Conor Mc Auley in to raise a 29th minute white flag.

St Comgall’s had moved four points clear and although Casement’s battled right to the end as Peter Duffin’s injury time strike yielded a point it came as consolation with the Antrim men claiming a place in the final of the Mc Cormick cup, crossing the finish line 3-14 to 3-11.

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St Comgall’s: Paul Quinn, Paul Flanagan, James Mc Larnon, Callum Mc Cabe, Ryan Mc Auley, Patrick Quinn, Shane og Gribbin, Lewis Higgins, Oisin Crilly, Joe Webb (0-01), Dylan Murdock (0-02), Rory Griffin (1-00), Myles Devine (0-04), Ciaran Quinn (0-2) Conor McAuley (2-06).

Subs

Dannon O’ Hara for C Mc Cabe

Niall Taggart for D Murdock

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Casement’s: Ryan O’ Neill, Adrian Mc Keever, Damien Dillon, Chris Convery, Aidan Emerson, Paddy Carey, Declan Mc Erlean, BJ Donnelly, Coary Mc Laughlin (0-01) Conor Magee, Mark graham, Michael Donnelly, Tony Convert, Peter Duffin (3-06), Peter Cush

 

Subs

Eoin Doherty (0-02) for A Emerson

Gareth Kelly (0-1) for P Cush

 

Referee John Moran (St James)

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