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Airborne P5-6 Finals on Sunday

North Antrim P5-6 Airborne 2019

semi finals/finals

Venue:              Dunloy

    Date / Time:     Sunday 28th APRIL

DIVISION  3   11-12pm

DIVISION 1    12-1-pm

DIVISION 2    1-2pm


Note:  All matches 5 minutes each way

Teams   Start     Finish    Ref         Score Keeper

DIVISION 3 SEMI FINAL                                                

Dunloy  v              All Saints              11:00     11:11     Ruairi og               Creggan

Creggan               v              Ruairi og               111:15   11:26     Dunloy  All Saints

FINAL    v              FINAL    11:35     11:46                    

DIVISION 1                          SEMI FINAL                                                        

Ruairi og               v              Ballycastle           12:00     12:11     Loighguile            Dunloy

Loughguile          v              Dunloy  12:15     12:26     Ruairi og               Ballycastle

FINAL    v              FINAL    12:35     12:46                    

DIVISION 2          v              SEMI FINAL                                                        

Ballycastle           v              Dunloy  1:00        1:11        Shane oneills     Ruairi og

Shane oneills     v              Ruairi og               1:15        1:26        Dunloy  Ballycastle

FINAL                    FINAL    1:35        1:46                       

South West Fixtures (Friday 26th/Monday 29th April)

Friday 26th April

Thomas Devlin Car Sales u-12/14 leagues 6.45/7.50 pm

Section One

St James Aldergrove v St Mary’s Aghagallon

Erin’s Own Cargin v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

All Saint’s Ballymena v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Section Two

Casement’s Portglenone v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

Kickham’s Creggan v Tir na nOg

St Comgall’s Antrim v St Enda’s Glengormley

Sunday 28th April at 7.30pm

Breslin Cup (U16)

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Comgall’s Antrim

Casement’s Portglenone v St James Aldergrove

St Enda’s v Con Magees Glenravel

All Saint’s Ballymena v Cuchullian’s Dunloy (1-00pm)

The Orchard Randalstown Mc Cormick Cup (7.30pm)

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Patrick’s Lisburn

St James Aldergrove v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Casement’s Portglenone v Erin’s Own Cargin

St Enda’s v St Mary’s Ahoghill

St Joseph’s Glenavy v Tir na nOg Randalstown

Monday 29th April

The Orchard Randalstown McCormick Cup

Kickham’s Creggan v All Saint’s Ballymena (7.30pm)

Breslin Cup

St Mary’s Aghagallon v Kickham’s Creggan (7.30pm)

All County U16 Football League (round three)

Thursday 25th April (7.00 pm)

Div. 1

Erin’s Own Cargin v All Saint’s Ballymena

St Brigid’s v O’ Donovan Rossa

Con Magees Glenravel v St Mary’s Aghagallon

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St James Aldergrove

Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Gall’s

Division 2A

St Paul’s v St John’s

Black Mountain Gaels v Lamh Dhearg

Gort na Mona v Kickham’s Ardoyne

Division 2B

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Tir na Nog Randalstown

Kickham’s Creggan v Casement’s Portglenone

St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Comgall’s Antrim

St Mary’s Rasharkin v St Enda’s

Cushendall continue their winning ways

All County Hurling League Division 1

Dunloy: 3-5  Cushendall: 6-28

Cushendall gave another indication that they are the team to beat in Division 1 of the All County Hurling League when they travelled to Dunloy on Monday night and beat the home side comprehensively to make it three wins out of three. Rossa, who beat Cushendall in the 2017 County Feile final have played only one game so far and their meeting with Cushendall at Rossa Park on June 10th already looks like the game that will decide this league title.

Dunloy actually led this game in the opening ten minutes and after Colm McKeegan and Padraig McKillop had put Cushendall two clear inside two minutes, Dunloy full-forward Eoin O’Kane goal edged the home team in front a minute later. Padraig McKillop brought the Ruairis level but when Dunloy hit back with three points on the trot from Oisin Elliott (2) and Seanna Martin Ryan things looked promising for the Cuchullains. However the next ten minutes was all Cushendall and a barrage of scores which included goals from Colm McKeegan, Joseph McLaughlin and Fiontan McQuillan pulled them 3-6 to 1-3 ahead. Seanna Martin Ryan pulled a point back for the home side but further goals from Padraig McKillop and Jospeh McLaughlin had Cushendall 5-7 to 1-4 at half time.

Dunloy midfielder Oisin Elliott was making his presence felt in the opening period of the second half and two goals in a three minute spell brought his team back into contention but the visitors reeled off ten points without reply to take control again. Elliott got another point on fifty minutes before a goal from Cushendall centre back James McAlister and nine more points, five of them from centre forward Fiontan McQuillan, saw Cushendall romp home.

Cushendall’s neighbours Glenariffe Oisins had a 2-15 to 1-10 win over Ballycastle, also on Monday evening, to make it two wins out of three.

St Gall’s push Rossa all the way

Antrim Senior Hurling League Division One

Rossa 2-17 St Gall’s 3-12

After St Gall’s poor start to the hurling season most fans attending Saturday evening’s league game at Rossa Park were expecting to see an win for the home side but as things turned out it was far from the case as St Gall’s made their west Belfast neighbours work to the very end to secure the victory. Just two points separated the sides at the end and indeed it could have been even closer. Rossa appeared to be comfortable as they held a four point lead with just minutes remaining, but a goal from St Gall’s star performer Sean McAreavey cut the gap to a single point and they had the chance to draw level second later but missed a very scorable free before Rossa eased the pressure and Aidan Orchin sealed it with a point for the home side.

There was nothing between the sides in the opening quarter and after Gerard Walsh pointed Rossa ahead McAreavey levelled for the visitors. It was score for score during the next period of play before Rossa eventually got their noses in front as  a Stephen Beatty point put them 0-7 to 0-6 ahead

A stunning long range free from Gerard Walsh got the hosts off the mark before McAveavey replied for St Gall’s.

This early back-and-forth scenario set the tone for the game with neither team able to steal a march on the other during the opening 20 minutes.

A well-taken ’65’ from McGourty cancelled out Ciaran Orchin’s strike before Anto Healy put St Gall’s into the lead.

Aidan Orchin made it 0-3 each while the next six points were evenly split with Jackson McGreevy, Healy and Ronan Crossen on target for St Gall’s while Dominic McEnhill and James Connolly (two frees) raised white flags for Rossa.

St Gall’s lost corner-forward Oran McIlhatton to injury before a Stephen Beatty point then put Rossa back in the lead at 0-7 to 0-6 after 23 minutes.

A Connolly ’65’ moved Rossa two ahead while St Gall’s goalkeeper Kurtis McGreevey made a fine save to deny Beatty moments later.

In a thrilling finish to the half St Gall’s appeared to have taken a grip on the game when Antoin McCaffrey placed Sean McAreavey for a brilliantly taken goal. It looked like the visitors would go in at the break with the lead but Rossa battled back in the minutes that remained and after Callum McVeigh had pulled a point back Aidan Orchin reacted well to stab the ball home after Domo McEnhill’s well struck goal effort was parried on the line to give his team a 1-9 to 1-7 interval lead.

St Gall’s got back in front early in the second half when Antoin McCaffrey grabbed his team’s second goal but Rossa responded well with points from Gerard Walsh, substitute Cricky McGuinness (2), Domo McEnhill and Seaghan Shannon to move five clear. CJ McGourty pulled one back for St Gall’s with a great long range point from a free but when McGuinness (on for the injured Jamesie Connolly) got in for a goal at the other end Rossa appeared to be in complete control.

When McAreavey grabbed his second goal five minute from time St Gall’s were suddenly back in contention and when Jackson McGreevey and McAreavey added points in the dying minutes it looked like the game could go either way.

CJ McGourty had the chance to bring the Milltown men level but his late free from distance was just off target and Rossa eased the pressure as Aidan Orchin hit the insurance point to send some very relieved home fans home happy.

ROSSA: C Breathnach; M Smith, E O’Neill, C Shannon; P McGreevy, G Walsh 0-2 (0-2fs), A O’Brien; C Orchin 0-1, M McGreevy; J Connolly 0-3 (0-2fs, 0-1 ’65), S Beatty 0-2, D McEnhill 0-2; A Orchin 1-2, C McVeigh 0-1, S Shannon 0-2 (0-2fs).

Subs: C McGuinness 1-2 for Connolly (30mins), C Mac Parthalain for S Shannon (58mins)

ST GALL’S: K McGreevy; S Morrison, J McDaniel, A Gribbon; N O’Neill, CJ McGourty 0-3 (0-2 65s, 0-1f), C McCaffery; J Hopkins, A Healy 0-2; J McGreevy 0-3 (0-1f), S McAreavey 2-3, C Stinton; O McIlhatton, A McCafferty 1-0, R Crossen 0-1.

Subs: E Walsh for McIlhatton (15mins), P Friel for Crossen (52mins).

REFEREE: B Toland (Lámh Dhearg).