Clooney Gaels claim South West Antrim U16 Hurling Championship title.

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Tie Na nOg       1:00

 

Clooney Gaels U16 hurlers finished of a fantastic season by adding the SW Antrim title to the N Antrim U16 B Shield title they won at the start of the month. With the SW Final being run over 2 legs this season the young Gaels had a solid lead going into the 2nd leg with their strong win away to the Whitehill boys last Sunday. A win nevertheless in front of their home support was always their intention and they never disappointed.

The 1st half was a close affair and the Clooney boys were slow to start but kept the scoreboard ticking over with 4 points to no score in the first 20 minutes. Randalstown kept in the game and fired in a goal on 20 minutes to leave it a 1 point game. This was the kick up the backside that the Ahoghill lads needed and they moved up a gear to score 5 unanswered points in 6 minutes to put a 6 point cushion between the sides. Going into the 2nd half Tir Na nOg started strong and put the pressure back on the Clooney boys who responded with a point on 5 minutes to keep the upper hand.

The second half was more of a physical battle than the first with some hard tackles being taken and given by both sides in true championship style. Some great defensive play and a goal line clearance from the Ahoghill lads stopped any chance of a Whitehill come back. After 15 minutes the Gaels found their feet again and added a further 5 points to finish the game with a 12 point win.

This was another good all round team performance from the lads in every position of the field including the substitutions. After a long season they will now deserve a well- earned break.

U16 Panel:- Patrick Dougan, John O kane, Jack McFall, Shea Neeson, Callum Neeson, Sean O Neill, Harry O Donnell, Luke Mullholand, Luke Mullen, Matthew Mullen, Ben Friel, Noah Friel, Charlie Mc Closkey, Conhuir Johnston, Joe Logan, Colla McDonell, Daniel McNicholl & Shane McGuigan.

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Dessie McGuigan presents the South West U16 Hurling Championship cup to Ahoghill captain Colla McDonnell

Lynch’s too strong for Cuchullains

Leadon Timber Frame Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament Final

Dunloy 0-10 Kevin Lynch’s 1-16

Sunday November 18

Brendan McTaggart reports from Dean McGlinchey Park, Ballinascreen

Out fought, out manoeuvred and in the end out played.  Dunloy’s hopes of claiming a second Ulster minor crown were dashed at Dean McGlinchey Park on Sunday afternoon as Kevin Lynch’s retained the title they won 12 months ago.

It was a clinical display from the Derry champions who had nine points to spare over the Cuchullains over the hour.  The only goal of the final came after just 20 seconds and it came through what would be familiar circumstances throughout the hour.  A long ball driven from Richie Mullan and Tiarnan McHugh did the rest.  The Lynch’s full forward  would finish the match with 1-4 from play while he had a hand in creating the majority of the Dungiven sides scores.

21Dunloy’s Anton McGrath in action during the Ulster final against Dungiven.

The Cuchullains took too long to get going on the day.  McHugh’s early goal gave the Lynch’s the early momentum and his presence on the edge of the square caused Dunloy problems all match.  Seaan Elliott top scored for the Antrim champions with 0-5 (3 f’s) over the 60 minutes with Eoin McMullan and Barry Scott putting in a big shift in the Dunloy defence but the Cuchullains found the physical game and tenacity of the Lynch’s too much to handle.

Both sides finished with 14 men with Cahir Higgins seeing red in the 41st minute to give the Cuchullains hopes of a comeback only for Ryan McGarry’s final to be ended early five minutes later.  Lynch’s dominated the closing stages and while Dunloy pushed for the goals they needed to force their way back, the Derry champions defence was impenetrable with Richie Mullan outstanding and Niall McNicholl a colossus.

Lynch’s made the dream start with McHugh’s goal coming with the first attack of the game.  Richie Mullan sending the sliotar long and McHugh deflecting his effort despite the pressure of Aaron Crawford and Dunloy ‘keeper Adam Mooney.  A Thomas McClarey point followed soon after and the Lynch’s had Dunloy immediately on the back foot.  The Cuchullains were forced into employing a sweeper with Rory Mullan dropping back in front of the dangerous McHugh to try and nullify his threat but the Lynch’s were dominant around midfield.  If they didn’t win clean ball, they made sure they won the dirty ball with incredible tenacity and desire that Dunloy failed to match for long periods of the first half.

25Tiernan McHugh wins a high ball.

Ryan McFarline opened the scoring for Dunloy in the fourth minute but the Cuchullains attack were living off scraps.  Their defence came under huge pressure with the direct running of the Dungiven side and Richie Mullan was making them pay from placed ball.  Mullan fired over his first of nine from placed ball over the hour and added his second after Anton McGrath doubled the Cuchullains total in the ninth minute.

Richie Mullan and Padraig McGilligan traded frees in the 19th minute to leave Lynch’s 1-5 to 0-3 ahead but the Dungiven men should have been further ahead.  A series of missed chances, either failing to find the target or dropping short kept by Kevin Lynch’s kept Dunloy within touching distance.

Clear goal chances were few and far between in the opening half but the threat McHugh posed on the edge of the square was a constant and but for some last gasp defending by Crawford, the Lynch’s man almost had his second major in the 23rd minute.  Richie Mullan pointed from the resulting ’65 taking his tally to 0-5 for the half and while Barry Scott and Seaan Elliott pointed in the time that remained for the Cuchullains, the Lynch’s were full value for their four point half time lead.

The Cuchullains competed better in midfield in the last ten minutes of the first half and were able to create pressure on the Lynch’s defence.  If anything the half time whistle came at the wrong time for the Dunloy men but they needed a fast start to the second half.  What they got was more of the same physical yet slick attacking hurling from the Derry champions.  With the sweeper system abandoned, McHugh had space in front of him.  The battle he had with Crawford throughout was immense and it was he who was the main source of threat after the restart.  Fouled for Richie Mullan to open the scoring from a free before collecting a short free from his team mate before firing over for his second point of the match in the 35th minute.

Seán Kelly split the posts barely 30 second later as the Lynch’s began to turn the screw, replicating the fast start they made at the first whistle.  McHugh took his tally to 1-3 for the match when he rose highest to claim a high ball he had no right to win before firing over for Lynch’s fourth unanswered point and giving his side an eight point lead.

2Dunloy’s Rory Mullan in action against Dungiven’s Eoin Cassidy

Sean O’Neill split the posts from a narrow angle for Dunloy’s first point of the second half in the 40th minute and the Cuchullains were thrown a life line moments later with Cahir Higgins seeing red for an off the ball incident involving Oisin McErlane.  Darragh McGilligan kept the momentum with the Lynch’s with a fine score, using his pace to find the room before firing over but any hopes Dunloy had of making their numerical advantage count were dashed in the 46th minute.  Influential half back Ryan McGarry seeing red for another off the ball incident, McHugh on the receiving end and referee James Connors had no option after consulting with his umpires.

Mullan’s seventh point of the final was answered by a brace of points from Seaan Elliott (one free) but Lynch’s took control once again with Richie Mullan and McHugh the chief tormentors for the Dungiven men.  Both McHugh and Mullan landed two points apiece in the space of five minutes to extinguish any flickering hopes the Cuchullains had of an unlikely victory and while the Cuchullains continued to push at the death, the Lynch’s defence stood resolute.  Twice Seaan Elliott was denied from a 21 yard free while his third effort went over in injury time.

It wasn’t enough for the Cuchullains as the Lynch’s celebrated a deserved nine point win at the full time whistle to claim their third Ulster minor hurling title and becoming double champions.

20Man of the match Tiernan McHugh with his girlfriend Erín Traynor who is a Dunloy camog

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11TEAMS

Dunloy: Adam Mooney; Ciaran McQuillan, Aaron Crawford, Eoin McMullan; Rory Mullan, Ryan McGarry, Barry Scott; Seaan Elliott, Padraig McGilligan; Oisin McErlane, Anton McGrath, Ryan McFarline; Sean O’Neill, Anthony Smith, Eoghan McGrath.

Scorers:  Seaan Elliott 0-5 (3 f’s); Barry Scott 0-1; Anton McGrath 0-1; Ryan McFarline 0-1; Sean O’Neill 0-1; Padraig McGilligan 0-1 (1 f)

Kevin Lynch’s: Niall McGonigle; Thomas Doran, Niall McNicholl, Cahir Hasson; Connor McKelvey, Richie Mullan, Padraig O’Kane; Eoin Cassidy, Darragh McGilligan; Cahir Higgins, Seán Kelly, Daire McKeever; Eoin McKeever, Tiarnan McHugh, Thomas McClarey.

Scorers: Richie Mullan 0-9 (8 f’s 1’65); Tiarnan McHugh 1-4; Seán Kelly 0-1; Darragh McGilligan 0-1

Referee: James Connors (Donegal)

Morgan Seals Final Spot for Naomh Éanna

 Naomh Éanna 0-13 An Taite Riabhach 1-08

By Liam Tuney @UnitUpdates

The serendipitous introduction of Michael Morgan proved the catalyst for a Naomh Éanna victory in this thrilling Ulster Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final in Armagh on Saturday evening.

 A black card for an in-form Ethan Gibson saw Frank Fitzsimon’s scramble for a replacement, and Morgan was summoned from the bench.

Looking every bit the unwitting substitute thrust into the headlights, Morgan missed his first dip and took a while to get up to speed, but when Odhran Eastwood fed him the ball in the closing minutes of the game, he made no mistake, rounding his man to give Naomh Éanna a priceless lead, before adding the insurance minutes later to the roar of an enraptured Glengormley support.

Having seized the initiative after a frantic opening few minutes, Naomh Éanna led at half time, but a second-half goal from James Darcy saw the Tyrone champions wrestle back the lead.

Cool heads were to prevail however, with Naomh Éanna repeating their Quarter-Final composure and Michael Morgan providing the finishing touches and sealing the Final place.

17/11/2018 St Endas vs Tattyreagh Ulster Club Intermediate Semi Final at Athletic GroundsTattyreagh made two late alterations to their starting team, Declan Gallagher and Dan McGloin making way for Robert Porter and Brendan Armstrong.

St Enda’s also made two changes to their starting fifteen from the victory over Doohamlet, Diarmuid McNulty coming into corner back in place of Cormac Eastwood, and Donal Walsh dropping to the bench, replaced by Ethan Gibson.

Naomh Éanna opened the scoring through Eoin Nagle, the corner-forward cutting in onto his right foot and firing the Antrim men in front, before Colin Harkin raised the first white flag and the first chant of ‘UTT’ from the St Patrick’s faithful.

A neat free from Ruairí Scott on the Tattyreagh 45m line momentarily quelled the Tattyreagh ultras, but they were soon back in full voice as Johnny Harkin swept over a long-range effort to level the scoreline for the second time.

The Naomh Éanna defence was disciplined and committed, and Tattyreagh were left ensconced on the opposition 45m line as they probed for an opening, finally getting through when Jarlaith McDonagh nipped between two defenders to put them ahead midway through the first half.

Russ’ men roared forward again, as Ruairí Scott ended a neat move involving Peter Healy and Odhran Eastwood to level proceedings once again, before Eastwood performed heroics at the other end, racing back to volley the ball off his own goal line following a fisted Tattyreagh effort.

The omnipresent Eastwood then held his nerve in front of the baying Red Hand crowd to arrow over a superb score off the outside of his boot from under the stand, before a Ruairí Scott point opened up a two-point gap.

17/11/2018 St Endas vs Tattyreagh Ulster Club Intermediate Semi Final at Athletic GroundsJoe Maskey then came close to the opening goal of the game after a thunderous James McAuley hit on Eoghain Murray won back possession on the Tattyreagh 45. The ball was worked to Maskey on the edge of the six-yard box, but his scuffed effort was palmed around the post to safety by Ryan Pritchard to see his side trail by only two points at the break.

It was a determined Tattyreagh who emerged for the second half, and within minutes they were back on terms, a Johnny Harkin brace obliterating the Naomh Éanna lead.

Eoin Nagle then saw a goal opportunity open up for him, but as the Tattyreagh masses swarmed back to plug the gaps, the corner-forward sensibly opted to fist over the bar and put his side back into the lead, before he took control of the ball on the right flank and rifled over to restore the two-point lead.

The Tyrone side were having the lion’s share of possession but failed to hurt a well-organised and determined Naomh Éanna defence and were forced into rushed shots, dropping the ball into Paddy Flood’s arms on five separate occasions during the match.

James Darcy did get them rolling again in the 38th minute, converting a free 30 yards from goal, before Paddy Flood got down well to deny a certain goal, pushing a goalbound effort from Gareth Mimnagh onto the upright and out for a 45.

Points from Odhran Eastwood and a fourth of the evening for Eoin Nagle saw the North Belfast men put three points between them and their opponents, but when Ethan Gibson was black-carded for a foul on Eoin McGinn, Johnny Harkin fired over the free and cut the gap to two once again.

A further score from a stumbling Gareth Mimnagh left only the minimum between them, before a sharp Tattyreagh counter-attack caught the Naomh Éanna defence napping.

17/11/2018 St Endas vs Tattyreagh Ulster Club Intermediate Semi Final at Athletic GroundsA James McAuley foul on Johnny Harkin was waved on by referee Anthony Marron, and when the ball was worked to James Darcy, the full-forward made no mistake, rolling the ball past Flood as their supporters rejoiced on the line.

As they did in the last round though, Naomh Éanna simply rolled up their sleeves and got on with it, firstly James McAuley and then Odhran Eastwood pointing to restore parity, and in the second of six added minutes, Eastwood then fed substitute Michael Morgan, who danced around the defender and slotted his side ahead from an acute angle.

Tattyreagh pumped high balls on top of Paddy Flood for the remaining minutes, but the goalkeeper and his defence were able to repel the attacks, leaving Morgan to split the uprights in the dying embers and write another chapter into the Glengormley fairytale and set up an Ulster IFC Final meeting with Cavan champions Mullahoran, who overcame Banagher in a historic encounter before these two took the field.

17/11/2018 St Endas vs Tattyreagh Ulster Club Intermediate Semi Final at Athletic GroundsNaomh Éanna: Paddy Flood, Killian Jennings, Mick McNamee, Diarmuid McNulty, Conan Lyttle, James McAuley (0-01), Conor McAuley, Philly Curran, Joe Maskey, Peter Healy, Ruairí Scott (0-02, 0-01f), Kristian Healy, Ethan Gibson, Odhran Eastwood (0-01, 0-02f), Eoin Nagle (0-04).

Subs: Cormac Ross for Diarmuid McNulty 36’, Ciaran O’Neill for Philly Curran 40’, Michael Morgan (0-02) for Ethan Gibson (Black Card) 52’, Donal Walsh for Kristian Healy 56’, Ryan Kennedy for Conan Lyttle 58.

An Taite Riabhach: Ryan Pritchard, Robert Porter, Brendan Armstrong, Fearghal Armstrong, Joe Cartin, Eoghain Murray, Damian Mullan, Colin Harkin (0-01), Johnny Harkin (0-03, 0-01f), Peadar Mullan, Kevin Gallagher, Eoin McGinn, Jarlaith McDonagh (0-01), James Darcy (1-00, 0-01f), Gareth Mimnagh (0-01).

Subs: Dan McGloin for Robert Porter 46’.

Referee: Anthony Marron (Muineachán)17/11/2018 St Endas vs Tattyreagh Ulster Club Intermediate Semi Final at Athletic Grounds

 

Creggan prove much too strong for St. Joseph’s Glenavy

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

U21 Football Championship phase 1

On a weekend when only a handful of the scheduled U21 fixtures went ahead, one that did involved St. Joseph’s Glenavy and Kickham’s Creggan with the Staffordstown Road side travelling to Chapel Hill and serving notice that they could be one of the sides in the hunt at competition end.

Kickham’s Creggan put the frustration of dropping a point on day one of this year’s U21 football championship behind them when they travelled to Chapel Hill on Saturday and ran rampant against St. Joseph’s Glenavy.

In a very one sided contest, the game was as good as over at half time with all the Kickham’s attack scoring at will. With Jamie and Kealan McCann controlling midfield and Conor Small, Liam Quinn and Tiernan McAteer proving almost unmarkable in attack there was no stopping them. The second half continued where the first half finished with Dominic McAteer and Morgan Nelson taking over the starring roles. The Kickham’s defence lead by Liam McCann, Mark Mulholland and Donal Carey kept Glenavy at bay but in fairness to the hosts they kept going to the end led by Alex Gallagher but to no avail.

Kickham’s Creggan: Tom Johnston, Ciaran Rice, Liam McCann, Jake McAteer, John McAuley, Donal Carey, Mark Mulholland, Jamie McCann, Kealan McCann, Niall McAuley, Tiernan McAteer, Eunan McAteer, Liam Quinn, Conor Small, Dominic McAteer.

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Tir na nOg retain the winning habit

Under-21 Football Championship (Phase One)

Tir na nOg Randalstown 1-14 Con Magees Glenravel 0-06

Having opened their under-21 account with a full return of points and a win at Cargin in mid-week, Tir na nOg returned to their home ground on Saturday and retained the winning habit when they proved too strong for the visitors from Glenravel.

The Whitehill side did take a time to gain the upper hand over the hard grafting Glensmen in the early stages with their net minder Conal Kerr proving most defiant. The Con Magee’s net minder pulled off a number of excellent blocking saves but despite such resistance the Whitehill Blues led 0-08 to 0-04 at the end of the opening period.

The home side started the second half on the positive and although they were forced into change in the opening minutes as the impressive Emmett Murray had to retire with a leg injury, they had seized the initiative by the 4Oth minute nipping 0-13 to 0-04 ahead and the end looked in sight.

The Glensmen tried to respond but the home side were defiant in their rear guard actions and when centre back Darren McCormick initiated a sweeping counter in which Sean Duffin, Eamon og Mc Allister, and Aiden Toland played respective roles the impressive Ciaran O’ Neill delivered to the back of the net and the die was cast.

Glenravel retained focus right to conclusion adding a couple of late points but the home side had enough in hand and took opportunity to give their bench playing time in the closing stages.

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Tir na nOg started their second game in the new look under-21 football championship as favourites as they welcomed Glenravel to Whitehill on Saturday afternoon but nothing separated the sides in the opening phase.

Eamon Og McAllister had opened account for the home side with a 2nd minute point but Glenravel replied through Eoin Hynds at the other end to tie the contest.

Aaron McNeilly raised a white flag to edge Tir na nOg ahead again but Odhran McAlennan nipped away to make it 0-02 apiece at the 12th minute.

Tir na nOg stepped on the gas after a tentative start in which a few chances were missed with the pace laden Emmett Murray leading the charge and points from the latter, Aiden Toland, Dara Feagan, and Aaron Mc Neilly saw them at 0-07 to 0-02 at the 22nd minute.

Damien Hagen’s side looked in charge and only a few missed opportunities and the intervention of the Glenravel keeper Conal Kerr, who stood tall on a couple of occasions to deny Aiden Toland and Aaron McNeilly, kept the Con Magee’s in touch.

The visitors added a point to their total in the 25th minute after their net minder had made another excellent save with the clearance opening the way for Aiden O’ Donnell to split the posts and when mid-fielder Eoin Hynds followed Aaron Mc Neilly’s lead with another for the Glensmen they were still much in the hunt at the end of the opening period with Tir na nOg at 0-08 to 0-04 ahead.

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Tir na nOg started the second half with a couple of early scores from the excellent Emmett Murray but although the corner man was forced out of the action shortly after, the home side were on the march.

Ciaran O’Neill was leading by example in the blue and white and it was after a brace of points from Barry McCormick and another from Dara Feagan that the 17 year old was much involved in a sweeping movement which saw him finish to the net and the Whitehill boys were 1-14 to 0-05 ahead.

The Randalstown lads looked in for another major shortly after as centre back Darren McCormick got on the end of another well laid approach but the Glenravel keeper came to his side’s rescue once more.

 

The home side eased up on the accelerator in the latter stages taking opportunity to give game time to the ‘bench’ and a further point from replacement Dean Wright and a couple from Glenravel’s Aiden O’ Donnell and Darragh Donaghy in reply saw the home side conclude with a 1-14 to 0-06 advantage and a place in the quarter finals beckoning.

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Tir na nOg: SP McAtamney, Oliver McAtamney, Daniel Martin, Declan Mallon, Eamon Og McAllister (0-01), Darren McCormick, Peter Cullan, Barry McCormick (0-02), Sean Duffin, Michael Toland (0-01), Aaron McNeilly (0-03), Ciaran O’ Neill (1-00), Aiden Toland (0-01), Dara Feagan (0-02), Emmett Murray (0-03)

Subs

Stephen Carey for E Murray

Ciaran Porter for D Feagan

Dean Wright for A Mc Neilly

Daniel Hastings for B Mc Cormick

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Glenravel: Conal Kerr, Declan McAuley, Charlie Henry, James brown, Ruairi Lennon, Conor Carey, Aiden Mc Kenna, Niall Swann, Eoin Hynds (0-02), Darragh Donaghy (0-01), Aiden O’ Donnell (0-02), Seannan Black, Odhran Mc Alennan (0-01), Adam Neeson, Conleth O’ Loane

Subs

Michael Laverty for J Brown

Caolan Mullan for O McAlennan

Referee Gerard Dougan (Kickham’s)

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