Cushendall move to top of the table

Under 16 Camogie League – Division 1

Cushendall 3-14 Loughgiel 3-3

Cushendall moved to the top of the Division 1 table when they beat their nearest rivals Loughgiel in Monday evening’s opening game of Phase 2 of the Under 16 Camogie League at Pairc Mhuir.

Despite getting away to a dream start, which saw them dominate the opening quarter, Cushendall were made to work hard to keep their noses in front at half time. When Loughgiel took the lead early in the second half they appeared to be in a good position but Cushendall steadied the ship again and dominated the rest of the game to win convincingly in the end.

Ellie Joe Butler and Orlaith McAlister opened the scoring for Cushendall before Meadhbh Graham grabbed her team’s opening goal on five minutes. When McAlister got her second point of the game the home team were six clear, but Ciara Connolly got Loughgiel up and running with a goal in the 22nd minute. Connolly added a point to cut the gap to just two, though Meadhbh Graham pulled one back for the home team to put them three clear. Corner forward Eimear McKinley brought Loughgiel level with a goal five minutes from half time, though Ellie Joe Butler popped over a point just before the break to give Cushendall a one point lead at the interval.

The second half saw Loughgiel hit the front inside four minute, and after Anna McKillop drew them level the excellent Ciara Connolly got her team’s third goal to pull them three head. The Shamrocks appeared to be in a strong position at this stage, but they would only score one more point in the final 27 minutes of the game as Cushendall hit back with a vengeance.

Four points in a row from Niamh McNeill, Orlaith McAlister, Ellie Joe Butler and McAlister again put them back in front, and thought Anna McKillop pointed for Loughgiel to level up the scores Cushendall pushed for home, hitting the last seven scores of the game, two of them goals from Orlaith McAlister and Orla Kane to run out convincing winners.

CUSHENDALL

Louise Mulholland, Caoimhe Morgan, Eimhear McMullan, Orla Kane, Laura Black, Abi McNeill, Cliodhna O’Hara, Cara O’Boyle, Orlaith McAlister, Kady McNeill, Eva McNeill, Ellie Joe Butler, Orlaith McCurry, Niamh McNeill, Rhianna Black.

Subs – Meadhbh Graham,

LOUGHGIEL

Eimear McGivern, Anya Connolly, Anna McKillop, Aoife McMullan, Erin Connolly, Zoe Cassley, Sarah Flavin, Alana McKendry, Shauna Deery, Ciara Connolly, Aiobhann Gillan, Maire Laverty, Eimear McKinley, Anna McKillop, Erin McGrath

Referee – Owen Elliott (All Saints)

Sarsfields snatch late victory in Cushendall

Under 17 Hurling League – Division 1

Cushendall 1-12 Sarsfields 1-13

A goal in the last seconds by substitute Emmet Fraser gave Sarsfields victory over Cushendall in Sunday’s U17 Hurling League game at Pairc Mhuir, Cushendall. When midfielder Joshua Schnell sent over a point from play four minutes from the end of normal time it appeared the Ruairis had done enough to seal the win, but Sarsfields never gave up the fight, and their efforts were rewarded when Fraser grabbed a goal with practically the last puc of the game.

There was little between the sides during the first half but when Joshua Schnell hit two points in a row midway through the half Cushendall were 0-9 to 0-5 ahead. However Sarsfields finished the half with five points on the trot from Enda McCartan (2), Anthony McGarrigle (2) and Brendan Jackson to lead by 0-10 to 0-9 at half time.

It was score for score for much of the second half asJoseph McNaughton, Callagh Mooney, Joseph McLaughlin and Josh Schnell found the target for Cushendall while Enda McCartan (2), Andrew McStay and Emmet Fraser answered for the Paddies. When Schnell sent one over with just five minutes left for play it appeared the home side had done enough, but Frasers late strike pulled the rug from under them and sent Sarsfields home with both league points.

Good win for Emmet’s in Dungannon

Antrim Hurling League Division 2

Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon 0-11 Cushendun Emmet’s 2-25

Cushendun Emmet’s made the long journey to Dungannon on Sunday a rewarding one when they came away with both league points after a comprehensive win. Ahead from the early stages the men from the Glens were always in control of the game and went in at half time seven to the good. A good start to the second half saw them stretch that advantage to eleven and from that position they were never going to lose.

Conor McHugh, Conlaoith McNeill and James Morgan got the first three points of the game, and though the Tyrone men came back with a point from full-forward Ciaran McCrudden, Conor McHugh soon restored the Emmet’s three point cushion. The home team closed the gap to two in the 11th minute when Cathal McErlean pointed, but four in a row from David Kilgore, James Morgan, Conor Bannon and Harry Kilgore gave Cushendun a firm grip of the game by the first half water break.

There was little between the two sides during the second quarter and in fact Eoghan Ruadh cut the gap back to five, but a goal from ‘Loaf’ McNeill and a James Morgan point put the Emmet’s ten ahead by half time. (1-13 to 0-6)

If there were any doubts that the ten point lead wouldn’t be enough they were soon dispelled as the Emmet’s flew from the traps at the start of the second half and three points from Loaf and one from Calum Kilgore stretched that lead to 14 in the first five minutes. From this stage on the only thing in question was the size of the winning margin. Substitute Conrad McDonnell made an immediate impression with four points from play and Calum Ryan grabbed his team’s second goal late in the game to put the seal on an impressive win.

Shamrocks show their strength in depth with big win in Reserve League

Rossa 0-07 Loughgiel 6-16

By Darach O’Mullan

Loughgiel and Rossa met under the scorching sun at Rossa Park on Sunday afternoon in the Senior Reserve League, in a game where the Shamrocks showed the depth of talent in the club.

The match started off in Rossa’s favour as two points were scored by Conor Rocks, but the tide was quickly turned by points by Connall Kerr and Nicholas McNaughton and a superb goal by John Francis Connolly. A slick pass from Michael McGarry to Conall McCloskey sent him in for a second goal and the Shamrock fans didn’t have to wait too long for the third as Nicholas McNaughton fired home to leave the score at the first water break 3-6 to 0-2.

Rossa’s Michael Murray attempted to turn the tide again with a point, but his efforts were cast aside as Paul Boyle scored two consecutive points and Aodhan McFadden followed with another excellent point. Conor Rocks and Aidan Aicken continued to push for Rossa’s resurrection, but young Damian Quinn once more eased Loughgiel further ahead and by half time the Shamrocks were 4-12 to 0-04 clear.

Rossa began the second half with a stronger presence and this amounted to a point by Michael Close. However Rossa’s defence was put under great pressure as Loughgiel’s John Francis Connolly continued to press forward and with Michael McGarry providing great assistance, and victory was consequently cemented by a final two goals delivered by Connolly and McNaughton.

O’Donovan Rossa

  1. Conall Breathnach 2. Aidan Murphy 3. Ben McCauley 4. James Quinn 5. Dylan Magee 6. Gavin McGrath 7. Mark Cunningham 8. Michael Close 9. Conall McParland 10. Michael Murray 11. Conor Rocks 12. Jim Reynolds 13. Adam Aicken 14. Matthew Devlin 15. Daire Matthews 18. Barry Hegarty

Loughgiel

  1. DD Quinn 2. Tiarnan McAlonan 3. Daniel McPeake 4. Conor Henry 5. Christy Dickson 6. Enda Óg McGarry 7. Decky Gillan 8. Paul Boyle 9. Aodhan McFadden 10. Connall Kerr 11. Nicholas McNaughton 12. Damian Quinn 13. Michael McGarry 14. John Francis Connolly 15. Conall McCloskey

Cloney pull away in dominant second half

ACHL Division 2A

Gort na Mona 1-15-5-14 Cloney Gaels

Kevin Herron reports from Enright Park

Top played bottom in Saturday’s Division 2A clash between Gort na Mona and Cloney Gaels and it went the way of the form side with Cloney claiming a 5-14-1-15 win thanks to three second half goals.

A quickfire double from James and PJ O’Connell ensured their side pulled away from a stubborn Gort outfit and despite Desi McClean giving his side renewed hope with a goal in the last ten minutes Eoin Graham thundered home his sides insurance goal.

Cloney were quickest off the mark with points from PJ O’Connell and namesake James.

Conor Healy hit back at the other end for the hosts, but PJ O’Connell confidently pointed from range and Ronan Graham angled the ball between the posts.

Gort closed the deficit to a single point again, following a Desi McClean point and a Mark Rea effort from range.

The opening goal fell to the Ahghill men with ten minutes on the clock, Ronan Graham slipped a pass inside to James O’Connell who finished low to the net.

Eoin Graham added his sides fifth point of the afternoon a superb shot that sailed between the posts.

Gort needed a lift and Desi McClean conjured up three scores on the trot, two of which were angled efforts and the third came from a free after Declan Hughes was fouled and at the first half water-break just two-points separated the sides (1-05-0-06).

The hosts closed the gap further upon the resumption with Declan Hughes splitting the posts from Desi McClean’s pop back. But Ronan Graham responded from range for Clooney.

Parity was restored at Enright Park as Neil Henry picked off a fine score from just inside the Cloney half and Darren Boyd added his first of the afternoon.

Cloney edged back in front following James O’Connell’s converted free and better was to arrive before the break as Ronan Graham gave it to Owen Neeson off the shoulder and Neeson struck to the corner of the net to make it 0-09-2-07.

Gort na Mona replied with a point from Ryan Cahill before the break- but his side trailed by three points at the midway point in proceedings.

Desi McClean notched his fifth of the afternoon and fourth from play to reduce his sides deficit early in the second period.

Cloney almost had their third goal of the game as Ronan Graham bore down on the target and rolled it past Conor McCann- it was frantically hooked off the line and James O’Connell somehow only secured a point from the loose ball that he picked up in front of the empty net.

McClean converted a free at the other end, but the hosts were to be undone by two quickfire Clooney goals.

The first of them arriving on 41 minutes when James O’Connell won possession and turned towards the target before picking his spot low in the corner of the net.

Shortly afterwards Eoin Graham burst forward and offloaded to PJ O’Connell who picked his spot high in the corner of the net- giving Conor McCann no chance.

Ronan Graham added a point in the aftermath with Desi McClean converting a free from range in response.

Further points were traded between Diarmuid Graham and McClean (65’) before Clooney substitute Colla McDonnell made an impact with a nice, angled effort.

4-10-0-14 down Gort na Mona needed quick action if they were going to take anything from the game and they were thrown a lifeline.

Desi McClean somehow missed a gilt-edged chance moments before he found the net after a poor puck-out from Aiden Graham went straight into his path and McClean made no mistake at the second time of asking with a deflected drive into the corner of the net.

Gort’s marksman would bring his tally for the afternoon to 1-09 with a further free that narrowed the margin to five-points with just over five to go.

But any hope of a late resurgence was dashed with a fifth Cloney goal, PJ O’Connell set off towards the target before picking out Eoin Graham for a close-range finish.

Cloney ended the game with three successive points through James O’Connell (free), Eamonn Brady and Colla McDonnell and Gort would finish the game out with 14-men after James Connolly received a second yellow card late-on.

It didn’t have a bearing on the final outcome as Cloney Gaels were home and dry by then and strengthened their position at the summit of Division 2A.

Gort na Mona: C McCann, J Connolly, C Devlin, L Dixon, N Henry (0-01), P McClelland, M Rea (0-01), G McKenna, D Hughes (0-01), R Cahill (0-01), D Boyd (0-01), T O’Cadhlaigh, R Coleman, D McClean (1-09, 0-04f, 0-01 65’), C Healy (0-01). Subs: C Fitzsimons for T O’Cadhlaigh (37), K Campbell for C Healy (39).

Cloney Gaels: A Graham, H O’Donnell, J Magee, D Graham (0-01), F O’Neill, N O’Connell, E Brady (0-01), G Graham, T McGlone, O Neeson (1-00), E Graham (1-01), PJ O’Connell (1-02), R Graham (0-03), D Graham, J O’Connell (2-04, 0-02f). Subs: C McDonnell (0-02) for R Graham (47), D Scullion for O Neeson (52), C Crossey for T McGlone (55), J Logan for PJ O’Connell (58).