Saffron Aid trolley dash at Sainsbury’s in the Kennedy Centre aids SVP

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Sainsbury’s in the Kennedy Centre Belfast was the venue for tonight’s Saffron Aid Trolly Dash which raised funds for the St Vincent de Paul charity. County footballer Donal Nugent, county hurler Conor McCann and county camog Nuala McQuillan were joined by players from St James, Aldergrove, Sarsfields, St Teresa’s, MacUilins, Oisins and Ruairi Og as they filled their trolleys with items from the toy isles, with Sainsbury’s generously picking up the tab. Our picture above includes Kennedy Centre manager John Jones, Antrim PRO Sean Kelly, Archie Kinney, SVP Regional Vice President, Eamon from Quarter Accountants (who donated to the fund), Aldergrove GAC chairman Paul McCarthy and Sinead Steele of St Enda’s.

Antrim draw Fermanagh in new Ulster Minor Football Championship format

IMG_0739 copyUlster Minor Football (Under 17) Championship 2018

The draw for the minor football championship at under-17 was made by Comhairle Uladh last week and Antrim are to face the challenge of Fermanagh in the opening round.

The Saffron’s may well be at ease with their opening round draw which is in a home setting with ground advantage in favour.

Tyrone secured the initial under-17 title both at provincial and national level will travel across to Donegal in the first round in what looks a tricky assignment

The competition will proceed on April 21st with the preliminary round game involving Derry and Monaghan with the quarter finals on the following week-end.

The minor championship will proceed on the under-17 format on the National stage in future to replace the old under-18 system, with a new under-20 age group, replacing under-21, set to accompany the senior competition through the provincial, and on to the All Ireland final stage.

The full draw as follows;

Sat 21st April

Doire v Muineachan (a) preliminary round

Sat 28th April

Aontroim v Fear Manach (b)

Dun Na nGall v Tir Eoghan (c)

An Dun v Ard Mhacha (d)

An Cabhan v Doire/Muineachan (e)

St Comgall’s GAC awards night

Pics by Dave Pettard 

Left – Sean Taggart presents Tom Patchett with the U16 Player of the Year award.          Right – Eoin McLaughlin receives the Most Improved Minor Player award from Peter McAuley.

LEFT – Peter McAuley presents Tom Patchett with the Minor Players Player of the Year award. RIGHT – Rory McLarnon receivesthe Minor Player of the Year award.

LEFT – Amanda Leahy picks up an award at the St Comgall’s dinner. RIGHT – Siobhan McQuillen is presented with the Ladies Player of the Year award by James McLornan,St Comgall's - 7St Comgall’s PP Fr. Sean Emerson presents James and Jenny McLornan with the Club Person of the Year award.

LEFT – Colm Logue receives the Senior Reserves Most Improved Player award from Joe McCavana. RIGHT – Joe McCavana presents Arron McGaw with the Senior Reserves Player of the Year award.

LEFT – Antrim County chairman Collie Donnelly presents Patrick Quinn and Conor McAuley with the Seniors Players Player of the Year. RIGHT – Antrim County Chairman Collie Donnelly presents the Senior Footballer of the Year award to Peter McAuley

LEFT – Club photographer Eelco Westerhuis receives the Chairman’s Award for services to the club from Paddy Quinn. RIGHT – St Comgall’s GAC chairman Paddy Quinn with guests of honour, county chairman Collie Donnelly (left) and Fr Sean Emerson PP at the club’s annual awards dinner. St Comgall's - 13Picking up awards at the St Comgall’s GAC dinner at the White River Hotel, Toome

St James Aldergrove GAC awards night

Pics by Dave Pettard

Antrim Minor B championship winning team at the Aldergrove GAC dinner                        Ladies Intermediate Champions and league winners at the club’s annual award night

Top left – Clare Gough (right) who received the Aldergrove GAC Club Person of the Year award is seen here with Pauline Graham.                                                                                         Top right – Jay O’Hare and Cormac McGarry who were U12 Most Improved Player of the Year and Player of the Year                                                                                                          Bottom – Conleith O’Toole who was voted Under14 Player of the Year.

L-R – Corey Fogerty who received the U16 Player of the Year award, Katie Rafferty who received the Minor Girls Player of the Year and

Left – Amy McCarthy and Nicole Jones shared the Players Player of the Year award.    Right – Emma McArt who received the Young Club Person of the Year award

L-R – Ciara O’Neill received the Senior Ladies Most Improved Player of the Year, Declan Gough received the Ciaran Heffron Trophy for the the most improved juvenile Player of the Year while Stephen Gorman received the Players Player of the Year award.

Left – Roise Maguire received the U8 most improved award while Zara McGlinchey received the U8 endeavour award.                                                                                                  Right – Aine Kelly who received the U12 player of the year award and Grace O’Neill who received the U12 most improved player of the year.

Aldergrove GAC dinner 21Finn McGuickin, Odhran Maguire, Finntann Muldoon, Lonan Magee, Ruban McGlinchey and Cormac Morris with the awards they received at the Aldergrove GAC dinner.

Rossa storm into U-21 decider with twelve to spare

7Eoghan McMenamin wheels away in celebration after scoring the Rossa goal in their U21 semi-final win over Rossa at Woodlands. Pic by John McIlwaine

Rossa 1-20-0-11 St Brigids

By Kevin Herron at Woodlands

Rossa cruised into the Antrim U-21 football final with twelve points to spare after a dominant second-half display saw the Shaws Road side run out 1-20-0-11 winners over St Brigids at Woodlands this afternoon.

Just two-points separated the sides at the interval as St Brigids were proving more than a match for a much fancied Rossa side, the second period was one way traffic however as Rossa outscored St Brigids 0-13-0-03 to set up an all Belfast affair with Lámh Dhearg in the final.

Rossa were quickest out to the traps and took the lead through a converted James Connolly free, though Ruairi Brolly did likewise at the other end to level the scores.

A second placed ball from Brolly edged St Brigids ahead for the first time on seven minutes and Peter Webb popped the ball over the bar a minute later to give the Musgrave Park side a 0-03-0-01 lead.

Dominic McEnhill combined with Deaglan Murphy to cut the deficit, but St Brigids restored their two point lead on twelve minutes after Conor O’Doherty offloaded the ball to Brolly who kicked his third point of the afternoon.

St Brigids extended their lead as Brolly turned provider for an Ethan Carleton point but the game was level on 18 minutes as Eoghan McMenamin led the St Brigids defence a merry dance before powerfully driving the ball past Kevin McGovern to make it 1-02-0-05.

James Connolly converted a free within a minute to give Rossa the advantage for the first time since the fifth minute, but immediately St Brigids were on parity as Ruairi Brolly’s effort struck the outside of the large post and Conor O’Doherty turned the loose ball over the bar.

St Brigids soon opened up a two-point lead for the second time in the half, Peter Webb converted a free and Ruairi Brolly claimed his fourth point of the afternoon after a neat interchange with Alex Lavery to give his side a 1-03-0-08 lead.

Brolly’s score was to be the last for his side in the opening half as Rossa ended the first-period stronger, Pody McParland and Deaglan Murphy struck twice within a minute to draw the Shaws Road side level.

Gavin McGrath then kicked his side into the lead for the third time in the half on 26 minutes and a minute into injury-time James Connolly converted his third free as Rossa took a slender 1-07-0-08 lead in at the break.

It took four minutes of the second period for the opening score to arrive through Ethan Carleton, who conjured his second score of the afternoon from a tight angle. Eoghan McMenamin hit back at the other end and Dominic McEnhill converted a free to stretch Rossa’s lead to three.

Ruairi Brolly cut the margin to two after referee Colm McDonald allowed the corner-forward an advantage after an infringement in the build-up.

Eleven minutes into the second period, McDonald signalled for a Rossa penalty after a foul on Eoghan McMenamin.

Pody McParland took responsibility, but watched in frustration as Kevin McGovern guessed correctly and leapt upon the loose ball in the aftermath of his save.

Gerard Walsh converted a 45’ to put a goal between the sides and Rossa edged four ahead after Deaglan Murphy combined with McParland.

Murphy himself was on the score sheet a minute later to give his side a 1-12-0-10 lead, though Peter Webb converted a free after Peter Henvey was dragged to ground.

With 46 minutes on the clock that was to be St Brigids last score as Rossa hit eight unanswered points in the final quarter.

Pody McParland made space and fired over his third point of the afternoon and Deaglan Murphy and Dominic McEnhill (free) stretched the lead to eight.

The Shaws Road side emptied their bench late on but claimed a further four scores before the afternoon was out.

Eoghan McMenamin hit a fabulous score to bring his personal tally to 1-02 before free-takers James Connolly and Dominic McEnhill hit their first points from play.

St. Marys CBGS duo McMenamin and McEnhill (free) completed a routine afternoon’s work for Rossa who emphatically claimed their spot in the U-21 decider.

Rossa: M Byrne, J Morris, C McEwan, J Cooley, G McGrath (0-01), N Crossan, T Murphy , E McMenamin (1-03), G Walsh (0-01), D Grego, P McParland (0-03), M McGreevy, D Murphy (0-04), J Connolly (0-04,0-03f), D McEnhill (0-04,0-03f). Subs: C Shannon for J Cooley (36 mins), C McGettigan for D Grego (58 mins), C Walsh for D Murphy (60 mins), M Smith for M McGreevy (61 mins), M Mc for J Morris (61 mins).

St Brigids: K McGovern, B Austin, F McKernan, P King, D McGarvey, C King, O Boyle, S Boyle, M Cummings, C O’Doherty (0-01), J Smith, P Webb (0-03,0-02f), R Brolly (0-05, 0-02f), A Lavery, E Carlton (0-02). Subs: R Smyth for A Lavery (40 mins), P Lennon for F McKernan (46 mins), P Lavery for E Carleton (59 mins).

Referee: Colm McDonald (St Galls)