Chitty Caulfield is holding a barbeque for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Former Armoy hurler Chitty Caulfield is holding a barbeque this evening at ‘The Hut’ beide his house in Armoy glen to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Chitty has been going through a rough time recently, but the old fighting spirit is still strong and at a time when the rest of us would be feeling sorry for ourselves he has decided to think of others and raise money for these great nurses who have given so much to families throughout the country. If you get a chance this evening call down to the cottages beside Armoy Hurling field this evening between 5pm and 10pm and support a very worthy cause. Glenariffe v Armoy Int final 88 - 160 copyChitty Caulfield is 6th from the left on the back row of this Armoy team from 1988

Gorts ease to victory over Rossa

dohertywoodshavings copyDoherty Woodshavings Antrim Junior Camogie Championship – Preliminary round

Gort Na Mona 4-14  Rossa II 1-05

By Kevin Herron at Enright Park

Gort Na Mona progressed to the quarter-final of the Antrim junior camogie semi-finals after a comfortable 4-14-1-05 victory over Rossa II at Enright Park on Friday evening.

Danielle Hughes scored the first of her sides four goals just before the midway point in the first-half and within four minutes Grainne O’Hare conjured a second.

Rossa’s best spells arrived late in both half’s with Megan Maglinchey scrambling home a consolation goal late with the game well beyond doubt – but Gort Na Mona rubbed salt into the wounds with injury-time strikes from Aoibhin Enright and Fiona McCotter to seal a place in the last eight.

Conditions were less than ideal at a windswept Enright Park and scores were at a premium early on – Niamh Enright saw her third free drift wide of the posts but two minutes later the opening score arrived through Anna McCann at the second attempt to get her shot away.

McCann doubled her tally after Niamh Semple had levelled through a converted free for the visitors – though Gort Na Mona were the ascendancy early on and were 0-04-0-01 ahead within the first twelve minutes.

A neat interchange between Eimear and Niamh Enright saw the later add to McCann’s opening two scores and Enright extended her own personal tally to two with a perfectly converted free.

The opening goal arrived two minutes short of the midway point – Eimear Enright dropped a ball short of the target, however Gort full-forward Danielle Hughes kept the move alive and from a tight angle was able to hook the ball low past Rossa keeper Sophia Ernskine and into the net to give Gort Na Mona a 1-04-0-01 lead.

Eimear Enright and goal scorer Hughes then linked up to play in Aoibhin Enright for her first score of the evening and within a minute the Turf Lodge ladies had a second goal to show for the dominant start to proceedings.

Grainne O’Hare seized possession and burst forward before floating the ball over the reach of Ernskine and into the Rossa net to give her side a 2-05-0-01 lead.

A foul on Danielle Hughes lead to Niamh Enright converting her second free of the half to end her sides first-half scoring – Rossa were in need of some inspiration before the break and two scores arrived before referee Fionntán McCotter brought the first-half to a close.

Meabh Macurdy ended a baron spell of almost twenty minutes without a score – with a little help from the large upright and Niamh Semple converted her second free of the half as Rossa retreated to the dressing room with much work to do in order to salvage the game, trailing 2-06-0-03.

Gort Na Mona increased their lead within sixty seconds of the restart through Anna McCann and three successive frees from Niamh Enright brought her tally for the evening to six and had her side  2-10-0-03 ahead ten minutes into the second period.

Eimear Enright then conjured up an excellent score with a fine shot that sailed between the posts – a third goal was almost in the offering for the Gorts as Anna McCann’s floated pass fell into the palm of Danielle Hughes who was thwarted by a brave block from Ernskine in the Rossa goal.

Niamh Enright continued to punish Rossa from the placed ball with a further converted free at the beginning of the final quarter and after Anna McCann closed down a short clearance – Gort’s number eleven had her fourth point of the evening.

Trailing 2-13-0-03 with little under ten minutes remaining, Rossa were now playing merely for pride – they found their first score in 25 minutes through a Meabh McCurdy point but Gort Na Mona responded with their third goal of the game – as Aoibhin Enright lofted the ball over Ernskine to extend Gort’s lead, 3-13-0-04.

Two minutes from time Rossa secured a consolation goal as Niamh Semple dropped a free into the danger zone and after a scramble in the Gort Na Mona area Megan Maglinchey flicked the ball past Coleen McAvoy and into the Gort net.

Meabh McCurdy hit her sides final score of the evening with a fine point – Anna McCann responded with her final point of the evening on the stroke of full-time but Gort Na Mona weren’t quite finished and claimed their fourth goal in injury-time – McCann saw her shot spilled by Sophia Ernskine and with an empty net at her disposal Fiona McCotter poked home in the game’s final action before her namesake Fionntán sounded the final whistle to bring proceedings to an end.

Gort Na Mona progress to a home quarter-final with Ahoghill next Friday evening and will fancy their chances of progression on their evenings showing.

Gort Na Mona: C McAvoy, N Brown, G Cahill, L McNeil, C Scannell, K Cournane, R Maguire, F McCotter (1-00), N Enright (0-07, 0-06f), A Enright (1-01), A McCann (0-05), E Enright (0-01), G O’Hare (1-00), D Hughes (1-00), C Mulvenna. Subs: M Kearny for C Mulvenna (37 mins), R Healy for E Enright (52 mins), KJ Catney for G O’Hare (54 mins).

Rossa: S Ernskine, C Beatty,N O’Neill, C Loughran, N Semple (0-02f), E Savage, O McMenamin, M Maglinchey (1-00), H Savage, M Macurdy (0-03), O Boyle, E O’Neill, A Cawdwell, MT Fleming. Subs: C Maglinchey for E O’Neill (14 mins), E Shannon for O Boyle (14 mins).

Referee: Fionntán McCotter (Sarsfields)

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Castle come strong in second half

Darragh Coaches Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championsip Quarter-final

Ballyacstle 1-12 Naomh Eoin Belfast 1-7

Ballycastle came from a point down at the break to get on top in the last 20 minutes of this quarter-final at Pairc MacUillan and they maintained their focus until the final whistle to set up a semi-final with holders Loughgiel.

It was Naomh Eoin who opened strongest and two points from Aisling Hawkins and another from Clare Morgan had them three up before Alicia Butler’s excellent solo effort from far out on the right wing eventually got the home side off the mark.

However St John’s looked to be really in control of the tie when Claire Morgan pulled on a loose ball in the 12th minute to register the first goal.

Maeve Lofthouse however responded with three frees before a fine run from Enya McShane broke down on the edge of the square but the under-age star still managed to poke home from the goalmouth scramble and edge the home side ahead for the first time. However the accurate Aisling Hawkins hit back for the visitors and they led by 1-5 to 1-4 at the turn-over.

Caitie McCaughan and Niamh Doherty in the Ballycastle half-back line took control in the second half and the industry of the half forward line of Caitlin Heggarty, Clare Scullion and Enya McShane pinned St John’s into their own half and Alicia Butler added two excellent points before Aisling Hawkins replied for the St John’s and it was 1-6 each.

From then until the end Ballycastle were in control and never looked back after Caitlin Heggarty put them ahead. Maeve Lofthouse quickly added three frees to open up a gap and half-back Niamh Doherty ended a good run with a super point.

Sarah Jane McGuigan pulled back a point for the Johnnies, but Maeve Lofthouse completed the scoring with a late point to put the Town through to a showdown with the holders.

Ballycastle’s top performances came from Alicia Butler and Enya McShane in the forward line with Niamh Doherty and Caitie McCaughan starring in defence.

In a disappointing Naomh Eoin performance, full-back Danielle Clarke was excellent, but only Aisling Hawkins posed any real threat up front.

Ballycastle : Becky Ellis, Bronagh McCaughan, Orla Donnelly, Ciara McKeague, Clodagh Boylan, Caitie McCaughan, Niamh Doherty 90-1), Christina Donnelly, Sarah McKinley, Caitlin Heggarty (0-1), Claire Scullion, Enya McShane (1-0), Alicia Butler (0-3), Ciara McShane, Méabh Lofthouse (0-7, 0-6 frees).

Naomh Eoin : Bridget Byrne, Ceara Carlton, Danielle Clarke, Christina Richmond, Sarah Jane McGuigan (0-1), Emma McErlean, Aideen Quinn, Laura Ferris, Nicole Kane, Aisling Hawkins (0-5, 0-3 frees), Eimear Costelloe, Siantelle Boyd, Claire Morgan (1-1), Hannah McGuigan, Chloe Fox

Referee : Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)

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Bright start sees Brídíní Óga home

Darragh’s Coaches Antrim Intermediate Camogie Quarter-final

Tír na nÓg 2-3 Brídíní Óga 5-14

Report by Seamus McAleenan

For the opening 20 minutes of this quarter-final, Brídíní Óga played excellent camogie, bringing championship intensity from the start and pressing hard with wave after wave of attacks and they built up a 5-7 to 0-0 lead. It looked as if they were going to canter home.

However when Tír na nÓg upped their play from the 20th minute onwards and particularly during the third quarter, the game turned into a closely-fought encounter and the home side matched the visitors – although the early damage suffered meant that they were never going to really threaten the score-board.

Ashling Millar scored the first of her hat-trick of goals in the fourth minute, slipping the sliotar under the diving Ciara Devine. Two Caoimhe Duffin frees and two angled points from Shauna McDonnell helped the Glenravel girls go 1-5 clear before a sweeping move in the 14th minute saw Kirsty Laverty place Millar for goal No 2.

Shauna Kelly added a third goal from a tight angle in the 16th minute, quickly followed by a fourth from Bronagh Laverty. The pick of the game’s five goals however was still to come with a great move up the left wing involving Ellen Hynds and Shauna Kelly. Millar caught the centre and fired to the roof of the net for 5-7 to 0-0 with only 22 minutes gone.Camogie 34

Tír na nÓg’s pride kicked in and they upped their game around the middle of the park, although they only managed to add an Aimee McAtmaney point from a close range free before the break with Bronagh Laverty completing the first half scoring with an injury-time angle point.

Randalstown were first out of the blocks in the second half and Emma Louise McAreavey, always a threat with her pace, picked off a point, quickly followed by one from Aimee McAtamney.

Although Caoimhe Duffin (free) and Torie Edgar responded with points, Hannah Crilly forced home a 38th minute goal for Tír na nÓg. Again Duffin and Kirsty Laverty responded with points before Niamh Martin raised a second green flag for the home side.

That was in the 43rd minute and Glenravel steadied the ship from then until the end adding two further points to claim a semi-final spot on August 27th.

They will play the winner from the Dunloy v Cargin game over the weekend.Camogie 2

Brídíní Óga : Rachael McBride, Lianne Kerr, Laoise McKenna, Sian McNeill, Eimhear McAleenan capt., Ellen Hynds, Joanne McKeown, Kirsten Edgar (0-1), Caoimhe Duffin (0-7 frees), Kirsty Laverty (0-1), Shauna Kelly (1-0), Shauna McDonnell (0-2), Ashling Millar (3-0), Torie Edgar (0-2), Bronagh Laverty (1-1).

Subs : Danielle Scally for S Kelly (50).Camogie 1

Tír na nÓg : Ciara Devine, Carla O’Neill, Áine Mooney, Caitlin Martin, Cameron mcGaughey, Orla O’Neill, Dervla O’Neill, Shauna O’Neill, Caitlin McGaughey, Emily Falloon, Hannah Crilly (1-0), Sandra McMullan, Emma-Louise McAreavey (0-1), Aimee McAtamney (0-2, 0-1 free), Rachel Bonnes.

Subs : Niamh Martin (1-0) for C Martin (HT), Hannah McCamphill for R Bonnes (44), Jennifer McLoughlin for C O’Neill (55).

Referee : Michael Hardy

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