Camogie round-up

SENIOR: DIVISION 2 LEAGUE

Group 1

Brídíní Óga 2-9 Dunloy 3-6

Ahoghill 2-8 Rossa 1-14                    

Group 2

Ballycastle 1-5 Tír na nÓg 1-9

THERE were three competitive enough games in Division 2 on Thursday evening with Brídíní Óga and Dunloy finishing level in Glenravel.

The home side defended strongly in the first half against the breeze and led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break with two scores each from Oonagh Ward and Eimhear McAleenan.

After Eimhear had extended the lead at the start of the second half, Eimear Johnston and Mary Martin broke through from two Dunloy goals inside 30 seconds and they took the game to Brídíní Óga until the second water break.

The home side finished strongly though with a goal from McAleenan and then another from Shauna Morrow looked like bagging the points until Caitlin Crawford buried a late equaliser for the Cúchulainn’s directly from a 30 metres’ free.

The other game in Group One at Ahoghill was keenly contested with the teams level at the break on 1-6 each. Noreen Graham scored the goal for the home side, while Sarah Armstrong was on the mark for Rossa.

Both free-takers, Caitriona Graham and Orlagh McCall, were prominent for their teams over the hour with Eimear Byrne’s three points putting the pressure on the locals.

In the end, despite a second goal from the always threatening Noreen Graham, Rossa pulled away for a three points’ victory.

Meanwhile in Group Two there was only one game with Tír na nÓg picking up a second victory against a Ballycastle team that had beaten Loughgiel last week.

Once again Aoife McGowan was the star for the home side with a string of saves over the hour, but she couldn’t prevent Caitlin McGaughey notching a first half goal that put the Randalstown outfit 1-5 to 0-2 ahead at the break.

A goal from Faye McIntosh midway through the second half breathed life into the McQuillan’s challenge and there was some hope for them at 1-8 to 1-4.

However Tír na nÓg tagged on points from Áine Devlin and Emily Falloon and those eased them over the line for a second win as all the teams head into a crucial week where each plays two games.

Brídíní Óga : Eimhear McAleenan 1-5, 0-3 free, Shauna Morrow 1-0, Oonagh Ward 0-2, Molly Woulahan 0-1, Lianne Kerr, Aimee Traynor 0-1

Dunloy : Caitlin Crawford 1-2, Eimear Johnston 1-0, Mary Martin 1-0, Erin Traynor 0-2,  Lisa McGuckian 0-1, Dearbhail Elliott 0-1

Rossa : Sarah Armstrong 1-1, Orlagh McCall 0-7 (0-5 frees), Eimear Byrne 0-3, Natalie McGuiness 0-2, Grace Shannon 0-1

Ahoghill : Noreen Graham 2-0, Caitriona Graham 0-7, 5 frees, Maura Downey 0-1

Tír na nÓg :  Caitlin McGaughey 1-0, Aine Devlin 0-4, 3 frees, Emily Falloon 0-4, Niamh Martin 0-1

Ballycastle : Faye McIntosh 1-1, Emma Connor 0-2 (1 free) Niamh O’Neill 0-1 (free), Tara O’Neill 0-1

Results from Div 3

SENIOR: DIVISION 3A LEAGUE
Group 1
Rasharkin 2-10 Creggan 3-15

SENIOR: DIVISION 3B LEAGUE
Naomh Éanna 3-11 St Paul’s-Loch Mór 3-11
Gort na Móna 8-13 Davitt’s 0-0
Sarsfield’s 0-3 St John’s 5-15

Sponsor a seat at Corrigan Park

You will no doubt be aware of the exciting and much needed development taking place at Corrigan Park. We have worked to secure significant funding for the project which we believe will be completed by Autumn. There is a shortfall between funding secured and funding required to complete the project. We’ve therefore decided to embark on a fundraising campaign in an effort to bridge the gap, hence the ‘Sponsor a Seat in Corrigan Park’ endeavour. The cost to sponsor a seat is £200. So have a think about it. A number of different payment methods are available including cash, cheque, standing order and via ‘Clubforce’. You may wish to support this venture as a GAA club, an individual, as part of a family or friendship group, a business or other. Let us know in what name you wish your contribution to be acknowledged as the name will be included on our ‘Friends of Naomh Eoin’ plaque. (Some early contributors have asked that the name of a deceased member be used, and this will of course be facilitated). We have prepared a Flyer/Order Form and these are available at the club and also from the following club officials, so feel free to make contact and ask for a form. Thank you sincerely for your consideration…

First half goal blitz sets Cushendall up for shock win

Antrim Camogie League – Division 1

Cushendall 6-08 Dunloy 2-11

A first half goal blitz from the home side had this game won by half time but a second half come back from Dunloy made life that bit more uncomfortable for the Ruairi Og girls. In the end an injury time goal forced home by Sinead Cosgrove and a pointed free from Orlagh O’Hara made the result safe and the two points.

Dunloy came into this game on the back of an impressive win over Ballycastle and for Cushendall it was their first competitive outing of the year but it was the home side who started the more hungry and this was to show in the first five minutes of play.

Three goals and a point were scored by the Ruairi girls as they blew the Dunloy defence apart. Firstly, Dervla Cosgrove raised the green flag then followed by a double by full forward Orlagh O’Hara to made it 0-00 to 3-01 to the home side.

Dunloy got themselves on the score board with a point from a Nicole O’Neill free which she then repeated not long after to give Dunloy two points in a row. However, Cushendall wiped this out with yet another goal on the score board.

A sideline from Dervla Cosgrove was struck brilliantly into the Dunloy box and it managed to end up in the net to leave it 4-01 to 0-02 and Dunloy in serious trouble.

Aine Magill got her teams first point from play with a well worked score wide on the right-hand side of the field but points from Sinead and Dervla Cosgrove sandwiched between another Nicole O’Neill free maintained the home sides comfortable lead.

Dunloy did have chances for goals with Erin Elliott hitting the post and Nicole O’Neill having her shot well saved by Leah Cosgrove in nets to get back into contention but they were not ruthless enough compared to the home side who yet again found their way through for a fifth goal.

Siobhan McKillop fired long into the Dunloy full back line and the ball broke to Amiee McDonnell to fire how low in the net to leave the half time score Cushendall 5-05 Dunloy 0-05.

With the wind at their backs and nothing to lose Dunloy started well with Aileen McManus slotting over a free. This was in turn wiped out by two long range Dervla Cosgrove frees. But unbelievably this would turn out to be their last score for the next 25minutes of the second half as Dunloy turned the game on its head and were on top for the remainder of it.

A pointed free from Nicole O’Neill was followed by a close range shot from corner forward Michaela Elliott and 5 minutes later followed up by a tap in from substitute Erin Traynor.

All of a sudden, the visitors had the bit between their teeth and were sensing they could get back into the game. The water break came at probably a bad time for the visitors as it gave the home side that time to gather themselves back together where their defence would get back winning the dirty ball.

Claire Kearney and full back Brigid Delargy were working hard to break up the visitor’s attacks and earn their side vital frees to relieve the pressure.

Two more points from Nicole made it 5-07 to 2-09 but Dunloy shot wide on goal when the perfect chance fell to them. The home side then got in on goal as Sinead Cosgrove burst through leaving the Dunloy defence forced to pull here down and concede the penalty. Orlagh O’Hara stepped up but her well placed shot was saved on the line by the defenders and the resulting clearance and shot was missed.

Aine Magill and Nicole O’Neill again split the posts to make it 2-11 to 5-07 but this was as close as Dunloy would get as the Cushendall defence held out strong to prevent any more scores. Sinead Cosgrove got a last min goal after Dervla Cosgrove’s free hit the upright and fell kindly in the box where she fired low making no mistake. Orlagh O’Hara wrapped up a fine evening for herself by tapping over a free right on the final whistle making

A fantastic game for the neutral but probably a nightmare for each set of managements as both sides had strong half’s in contrast to their other.

Cushendalls first half blitz of 5-05 should have had them home on a boat but Dunloy outscored them in the second period 2-07 to 0-02 right into injury time where they bagged 1-01 to secure victory. On looking at the stats Dunloy hit 6 wides in the first half and had two goal shots saved whereas Cushendall didn’t miss a single shot they took on the Dunloy goal giving them the foundation for a well-deserved win.

Cushendall

L Cosgrove, A Leech, B Delargy, A McClafferty, C McNaughton, C Kearney, C McKillop, D Cosgrove, S McKillop, L McMullan, S Cosgrove, B Abram, E Leech, O O’Hara, A McDonnell

Dunloy

A Scott, E McMullan, C Drain, C McGuckian, D Magill, C Conlon, K Laverty, A McManus, C Molloy, A Magill, N O’Neill, S McIlhatton, M Martin, E Elliott, M Elliott

Unstopable Shamrocks power home in style

McQuillan’s Ballycastle 1-07 Loughgiel Shamrocks 8-14

Another emphatic win by Loughgiel camogs on Tuesday night served fresh warning, if warning was needed the Shamrocks are still out on their own in Antrim Camogie. They once again amassed a highly impressive total as their forward division turned on the style at Pairc MacUílín with Roisin McCormick hitting 4-7 and Caitrin Dobbin 2-3.

Ballycastle started the night off well with Aine Donnelly pointing in the second minute, quickly followed by Caoimhe Wright. Their defence started off very strong and it took until the 6th minute before Loughgiel broke through for their first attack, but Roisin McCormick’s shot went to the wrong side of the post. From the puc-out Maeve Connolly won the ball and simple ball to Roisin McCormick was placed between the upright to give Loughgiel their opening score.

The first goal of the night came moments later as McCormick solo ran towards goal but was denied by Aoife McGowan on her first attempt, a goal mouth scramble occurred with Roisin able to get the final touch to force the ball over the line.

Caitrin Dobbin and Christine Laverty were on hand shortly after wards to score goals and points in quick succession for the Shamrocks.

Ballycastle carried the ball up the field to make another attack themselves but Aine Donnelly was unlucky this time around has her shot goes to the wrong side of the post. Niamh O’Neill got her name on the score sheet with a well-taken point as she got out in front of Chloe Higgins to win the ball just before the water break.

From the restart Emma McMullan doubled on an aerial ball sending it into Christine Laverty in the corner who finished with a hand pass to the net. Ballycastle responded well with Cliodhna Donnelly pouncing on a poor clearance by the Loughgiel defence, she looked up and found her twin sister Aine in space for a simple score to add to her earlier point.

The half finished with a floury of scores, two points for Caitrin Dobbin, and well-taken 21meter free by Niamh Donnelly gave Ballycastle their only green flag of the night.  But too long range frees from Roisin McCormick slipped under the cross bar and gave Loughgiel a good cushion at the break with a half time score of Loughgiel 5-05 to Ballycastle 1-04.

The second half continued much the same as the first half ended with the Shamrocks really finding their stride and Ballycastle struggling to break through the defence.  Roisin McCormick tried to run through the Ballycastle defence but fantastic defending by Niamh Donnelly didn’t allow Roisin to get a shot away. Lucia McNaughton played a good cross field ball into Laverty in the corner, who composed herself well and good defending by Catherine McShane kept Laverty in the corner and didn’t let her passed. Unfortunately for Ballycastle Laverty seen the in running Lucia McNaughton and an inch perfect pass allowed Lucia to point with ease.

Loughgiel continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with points from Roisin McCormick and Katie Lynn. Caoimhe Wright responded for Ballycastle with a point from the dead ball after being fouled herself, but Loughgiel responded with a goal either side of the water break. The first one came from Caitrin Dobbin from a tight angle as she ran along the end line and the second from Ciara Laverty who tried for a point with her shot dropping just below the cross bar. However Ballycastle never gave up and finished the game with the last two scores both coming from Caoimhe Wright.

McQuillan’s Ballycastle

Aoife McGowan, Niamh Ann Donnelly, Catherine McShane, Bronagh McCaughan, Kathryn Donnelly, Niamh Donnelly (1-0f), Enya McShane, Cliodhna Donnelly, Emma Laverty, Tara O’Neill, Caoimhe Wright (0-4 3f), Aine Donnelly (0-2), Nuala Devlin, Niamh O’Neill (0-1), Riana McBride Subs; Meabh O’Neill for Kathryn Donnelly (HT), Aoife Toner for Niamh O’Neill (44mins), Maria Bakewell for Cliodhna Donnelly (44mins) and Caitlin Hegarty for Aine Donnelly (50mins)

Loughgiel Shamrocks

Megan Coyle, Megan McGarry, Chloe Higgins, Clare McKillop, Emma McFadden, Maeve Connolly, Shauna Devlin, Amy Boyle, Lucia McNaughton (0-1), Roisin McCormick (4-6 2-1f), Emma McMullan, Katie Lynn (0-2), Caitrin Dobbin (2-3), Christine Laverty (1-2), Anna Connolly Subs; Katie McKillop for Emma McFadden (46mins), Ciara Laverty (1-0) for Anna Connolly (46mins), Ciara Boyle for Shauna Devlin (51mins) and Orlagh Laverty for Christine Laverty (51mins)

This week’s senior camogie fixtures

Tuesday 28th July
SENIOR: DIVISION 1 LEAGUE
Cushendall v Dunloy
Ballycastle v Loughgiel

Wedensday 29th July
SENIOR: DIVISION 2 LEAGUE
Group 2
Cargin v Loughgiel

Thursday 30th July
SENIOR: DIVISION 2 LEAGUE
Group 1
Brídíní Óga v Dunloy 2
Ahoghill v Rossa

Group 2
Ballycastle 2 v Tír na nÓg

SENIOR: DIVISION 3A LEAGUE
Group 1
Rasharkin v Creggan
Group 2
Loughgiel v Armoy

SENIOR: DIVISION 3B LEAGUE
Thursday 30th July
Naomh Éanna v St Paul’s-Loch Mór
Gort na Móna v Davitt’s
Sarsfield’s v St John’s