Focused Derry dump Antrim out of championship



Bridget Delargy, Antrim gets out in front of Anna Cassidy Derry to win possession during the NWP Ulster Championship Cup semi-final in Ahoghill today

NWP Ulster Under 16 Championship Cup semi-final

Antrim 2-3 Derry 3-7

DERRY arrived in Ahoghill for this NWP Ulster Under 16 Championship Cup semi-final with a much more sharpened focus and that was evident from the first attack that resulted in a pointed free for the dangerous Roisin Gallagher.

Gallagher’s early promptings forced a series of changes from Antrim with midfielder Bronagh Laverty moved back to pick up the Bellaghy ace. While Laverty did well on her, Gallagher eventually broke through in the 47th minute for a goal to put her team in charge of the game.

Even though Aimee Traynor replied with an Antrim goal, it was their only score of the half and Derry eased over the line and into the final.

In many ways it was a strange game – a goal for either side ruled out, only two pointed frees from Gallagher after 15 minutes of intensive play that created a number of openings, especially for Derry. But Derry always looked the more accomplished team and they deserved their victory.

The whole Oak Leaf defence was very strong and Antrim did not get too many chances over the hour, while up front Gallagher had great support from Bronagh McCullough, Caitriona Toner and sub Aoife Doyle.

Antrim’s defence did well, having to deal with more pressure than their opponents, but they only looked capable of winning the game during the second quarter after Bridget Delargy picked up a mishit free from Katie Laverty and found the Derry net.

Antrim then hit three points in three minutes soon after to go 1-3 to 0-2 ahead and Derry badly needed a point from sub Doyle right on half-time.


However the Saffrons couldn’t push on after the break, a 34th minute goal from a narrow angle by Bronagh McCullough, followed quickly by a Toner point, edging Derry ahead.

But they didn’t press home their advantage until Gallagher’s goal at the start of the final quarter. After Aimee Traynor responded with a goal, Gallagher fired over a free right on the side-line and Caitriona Toner pointed for a second time before threading an excellent pass through to Aoife Doyle for Derry’s crucial third goal.

Derry, A Ní Lochlainn, S McGrath, S Scullion, C Ní Mhianáin, R Downey, L Scullion, T McErlain, A Cassidy, L McBride, B McCullough (1-1), R Gallagher capt (1-3, 0-3 frees), C White, C Toner (0-2), R Loughlin, S Kelly.

Subs : A Doyle (1-1) for C White (21), M Mullan for L McBride (55)

Antrim : N Donnelly, A McNeill, E McShane, N Martin, M Mulholland, E McMullan, M Henry, M McKillen capt, B Laverty, C Hegarty, K Laverty, S McDonnell, A Traynor (1-1), B Delargy (1-1), A Lynn (0-1).

Sub : C O’Neill for C Hegarty (34)

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McKillion and Dougan are Poc Fada champions

31Daniel Black of Shane O’Neill’s who represented Antrim in the Poc Fada

Tyrone’s Paddy McKillion won Thursday evening’s Ulster Poc Fada which this year was hosted by Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm. McKillian, who plays his club hurling in the Antrim leagues with Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh covered the course on Gowkstown Hill in 21 pocs, four less than his nearest rival Ruairi McCrickard of Down. Alan Grant of Derry was third with Antrim’s Daniel Black, from the host club, was fourth.

Louise Dougan of Slaughtneil and Derry won the ladies section as she went round in 32 pocs, one less than Antrim and Loughgiel’s Roisin McCormick.34Roisin McCormick who was runner-up in the ladies Poc Fada. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine

The Under 16 boys section was won by Oisin Marley of Setanta Hurling Club, Donegal who went around in 28 pocs, just ahead of Down’s Eoin Pucci who also went around in 28, Marley’s final poc crossing the finish line by 28 metres more than Pucci’s. Aidan Scullion from the host club Glenarm was third in 30 pocs.

In the Under 16 Girls section Emma Donnelly of Tyrone took the top prize  ahead of her namesake Naimh Donnelly of Bridini Oga and Antrim.

After the event Ulster GAA vice-president Oliver Galligan, and Ulster Camogie chairperson Jennifer Cultra presented the awards.

Overall a great competition and credit must go to the Glenarm club for their excellent organisation.

Aidan Scullion of Glenarm and Naimh Donnelly of Bridini Oga

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Pics by Dylan and John McIlwaine

Five goal Millar gives Bridini Oga their second league win

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Portglenone 3-9 Bridini Oga 3-9

Bridini Oga picked up their second win in Division 1 of the Antrim Camogie League on Tuesday night when they travelled to Portglenone and beat the home side by 6-9 to 3-9.

The Glenravel girls started well when right from the throw-in Kirsten Edgar won the ball and played a great pass through to Ashling Millar who ran in and fired to the net. Katie McAleese responded with a point from play for Portglenone but Kirsty Laverty cancelled that with a great point and the Ward cousins bagged two more goals.
At the other end Jane Carey got in for a goal, but again Ashling Millar was on the ball and burying it in the net – three goals from the corner-forward and just 13 minutes played. The visitors were 4-1 to 1-1 in the lead and playing very well throughout the pitch.
The visitors tempo dropped a little and the home team hit back as Jane Carey scored 1-2 and Katie McAleese another point before Bridini Oga got going again with 1-2 in the final five minutes of the half, with Millar was the goal-scorer yet again.
Half-time : Portglenone 2-4 Brídíní Óga 5-3
Oonagh Ward burst her way through for a point and then Kirsty Lavery shot one of the scores of the day off her left as the second half got underway. Portglenone looked like getting going again, but Laoise McKenna cut out a dangerous run from Katie McAleese and she found Sian McNeill who in turn found Shauna Kelly down the left wing. Kelly cut in and found Ashling Millar with a hand-passed goal, number 5 for the corner-forward and Bridini Oga were now 6-6 to 2-5 ahead.
Portglenone rallied during the last ten minutes but though they grabbed another goal and three points, they had too much ground to make up.

Brídíní Óga : Rachael McBride, Lianne Kerr, Beth McAuley, Sian McNeill, Eimhear McAleenan capt., Ellen Hynds, Kirsten Edgar, Caoimhe McAleenan 0-3 frees, Laoise McKenna, Torie Edgar 0-1, Shauna Kelly, Kirsty Laverty 0-3, Ashling Millar 5-1, Oonagh Ward 1-1, Shauna McDonnell.
Subs : Úna McAleenan for S McD, Caroline McFadden for Lianna, Dara Martin, Sabrina Speirs, Jade Bradley, Lauren Edgar, Justine O’Hagan, Megan McKillop.
Portglenone : Jane Carey 2-2, Katie McAleese 1-5, 1-2 frees, Siobhan Doherty 0-1, Niamh McKee 0-1

Glenarm host the Ulster Poc Fada

Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm will host The Ulster Poc Fada 2018  on Thursday 21st June in Feystown. The Glenarm club have hosted the Antrim event for the past three years, and it is great to see Terence Mulvenna and his team of volunteers being rewarded with hosting the provincial event for the first time.

15Antrim are represnted by Daniel Black from the host club who won the mens event at the Antrim finals and Roisin McCormick of Loughgiel Shamrocks, last years Ulster Under 16 winner, who won the ladies event this year. In the Under 16 Boys Shane O’Neill’s are again represented, this time by Aidan Scullion while Naimh Donnelly of Bridini Oga competes for her county in the Under 16 girls section.

Registration for participants is at 7pm before heading onto the course at 7:15pm

There are 4 categories:

  • Senior Mens,
  • Senior Ladies,
  • U16 Boys,
  • U16 Girls.

Ulster GAA will provide an Ulster Medal and £50 O’Neills gift voucher for the winners of all four Categories

All Senior Hurling County Winners will receive one stand ticket to either All Ireland hurling Semi Final, of their choice, taking place in Croke Park on July 28th & 29th.  provided the winner participates in their Provincial Competition.

All Senior Camogie County Winners will receive tickets to either All Ireland Camogie Final.

The Provincial winners will progress to the  All Ireland Poc Fada will take place on Saturday 4th August on the Cooley Mountain,  Annavern, Ravensdale, Louth, Ireland

Experience a telling factor as Dunloy do the double over Bridini Oga

All County Camogie League – Division 1

Dunloy            4-10     Brídíní Óga                 2-11

By Seamus McAleenan

The reverse of this fixture was the opening game of the season and turned out to be a very competitive hour’s camogie in Glenravel. Tuesday evening’s return fixture lacked perhaps the closeness of scoring from the first encounter, but the result was in doubt right until the last few minutes when Ashling Millar’s fiercely struck shot was turned away by Dunloy Lisa McAllister and out for a 45.

In the end Dunloy had perhaps that little bit more experience which led to composure on the ball and delivered scores to put them in control of the game, but there was no doubting the intensity of the challenge from Brídíní Óga who look to have found their feet again at this level after a couple of disappointing score-lines.

Caoimhe Conlon was a huge presence at centre-half back for Dunloy, as was Aileen McManus at centre-forward, although Bridini Oga’s young centre forward Ellen Hynds gave her a great run for her money. Meanwhile at other times there were glimpses of class from Dearbhail and Erin Elliott, Sinéad Martin, Chloe Drain and Katherine Boyle.

For the visitors Kirsty Laverty, Laoise McKenna, Ellen Hynds and Caoimhe McAleenan all worked hard, but it was more a collective effort from the Glenravel outfit.

Although Caoimhe McAleenan pointed an early free, a move down the left wing opened up Brídíní Óga and Chloe Drain placed Dearbhail Elliott for the opening goal in the 7th minute. At the other end Brónagh Laverty finished to the net, but the whistle had gone and a penalty was awarded. Caoimhe McAleenan took it, and though her effort was saved, Ashling Millar was on hand to sweep home the re-bound.

Play switched again and Eilish Kearns finished to the net from close range in the 9th minute but again there was a response from the Glenravel girls with points from Laoise McKenna and a long free from McAleenan to bring things level at 1-4 to 2-1.

It remained level, or with Dunloy a point ahead, until Chloe Drain fired home goals in the 19th and 24th minutes to put the home side in the driving seat. However just before the break, Bronagh Laverty won a 20m free which Torie Edgar struck low and again Ashling Millar forced the rebound into the net. Half-time 2-7 to 4-4.

The game settled after the break, with fewer openings in front of goal for either team, although Lisa McAllister and Jessica Rush did very well to clear danger on a couple of occasions and Rachael McBride made some great clearances for Glenravel.

The teams traded points for a period, although that little bit more experience of Dunloy saw them stretch to beyond three points with a couple of great scores from Dearbhail Elliott and attacking defender Katherine Boyle. Those made the result safe, despite some late pressure from the visitors.

Brídíní Óga : Rachael McBride, Lianne Kerr, Bern Convery, Sian McNeill, Eimhear McAleenan capt., Ellen Hynds, Beth McAuley, Caoimhe McAleenan 0-8, 0-7 frees, Laoise McKenna 0-1, Torie Edgar 0-1, Shauna Kelly, Kirsty Laverty 0-1, Ashling Millar 2-0, Oonagh Ward, Brónagh Laverty.

Subs : Úna McAleenan for Beth, Leona Traynor for Sian, Dara Martin for Oonagh, Aimee Traynor for Ashling, Sabrina Speirs for Torie, Caroline McFadden, Jade Bradley, Lauren Edgar.

Dunloy : Lisa McAllister, Katherine Mullan, Jessica Rush, Katherine Boyle 0-1, Clare McGuckian, Caoimhe Conlon capt., Leanne Reid, Sinéad Martin, Erin Elliott 0-1, Eilish Kearns 1-0, Aileen McManus 0-4, 0-3 frees, Caitlin Crawford 1-1, Erin Traynor, Chloe Drain 3-1, Dearbhail Elliott 1-2.

Subs : Annie Laverty for E Traynor, Noelle Martin for L Reid, Siofra O’Mullan for C McGuckian

Referee : John McHenry (Ballycastle)