St Pat’s Maghera and Loreto Coleraine take the Colleges Camogie Sevens titles

On Monday the FMC Appliances Ulster Sevens took place in Geraldine’s Camogie Club, Portglenone with St Patrick’s Maghera continuing their dominance of schools’ camogie by retaining the Cup.

Maghera topped the group after the round-robin group stages that included the three north Antrim schools, St Louis Ballymena, St Killian’s Garron Tower and Cross and Passion Ballycastle.

St Killian’s had lost the group game to Maghera 1-2 to 1-0 and victory in their final match over St Louis saw them take on the holders in the decider.

Brendan Cochrane from event sponsors FMC Appliances presents the Ulster Schools Camogie Sevens Cup to Orlaith Johnston from Cargin, captain of St Pat’s Maghera after their win over St Killian’s College Garron Tower in Monday tournament in Portglenone.

It was a game that ebbed and flowed with a first half goal from Emma Quinn the difference at the break.

St Killian’s had chances of scores during the second half, but only Eva McNeill could take a goal from one that came her way while at the other end a goal from Aoife McWilliams kept Maghera at a safe distance.

At the same venue, four more schools took part in the PMC Appliances Shield competition. Although there was little between any of the schools through the group stages, single points wins for Our Lady & St Patrick’s Knock over Loreto Coleraine and St Mary’s Magherafelt left them needing just a draw against St Conor’s to make the decider.

They managed to get a 2-4 to 1-1 victory and that meant that the winner from St Mary’s v Loreto would provide the second finalists.

Brendan Cochrane of event sponsors FMC Appliances Dunloy with Loreto College Coleraine who were winners of Monday’s Ulster Schools Camogie Sevens Shield competition in Portglenone. Included is team Coach Aileen McManus.

That game was very cagey with a goal from Dunloy’s Kerrie-Rose Draine putting Loreto ahead. St Mary’s hit back with a point from a free but could not add to it and the Coleraine side went through to meet Knock.

The final also proved very cagey with Knock ahead by 0-2 to 0-1 at the break with scores from Caoimhe Dorrian and Sarah Monan. Loreto hit two quick points from Kerrie-Rose Draineand Tess Mullan on the re-start. However Knock came back with a late point from captain Katie Quinn to force extra time.

Cara Mooney grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in extra time with two quick goals and followed those up with a point on the break near the end to take Loreto one better than 12 months ago when they lost the decider narrowly to St Killian’s Garron Tower.

At the close Brendan Cochrane, representing sponsors FMC Appliances Dunloy presented the Cup to Maghera captain Orla Johnstone and the Shield to Loreto captain Isabella O’Kane.

Both schools now go through to represent Ulster in the All-Ireland series in Dunganey, Co Meath on Wednesday 18th October.

Beaten A finalists St Killian’s

FMC Appliances Cup final teams:

St Patrick’s: Orlaith Johnston capt., Ellie Griffin, Brannagh Brolly,Lucy McKaigue, Mary Therese McCullagh (0-1), Aoife McWilliams (1-0), Emma Quinn (1-1), Aoibh Mulholland, Orla McCartney, Eimhear Conway, Anna McFaul, Catherine McKenna 

St Killian’s: Amy McAlister, Maeve McAlister, Emer McCann, Leona Gillan, Rhianna McAuley, Anna O’Kane, Eva McNeill (1-1), Eimear Ward, Kiera McLaughlin, Sorcha Carey, Laoise McCollum, Erin McNaughton 

FMC Appliances Shield final teams:

Loreto: Kerrie-Rose Draine 0-1, Briana Ferguson, Kyra Stockman, Jenny McNeill, Tess Mullan 0-1, Treasa Passmore, Cliodhna Boylan, Emer Munro, Isabella O’Kane, Dubhla Mullan, Molly Mullan, Cara Mooney 2-2

OL&SP Knock: Aodhain Birt, Eabha Marie Watson, Lily Collins, Meghan McDermott, Mollie Lennon, Sarah Monan 0-1, Katie Quinn capt 0-1, Eabha Murray, Eimear Kelly, Caoimhe Dorrian 0-1, Caitlin Fay, Olivia Bell

Wins for Dunloy and Cushendall in Senior Camogie round robin

Travel Ireland Coaches Antrim Senior Camogie Championship

Dunloy 2-12 Ballycastle 2-11 at Pearse Park

DUNLOY picked up their second win of the week in the Travel Ireland Coaches Antrim senior championship with two late frees seeing them over the line against Ballycastle on Sunday evening.

The McQuillan’s got the perfect start with a goal from Samantha McKillen after just three minutes. That score spurred Ballycastle on and they led by 1-3 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter.

However goals from Áine Magill and Cassie McArthur drove Dunloy on to a lead of 2-8 to 2-5 at the break, Fionnuala Kelly pulling Ballycastle back into the game with a goal after 25 minutes.

Points from Sionainn Graham and Niamh Cosgrove edged Ballycastle closer as the second half developed and a long range free from Cosgrove levelled the game at 2-10 each with seven minutes to go.

However Katie Molloy hit the next two points from frees to edge Dunloy ahead. Niamh Cosgrove fired over from distance and had a chance at the death with another free close to the sideline, but this time her effort tailed wide.

Dunloy: Á Magill 1-2, C McArthur 1-1, K Molloy 0-5 frees, E Johnston 0-2, C Molloy 0-1, Bronach Magill 0-1

Ballycastle: S McKillen 1-1, F Kelly 1-0, N Cosgrove 0-5 frees, S Graham 0-4, 2 frees, J McIntosh 0-1.

Brídíní Óga Glenravel 3-4 Cushendall 3-21 at Fr Maginn Park

In the earlier game, Ashling Millar hit the net twice inside the opening ten minutes to give Brídíní Óga a shock lead in Glenravel. However a penalty strike from Brogan Abram two minutes later levelled the game and Cushendall went on to lead by 1-11 to 2-1 at the break.

They put the game to bed in the first five minutes of the second half with five quick points and a goal from Orla O’Hara. Molly Wolouhan pulled a goal back but a second O’Hara goal in injury time gave Cushendall their second victory ahead of their clash this weekend with Dunloy on Saturday afternoon.

Ruairí Óg: O O’Hara 2-4, B Abram 1-1, 1-0 pen, D Cosgrove 0-8 frees, C O’Boyle 0-3, S McKillop 0-3, O McAllister 0-1, O McCurry 0-1, K McNeill 0-1

Brídíní Óga: A Millar 2-0, M Woulahan 1-0, E McAleenan 0-2, 1 frees, C Duffin 0-1, S Fyfe 0-1

Dunloy too strong for Brídíní Óga

Antrim Senior Camogie Championship

Dunloy 5-17 Brídíní Oga Glenravel 1-8

Last years’ county championship runners-up Dunloy proved too strong for Glenravel when the sides met in the league section of this 2023 championship in Ballymena on Tuesday evening. The Cuchullains were on top from the start and goals from Aine Magill and Katie Molloy saw them rush to a 2-9 to 0-4 lead by half time. Three of the points came from Cassie McArthur, while Eimear McAleenan got three of the four Glenravel points.

The second half say the Dunloy girls push on as the ever dangerous Aine Magill got two more goals while Cassie McArthur got one. Sarah Fyfe got a consolation goal for Brídíní Óga and Eimhear McAleenan kept picking off the points from frees.

Dunloy scorers

Cassie McArthur 1-8

Áine Magill 3-1

Katie Molloy 1-3

Erin Elliott 0-2

Bronach Magill 0-1

Sarah McIlhatton 0-1

Eimear Johnston 0-1           

Bridini Óga scorers

Eimhear McAleenan 0-6 frees

Sarah Fyfe 1-0

Orlaith Gould 0-2

First half goals pave the way for Rasharkin victory

Junior Camogie Championship quarter-final

Rasharkin 3-8 (17)  Loughgiel 3-3 (12)

Goals from Ciara O’Boyle in the 21st minute and another from Jade Henry from a well struck ‘45’ that sailed all the way to the Loughgiel net just before half time, put Rasharkin in a strong position when they led the visitors 2-2 to 0-2 at the half way stage in this Junior Camogie quarter-final.

In difficult conditions at Dreen on Sunday both sets of players deserve tremendous credit for the fare they served up to a packed crowd that attended and despite three second half goals from the Shamrocks, the home side pushed on for a deserved victory.

Both Loughgiel’s opening half points came from Johanna McKeown frees and the visitors looked in deep trouble when Eimear Henry fired home a third goal for the Dreen side in ther 4th minute of the second half.

Loughgiel replied with a goal from the impressive Johanna McKeown in the 7th minute and they would add a second midway through the half to give themselves a foothold in the game but St. Mary’s were in no mood to throw away their hard earned lead.

The home side began to find their range, with Cora Henderson, Kathleen Mooney 0-2, Ciara O’Boyle 0-2 and Sinead Hasson with an excellent effort after great work by Cora Henderson, adding points to put the contest out of reach.

Loughgiel, as they always do, fought right to the final whistle and got some consolation for their efforts with a goal in injury time but it came too late to affect the result and it is Rasharkin who move onto the semi-final.

Rasharkin : 1 Saorise McMullan , 2 Naimh McFerran, 3 Noleen O’Kane , 4 Eimear Hardy, 5 Bronagh McFerran, 6 Shariffa O’Kane, 7 Cadhla McLernon

8 Kerry Darragh, 9 Naimh Mooney, 10 Ciara O’Neill, 11 Caira O’Boyle, 12 Jade Henry, 13 Kathleen Mooney, 14 Eimear Quigg, 15 Eimear O’Neill, 16 Sinead Hasson, 17 Cora Henderson, 18 Maria Higgins, 19 Chistina Smith, 20. Jenny McNeill, 21. Eimear O’Boyle, 22. Ellena Stockman, 23. Kyra Stockman, 24. Aine McTague, 25. Ail McMullan

Loughgiel 1.Caitie Connolly 2.Nicole Laverty 3 Katie Glackin 4 Clodagh McNulty 5 Zoe Cassley 6 Louise McKeown 7 Ella Sullivan 8 Neala Clark 9 Cara Connolly 10 Aoife McMullan 11 Johanna McKeown 12 Aoife O’Mullan 13 Kaitlin McAllister 14 Claire McKeown 15 Anya Connolly 16 Eimear McGivern 17 Ellie Glackin 18 Orlaith Breen. 19 Mollie O’Hagan.

Dominant first half set the Dall up for the win

Intermediate Camogie Championship quarter final

Cushendall 2-11 Dunloy 0-9

Cushendall booked their place in the semi-final of the intermediate Camogie Championship when they beat Dunloy in Saturday’s semi-final at Pairc Mhuire, Cushendall.

In what was to a be a ‘game of two halves’ Cushendall had first use of the elements and though Dunloy scored the first point of the game through Lisa McConville, in the second minute, it was to be their only score of the first half.

It took Cushendall all of 11 minutes to raise their first flag, a goal from centre forward Mary Kane, but they soon made up for lost time. Aoif Dleargy added a gaol and a point before Lara Haughey sent over two frees in the 19th and 22nds minutes. Sine Woodhouse, Clare Stewart, Monique O’Boyle, Lara Haughey and Aofie Delargy all got on the scoreboard and by half time they were 2-8 to 0-1 in front .

With the breeze behind then in the second half Dunloy started their come back and they hit the first four points, Orlagh O’Neill grbabing three of them and Kyra Doherty. Lara Haughey ended a fifteen minute scoreless spell of the home side and Mary Kane added a second soon afterwards. Dunloy emptied the bench to give their substitutes a run out and though they finished strongly with three unanswered points Cushendall had already booked a semi-final meeting with Cargin in three weeks time