Shamrock camogs cruise through to Ulster final

NWP Recycling Ulster Junior club championship semi-final :

Derrylaughan (Tyrone) 0-4 Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim) 6-19

Ciaran Laverty advert copy2The speed and team-work of Loughgiel Shamrocks swept the club through to a second NWP Recycling provincial final this coming weekend.

Their first team are already lined up to take on Slaughtneil in the senior club decider on Sunday, but their reserve side were totally dominant in Derrylaughan on Sunday afternoon and are through to another final, against Crosserlough on Saturday.

The home side departed the championship at this stage last year, narrowly to eventual champions Crosserlough, but Derrylaughan were fire-fighting from early in this game with Loughgiel spraying ball around and stretching their defence.

Emer Donnelly and Bronagh Carney worked hard to stem the tide but as the game wore on it was been played more in their half of the pitch.

Charley McCarry banged home the opening goal after 13 minutes and Hannah McKeague added a second before the break, but they could well have had more goals and turned over with a comfortable 2-11 to 0-3 interval lead.

The Antrim champions used the second half to bring in subs and two of those, Anna Connolly (2) and Annie Lynn added points while Ciara Laverty (2), Kirsty McKendry and centre half back Katie McKillop added goals.

Loughgiel : Ciara Laverty 2-2, Kirsty McKendry 1-6, 0-4 frees, Charley McCarry 1-1, Hannah McKeague 1-1, Katie McKillop 1-0, Ciara Dobbin 0-3, Shauna Devlin 0-3, Anna Connolly 0-2, Annie Lynn 0-1.

Derrylaughan : Aisling Corr 0-2 frees, Emma Fitzgerald 0-1, Caoimhe Rafferty 0-1.

Loughgiel fly the flag for Antrim

PrintLg1NWP Ulster Junior club championship semi-final :

Sunday October 21st 2.30pm in Derrylaughan

Derrylaughan (Tyrone) v Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim)

By Seamus McAleenan

This has been a phenomenal year for the Logughiel club with qualification for Ulster competitions at three levels and they are strong contenders to reach this Junior final despite having to travel to Derrylaughan tomorrow (SUNDAY).

At the end of last month they had to dig out a result in the Antrim final after Brídíní Óga recovered from a bad start to take the lead early in the second half.

However the introduction of subs Anna Connolly and Annie Lynn added width and pace to the attack and Lynn scored 1-1 to secure victory.

That victory was secured though by a tight-marking defence that had not leaked scores until the final, with the half-back line of Eimhear McGarry, Katie McKillop andAoife O’Mullan particularly effective.

Five of the team collected All-Ireland minor medals over the past couple of seasons with Antrim including forwards Charley McCarry and Kirsty McKendry, both a scoring threat to the Tyrone side’s aspirations of progress.

Derrylaughan lost narrowly at the semi-final stage of this competition a year ago to eventual champions Crosserlough from Cavan. However they have lost a few players since then through maternity leave and there is a fairly inexperienced look about their team for this game.

Emma and Sian Fitzgerlad, Aisling Corr and Emma Donnelly have been regulars for some time at county level and Bronagh Carney has settled well at centre-half back.

Overall though, Loughgiel look the stronger outfit and should go forward to next weekend’s final

Antrim champions in action this weekend

DYLN1735Antrim’s Junior and Intermediate hurling champions are in action this weekend as the Ulster Club Championships get underway. Junior champions Cushendun face Derry representatives Na Magha at Quinn Park, Ballymena while Intermediate kingpins St Gall’s face a long journey to Brewster Park where they face Fermanagh champions Lisbellaw.

Cushendun were very impressive when winning the Antrim title last week and they will need to reproduce that sort of form against a Na Magha team who drew with Eoghan Rua Coleraine in the Derry final. Eoghan Rua are not able to take part in the Ulster Junior this years so the Derry city men were going to represent the Oak Leaf county in this competition anway. Na Magha played in the Division 4 in the Antrim league this year and have won promotion to Division 3, so they will be formidable oppostition.

0R6A1150St Gall’s beat Creggan in the Antrim final, the Milltown men coming with a late charge to beat the Kickhams in a hard fought final. A good few of their players were involved with the football team who lost out so dramatically to Cargin on Saturday, but with football all but ended in the club for this season they will be able to concentrate on the task ahead.

1Antrim camogie Intermediate champions Loughgiel are also in action on Sunday when they travel to Tyrone champions Derrylaughin, the venue decided by the toss of a coin. In previous seasons the Shamrocks have not been able to compete in the compeition because their seniors are in Ulster as well, but they are this season, and so the club will be bidding for a provincial double.

14-10-2018 (Sun)
AIB Ulster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship
Quarter Finals
(Extra Time if necessary; Finish on the Day)
O’Neill Park, 14:30 Eoghan Ruadh   V   Keady  
Dungannon   (Tír Eoghain)       (Ard Mhacha)  
  Referee: Aiden Ferguson (Fear Manach)


Brewster Park 14:30 Lisbellaw   V   St Gall’s  
    (Fear Manach)       (Aontroim)  
  Referee: James Clarke (An Cabhán)


AIB Ulster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship
Quarter Finals
(Extra Time if necessary; Finish on the Day)
O’Neill Park, 12:30 Naomh Colum Cille   V   Clonduff  
Dungannon   (Tír Eoghain)       (An Dún)  
  Referee: Tarlach Conway (Doire)



Ballymena 14:30 Cushendun   V   Na Magha  
    (Aontroim)       (Doire)  
  Referee: Barry Winters (Tír Eoghain)


Armoy win Junior Shield

Better late than never

Due to a technical error this failed to post a couple of weeks ago so here it is now

42319746_10155582377141373_3910726868726185984_oArmoy beat neighbours Ballycastle in the Final of the Junior Shield in a game played in Armoy. If the last two meetings between where anything to go by we knew it was going to be a good one.
Both teams lined out and the ball was thrown in, with both teams determined not to let the other team get the first score on the board with some great tackling, but it was the home side that opened the scoring, and with a lot of missed chances from the home side the damaged could of been alot worse for the visitors in the first 10/15minutes.
However Ballycastle didn’t stop battling and were rewarded with a few scores of their own. Both teams continued to show that they wanted the win, but with some excellent play and team work the home side piled on the pressure and took some excellent scores to see them go in at the short whistle Armoy 2-6 Ballycastle 0-3.
On the restart Ballycastle showed that they weren’t goin to give up easy and put the Armoy defence under pressure, however the home side’s defence was on point and kept the visitors to a single point in the second half. Armoy started where they left off with the excellent passing, team work and score taking adding another 2-3 to their first half tally and to finish the match winners on a score line of Armoy 4-9 Ballycastle 0-4.

A big Thank you to Ding, Arthur and Arthur junior for all the hard work use have put in with the girls this year.

Una 1-2
Caitiriona 1-3
Suzi 0-1
Shauna 0-1
Ciara 1-0
Leah 0-1
Chile 0-1
Jenny 1-0.

Camán and Run games at Camogie final

Another well organised day by Antrim Camogie yesterday at the senior final in Armoy. Good wee programme, half time games with Loughgiel and Cushendall teams at U10 and U12 and the U14s taking part in the Camán and Run games.

The Cushendall and Loughgiel Camán and Run teams with county committee member Siobhan Poulter

Loughiel and Cushendall Under 12 teams who played at half time

The clubs’

Action from the Camán and Run games, which Loughgiel won

Camogie sisters! The Duffin sisters from Glenravel who now reside in Loughgiel and Cushendall were taking charge of opposing teams in the half time games. Roisin (McMullan) was with Loughgiel while Maureen (McAlister) was with the Ruairis