Crawford points St. Louis into Corn Uan Uladh final

Corn Uan Uladh semi-final

St Louis Ballymena 1-13 St Patrick’s Maghera 2-8

Caitlin Crawford gave a superb exhibition of point taking, both from play and from the placed ball to lead a St. Louis Ballymena come-back as they came from nine points down early in the second half to defeat St. Patrick’s Maghera at Lavey today.

Despite battling hard into the breeze in the opening half the Kintullagh girls looked in trouble when Eilis Toner scored St. Patrick’s second goal in the opening minute of the second half to put her side eight in front  but the Ballymena college dug deep and their determination and commitment saw them slowly wear down the Maghera challenge.

Twelve months on from the first all-North Antrim final in Corn Uan Uladh we will have a second one in January after this superb second half fight-back where Crawford led the way with six superb points but she was only one of a handful of star performers.

St Patrick’s Maghera led by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and within 14 seconds of the second half throw-in Eilis Toner, playing on her home pitch, hit their second goal and Maria Rafferty pointed a free to put the Derry school nine points clear.

But they couldn’t hold back an aggressive final 25 minutes from St Louis with Maura Downey kick-starting the show with a free and Caitlin Crawford adding two more points.

However by the start of the last quarter the score stood at 2-7 to 0-6 and Maghera were hanging on as Ballymena wasted a number of chances from frees. Then came a touch of fortune with Kimberley Burke’s shot from 40 metres deceiving the Maghera defence and ending in the net.

Spurred on by this bit of fortune St Louis pushed on with an unanswered seven points in the last eight minutes of play, Caitlin Crawford,Caoimhe Molloy and Maura Downey all firing over as the intensity of their challenge over ran their opponents.

Mary McKillen’s final point from play epitimised the determination of the Cullybackey Road side when lying on the ground and surrounded by three opponents she somehow managed to screw the sliotar over the bar.

However Maghera were on top at the start of the match and Chloe Mullan’s goal in the 16th minute had the Derry girls 1-3 to 0-1 up and Ballymena on the back foot.

Play was a little more evenly-contested for the second quarter and scoring honours shared at 0-2 each, although both teams missed handy scores as well. But, apart from that early Maghera goal and point, the second half belonged to St Louis.

However they will need to take a much higher percentage oftheir scoring chances if they are to trouble three-in-a-row chasing Cross and Passion Ballycastle in the final in mid-January.

St Louis : Kimberly Burke 1-0, Caitlin Crawford 0-6, 0-3 frees, Maura Downey 0-2, , Mary McKillen 0-2, Caoimhe Molloy 0-3 free

Maghera : Chloe Mullan 1-1, Eilis Toner 1-0, Maria Rafferty 0-4, 0-2 frees, Chloe Bradley 0-1, Bronagh Gallagher 0-1, Niamh McCullough 0-1.

Referee: Peadar Lagan (Watty Graham’s)

CPC seal place in Ulster final

1Ulster Colleges Camogie – Senior semi-final

Cross & Passion Ballycastle 4-26 St Mary’s Magherafelt 2-3

CPC booked their place in January’s Ulster final with a comprehensive win over St Mary’s Magherafelt in Tuesday morning’s semi-final at Pairc MacUilin Ballycastle. Leading by 1-11 to 1-2 at half time the Ballycastle school were always in control and an Aoife Toner goal nine seconds into the second half meant there was no way back for St Mary’s.

Maybe it was the 11am throw-in that put the players off but the opening minutes were very pedestrian with neither side able to raise a gallop but once Roisin McCormick opened the scoring with a fine individual score things began to happen. Aine Magill added a second before Rhiana McBride got through for the first goal of the game, cutting in from the right after being put clear by an Anna Connolly pass.

2Rhianna McBride scores CPC’s opening goal

The CPC blitz continued as Roisin McCormick hit four more points and Anna Connolly one to stretch their lead to 1-7 to 0-0 before Lauren Crozier opened the St Mary’s account with a well taken point from forty meters. Roisin McCormick came back with a point for CPC but St Mary’s were enjoying their best spell of the first half and a goal by Anna O’Kane in the 21st minute, and a further point by Rachael Downey gave them hope, though CPC came back with two points before the break to lead by 1-11 to 1-2.

Aoife Toner’s goal right at the start of the second half turned out to be a signal of intent for CPC and they went on to dominate the remainder of the game. Two excellent Katie Laverty points and one from a McCormick free were added to by a McCormick goal in the 38th minute. Nine more unanswered points followed, three from Anna Connolly, two from Roisin McCormick and one each from Katie Laverty, Maeve Kelly, Aoife Toner and substitute Carla McGarry, who really made an impression when in introduced. Roisin McCormick grabbed her team’s fourth goal and though Catriona Toner came back with a goal and a point for St Mary’s there was still time for further points from Carla McGarry (2), Rhiana McBride and Anna Connolly before the final whistle.

13Roisin McCormick wins possesion for CPC

CROSS & PASSION

Shauna McKillop, Aoife McClafferty, Megan McGarry, Caitlin Heggary, Annie Lynn, Maebh O’Neill, Aoife O’Mullan, Annie Laverty, Maeve Kelly, Aine Magill, Roisin McCormick, Anna Connolly, Rhianna McBride, Ciara Laverty, Aoife Toner. SUBS- Carla McGarry, Shannon Richmond, Enya O’Kane.

ST MARY’S

Eimear Cassidy, Ciara McCoy, Claire Cassidey, Emily Culline, Eimear McAleenan, Orla McEvoy, Rachel Downey, Eimear McKee, Catriona Toner, Lauren Crozier, Anna O’Kane, Cara McGoldrick, Tanya O’Neill, Caoimhe Rose Johnston, Sophie Diamond.

Referee – John  McHenry

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Loughgiel Shamrocks Juvenile Awards

County Feile ChampionsThe Loughgiel team who won this season’s North Antrim and All County Feile na nGael titles are seen here at the club’s Juvenile Awards evening in the Millennium Centre.

LEFT – PJ O’Mullan presents the County Under 16 Camogie Player of the Year award to Mary McKillen. RIGHT – Sarah McFadden presents the Under 13 O’Conor-Gillan Cup to team captain Ciara Connolly.

LEFT – Senior team player James McNaughton presents the North Antrim Feile na nGael Cup to Eoin McGarry. RIGHT – James McNaughton presents the North Antrim Feile Skills trophy to Ronan McCollum.

LEFT  – Vice chairman John McKeown presents the Jim Nelson Memorial Shield to Eimear McGivern. Fr Sean Connolly presents the U16 Most Promising Player award to Lauren O’Boyle. All County Feile Capt Ruairi McCormick with James McNaughtonFeile team captain Ruairi McCormick receives teh All County Feile na nGael trophy from James McNaughton.

LEFT – U12 Player of the Year Aoife McMullan received her award from Louise McKillop

RIGHT – U14 Most Promising Player Caoimhe McMullan received her award from Lucia McNaughton.

LEFT – Under 16 Player of the Year Enda Og McGarry receives his award from Karen McCormick. RIGHT – Enda Og receives the North Antrim Under 16 Shield from Loughgiel PP Fr Mulholland.

Fr Sean Connolly presents the Under 16 Camogie Player of the Year award to Maeve Henry. RIGHT – Lucia McNaughton presents the Under 14 Player of the Year award to Caoimhe McMullan.

Con Magees Awards dinner

LEFT – Ulster President Michael Hasson, who was guest of honour at the Con Magees awards dinner, makes a special presentation to Ellen Hynds who captained the Antrim team who won this season’s All Ireland Minor B title. RIGHT – Minor Ladies Footballer of the Year Bronagh McKay receives her award from team manager Paul Mulholland and Damian McPeake.

LEFT – Hurling manager Archie Rea presents the Senior Hurler of the Year award to Shanlee Kerr. RIGHT – Alec McQuillan presents the Danny McQuillan Memorial Cup for outstanding performance to Martin McCarry.

LEFT – Under 21 Player of the Year Aidan O’Donnell with team mangers Neil McCafferty (left) and Paul McCurry. RIGHT – Sadie Higgins presents the Oliver Woulahan Cup for Hurling Players Player of the Year to James Duffin.

Aodh O’Loan presents the Minor Footballer of the Year award to Eoin McCusker. RIGHT – Archie Rea makes a special presentation to Neil Vic McCann who has announced his retirement after more than a quarter of a century on the senior hurling team.

LEFT – Guest of honour Michael Hasson with club chairman Liam McKendry, club secretary Henry Duffin (right) and committee club treasurer Owen Daniel McMullan. RIGHT – Una McAleenan receives the Division 3 Ladies Football Player of the Year award from Daniel McPeake and Paul Mulholland.

LEFT – Camogie manager Padraig Groogan presents the Division 3 Camogie Player of the Year award to Caroline McFadden. RIGHT – Club chairman Liam McKendry presents the Clubman of the Year award to Seamus McMullan.

LEFT – Club chairman Liam McKendry presents the Division 2 Ladies Footballer of the Year award to Emma Dillon. RIGHT – Laverty’s Cup. Michael Laverty, who was a member of the Con Magees team who won this season’s Senior Football Championship, is seen here with his sisters Nicole, Kirsty and Bronagh.

LEFT – Conor McNeill who won the Senior Footballer of the Year award and captained the Con Magees team to Junior Championship success is seen here with his mum Mary and dad Brendan. RIGHT Members of the Con Magees team who won this season’s Junior Football Championship

LEFT – Seamus McMullan (left) who received the SPOH Award (Sean Paul’O’Hagan Memorial Award) is seen here with club chairman Liam McKendry and Sean Paul’s mum Sinead O’Hagan. RIGHT – Club chairman Liam McKendry and committee member Seamus McMullan who presented a bouquet of flowers to Rosie Fyfe in a appreciation of her work in preparing the dinner on the night.

Liam McKendry presents a special merit award for services to hurling in the cub to Shanlee Kerr. RIGHT – Liam McKendry presents the Senior Reserve Football Player of the Year award to Aidan o’Donnell. 54Senior Football team manager and Player of the Year Conor McNeill (right) with team-mates Josh McKeown and Declan Traynor.

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Paddy ‘Pappy’ O’Kane RIP

On Sunday the people of Dunloy and Ballerin turned out in force to bid farewell to local legend Paddy ‘Pappy’ O’Kane. Requiem mass was held in St Joseph’s Dunloy before his remains were taken to his native Balerin for burial. Survived by his wife Pauline and sons Gerard and Gregory, (plus daughters-in-law Angela and Oonagh, and their children). Paddy was part of the large O’Kane family of Maureen, John Eddie, Barney, Anne, Sally, Bernadette, Charlie, Vera, Tommy, Paul, Gary and the late Jimmy, Rosie, Dolores and Felix.

Paddy had a great love and passion for the GAA – hurling , football and Camogie, having played football for his native Ballerin he was also a former chairman of Derry Camogie Board and served on committees in Dunloy, as well as managing the club’s senior football team. However Paddy will always be best remembered as the man who led St Brigid’s Accordion Band Dunloy – at St Patrick’s day parades or at Gaelic games, when St Brigid’s Accordion band took to the road at the front was Pappy O’Kane. Well known all over the country, he lead the band at a wide range of events. His greatest occasion as band leader came in 1995 when he lead his band in Croke Park on 17th March 1995 when Dunloy played Birr in the All Ireland Club Hurling Final, a Dunloy team containing his son Gregory and his brother Gary. On Sunday morning as his remains were removed from his home in Main Street Dunloy the band played outside the family home as the coffin was lifted into the hearse for the start of his final journey.                                                     The O’Kane family, Dunloy and north Antrim have lost a bright light, a real character who was the heart and soul of everything he was involved in from football, hurling, camogie, the St Brigid’s Band and also the haulage business which was a major part of his life.

Fear fíor-uasal agus cara Gaelach, dílis a bhí ann ( a gentleman and a true friend to the Gael)