Four goal McArthur steers Dunloy safely home

Antrim Camogie League – Division 1

Dunloy 6-12 Cushendall 2-8

Four goals from full forward Cassie McArthur steered Dunloy to victory over Cushendall in Tuesday evening’s Division 1 game at Pearse Park. Dunloy dominated for most of the game, though Cushendall had a real purple patch early in the second half when they scored 2-4 without reply. However they were chasing the game by this stage and Dunloy were never really threatened.

The visitors hit the first two scores inside a minute through Siobhan McKillop and LauraMcMullan but they would hit one more for the remainder of the first half Dunloy hit top gear. Points from the two corner forward Miachaela Elliott and Aine Magill were followed by a goal from full forward Cassie McArthur. Aine Magill and her cousin Cassie McArthur made it three goals in a row and by half time they were 4-8 to 0-3 clear, Cushendall’s other point coming from Sine Woodhouse.

Cushendall’s purple patch at the start of the second half brought them back into the game. It started with points from Siobhan McKillop, Monique O’Boyle Ellen Leech, followed by goals from Siobhan McKillop and Sinead Cosgrove, and to top it all off Caoimhe O’Hara added another point.

The gap that was seventeen was now down to seven, but that was as good as it got as the Cuchullains hit their stride again and a Caoimhe Molloy point, plus another McArthur goal and one from Orlagh O’Neill, slammed the door firmly shut. Ellen Leech hit the visitors’ last point before Caoimhe Molloy ended it all with three Dunloy points in a row to secure two more league points

DUNLOY

Mary Martin, Dearbhail Magill, Eilis Kearns, Brid Magill, Eimear McMullan, Aileen McManus, Dearbhail Elliott, Eimear Johnston, Erin Elliott, Caitlin Crawford, Caoimhe Molloy, Bronach Magill, Michaela Elliott, Cassie McArthur, Aine Magill

Subs used – Kyra Doherty, Lisa McGuckian, Orlagh O’Neill, Lisa McConville

CUSHENDALL

Cailin Quinn, Aimee McDonnell, Catriona O’Boyle, Orla McNaughton, Anna McNeill, Annie Leech, Clodagh McKillop, Siobhan McKillop, Brogan Abram, Laura McMullan, Sinead Cosgrove, Aoife Delargy, Sine Woodhouse, Ellen Leech, Laura Haughey

Subs – Nuala McQuillan

Dunloy maintain their good start

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

By Paul McLean

Dunloy maintained their unbeaten start to the league after a good away win to Ballycastle to leave them joint top with champions Loughgiel.

Both sides were missing their County players and a few others due to injuries but both sides served up a really good competitive game which saw players grab their chances to claim a starting shirt for each team.

A special mention to Mickey Quigg who stepped in to referee the game when there was none available for this one and he did a top job as per usual.

Ballycastle started much the better side with Aine Donnelly esp. coming to the fore firing over two good points for the home side. Dunloy on the other hand were struggling to get their scoring going and had five or so good chances to score but spurned them all.

It would take 5 minutes into the game before Cassie McArthur would get the visitors first score and it in turn opened the flood gates as Dunloy landed the next six in a row. Caoimhe Molloy split the posts not long after and more or less from the next puck out Dunloy had their first goal.

Caitlin Crawford broke the puck out to Aine Magill who out ran her marker to fire past Danielle McMichael in the nets. A brace of points each for Caoimhe Molloy and Cassie McArthur made it 0-02 to 1-06 and it was no more than the visitors deserved.

The hard working Aine Donnelly stopped the rot for the home side with yet another well struck point from distance but again the Dunloy girls stormed back with points from Michaela Elliott (2) and a Cassie McArthur free.

A Riana McBride point for the home side and one for Dunloy’s Erin Elliott finished the scoring in the first half leaving the home side trailing 0-05 to 1-09.

Like the first half it was Ballycastle’s number 11 Aine Donnelly who opened the scoring with another long range point which was matched by Aine Magill with two points in a row. If the home side were to stay in touch with Dunloy they needed a real jolt to get them going and they got it with a goal from Fionnuala Kelly and very quickly followed up by another score from the impressive Aine Donnelly. Game on.

Caoimhe Molloy split the posts with a 45’ but the home side had the bit between their teeth and rallied back with a point from Riana McBride and another goal to reduce the gap to one point. A shot from distance from Fionnuala Kelly dropped short into the box and managed to find its way into the net to bring the Ballycastle girls right back into the game.

Sadly for them it was the last score they would register as a resurgent Dunloy took the next three scores in a row to secure the points. Aine Magill took a nice long range score between a brace of scores for Michaela Elliott who broke clear of her marker to fire past Danielle at close range leaving her with no chance and the league points up the road for Dunloy.

A top game between the sides played in a good competitive spirit which will have given both camps with plenty of positives despite missing their main players.

Ballycastle defended well for the hour, despite the score line, with Orla Donnelly, Catherine McShane and Maria Donnelly having good games. Up front Aine Donnelly was the pick of the forwards with five points from play all at distance along with Fionnuala Kelly grabbing both the goals.

For Dunloy Aileen McManus had a fine game at centre half back along with Dearbhaill Elliott and Eilis Kearns. Up front Dunloy’s full forward line of Aine Magill, Cassie McArthur and Michaela Elliott did all the scoring damage which made the difference.

Ballycastle

D McMichael, N A Donnelly, O Donnelly, E McShane, M Donnelly, C McShane, E Laverty, M O’Neill, B McCaughan, A Toner, A Donnelly (0-05), T O’Neill, R McBride (0-03), F Kelly (2-00), N O’Neill

Dunloy

M Martin, D Magill, E Kearns, B Magill, E McMullan, A McManus, D Elliott, E Johnston, E Elliott, C Crawford (0-01), C Molloy (0-02), B Magill, M Elliott (1-02), C McArthur (0-05 3f), A Magill (1-04)

Loughgiel Camogs start their Senior League with a decisive victory

Antrim Camogie League – Division 1

Loughgiel 2-23 Cushendall 0-6

After an evening that was covered by the blanket of a malevolent grey cloud, Fr Healy Park was once more inviting Loughgiel’s Senior Camogie team to meet the jerseys of Cushendall’s Ruairí Óg.

Champions Loughgiel were in command throughout and led by 1-13 to 0-4 at the break. They pushed on in the second half, adding a further 1-10 to their tally, while restricting the visitors to just two points.

Rachquel Murphy got the home side off the mark after a good passing move by the Shamrocks forwards and Lucia McNaughton put them two clear soon afterwards. The visitors were struggling to contain the rampant champions and when Christine Laverty got through to smash the ball to the Ruairi Og net they went on to lead by 1-6 to 0-1 at the first water-break. 

Hero of Antrim’s weekend win over Down, Caitrin Dobbin, increased the lead with a well taken point and the scores flowed freely as the home team pushed on and by the half time whistle they had pulled 1-13 to 0-4 ahead, Christine Laverty, Caitrin Dobbin, Lucia McNaughton, Clare McKillop and Emma McMullan among the scorers.

The second half continued in a similar vein with the county champions dominating throughout the field and despite the best efforts of Brogan Abram, Siobhan McKillop, Laura McMullan and Sinead Cosgrove the Shamrocks had just too much power as the took the first step towards retaining their league title.

Teams

Loughgiel

  1. Eimear Boyle. 2. Charlene Campbell. 3.Megan McGarry. 4. Ciara Laverty 5. Emma McFadden. 6. Amy Boyle. 7. Una McNaughton. 8. Clare McKillop. 9. Maeve Connolly. 10. Emma McMullan.  11. Lucia McNaughton. 12. Anna Connolly. 13. Caitrin Dobbin. 14. Racquel McCarry. 15. Christine Laverty. 16. Annie Lynn. 17. Ciara Connolly. 18. Caoimhe McMullan. 19. Ciara Dobbin. 20. Finvola McVeigh. 21. Katie Lynn. 22. Katie McKillop. 23. Louise McKillop. 24. Maeve Henry. 25. Maria Lynn. 26. Meadhbh McCormick. 27. Orla Laverty. 28. Eimear McGarry.

Cushendall

  1. Cailin Quinn. 2. Annie Leech. 3. Catherine O’Boyle. 4. Lara Haughey. 5. Clodagh McKillop. 6. Caoimhe McNaughton. 7. Sarah Kane. 8. Siobhan McKillop. 9. Anna McNeill. 10. Laura McMullan. 11. Sinead Cosgrove. 12. Brogan Abram. 13. Aoife Delargy. 14. Ellen Leech. 15. Caoimhe O’Hara. 17. Monique O’Boyle. 18. Dervla Cosgrove. 19. Una McAlister. 20. Chloe McAuley. 21. Rose Black. 22. Nuala McQuillan. 24. Erin McCambridge. 25. Molly McNeill. 26. Niamh Graham. 27. Orla McNaughton. 29. Niamh Conlon. 30. Colleen Patterson. 

Ballycastle hit Cushendall for six

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Ballycastle 6-14 Cushendall 1-5

After losing to Dunloy in their opening game Ballycastle appeared to be up against it when they faced a Cushendall team who had beaten the Cuchullains in their last outing, but it didn’t turn out that way at Pairc MacUílín on Saturday evening the girls from the ‘Town’ dominated from start to finish. Sport really is a funny old game!

The first 20 minutes was all Ballycastle as they hit 2-6 without reply, the goals coming from Maeve Kelly and Nuala Devlin in the 14th and 15th minutes, while Kelly also got four of the points and Caoimhe Wright the other two.

It was 21 minutes before Cushendall got their first score, a point from Dervla Cosgrove, and the midfielder got their only other score of the half minutes later as the home team led at the break by 2-9 to 0-2.

It was going to take something special if Cushendall were going to turn things around and when Caoimhe Wright grabbed Ballycastle’s third goal a minute after the restart it was clear that was not going to happen. The Ruairettes looked tired and leggy and just couldn’t get themselves back into the game. They did get another point from Dervla Cosgrove and a goal from her midfield partner Siobhan McKillop but Ballycastle were never really troubled as substitute Emma Connor and Emma Laverty grabbed goals on the way to a 24 point win.

Caitrin Dobbin whose early goal got Loughgiel off to a flying start

Shamrocks respond to Cushendall challenge

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Loughgiel 3-12 Cushendall 2-8

They had seven points to spare in the end but for a good part of Tuesday evening’s Division 1 league game at Fr Barrett Park Cushendall made the champions fight for what they got. Midway through the second half the Ruairiettes had closed to within a point and a major upset looked a possibility. However despite the fact that this is a position the Shamrocks are seldom in they were able to hit the after-burners and pull clear and a 2 goal and 3 point blitz eased them back into calm waters to collect yet another victory.

Cushendall would have been hoping for a good start if they were to challenge the champions but those hopes were dashed when Caitrin Dobbin bagged the Shamrocks first goal inside just seven seconds and when Emma McMullan added a point before the first minute was passed the visitors knew their task was not getting any easier.

Orlagh O’Hara steadied the ship for Cushendall with a point in the second minute but Loughgiel had the next four points through Orlagh Laverty, Roisin McCormick and Emma McMullan (2) to seven clear by the end of the opening quarter.

Cushendall were being cast adrift but they responded well and after Orlagh O’Hara sent over a point from a free, corner forward Naomi McCurry grabbed a goal to bring them right back into the game. Orlagh Lavery pointed to put Loughgiel four clear in the 21st minute but points from Laura McMullan and Siobhan McKillop cut the gap back to just two by half time.

The third quarter turned into a shoot-out as both side exchanged scores in a real competitive game. Anna Connolly started the scoring with a point for the home side but the visitors replied through Brogan Abram and Orlagh O’Hara to cut the deficit to a single point. Two from Loughgiel’s new kid on the block Orlagh Laverty put three between the sides again but once again Cushendall clawed it back to one with points from Derval Cosgrove and Ellen Leech.

The must have been those among the Cushendall followers who dared to dream that maybe, just maybe their side could pull it off, but when they were challenged the champions found the answer and they went on to dominate the final quarter.

Caitrin Dobbin started it when she picked the pocket of Cushendall goalkeeper Tierna Carson and slotted the ball home. Emma McMullan converted two frees to stretch the lead before Anna Connolly grabbed her team’s third goal just two minutes from time. Kirsty McKendry pointed with a minute of normal time remaining to stretch the gap to ten, but in a final show of defiance Orlagh O’Hara grabbed a late goal to leave seven between them in the end.

A very enjoyable game of camogie and for those who didn’t make to the game you will have the chance again next Thursday evening when they meet again the Senior Feis Cup.