Goals do the trick for Dunloy

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Dunloy 5-7 Cushendall 0-13

Goals done the trick for Dunloy in Tuesday evening’s league win over Cushendall at Pearse Park, Dunloy. Cushendall competed well and on the balance of play were well in the game but they got hit for real body blows at regular intervals as Erin Elliott grabbed two and Machaele Elliott one in the first half while Aileen McManus and substitute Shannon Woulahan did the damage in the second.

A Michaela Elliott goal and an Erin Elliott point gave Dunloy a good start but Cushendall kept in touch with two points from full forward Orlagh O’Hara. Erin Elliott then hit the first of her two first half goals but O’Hara was keeping the visitors in touch and three points in reply to one from Aileen McManus kept the Ruairis very much in the race. Erin Elliott’s second goal gave Dunloy a decided edge and when Aileen McManus added a point they were seven clear but a late point from O’Hara closed the gap to six by half time. 3-3 to 0-6

Points from Erin Elliott and Nicole Elliott early in the second half had the lead out to eight just two minutes after the restart and exchange of points by O’Hara and McManus kept it that way, but Cushendall hit a good spell and three unanswered points from Siobhan McKillop and Orlagh O’Hara (2) cut the gap back to five. On 48 minutes Nicole O’Neill pointed to stretch the Dunloy lead to six but points from O’Hara and Dervla Cosgrove left just four between the sides with just seven minute left to play.

Dunloy were suddenly under a bit of pressure but they responded well when it was needed and an Aileen McManus goal five minute time all but left them save before substitute Shannon Woulahan added the insurance with a goal number five on the stroke of full time.   

DUNLOY: Lisa McAllister, Eilish Kearns, Chloe Drain, Leanne Reid, Sorcha Conlon, Caoimhe Conlon, Catherine Boyle, Katie Laverty, Kataharine Mullan, Erin Elliott, Nicole O’Neill, Sinead Martin, Annie Laverty, Aileen McManus, Michaela Elliott.

Subs – Shannon Woulahan

CUSHENDALL: – Noleen Cosgrove, Nuala McQuillan, Aoife McClafferty, Clodagh McKillop, Claire Kearney, Caoimhe McNaughton, Siobhan McKillop, Dervla Cosgrove, Laura McMullan, Sinead Cosgrove, Brigid Delargy, Brogan Abram, Orlagh O’Hara, Naomi McCurry.

Referee – Ryan O’Reilly (Con Magees)

Loughiel tops against improving Portglenone

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Portglenone 2-7 Loughgiel 3-25

By John McIlwaine

Loughgiel ran up another big score when beating Portglenone in Tuesday evening’s Division 1 league game at O’Cathain Park but though the gap at the end was more than twenty points there was still a good competitive element about the game. Portglenone have showed improved form in recent weeks and with Katie McAleese leading the resistance it turned out to be a very enjoyable game.

Portglenone kept in touch for the first twenty minutes and had the first score of the game through corner forward Eimear McKee. Emma McMullan opened the Loughgiel account with a pointed free and after Anna Connolly (2) and Charley McCarry added points Connolly, who was one of the stars of game, got Loughgiel’s opening goal.

Portglenone’s Eimear McKee in action against Loughgiel’s Charlene Campbell.

Katie McAleese breathed new life into the game with a goal in eighteen minutes and when Eimear McKee added a point the gap was back to two, but Loughgiel responded with two quick goals, the first from Amy Boyle, who cut through middle and fired home, and Charley McCarry who finished a good flowing move with a goal from close range. Katie pulled a point back for the home side with a good strike from 50 meters but two points from top scorer Ann Connolly before the break sent her team in at half time with a 3-8 to 1-3 advantage.

An indication of the riches Loughgiel possess was highlighted at the start of the second half when they were able to bring on Caitrin Dobbin and Lucia McNaughton and these contributed as they stretched their lead in the opening minutes with Lucia hitting two, Caitrin one while Charley Carry and Emma McMullan also tacked on scores.

Katie McAleese got a bit of reward her efforts deserved on 39 minutes when a 45 she thought she had mishit bounced high off the thirsty O’Cathain Park turf on the edge of the square and bounced high into the Loughgiel net to give her team a much needed boost and though Loughgiel hit back with three on the trot through Charley McCarry, Emma McMullan and Caitrin Dobbin, Portglenone kept taking the fight to them and two more by McAleese and one from Eimear McKee kept spirits high, despite the fact the game was gone from them.                                                                                                      Another scoring flurry from Loughgiel’s brilliant forward line stretched the lead even further and it in truth it could have been more had it not been for a few excellent saves from Patricia McCarry in the home team goals, but the Portlenone girls kept their heads up and got some reward with a late point from substitute Siobhan Doherty.

Amy Boyle breaks through to score Loughgiel’s second goal.

PORTGLENONE: Patricia McCarry, Una Doherty, Christin O’Kane, Nuala Kelly, Eimear Doherty, Maria McLarnon, Roisin Kelly, Caitriona McNicholl, Aine Mulholland, Jane McAleese, Katie McAleese, Naimh Doherty, Shannon Darragh, Louise Crozier, Eimear McKee.

Subs – Clodagh Convery, Aoibhinn McCloskey, Alisha Convery, Siobhan Doherty.

LOUGHGIEL: Megan Coyle, Charlene Campbell, Kaite Lynn, Finvola McVeigh, Emma McFadden, Maeve Connolly, Shauna Devlin, Clare McKillop, Christine Laverty, Amy Boyle, Emma McMullan, Ciara Dobbin, Charley McCarry, Chloe Higgins, Anna Connolly.

Subs – Louise McKillop, Lucia McNaughton, Caitrin Dobbin, Roisin McCormick

Referee – Paul O’Neill (Creggan)

Anna McKillop is Feile Camogie skills champion

Anna McKillop won the Antrim Feile na nGael Camogie skills competition on Monday evening in Cushendun with a brilliant score of 210 points. The Loughgiel girl was in great form as she saw off the challenge of runner-up Sofia Erskine of Rossa and third placed Ellie Joe Butler of Ruairi Og Cushendall. Overall thirteen players took part on a beautiful summer evening, going through a range of skills from ground striking, free taking, solo running, long puck, jab lifting and sideline cuts. Anna now goes through to represent Antrim in the All Ireland Skills finals in June.  

Antrim County Camogie chairperson Imelda McCloud presents Anna McKillop with the winners trophy.
Anna McKillop sends over a sideline cut on her way to winning the Feile skills

Gaelfast Antrim Poc Fada

The Gaelfast Poc Fada will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at Gowkstown Hill , Feystown , Glenarm Co Antrim . This annual event over which sees competitors pit the long striking sills over the spectacular scenery has been hosted the Glenarm club for the past number of years. The trek around the course takes a bit of effort but believe me it is certainly worth the effort. I would appeal to all the hurling and camogie clubs in the county to put your champions forward.

Donal McKernan on his way to winning the 2017 Poc Fada in Glenarm. Donal was the All Ireland U16 champion in 2016

Competitors are asked to meet at Shane O Neills GAC, Feystown, Glenarm  by 6.40pm with competition getting underway at 7.10 pm

There are four categories in the competition – (1) Senior Hurlers, (2) Senior Camogs, (3) U16 Camogs and (4) U16 Hurlers 

The winners of the  4 Antrim categories will qualify for the Ulster Poc Fada final which will be held on Thursday 13th June 

To register please email kieran.megraw.gm.antrim@gaa.ie by 4 pm on Monday 20th May 2019

St Louis end CPC’s great run

St Clare Cup semi-final

St Louis Ballymena 5-6 Cross and Passion Ballycastle 5-3

A LAST minute goal from Maria Gately denied Cross and Passion a sixth successive St Clare Cup success in a thrilling semi-final played yesterday in Cloughmills.

Down 3-4 to 0-0 at the break, a superb second half comeback from Cross and Passion saw them draw level with eight minutes to go with a free from Ciara Connolly at 3-6 to 4-3.

However St Louis responded with a goal from Anna McKillop only for Kara Brolly to hit the net for a second time and tie the game once more. Cross and Passion then had a couple of chances to take the lead from frees, but failed to convert and paid the price when McKillop’s shot came off the post and fell kindly for Gately to force over the line right at the death.

Match referee John McHenry with the team captains before the game.

In hindsight however it was the first half showing by CPC that was their undoing and Loughgiel’s Anna McKillop put them to the sword by scoring all 2-3 for the winners before the short whistle. Katie Molloy was also a dominant force in the St Louis defence with Eimear Johnson and Eibhlin Gould working hard.

Ballycastle moved a few around in the central diamond and they looked a different team on the re-start with a goal and a point from Ciara Connolly settling them immediately.

The McIntosh twins, Faye and Ellen, weighed in with a goal and a point respectively and when Kara Brolly forced home in a goal-mouth scramble Ballycastle suddenly looked the more likely winners.

However St Louis to their credit were able to hit back and the mid-Antrim side now take on St Patrick’s Maghera in next week’s decider, Maghera having come through the south Derry derby semi-final with St Mary’s Magherafelt just before Easter.

St Louis : Anna McKillop 3-4, 0-2 frees, Eibhlin Gould 1-0, Maria Gately 1-0, Ciara O’Boyle 0-2

Cross and Passion : Kara Brolly 2-0, Ciara Connolly 1-2, 0-2 frees, Faye McIntosh 1-0 free, Aoibheann Donnelly 1-0, Ellen McIntosh 0-1.

Cross & Passion Ballycastle.