The second round of the football league fixtures are scheduled for Wednesday evening with games fixed in all of the divisions.
Division One (7.15 pm)
St Enda’s Glengormley v Lamh Dhearg
Both these sides suffered defeat in round one and they will be in search of a win in this one as St Enda’s welcome the Hannahstown men to Hightown.
St Enda’s lost out by a couple of points at Aghagallon in their opener whilst Lamh Dhearg failed to cope with their visitors Cargin, but although this may well be a close affair ground advantage could tilt the balance in favour of the Glengormley men.
Erin’s Own Cargin v St Mary’s Ahoghill
Cargin gained an opening day win up at Hannahstown in their opening game and they will play hosts to the Ahoghill men in this one as they welcome the Clooney men to Toome.
The county champions underlined their strength in depth in round one and they will enjoy ground advantage this time.
St Mary’s were certainly not at their best in round one as they failed to cope with the visiting Creggan and this looks like another difficult assignment.
Ahoghill are cable of better than what they showed on Sunday last but they will do well to cope with Cassidy’s men who will start as firm favourites.
Kickham’s Creggan v O’ Donovan Rossa
Both sides opened their respective accounts in round one when Creggan proved too strong for the Clooney men whilst Rossa, thanks to a late Colm Fleming point gained a last gasp win over the Johnnies.
Creggan will return to home base in a confident mode as they play hosts to heir city rivals and although Rossa may well give them a run for their money Kickham’s should maintain their positive start with another win.
St John’s v Casement’s Portglenone
Casement’s were pipped at the post last time when a late Peter Henvey goal gained an away win for the visiting St Brigid’s.
The Bannsider’s will travel to Belfast for this mid-week fixture and a test which is certain to await them on the Whiterock road.
St John’s lost their opening game when a last minute Colm Fleming point saw them denied a share of the spoils on the Shaw’s road as Rossa secured the points.
Paddy Nugent’s charges will return to Corrigan Park in search of restitution on their own sod, and although another close one looks probable the home side may gain a narrow verdict.
St Brigid’s v St Gall’s
St Brigid’s return to Musgrave Park in this one after gaining a smart away win last time with victory over Casement’s at O’ Cahan Park with a smart return to action.
They play hosts to St Gall’s in this one as the Milltown men travel with an opening round victory at the expense of the visiting Gort na Mona.
Padraig O’ Muiri has taken the reins at St. Gall’s this term and he will look for continued improvement at the home of the former All Ireland club champions.
A close one in prospect with just a tentative vote awarded to the home side.
Gort na Mona v St Mary’s Aghagallon
Gort na Mona having run St Gall’s to a couple of points in round one have home advantage for this one as they pay hosts to Aghagallon.
The West Belfast side will fancy their chances in this one but St. Mary’s
Got off to a home win last week and a late goal from Eunan Walsh sent them on their way to a two point win over the visiting St. Enda’s.
A positive start for the South West side and although they will not have it all their own way in this one they may well gain a narrow verdict.
Division Two (all games at 7.15 pm unless stated)
Kickham’s Ardoyne v Michael Davitt’s (8.30 pm)
Although they did lose out to Glenavy in round one North Belfast based Ardoyne did chalk up a good score tally having scored an admirable 1-14 in the process.
Davitt’s proved no match for the visiting Glenravel in the opening round and although they may well be capable of better the present climate does suggest a win for Ardoyne is more than likely.
Con Magees Glenravel v All Saint’s Ballymena (7.30pm)
An all South West affair in this one as close rivals Con Magees and All Saints are set to cross swords.
Glenravel had a fine opening round win over Davitt’s whilst the Ballymena men proved no match for the visiting Tir na nOg and while All Saint’s are more than capable of better another win for the home side looks probable.
Tir na nOg Randalstown v St Pauls
Tir na nOg staged a strong second half come-back to convincingly beat All Saints last time and their opening win at Ballymena strongly suggests they are capable of winning this one. St Paul’s opened their 2021 account in the positive when they claimed a two point win over St Teresa’s but this does look a more difficult task for the Shaw’s road side at Whitehill with Tir na Nog awarded the vote.
St Teresa’s v Patrick Sarsfields
Having lost out to St Paul’s in round one former first division side St. Teresa’s have home advantage this time as they welcome Sarsfields to the Glen Road.
Sarsfield’s failed to cope with the visiting Moneyglass last time as the reigning Intermediate champions came away with a seven point victory and the Paddies will do well to open account in this one.
St James Aldergrove v St Joseph’s Glenavy
This is a local derby as Crumlin based Aldergrove welcome their near neighbours Glenavy for what may well be a close affair.
Both started the 2021 season on the positive with Aldergrove returning from a trip to Dunloy with points secured while Glenavy gained the day over the visiting Ardoyne at Chapel Hill with ground advantage suggesting a win for the Crumlin men in this one.
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
Games between these South West rivals are usually close affairs and this one may well fall into the same category as Moneyglass play hosts to the men from Dunloy.
Moneyglass did record a fine away win over Sarsfields and this would suggest they can maintain that winning habit in this one unless Dunloy can put last Sunday’s reversal to Aldergrove behind them.
Division Three (7.15 pm)
Patrick Pearses v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s
Cardinal O’ Donnell’s started the season well with a win over Laochra Loch Lao and although this looks a more difficult task as Pearses visit, the McCrory Park side can continue on the positive.
Laochra Loch Lao v St Agnes
The Aggies opened account first time out when they proved a couple of points better than the visiting Ballycastle and this may well prove a stiffer test but they may well prevail.
Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle v St Mary’s Rasharkin
St Mary’s Rasharkin impressed in their opening round win over the visiting Mals and the Dreen can record another win as they travel to North Antrim to take on Ballycastle, Mc Quillan’s.
Eire Og v St Comgall’s Antrim
St Comgall’s opened account with a fine win over the visiting Pearses on Sunday last and Adrian Dougan’s men are fully expected to continue that good form in this one as they visit Eire Og.
St Malachy’s v St Patrick’s Lisburn
St Malachy’s lost their opening game when they found the Rasharkin men too hot to handle and they face another firm test in the second round as the play hosts to the Lisburn men with an away win possible.
Colm Fleming converted a late free that undone a superb St Johns fightback on the Shaws Road as Rossa ran out 0-15-0-14 winners over their Belfast rivals.
Trailing 0-10-0-03 at the break not too many would have banked on the Corrigan men, but they rallied and took the lead late-on for only the hosts to dig in and dig out an opening day win.
Rossa made the brighter start on a sunny Belfast afternoon, Colm Fleming steered over his sides opener and Michael Armstrong then turned and directed the ball between the large posts.
St Johns hit back through a sensational point from new recruit – Darren Bellew- who joined from Lámh Dhearg in the close season, he shimmied the ball and fired over with the outside of the boot.
Michael Armstrong restored his sides two-point advantage with a fine turn and point and Colm Fleming then picked out the run of Stephen Beatty who slotted the ball over.
The hosts were playing some sensational football in the opening quarter, they increased their lead through a Colm Fleming free after Armstrong was grounded and Fleming then saw a shot bounce in front of Padraig Nugent and over the bar to give his side a 0-06-0-01 lead.
Fleming would conjure up a third successive score and fresh from turning 29 on Saturday- Thomas Morgan executed a fine score.
St Johns were without a score since the fifth minute and on the back foot until Bellew provided his second point of the half and after being introduced for the injured Sean Wilson- Paddy McBride got his angles right and pointed.
Just before the break Stephen Beatty added two further scores to his tally, the second of which came after Paddy McBride had fed Conal Quinn at the other end for a goal chance, but Conal McDonald stood tall in the Rossa goal and at the break the hosts were in control with a 0-10-0-03 lead.
Rossa increased their lead after break as Michael Armstrong fisted over – but St Johns would slowly and surely claw their way back into contention.
Back-to-back frees were converted from Ryan McNulty and Paddy McBride, before Luke Pedan offloaded into the path of McNulty who guided the ball over the bar.
Rossa responded through Morgan with an accurately angled effort that drifted inside the posts.
But St Johns were in the grove as Bellew added two further points to bring his tally 0-04 for the afternoon and Conal Quinn then split the posts after a quick passing move through the hands as three-points separated the sides approaching the final quarter.
After the second water break in proceedings Luke Pedan squeezed the ball over the bar with Bellew claiming his fifth soon after.
The Corrigan Park side then drew level on the Shaws Road, goalkeeper Padraig Nugent made his way up field and his layoff to Paddy McBride was steered over the bar to level at 0-12 apiece.
Rossa had wilted and a poor kick from goalkeeper McDonald presented St Johns with a chance to hit the front for the first time and it was dually taken through Conal Quinn.
Without a score since the 40th minute Rossa levelled through a Colm Fleming free and got their noses back in front.
Thomas Morgan held the ball up and switched to Patrick Moyes who in turn picked out Sean-Pat Donnelly who burst forward and fisted the ball over.
It appeared as though the spoils would be shared as Paddy McBride landed an impressive point for his fourth of the afternoon.
But Rossa weren’t for settling for a point and instead pushed for the late winner and were rewarded when referee Darren McKeown awarded them a late free in the dying embers.
Colm Fleming stood over the ball and under pressure converted with the game’s final opportunity as Rossa claimed a 0-15-0-14 victory.
Rossa: C McDonald, P Moyes, C Orcin, M McGreevy, R Gowdy, C McGuinness, J Cooley, S Beatty (0-03), C McGettigan, T Morgan (0-02), SP Donnelly (0-01), C Fleming (0-06, 0-04f), A Devlin, M Armstrong (0-03), M Mallon. Subs: G McGrath for C Orcin (HT), R Currie for S Beatty (33), M Close for C McGuinness (35), O May for M Armstrong (45), C Cooley for A Devlin (50).
St Johns: P Nugent, A Douglas, P Donnelly, M Dudley, O Donnelly, P Gribben, S Wilson, R McCafferty, S McDonagh, J Garland, D Bellew (0-05), R McNulty (0-02, 0-01f), C Quinn (0-02), C Kelly, L Pedan (0-01). Subs: P McBride (0-04, 0-01f) for S Wilson (19), C Carson for P Gribben (42), J Bohill for J Garland (54).
County champions and defending league winners Cargin kicked off their league campaign with a comfortable 1-13-1-06 win over Lámh Dhearg at Hannahstown on Sunday evening.
Playing without their respective county contingent presented opportunities for younger members of both panels to showcase themselves for the Championship later in the year.
Cargin had the advantage of the breeze in the opening half and went in front through a Brendan Laverty point before the experienced Kieran Close added another from a tight angle.
Declan Smith responded by converting a free that didn’t look favourable from the angle and kicking against the wind.
Both teams were evenly matched in the first ten minutes, but the visitors began to find pockets of space and took advantage.
Ciaran Bradley sent the ball between the posts and after Michael Hynds was robbed in possession the Toome side broke at pace with Kevin McShane rifling to the net via the underside of the bar to give his side a 1-03-0-01 lead.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts when they lost Carl Maxwell and Padraig Mervyn inside the opening quarter of the game- with Maxwell needing to leave the pitch on a stretcher.
Cargin’s purple patch continued, and they landed the next four scores without reply, Paul McCann kicked two quality points with Bradley converting a free and Brendan Laverty doubling his account for the half.
The final four scores of the half were traded equally between the sides, Terry McCrudden landed his sides second score of the half from a placed ball with Kieran Close doing likewise back-to-back. An energetic burst saw Eoin Matassa get into a dangerous position and register the final score of the half for Lámh Dhearg – but they trailed 1-09-0-03 at the interval.
It took six minutes for the first score of the second period to arrive and it fell to the dominant visitors through Michael Clarke from direct in front of the posts. Terry McCrudden responded at the other end though with a fine point.
Kieran Close landed his third free of the evening to leave double scores between the sides but Lámh Dhearg were awarded a penalty and a slight route back into the encounter.
Terry McCrudden seized responsibility and was denied by John McNabb who guessed the right way- however McCrudden made no mistake from the rebound and rifled it to the roof of the net to make it 1-11-1-04.
Cargin responded through a point from Justin Crozier before substitute Conor McVarnock saw his shot bounce in front of McNabb and over the bar, McCrudden then followed up with his third point of the evening.
They failed to make any further in-roads though and David Johnston wound up the scoring for the evening as the Toome side ran out 1-13-1-06 winners to kickstart their league defence.
Lámh Dhearg: M McIlvenny, R Murray, P Larkin, C Nolan, E Matassa (0-01), P Mervyn, M Hynds, P Fitzsimons, D Smith (0-01f), C Maxwell, M McGarry, D Larkin, D Murray, T McCrudden (1-03, 0-01f), D Straney. Subs: C McVarnock (0-01) for P Mervyn (18), C Hannan for C Maxwell (18), M Herron for D Larkin (39), F Mervyn for M Hynds (48), N McGarry for C Nolan (53).
Cargin: J McNabb, S og Quinn, K O’Boyle, G McCorley, S O’Neill, J Crozier (0-01), B Laverty (0-02), G McCann, K McShane (1-00), D Johnston (0-01), C Bradley (0-02, 0-01f), J Carron, K Close (0-04, 0-03f), P McCann (0-02), M Clarke (0-01).
Both sides fielded several young players who gave their all to their side. At the second half water break the hill side were 3.11 to 1.06 in front. Whatever Ross Carr said to his North Belfast charges worked as they outscored the home side 7points to 2 points to leave Glenavy glade to hear the final whistle.
For the first ten minutes the Orangemen ruled the game with five unanswered points from Fergal Green with three (I a free), Malachi Doherty and Michael McCourt getting the other two. Oisin McVicker opened the visitors account when he split the posts, Chris McMullan opened his account with a point. Fergal Henry got in on the scoring with a point from an acute angle to open the gap to four. Chris McMullan and Kieran Lynn closed the gap to two. Malachi Doherty was showing glimpses of his form before his terrible injury which kept him out for a year when he landed a beauty between the sticks. With a passing movement out of defence the ball reached Patrick Gallagher who took a short solo before passing to Fergal Henry who found the back of the net to leave his side leading by double scores 1.07 v 0.05. Declan McCann added a point before the ever-reliable Fergal Green added two pointed free. Once more the hill side showed what they could do when a long kick-out from Lorcan Murphy found Oisin Hamill who got the ball to Patrick Gallagher who passed into the inrushing Peter Trainor and with a nice sidestep he found the net. Referee Eamon Hamill blew the halftime whistle with the score 20.9 v 0.05 in favour of the home side.
Charles McMullan landed a beauty between the posts from an acute angle. Ardoyne were given a boost when they were awarded a penalty for a jersey pull. Aaron McNeill was the coolest player on the pitch and gave the keeper no chance as the ball nestled in the net. To their credit the hill side fought back and were rewarded with an excellent goal from the hardworking Patrick Gallagher. Peter Traynor and Fergal Henry added points to leave the score at the water break 3.11 v 1.06. The visitors came out with all guns blazing with Charles McMullan adding a point to his tally. Malachi Doherty pulled a point back before Ardoyne added six unanswered points from Aidan McNeill 2, Declan McCann 1, Charles McMullan 3. To leave the score 3.12 v 1.13. Fergal henry added to his tally of points with Oisin McVicker getting the final point just before the final whistle was blown.
Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of football that was served up. Both teams are in action when Glenavy plays near neighbours Aldergrove. And Ardoyne entertain Davitt’s.
Glenavy: Lorcan Murphy; Oliver Brankin (Finn Malley); Liam \Henry; Chris Grant; Ryan Phillips; Darragh Doherty; Ruairi Forester; Oisin Hamill; Patrick Gallagher; Malachi Doherty (Ethan McGarry); Michael McCourt (Declan Doone); Fergal Green; Fergal Henry; Peter Trainor (Michael Fox) & Ciaran Loney.