Cargin close in on Minor League title

U17 Football League Division One

St Mary’s Aghagallon 0-06 Erin’s Own Cargin 2-13

Following Sunday’s win over Con Magee’s, Glenravel, Cargin continued their relentless pursuit of the U17 football league title when they travelled to Aghagallon on Wednesday evening and returned home with an impressive win over the reigning minor champions.

The Toome side started on the front foot and scored half a dozen points in the opening ten minutes without reply and never looked in danger throughout the contest.

Conhuir Johnston raised a couple of white flags in as many minutes with Ben Mc Larnon and Carl McCann following suit by the 7th minute.

The home side were struggling in the early stages and Callum Gribbin and Conhuir Johnston added further points to leave them 0-6 to 0-0 ahead.

The home side opened their account in the in the 12th minute through Eoin Maginnis with Callum Mulholland adding another within a minute but that was as good as it was to get for the St Mary’s side as Cargin continued to dominate and further points from Conhuir Johnston, Cahir O’ Boyle, and a slick Diarmuid Quinn effort ensured a 0-09 to 0-02 advantage for the Toome lads at half time.

Aghagallon threatened in the early minutes of the second half but were unable to add to their total and although the visitors lost the services of mid fielder Charlie Mc Cann in the 31st minute back to back goals from Conhuir Johnston and Diarmuid Quinn ensured the visitors were on the way to victory.

Patryk Matchick paved the way for a Conhuir Johnston point with a foul on Carl Mc Cann opening the door for Cahir O’ Boyle to despatch the resultant free between the posts

 Replacement Fiontan Hardy then sent  Conhuir Johnston on his way to fire to the net in the 43d minute and when Diarmuid Quinn got on the end of a Callum Gribbin delivery to add another goal for the visitors the die was cast.

Connor Magill and Callum Mulholland replied with late points for Aghagallon but these were merely consolation scores as Cargin crossed the line convincing winners to retain top spot in the ratings.

Aghagallon: Joseph Mc Donald, Darragh Keighley, Chris Hannon, Ryan Mulholland, Keelan Gardiner, Aidan Brady, Conor Magill (0-01), James Mc Cormick, Eoin Maginnis (0-01), Sam Thomas, Callum Mulholland (0-03), Sean Gowdy, Michael Hamill, Ronan Crawford, Nathan Gowdy.

Subs

Garret Ramsey

Sean Mc Gavigan

Ronan O’ Connor

Cargin: Daniel Mc Cann, Patryk Matchyk, Hugh O’ Donnell, Eoin Scullion, Cahir O’ Boyle (0-02), Ciaran Mc Peake, Jack O’ Neill, Charlie Mc Cann, Cian Scullion, Jack Harney, Conhuir Johnston (1-06), Ben Mc Larnon (0-01), Carl Mc Cann (0-01), Diarmuid Quinn (1-01), Callum Gribbin (0-02)

Subs

Fiontan Hardy for C Mc Cann

Tom Mc Cann for J O’ Neill

Fintan O’ Donnell for D Quinn

Conleth Hamill for C O’ Boyle

Referee: S Toal (St. Patrick’s)

Dominant Cargin secure Reserve League Title

A C Division one (Reserve) League

Erin’s Own Cargin 4-17    St Mary’s Aghagallon 1-05

The Cargin second string secured the division one reserve league title with a win over the visiting Aghagallon side in what was a dominant display at the Toome venue on Friday evening last.

The Erin’s Own outfit having continued through the season without a defeat thus far did start this one as firm favourites and the pace laden PJ Quinn found the net shortly into proceedings and Ben Dobbin added another a few minutes thereafter they looked in charge.

Aghagallon did strive to open their account early in proceedings as Jonathan Hannon raised white, but the home side, with the impressive Mark Keegan solid at centre back were not to make further the concession until the second quarter when Ruairi Mc Shane added a second point in aid of the visitors.

In the interim the home side having dominated with corner man PJ Quinn, mid fielder Eunan Quinn, Paudie Mc Laughlin adding points apiece before the impressive Kieran Close helped himself to three the home side had opened up a ten point advantage at 2-06 to 0-02.

Aghagallon did looked to make addition to their total even when they did manage to gain passage to the posts with Michael Mc Stravick making inroads the St Mary’s side’s finishing did prove erratic.

The home side were having better luck in their finishing with John Mc Nabb, Marty O’ Neill and the ever accurate Kieran Close (2)  to the board raising whites, and a slick interchange between PJ Quinn and Eunan Quinn saw the latter claim an eye catching goal to ensure a 3-10 to 0-02 interval advantage.

The visitors really required a positive start to the second portion if they were to make any inroads into the home side’s advantage, but in the event it was the Toome men who were quicker into stride to maintain domination.

John Mc Nabb did grab a major within a minute of the resumption and delivering a point minute thereafter with the ever busy Kieran Close adding

A further brace before Paudie Mc Laughlin followed suit, the end was well in sight.

The home side did look to the bench in the last quarter giving game time the Michael Clarke, Benny Laverty, Michael Mc Guckin and Tom Shivers with the latter signalling his presence with a point after introduction.

The indomitable Kieran Close and Odhran Molloy added further points before the visitors made reply with a well delivered Ruairi Mc Shane goal fully aided by a smart Aaron Doherty cross.

The St Mary’s men did continue to push forward in the latter stages but although they did have the last say on proceedings as the hard grafting Niall Patterson grabbed a couple of points but such, delivered in respective stylish finish were much in consolation with the home side crossing the winning line to claim victory and secure the league title on a winning scoreline of 4-17 to 1-05.

Referee J Moran (St Joseph’s)

Teams

Cargin

Tomas Laverty, Eoin Coyle, Gerard Mc Corley, Dermot Mc Guckin, Jack Kelly, Mark Keegan, Ben Dobbin (1-00), Odhran Molloy (0-01) Eunan Quinn (1-00), Paudie Mc Laughlin (0-01), Kieran Close (0-07), Shay Bovill (0-1), Marty O’ Neill (0-01), John Mc Nabb (1-03), PJ Quinn (1-01)

Subs

Brendan Laverty

Michael Mc Guckin

Michael Clarke

Aghagallon

Gabhan Baine, Stephen Brannigan, Jack Nelson, Sean Doherty, Aaron Doherty (0-01), Jonathan Harbinson, Kieran Magee, Ruairi Mc Shane (1-010, Chris Henry, Callum Fitzpatrick, Niall Patterson (0-02), Seanan Donnelly, Michael Mc Sravick, Jack Hannon (0-01), Conal Patterson

Tir na nOg ease home for opening day victory

Andersonstown SC IFC Group 2

St. Paul’s 2-14 Tir na nOg 3-18

St Paul’s and Tir na nOg served up an entertaining Intermediate Championship Group 2 opener at Shaw’s Road last night. The visitors looked in danger of running away with it during the opening exchanges when they raced into a 2-3 to 0-0 lead after 8 minutes.

They were still in a commanding position at half time when they had extended their advantage to 10 points but were forced to fight off a St. Paul’s rally in the second half.

The visitors got off to a flying start with Colm Duffin firing to the net in the opening minute when he followed up on a rebound and Aaron McNeilly added a point from a ‘65’ as Tir na nOg opened at a blistering pace.

Kevin Murray in the St. Paul’s goal brought off a great save as Tir na nOg pushed forward again but was helpless as Kevin McCann rattled the net in their next attack to move his side 2-1 to 0-0 ahead with only 5 minutes on the clock.

It was all one way traffic at this stage as Darragh Fagan added a couple of quick fire points to move the visitors nine ahead before Sean Lawell registered St. Paul’s first score as he sent over a good point with 9 minutes on the clock.

Kevin McCann for Tir na nOg and Declan Chapman for the home side exchanged further points and Eamon Og McAllister for the Whitehill side and Sean Lawell for St. Paul’s followed with fast exchanges but the home side were having difficulty in dealing with the sheer intensity of the opposition.

By half time Tir na nOg had put themselves in a strong position with Colm Duffin, Christy Sheerin 0-2, and Eamon Og McAllister adding further points and Anthony Gallagher and Sean Munce replying for the Shaw’s Road side.

Tir na nog made the better start to the second half as they added a point through Ciaran Logan but St. Paul’s replied through an excellent long range effort from their centre-half and another from Conall Duffy from all of 70 meters.

The Randalstown side were still enjoying the better of the exchanges as they came straight back with points from Ciaran Logan and Colm Duffin but slowly the ‘Hoops’ were starting to gain a foothold and they struck with a goal from Sean Munce and points from Sean Lawell, Munce and Anthony Gallagher to bring themselves right back into contention at the end of the third quarter.

Eamon Og McAllister and a couple from Ciaran Logan eased the pressure but St. Paul’s were now enjoying some success and a goal from Sean MacCorraidh and a point from Conall Duffy had them right back into contention by the 23d minute and only four points separated the sides.

Just when it looked like a St. Paul’s comeback was gaining momentum the Whitehill side produced a moment of magic of their own as they replied immediately with a goal at the other end with Colm Duffin applying the finish to put a bit of daylight between the sides.

The home side never gave up and added four points in the run in to the final whistle with Anthony Gallagher leading the way with 0-3 and the impressive Sean Lawell getting the other but a well organised Tir na nOg were always able to respond and Duffin, Daniel Martin and Aaron McNeill were all on target at the other end to see them collect the points.

St. Paul’s: 1 Kevin Murray, 2 Aaron Carey, 3 Fionntan Gamble, 24 Thomas Duffy, 5 Tiarnan Auld, 6 —-7 Conor Gallagher, 8 Mark Munce, 9 Sean Lawell, 10 Conall Finnegan, 11 Declan Chapman, 12 Anthony Gallagher, 13 Conall Duffy, 14 Sean MacCorraidh, 15 Sean Munce

Tir na nOg: 1 Kevin Sheerin, 2 Tony Martin, 3 Ryan O’Neill, 4 Connor McCamphill, 5 Daniel Martin, 6 Caoimhin Duffin, 7 Manus Smith, 9 Aaron McNeilly, 10 Eamon Og McAllister, 11 Christy Sheerin, 12 Niall Devlin, 13 Kevin McCann, 14 Coplm Duffin, 15 Darragh Fagan, 17 Emmet Martin, 19 Oliver McAtamney, 20 Kevin Kerr, 22 Connor McKenna, 23 Ciaran Logan, 24 Josh Higgins, 16 Michael Higgins.  

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan

Aghagallon hold on for opening day win

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 3

Aghagallon 2-13 Gort na Mona 2-9

On an evening befitting of any championship match, Pairc Na Gael played host to an entertaining game, with Aghagallon running out eventual winners with four points to spare, although at the midway point in the second half they looked to be in total command. To their credit, Gort na Mona competed resiliently to the final whistle reducing what was a ten point advantage to the eventual four, with the score line ending at 2-13 to 2-9.

It did not take long for things to come to life and it was the visitors who got off to the stronger start, racing into a two point lead. Firstly through a free from the accurate Padraig Mc Hugh and then when Gort ace, Dessie McClean marked expertly under intense pressure from Jamie Lamont, he switched the play and played in the on-running Niall Melaney to dispatch from twenty-five yards with his left foot.

Aghagallon responded and dominated possession for the next phase of the game, though scores did not come easily with the well organised Gort na Mona rear guard. They did get off the mark however, when Ruairi McCann collected possession on the right side of the goal, took his man on and converted on the stretch with his left foot.

This was followed up when Niall Mc Shane found space on the right side of the ‘D’ and converted with the outside of his right foot, expertly. Eunan Walsh, who went on to torment Gort na Mona over the course of the game, found space on the right once again and struck a great score to push the home team in front.

Aghagallon took control of affairs from here on. They struck a a brilliantly worked goal, with Daryl McAlernon and Jack Lenehan linking up in the middle of the field, releasing the rampant Walsh to beat a number of men on the right flank, get to the end line and square the ball to Ruairi Mc Cann, who palmed the ball home from close range.


Both teams traded scores for the next ten minutes with Gareth Magee, and Eunan Walsh raising white flags for St Mary’s, and Darren Boyd and Thomas Mc affrey keeping Gort na Mona in touch. The latter with a sweetly struck forty-five. Then came the decisive score, or what should have really been a decisive score, from a St Mary’s perspective.

Heavy pressure on the Gort na Mona defence, as they tried to work the ball out led to a turnover on their forty-five metre line, with Daryl McAlernon intercepting. He steadied himself and laid the ball off to the onrushing Ruairi McCann, who took a bounce and finished emphatically to the top corner of the net. This put the home side firmly in the driving seat as the game headed for half time, with St Mary’s eight points to the good.

Upon the restart, St Mary’s immediately got the score board moving, with Ruairi McCann winning well in front and feeding Enda Mc Cartan who cut in from the left flank and unleashed without a second thought from twenty-five yards. The next ten minutes were scrappy in truth, as Aghagallon dominated possession but could not seem to establish a flow to their attack.

Gareth Magee injected life as he attacked his man, resulting in a free, that he converted with ease, stretching the lead out to ten points. At this stage of the game, the Aghagallon defence had been relatively untroubled with Aidan Mulholland and Jamie Lamont getting the better of their men, Pat Branagan beginning attacks with intent and Jack Lenehan and Daryl Mc Alernon providing a calming presence in the middle sector of the field.

At the half-way point of the half however, Gort na Mona received a life line when a St Mary’s kickout malfunctioned and allowed Darren Boyd to claim the ball and delicately loft it over the head of the back-peddling St Mary’s keeper, Damien O’Hagan. Gort Na Mona did seize the initiative at this stage of the game and followed up with two quick fire points, from Dessie Mc Lean and Niall Mc Aleavey respectively.

Aghagallon needed an outlet, and once again, Eunan Walsh came to the fore, adding a score at a time when it was most required, to follow up on a point he had added in the initial spell of the second half. St Mary’s dug in at this stage but were far from free flowing in attack, but got scores that allowed them to keep the scoreboard moving with Oisin Lenehan and Gareth Magee adding points to stretch the lead out to seven, with less than two minutes remaining.


Gort Na Mona would have the final say though, and must garner credit for their commitment to the cause. Dessie Mc Lean, a constant thorn, beat his man on the bye line and squared the ball to Neil Henry to finish smartly from close range. What was a positive finish to the game for Gort will undoubtedly be a frustration for St Mary’s who will regret not closing the game out given their position of dominance with fifteen minutes to play.

This sets up an interesting tie in two weeks between Gort Na Mona and Randalstown, with St Mary’s then facing the latter two weeks later, in the last weekend in August.

Teams:

Aghagallon: Damien O’Hagan, Aidan Mulholland, Jamie Lamont, Paul Mulholland, Eunan Walsh, Jack Lenehan, Pat Branagan, Daryl Mc Alernon, (Davy Mc Alernon 45 mins), Oisin Lenehan,  Enda Mc Cartan, Ciaran Mc Guinness,  Marc Mc Afee,  Gareth Magee,  Ruairi Mc Cann, Niall Mc Shane (Caolan Farr 45 mins)

Gort Na Mona: Thomas McCaffrey,Sean Campbell, Tiarnan Keenan, Padraig Cournan, Aodhan Mc Donagh, Michael Savage, Padraig Mc Caffrey, Caoimhin Magee, Aodhan McDonagh, Padraig Mulvenna, Christopher Carson, Dessie McClean, Padraic McHugh, Darren Boyd, Niall Melaney

Referee: Sean Laverty (Moneyglass)

Danny Mooney RIP

By John ‘Curly’ McIlwaine

A large crowd of family and friends gathered at McQuillan’s GAC Ballycastle on Tuesday to play their last farewells to former hurler Danny ‘Monkey’ Mooney who passed away when walking on Rathlin Island just over a week ago. In a ceremony conducted by Danny’s friend John Foley, a Humanist Celebrant, some of Danny’s colleagues spoke fondly about their former friends.

Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick who was a member of Ballycastle Ramblers, and small exclusive group of friends, which included Colum ‘Towser’ Davidson, Joe Donnelly, Benny Elliott, Eddie McHenry and John Moore  spoke of his 30 year friendship with Danny and their shared love of GAA, Celtic, Barnsley (yes Barnsley), pints , quizzes, walking, which always ended in the Boyd Arms.

Boyd Arms proprietor Paul McAuley fought back the tears as he spoke about how Danny and him had been friends since the day they started primary school together and how it had remained strong throughout their lifetime.

John Foley read some lines written by Joe Donnelly of how his father told him of Danny’s exploits for the Town, when he was man of the match in the 1978 Ulster final win over Portaferry and how he ended up playing with Joe on the Reserve team in later years.  

Danny’s widow Anne fittingly wrapped it all up when she told of her love for a man who had been kind and generous, a great father, stepfather and grandfather during their seventeen years together.

After the service everyone was invited into the McQuillan’s clubrooms for food and refreshments before Danny’s remains were taken to Roselawn Crematorium.

Danny Mooney was one of life’s real characters who will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Paul Fitzpatrick summed it up well when he quoted from Abraham Lincoln “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” And later when appropriately  used a line quoted at the funeral of Celtic goalkeeper John Thompson “They never die who live in the hearts they leave behind”

To Anne and the family we offer our sincere condolences.   

Danny (left) with some members of the Ballycastle Ramblers