Silverbridge pay the penalty as Termon advance

FonaCAB Ulster Minor Football Tournament (Preliminary Round)

Termon (Donegal) 1-10 Silverbridge (Armagh) 0-6

This preliminary round of the St. Paul’s tournament, played at Colaiste Feirste  saw a good Termon of Donegal overcome the challenge of Silverbridge of Armagh to advance to the quarter-final where they will face Emmyvale of Monaghan next Sunday, 15th December. The Tir Connaill champions had it mostly their own way throughout though they did survive a mighty goalmouth scramble.

The Donegal side led 0-6 to 0-2 after 15 minutes and a goal from the penalty spot from Ryan McFadden saw them push on to a commanding 1-7 to 0-4 lead at the halfway stage and they were good value for that lead.

After the break McFadden was offered the opportunity to increase the Termon lead from the same scenario but this time the Silverbridge keeper dived full length to his left to make an excellent save and deny the Termon man.

It had little influence on the result however and in a low scoring second half Termon outscored Silverbridge 0-3 to 0-2 and on this showing will fancy their chances of giving the fonaCAB tournament a real rattle.

Kilcoo open with a win at St. Paul’s

fonaCAB Ulster Minor Football Tournament quarter-final

Kilcoo 3-6

Killyclogher 1-4

Kilcoo minors took the first step in matching the achievement of their senior side when they proved too good for a battling Killyclogher in the opening game of the St. Paul’s minor tournament at Shaw’s Road today.

In a game that took some time to come to life, first half goals from Jimmy Magee and two from man of the match, Justin Clarke put the Magpies in a commanding position at the break but Killyclogher grabbed a lifeline in the final moments of the half with Oran Toal intercepting a stray pass and playing in Potter who fired to the net.

Justin Clarke was outstanding for the Mourne side throughout as his side controlled the opening half and had a lot of the hard work done by the half way stage. The Tyrone side will rue the concession of those first half goals however with the second and third the result of poor defending and when Gavin Potter was sent off two minutes after the restart it was always going to be a big ask for the Tyrone side.

This game took a while to come to life with Justin Clarke getting the winners off the mark with a point from a 12th minute free. Both sides had wasted opportunities prior to this score, but Kilcoo were off target with a couple of efforts, while Killyclogher dropped several short when playing into the breeze.

Clarke added another with an excellent point from play before Porter opened Killyclogher’s account as he cut in from the left before firing over.

It was the Down champions who began to take command of matters at this stage as Shealan Johnston sent an excellent hand pass over the Killyclogher defence to free Jamie McKee and McKee fired confidently to the Killyclogher net for the game’s opening goal.

Mark Hayes for the Tyrone champions and Justin Clarke traded points before Clarke reacted quickly when his side were awarded a free and as the opposition defence switched off he sent his shot from 20 meters past Oran Grimes in the Killyclogher goals.

Killyclogher responded through a Potter point at the other end but Kilcoo struck with their third goal with three minutes remaining to the break when Clarke gathered a misplaced kickout by Grimes and his low shot across goal deflected off the far post and into the netand with a three-goal cushion, it was looking good for the Down champions,

Grimes redeemed himself when he got his fingers to a screamer from Clarke to tip over just before half time to leave Kilcoo leading 3-4 to 1-3 at the short whistle.

With the wind behind them seven points didn’t look an unassailable lead but in an early altercation Kilcoo’s Jack Devlin was booked and before play restarted Potter received his marching orders for the Tyrone men after McCusker went down injured.

What already looked a difficult task for Killyclougher had become a much tougher task and despite their best efforts they never really looked like getting back into contention in a very low scoring second half.

Justin Clarke got Kilcoo on their way with a pointed free in the 40th minute and while Joe McGurk responded with a good point, a Shealan Johnston free on 44 minutes for KIlcoo was to prove the final score of the game.

KIllyclogher went searching for goals but Michael Rafferty’s shot sailed just wide of the post and that was as close as they got to the goal that might have reignited their challenge.

Luke Clarke was issued a black cark in stoppage time to add to his previous yellow with this upgraded to red but it had no effect on the final outcome and it is Kilcooo who now go forward to the semi-final.

Kilcoo: A Curran; C Rogers, T Fettes, C Madine; L Clarke, A Morgan, M Hynes; N Doyle, R Tumelty; J Morgan, S Johnston (0-1 free), J Devlin; J Clarke (1-5, 1-3 frees), S McCusker (1-0), J McKee (1-0).

Killyclogher: O Grimes; C Conway, J McSorley, M Devlin; M Rafferty, J Rafferty, O McGettigan; O McCann, D Monaghan; B Quinn, O Toal, J McGurk (0-1); G Potter (1-2), M Hayes (0-1 free), L Higgins. Subs: C O’Hagan for O McGettigan (HT), P Corcoran for B Quinn (44).

Referee: Brendan Toland (Antrim)

Erin’s Own GAC, Cargin celebrate momentous season

It was a momentous year for Erin’s Own GAC, Cargin and the wide array of silverware on show at the club’s Annual Presentatin evening in the O’Neill Arms included the Antrim division 1 league, senior football championship and minor football championship cups.

Amongst the guests were county chairman, Ciaran McCavana and South West chairman, Jim McGrath while Malachy McCann, brother of the clubs number one supporter, Patsy McCann made the journey from his home in Buncrana to join in the celebrations.

Malachy, a former native of Toome managed Buncrana to an Ulster Junior Championship final and spoke eloquently about his former Erin’s Own club and the pride he felt at their success this season.

Ciaran McCavana, County Chairman presents the Senior Camogie player of the Year award to Katie Laverty.

Ciaran McCavana presents the Camogie club persons of the year award to Una Cassidy and Paula McCann.

County Chairman, Ciaran McCavana and South West Chairman, Jim McGrath present the County Minor Football Championship cup to Cargin captain, Sean Og Quinn.

The Cargin minor football team and their management with the County Minor Championship cup at the club’s annual dinner and presentation evening in the O’Neill’s Arm in Toome last night.

Jim McGrath, South West Chairman and Ciaran McCavana, County Chairman present the Antrim ACFL Division 1 cup and County Championship cup to Cargin captain, Michael McCann.

The Erin’s Own Cargin footballers with the ACFL and Senior Championship cups at the club’s dinner last night (Friday)

Sean O’Neill receives the Minor Footballer of the Year award from joint Minor team manager, Patrick McCann, Brian McCann and Darren Craig.

Club chairman, Gerard Laverty presents the joint Clubman of the Year award to minor team managers Patrick McCann, Brian McCann and Darren Craig.

Reserve team manager, J.C Devlin presents the Reserve Footballer of the Year award to Sean Og Quinn.

Ronan Devlin presents the Senior Footballer of the Year award to James Laverty.

Club chairman, Gerard Laverty makes a special presentation to management team member, Kevin Doyle and Ronan Devlin.

South West chairman, Jim McGrath presents the South West club of the year award to Cargin chairman, Gerard Laverty.

Malachy McCann, who made his way from his home in Buncrana to attend the Erin’s Own presentation evening, addresses the audience.

Cargin chairman, Gerard Laverty makes a presentation to the clubs best supporter, Patsy McCann and his brother Malachy who was a guest at the dinner.

Minor team managers Darren Craig, Patrick McCann and Brian McCann with club chairman, Gerard Laverty and the Antrim Minor Football Championship cup.

Saffron Gael photographer, Paddy McIlwaine presents photo collages of the Cargin Senior and Minor Championship winning teams to Cargin Chairman, Gerard Laverty.

‘Up for the cup’ The combined Cargin Senior and Minor football teams and their management pose for a photograph with their most famous son, Patsy McCann and his brother Malachy at the Erin’s Own GAC Dinner on Friday night.

Patsy and Malachy McCann with Cargin Senior captain, Michael McCann and Minor captain, Sean Og Quinn.

Sean Og Quinn and Michael McCann with the Antrim Senior and Minor football championship cups at the club’s annual dinner in Toome.

Family affair! Kate Laverty, Senior Camog of the Year and James Laverty, Senior Footballer of the Year with their proud parents at the Erin’s Own Dinner.

Kate and James Laverty, Camogie and Football Players of the Year.

South West chairman, Jim McGrath presents a cheque for £500-00 to Paddy McIlwaine who received it on behalf of the Saffron Gael. The Saffron Gael would also like to thank Tony Scullion for his generous donation on the night and his continued support.

Antrim draw Down and Fermanagh in McKenna Cup

Above – The captains of the nine Ulster counties with Ulster President Oliver Galligan and Terry McCrudden of sponsors Bank of Ireland. Pic by John Merry

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Draw

The official competition launch and draw for the 2020 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup took place on Wednesday 4th December at Riddel Hall, Belfast.

Players and officials from each of the competing nine counties attended the draw along with a large media presence.

The draw was conducted by Ulster GAA President Oliver Galligan and Terry McCrudden, on behalf of competition sponsors Bank of Ireland.

Terry McCrudden of tournament sponsors Bank of Ireland draws his home county out the of the bowl first in Section 2

Oliver Galligan, Ulster GAA President commented:

“The Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup gives our county teams the opportunity to get back to much needed competitive action ahead of the National League.

‘‘Our supporters also enjoy getting back out to follow their teams after the inter-county off-season. Over 45,000 supporters attended our games last December and January and we expect another series of exciting matches in the 2020 competition.”

The three groups in this year’s McKenna Cup

Terry McCrudden, Regional Manager, Bank of Ireland added: “We’re delighted to sponsor the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup for another year and see our partnership continue to go from strength to strength.  Our purpose as a Bank is to help our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive, and so we recognise the importance of supporting everyone involved in making a competition like this so successful. We’re looking forward to another exciting season of competition fixtures between the Counties. We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck!

At the end of the evening we spoke to Antrim captain Declan Lynch

Ardoyne Mindskills event a big success

Penalty shoot-outs have been a hot topic amongst GAA followers this championship season and North Belfast club Ardoyne Kickhams GAC hosted a shoot-out with a difference last week to raise awareness of mental health issues.

It was an Antrim versus Down affair at Fennell Park as Lamh Dhearg’s John Finucane and Chris Hazzard of St Colman’s, Drumaness took turns between the posts to try and stop spot kicks from club members as well as sporting stars such as Saffron football captain Declan Lynch, Olympic boxing medallist Paddy Barnes and Cliftonville’s FC’s Joe Gormley.

The event was organised in conjunction with Mindskills Training, an organisation that works to prevent suicide and raise awareness of mental health issues.

“GAA players are known for being physically fit but the message from the day is that being healthy doesn’t just mean physical health, we must look after our mental health too. Both elements play a part in our wellbeing,” said Ardoyne Kickhams Chairman Philip McTaggart, who is also a trainer with Mindskills.

“Mental health issues can affect anyone but services receive just 0.2 per cent of the health budget. It is everyone’s interest to talk about it and I would encourage all GAA clubs to start the conversation, particularly with their young members about who they can talk to if they are having any issues.”