Con Magees ladies beat Rossa in Division 2

Antrim Ladies Football League Division 2

Con Magees 5-7 Rossa 3-6

Con Magees Glenravel scored an impressive win over a somewhat understrenth Rossa side on Sunday evening’s Division 2 league game at Fr Maginn Park. In perfect conditions Glenravel were dominant from the start and with Torie Edgar proving a real handfull for the visitors defence they were two goals to the good, Edgar grabbing both from close range. Rossa got going when Rianna Matthews grabbed a goal but Con Magees came back with a goal from Laoisa McKenna to lead by 3-3 to 1-2 at half time.

McKenna grabbed her second goal soon after half time and though Matthews and Marie Terese Fleming grabbed goals for Rossa the home team were always in control and Kirsty Laverty sealed it with her team’s fifht goal.

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Mc Auley brace the platform for St Comgall’s success

133    Conor McAuley who scored 2-6 as St. Comgall’s Antrim defeated Casement’s  Portglenone in the McCormick Cup semi-final in Rasharkin today.

The Orchard Randalstown Mc Cormick Cup (Semi Final)

St Comgall’s Antrim 3-14 Casement’s Portglenone 3-11

A brace of first half goals by corner forward Conor McAuley laid the platform for St Comgall’s to claim a berth in the final of the McCormick Cup when they defeated Casement’s Portglenone at Dreen today.

Nothing separated the sides at the 20th minute mark after the Antrim men came from off the pace to haul in the quick starting Bannsider’s who had stepped smartly from the start blocks to raise a trio of white flags without reply.

Peter Duffin opened the scoring with a pointed free in the opening minute and when Corey McLaughlin and BJ Donnelly followed suit the Portglenone men looked to be taking charge.

St Comgall’s did gain their bearings after a lack lustre start to proceedings and by the 11th minute they had drawn abreast of the Portglenone men.

A smart interception and a slick interchange involving Shane Og Gribbin and Rory Griffin opened the way for Griffin to open their account with an 8th minute point and when the latter was fouled on the way to possibly another, Dylan Murdock took advantage to send the resultant free between the posts.

Casement’s did miss opportunity to increase their advantage in the 10th minute as Michael Donnelly’s effort was just a whisker off target but the resultant kick out, claimed by the hard working Dylan Murdock saw the centre forward send Myles Devine scampering away on the right hand side and finish with a fine point to level the issue.

The next phase was to see both sides in turn miss opportunities to take advantage but Peter Duffin escaped the close attentions of his close attendant James Mc Larnon to receive from Michael Donnelly and forward between the posts.

The Antrim lads were quick to return fire as Myles Devine had the ball over the bar at the other end shortly after.

Corner forward Devine was causing concern to the Casement’s defence when he took possession and again when he nipped out ahead of his marker to receive out on the right hand side and find Conor Mc Auley.

McAuley was impressive in the approach and equally eye catching in the finish

As he fired to the corner of the net and the Antrim men had nipped ahead.

St Comgall’s had come from behind to gain advantage and there was more to follow when Rory Griffin gathered a loose ball on the ‘40’ to scamper away through the middle and send goal scorer Mc Auley in to raise another green flag.

The Antrim men had taken advantage and Myles Devine added a point as did the goal scorer Mc Auley although Casement’s replacement Eoin Doherty had the last say of the half as he raised a 30th minute white flag.

The short whistle which signalled respite and a few minutes break to seek shelter from the sweltering conditions saw St Comgall’s with a 2-06 to 0-05 lead.

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The second period saw the Bannsider’s strike first as Eoin Doherty had the ball over the bar in the opening minute with Myles Devine quick to reply in kind at the other end.

Casement’s were striving to close the gap as the second period made progress with the pace laden Peter Duffin causing concern with his movement, and indeed with his finishing as he fired over three quick points.

Dylan Murdock’s 40th minute free which yielded a point eased the pressure on the St Comgall’s men and they looked to have reached the calm waters of safety a few minutes later as Rory Griffin added a third goal.

A super Paddy Quinn delivery and a cute Myles Devine lay off opened the way for the slight wing half forward to provide an excellent finish and ensure a 3-09 to 0-09 advantage for the Antrim men.

The Bannsider’s looked down and out but in a dramatic last quarter the Portglenone men were not about to settle for a fate which looked inevitable.

Substitute Gareth Kelly signalled arrival in the 45th minute as his precision cross opened the way for the incoming Peter Duffin to collect and fire directly to the net.

The St Comgall’s men returned to the coal face with another Conor McAuley point to ease concerns but the next few dramatic minutes were to see the whole complexion of the semi-final change as the Bannsider’s came roaring back into contention.

A foul on replacement Gareth Kelly inside the square saw a penalty awarded and Peter Duffin’s strike yielded a goal to close the gap to four points.

The Antrim men were wavering it seemed as Peter Duffin added another goal when his cross field delivery seemed to deceive the keeper as it ended up in the corner of the net.

Casement’s had almost bridged the gap as they had reduced the gap to the minimum and questions were being asked as to character of the Comgall’s men.

Casement’s seem to have taken the initiative as Gareth Kelly fired over a good point but a couple in reply from the excellent Conor Mc Auley saw the Antrim men edge two in front again by the 56th minute.

After almost an hour under a hot evening sun a place in the final of the Mc Cormick cup was still in question as both sides in less than ideal conditions gave their all.

In the event it was to be the Antrim men who were to win the day as replacement Niall Taggart sent Conor Mc Auley in to raise a 29th minute white flag.

St Comgall’s had moved four points clear and although Casement’s battled right to the end as Peter Duffin’s injury time strike yielded a point it came as consolation with the Antrim men claiming a place in the final of the Mc Cormick cup, crossing the finish line 3-14 to 3-11.

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St Comgall’s: Paul Quinn, Paul Flanagan, James Mc Larnon, Callum Mc Cabe, Ryan Mc Auley, Patrick Quinn, Shane og Gribbin, Lewis Higgins, Oisin Crilly, Joe Webb (0-01), Dylan Murdock (0-02), Rory Griffin (1-00), Myles Devine (0-04), Ciaran Quinn (0-2) Conor McAuley (2-06).

Subs

Dannon O’ Hara for C Mc Cabe

Niall Taggart for D Murdock

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Casement’s: Ryan O’ Neill, Adrian Mc Keever, Damien Dillon, Chris Convery, Aidan Emerson, Paddy Carey, Declan Mc Erlean, BJ Donnelly, Coary Mc Laughlin (0-01) Conor Magee, Mark graham, Michael Donnelly, Tony Convert, Peter Duffin (3-06), Peter Cush

 

Subs

Eoin Doherty (0-02) for A Emerson

Gareth Kelly (0-1) for P Cush

 

Referee John Moran (St James)

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Saints fall short in tight battle at Musgrave Park

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O’Neill’s ACFL Division 2

St. Brigid’s 2-11  All Saints 1-12

St. Brigid’s overcame the challenge of visitors All Saints in a tight battle at Musgrave Park on Friday evening to keep in touch with the league leaders and in doing so sent the Ballymena side back into the bottom two.

All Saints had moved above Sarsfield’s with a win away to O’Donnell’s the previous Thursday night, their only win to date, and hoped to build on that win when they visited St. Brigid’s but despite a battling performance came up just short.

Once again All Saints fielded a very young and relatively inexperienced side and it was the greater experience and guile of the Belfast men that got them over the line in the end. As ever All Saints were up for it and certainly had a bit of bite about them from the off.

A brilliant goal from RJ McGrady and a brave punched finish from Cathal Conway (following an exquisite interception and ball-in from Paddy Finnegan) were the scores that swung it St. Brigid’s way.

All Saints responded with a goal from Shea O’Brien and four points from Michael McCarry and they pushed their opponents right to the wire but just couldn’t get the second goal that would have swung it their way.

All over the field St. Brigid’s had men who stood up and were counted, from Jamie Allen’s incredible shot-stopping to Conor King and Finn McKernan’s tenacity in the full-back line. Jack Dowling hit a couple of corking scores and Peter Henvey and Ben Leonard caused havoc alongside the ever-superb McGrady. And it was great to see Conor Taylor back in action after a long injury lay-off, coming on as a sub and helping to get his side over the line.

All Saints will be wondering just what they have to do to get a win. They led on the opening day of the season away to Dunloy until conceding two late goals which saw them lose by a point and defeats by two points to Tir na nOg and  Moneyglass and by four away to high riding Aldergrove and Gort na Mona and will be hoping for a turn in their fortunes when St. Paul’s visit on Wednesday night.

 

All Saints:

Niall Shannon

James Gillan

Pete McNicholl

Rhys O’Mullan.

James McDonnell

Emmet Killough

Joe Rafferty

Sean McVeigh

Paddy McAleer

Brendan McDonnell

Eoin Campbell

Kavan Keenan

Mick Mcgarry

Shea O’Brien

Cormac Lemon

Subs

Caolan loughran

Joe Rocks

D Kelly

Aldergrove stay tops thanks to impressive third quarter

 

Sean McAtamney and Brian Magee look back in despair as the ball nestles in the back of the Tir na nOg net during their ACFL Division 2 game at Aldergrove on Friday night.

O’Neill’s AFCL Division 2

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Report: Gary Crossan

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

St James Aldergrove (4-12) V Tir Na NOg (1-14)

The key to this somewhat facile victory for St James was an impressive third quarter display when they scored 2-03 with Tir Na NOg’s solitary response a solitary free converted after 44 minutes. The visitors had started brightly and looked the sharper with Christy Sheerin to the fore at midfield. A converted free by full-forward O’Neill after 5 minutes was added to by a score from play by McNeilly 4 minutes later as the visitors took a well-deserved 2 point advantage. St James were struggling to find any fluency but a well taken point by Conor Browning narrowed their arrears to the minimum somewhat against the run of play with 10-minutes elapsed. From the kick-out the Ogs moved the ball forward into the scoring zone with the minimum of fuss and Fegan slotted the ball over the black spot. The White Hill outfit, despite their lead were guilty of some wayward shooting and they had already racked up 5 wides by the time Fegan had re-established their 2-point advantage. Their wastefulness was punished when a high ball into the heart of their defence was plucked from the air by Aldergrove full-forward Ronan Hanna and his quick hands released the marauding Andy Flood who made no mistake from close range finishing to the Tir Na NOg net. The balance of possession started to swing in Aldergrove’s favour but several long-range efforts didn’t find their target and it was the Randalstown men who registered the next score with Sheerin converting a free after 16 minutes. The direct route proved fruitful once more for Aldergrove when Ronan Hanna rose highest to claim a speculative lob and, having turned sharply, dispatched a rasping shot past the stranded Tir Na NOg net minder McAtamney into the corner of the net. This pushed the home side into a 3-point lead  and although the visitors battled manfully Aldergrove started to take control with team captain Chris O’Kane and midfielder Brian McQuillan starting to boss the contest. When O’ Kane and James Trowlen added points from play after 18 and 20 minutes St James lead was stretched to 5-points. The White Hill men refused to buckle however and hit back with 4-points from play between the 21st and 26th minutes with McNeilly (2-points), Logan and McCormick adding to their side’s tally. This was as good as it got for the visitors however as Ryan Owens added a point from play and Fearghal Burke tagged on a couple of converted frees as the half entered added time to push Aldergrove’s lead out to 4-points at the half drew to a close.

BER_2931_383627 Aldergrove’s Ronan Hanna escapes the clutches of Christy Sheerin, Tir na nOg

H/T: St James Aldergrove (2-06) V Tir Na NOg (0-08)

Despite their advantage, the home side had not been at their best during the first-half but they emerged from the changing rooms with a renewed vigour and focus. When wing-back Chris Browning burst forward and sent a long range point between the posts 2 minutes into the half it was a sign of what was to come as St James stepped up a couple of gears. Gerald Mallon fed Burke a minute later and he pushed his side into a 6-point lead with an expertly finished point. The Randalstown challenge was beginning to wilt under the Crumlin sunshine and when the link-up between Hanna and Flood ended with the latter firing to the roof of the Tir Na NOg net Aldergrove’s greater dynamism threatened to steamroll a gallant but outgunned visitors. The home side were dominating all over the field during this decisive quarter and it was that man Andy Flood who was in the right place at the right time to once more finish of a fluid move with another 3-pointer. St James were now 12-points ahead before a solitary pointed free by Fegan registered his sides first score of the second half after 44 minutes. Aldergrove were not to be denied however and long range points by Fearghal Burke and Conor Browning supplemented by an audacious effort from fully 50 meters out on the left hand sideline by wing-back Stephen Gorman meant there was 14-points between the sides with 51 minutes gone. The Aldergrove management team took the opportunity to empty their bench during the closing stages of the game and this did result in a degree of disruption with the visitors able to capitalise hitting 1-5 in the closing minutes, the goal courtesy of McKeown. Aldergrove’s solitary response during this period was another long-range point from play by Conor Browning taking his personal tally to 3-points. As the entertaining contest came to an end it was St James who emerged victorious extending their unbeaten run to 6 games.

 

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St James Team: 1. Chris Taggart 2. Paul Cushley 3. Ferdia Carson 4. Chris McVeigh 5. Chris Browning (0-1) 6. Chris O’Kane (0-1) 7. Stephen Gorman (0-1) 8. Brian McQuillan 9. Ryan Owens (0-1), 10. Conor Browning (0-3) 11. Gerald Mallon 12. Andy Flood (3-0) 13. James Trowlen (0-1) 14. Ronan Hanna (1-0) 15. Fearghal Burke (0-4, 2 frees)

 

Subs:  Conleth Hendron for James Trowlen (40 mins), Tomas O’Callaghan for Chris Browning (51 mins), Fearghal Hanna for Andy Flood (49 mins), Eoin Masterson for Gerald Mallon (55 mins), Sean Fay for Fearghal Burke (56 mins).

 

Tír na nÓg 1. SP McAtamney 2. B. Magee 3. D. Martin 4. D. McCormick 5. S. Redmond 6. C. Duffin 7. C. Logan 8. M. Duffin 9. C. Sheerin 10. B. McCormick 11. C. McKeown 12. A. McNeilly 13. D. Fegan 14. R. O’Neill 15. P. Cullen 17. M. Tolan 18. P. Sheerin 19. K. McCann 20. D. O’Kane

Scorers:  A. McNeilly (0.4- 1 Free), D. Fegan (0.3- 2 Frees), C. Sheerin (0.3- 1 free), C. McKeown (1.0), C. Logan (0.1), B. McCormick (0.1), B. Magee (0.1), R. O’Neill (0.1- 1 Free)

 

Subs used: M. Tolan for P. Cullen (HT), P. Sheerin for D. Fegan (40mins), K. McCann for C. Logan (40mins), D. O’Kane for B. McCormick (43mins)

 

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Maguire and Rodgers goals turn the game Creggan’s way

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Darren McCann turns away after scoring the game’s opening goal against Creggan last night

O’Neill’s ACFL Division 1‏

Craggan 2-15 St. Teresa’s 1-06.

Second half goals from Aidan Maguire and Matthew Rodgers saw Creggan collect another brace of points when they overcame the challenge of visitors St. Teresa’s at their Staffordstown Road ground on Friday night.

On paper this looked like a bread and butter fixture for the home side who have only lost one game this season but bottom of the table St. Teresa’s came in search of much needed points and for a time looked like take something from this game.

The visitors were first off the mark when John Mallon pointed them ahead and when Darren McCann followed with a goal soon after the home side looked in a bit of trouble. Kevin Small pulled one back from a free and Sam Maguire followed with another from play to close the gap to two.

Small closed the gap to the minimum with another point from play and normal service appeared to have been restored but John Mallon struck an excellent point from a free to edge the Glen Road men two in front once more.

St. Teresa’s were battling for everything as Paddy Coey missed an opportunity to close the gap for the home side before an excellent fetch and turn by Liam Quinn saw the youngster split the posts to tie the contest for the first time.

That concluded the first half scoring with the sides level at 1-2 to 0-5 following an error ridden opening 30 minutes and St. Teresa’s would have been the happier of the two sides going to the dressing rooms with Matthew Rodgers having replaced the injured Ricki Johnston in the Creggan side.

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EARLY EXCHANGES

Kevin Small and John Mallon exchanged early scores as Keelin McCann replaced Dermot McCann in the Creggan side and when Kevin Small missed a simple free and then David McGuckin saw his shot smash of an upright, things didn’t seem to be going their way.

Again St. Teresa’s top forward, John Mallon tied the contest and it still looked anyone’s game but an Aidan Maguire goal and points from McGuckin and Fintan Burke totally changed the reflection of the game.

Suddenly the Kickham’s were playing with more confidence and fluency with Ruairi McCann pulling the strings and the best move of the game saw Liam Quinn finish with an excellent point and David McGuckin followed with another as the St. Teresa’s resistance finally started to subside.

The killer blow arrived soon after as Ruairi McCann produced a defence splitting run before setting up Matthew Rodgers and the youngster finished like a veteran to the back of the net to kill off the visitors challenge.

Time was nearly up at this stage but Creggan continued to attack in waves in the closing minutes with Sam Maguire, David McGuckin and Oistin McAteer firing over late points to put the icing on a good second half performance by Kevin Madden’s side.

This win sees Creggan hold onto second place after league leaders, St. Gall’s came through in a bruising battle at Hannastown. Ruairi McCann was the man behind a lot of the positive moves they produced while David McGuckin, Kevin Small, Liam Quinn and substitute Matty Rodgers were others who impressed on the night.

St. Teresa’s will take some encouragement from their first half performance but will be annoyed at how they faded so badly as the game progressed with John Mallon their best on view on the night and their only real scoring threat.

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Photographs: Damien McKee-Picture magic Studios