Glenavy Hold on to Claim South West Shield


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South West Under-12 League (Shield Final)

St Joseph’s Glenavy 2-03 Cuchullian’s Dunloy 1-05

The second game of this double header at Ahoghill on Monday evening was the contest for the under-12 shield and it proved to be a most enjoyable affair and the proverbial ‘game of two halves’. The quick starting Glenavy looked like running away with it early on but had to dig deep to hold on to repel the strong finishing Dunloy and secure the silverware.

The St Joseph’s side with the impressive Michael Morgan leading the attack raced away to claim a couple of early goals and ensure a 2-02 to 0-02 interval lead but as the Cuchullain’s gained momentum in the second half with Oisin McCamphill leading the charge the Glenavy boys were forced to dig deep.

Dunloy looked to employ the scoreboard attendants first in the opening phase of the under-12 shield decider but they were to rue missed opportunities to include a  penalty in the opening five minutes.

The Cuchullian’s had spurned a couple of chances in the opening two minutes before a 3rd minute Michael Morgan strike yielded a point for Glenavy to see the St Joseph’s open their account  but when Dunloy’s Eoin Richmond was fouled inside the square to earn a 5th minute penalty the full forward assumed the spot kicking duty himself.

The Glenavy keeper Matthew Nelson, who was to play a starring role was equal to the task however as he went to his right to make a splendid save to deny the striker.

As Dunloy continued to spurn opportunities it was Glenavy who were proving more accomplished in attack and they went further ahead in the 10th minute as a pin point pass from Odhran Arthurs sent Michael Morgan in for a goal.

Glenavy had grabbed control and went further ahead in the 12th minute when a well laid counter attack initiated by net minder Matthew Nelson and carried forward by an Eoin Philips delivery opened the way for Michael Morgan to add a second goal.

The St Joseph’s boys had 2-01 on the board and the wasteful Cuchullian’s were still to open their account.

Dunloy finally got off the mark in the 15th minute as Oisin Mc Camphill sped through the middle to raise white, but Glenavy answered in kind shortly after as a precision movement involving net minder Matthew Nelson, James Monaghan, and Eoin Philips in turn sent the ever accurate Michael Morgan in to add a 19th minute point.

The Dunloy wide tally, having increased was halted in the latter stages of the opening period in stylish fashion as Cathaoir Gormley added a Dunloy point but at the short blast Glenavy held a six point lead, 2-02 to 0-02.

At the start of the second half Glenavy continued where they had left off and they looked in charge when Eoin Philips increased the advantage with an early strike which yielded a 22nd minute point.

St Joseph’s having moved 2-03 to 0-02 ahead looked on their way but in the event this was to prove their last score as the young Cuchullain’s rose to the challenge.

Dunloy looked to bridge the gap in the early minutes but despite impressive  approach play they were still finding it difficult to locate the target.

Such was about to change however as the impressive Oisin Mc Camphill led the way and a foul on the mid fielder opened the door for Francis Mc Mullan to send the resultant free over the bar and when Eoin Richmond delivered the former grabbed a 34th minute goal.

Only  one score separated the sides as the tide had obviously turned and although Glenavy still led, 2-03 to 1-03 the Cuchullian’s had taken control and seemed on the march.

Oisin Mc Camphill added another point in the 36th minute as the Cuchullian’s laid siege and the Glenavy boys were now defending with everything they had to contain their opponents

The end was in sight as the Cuchullian’s continued to press and both Francis Mc Mullan and Pearce Mc Lean were just off target with respective chances.

The clock ticked onwards towards the 40 minute mark with just two points separating the sides when Francis McMullan held his nerve to despatch a 30 metre free over the bar.

Injury time progressed with the boys from Chapel Hill battling to hold on and although  Cuchullain’s continued to press they were not to make another mark and the referee’s long blast brought relief to Glenavy as they concluded with a 2-03 to 1-05 margin to secure the Shield.

Glenavy: Matthew Nelson, Oisin McArdle, Peter Mulholland, Sean Mulholland, Dara McAllister, James Monaghan, Eoin Byrne, Odhran Arthurs, Eoin Philips (0-01), Matthew Kane, Niall Burke, Michael Morgan (2-02), Ethan Hotchkiss.

Subs: Oisin Brown for E Hotchkiss

Dunloy: Aaron McFerran, Jay McAuley, Ben O’ Kane, Ryan Scott, Stephen McCamphill, Francis McMullan (0-01), Pearce Maguire, Oisin McCamphill (1-02), Cathaoir Gormley (0-01), Reece Cunning, Callum Dixon, Connor Mort, Pearce McLean.

Subs: Paudie Martin for P McLean

Referee: Peter Higgins (Tir na nOg)


Glenravel bridge 21 year gap to take Junior Football crown

10AGKennedy Centre Antrim Ladies Junior ‘A’ Championship


Con Magees Glenravel celebrate after winning the Kennedy Centre Antrim Ladies Junior ‘A’ Championship with a win over Gort na Móna at Cliftonville

Gort Na Mona 3-07-3-11 Con Magee’s Glenravel

By Kevin Herron

Con Magee’s Glenravel turned in a superb second-half showing as they clinched the Kennedy Centre Antrim Ladies Junior ‘A’ Championship with a 3-11-3-07 win over Gort Na Mona in Monday evenings final, under lights at Cliftonville. After falling six points behind early in the game the Glenravel girls had a mountain to climb but they battled back to gain parity by half time. They had to withstand a barrage from Gort na Móna early in the second half when they fell two points behind, but their swift combination play up front eventually paid off and the fought back with two brilliant goals to clinch their first title since 1996.

Anna McCann gave Gort Na Mona the lead within two minutes, conjuring up a superb point off the left foot, though Caoimhe McAleenan responded at the other end to level for Con Magee’s with five minutes on the clock.

The young Gort’s played some fantastic football in the opening stages and with six minutes on the clock they found the opening goal of the final, Aoibhin Enright was left with too much time and space and the Gort Na Mona midfielder blasted high into the net past Joey O’Hagan to make it 1-01-0-01.

Five minutes later the Turf Lodge ladies doubled their lead, Aisling Stone was on hand to scramble the ball past O’Hagan and give her side a 2-01-0-01 lead. A further point followed courtesy of Jordan McCullough before Con Magee’s launched into action as Laoise McKenna split the posts for her side’s first score in almost fifteen minutes. Kirsten Edgar converted a free shortly afterwards and was followed by a Dervla Donaghy point as Con Magee’s were establishing a firm foothold in the game.

With five minutes of the half remaining Con Magee’s were gifted a massive opportunity as referee Mark McDonald spotted in infringement in the small square and signalled for a penalty. Laoise McKenna took responsibility and drove her effort hard and low past Ciara Thompson to put just the minimum between the sides, 2-02-1-04. Aoibhin Enright ended Con Magee’s purple patch of 1-03 without reply with a magnificent point, however Caoimhe McAleenan replied at the other end. Gort Na Mona looked to be heading in at the interval with a two-point advantage after Anna McCann converted a free two minutes into injury-time, but Kirsty Laverty and Laoise McKenna dug deep to hit vital points which ensured that Con Magee’s were back on terms at the break, 2-04-1-07.

Both sides were guilty of lacking composure in front of goal in the first ten minutes of the second-half as scores were at a premium.

Anna McCann; who opened the scoring in the first-half would repeat her feat and open the second-half scoring with a confident shot that sailed over the bar to restore her sides lead.

Kirsty Laverty tied the game up for Con Magee’s after Gort Na Mona were caught napping from a quickly taken Laoise McKenna free, but  McCann conjured up her fourth score of the evening and third from play to make it 2-06-1-08.

Gort Na Mona looked to be back in the ascendancy as Aoibhin Enirght landed her third point of the evening to double her side’s advantage; however that was to be her sides last score for almost twenty minutes as Con Magee’s took control of the final.

Kirsten Edgar turned the ball over the bar to put the minimum between the side’s midway through the half and within a minute Con Magee’s hit the front for the time in the contest.

Laoise McKenna turned over Ciara Thompson’s kick-out and the Glenravel girls moved in on the Gort Na Mona goal, the ball was worked into a dangerous position and Victoria Edgar made no mistake as she drilled the ball high into the roof of the net, giving Thompson no chance to make it 2-09-2-07.

Gort Na Mona missed the chance to cut the deficit as Anna McCann’s rushed free veered to the left and wide and with ten minutes remaining the Turf Lodge side fell further behind.

Con Magee’s broke at pace and worked a goal chance, Ellen Hynds watched on in agony as Ciara Thompson parried her shot and Kirstin Edgar appeared to bundle the loose ball home with the aid of the post to put five between the sides, 3-09-2-07.

Gort Na Mona needed inspiration but Con Magee’s experience was beginning to tell, Victoria Edgar added a point to her earlier goal and Ellen Hynds landed a further point within thirty seconds to move the Glenravel ladies seven-points ahead.

The Gort’s would suffer a further blow as the clock ticked towards sixty minutes as Anna McCann was forced off with cramp, McCann’s side tried desperately to find a way back into the game but they were off target on three occasions, the closest through Molly White’s low drive.

Six-minutes into added time Gort Na Mona found their third goal of the game to set up a grandstand finish as Molly White got her angles right and drilled the ball high into the corner of the net past Joey O’Hagan to put four-points between the teams (3-11-3-07) but it was too late to effect the outcome as Glenravel bridged a 21 year gap.

Gort Na Mona: C Thompson, M Donnelly, N Brown, C Kennan, C Scannell, C Fryes, F McCotter, A McCann (0-04,0-01f), A Enright (1-02), J McCullough (0-01), M White (1-00), C Mulvenna, C Fox, A Stone (1-00).

Con Magee’s: J O’Hagan, C McAuley, E Dillon, C McKeown, E McAleenan, C McNeill, B McKay, E Higgins, L McKenna (1-02, 1-00f), D Donaghy (0-01), K Edgar (1-02,0-01f), C McAleenan (0-02), E Hynds (0-01), V Edgar (1-01), K Laverty (0-02).

Referee: Mark McDonald (St Galls)

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine




Tir na nOg Claim U12 Football Plate


South West under-12 League (Plate Final)

Tir na Nog 1-09 St Comgall’s 0-06

Tir na Nog Randalstown secured the under-12 plate when they proved just too strong for a gallant St Comgall’s side in the opening game in the double header affair under the bright Clooney floodlights at the Ahoghill venue on Monday evening.

Originally scheduled for the previous Friday evening and postponed due to a sodden pitch, a fine week-end and brighter skies had ensured a good sod awaited this time, and saw the young participants serve up most enjoyable fare to entertain the crowd.

The opening game saw near neighbours Tir na Nog cross swords with Antrim based St Comgall’s and although the Randalstown boys were to fall in arrears in the early stages an 8th minute goal despatched by Paul Mc Closkey saw them stride into the lead which they were to maintain throughout the contest.

St Comgall’s were away in front as impressive mid-fielder Diarmuid Hanna strode through the middle after claiming the start throw in to fire firmly between the posts.

Paul Mc Closkey delivered for Caolan Hughes to reply in kind at the other end and see the Tir na Nog side make an opening mark to draw abreast but the Antrim side went ahead again through Diarmuid Hanna.

The number 8 turned his attentions to place kicking after Niall Kearney was impeded with success to ensure St Comgall’s were 0-02 to 0-01 by the 7th minute.

Little had separated the sides in the opening phase but that was about to change and the next few minutes would see the Randalstown boys open a four point gap as Paul Mc Closkey despatched to the back of the net and Joe Mc Cormick followed with a couple of points.

Tir na Nog were at 1-03 to 0-02 and looking good.

St Comgall’s, led by the ever impressive Diarmuid Hanna replied as he split the posts following another stylish ‘solo’ approach in the 12th minute, and stepped forward to convert a 30 metre free following an indiscretion on Niall Kearney a couple of minutes later.

St. Comgall’s continued to push forwards but with the impressive Caolan Hughes standing tallest in a staunch rear guard the Randalstown boys were defiant in resistance.

A well directed clearance from the former opened the way for Joe Mc Cormick to nip away and split the posts at the other end in the 18th minute and the mid-fielder came close to adding a goal a minute later only to be denied by last man standing Connor Dennison.

The St Comgall’s net-minder made a superb intervention to deny him as he pushed the leather up and over the bar at the expense of a point when a goal looked certain to ensure the Tir na Nog had a 1-05 to 0-04 interval advantage.


Tir na Nog resumed in the second half with confidence high and a couple of points provided by the excellent Joe Mc Cormick saw them open up a six point lead.

St Comgall’s replied from the ever dangerous Diarmuid Hanna and indeed the Antrim side continued in their quest to make further addition on the scoreboard.

The Tir na Nog defensive unit proved resilient in their continued strong rear guard action with Caolan Hughes leading in defiance, and when back to back counter attacks realised further points from Paul Mc Closkey and Sascha Young the die was cast.

The Whitehill boys had moved into a seven point advantage and indeed they came mighty close to adding a late goal as Joe Mc Cormick left several defenders trailing in his wake before delivering just wide of the target.

St. Comgall’s continued to look for the posts in the latter stages and they were to have the last say in the scoring stakes with a late Diarmuid Hanna point but the long blast which followed saw Tir na Nog cross the winning line and onto the podium with the under-12 Plate secured with a 1-09 to 0-06 winning margin.

Tir na Nog: Caleb Smith, Patrick McCloskey, Ronan O’ Neill, Dylan McLarnon, Caolan Hughes (0-01), Sascha Young (0-01), Paul McCloskey (1-01), Joe McCormick (0-06), Patrick McRoberts, Ben Collins, Rhys McCartney, Ollie Collins. Subs: Tiarnan Bonnes for R McCartney, Aodhan McGuckien for B Collins, Joel Robb for P McCloskey, Thomas McGlade for S Young

St Comgall’s: Connor Dennison, Shea McConville, Aidan Mawhinney, Aodhan O’ Neill, Shea McAuley, Daniel McLornan, Kaelin McGarrell, Diarmuid Hanna (0-06), Ryan Clarke, Niall Kearney, Leo McAleer, Sophie Shiels, Reilly O’ Loan

Referee: Colin Marron (Aghagallon)



South West Antrim Fixtures

Monday 18th September extra time if required

U12 Thomas Devlin Car Sales finals at Ahoghill

Plate: Tír na nÓg v St Comgalls 7.15pm

Shield: Dunloy v Glenavy 8.15pm


Friday 22nd September extra time if required

U12 Thomas Devlin Car Sales finals at Ahoghill

Cup: Cargin v Moneyglass 7.30pm


Saturday 23rd September extra time if required (venue to be confirmed)

Abbey Cup final

Glenravel v St Endas 3pm

U16 Ciaran Doherty & Co Accountants U16 Cup final

Glenravel v Tír na nÓg 4.45pm


Sunday 24th September extra time if required

U14 Thomas Devlin Car Sales finals at Lisburn

Plate: Creggan v St Comgalls 11.30am

Shield: Glenavy v Tír na nÓg 12.45


O’Donovan Rossa’s Croke to Casement The Final Mile

Rossa 24AFTER 115 miles and 30 hours, O’Donovan Rossa’s Great Solo Run finished up at Casement Park at 1pm today (Sunday) having left Croke Park at 7am on Saturday.

Hundreds of Gaels joined in for the final mile led by Tyrone footballer, Padraig Hampsey as it left the Devenish Complex and finished up at Casement Park with the overriding message of the event to highlight the urgent need to have the West Belfast venue redeveloped into a modern stadium that can act as a jewel in the crown of the GAA in Antrim and beyond.

The event began at GAA Headquarters with Kilkenny hurler and All-Ireland winner, Shane Prendergast flanked by Rossa camógs as the journey to Belfast began.

Runners completed at least a mile each before passing the ball to the next runner, but some literally went the extra mile as the ball made its way north and crossed into Ulster around 11pm on Saturday night.

The dark hours led into the light as Rossa made their way back home to Antrim where they passed Rossa Park on the Shaw’s Road and to the Devenish Complex where hundreds from Rossa and a number of other clubs throughout the city had gathered to finish the solo run.

Finaghy Road North was packed with Gaels, young and old as they turned onto the Andersonstown Road and crossed the finish line inside the grounds of the now derelict Casement Park to reiterate the message to ‘Build Casement’.

“We are overwhelmed by the response of Antrim Gaels to our Great Solo Run,” said Rossa chairman, Liam McAuley.

This initiative has highlighted the urgent need to build the new Casement Park to give our young Gaels a stadium in which they can aspire to play.

“The event was a great success and we thanks all who took part, from the organisers to the solo runners and of course, our generous sponsors for making this happen.

“We are also delighted to make a donation to PIPS Suicide Awareness and the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

It was a long, hard journey for our solo-runners who took part throughout Saturday and right through until the finish here at Casement Park.

“We hope this initiative has highlighted the support for the redevelopment of Casement Park and can help to galvanise the community to see the project completed.”