Creggan sit in a handy third spot

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Kickham’s Creggan 3-12 Gort na Mona 0-5

In a game that never really got going Kickham’s saw off Gort na Móna on a score line of 3-12 to 0-05. By the time the first half finished the Kickham’s led 2-05 to 0-02, the goals scored by Sean Duffin and Tiernan Mc Ateer. Paddy Coey added 2 points with Jamie Mc Cann getting three more and Darren Boyd getting both points for the Gorts.

 With the wind in their backs for the second half Kickham’s had the points secured inside the first 10minutes with Tiernan Burke scoring 1-01 and Paddy Coey adding 0-03  with the visitors unable to respond. Both sides emptied their benches and with Darren Boyd hitting 0-03 for the visitors it was left to Jamie McCann 0-01 and Dominic McAteer 0-02 to ease Kickham’s over the line.

This leave Creggan in a good position after 6 games as they  sit in third place but just a point behind joint leaders Cargin and St. Brigid’s. and these three with Rossa have set the early season running.

Creggan at the double

Homefit ACFL Division 1

Aghagallon 0-7 Kickham’s Creggan 0-14

Creggan returned to winning ways on Wednesday evening with an emphatic double points victory over Aghagallon. The visitors controlled the play from the start and although St Mary’s mounted more of a challenge in the second half the damage was done in the opening thirty minutes.

Jamie Mc Cann opened the scoring with a free from the 20 metre line and the lead was doubled when Frank Mc Auley rose well to take a mark and steadied himself to put it over the bar. Aghagallon tried to get a grip of the game but Pauric Maginnis was having to battle for possession in the forward line and their cause wasn’t helped when the young forward picked up a hand injury in one tussle and had to retire before the water break. 

Darryl Mc Alernon did pull one back but Jamie Mc Cann showed that he could be as accurate from 45 metres as he was from 20 with another free. With a lot of possession Creggan tried to put the ball into their forwards early and when Tiarnan Burke was fouled he put the free over himself. Darryl Mc Alernon halved the scores again with a free from 45 metres. However after this the game started to get away from the hosts, Jamie Mc Cann stepped up to take another 20 metre free wide on the right hand side but his job was made easier when some dissent from within the home defence saw it moved in and he obliged. Feeling that decisions were going against

them St Mary’s lost focus and Tiarnan Mc Ateer, Sean Duffin and Aidan Mc Keown all collected points before the break

Half Time

St Mary’s 0:02 Kickhams Creggan 0:08

As with the first half Jamie Mc Cann opened the scoring, this time from play fisting over the bar when he was released down the left hand side by Odhran Mc Larnon.

Tiarnan Burke took a mark and slotted over to extend the lead. The same player had an opportunity from the penalty spot when James Crossey fouled Tiarnan Mc Ateer but he put the ball over the bar – the penalty coming when St Mary’s thought they had a free but the referee judged Jack Lenehan to have over carried and while the hosts protested the visitors took a quick free. Ruairi Mc Cann was introduced for St Mary’s and came off the square to collect a pass and turned nicely to split the posts.

Another free for Creggan was moved closer to goal and Tiarnan Burke converted. Jack Lenehan got a free of his own and Niall Mc Shane got the next score, Damien O Hagan found Steven Branagan from a goal kick and he passed to Mc Shane who did well to shrug off his marker, create space for himself and slot it over. Ruairi Loughran got another free for St Mary’s as Creggan eased off the pressure.

The last ten minutes saw Loughran convert another free and the game was allowed to run out to a scrappy end with ill-discipline from both teams – the scoring was completed with points from Odhran Mc Larnon and Frank Mc Auley

Aghagallon:D O Hagan, S Branagan, R O Neill, S Devlin, J Crossey, J Lenehan (0:01 f), J Lamont, D Marshall, N Mc Shane (0:01) , J Hannon, C Mc Kavanagh, M Mc Afee, R Mc Shane,

P Maginnis, D Mc Alernon (0:02 1f)

R Mc Cann (0:01) R Loughran (0:02 2f)

Creggan: P Graham, E Carey-Small, S Maguire, J Mc Ateer, A Maguire, J Mc Cann (0:04 3f), K Burke, T Mc Cann, A Mc Keown (0:01), M Rodgers, T Mc Ateer (0:01), S Duffin (0:01)

F Mc Auley (0:02), T Burke (0:04 3f) O Mc Larnon (0:01)

St. Enda’s finally off the mark

Homefit ACFL Division 1

St. Enda’s 1-18 St. Mary’s Ahoghill 0-12

St. Enda’s finally got their 2021 season up and running following this good nine point win over St. Mary’s Ahoghill at Hightown last night. The Glengormley men have come close in all three of their encounters to date, losing by a late goal in Aghagallon and losing by the minimum to Lamh Dhearg and Gort na Mona and they were determined to put matters right at the fourth attempt.

The visitors cause certainly wasn’t helped when they lost Patrick Graham through injury after five minutes. Both sides opened sharply with the sides sharing the opening four points with Conor McAuley and Eoin Nagle on target for the home side and Owen Neeson and Niall O’Connell the men on target for the visitors.

Slowly the Glengormley men began to get on top however and McAuley hit two more points and another from Eoin Nagle had St. Enda’s three to the good by the 7th minute as Patrick Graham was forced off injured.

Cormac Morgan and James O’Connell exchanged point prior to the first water break where St. Enda’s led by 0-6 to 0-3 and it was O’Connell’s scoring prowess both from play and the placed ball that kept the score board ticking as he accounted for five of their next six points leading up to the break, the other coming from Tom McGlone.

It was St. Enda’s who kept the scoreboard tick during this period with (26?) putting them in the driving seat following a great flowing move from a turnover in defence to a palm into the Ahoghill net in the 25th minute.

By half time the Hightown side had moved 1-11 to 0-9 ahead with Kristian Healey, Ronan Healey and Gerard Crossey amongst the point scorers for the home side.

On the restart James O’Connell gave the Ahoghill side fresh hop as he pointed in the first minute to close the gap to four but the visitors wouldn’t score again for the next 19 minutes as St. Enda’s started to turn the screw.

They rattled off five points of their own as the Ahoghill challenge welted with Fionn Nagle, Donal Walsh, Kristian Healey and Michael Morgan leading the charge to put nine points between the sides and it was as good as over at this stage.

St. Mary’s did pull a couple back through the outstanding James O’Connell and Fionnbar O’Neill but these were merely consolation score with St. Enda’s concluding the scoring with late efforts from Donal Walsh and Cormac Morgan to run home convincing winners.

Paddy Flood, Fiontan Eastwood, Padraig Hamilton, Niall Healey, Michael McNamee, Conor Maxwell, Ronan O’Neill, Kristian Healey, Michael Morgan, Donal Walsh, Gerard Crossey, Finton O’Connor, Eoin Nagle, Cormac Morgan, Fionn Nagle, Conor McAuley

St. Mary’s Ahoghill: Francis Neeson, Joseph Logan, Martin Graham, Bernard Graham, Ronan Graham, Patrick Graham, Fionnbar O’Neill, Tom McGlone, Paddy Dougan, Michael O’Connell, Neil O’Connell, Dan O’Neill, Owen Neeson, Donal Graham, James O’Connell. Subs: Colla McDonnell for Patrick Graham,

Could someone send me through the St. Enda’s team, scorers and subs. I’m missing a couple of names

Cargin regain that winning habit

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Erin’s Own Cargin 1-19 Casement’s Portglenone 0-11

Cargin recovered from their reversal on Sunday last when they lost out to Rossa, to get back to winning ways when they proved too strong for the visiting Casement’s in Toome on Wednesday evening.

Damien Cassidy’s side started very much on the positive and had nipped away to a three point advantage in the opening five minutes.

Paul Mc Cann opened their account with a smart opening score followed in kind by John Carron and Ciaran Bradley.

The visitors did get off the mark when ace marksman Michael Hagen fired a 30 metre free kick between the posts but such was to find quick reply as a superb catch by Kevin Mc Shane and an accurate off load placed Ciaran Bradley to raise white before Mark Kelly sent David Johnston in for another.

An Oisin Doherty point saw the Bannsider’s double their tally but the Toome side replied and Mark Kelly and Ciaran Bradley opened the way for Benen Kelly to add a fine 14th minute point.

The home side were forced into change in the first quarter when Ciaran Bradley was forced out of the game being replaced by Paudie Mc Laughlin who was just in time to see Mark Kelly fire a 16th minute penalty to the net.

Paudie Mc Laughlin who had replaced Bradley had been upended as he was in the act of pulling the trigger saw the man in charge point to the spot with full forward Kelly finishing in style to ensure a 1-06 to 0-02 advantage at the first water break.

Cargin continued to impress with the impressive Kevin McShane adding a 17th point a couple of minutes into the second quarter.

The visitors responded and Oisin Doherty fired over a good point with Ronan Gribbin replying for the home side before Michael Kelly and Conal Delargy combined to send corner back Ronan Delargy in to fire between the posts in the 29th minute.

After playing second fiddle to their hosts for most of the opening period Portglenone were now enjoying a period of ascendancy and a 31st minute Conal Delargy point offered hopes of a come-back with the home side’s lead reduced to six points, 1-08 to 0-05.

It was not to be however as Kieran Close punished an indiscretion on Paudie Mc Laughlin in the 32nd minute when he directed the resultant free kick between the posts with the latter following in kind a couple of minutes later.

Oisin Doherty got Portglenone on their way again when he fired between the posts in the 35th minute and when Michael Hagen added another the visitors had regained a semblance of hope.

Cargin were not in any mood to relinquish a firm grip on proceedings however and further points from the strong running John Carron, Brendan Laverty, Paudie Mc Laughlin and the majestic Kevin Mc Shane saw them 1-14 to 0-06 ahead at the second water break and the die was cast.

Cargin took opportunity to send further replacements into the fray for the closing stages with Shane Gribbon, Eunan Quinn, and PJ Quinn given the experience of game time with further points from Paul Mc Cann, David Johnston, Paudie Mc Laughlin and Sean og O’ Neill stretching the advantage.

Casement’s, to their credit were not about to give up the ghost despite the futility of their cause and they finished with a flourish as full forward Michael Hagen added a trio of late points in answer to a John Carron effort with the Toome men breasting the line full value for their 1-19 to 0-11 win.

Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Sean og Quinn, Kevin O’ Boyle, Gerard Mc Corley, Ronan Gribbin (0-01), Sean og O’ Neill (0-01), Brendan Laverty (0-01), Kevin Mc Shane (0-02), John Carron (0-03), Ciaran Bradley (0-02), Paul Mc Cann (0-02), David Johnston (0-02), Kiernan Close (0-01), Mark Kelly (1-00), Benen Kelly (0-01)

Subs

Paudie Mc Laughlin (0-03) for C Bradley

Eunan Quinn for P Mc Cann

Shane Gribbon for R Gribbin

PJ Quinn for K Close

Casement’s: Ronan O’ Neill, Conor Magee, Jonny Convery, Ronan Delargy (0-01), Ryan Convery, Aiden Mc Aleese, Caolan Tierney, Ronan Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Michael Donnelly, Michael Kelly (0-01), Fergal O’ Kane (0-01), Conal Delargy, Michael Hagen (0-05), Oisin Doherty (0-04)

Referee K Parke  (St Enda’s)

Another draw on Staffordstown Road

ACFL Division 1

Creggan 1-8 St. Gall’s 2-5

By Tony McCollum

Kickhams and St Galls served up an entertaining draw on Wednesday night in their league meeting at Creggan.  Kickhams took the lead in the third minute with Kevin Rice coming strongly through the middle to kick his first score of the night with Barra McCaffery equalising for St Galls a minute later.

Jamie McCann was next on the scoreboard with an excellent left footed point to give Kickhams the lead 0.02 to 0.01 at the water break. Tomás Bunting got St Galls going with a finely taken point before Jamie McCann and then Kevin Rice put the Kickhams men 2 up by the 23rd minute but back came St Galls with their more experienced players leading the way with points from Mc Caffery and Burns bringing them back level.

With the break 2 minutes away Brendan Bradley sprung to life scoring an excellent individual goal followed by a well taken point. Tiernan McAteer finished the first half of with a well taken point to leave St Galls leading at the half time break 1.05 to 0.05. 

With Kickhams having the wind in their back for the second half they were dealt a real body blow when in the second minute St Galls put together a great passing move with Conn Doherty blasting to the net but it was to be their last score.

With Kealan McCann, Kevin Rice and Aiden Mc Keown taking control of the game Kickham’s started to comeback from 6 points down. Tiernan Mc Ateer scored two more excellent points but the move of the game started by the never say die Maguire cousins Aiden & Sam who fed the equally impressive Odhran McLarnon. McLarnon offloaded to Aiden Mc Keown to send an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

With Aodhan Gallagher, Colm Brady, Terry O Neill and Sean Kelly doing everything in their power to protect their one point lead it was left to Kevin Rice to kick the equaliser of his left side from a tight angle and the game finished Kickhams 1-08 to St Galls 2-05