McGarry points Aldergrove to victory at Chapel Hill

ACFL Division 2

St.Joseph’s 0-12  St.James’1-10

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

A late Seamus McGarry point gave visitors St. James’ Aldergrove both points and the bragging rights in this evenly contested derby over neighbours Glenavy at Chapel Hill on Sunday. With the sides locked Late in the game and a draw looking likely McGarry became the Aldergrove hero when his late strike edged it in favour of the visitors.

This eagerly awaited local derby turned out to be a very quiet affair, only the closeness of the score in the second half gave the large turnout something to cheer about. A heavy shower of rain just before throwin left the underfoot surface difficult for the players. Leading by five points at the break the visitors would have expected to kick on for a comfortable win but the hill side to their credit came out in the second half and really put it up to their opponents.

Seany Fay opened the scoring with an excellent point while under pressure and Seamus McGarry showed why a reliable free taker is so important when he split the post from an acute angle. Not to be out done Michael McCourt halved the score difference with a pointed free and on ten minutes Owen Gallagher went on one of his famous solo runs and finished with a well-taken point. Seamus McGarry showed he was not only a free taker when he split the posts from play and one from a placed ball before Fergal Burke extended the Crumlin sides lead with two pointed frees to leave his side four in front. Michael McCourt once again closed the gap with a pointed freeand we then were treated with the only goal of the game when Aldergrove put together the best move of the game with an excellent goal from hard working midfielder Brian McQuillan. Fergal Cunningham replied with a point to leave the halftime score 1.06 v 0.04 in St.James’ favour.

The second half started with Alex Gallagher replacing the injured Peter Traynor and the first six minutes of the half belonged to the home side when they closed the gap to the minimum. Michael McCourt had two pointed frees before Owen Gallagher and Fergal Cunningham added points to give the home supporters something to shout about. Fergal Burke and Cian Jones extended the ‘Reds’ to three points as Michael Kane replaced the injured Michael McCourt for the home side. Once again the sides were level with Niall McCann, good to see him back after an injury, Fergal Henry with two excellent scores, one a fisted point from an acute angle quickly followed by a kicked point.

With time moving into added time Seany Fay added his second point to give his side the lead but team captain Ciaran Loney brought the sides level with a point from forty meters. Both sets of supporters would probably have been satisfied with the draw at this juncture but from the kick-out the ball was played to Seamus McGarry and the former county player duly obliged with an excellent point to put his side in front and give St. James the points.

Over the sixty four minutes St.James’ probably deserved the win but the home side must be bitterly disappointed in not getting something out of the game,

A special word of praise must go referee to Eamonn McAuley for his handling of the game. Kept a tight control when necessary and let play flow as often as possible.

Glenavy: J. Nelson; Liam Henry; Oisin Hamill; Johnny Phillips; Ryan Phillips; P. Gallagher; C. Gallagher; P. Traynor; C. Loney; P. O’Neill; N. McCann; M. McCourt; F. Henry; O. Gallagher; F. Cunningham..       . 

 Aldergrove: S. O’Neill; P. Cushley; F. Carson; C. Fogarty; E. McCourt; C. Veigh; C. Totten; R. Owens; B. McQuillan; F. Burke; S. McGarry; G. Mallon; S. Fay; C. Jones; C. Morris.

Referee: Eamonn McAuley Cargin

Second half dominance sees Rossa safely home

All County Football League Div 2

Rossa 3-15 Con Magees 0-11

Rossa secured two more league points this weekend to continue their unbeaten run and surely are on a trajectory back into the top tier of Antrim football after a single season in Division 2. This was a fairly even game in the first half and even though Glenravel started the second half very well with 4 missed chances in the opening four minutes of that half, their opponents went on to dominate at midfield for the remaining 25 mins and ended up easy enough winners on a 3-15 to 0-11 scoreline. Having endured long periods of torrential rain throughout the sixty minutes, both players and spectators were happy enough to seek the sanctuary of the car and the dressing room when referee Cathal McDermott finally called time on this one. 

Glenravel were two up after two minutes with points from Sean McKay and Eoin Hynds from play but the city lads found their feet in the next 10 minutes scoring 1-04 without reply. Their goal coming from Michael Armstrong and points from Armstrong, Colum Fleming, Thomas Moragn and Gerard Walsh. Glenravel hit back with three unanswered points, two coming from frees from the dependable Conor McNeill though Rossa opened the gap to three again when Morgan fired over. The see-saw nature of the game continued in the final five minutes of the half, as both teams traded a couple of points each to leave the half time score 1-07 to 0-07 in favour of Rossa.

The home team dominated the opening minutes of the second half and when Eoin Hynds was denied by a brilliant save from Rossa net minder Michael Byrne he reacted quickest to put the ball over the bar to reduce the gap to two points. In the next couple of minutes Glenravel spurned three good scoring opportunities and would eventually rue that as Rossa started to dominate at the kick-outs. From the 35th to the 51st minute they scored at will recording 1-08 without reply to open a 2-15 to 0-08 lead. With a thirteen point cushion they were home and dry …… well not that dry given the heavy rain! Glenravel added some gloss with 3 points in the closing stages but by that stage all eyes were on Referee McDermott to bring the game to an end. This he did, but only after Rossa’s substitute scored soccer style with the last kick of the game to leave them victorious on a 3-15 to 0-11 score. 

Both sides should be commended for their efforts in what were challenging conditions but in the end the home team failed to capitalise during their periods of dominance and  Rossa put them to the sword during theirs, especially that 16 minute spell in the second half with some excellent long range points. In fact Rossa only recorded a single point from placed ball the entire game – fairly impressive on a 3-15 total in monsoon conditions, But then again that is probably why they remain unbeaten and within touching distance of the league title.


1.Michael Byrne

2.Michael McGreavy

3. Ciaran Orchin

4. Nail Crossan

5  Padgraig McGreavy

6. Christopher mc Guinness

7. Richard Gowdy

8. Stephen Betty

9. Gerard Walsh

10. Sean Pat Donnelly

11. Michael Armstrong

12  Sean Fitch

13. Dominic McEnhill

14. Colm Fleming

15. Thomas Morgan





All Saints finish strongly to stay in third place

ACFL Division 2

All Saints 1-18 Davitt’s 2-7

Despite a lengthy injury list All Saints Ballymena proved too good for visitors, Michael Davitt’s in this All County League division 2 fixture at Slemish Park today. The Ballymena side were without at least half a dozen players who would probably have made the starting line-up if fit but spare a thought for the visitors who fielded with just the starting 15.

A Rory McVeigh goal in the third minute sent the home side on their way and Diarmuid McNally followed with a point before Padraig McParland got the visitors off the mark when he pointed a free in the 7th minute.

The same player added a point to reduce the All Saints lead to two but points from Michael McCarry and Diarmuid McNally saw the Ballymena side go four clear at the end of the opening quarter.

The visitors were playing some good football with Declan Smyth and Conor Toner carrying the ball out of defence at every opportunity and Padraig McParland threatening in attack but they left themselves open to the counter attack which All Saints were quick to exploit.

The home side moved further ahead with a point from Brendan McDonnell but Davitt’s responded and Sean Linberg got in for a 24th minute goal and the same player quickly added a point to put them right back in contention.

All Saints upped their game in the closing stages of the half and with Ciaran McGarry, Sean McVeigh and Michael McCarry driving them forward they added three late points through Rory McVeigh, Conor Stewart and Brendan McDonnell to lead by three at the break.

Brendan McDonnell, who was a constant threat throughout, extended the All Saints lead to four on the restart but again the visitors found a response through Caomhan Slane who palmed the ball to the net from close range after Stephen McAvoy in the All Saints goal made a good save to deny Padraig McParland.

That left just a point between them and the Slemish park side looked in a bit of trouble but they responded through a Michael McCarry pointed free and another from play by the same player to move three in front with nine minutes gone.

With Sean McVeigh and Emmet Killough now taking charge at mid-field the home side moved further ahead through another pointed free from McCarry and a couple from play by the elusive McDonnell before Padraig McParland replied with a point for Davitt’s in the 19th minute.

A good point from Michael McCarry extended the All Saints lead to five but again Davitt’s found a response through a pointed free from keeper, Aaron Slane to keep their hopes alive. Those hopes looked to have been extinguished when the Ballymena side were awarded a penalty after Rory McVeigh was pulled down in the small square with Brendan McDonnell stepping up to take the spot kick.

McDonnell’s spot kick sailed over instead of under the bar to the relief of the Davitt’s keeper who had conceded the free but as the home side introduced fresh legs in the closing stages a tiring Davitt’s could not find another response.

The Ballymena side finished strongly with points from Michael McCarry and Ciaran McGarry to run out winners by seven points and maintain their third place position in the table, a point behind St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass who kept up their recent good run with a win over Rasharkin today.

All Saints: Stephen McAvoy, Mattie Downey, Rhys O’Mullan, Phelim Killough, Ciaran McGarry, Peter McNicholl, James Gillen, Sean McVeigh, Emmet Killough, Michael McCarry, Shea O’Brien, Brendan McDonnell, Conor Stewart, Rory McVeigh, Diarmuid McNally. Subs: Ronan Laverty, Matthew Corr, Joe Rocks, Niall Shannon, Damian Kelly.

Davitt’s: Aaron Slane, Michael Og Rowntree, Niall Hughes, Nathan Maginn, Niall McParland, Declan Smyth, Conor Toner, Anthony Rowntree, Ryan Park, Sean Linberg, Padraig McParland, Stephen Og Toner, Daniel Wallace, Caomhan Slane, Christopher Rafferty

Referee: Paul Hughes (O’Donnell’s)

Moneyglass claim the points at Marion Hill

ACFL Division 2

St. Ergnat’s 2-19 Rasharkin 0-10

Photographs: Elaine Kelly

St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass gained revenge for an early season O’Cahan Cup defeat to the same opposition when they proved too good on the day for South West rivals, St. Mary’s Rasharkin at Marrion Hill on Sunday.

The Moneyglass side came fast out of the start blocks and had the visitors on the back foot from early in the game and goals from Seanhan Duffin and Conaill Prenter sent them on their way to a ten point lead at the short whistle when they led 2-10 to 0-6.

Indeed all six starting forwards were to get their name on the score sheet over the hour as the home side produced an exhibition of smart attacking football that Rasharkin struggled to contain. Jack McCoy, Conor Boyd 0-2, Dermot McErlain 0-3, Seanahan Duffin 0-2 and Conaill Prtenter  were the Moneyglass point scorers with Ryan Lynch 0-3, Gerard O’Hagan, Conor McFerran and Eamon McNeill the Rasharkin scorers.

The home side continued where they left off at the start of the second half and while they were never able to repeat the scoring exploits of the opening half they were always in control of the outcome.

Niall Boyd 0-2, Sean Kelly 0-2, Eamon Kelly and Colm Duffin kept the score board ticking with the visitors never giving up but points from Ryan Lynch and Donagh Quigg and two from second half substitutes was all they could manage for their efforts.

This win keeps Moneyglass very much in the frame for a promotion place as they sit in second place, a point ahead of All Saints who had a good win over visitors, Davitt’s today and their meeting at the end of June is sure to attract a good crowd to Slemish Park.

Strong finishing Tir na nOg secure the points against battling Lisburn

All County football league Division 2

               Tir na nOg Randalstown 1-18 St Patrick’s Lisburn 1-09

Following a successful trip to Sarsfield’s on Friday evening, Tir na nOg recorded a second win in three days when they came strong in the second half to defeat a battling St. Patrick’s Lisburn.

The Randalstown side struggled to get it together in an error strewn opening period, and a more confident Lisburn side in which the evergreen Niall Ward and Ben McMullan were pulling the strings, fully deserved a 0-05 to O-02  lead well into the second quarter.

The home side improved in the closing stages of the first half with Christy Sheerin prominent in the central zone, and the power of Ciaran O’ Neill on the left flank ensured a flurry of late scores to see them on par at the break, 0-06 apiece.

The Whitehill Blues were reduced to 14 men only seconds into the second period as full forward Leigh Martin picked up a second yellow followed by red Ciaran Dobbin’s 32nd minute point saw them hit the front but St. Patrick’s responded in style as Mark Cheriek found the net at the other end and a shock looked possible.

The home side looked in some trouble but with replacement Barry McCormick making his presence felt they were quick to pick up the pace to dominate the third quarter and move  into a 0-12 to 1-06 lead.

The visitors never gave up with Josh McMullan driving them forward, aided by   Niall Ward but the Whitehill men were unyielding in defence. Tir na nog always looked dangerous on the break and a strong up-field surge from Ciaran Logan opened the way for  late replacement Eamon og Martin who fired to the net

in the 54th minute to provide the coup de grace.

The Lisburn men did manage a couple of late scores through replacements Declan and Colm Burns but these were merely consolation scores as Tir na nOg strode across the finish line with a 1-19 to 1-09 winning margin.

The home side had emerged from a barren spell in the league with a win in the Bear Pit over Sarsfield’s on the previous Friday evening and entered the fray as firm favourites but they were rocked back on their heels as St. Patrick’s opened strongly.

Leigh Martin did set the Blues away with a 2nd minute point but with Josh Mc Mullan proving most effective in the central zone the home defence were caught napping and the visitors were quick to reply and secure a 0-02 to 0-01 lead by the 12th minute.

A 4th minute Eoin Fay point opened their account with the busy Ben McMullan following suit.

Ciaran O’ Neill looked in for a goal in the 12th minute only to be denied by St Patrick’s net minder Peter O’ Neill with play quick to switch to the other end and a foul on the incoming Ben McMullan was punished when Francis McMeel steered the resultant free between the posts.

Aaron Mc Neilly replied at the other end a couple of minutes later but as the home side retreated into a phase of lethargy their visitors took control and a brace of points by place-kicker Mc Meel ensured a 0-05 to 0-02 lead for the visitors.

Tir na Nog responded in the latter stages of the half with the strong running Ciaran Logan prominent. They outscored their visitors in the second quarter with Ciaran Dobbin, Aaron Mc Neilly, Kevin Kerr, and Ciaran Mc Keown all rewarded with white flags in answer to a single Francis Mc Meel point to leave them on par at the break 0-06 apiece.

A second yellow card to full forward Leigh Martin in the opening seconds of the second half saw the home side reduced to 14 men. Ciaran Dobbin pulled a point back in the 32nd minute but when Mark Chemek fired to the back of the net at the other end shortly after questions were being put to the home side.

The Lisburn lads had regained advantage but the home side were quick to reply with half a dozen scores in succession as the impressive Ciaran Logan galloped up the field to conclude with a fine point and Aaron Mc Neilly (2), and Darragh Fegan (3) followed suit and Tir na nOg had moved 0-13 to 1-06 ahead.

The visitors kept battling to the end however as Ben McMullan grabbed a point and late replacement Colm Burns provided another.

The introduction of Eamon Og Mc Allister was to prove significant however and after Barry Mc Cormick galloped forward to reply with a point, a Ciaran Dobbin interception paved the way for McAllister and his finish was perfection personified as he steered his shot to the bottom corner of the net.

Tir na nOg finished with a flourish as Aaron Mc Neilly, Ciaran Dobbin, Barry Mc Cormick and Ciaran O’ Neill raised whites apiece in answer to a single Declan Burns reply to see them breast the winning line with a 1-18 to 1-09 advantage and the points secured.

Tir na nOg: S P Mc Atamney, Ciaran Logan (0-01), Darren Mc Cormick, Peter Cullen, Malachy Duffin, Caoimhinn Duffin, Aaron Mc Neilly (0-06), Kevin Kerr (0-01), Christy Sheerin, Ciaran O’ Neill (0-02), Ciaran Mc Keown (0-01), Jack O’ Mahoney, Ciaran Dobbin (0-02), Leigh Martin (0-01), Darragh Fegan (0-02)


Barry Mc Cormick for K Kerr

Eamon og Mc Allister (1-00) for D Feagan

Darren O’ Kane for J O’ Mahoney

St Patrick’s Lisburn: Peter O’ Neill, Jack Mc Mullan, Thomas Burns, Shane Mc Avoy, Mark Turbitt, Tiernan O’ Maolaidh, Eoin Fay (0-01),Ben Mc Mullan (0-02), Padraig Mc Mahon, Dermot Taggart, Mark Cheriek (1-00), Niall Ward (0-01), Francis Mc Meel (0-04), Josh Mc Mullan, Mark Kennedy


Declan Burns (0-01) for M Cheriek

Colm Burns (0-01) for M Kennedy

Referee: Jarlath O’Donnell (Glenravel)