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Homefit Antrim Football League – Division 2

Glenravel 3-10    Davitts 0-07

As Martín “Beag” McHugh often says “goals wuns matches” and that was certainly true of this encounter. Con Magees managed to pierce a hole in the tri-coloured blanket defence of their opponents on three occasions and secure victory in the process. A cagey affair throughout, neither teams wanting to yield possession easily, resulted in a slow moving passing game. If it was pretty football you were after Fr Maginn Park was certainly not the place to be on Sunday, but the home team’s management will tell you the prettiest thing about this game was the scoreboard at the end.

A full eleven minutes had passed before Davitt’s nimble full forward Christopher Rafferty slotted over a free from close range and this was followed by a Tony McGratton point four minutes later to leave the visitors two up and the first quarter of the game complete. The home team managed to find a gap in Davitt’s defence and Eoin Hynds goaled from close range as a result. Three minutes later Eamon Fyfe put his team two up with a well taken point but back came the Belfast men with another free from Rafferty.  Twenty minutes in and Glenravel led by a single point 1-01 to 0-03. They would go on to secure two more points before Ray Matthews blew for half time with the home team on a slender lead of 1-03 to 0-03. There was a relatively strong breeze down the field favouring Davitts and they would probably have hoped to have made more use of it in the opening half.

On the resumption, Rian Lennon scored pretty much from the throw in and that set the scene for the third quarter as Con Magees went on a scoring spree recording a further 2-04 without reply, the goals coming from Eoin Hynds and David Higgins, leaving Davitts a mountain to climb into a strengthening  breeze and trailing 3-08 to 0-03. Game over as a contest though Davitts did manage a further four points coming from Christopher Rafferty (0-02) and points each from Conor John O’Sullivan and Jason Park. Fyfe and Hynds would complete the scoring for Con Magees who will be delighted with the win.

Both teams are out again on Sunday week in the final round of matches before Division 2 splits in two. Davitts will travel to Moneyglass whilst Glenravel take on Glenavy at home. All four of those teams will be hoping for a top six finish in the Division come Sunday evening.

Second half goals swings it Rasharkin’s way

ACFL Division 2

St. Mary’s Rasharkin 2-11 St. James Aldergrove 1-11

Photographs: Mark Hasson

Rasharkin produced their best performance of the season when they defeated St. James Aldergrove in a fiercely contested fixture at Dreen on Sunday. The home side trailed 0-4 to 1-4 at the break but second half goals from Eamon McNeill and Seamus Ellis turned the game decisively in their favour.

It was visitors Aldergrove who made the better start at Dreen on Sunday as they took the lead through Brian McQuillan after 9 minutes with Eamon McNeill replying with a point for the home side to level the contest with 10 minutes gone.

Slowly the visitors began to gain control and a point from Seamus Trolan and a goal from the bustling Ronan Hanna in the 17th minute saw them move four ahead. Shane Hasson replied for St. Mary’s from a pointed free but two further points from Ronan Hanna saw the visitors move five ahead with five minutes of the first half remaining.

The home side had been on the back foot for a time but they finished the half strongly and Shane Hasson fired over from play and added a late free to close the gap to three at the halfway stage.

It was St. Mary’s who made the better start to the second half, obviously intent to reel in their opponents and Tiernan O’Boyle fired over before Ryan Lynch added an audacious effort from out on the left hand sideline with only three minutes of the new half gone.

The home side were in full flight as Shane Hasson sent over the equaliser before Connor Morris replied to edge the visitors ahead once more.

Eamon McNeill levelled the game once more as he sent over in the 7th minute but Aldergrove found another response and looked to have rode out the early Rasharkin onslaught. The visitors replied with unanswered points from Eoin Gough and two from Michael Blaney to move three ahead after 14 minutes.

That lead didn’t last long however as the home side came storming back to dominate the next five minutes as Ryan Lynch pointed a free and Eamon McNeill hammered home his side’s opening goal to edge them in front once more.

Seamus Ellis and Shane Hasson added point to move the Dreen men three in front but the visitors replied through Ryan McCarthy and Michael Blaney to leave just one in it again with four minutes of normal time remaining.

It still looked anyone’s game at this stage but St. Mary’s struck a decisive blow when Seamus Ellis forced a turnover and began and finished an excellent counter attack as he fired to the net to put his side in control.

The final score of the game fell to Aldergrove’s Seamus Trolan who pointed a late free but it came too late to effect the final result as Rasharkin went on to record their second win on the trot to move onto 7 points and away from the danger zone.

Rasharkin: 1 – Andrew Hasson, 2 – Daniel Doherty, 3 – Emmet McFerran, 4 – Pearse Kelly, 5 – Oran McMullan, 6 – Seamus Ellis, 7 – Conor Hasson, 8 – Tiernan O’Boyle, 9 – Thomas McMullan, 10 – Shane Hasson, 11 – Eammon McNeill, 12 – Killian O’Boyle, 13 – Ruairi OBoyle, 14 – Gerard O’Hagan, 15 – Ryan Lynch

Aldergrove: 1 Shane O’Neill, 2 Corey Fogarty, 3 Feargal Hanna, 4 Christopher Browning, 24 Oisin  Graham, 6 Andy Flood, 7 Conor Browning, 8 Brian McQuillan, 10 Michael Blaney, 11 Ronan Hanna, 12 Declan Gough, 13 Conor Morris, 14 Seamus Trolan, 15 Ryan McCarthy, 17 Eoin Gough.

Referee: Darren McKeown

Ten point Duffin leads the way for Moneyglass

Homefit Antrim Football League – Division 2

St Teresa’s 2-6 Moneyglass 0-15

Five points without reply between the 15th and 21st minutes were the scores which swung this game in St Ergnet’s favour at St Teresa’s on Sunday. The home team had started with a bang and after Tiernan Duffin had given Moneyglass the lead the men form the Glen Road came back with a goal from corner forward Paul McGoldrick and a point from John Mallon to lead by three.

Man of the match Colum Duffin, who was to end with ten points to his name, cut the gap back to two on nine minutes, but St Teresa’s restored their three point lead a minute later when Luke Cassin fired over.  Two quick points from Conal Prenter started a run for the visitors which saw them hit five on the spin, Dermot McErlain adding to Prenter’s double and Colum Duffin adding two more.  Darren McCann popped one over for St Teresa’s but Colum Duffin hit his fourth of the half to give his team a three point lead at half time. (0-9 to 1-3)

 Two more by Duffin just after the restart pulled St Ergnet’s five clear before Paul McGoldrick got St Teresa’s first point of the second half on 43 minutes. Two more from Duffin put his team six ahead by the midway point of the second half, but St Teresa’s staged a comeback with two points from John Mallon and a goal from Paul McGoldrick, his second of the game, to close within two with ten minutes still to play. However when the chips were down Duffin again came to the rescue and he fired over this tenth point of the game in the 58th minute to seal a three point win.

St Teresa’s

Odhran McNeill, Ryan Mallon, Anthony Varndell, Eoghan O’Neill, Colm McGoldrick, Paul Johnston, Eoghan Hamill, Joseph Rainey , Lucas Cassin, John Mallon, Philly Maguire, Darren McCann, Sean Maguire, Sean Erskine, Paul McGoldrick

Moneyglass

Danny McErlaine, Sean Kelly, Peter McCormick, Calum McStocker, Patrick McCormick, Fearghal Duffin, James McCormick, Tiernan Duffin, Colum Duffin, Seanchann Duffin, Dermot McErlain, Conor Boyd, Shay Madden, Conal Prenter, Connlaodh McCann.

Ardoyne make it five from five

ACFL Division 2

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.10 Kickham’s Ardoyne 2-8

The recent resurgence of Kickham’s Ardoyne continued at Chapel Hill on Sunday as they inflicted a narrow defeat over St. Joseph’s Glenavy to make it five wins from their last five starts.

Concistency indeed when you consider that the Kickham’s lost their opening five games and were being touted as relegation candidates in some quarters and after yesterday’s win are now pushing for a top six place going into the league split.

Ardoyne arrived at Chapel Hill hoping to extend their four-game winning streak. After an exciting game they achieved their goal with a hard earned win over the locals. The game was played in almost perfect conditions with a slight breeze blowing across the pitch.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks with a point from a pointed free from Aidan McNeill. Both sides were settling into an end to end game when the home defence sent a long ball into the Ardoyne goal where the alert Fergus Cunningham pounced to fire to the net.

The ever reliable Fergus Henry pointed but Ardoyne replied and Aidan McNeill showed he was up to the task of free taking when he split the uprights from forty meters out.

The game was swinging from end to end with both defences dominating but McNeill showed he was not only a free taker when he landed a beauty from play to raise the white flag. Fergal Henry showed his class when he pointed from an acute angle but once again Aidan McNeill split the posts from a free.

Ardoyne took the lead for the second time in the contest when referee Martin Quinn awarded a penalty to the visitors which was calmly dispatched to the net by that man McNeill.

Play swung from end to end as two evenly balanced sides fought for supremacy and Patrick Gallagher then went on one of his solo runs and finished with a point which brought the sides level at 1.03 apiece.

The large crowd were then entertained with three excellent points for the visitors with Aidan McNeill getting two and Cormac Mullan from a pointed free. Malachy Docherty got in on the scoring act with an excellent point for the home side to leave the halftime score Glenavy 1.05 v 1.06 Ardoyne.

It was St. Joseph’s who made the brighter start to the second half with Fergal Henry pointing a free and adding one from play to put his side one up. The lead was short lived however as the game turned in the North Belfast side’s favour when Kevin Lynch went on a solo run which started on his fifty-meter line and fired to the net from 13 meters out. 

To their credit the home side didn’t give up and Fergal Henry fired over two points to leave the sides level at 1.09 v 2.06 and a share of the spoils looked a distinct possibility at this stage.

The visitors showed just why they are on a five game winning streak when Aidan McNeill and Cormac Mullan replied with points to put Ardoyne two in front with Matthew Lawlor replying for the home side with the game’s final score to leave the visitors winners by a single point.

 Glenavy: Gareth Collins; Darragh Doherty; Liam Henry; Michael Fox; Patrick Fox; Mathew Hamill; Conor Hamill. Oisin Hamill; Ciaran Loney; Ryan Phillipa; Malachy Doherty; Patrick Gallagher; Fiontán O’Boyle; Fergus Cunningham;

Reserves; Lorcan Murphy; David Nelson; Shay O’Neill; Darragh Armstrong;;Stephen Doone; Matthew Lawlor; Fergal Green.

Ardoyne: Tiernan Hughes; Conor Meehan; Cormac Curran; Dermot Martin; Pearse McLaughlin; Joseph McNeill; Fiontain Marley; Kevin Lynch; Declan McCormack; Aidan McNeill; Conor MacLaughlin; Eoghan Corrigan; Pearse Marley; Ciaran McNeill; Cormac Mullan

Reserves: Alan Davidison; Joseph Gibson; Cahanl Keown; Patrick Montgomery; Daniel Moore; Odhran Mullen; Sean Rooney; Seamus Watson

 Referee: Martin Quinn

Saints hold on for valuable win

ACFL Division 2

 Sarsfields 3.8 All Saints 4.10

All Saints travelled to the Bear Pit in need of another 2 points to keep pressure on the league leaders and to stay in promotion mix in advance of the league split. They certainly didn’t get it all their own way against a Sarsfields side who battled all he way and it took a hat-trick from county plater Paddy McAleer to get the Ballymena side over the line.

Sarsfields started the brighter and within 5 minutes had registered 1.1 on the scoreboard while the visitors had failed to raise a flag.

Sarsfields dominated the early midfield exchanges winning breaking ball and launching attacks to their dangerous no.14 who was causing the All Saints defence all sorts of trouble.

However, the visitors eventually settled through the in-form Brendan McDonnell who kept the scoreboard ticking with 3 pointed frees.

Sarsfields held a two point advantage going into the closing stages of the first half but All Saints then hit a purple match with goals coming from McAleer, McVeigh and McDonnell to put themselves in a strong position when they led 3-6 to 1-3 at the short whistle.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first with Sarsfields dominating the early exchanges as they tried to claw back the deficit.  Midway through the 2nd half they had cut the All Saints lead to 7 as Sarsfields registered a number of points and a further goal from no.14.

Sarsfields were making all the running at this stage and continued to eat into the visitors lead but a further goal for All Saints scored by that man McAleer again turned the Sarsfields tide. The home side kept battling away and registered their 3rd goal to further narrow the gap but All Saints held on for a 5 point victory to guarantee a top 6 finish as the league splits.

Sarsfields will be encouraged by the performance despite the defeat and it bodes well for the remainder of the season.

All Saints: Niall Shannon, Matty Downey, James McDonnell, Cormac Lemon, Joe Rafferty, Peter McNicholl, James Gillan, Emmet Killough, Shea O Brien, Shaun O Callaghan, Paddy McAleer (3.3), CIaran McGarry, Brendan McDonnell (0-6), Rory McVeigh (1-0), Eoin Campbell (0.2)

Subs:

Rhys O’Mullan for Peter McNicholl

Ciaran Campbell for Rory McVeigh

Diarmuid McNally for Brendan McDonnell