Glenavy and Glenravel share the spoils

All County Division 2 Football League 

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.10 v 2.07 Con Magees Glenravel

This was both teams first outing in this season’s league where they served up an entertaining game for their supporters. The game was played at Glenavy on a bitterly cold but dry day with the wind blowing straight up the pitch. Both sides started with a good blend of experience and youth.  

The visitors played with the wind in the first half and had the first score on three minutes with an excellent move stating from their keeper and finished to the net by Eoin Hynds. Fergus pulled a point back for the home side with an excellent pointed free from an acute angle. With the North Antrim side piling on the pressure the Chapel Hill side were responsible for a few needless frees. Eoin Hynds took advantage and tapped over two easy frees to put his side four in front. 

Patrick Gallagher replaced the injured Michael Johnston and immediately made his presence felt. With a good ball into the heart of the visitors defence the ball broke to Michael Kane who split the posts. Patrick Gallagher broke through for a point immediately followed by a Connor Hamill point to close the gap to two. With halftime approaching Fergal Henry was ice cool when he pointed a free from the sideline. Eoin Hynds started the scoring and finish the half with a pointed free. Halftime score Glenavy 0.4 v 1.3 Glenravel. 

Now with the wind in their backs the home side put in a huge effort but all they had to show was a Charles Gallagher point. It was the Lough view men who were putting the green and white defenders under pressure. From a breakaway David Higgins crossed the black spot with a beauty to put his side two in front with twenty minutes to play. Gareth Collins in the home nets placed the kick out to a colleague who quickly got the ball into the square where Michael Kane rose the highest to punch it down to Fergal Henry who found the corner of the net to put his side in front for the first time. 

From the kickout the orange men were awarded a free and Fergal Henry placed the ball over the bar. Now the glensmen were chasing the game for the first time and they went about it in style when the ball broke to Eamon Fyffe who cantered through for a well take goal. Eamon was quickly on the scoreboard again with two pointed frees to put his side three in front. The Chapel Hill side had a purple patch with four unanswered frees Peter Traynor from play followed by another Fergal Henry Free. Michael Kane and Michael added points to put their side one up with time running out. The visitors gave it one last push and were rewarded with the equalising point from a free. The home side had one more effort to get the winning score but referee Eamon Hamill blew the full time whistle with both sides gaining a point each. 

Over the hour a draw was probably a fair result but I’M sure both sides would dipute that. 

St.Joseph’s: G. Collins; L. Henry, R. Malley, B. Burns, M. Hamill; C Gallagher;       N. Scullion (S. McGirr 38mns.), O. Hamill (A. Gallagher 55mns.), M. Johnston (P. Gallagher 6mns.); C. Hamill, P. Traynor; E. Henry; M. Kane, F. Henry; F. Cunningham; (M. McCourt (50mns.)

Referee Eamon Hamill  St.Teresa’s

Strong finishing Moneyglass take the points at the Bear Pit

Photographs: Elaine Kelly

ACFL Division Two (round one)

Patrick Sarsfield’s 0-06 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 0-13

Moneyglass opened their account with a win when they defied the efforts of a strong Sarsfield’s side at the Bear pit on Sunday.

The Marian Hill side saw Lady Luck turn her back on them last term in championship and league fare but they will strive to make amends this term and on this opening effort they fully underlined credentials.

Sarsfield’s are always strong contenders in this grade and they started this one on a positive note making the opening mark as Kevin Mc Kernan had the ball over the bar just a minute into proceedings.

The visitors did draw abreast via the pace laden Conal Prenter who came in front of his marker to fire over and another from Colum Duffin saw the St Ergnat’s men take the lead.

Sarsfield’s drew level again with a fine Gary Lennon effort but after Conor Boyd despatched between the posts to see Moneyglass back in front the Paddies were to receive a blow to morale when they were forced into change when young Kevin Floyd was forced out of the game with a bad leg injury.

A Pat McCormick point initiated by a cute Sean Kelly delivery saw Moneyglass gain the lead again and although Caolan Mc Kernan replied in kind,, late scores from Conor Boyd, Seanachain Duffin (2), and Conor O’ Kane saw them earn a 0-08 to 0-03 interval advantage.

The Paddies stared the second half with a couple of early scores and although they did add another couple via Gary Lennon to a single Colum Duffin effort that was to complete their total.

Moneyglass still maintained advantage at the start of the last quarter and after Jervis Weir placed Patrick Mc Cormick in for a point the South West side finished with a flourish with Antrim mid fielder Colum Duffin in the vanguard.

Duffin raised a further three white flags in the latter stages to see his side ease over the winning line with the points on board at 0-13 t0 0-06.

A fine win for St Ergnat’s to initiate what may well prove a rewarding season with James Mc Meel, Sean Kelly, Conor Boyd, Jack Mc Coy, and the Duffin brothers, Seanachan and Colum leading the charge.

The Paddies may well prove contenders with Declan Laverty, John Savage, Caolan Mc Kernan, Kevin Mc Kernan and Gary Lennon prominent in this one.

Moneyglass: Mark Carey, Myron Neeson, Tiernan Duffin, Ross Donnelly, Patrick Mc Cormick (0-02), Conor Boyd (0-02|), Jervis Weir, James Mc Meill, Colum Duffin (0-05), Jack Mc Coy, Dermot Me Erlean, Conor O’ Kane (0-01), Sean Kelly, Seanachan Duffin (0-02), Conal Prenter (0-01)

Referee D Mc Keown (St Gall’s)

All Saint’s off to a flying start

ACFL Division 2 (round one)

St Paul’s 0-04 All Saint’s Ballymena 3-07

All Saints got their ACFL Division 2 campaign off to a flying start when they proved too good for newly promoted St. Paul’s at Shaw’s Road today.

The Ballymena men started with the breeze behind them in the opening period and raised a couple of green flags in the opening minutes to earn a useful twelve point advantage, 2-07 to 0-01 at the break and despite facing the elements in the second thirty minutes they always looked in control.

St Paul’s impressed in their 2019 promotion campaign after just one season in the lower grade but found a visitors side firing on all cylinders too hot to handle on this occasion.

All Saint’s with the stiff breeze behind them in the first half started on the positive and they were rewarded with an early goal as James McDonnell found the net by the end of the third minute.

The wing half forward was well stationed to receive from corner man Shea O’ Brien who delivered from the right wing  after mid fielder Conor Stewart gathered on the ‘40’ before making a bee line for the posts.

The big mid-fielder and his partner Emmett Killough dominated in the central zone with the roving Michael Mc Carry also very much to the fore from start to conclusion.

The South West side who had a poor start in 2019 looked up for it from the outset and they were rewarded again in the 8th minute when Shea O’ Brien found the net.

Wing half back Connell Lemon had initiated a counter attack and a well-placed cross from the right hand side opened the way for the corner forward to fire home.

The home side were struggling to make impact and although their roving full forward Liam Mc Larnon looked more than capable of causing the All Saint’s rear guard problems the stiff breeze was making life difficult.

 The home side were further in arrears when Shea O’ Brien and Emmett Killough raised whites apiece at the other end to ensure a 2-03 to 0-00 advantage for the visitors at the end of the opening quarter.

As their visitors lost their way for a time, the home side looked to take advantage and both sides were reduced in number for a term as St Paul’s wing half back Joe Duffy and Ballymena central defender Ciaran Mc Garry were shown black cards and a ten minute period of enforced respite.

St Paul’s finally opened their account in the 21st minute as a foul on the hard grafting Liam Mc Larnon saw Mickey Joe Cooper steer the placed effort between the posts.

The home side fought hard to add to their tally but the All Saint’s rear guard were giving nothing away with net minder Stephen Mc Avoy making a timely intervention.

Eoin Campbell delivered between the posts from out on the right hand side and with Rory McVeigh adding a couple before combining with Michael McCarry for the latter to raise a late one and the Ballymena men had earned a 2-07 to 0-01 interval advantage.

St. Paul’s began the second half with the elements in their favour and Liam Mc Larnon raised a white flag in the 34th minute to raise their hopes of a comeback.

In the event All Saint’s had other ideas as they were to dominate for most of the remainder of the second half.

The Ballymena men were patient and methodical in possession and resilient in defence with every man playing their part, despite honest endeavour from the home side. St. Paul’s were not to raise another flag until time added, and after their visitors had secured a third major.

Rory Mc Veigh fired to the net in the 55th minute after an excellent cross field Cabhan Keenan pass opened the door for the impressive full forward to complete and that was certainly that.

St Paul’s did have the last say on the board as Conor Burns and Liam Mc Larnon added back to back injury time points but these were very much consolation scores with All Saint’s crossing the line full value for their 3-07 to 0-04 winning advantage.

St Paul’s: Keifer Toland, Mark Munce, Sean Bradley, Aiden Kavanagh, Joe Duffy, Don Burns, Damien Mc Gee, James Farrell, Michael Connolly, Colm Mc Larnon, Cormac O’ Hanlon, Dominic Lavery, Conor Burns (0-01), Liam Mc Larnon (0-02), M J Cooper (0-01)

Subs

Barry Doyle for D Lavery

Conal Logue for MJ Cooper

Liam Magee for M Connolly

All Saint’s: Stephen Mc Avoy, Matthew Downey, James Gillen, Joe Rocks, Cabhan Keenan, Ciaran Mc Garry, Connell Lemon, Emmett Killough (0-01), Conor Stewart, Luke O’ Rawe, Michael Mc Carry (0-01), James Mc Donnell (1-00), Shea O’ Brien (1-01), Rory Mc Veigh (1-03), Eoin Campbell (0-01)

Subs

Oisin Connolly for J Rocks

Adrian Scullion for E Campbell

Dermot Mc Nally for C Stewart

Referee V Boyle (Cuchullian’s)

Tir na nOg off to winning start

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

ACFL Division 2- Round 1

Ardoyne Kickham’s 0.6 (6)
Tír na nÓg 1.13 (16)

A one sided affair today in Fennall Park saw Tír na nÓg capture their first two points of the league with a 10 point victory over home side Ardoyne Kickham’s. For 30 minutes of the game Ardoyne were forced to play with 14 men due to receiving three black cards. Tír na nÓg capitalised on this advantage and kept the score board ticking. Ardoyne failed to score from play, they were fortunate that Cormac Mullan was very accurate from free kicks (6) to put scores on the board.  This was a comfortable win for the Whitehill side, who could have been further ahead but missed a penalty at the latter stages of the game.

The first score of the game came early on from Ciaran O’Neill who lined out in the middle of the field. From the resultant kick out the visitors turned the ball, Kevin Sheerin fed Ciaran McKeown through to double the scores. Ardoyne had their chances but Joe McNeill saw two of his efforts sail wide of the target after good defending from Brandon McLarnon. With a wind blowing across the field mid-fielder Christy Sheerin kicked the ball high to the edge of the square where brother Pearse was awaiting to punch to the back of the net, after 10 minutes. Darren McCormick, as he did throughout the 60 minutes penetrated the Ardoyne defence and with momentum on his side he spilt the posts to put the visitors 6 points in front early on.

Cormac Mullan finally broke the dead lock and struck his first dead ball of the day to get Kickham’s off the mark. Tír na nÓg were patient in their build up, the ball went into Pearse Sheerin who was fouled and Darragh Fagan duly pointed the free. With half-time nearing, the score of the game came from Caoimhin Duffin. To spectators his effort looked like it was veering wide of the far post. Duffin measured the wind perfectly, the wind caught his shot and brought it between the sticks. Ardoyne picked up their first black card of the game after 26 minutes. Before the whistle sounded for half-time Darragh Fagan pointed from play and a 21m free after a foul on Pearse Sheerin to leave 9 points between the sides at the break.

Ardoyne’s second half started very poorly when Kevin McLaughlin picked up their second black card and McNeill was still serving his time on the side line. Mullan slotted his second free of the game over the black spot. With 10 minutes played the home side were struggling to return to scoring ways, Conor McLaughlin recieved a long kick out and broke away from the Tír na nÓg defence. He was quickly supported in attack by Gary McKernan who looked sure to get a shot on goal. Darren McCormick came in from the side and fairly hit him shoulder to shoulder to spoil his chance. McKeown and Mullan both exchanged scores with 15 minutes to play.

Pearse Sheerin hit his second point of the game before Mullan nailed his fourth free kick. Kevin Sheerin put his side 10 points clear but Paul Fisher then stood up and denied Fagan a sure chance. With 5 minutes remaining the home side picked up their third black card. Fagan converted the resultant free. Mullan had two more chances in front of the posts and he made no mistake when cvonverting them. Prior to Pearse Sheerin winning a penalty, which the visitors missed, 2 minutes over time, brother Christy finished a score with a fisted effort after another patient team build up.

Tír na nÓg
1. SP McAtamney 2. N. Cassidy 3. C. Mac Raillias 4. B. McLarnon 5. D. Mallon 6. C. Duffin 7. D. McCormick 8. C. Sheerin 9. C. O’Neill 10. B. McCormick 11. A. McNeilly 12. D. Fagan 13. C. Mckeown 14. K. Sheerin 15. P. Sheerin 17. B. Magee 18. O. McAtamney 19. K. Kerr 20. E. Murray 21. P. Cullen 22. D. O’Kane

Subs: B. Magee for B. McLarnon (35mins), P. Cullen for B. McCormick (43mins)

Scorers: C. O’Neill (0.1), C. McKeown (0.2), P. Sheerin (1.3), D. McCormick (0.1), C. Duffin (0.1), D. Fagan (0.3- 3 frees), K. Sheerin (0.1), C. Sheerin (0.1)

Ardoyne
1. P. Fisher 2. P. Marley 3. SJ. Rooney 4. N. Bradley 5. K. Lynch 6. K. McCallan 7. J. McNeill 8. G. McKernan 9. D. McCormick 10. C. Mullan 11. A. McNeil 22. N. Mills 24. C. McLaughlin 14. K. McLaughlin 15. C. McDowell 16. P. McCullough 18. C. Carter 20. F. Marley 21. J. Rodgers 23. E. Slattery

Subs: 20. F. Marley for C.McLaughlin  (47mins)

Scorers: C. Mullan 0.6 (5 frees, 1 45m)

Antrim leagues to start on Sunday

The Antrim football leagues are set to start on Sunday with a number of games in division 2 and 3. The recent adverse weather and a bad forecast for the weekend may play havoc with some of these fixtures but the CCC will be hoping that all games can go ahead.

All football league fixtures will be live on the website by 3pm tomorrow

Sunday 1st March 2020
Div 2  Football
Cuchullian’s Dunloy V St Teresas 12:00
Ardoyne V Tir Na nOg 12:00
Div 2 Res Football
 
Moneyglass V St Pauls 1.30pm
Div 3 Football
Éire Óg V Laochra Loch Lao 12:00
Naomh Comhghall CLG V St Malachy’s 12:00
St Mary’s Rasharkin V Naomh Padraig 12:00
St Agnes’ GAC V CLG Uí Dhonaill 12:00
Monday 2nd  March 2020
Div 3 Football
Mac Uílín CLG V Na Piarsaigh 20:00