Con Magees secure Division 3 title

Con Magees sealed promotion to Division 2 on Sunday when they beat fellow contenders Ardoyne at Fr Maginn Park Glenravel. It has been a couple of good weeks for the Glenravel side, who after beating St Patrick’s Lisburn in the Junior Championship final on October 7th they went on to beat the two teams who were also in contention for league promotion St Comgall’s and Ardoyne to secure a place in Division 2 as champion. Their nearest rivals St Patrick’s have still a game to play this weekend but and will probably finish level on points but with just two teams finishing level the winner is decided on the head to head between the sides. Con Magees beat St Patrick’s by 5 points up in Lisburn but when they visited Fr Maginn Park later in the season St Patrick’s were victorious by four, meaning that the Glenravel men clinch the league title by a single point.

Sunday’s game saw the Fr Maginn Park side dominate the opening half to put themselves in a strong position at the break. Ardoyne actually took the lead in the second minute with a point from a free, but incredibly it was their only score of the half. Conor McNeill put the home side ahead in the fifth minute and Declan Traynor pointed them ahead a minute later but they really took control of the game in the ninth minute when Eamon Fyfe fired the ball to the Ardoyne net. Well on top at this stage they pressed home their advantage with further points from Conor McNeill, Kieran McKeown, Conor Carey and two from Josh McKeown to lead by 1-6 to 0-1 at the interval.

Despite facing the wind in the second half Glenravel stretched their advantage with points from Conor McNeill and Josh McKeown (2) to stretch the lead to eleven points. Ardoyne kept plugging away during the second period but each point the got was answered by one at the other end for the home side, and though the visitors grabbed a goal from an injury time penalty the destiny of the points had long since been decided.

As for Glenravel themselves they face Donegal champions Red Hughs on Sunday in Portglenone in the quarter-final of the Ulster Junior Football Championship.

Glenravel scorers – Josh McKeown 0-5; Eamon Fyfe 1-1; Conor McNeill 0-3; Declan Traynor 0-1; Conor Carey 0-1; Aidan O’Donnell 0-1.

 

 

Con Magees keep promotion hopes alive with hard fought win

Glenravel x2Josh McKeown who scored five points in Con Magees win over St Comgall’s

O’Neill’s All County Football League – Division 3

Con Magees 0-12 St Comgall’s 0-10

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

Con Magees kept their hopes of promotion to Division 2 alive when they beat fellow contenders St Comgall’s in a tough encounter at Fr Maginn Park on Sunday. A week after winning the Junior Championship the Glenravel men found this challenge equally as tough as last week’s final win over St Patrick’s Lisburn, as they were made to fight all the way by the Antrim town men. The visitors led by two at half time and it took a strong second half display, and the accuracy of Josh McKeown to get the Glenravel men over the line at the end.

St Comgall’s corner forward Miles Devine was proving a real handful for the Con Magees defence in the opening half and after the home side had twice edged ahead with points from Josh McKeown and David Higgins, Devine fired over replies at the other end. Midfielder Caolan McKeown pointed a free to give St Comgall’s the lead midway through the first half and they went on to have the better of the second quarter as left corner forward Patrick Cooke, Devine yet again, and right-half forward Ruairi Griffin all added points from play and in reply to excellent points from Josh McKeown and one from a Conor McNeill free.

Glenravelsealpromotion019Trailing by 0-5 to 0-7 as the second-half got underway knew they needed a good start if they were to keep their league hopes alive and that is exactly what they got as Declan Traynor and Conor Carey grabbed the first two points of the half to bring their team level. The returning Yank, Eamon Fyfe, who had been introduced as a sub during the first half, put them ahead with a point in the 40th minute and Josh McKeown put them two clear at the midway point of the second half with a pointed free.

It took St Comgall’s all of 20 minutes to open their second half account, but when they did they soon made it two, centre forward Peter McAuley the man on target on both occassions and suddenly the game was back in the melting pot with ten minutes still to play. Glenravel got their noses back in front in the the 53rd minute with a point from corner forward Conor McNeill and when substitute Conor Carey grabbed his second of the game in the 60th the win seemed secure. Not so however as St Comgall’s hit back with an injury time point from a free by centre-half-back Paddy Quinn jnr to cut the arrears to the minimum once again and it took a 65th minute point from a free by man of the match Josh McKeown to seal the win and keep his team’s promotion hopes alive.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

St Comgall’s back in the title race

O’Neill’s ACFL Division 3

St. Comgall’s 7-13 Pearses 4-11

Following defeat last time out to Ardoyne, St. Comgall’s got themselves back in touch in the promotion race with this win over Na Piarsiagh in a high scoring encounter at the Chapel field.

This match started off at a hectic pace with Naomh Comhghall going ahead with 2 goals by Conor McAuley in the first 2 minutes but Pearses weren’t going to lie down and from the kick-out pushed up and got a goal of their own with the match barely 5 minutes old

.Naomh Comhghall responded and increased their lead with 5 points but Pearses responded with 3 of their own to keep in touch. Naomh Comhghall hit the goal trail again with majors from Conor McAuley, who was proving a handful for the visitors defence and paddy Quinn and looked to have secured the points when they led 4-08 to 1-08 at the breakSt Comgalls V Pearse's GAC 22-07-2018 4Pic by Eelco Westerhuis

The second half was a score for score affair with St. Comgall’s adding 3-5 and their opponents 3.03 to leave the final score 7-13 to 4.11 for the Antrim town side. Manager James brazier will be happy with his side’s scoring return but not so pleased at the amount they conceded.

The former Aldergrove player will be pleased at the fact that all six forwards scored but will be looking for defensive improvement if his side are to be in the shake up for honours come season’s end.

St. Comgall’s find themselves in third place after this win on 17 points from 12 starts as they trail St. Patrick’s Lisburn on 20 from 13 starts and Kickham’s Ardoyne also on 20 but with 12 played. St. Malachy’s have also climbed into contention for a promotion spot on 17 from 13 starts while Con Magee’s Glenravel could be the dark horses as they sit on 16 but have only played 11.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Pics by Eelco Westerhuis

McNeill on fire as Ardoyne climb to the top of the table

 

90

Aiden McNeill who scored 0-10 as Kickham’s Ardoyne defeated St. Comgall’s Antrim at Dunsilly on Wednesday night.

O’Neill’s ACFL Division 3

St. Comgall’s 0-10 Ardoyne 0-16

Aiden McNeill fired over points from all angels and distances to push Kickham’s Ardoyne to the top of division 3 in what looks like the tightest race for the title in recent years. Both sides went into this contest with only a point separating them but it was Paddy Murray’s side who displayed the greater will to win and they were well worth their six point victory.

It was St. Comgall’s Antrim who made the better start however at Dunsilly and the early exchanges suggested that they were quite capable of taking the spoils of victory over a side they have crossed swords with many times in recent years.

Dylan Murdock pointed the home side in front in the 4th minute before Aiden McNeill equalised from a free in the 5th minute. St. Comgall’s began to take control however as Ruairi Griffin restored their lead with a point in the 7th minute and Miles Devine extended that lead to two from a 9th minute free.

The Antrim town side were enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage but hit a couple of bad wides but when Ardoyne replied from a sublime long range effort from Aiden McNeill things began to turn in the visitors favour.

McNeill stroked a ‘45’ effortlessly between the uprights to tie the contest and then Gary McKernan set up McNeill with a defence splitting pass but the number 13’s shot flew just wide of the target with the goal at his mercy.

St. Comgall’s looked to have recovered from that let off as Miles Devine fisted over in the 19th minute to restore their lead but almost immediately McNeill brought matters level again from another pointed free.

Ardoyne forward, McNeill was giving a superb exhibition of point taking and he edged his side ahead for the first time in the 23d minute but St. Comgall’s might well have been back on terms as they broke forward from the resulting kick out but Louis Higgins’ effort came back of an upright and was cleared to safety.

Slowly though the visitors were taking command with Conor McDowell proving very effective in the sweeper role and Ciaran McNeill extended their lead with a good point before Miles Devine replied with a St. Comgall’s point to leave just one between the sides.

Conor McAuley was wide from a ‘45’ and Devine from play as tempers became a bit frayed and referee Cathal McDermott issued a number of cards. As things settled Cormac Mullan pointed a late free to leave Ardoyne two in front at the break.

77

When the action resumed again it was Aiden McNeill who extended the visitors lead to three from a close range free in the 4th minute and after Gary McKernan had blasted wide it was McNeill again and Cormac Mullan who added two more as Ardoyne began to open up the Antrim defence with their strong direct running.

The lively Shane Og Gribben briefly turned the tide with a good St. Comgall’s point in the 12th minute, their first of the half and Aiden McNeill for Ardoyne and Dylan Murdock for St. Comgall’s exchanged further minors to leave four between the sides with 13 minutes gone.

St. Comgall’s were still enjoying plenty of possession but were much to slow and methodical in their build ups and the visiting defence was dealing with nearly everything that came their way and breaking at speed.

Cormac Mullan for Ardoyne and Ruairi Griffin for St. Comgall’s exchanged points as the card count continued to rise but despite losing a couple of players Ardoyne finished strongly with points from Mullan and McNeill 0-2 to finish convincing winners 0-16 to 0-10.

This win moves the Kickham’s onto equal points with leaders, St. Patrick’s Lisburn on 18 points but the Kickham’s have a game in hand while Glenravel move to 16 points after their win over St. Malachy’s but they have two games in hand over St. Patrick’s.

St. Comgall’s and St. Malachy’s sit just a point further back in what is proving the tightest division 3 for many years and it looks like the race for the title could go right down to the wire.

St. Comgall’s: Mark Morgan, Callum McCabe, James McLornan, Paul Flannagan, Ryan McAuley, Peter McAuley, Shane Og Gribben, Darryl McNeill, Louis Higgins, Ruairi Griffin, Dylan Murdock, Oisin Crilly, Conor McAuley, Patrick Cooke, Miles Devine. Subs: Rory McLarnon, Danaan O’Hara, Colm Griffin

Kickham’s Ardoyne: Patrick McCullough, Niall Conwell, Gerard Og McFarlane, Pearse Marley, Conor Carter, Padraig Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Gary McKernan, Davison Alan, Cormac Mullan, Joe McNeill, Conor McDowell, Aiden McNeill, Ciaran McNeill, Kealan McCallan, Subs: Jim Og McAuley, Kevin McLaughlin, Conor Magee,  Kevin McLaughlin, Sean Joe Rooney

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

St Patrick’s back in the title race after win over Con Magees

O’Neill’s All County Football League Division 3

Con Magees Glenravel  1-6 St Patrick’s Lisburn 1-10

St Patrick’s Lisburn got themselves back into the title race in Division 3 when they travelled to Glenravel on Wednesday evening and beat the Con Magees by 1-10 to 1-6, a result that sees them draw level with their opponents in the league table, though Glenravel do have a game in hand. At half time the home team appeared to be in a good position when they went in leading by 1-5 to 0-6, but in perfect conditions for football they managed just one point in the second half, and it came from a free deep into injury time.

Eoin Fay gave St Patrick’s an early lead with a point from a free but a point from Conor McNeill on five minutes had the home side level, and when Conleth O’Loan grabbed a goal two minutes later they appeared to be in charge. However the Lisburn men hit back with three points on the trot from Fay, and the McMullan brothers to tie the scores midway through the first half.

The home team appeared to be back in control of the match when they hit four without reply, two apiece from Declan Traynor and Conor McNeill, to open an 0-8 to 0-04 lead with half time just minutes away, but St Patrick’s finished the half strongly with points from Josh McMullan and Fay to leave just two between the sides at the break. (Con Magees 1-5 St Patrick’s 06)

5Conleth O’Loan scores Glenravel’s goal during the opening half. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine

Con Magees squandered a few good chances to increase their lead early in the second half and they were made to pay when Niall Ward pointed for the visitors to close the gap to the minimum on 36 minutes. St Patrick’s took the lead midway through the second half when Francis McMeel cut up the right wing and fisted a high ball into the Glenravel square where full forward Josh McMullan rose highest to punch the ball to the net.

Another Niall Ward point put the Lisburn men three clear and when corner forward Francis McMeel fired over the gap was out to four. Conor McNeill got Glenravel’s first score of the second half three minutes into injury time to leave just a goal between the teams but St Patricks had the final say and a pointed free by Conor Saunders left them winners by a four point margin.

CON MAGEES – Shaun O’Boyle, Conor Carey, Paul McCurry, Michael Laverty, Joshua McKeown, Eoin McCusker, Mark O’Connor, Conor Mhor Carey, David Higgins, Conleth O’Loan, Kieran McKeown, Declan Traynor, Conor McNeill, Martin McCarry, Gareth McKeown.

Subs – Ciaran O’Connor for Gareth McKeown; Paul Mulholland for David Higgins; Sean Paul McKenna for Conleth O’Loan.

ST PATRICK’S – Peter O’Neill, Martin Kennedy, Thomas Burns, Jack McMullan, Tighearnan O’Meallaigh, Mark Chernek, Tomas Fay, Mark Torbitt, Denver Taggart, Ben McMullan, Niall Ward, Parick Saunders, Joshua McMullan, Francis McMeel.

Referee – Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine