Action continues in divisions 2 & 3

Football League Fixtures (Sunday March 15th)

With both the county footballers and hurlers in action at the week-end, the fixtures as established by the CCC may well be subject to change.

The Hurlers play Kerry in Croke Park in the Division 2A final while the footballers are away to Wicklow in a ‘must win’ division 4 game.

Division Two (all games at 1.00pm)

Kickham’s Ardoyne v St James Aldergrove

Newly promoted Ardoyne have struggled in their opening two games. They lost out to Tir na nOg in the opening round and fared no better last time at St Teresa’s and they are faced with a similar searching task again as reigning Intermediate champions Aldergrove visit.

Aldergrove did lose their opening game to Dunloy and the Crumlin men will be hoping to make amends on this their first trip to the city in 2020.

Ardoyne will hope to open their account but they may well struggle this time with an away win the most likely result.

St Teresa’s v Tir na nOg Randalstown

This one features likely contenders for honours in the division as St Teresa’s, who were relegated from division 1 last year play hosts to Tir na nOg who have been up there in contention in this grade for a while.

Tir na nOg have recorded a couple of wins to date with victories over Davitt’s and Ardoyne and they will be hoping to retain that winning habit.

St Teresa’s did open account at the expense of the visiting Ardoyne last time and that victory suggested they are well prepared and intent on a quick return to the top flight.

A close affair does seem in prospect in a game which could go either way, but ground advantage may just tilt the balance in favour of the Glen road men.

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Paul’s

A win at Crumlin in the opening round of the league strongly suggested that Dunloy have wintered well and the dual club look to have an eye firmly fixed on the big ball at present.

That win underlined current well-being as they welcome newly promoted St Paul’s to Pearse Park.

All Saint’s proved too strong for the Shaw’s road men last term and this looks like another stern test as they take the road to the country.

Dunloy will start this one as strong favourites and they may well gain another positive result.

All Saints Ballymena v Patrick Sarsfield’s

All Saints were impressive in a win over St Paul’s in the opening round but will face a much stiffer test against the visiting Sarsfields.

Sarsfield’s lost out to the visiting Moneyglass last time and they will be hoping for a better result at Quinn Park.

The Ballymena men will start as favourites and they should secure another couple of points.

Division Three (all games at 1.00pm)

Eire Og v St Patrick’s Lisburn

St Patrick’s Lisburn, the reigning Junior champions have suffered back to back defeats in their two outings to date and they will be seeking to turn the proverbial corner in this one as they visit Eire Og.

St Agnes v Patrick Pearses

St Agnes have started the season very much on the positive with back to back wins over O’Donnell’s and St Patrick’s ensuring table topping status at present.

The Woodlands men will be looking to keep on the winning trail here as the play hosts to Pearses and they may well prove up to that task.

St Comgall’s Antrim v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s

Adrian Dougan’s St Comgall’s got off the mark with a win over Laochra Loch Lao last time and they may well retain the winning habit again in this one as Mc Crory Park residents O’ Donnell’s pay a visit.

St Malachy’s v Laochra Loch Lao

St Malachy’s opened their account with a win over Ballycastle in round one and although this looks a tougher assignment the men from the Markets may well gain another brace of points over visitors Laochra Loch Lao.

McCabe inspires St. Comgall’s to opening day win

ACFL Division 3

Laochra Loch Lao 1-5 St. Comgall’s 0-16

A fine exhibition of point taking by half-forward James McCabe inspired St. Comgall’s Antrim to an opening day win over Laochra Loch Lao in division 3 and the Antrim town side will be hoping it will set them up for a good season.

McCabe scored seven of his side’s 16 points and with Paddy O’Connor also making a substantial contribution with four Laochra Loch Lao struggled to keep pace with the Antrim men. Peter McAuley and Tom Patchett added two apiece with Conoir McAuley also on target and with Adrian Dougan back at the helm St. Comgall’s could again be amongst the challengers for honour in the division.

St. Comgall’s: Ben Johnston, Stephen Webb, Arron McGaw, Dannan O’Hara, Rory Griffin, Dylan Murdock, Caolan McKeown, Daryl McNeill, Oisin Crilly, Paddy O’Connor 0-4,Conor McAuley 0-1, James McCabe 0-7, Rory McLarnon, Peter McAuley 0-2, Tom Patchett 0-2, Subs: Michael McCabe for Stephen Webb, Colm Logue for Oisin Crilly, Colm Griffin for Dannan O’Hara, Paddy Cooke for Rory McLarnon

Rasharkin make it two from two as Pearses pay the penalty

ACFL Division 3

Pearses 3-7 Rasharkin 3-9

Rasharkin footballers made it two wins from two starts when they travelled to Pearses on Sunday and recorded a good win over the Belfast side. The men from Dreen looked to be coasting when they led 2-5 to 0-4 at the half way point but Pearses came with a late rally to close the gap to two in the end but the St. Mary’s defence stood strong to take the points.

Cahir Henderson was the man who led the way with a goal from the penalty spot in each half, one requiring a follow up after his initial effort came back of the cross-bar and another from Ferghal Kennedy saw the ‘Hoops’ seven to the good at the halfway point but like last week, they allowed the opposition back into the game.

The North Belfast side struck three second half goals including a penalty of their own but the introduction of Tomas Doherty and Andrew Hasson from the bench and a solid performance from Conor Hasson saw the Dreen side over the line.

Rasharkin:

1. Ryan Doherty

2. Aidan McKeever

3. Daniel Doherty

4. John Henderson

5. Emmett McFerran

6. Conor Hasson

7. Fergus Quigg

8. Jack Quinn

9. Thomas McMullan

10. Liam Quigg

11. Ferghal Kennedy

12. Dylan O’Doherty

13. Gerard O’Hagan

14. Tiernan O’Boyle

15. Cathair Henderson

Subs:

Andrew Hasson for Liam Quigg

Colm Kennedy for John Henderson

Thomas Doherty for Dylan O’Doherty

Conor Doherty for Aidan McKeever

Killian O’Boyle for Cathair Henderson

Rasharkin Scorers:
Tiernan O’Boyle: 0-3
Liam Quigg: 0-1
Ferghal Kennedy: 1-1
Dylan O’Doherty: 0-1
Gerard O’Hagan: 0-2
Cathair Henderson: 2-0 (2 Penalties) 
Andrew Hasson: 0-1

Rasharkin hold on in tight opening game

ACFL Division 3

Rasharkin 2-8 St. Patrick’s Lisburn 2-7

St. Mary’s Rasharkin held off a sustained comeback from St. Patrick’s Lisburn in the opening game of the ACFL Division 3 at Dreen yesterday. Both these side suffered relegation from division 2 last year and on this display both teams will be amongst the favourites to gain promotion at seasons end.

Lisburn had a good season last year, despite relegation as they won the Junior Football Championship and McCormick Cup and were keen to get this year’s league campaign off to a winning start.

They looked the better side during the opening exchanges despite playing into the brisk breeze with Josh McMullan looking dangerous at full-forward every time he gained possession.

Slowly the home side settled with Thomas McMullan pointing in the 7th minute but it was Shane Hasson who was to go on and provide the greatest threat and his goal in the 16th minute put his side in a good position.

Dylan Doherty got in for a second goal with 33 minutes on the clock and the home side looked home and hosed as they led 2-6 to 1-3 going into the final quarter.

Lisburn pushed hard to close the gap and were helped by a rather fortuitous goal when an attempted point came back of the crossbar with ten minutes remaining and Josh McMullan was in the right place at the right time to palm it to the net.

St. Patrick’s cause was helped when Conor Hasson received a black card and they pressed hard in the closing stages but Shane Hasson pointed with eight minutes remaining to relieve the siege.

The visitors threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages but Hasson’s point was to prove the difference in the end and this win could set the South West men up for a good season as they attempt to make a quick return to division 2.

Daniel Doherty, Fergus Quigg, Daniel Hasson, Thomas McMullan, Dylan Doherty, Gerard O’Hagan and Shane Hasson were in fine form for Rasharkin while Josh McMullan provided the greatest threat from a Lisburn side who look capable of pushing for honours this year again.

Rasharkin team and scorers:

1. Ryan Doherty

2. John Henderson

3. Daniel Doherty

4. Aidan McKeever

5. Fergus Quigg

6. Conor Hasson (Black Card – 42 mins)

7. Daniel Hasson

8. Jack Quinn

9. Thomas McMullan (1 Point,  7mins)

10. Liam Quigg

11. Donagh Quigg (1 Point, 28 mins)

12. Dylan O’Doherty (1 goal, 33 mins) (1 point, 30 mins)

13. Gerard O’Hagan (2 points, 18mins, 40 mins)

14. Shane Hasson (1 goal, 16mins) (3 Points, 2mins, 34mins, 52mins)

15. Cahir Henderson

Subs

Ferghal Kennedy for Cahir Henderson (38 mins)

Thomas Doherty for Daniel Hasson (44 mins)

Emmet McFerran for Fergus Quigg (49 mins)

Colm Kennedy for Dylan O’Doherty (55 mins)

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