Rasharkin back to winning ways

ACFL Div 3

Rasharkin 2-10

ODonnells 0-07

Following what could only be described as a couple of disastrous results, St. Mary’s Rasharkin got back to winning ways with a good win over visitors O’Donnell’s at Dreen last evening.

It was the visitors who struck first however and in a low scoring opening quarter they led 0-2 to 0-1 through Patrick Meenan and Caolan Loughran with Rasharkin’s reply coming from Andrew Hasson, 17 minutes into the opening half.

This score seemed to settle the Dreen side and they added two more without reply from Fergus Quigg and Odhran McGarrell before Shane Hasson got in for the game’s opening goal, four minutes from half time.

O’Donnell’s relied and Patrick Meenan pointed the final score of the half to leave it 1-3 to 0-3 for Rasharkin at the halfway stage but it still looked finely balanced at this stage of the game.

O’Donnell’s showed their intent when they opened the second half scoring through the impressive Patrick Meenan but Rasharkin were beginning to find their rhythm and Shane Hasson, Andrew Hasson and Oran McMullan fired over three quick fire points to move their side five in front with only five minutes of the second half gone.

Patrick Meenan pulled one back for the Whiterock side as Seamus Ellis replaced Pearse Kelly in the Rasharkin side and after Odhran McGarrigle fired home Rasharkin’s second goal the substitute followed with a point to move the South West side seven ahead by the 18th minute.

Patrick Meenan was doing his best to keep the O’D’s in touch as he pointed another free but the home side were now on top in most areas of the field and Shane Hasson and Oran McMullan responded with points to move them further ahead with five minutes still to play.

The visitors never gave up and Padraig McKissock pointed from a late free before Andrew Hasson capped a fine individual performance with the final point of the game as it edged into injury time.

St Mary’s Rasharkin: Ryan Doherty, Pearce Kelly, Emmet McFerran, Conor Doherty,Fergus Quigg, Thomas McMullan, Donagh Quigg, Jack Quinn, Ruairi OBoyle, Odhran McGarrell, Shane Hasson, Colm Kennedy, Cahir Henderson, Andrew Hasson, Oran McMullan Subs:


10mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off:Pearse Kelly on: Seamus Ellis

19mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Fergus Quigg  on: Thomas Doherty

25mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Oran McMullan  on: Gerard O’Hagan

O’Donnell’s Panel: David Mackel: Conor Murphy, Nathan Garland O’Neill, Gerard Sloan, Jonathan McKenna, Stephen Seawright, Gearoid McKernan, JohnRafferty, Conor Walsh, Patrick Meenan, Richard McAvoy, Keelan Loughran, Cailean Walsh, Michael Dorrian, Padraig McKissock, Darragh Walsh, David Mackle, Luke Doyle, Daniel Walsh, GD Doherty, Scott Thompson, Ryan Rafferty

Referee: Gerard Duggan (Creggan)

Naomh Comghgall’s riding high

ACFL Division 3

Naomh Comhghall 6-18 Rasharkin 2-2

St. Comgall’s Antrim are riding high in division 3 of the ACFL Division 3 following this comprehensive win over Rasharkin at Dunsilly today. This looked like the Antrim town side’s toughest assignment to date but in the event they passed the test with flying colours.

Joe Webb got the home side on their way with a goal after four minutes and Paddy Quinn added another as St. Comgall’s started at break neck speed. Caolan O’Loan, Tom Patchett and Miles Devine added points by the 13th minute and when Caolan O’Loan got in for their third goal at the end of the opening quarter it looked a long way back for the men from Dreen.

Rasharkin finally got their name on the score sheet when they got in for a goal after 21 minutes, their first score of the game but St. Comgall’s continued to dominate with Tom Patchett and Ruairi Griffen adding points before Caolan O’Loan fired home his second goal of the game with three minutes remaining to the break.

It was relentless pressure from the league leaders and they continued to pile on the pressure as Miles Devine pointed a couple of frees and Lewis |Higgins added another from play to leave the half time score 4-11 to 1-0 in favour of the Antrim town side.

The second half continued in much the same trend as the first as St. Comgall’s continued to press home their superiority with Tom Patchett hammering home goal number six and following with a point as the one way traffic towards the Rasharkin goal continued.

Joe Webb added another before the visitors final raised their first white flag of the evening but it was only temporary respite. Eoin Lynett got in for goal number six in the 54th minute as the points continued to come thick and fast with Caolan O’Loan, Dylan Murdock, Conor McAuley and Rasharkin replying with a late goal to put a slightly better look on the scoreboard

St Comgall’s

Anto Watson, Kain Walker, Stephen Webb, Conor McAuley, Paddy O’Connor, Dylan Murdock, Ruairi Griffin, Danan O’Hara, James McCabe, Tom Patchett, Miles Devine, Caolan O’Loan, Paddy Quinn, Joe Webb, Oisin Crilly

St. Comgall’s remain unbeaten

ACFL Division 3

St. Agnes 2-9 St. Comgall’s 2-20

This meeting of Division 3’s two unbeaten sides had all the makings of a cracker and didn’t disappoint with Naomh Una in a strong position at half time when they led by 1-5 to 0-7. However the men from Antrim town got their game together after the break, adding an impressive 2-13 to their first half total to run out winners by 11 points.

It was the Aggies who came racing out of the blocks and they had the ball in the St. Comgall’s net straight from the throw in but from the resulting kick out Naomh Comhghall stormed up the field but the width of the post denied them a goal and they had to settle for a point.

Both sides were guilty of poor shooting in the opening half but it was St. Agnes who held a narrow one point lead at the break, the score 1- to 0-7 in favour of the Belfast side.

After the break Naomh Comhghall stepped it up a gear and their pace and movement started to open up gaps in a stretched Naomh Una defence and the scores came thick and fast.

The Antrim town men now lead the division 3 table and remain the only side unbeaten in the division but they are closely followed by St. Mary’s Rasharkin, Naomh Padraig Lisburn and St. Agnes who all sit just two points behind them.

St. Comgall’s: 1/Anto watson 2/Conor mcAuley 3/Kain Walker 4/Stephen Webb 5/Paddy Cooke 6/Paddy Quinn 7/Paddy OConnor 8/Dannan OHara 9/Caolan mcKeown 10/ Miles Devine 11/Rory mcLarnon 12/Tom Patchett 13/ Oisín Crilly 14/Joe Webb 15/Caolan OLoane Subs Ruairi Griffen for Stephen Webb James McCabe for Rory McLarnon Lewis Higgins for Oisín Crilly Arron Murray for Paddy Quinn

Scorers:Tom Patchett 0.01 Miles Devine 0.02 Lewis Higgins 1.02 Paddy Cooke 1.04 Paddy Quinn 0.04 Joe Webb 0.02 James McCabe 0.05 all frees

Division 3 tables:

1Naomh Comhghall CLG   5   50 0 99633610
2St Mary’s Rasharkin   5  4109958418
3Naomh Padraig   5  4108352318
4Naomh Úna CLG/St Agnes’ GAC   5  4106570-58
5CLG Uí Dhonaill   5  3209674226
6Na Piarsaigh   5  23097111-144
7Mac Uílín CLG   4  1303448-142
8Laochra Loch Lao   5  1404878-302
9St Malachy’s   4  0404670-240
10Éire Óg   5  0503982-430

Rasharkin back to winning ways

ACFL Div.3

St. Mary’s Rasharkin 2-15 Eire Og 1-6

Rasharkin got back to winning ways in division 3 of the league with a 14 point win over bottom side Eire Og at Dreen.

Eire Og started the game brightly and kicked the opening 2 scores from James Toal and a free from Conor McKenna.  Rasharkin were dominating the possession stakes but were finding it difficult to penetrate a well organised Eire Og defence and could only manage a point from full forward Andrew Hasson by the first water break.    

The second quarter saw Rasharkin get to grips with the opposition and hit long range points from Andrew Hasson, Shane Hasson and Ruairi O’Boyle before Shane Hasson broke through and fired to the net for a well worked goal.

Rasharkin added another point from Fearghal Kennedy before Eire Og hit back with a free from McKenna on the stroke of half time. 

Half time score Rasharkin 1-05 Eire Og 0-03

The game opened up in the second half and although Eire Og gave a good account of themselves Rasharkin were always in control.

Fergus Quigg opened the scoring after a minute, before Oran McMullan hit 2 points on the bounce and Seamus Ellis pointed with an excellent strike in the 5th minute.  James Toal pulled one back for Eire Og but it was all one way traffic as Andrew and Shane Hasson kept the score board ticking over for the home side.  Conor McKenna frees either side of the water break gave Eire Og hope but Rasharkin hit the net again after a long range shot was palmed down to Seamus Ellis who fired home from close range.  Eire Og fought to the end and hit a goal of their own from Stephen Erskine after a mix up in the Rasharkin defence.  The home side finished strongly though with points from Killian and Ruairi O’Boyle before Andrew Hasson finished off the scoring with a well taken free. 

Full time score Rasharkin 2-15 Eire Og 1-06

Rasharkin Team

1 Ryan Doherty

2 Pearce Kelly

3 Donagh Quigg

4 Conor Doherty

5 Colm Kennedy

6 Thomas McMullan

7 Fergus Quigg 0-01

8 Jack Quinn

9 Ruairi O’Boyle 0-02

10 Shane Hasson 1-02

11 Seamus Ellis 1-01

12 Odhran McGarrell

13 Fearghal Kennedy 0-01

14 Andrew Hasson 0-05 (1f)

15 Oran McMullan 0-02


Gerard O’Hagan

Killian O’Boyle 0-01

Cathair Henderson

Darach Duffin

Emmet McFerran

Pearses hit Rasharkin for six

ACFL Div.3

Pearses 6-07 Rasharkin 3-14.

The old adage of goals win matches was well noted as Pearses hit a shell shocked Rasharkin for 6 goals at Woodlands on Wednesday night to claim their first victory and Rasharkin’s first loss of the league.

Rasharkin started brightly with an early goal and point from Andrew Hasson but were quickly pegged back as Pearses hit a point and cut through for a goal to level things up.  Rasharkin regained the initiative and followed up with points from Shane Hasson, Andrew Hasson, Killian O’Boyle and Cathair Henderson to leave the scores at 1-01 to 1-05 at the first water break.

Both teams traded points before Pearses got their second goal from a penalty after a black card was shown to Thomas McMullan on the stroke of half time.  Half time score Rasharkin 1-09 Pearses 2-03.

The second half was a goal fest as Pearses struck first after 4 minutes before Andrew Hasson replied with his second of the night, but Pearses were finding the path to goal all too easy as they hit 2 quick fire goals in the 9th and 10th minutes to leave the score at 5-05 to 2-12 at the water break.

Pearses were flying at this stage and fired over 2 more points either side of their 6th goal of the night to open up an 8 point lead with 6 minutes left to play.

Rasharkin did fight back with a goal and a point from Seamus Ellis and late points from Donagh Quigg and Colm Kennedy but Pearses held out for a 2 point victory.