Fast start paves way for St. Comgall’s victory

ACFL Division 3

St. Comgall’s 2-12 O’Donnell’s 2-7

A fast start and a strong finish paved the way for a St. Comgall’s win over visitors O’Donnell’s in this top of the table clash at Dunsilly tonight. The Antrim town men came racing out of the starting blocks and led by 2-1 to 0-1 at the first water break.

Indeed it could have been worse for the Whiterock men at this stage but their keeper Conor Murphy pulling off a couple of great blocking saves to deny a rampant St. Comgall’s attack. Centre half, Dylan Murdock was the man who got the opening goal and Paddy Quinn rose to get his fist to an Anthony Watson free as the home side threatened to over-run the opposition.

O’Donnell’s only reply at this stage came from a Padraig McKissock point and as the pace and direct running of Patrick O’Connor, Tom Patchett and Caolan O’Loan continued to open up the opposition the Antrim town side moved into a 2-4 to 0-1 lead after 22 minutes despite playing against the wind.

Murdock blotted his copy book when he was shown Red in the 25th minute and O’Donnell’s hit the last two points of the half through Patrick Meenan and Richard McAvoy but still trailed 2-6 to 0-3 at the short whistle.

The Whiterock side introduced Gearoid McKiernan and Luke Doyle at the start of the second half and McKiernan got in for his side’s first goal with only a minute of the new half gone. O’Donnell’s were using the extra man to good effect, running at the opposition and drawing fouls from the opposition defence.

Team captain, Patrick Meenan punished these indiscretions as he fired over three in succession and Padraig McKissock adding another with Tom Patchett keeping his side ahead with a couple at the other end but when the visitors were awarded a penalty with six minutes of normal time remaining an O’Donnell’s comeback looked on the cards.

Anthony Watson in the St. Comgall’s goals was the man penalised for throwing the ball and Padraig McKissock stepped up to send him the wrong way from the spot and suddenly there was just three between the sides.

St. Comgall’s looked in trouble but to their credit they regrouped to produce a strong finish with Caolan O’Loan getting on the end of a good move to send over and Miles Devine made victory secure as he converted a couple of pressure frees to see his side home with five points to spare.

St. Comgall’s: Anthony Watson, Ruairi Griffin, Stephen Webb, Conor McAuley, Patrick O’Connor, Dylan Murdock, Danaan O’Hara, James McCabe, Aaron McGaw, Caolan McKeown, Joseph Webb, Tom Patchett, Caolan O’Loan, Miles Devine, Paddy Quinn,

O’Donnell’s: Conor Murphy, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Garland O’Neill, Jonathan McKenna, Stephen Seawright, Kevin Kennedy, Keelan Loughran, Conor Walsh, Scott Thompson, Ciaran McKissock, Patrick Meenan, Fergal McNerney, Padraig McKissock, Darragh Walsh, Richard McAvoy, Subs: Gearoid McKiernan,  Daniel Walsh, Ciaran Seacroft, Michael Dorrian, Luke Doyle,

Referee: Karol Doherty (Rasharkin)

Unbeaten Rasharkin continue to impress

ACFL Division 3

Rasharkin 1-14 Loachra Loch Loa 0-06

Rasharkin continued their unbeaten start to life in division 3 with an eleven point win over Loachra Loch Lao but were made to work hard by the visitors who were well organised and competitive throughout.

The game had a slow start as Loachra Loch Loa started with a very defensive setup and while Rasharkin had lots of possession they were finding it tough to break through a well organised visitor’s defence.

It took until the 6th minute before Ryan Lynch opened the scoring with a point but there was then a long delay as Lynch had to leave the field with an injury.

A second point from Colm Kennedy left the score at 2 points to no score at the first water break.

Rasharkin were much improved after the break and were more incisive in attack resulting in 2 pointed frees from Shane Hasson and a further score from Oran McMullan.  Rasharkin were now in command and added further points from Hasson and two from full forward Eamonn McNeill.  The decisive score of the game then came from new addition Seamus Ellis as the Glenties native cut through and fired to the net after a great run.  Half time score Rasharkin 1-08 Loachra Loch Lao 0-02.

Loachra started the second half impressively as they came out of their defensive shell and were winning primary possession around the middle third.  They reeled off the next 3 scores and were challenging hard all over the pitch.  Rasharkin midfielder Thomas McMullan was sent off for a second yellow card in the 40th minute but Loachra Loch Lao were unable to sustain the challenge as Rasharkin turned the tide and added scores from Killian O’Boyle, Seamus Ellis and 2 pointed frees from Shane Hasson.

Loachra Loch Lao tagged on another score but Rasharkin were never troubled and comfortably saw out the game with a super long range free from Tiernan O’Boyle. 

Rasharkin Team:

1 Ryan Doherty

2 Conor Doherty

3 Donagh Quigg

4 Fearghal Kennedy

5 Oran McMullan 0-01

6 Thomas McMullan

7 Fergus Quigg

8 Jack Quinn

9 Tiernan O’Boyle 0-01 (1f)

10 Ruairi O’Boyle

11 Ryan Lynch

12 Colm Kennedy 0-01

13 Shane Hasson 0-06 (4f)

14 Eamonn McNeill 0-02

15 Killian O’Boyle 0-01

Subs

Seamus Ellis (1-01) 

Cathair Henderson

Callum Montgomery

Lisburn hold off late St Malachy’s rally

Antrim Football League Division 3

St Malachy’s 2-7 St Patrick’s Lisburn 2-10

Naomh Padraig Lisburn travelled to Cherryvale on Wednesday evening and beat old rivals St Malachy’s by 2-10 to 2-7 in Division 3 of the Antrim Fooball League.

Oisin McMullan opened the scoring for Lisburn in the first minute, and though St Malachy’s were soon level through a Anto Devlin point, the visitors pushed on with points from Jack McMullan and Marko Chernek in the 7th and 8th minutes to take a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. St Malachy’s came back to level with points in the 10th and 13th minutes through Anton McGreevy and they hit the front when a McGreevy 45 went all the way to the Lisburn net.

Naomh Padraig came back to level on 19 minutes when Aaron Thompson found the St Mal’s net and in the dying minutes of the first half Conor Dixon and Frances McMeel fired over points to give them a two point cushion at the half time whistle.

Oisin Gormon increased the visitors lead a minute into the second half when he sent over a point from play but the home team replied five minutes later through top scorer McGreevy. Four points without reply from Francis McMeel (2), Conor Dixon and Conor Erwin put Lisburn in command as they opened up an eight point lead, but St Malachy’s were far from finished and they produced a late rally that brought points from Jack McGivern and Patrick Turley and an injury time goal from Conor Russell to leave just three between them at the end.

Rasharkin off to a bright start

ACFL Div.3

 Rasharkin 4-13 St Malachys 0-11

St. Mary’s Rasharkin got their division 3 ACFL off to a good start when they entertained St. Malachy’s at Dreen today. The home side started very brightly and dominated the first 5 minutes with points from play from Tiernan O’Boyle, Eamonn McNeill and Ryan Lynch.

St Malachys were struggling to get out of their half and were punished by a well struck goal from Ruairi O’Boyle following some nice interplay from Odhran McGarrell.

St Malachy’s got off the mark with a pointed free from Karl McCavana but Rasharkin immediately responded with a free from Shane Hasson and a long range point from play from Ruairi O’Boyle.

Midfielder Anthony Dobbin broke forward for a good score to give St Malachy’s their first point from play before Rasharkin tagged on two further frees from centre half forward Ryan Lynch.

At the first half water break Rasharkin were ahead 1-7 to 0-2 and could have been further ahead if not for some great saves by Conan Russell in the St Malachys goals.

St Malachy’s found their feet after the water break and were securing more possession in the middle third and scored a good point from Jack McGivern.

Rasharkin responded with a 45 from Tiernan O’Boyle before Eamonn McNeill found his way past Russell for a well taken goal.

St Malachy’s then had a purple patch and hit three pointed frees on the bounce from the boot of Karl McCavana.

Their revival was short lived as the lively Odhran McGarrell found space and blasted to the St Malachy’s net to leave the score Rasharkin 3-08 to 0-06 at the break.

St Malachys started the second half well and hit the first two points before the impressive Eamonn McNeill pointed then blasted to the net for his second goal.

Colm Kennedy broke forward for a point from play to leave 14 between the sides at the second half water break.

St Malachys battled hard right to the final whistle as the teams exchanged points in the final quarter with Rasharkin substitute Oran McMullan hitting 2 points on his senior debut.

Final Score

Rasharkin Team

1 Ryan Doherty

2 Pearce Kelly

3 Andrew Hasson

4 Conor Doherty

5 Liam Quigg

6 Thomas McMullan

7 Fergus Quigg

8 Tiernan O’Boyle 0-03 (2 45’s)

9 Jack Quinn

10 Colm Kennedy 0-01

11 Ryan Lynch 0-03 (2f)

12 Ruairi O’Boyle 1-01

13 Shane Hasson 0-01 (1f)

14 Eamonn McNeill 2-02

15 Odhran McGarrell 1-00

Subs:

Oran McMullan 0-02 for Liam Quigg 48mins

Killian O’Boyle for Fergus Quigg 50 mins

Callum Montgomery for Eamonn McNeill 53 mins

Ruairi Hawthorne for Odhran McGarrell 55 mins

St Malachys Team

1 Conan Russell

2 Caoimhin Corr

3 Ciaran Galway

4 Colin Connolly

5 Mark Connolly

6 Daniel Quinn

7 Brendan McGettigan

8 Ciaran Vernon 0-01

9 Anthony Dobbin 0-02

10 Jack McGivern 0-01

11 Stephen Carson

12 Niall Kennedy

13 Karl McCavana 0-04 (4f)

14 Stephen Dobbin

15 James Ryan

St. Patrick’s back in the grove

Antrim Senior Football Division Three

O’Donnell’s 0-7

St Patrick’s, Lisburn 1-20

At the start of the present division 3 campaign, post Covid-19 St. Patrick’s Lisburn were one of the favourites to take the title but things got off to a bad start when they lost on the opening day to fellow favourites, Rasharkin.

Following the lockdown they looked very much back in the grove as they proved much too good for O’Donnell’s at McRory Park on Sunday with the home side having little answer to the sharp moving Lisburn men.

Michael Fegan had impressed early on for the visitors and found the net in the 14th minute but he blotted his copy book when he was shown Red along with O’Donnell’s Sea Og McVeigh following an off the ball incident.

It didn’t unduly upset the visitors as they continued to control matters with the entire starting front six and both midfielders on the score sheet for St Patrick’s as they cruised home in an impressive display against an O’Donnell’s team that showed the odd glimpse of what they can do, but their moments were few and far between.

Francis McMeel was to reel off eight points in this game and he got the visitors off and running from a free in the opening minute but Cailean Walsh replied at the other end before putting his side into the lead from play shortly after.

McMeel hit back with two of his own – both from play – before Aaron Thmpson chipped in from a free forSt. Patrick’s as they edged two ahead after 12 minutes.

O’Donnell’s hit back with Patrick Meenan finding the target to leave just one in it, but the visitors responded in devastating fashion and Fegan took a pass on the overlap in the 15th minute before blasting to the net.

It was from a kick-out that the goalscorer and McVeigh tangled, prompting referee Martin Quinn to dismiss both as Thompson and McMell added points for the visitors to leave it 1-6 to 0-3.

Naomh Padraig were now in almost total control and two McMell frees either side of a Chris Morgan score helped them into a 1-9 to 0-3 lead at the half.

McMeel picked up where he left off after the restart, scoring from play and a free before Conall Donegan – a half-time sub for the hosts replied with a point.

Cailean Walsh added a free, but O’Donnell’s needed much more to get back into this game and that spark wasn’t to come as St. Patrick’s began to pull clear.

Chris Morgan added a couple of points for the visitors as both teams emptied their bench with Dominic Devine then getting in on the act with a good score to leave it 1-14 to 0-5 entering the final quarter.

Following the brief stoppage for water, Conor Dixon took over the free-taking role and split the posts for St Patrick’s whilst O’Donnell’s goalkeeper Conor Walsh converted a long free and Josh McMullan burst through to reply at the other end.

Donegan hit his second of the day for O’Donnell’s with five minutes remaining but this was to be their last score as Naomh Padraig finished with a flurry and Ben McMullan, Dixon (free), Mark Torbitt and Shane McEvoy raised white to seal an impressive victory  and register the first victory for Cormac McKenna’s side in their third outing of this 2020 league campaign.

O’DONNELL’S: Conor Walsh (0-1 free); Joeseph Rafferty, S O’Donnell, G Sloan; C McGuigan, C Walsh, C McKissock; C O’Donnell, S McVeigh; P Meenan (0-1), John Rafferty, J McKenna; J Walker, J O’Donnell, Cailean Walsh (0-3, 1 free). Subs: C Donegan (0-2) for C McGuigan (HT), D Walsh for J Rafferty (42), S Seawright for P Meenan (44).

ST PATRICK’S: P O’Neill; Jack McMullan, P Burns, P Craig; S McEvoy (0-1), T O Meallaigh, C Burns; M Fegan (1-0), D Devine (0-1); B McMullan (0-1), F McMeel (0-8, 4 frees), C Morgan (0-3); A Thompson (0-2, 1 free), Jack McMullan (0-1), M Torbitt (0-1). Subs: C Ewing for Jack McMullan (42), C Dixon (0-2, both frees) for A Thompson (50), R Kennedy for D Devine (51), M Cherneck for C Burns (51), O Gorman for F McMeel (51).

REFEREE: Martin Quinn (Naomh Éanna)