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

Subs

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.

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.