Battling St Patrick’s leave the Ulster stage

AIB Ulster Club Junior Football Championship (round one)

St Patrick’s Lisburn 1-06 (Antrim) O’ Rahilly’s Collegeland 0-13 (Armagh)

Antrim representatives, St Patrick’s Lisburn’s first taste of Ulster club championship action ended in defeat when they lost out to the more streetwise Collegeland of Armagh at Glenavy today.

The Armagh champions more direct football and ability to take scores proved the difference against a St. Patrick’s side who were too slow and laboured in their approach play.

Collegeland crossed the winning line and into the next round with a 0-13 to 1-06 win at Chapel Hill and were full value for their win.

The St Patrick’s men held their own during the opening quarter and were level with  the Orchard county representatives at 0-03 apiece at the end of the opening quarter after the O’ Rahilly’s men had enjoyed a positive start. However the Antrim champions failed to make a further mark on the board for the remainder of the opening half as the O’Rahilly’s dominated the remainder of the half.

Collegeland, with the impressive Shane Donnelly leading the way took the initiative in the second quarter and back to back white flags raised by the former were followed by a trio of points from placed efforts as Jason Kelly despatched all between the posts to ensure a 0-08 to 0-03 interval advantage.

The second period progressed in much the same vein as the first with Collegeland more direct in approach. Lisburn didn’t lack in endeavour but found the way to the target a tough route to navigate despite the best efforts  of the hard working Niall Ward.

St Patrick’s were restricted to just a couple of scores in the third quarter from Ben Mc Mullan and Francis Mc Meel and at the 50th minute Collegeland had gone seven points clear and were looking comfortable.

St Patrick’s kept battling right to the end with Niall Ward, Sean Casey, and Ben Mc Mullan leading by example but although the Antrim champions posed a few problems, they were unable to break down a strong Collegeland defence. Niall Ward finally found a way through when he drilled a 20 metre free to the corner of the net in the 61st minute but it arrived too late to influence the result.

A dark and dreary afternoon coupled with incessant rain greeted the representatives from Antrim and Armagh as St Patrick’s Lisburn and O’ Rahilly’s Collegeland lined out at Chapel Hill in the opening round of the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship.

The Orchard county side entered the fray as firm favourites and had earned a three point lead by the 8th minute as Scott Mc Cann raised back to back whites and team captain Cathair Mc Geary added another.

The Antrim representatives, having spurned a couple of early chances were off the mark in the 10th minute as central defender Tighearnan O’ Meallaigh stroked a 40 metre free between the posts.

This score seemed to lift the Lisburn side and they enjoyed a period of ascendancy and points by Conor Dixon, and Mark Chernek ensured parity at 0-03 apiece at the start of the second quarter.

Collegeland responded and Shane Donnelly, who looks a class act, restored the O’ Rahilly’s advantage with a fine 18th minute point which was pushed over by Lisburn net minder Peter O’ Neill before adding another less than a minute later.

It was backs to the wall for the Antrim men in the latter stages as the O’ Rahilly’s took control and Scott McCann punished defensive errors when he steered a trio of free kicks over the bar in quick succession to ensure an 0-08 to 0-03 advantage.

Lisburn tried to reply in the latter stages but both Eoin Fay and Ben McMullan were just wide of the target.

Collegeland started the second half on the positive as the impressive Shane Donnelly added a 33rd minute point with Ben Mc Mullan replying for Lisburn. Back came Collegeland with a  38th minute point from Tyrone Mc Geary after Pauric Mc Geary chased and recovered what had looked a lost cause.

St Patrick’s were striving to get their game together with the ever industrious Niall Ward leading by example but the Orange county representatives were proving sure footed in defence and quick on the counter.

Shane Donnelly strode forward after Tom Murphy had made intervention to add another point and ensure a 0-11 to 0-04 advantage at the 45th minute and St. Patrick’s proiblems were compounded when they lost keeper, Peter O’Neill to a black card.

Lisburn reduced the deficit when Francis Mc Meel grabbed a stylish 48th minute point but such was soon negated as Brian McGeary signalled his arrival on the scene with his first touch after a 50th minute introduction.

Lisburn badly needed scores but the O’ Rahilly’s defence stood strong and a well-constructed counter attack opened the way for Brian Mc Geary to double his personal haul with another point at the 59th minute.

The die looked well and truly cast but the Antrim champions continued to press in the closing stages.

Niall Ward finally found a way through when his drilled free deflected of a defender in a crowded goalmouth and ended in the net but the final whistle sounded from the resulting kick-out.

So its Collegeland who go through to a place in the next round while St. Patrick’s are left to reflect on a season where they were relegated from division 2 but won their first Junior championship since 1995.

 St Patrick’s: Peter O’ Neill, Jack Mc Mullan, Thomas Burns, Sean Casey, Ben Mc Mullan (0-01), Tighearnan O’ Meallaigh (0-01), Eoin Fay, Denver Taggart, Mark Torbit, Shane Mc Evoy, Mark Chernek (0-01), Francis Mc Meel (0-02), Niall Ward (1-00), Josh Mc Mullan, Conor Dixon (0-01)

Subs

Colm Burns v E Fay

Thomas Fay for J Mc Mullan

Rory Kennedy for D Taggart

Peter Casey for P O’ Neill (black card)

O’ Rahilly’s: Niall Brady, Tiernan Mc Geary, Stephen Clancy, Ruairi Mc Geary, Stefan Mc Kenna, Shane Donnelly (0-04), Cahir Mc Geary (0-01), Ryan Mc Parland, Robert Mc Quaid, Tyrone Mc Geary (0-02), Scott Mc Cann (0-02), Tom Murphy, Jason Kelly (0-02)

Subs

Aidan Mc Cracken for S Mc Kenna

James Mackle for R Mc Parland

Oliver Murphy for J Kelly

Brian Mc Geary (0-02) for S Mc Cann

Referee J Lewis (Fermanagh)

Naomh Padraig can advance in Ulster opener

Ulster Junior Football Championship

St. Patrick’s Lisburn v Collegeland (Armagh)

Sunday 2-30 (Glenavy)

Antrim Junior champions, St. Patrick’s Lisburn make their Ulster bow this Sunday when they take on Armagh champions, Collegeland at St. Joseph’s Glenavy. For the Lisburn men Sunday’s game is a giant step into the unknown but a step they are more than capable of taking.

It’s been a mixed season for the boys from Lisburn but one I feel will stand them in good stead. Last year they won promotion from division 3 of the              ACFL with Con Magee’s Glenravel but lost to the Glenravel men in the Junior Championship final.

Their division 2 campaign this year certainly didn’t go the way as planned and indeed they failed to gain a win until late in the year when they travelled to Glenravel and defeated the Glensmen. While results didn’t go their way in the league this year they never the less performed well in most of their games and that experience at a higher level stood them in good stead going into the championship.

Naomh Padraig began this year’s championship journey with a less than convincing win over Lochra loch Lao at Sunday’s venue, the Lisburn side emerging 1-9 to 1-4 winners in a nervous opening to their championship campaign.

A wins a win and it seemed to settle St. Patrick’s and next time out they showed just what they are capable of when they defeated Na Piarsaigh 1-18 to 0-4 at Rossa. Conor Dixon, Mark Torbitt, Ben McMullan, Josh McMullan, Niall Ward and  Tighearnan O’Meallaigh were the men on target with Ben McMullan getting the goal.

They carried that good form into their semi-final meeting with O’Donnell’s at Woodlands beating the Whiterock Road side 1-22 to 0-9 in an impressive scoring display. The sides were evenly matched in the opening quarter as Richard McAvoy kicked five of O’Donnell’s opening scores and brought his side back on terms after Conor Dixon had edged Lisburn in front with the game’s only goal.

But O’Donnells went over 40 minutes without a score and struggled to deal with the threat from outstanding corner-forward Josh McMullan.

McMullan drew numerous fouls that were converted by Dixon and Francis McMeel as their side hit 17-points unanswered to comfortably progress to the decider.

They faced a stiff test when they met a Kickham’s Ardoyne side who had already gained promotion to division 2 and had impressed throughout a season which included a promotion play-off against St. Mary’s Rasharkin and there were many who had Paddy Murray’s side as favourites for this one.

St Patrick’s Lisburn bridged a yawning gap, stretching away back to 1995 when they defied the strong challenge of Kickham’s Ardoyne to gain the verdict after a keenly contested and hugely entertaining final in Glenavy.

Last year’s beaten finalists took the lead in the 7th minute when the impressive Ben McMullen concluded a stylish counter attack by firing to the back of the net and despite being reduced in number shortly after when Sionan O’ Suilleabhain saw red they were not to be headed again.

With Niall Ward patrolling the ‘40’ in a majestic role as sweeper the Lisburn men dominated possession from their own kick outs and Mark Chernek pounced on a wayward clearance to return to the back of the net and ensure a 2-04 to 0-05 half time advantage.

As expected, Ardoyne came strong in the second half and had closed the gap to the minimum at one stage but Naomh Padraig struck with a late Francis McMeal goal to put the disappointment of defeat in the previous two finals behind them to take the title and earn a place in Sunday’s Ulster opener against Collegeland.

What of Collegeland?

Collegeland O’Rahilly’s have a proud but chequered history. They won their first Armagh Junior Championship way back in 1956 and in 1961 they won their only Armagh Senior Championship. Their fortunes declined after that but the opening of their new pitch and clubrooms in 1998 provided a new impetus. This culminated in the capture of the County Junior title in 2007. An interesting aside to this was the fact that Tomasz Fopka, a Polish national, became the first non-national to win a county title in Armagh and perhaps beyond.

This year has been a good season for one of Armagh’s oldest clubs and they have been impressive in their march to this year’s Armagh Junior Football title. The Armagh championship is played in a league format before progressing to a knockout at the quarter-final stage.

They topped their group which included Dorsey Emmets to whom they suffered their only defeat. In the quarter final Collegeland defeated Peader O’Doirin Foirceal 2-11 to 1-11 before going on to avenge that earlier defeat to Dorsey Emmet’s in the semi-final at the Athletic Grounds , winning 2-8 to 0-9.

In the final Collegeland defeated Derrynoose in another tight encounter, running out 1-12 to 1-9 on the 29th September to set them up for a meeting with Naomh Padraig this Sunday.

Naomh Padraigh can progress

Sunday provides an interesting opening round encounter at Chapel Hill. Collegeland O’Rahilly’s have certainly earned their place in Sunday’s Ulster opener with a consistent campaign in Armagh but they will face a Naomh Padraig side with a tough division 2 campaign behind them and one who appear to have run into good form just at the right part of the season.

Ben McMullan, Niall Ward, Jack McMullan, Tighearnach O’Meallaigh, Eoin Fay, Mark Cherneck, Francis McMeal, Conor Dixon and the superb Josh McMullan have the experience and know how to see the Lisburn side overcome their first Ulster hurdle.

Third time lucky as St Patrick’s bridge the gap

The Devenish Junior Football Championship (final)

St Patrick’s Lisburn 3-09 Kickham’s Ardoyne 0-16

St Patrick’s Lisburn bridged a yawning gap, stretching away back to 1995 when they defied the strong challenge of Kickham’s Ardoyne to gain the verdict after a keenly contested and hugely entertaining final in Glenavy today

Last year’s beaten finalists took the lead in the 7th minute when the impressive Ben McMullen concluded a stylish counter attack by firing to the back of the net and despite being reduced in number shortly after when Sionan O’ Suilleabhain saw red they were not to be headed again.

With Niall Ward patrolling the ‘40’ in what was to be as majestic role of sweeper the Lisburn men dominated possession from their own kick outs and Mark Chernek pounced on a wayward clearance to return to the back of the net and ensure a 2-04 to 0-05 half time advantage.

Ardoyne, who will play in the second division next term started the second half on the positive but the North Belfast men were to have cause to reflect on a couple of early goal opportunities which went a begging.

Brendan O’ Neill shot over the bar when presented with an open goal just 15 seconds into the new half and then Lisburn net minder Peter O’ Neill made a splendid save when Conor McLaughlin broke clear on a one on one situation a couple of minutes later.

Ardoyne gained the initiative as the second half progressed and with Joe Mc Neill dominant in defence and the impressive Cormac Mullan proving accurate in the extreme up front there was only a point between the sides going into the final quarter.

St. Patrick’s had their backs to  the wall but when question were asked the Lisburn men were quick to provide answer and when Francis McMeal took advantage from a poor clearance to promptly return to the back of the Ardoyne net that was that.

Ardoyne kept going right to the end but although they did come close, a late Colm Burns point ushered the St Patrick’s men over the winning line and on to the podium as Junior Champions 2019.

Kickham’s Ardoyne, having already gained promotion to division 2 next term started today’s final as favourites and they were quick to open account as Cormac Mullan split the posts in the 3rd minute.

Beaten finalists in the last two years, St. Patrick’s were back on  terms by the 4th minute when wing half back Ben Mc Mullan combined with Francis Mc Meal before firing over and another from Conor Dixon saw them move ahead for the first time.

St Patrick’s increased their lead when Ben Mc Mullan combined with Niall Ward, Eoin Fay, and Shane Mc Evoy and the former finished confidently to the net to ensure a handy 1-02 to 0-01 advantage by the 8th minute.

Lisburn were in control at this stage with ‘sweeper’ Niall Ward prominent but the St Patrick’s men were guilty of some wayward shooting and after they had spurned several opportunities Ardoyne seized the baton.

Cormac Mullan added a couple of points to reduce the deficit and then Lisburn were reduced in number as mid-fielder Sionan O’ Suilleabhain was shown red following an off the ball incident and when Aidan McNeill sent Conor McLaughlin clear to raise a 21st minute white only a point separated the sides.

St Patrick’s responded and Conor Dixon pointed before Niall Ward came forward to add a superb 27th minute point.

The Lisburn show was really back on the road and they were to finish the half with a flourish and a second major when Mark Chernek pounced on a poor clearance to return post haste to the back of the Ardoyne net and ensure a 2-04 to 0-05 interval advantage.

Ardoyne started the second half five points in arrears but might have had a couple of goals in the opening minutes but Brendan O’ Neill was unlucky to see his effort go over the bar and then Lisburn net minder, Peter O’Neill made an excellent save to deny Conor Mc Laughlin.

Conor Dixon and the dashing Ben McMullan replied with points for St. Patrick’s but Ardoyne were on the move and a trio of white flags raised in turn by Cormac Mullan (2), and Aidan Mc Neill ensured only a point separated the sides with Lisburn 2-06 to 0-11 ahead at the end of the third quarter.

Francis Mc Meal and Cormac Mullan swapped points as the clock ticked down and with the destination of the silverware still to be decided the crucial score of the game arrived. A slick build up involving Conor Dixon, Mark Torbit, and replacement Denver Taggart opened the way for Francis Mc Meal to blast to the back of the net.

A killer blow and although the Kickham’s replied in the latter stages as Cormac Mullan added three late points and Conor Mc Laughlin followed with another, St Patrick’s had the last say with a late, 34th minute Colm Burns point to see them cross the winning line 3-09 to 0-16 ahead and into the history books as 2019 Junior champions.

 St Patrick’s: Peter O’ Neill, Jack Mc Mullan, Thomas Burns, Sean Casey, Ben Mc Mullan (1-02), Tighearnach O’ Meallaigh, Eoin Fay (0-01), Sionan O’ Suilleabhain, Mark Torbitt, Shane Mc Avoy, Mark Chernek (1-00), Francis Mc Meal (1-01), Niall Ward (0-01), Josh Mc Mullan, Conor Dixon (0-02)

Subs

Denver Taggart for C Dixon

Rory Kennedy for E Fay

Colm Burns (0-01) for J Mc Mullan (black card)

Ardoyne: Enda Slattery, Conor Carter, Sean Joe Rooney, Pearse Marley, Padraig Lynch, Joe Mc Neill, Kevin lynch, Gary Mc Kernan, Declan Mc Cormick, Cormac Mullan (0-10), Aidan Mc Neill (0-03), Keelan Mc Callan, Conor Mc Dowell, Brendan O’ Neill (0-01), Conor Mc Laughlin (0-02)

Subs

Kevin Mc Laughlin for K Mc Callan

Referee Paul Burns (St Comgall’s)

Junior Final looks too close to call

The Devenish Junior Football Championship final

St. Patrick’s Lisburn v Kickham’s Ardoyne

Saturday: Glenavy 3-00

Tomorrow’s Junior Football Championship final between St. Patrick’s Lisburn and Kickham’s Ardoyne looks a difficult one to call. Both sides have impressed on their way to Saturday’s decider and there are valid arguments for placing the favourite’s burden on both of them.

Neither side set the championship alight in their opening round wins with Ardoyne having just two points to spare when they beat Eire Og at St. Paul’s while the Lisburn men certainly didn’t get it all their own way when beating Lochra Loch Lao 1-9 to 1-4 at Glenavy.

There was marked improvement on the part of both of tomorrow’s protagonists however with St. Patrick’s finding their shooting boots as they racked up an impressive 1-18 against a Na Piarsaigh side who could only manage 0-4 on the night.

Ardoyne faced a much stiffer test when they were drawn against St. Comgall’s at Woodlands and looked in a bit of trouble when they trailed by a point at half time. Ardoyne made the perfect beginning to the second-half however, finding the net within two minutes of the games resumption.

Joe McNeill and Cormac Mullan interlinked to great effect, Gary McKernan picked up possession and threaded the ball through to Mullan whose low shot squeezed through the legs of Ben Johnston and into the St Comgall’s net to give Ardoyne a 1-06-1-04 lead.

With just three between the sides as the game went into the closing stages a fabulous attacking move down the right hand channel saw the ball played into the path of Kevin Lynch and Lynch steered the ball into the roof of the net – giving Ben Johnston no chance and ensuring Ardoyne were now 2-09-1-06 ahead and they never looked back.

Both sides went into their semi-finals as firm favourites with St. Patrick’s Lisburn facing O’Donnell’s and Ardoyne drawn against McQuillan’s Ballycastle.

St Pat’s Lisburn booked their place in the final for the third year in succession after running out 1-22 to 0-09 winners over O’Donnell’s at Woodlands.

The sides were evenly matched in the opening quarter as Richard McAvoy kicked five of O’Donnell’s opening scores and brought his side back on terms after Conor Dixon had edged Lisburn in front with the game’s only goal.

But O’Donnell’s went over 40 minutes without a score and struggled to deal with the threat from outstanding corner-forward Josh McMullan.

McMullan drew numerous fouls that were converted by Dixon and Francis McMeel as their side hit 17-points unanswered to comfortably progress to the decider.

In the second semi-final Ardoyne didn’t get it all their own way against a rejuvenated Ballycastle side but still had too much in the tank when questions were asked.  A late goal by centre back, and team captain Joe McNeill put the contest out of reach of the North Antrim side who had threatened a comeback.

 The North Belfast side with the impressive Cormac Mullan leading the way were 1-10 to 0-03 ahead at the interval but Ballycastle started the second half aided by the breeze and with centre back Ronan McCarry and Tiernan Butler leading by example they came storming back.

Stephen McIllroy despatched a 36th minute penalty to the net and Tiernan Butler added another from play, and having enjoyed a 10 point lead at the start of the second half Ardoyne were now just four ahead.

They responded however and a late Joe McNeill goal, created by his brother Aiden, sealed the verdict and a place in the decider.

Both have impressed on their way to tomorrow’s final so it is perhaps to their league campaigns that we have to look for some indication of advantage. St. Patrick’s Lisburn played their football in division 2 in 2019 but were relegated at the end of season with only one win to their credit.

I attended a couple of their games at Rasharkin and at Whitehill and they were well in contention in both of those games before going down to the home sides. That win at Glenravel will have given them some confidence and they carried it into their Junior Championship campaign.

Ardoyne gained promotion from division 3 this year, having finished runners up and were involved in a division2/3 play-off with St. Mary’s Rasharkin who finished second bottom of division 2. Twelve points separated the sides after the first of a two leg play-off with Ardoyne gaining a massive advantage going into round two. Rasharkin edged the second game by the minimum but it is Ardoyne who will ply their trade in division 2 next year.

This is St. Patrick’s third final in three years, having lost the previous two to Sarsfield’s and Glenravel and they will be determined to put that to rights tomorrow and would appear to have more to play for but former St. Gall’s and Antrim keeper, Paddy Murray has the Kickham’s in great shape and this one could go either way.

Ardoyne hold off McQuillans’ challenge to advance to final

The Devenish Junior Football Championship (semi-final)

Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle 2-07 Kickham’s Ardoyne 3-12

A late goal by centre back, and team captain Joe Mc Neill sealed passage for Kickham’s Ardoyne to the Devenish Junior Football championship final at the expense of Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle in Toome on Saturday.

The North Belfast side with the impressive Cormac Mullan leading the way had earned a 1-10 to 0-03 interval advantage and looked on their way to the final, but Ballycastle started the second half aided by the breeze and with centre back Ronan Mc Carry and Tiernan Butler leading by example they came storming back.

Stephen Mc Illroy despatched a 36th minute penalty to the net and Tiernan Butler added another from play, a couple of minutes later and the North Antrim men looked back in business, and having enjoyed a 10 point lead at the start of the second half Ardoyne had seen their advantage reduced to four, with Mc Quillan’s starting to ask serious questions.

However when the chips were down the city men were not to be found wanting, and they responded and with Joe McNeill leading the way they regained the upper hand. Mc Quillan’s battled to reduce the deficit but the Ardoyne defence stood firm and a late Joe Mc Neill goal, created by his brother Aiden, sealed the verdict and a place in the decider in two weeks’ time.

Ballycastle, who had struggled in the league really came to life in this year’s championship and went into Saturday’s game against favourites Ardoyne with a couple of championship wins under their belts.

The North Antrim side signalled positive intentions from the outset as Mark Higgins raced away to split the posts and see them take an early lead, despite facing a stiff breeze.

Their early advantage didn’t last however as the McNeill brothers, Joe and Aiden, combined to send Brendan O’ Neill away to fire to the net in the 3rd minute and give Ardoyne a lead which they were not to lose.

Goal scorer O’Neill added a point in the 5th minute and when he followed suit shortly after the North Belfast side looked to have matters well in hand.

Mc Quillan’s replied in the 9th minute as their excellent centre back Ronan McCarry came forward for a good point but the posts were proving elusive for the Ballycastle men with the breeze causing problems.

Ardoyne were dominant at mid-field and making full use of the talented Cormac Mullan they continued to apply the pressure.

Mullan was causing plenty of problems for Ballycastle defence with his direct running and deliveries as he answered a Ronan Mc Carry point by raising five whites in succession and another from Aiden Mc Neill saw the men in black lead 1-08 to 0-02 by the 25th minute.

Mc Quillan’s fought hard to get into contention but found the Ardoyne defence a tough nut to crack and a Joe McNeill led counter attack saw Conor McDowell and Conor McLaughlin combine to set up Brendan O’ Neill for a good point.

As the end of the opening period approached Tiernan Butler added a point to the Mc Quillan’s tally when he defied the elements to send a 35 metre free between the posts.

Ardoyne were to have the last say however and Ballycastle net-minder Patrick Mc Auley had to be at his best to deny the pace laden Aiden Mc Neill as he tipped the wingers strong delivery up and over the bar.

Ardoyne headed to the dressing room with a 1-10 to 0-03 lead and at this stage they looked in complete charge.

Mc Quillan’s had the benefit of the breeze for the second half and with the proverbial wind in their sails they made a bright start. Mark Higgins opened their account with a 33rd minute pointed free and they were then awarded a penalty when Higgins was fouled in the large square.

 Stephen Mc Ilroy assumed the spot kick duties and fired the ball to the back of the net and when Tiernan Butler weaved his way through the Kickham’s defence to add another from play, a couple of minutes later the gap was reduced to four points.  

Ardoyne looked in a bit of trouble for the first time in the contest but they were  quick to respond. Aiden Mc Neill and Mark Higgins swapped points before Mc Quillan’s net minder McAuley pulled off another good save to deny Brendan O’ Neill.

Conor Mc Laughlin was on hand to collect the rebound however and gave the Ballycastle keeper no chance from close range to move Ardoyne  2-12 to 2-05 ahead as the game entered the last ten minutes.

Mc Quillan’s continued to push forward with replacement Diarmuid McShane raising a further white flag but in the event it was to be their last score of the game.

A late injury to centre back Ronan McCarry didn’t help their cause with the Belfast men finishing with a flourish and a Joe McNeill goal in the 61st minute put the contest out of reach of their opponents.

Ardoyne now go forward to meet St. Patrick’s Lisburn in this year’s final and it promises to be a good contest. The Lisburn men beat O’Donnell’s in the other semi-final on Friday night at Woodlands and will be keen to put the disappointment of two final defeats in the last two years behind them.

 They will have to be at their best however to beat an Ardoyne side who have had an excellent season and have gained promotion to division 2 and will be keen to complete a memorable double.

Ardoyne: Damien Toal, Alan Davidson, Sean Joe Rooney, Pearse Marley, Padraig Lynch, Joe Mc Neill (1-00), Conor Carter, Declan Mc Cormick, Kevin Lynch, Cormac Mullan (0-07), Aiden Mc Neill (0-03), Jim Og Mc Auley, Conor Mc Dowell, Brendan O’ Neill (1-02), Conor Mc Laughlin (1-00)

Subs

Nicholas Miller for J Mc Auley

Kevin Mc Laughlin for B O’ Neill

Niall Bradley for K Lynch

Caolan Mc Callan for P Marley

Conor Magee for C Carter

Jim Mc Auley for A Davidson

Mc Quillan’s: Patrick Mc Auley, Oisin Donnelly, Stephen Magill, Ryan Magee, Conor Boyd, Ronan Mc carry, Thomas Mc Illroy, Eamon Elliot, Caolan Mc Laughlin, Conor Donnelly (0-01), Tiernan Butler (1-010, Stephen Mc Illroy (1-00), Mark Higgins (0-03), Martin Jameson, Sean Kelly

Subs

Diarmuid Mc Shane (0-01) for C Mc Laughlin

Lorcan Donnelly for C Donnelly

Aaron Mc Caughan for O Donnelly

Referee – Jarlath O’ Donnell (Con Magees)