All Saints stage a late comeback to seal both points

Reserve Football Shield

St. Paul’s 1-8 All Saints 1-12

In an entertaining Reserve Shield Championship game at Shaw’s Road, All Saints picked up 2 points to give them a first win of the group stage. Both teams having lost their first games to Tir na nOg and Aldergrove respectfully.

In a low scoring first half, St Paul’s will have been disappointed to be level at the break at 4 points apiece despite dominating the game for long spells. All Saints scores coming from Oisin Connolly (0.2) and Aidan Scullion (0.2). 

Both teams exchanged scores early in the 2nd half and the margin between the sides tended to be a point either way as the game ebbed and flowed.

However, prior to the 2nd water break, St Paul’s took a decisive lead with a good goal from their corner forward who latched onto a long ball and blasted it to net to extend their lead to 4 points as the 2nd water break approached on a score-line of 1.7 to 0.6. At this point, they looked to be in control and on course for the 2 points.

However, in the final quarter, despite losing Patrick Ferris to a black card, Saints grew in confidence and began their fight back with scores from Ciaran Campbell (0.1), Adrian Scullion (0.3) and Oisin Connolly (0.1) with St Paul’s only registering 0.1 bringing the game level as the clock approached the 60 minute mark.

Patrick Ferris, returning to the play with less than 1 minute remaining, was involved in a good attacking move from half back and scored the decisive goal putting Saints 3 ahead in injury time. Campbell completed the scoring with the final score of the game to leave All saints picking up the 2 points on a final scoreline of All Saints 1.12 St Paul’s 1.8.

All Saints Team:

Niall Shannon, Jude Casey, Phelim Killough, Paddy O Brien, Conal O Neill, Shaun O Callaghan, Patrick Ferris (1.0), Conal Killough, Niall Walsh, Aidan Scullion (0.6), Oisin Connolly (0.3), Mark Murchan, Ciaran Campbell (0.3), Diarmuid McNally, Michael Sloan.

Subs: Charlie Metrustry for Michael Sloan (35 mins), Kevin Brady for Jude Casey (40 mins), Shea O Brien for Paddy O’Brien (45 mins) Shane McBride for Diarmuid McNally (50 mins).

St. Teresa’s so near in 2009

December 7th, 2009

It was a good year for Antrim clubs in 2009 with St. Gall’s lifting the Ulster title but they might well have been joined on the winner’s rostrum by fellow Belfast side St. Teresa’s who came mighty close to claiming the Ulster JFC title but lost after a replay to a strong Emmyvale side from Monaghan. There was some consolation for the Glen Road side however when Philip Maguire was awarded the man of the match trophy. Maguire covered every inch of Pairc Esler in an effort to get his side over the line but it was not to be and it was the men from the Farney County who prevailed.

AIB Ulster GAA Club Football Junior Championship Final Replay:
Emyvale (Monaghan) 2-14 St Teresa’s (Antrim) 1-11

Emyvale lifted the title when they overcame Antrim champions St Teresa’s, Belfast in this final replay in Pairc Esler Newry.

The winners made a brilliant start with a point from John T Trainor and a goal from Robbie McHugh inside the opening two minutes and Emyvale eventually took total control, with Brendan and PJ McKenna dominating midfield. Emyvale weathered the St Teresa’s second-half storm and struck for their second goal from Daniel McMahon to push on and secure victory.

Emyvale: D McMahon 1-2, R McHugh 1-1, M McAree, JT Trainor 0-3 each, PJ McKenna, G McQuaid 0-2 each, B O’Brien 0-1
St Teresa’s: R Gallagher 0-7, P Dugan 1-1, A Taylor, P McGoldrick, C Sands 0-1 each.

Emyvale: G McCaffrey; K McKenna, S McKenna, P McCarron; B Askin, J Flannery, B O’Brien; B McKenna, PJ McKenna; G McQuaid, M McAree, JT Trainor, D McMahon, G McKernan, R McHugh. Subs: S McMeel for JT Trainor; C Connolly for K McKenna; C McKenna for G McQuaid; S Downey for B Askin; J Morrough for S Downey.

St Teresa’s: C Murtagh; B Curran, C Toal, P Johnston; Colm McGoldrick, Conor McGoldrick, S O’Hara; E Doherty, J Rainey; A Taylor, P Maguire, R Gallagher; P McGoldrick, P Dugan, S McIlvenny. Subs: C Sands for J Rainey; K McLaughlin for C Sands

Ref: C Reynolds (Down).

Devastating Davitt’s were champions in 2013

JFC Final 2013

Davitt’s 2-16 St. Malachy’s 0-4

St. Malachy’s had no answer to a devastating Davitt’s in the Junior Football championship final of 2013, played as the opener of a double header at Glenavy on Sunday 12th October. Corner forward, Sean McGivern gave an exhibition of free-taking for the Falls Road side, converting seven of eight attempts, many of them coming from difficult angels.

It wasn’t just from placed balls that Davitt’s showed their superiority however as their excellent use of possession saw them dominate from first whistle to last. The division 2 bound side looked a class above their challengers who themselves had enjoyed a fine season up to this game, which resulted in their first loss of the campaign.

Tony Kelly, wearing the number 4 jersey was a constant thorn in the sides of the Market’s men as he played most of this game in attack while the mid-field duo of Sean O’Neill and Ciaran O’Riordan laid the foundations for victory, dominating the middle third.

St. Malachy’s had some good performers too with mid-fielder Patrick Smith battling hard while wing back Stephen Carson also impressed. However, there was little they could do against a side who just looked a level above them and before they had grabbed their first score from a Ciaran Bowen free on 20 minutes, Davitt’s had posted 1-4 and already looked to have one hand on the cup.

The goal came after nine minutes when Pearse McAuley won a St. Malachy’s kick-out and raced through on goal before slipping the ball to Liam McGivern who blasted home. Three Sean McGivern frees and a fine score from Kelly gave Davitt’s the perfect start before the St. Malachy’s opener, which seemed to settle the South Belfast side.

After the sides exchanged further points the pre-match favourites reasserted their dominance and hit five points without reply before the break from Liam McGivern (0-2), Sean McGivern, Colm O’Riordan and Ciaran O’Riordan to ease into a 1-10 to 0-2 half time lead.

Those run of scores seemed to suck the life out of a St. Malachy’s side that badly needed to stem the tide but Davitt’s picked up where they had left off and hit the first three points of the second half, all three from frees with the first two coming from Sean McGivern and the other from goal keeper, Aaron Slane to extend their lead to 14 points.

Patrick Smith replied for St. Malachy’s with what proved to be their only score from play but back came Davitt’s with the score of the game from Ciaran O’Riordan when he finished a fine flowing move that began with goal-keeper Aaron Slane while Sean McGivern completed his own tally from another free.

The game was long over as a contest but Ciaran Bowen converted a free for the Market’s men before Davitt’s applied the Coup De Gras, three minutes from time when Sean McGivern broke towards goal and fed substitute Padraig McCarland who found the grateful Colm O’Riordan and he finished to the net from close range.

Team captain, Ciaran O’Riordan had the final say for the Falls Road men from a free which sealed a convincing victory on an emotional day for the club with O’Riordan paying tribute to the club’s deceased former secretary, John Rowntree in his acceptance speech.

Davitt’s : A Slane (0-1), P Maguire, G McClenaghan, T Kelly (0-1), M Rowntree, A Rowntree, D Wallace, Ciaran O’Riordan (03 1 free), S O’Neil (0-1)l, Colm O’Riordan (1`-1), D Largey, A McGrattan, P McAuley, L McGivern (1-2), S McGivern (0-7 all frees)

Subs: G Burns for P Maguire, S Dobbin for L McGivern, P McCarland for P McAuley, T Toland for D Largey, S Tonner for A McGrattan.

St. Malachy’s: D Smith, T Rice, K Dobbin, C Connolly, C Martin, J Carlile, S Carson (0-1), P Smith (0-1), D Dignam G Flynn, M Connolly, A Dobbin, S Conlon, P Turley, S Bowen (0-2).

Subs: P Devine for A Dobbin, C Draine for S Carson, J Scullion for S Conlon, A Dobbin for K Dobbin

Referee: Collie McKnight.

St Malachy’s were champions in 2014


Antrim Junior Football Championship Final

St Malachy’s 3-2 St Comgall’s 0-9

THE old adage that ‘goals win games’ certainly proved true in the Antrim Junior FootballChampionship decider at Ahoghill on Sunday as the men from the Markets bridged a nineyear gap tosecure the 2014 title. St Malachy’s last captured the junior crown back in 2005 and although they started this one as outsiders, they came good on the day to get the better of the Antrim men.

St Comgall’s did make the early running but despite a plentiful supply, the target was proving elusive in a trend which was to continue, and indeed proved a failing that was to prove fatal in the end for the South-West side. Having failed to capitalise on several well laid approaches in the opening minutes, foiled by a packed defence and thwarted by poor finishing, St Comgall’s were delivered a severe blow in the ninth minute as St Malachy’s grabbed a goal.

Collie Connolly may well have been the man to get his hand to a Karl McCavanagh lofted free into the danger zone, which defied the Antrim net-minder Paul Burns as the ball took a wicked deflection, changing course dramatically to find the corner of the net. St Comgall’s looked to reply, but it was to be their opponents who were quick to add a point.

Centre back Anthony Dobbin – who was to prove the rock that St Malachy’s were to build ultimate success on – intervened to halt a St Comgall’s approach and his up-field clearance allowed Pat Turleyto split the posts, and it was 1-1 to no score at the 11th minute.

St Comgall’s were quick to reply and when Paddy Quinn opened the account with a 12th minute point and wing half back Oisin Crilly came forward to add another a minute later they looked settled to the task. Kevin Kidd’s charges had entered the fray as strong favourites but despite a lot of chances and the lion’s Share of possession they were not to make another mark for the remainder of the first period.

The half-time whistle wasdrawing near when Karl McCavanagh snatched an injury time goal. Anthony Dobbin was the instigator when he launched a long relieving clearance that found McCavanagh free inside his marker and the corner forward blasted to the corner of the net to see his side at 2-1 to 0-2 at the short whistle.

After a poor first half, St. Comgall’s looked to make a good start to the second period and got it when Ciaran Quinn pointed.The pre-match favourites were soon on the mark again as Paddy Quinn clipped a close free over the bar in the 35th minute. St Comgall’s looked to have regained the positive and it was backs to the wall for the men from the Markets as they looked to hold on in the face of unrelenting pressure. Myles Devine and Paddy Quinn added further scores for the Antrim men who trailed by just one on 43 minutes.

St Malachy’s were almost constantly on the back foot and the game was level when Pearce McAuley pointed. Indeed, the Mal’s looked in some trouble as McAuley struck again to raise a 46thminute white flag that ensured St Comgall’s had taken the lead for the first time.

St Malachy’s were not about to make any concessions however and when the excellent Anthony Dobbin made another intervention to thwart the Antrim men in their ambitions, it was tohave a major bearing on the outcome. The centre forward burst into enemy territory before unleashing a hit and hope that corner forward Karl McCavanagh rose highest to get a fist to and send the ball to the back of the net.St Malachy’s now held a 3-1 to 0-8 advantage, but St Comgall’s replied with a Myles Devine score in the53rd minute.

The South West side seemed back on track as they continued to press forward but St Malachy’s stood firm in defiance and when Anto McLaughlin scored in the 55th minute they had gone a couple ahead and their victory had been sealed.

ST MALACHY’S: Sean Turley, Jimmy Carlisle, Dermot Dignan, Paul Carlisle, Mark Connolly, Anthony

Dobbin, Sean Coleman, Aiden Mc-Cavanagh, Patrick Smith, Collie Connolly (1-0), Stephen Carson,

Patrick Turley (0-1), Karl McCavanagh (2-0), Sean Shivers,Thomas Rice.

Subs: John Scullion

for S Shivers, Anto Mc Laughlin (0-1) for S Coleman, Darren O’ Neill for M Connolly, Ciaran Drayne

 for T Rice, Gerard Flynn for S Carson

ST COMGALL’S: Paul Burns, Stephen Webb, Ryan Mc Auley, Conor Mc Lornon, Oisin Crilly (0-1),

James Mc Alornon, Jordan Duffy, Daryl McNeill, Eoin Gribben, Brian Williamson, Patrick Quinn (0-3),

Dylan Murdock, Myles Devine (0-2), Ciaran Quinn (0-1), Peter McAuley.

Subs: Pearce Mc Auley (0-2) for C Quinn, Richie Leahy for Peter Mc Auley

REFEREE: Fintan McCotter


Ardoyne bridge eight-year gap to lift junior crown

Gymco Antrim Junior Football Championship Final

Ardoyne 3-06-0-12 St Comgall’s

Kevin Herron reports from Hightown

Ardoyne regained the initiative late-on and survived the dismissal of Conor McLaughlin early in the second-half as they ran out 3-06-0-12 winners over St Comgall’s to claim the Gymco Antrim Junior Football Championship at Hightown on Saturday afternoon.

The North Belfast side were hard to stop early on and hit St Comgall’s with three goals inside the first quarter of the game thanks to Cormac Mullan, Conor McLaughlin and Aidan McNeill.

But early in the second-half McLaughlin was shown a straight red-card and St Comgall’s made the most of their numerical advantage and overturned a nine-point deficit to level the scores at 3-02-0-11.

The Antrim outfit couldn’t get their noses in front however and were forced to chase the game after Mullan ended a 40-minute scoreless period for Ardoyne who ran out 3-point winners at the conclusion to lift the junior title for the first time in eight years.

Cormac Mullan (10) turns away after getting his team off to the perfect start with a goal in the opening minute.

Ardoyne laid down a marker early on and made the perfect start to proceedings, hitting the net inside of the first 30-seconds at Hightown.

Joe McNeill played an early ball into Conor McLaughlin who slipped in Cormac Mullan and Mullan rounded Ben Johnston and slotted into the empty net.

St Comgall’s got off the mark through a converted Miles Devine free but their defence was carved open for the second time on 6  minutes with a similar outcome.

Conor McLaughlin played a one-two with Declan McCormick and applied a palmed finish to the net to ensure the North Belfast outfit were firmly in the driving seat.

Miles Devine was again on hand to respond through the placed ball- although Ardoyne struck their third goal with little over 10 minutes on the clock.

For the third time Conor McLaughlin was involved as his cross-field pass was inch perfect and gathered by Aidan McNeill who picked his spot and gave his side a 3-00-0-02 lead.

St Comgall’s James McCabe in action against Ardoyne’s Sean Joe Rooney as the men from Antrim town battle their way back into the game.

St Comgall’s were facing an uphill task and that task was made a little harder as referee Sean Laverty gave Patrick O’Connor a black-card for a cynical foul off the ball.

Ardoyne made the most of their numerical advantage and extended their lead through a converted Cormac Mullan free and a Aidan McNeill point to ensure that three-goals separated the sides at the first-half water break.

St Comgall’s came out with renewed  vigour in the remaining minutes of the first-half and tagged on three successive scores.

Joseph Webb guided the ball over the bar after back to back wides from his side, Miles Devine added his third point of the half and first from play with a curling effort and a second point from Webb ensured that the Antrim outfit trailed 3-02-0-05 at the interval.

Ardoyne almost made an identical start to the second period as Declan McCormick claimed an advanced mark- but his low shot was smothered by Ben Johnston in the St Comgall’s goal.

Two minutes later Ardoyne were reduced to 14-men as Conor McLaughlin was adjudged to have kicked-out off the ball at Ruairi Griffin and although his side were in the box-seat they were without a score since the 19th minute and were now a man light.

St Comgall’s were the side in the ascendancy and began to make the most of their numerical advantage.

Dylan Murdock swept the ball between the posts, followed by a third point from Joseph Webb.

A sixth score on the trot followed courtesy of Peter McAuley after a knock-down from Darryl McNeill and just three-points separated the sides.

A short free from Miles Devine was thundered over the bar by Dylan Murdock and back to back points from Devine levelled proceedings at 3-02-0-11 as St Comgall’s looked the likeliest victors.

Ardoyne manager Ross Carr looks on anxiously as St Comgalls eat into the Kickham’s lead.

Ardoyne were still without a score since the 19th minute and ended their scoreless run of little less than 40 minutes with Cormac Mullan converting his second free of the afternoon.

Scores were like buses for the North Belfast outfit, they waited so long on one and second arrived in quick succession as Ben Johnston’s kick-out was gobbled up and midfielder Kevin McLaughlin profited with a point.

Miles Devine converted his third free of the afternoon to half the deficit going into additional time.

But Ardoyne restored their two-point advantage thanks to an angled Joe McNeill point with Mullan sealing victory – courtesy of a converted free to ensure his side ran out 3-06-0-12 winners to claim the Junior football crown for the first time since 2012.

Things were up in the air for Ardoyne for a while in the second half but the man who hit the first and the last scores of the game Cormac Mullan had things in hand.

Ardoyne: P Fisher, N Bradley, G og McFarlane, SJ Rooney, K Lynch, P Lynch, C Carter, J McNeill (0-01), K McLaughlin (0-01), C Mullan (1-03, 0-02f), G McKernan, D McCormick, A McNeill (1-01), C McDowell, C McLaughlin (1-00). Subs: K McCallan for P Lynch (41), J Gibson for SJ Rooney (48), F Campbell for C Carter (50), F Marley for G McKernan (60).

St Comgall’s: B Johnston, C McAuley, R Griffin, P Cooke, M Devine (0-06, 0-03f), R McAuley, P O’Connor, C McKeown, L Higgins, D Murdock (0-02), J Webb (0-03), J McCabe, P McAuley (0-01), T Patchett, K Walker. Subs: D McNeill for L Higgins (HT), P Quinn jnr for R McAuley (45).

Referee: Sean Laverty (St Ergnat’s, Moneyglass)