In near perfect conditions at Pairc Naomh Una the home side started brightly with two fine points from Cormac McBride and Kevin Grieve. .Laochra Loch Lao replied with a long distance point from Sean MacCorraidh.The Aggies we’re stamping their authority on the game at this stage and forged into an 0-8 to 0-4 lead but Laochra got a fortuitous goal when a speculative shot came back if the bar and was finished to the net by Aaron Strain. Declan McLarnon completed a fine penetrating move with a nice point to leave the half time score
StAgnes 0-9 Laochra Loch Lao 1-4.The third quarter started with the Andytown men rattling of six points to Laochra’s two.The home side ran the bench making five substitutions with both sides scoring 0-2 each in the closing stages.
StAgnes ran out comfortable winners on a final score line of 0-17 to 1-8. The home team know that harder and more challenging tasks lie ahead but good to get the win in this novel championship.
Ciceam Artd Eoin went into this game as firm favourites to retain their unbeaten run in the GYMCO Junior Football Championship and on this performance remain the team that others will have to beat if they are to take the title.
Naomh comhghall started this match as underdogs and played like it for most of the first half, displaying a lack of belief and inviting the opposition onto them. It started well enough for the Antrim men with Miles Devine converting a third minute free minutes but that was as good as it got. Ardoyne, with Aidan McNeill prominent took control and the scores came thick and fast.
By half time they had matters more or less sorted as they struck some excellent points from play and from the placed ball and a somewhat fortune goal saw them lead by 1-10 to 0-1 at the short whistle.
Ardoyne got the first score of the second half and this seemed to finally waken Naomh Comhghall from their slumber and for the next 20 minutes it was the Antrim side who dominated with Miles Devine adding to their solitary first half point with two well taken goals. Joe Webb 0-2, Tom Patchett, C McCabe K Walker and C Griffen all got their name on the scoresheet for the Antrim town side as they outscored their hosts scoring 2.07 to 1.03 in the second half
The damage had all been done however in the opening half and while Ardoyne were good value for the win Naomh Comhghall will be thinking what it would have been like if they had played the opening 40 minutes like they did the last 20.
Kicking 14 wides in a match won’t win them games.but hopefully Naomh Comhghall will have learned a lot from this game and will still be hoping to qualify in second place in their group.
Scorers M.Devine 2.02 Joe Webb 0.02 Tom Patchett 0.01, C.McCabe 0.01, K.Walker 0.01, C.Griffen 0.01
GYMCO JFC Round-up
Following their win over Naomh Comghall, Ardoyne are top of Group 2 on 6 points with O’Donnell’s, Eire Og and Naomh Comghall sitting behind them on two points each from two games and all three will be hoping to gain second spot in the group. The meeting of Naomh Comhgall and Eire Og at Dunsilly on Wednesday the 12th August could decide second place with O’Donnell’s facing Ardoyne on the same night. Eire Og certainly improved their score difference yesterday with 7-27 to 0-1 win over Mitchell’s
Results Group 2
Ardoyne 2-16 Naomh Comghall 2-5
Eire Og 7-27 Mitchell’s 0-1.
St. Agnes got their first win in Group one when the defeated Laochra Loch Lao while Pearses had a good win over St. Malachy’s and top the group with 4 points from 2 starts. Naomh Una, St. Malachy’s, Ballycastle and Laochra Loch Lao have 2 points each from two start so its all to play for yet in this group
A fine exhibition of point taking saw Na Piarsaigh outscore St. Malachy’s to go top of the GYMCO Group 1 yesterday and on this form they look likely to qualify for the play-offs.
The North Belfast men made the short trip across the city today for a Belfast derby against St Malachys at Cherryvale. Coach Conor Henry made 2 changes to his starting line up from last week with Stephen Fitzsimons and Luca Gianetto both doing enough when they came on against Ballycastle to earn a starting place this week.
Pearses started quickly running at speed at the Malachy’s defence which gave them no option but to foul leading to Liam Deegan raising the first white flag of the day with a great strike from the floor. The open start presented St Malachy’s with opportunities and they pointed a good long range score soon after to level up. Pearses kept their composure though and continued to work the ball through the hands to find openings with full forward Daniel Magee putting them back in front. Penalty hero from last time Fionn Grew was having a lot of joy in the top left corner and soon looked like he was certain to score a goal after great work from Dan Magee but instead of punching into an empty net he tried to meet it with and acrobatic volley that looked better than the result with the keeper making an easy save. Two minutes later he looked certain to make amends as he bore down on goal only to be crowded out by the keeper and 2 defenders. This was to be his last involvement as a late challenge from one of the defenders left a lasting mark that led to him being substituted for his older brother Oisín.
This led to Pearses taking their eye of the ball for a moment and a long hopeful ball into the box by St Malachy’s led to confusion between Eamon McKenna & James Smith and Malachy’s were able to tap into an open net. Pearses struck back with another Deegan free and 2 points from Oisín Grew putting them back in front before lightning struck for a second time with another hopeful ball into the square causing panic again and another poor goal given away. Both teams struck 2 more points before the break with Deegan scoring 1 free and 1 from play for Pearses. The away side had been the better side in the first half but despite scoring 7 times they had kicked 6 wides and were 2 behind.
HT St Malachy’s 2-03 Na Piarsaigh 0-07
Henry made one change at half time bringing on Frankie Davison for his first game of the season trying to bring a more calming influence to his defence.
The second half started well for the North Belfast men with Dan Magee and Sean Moreland scoring quick points to level the game up. Momentum was in their favour but this quickly disappeared when a penalty was conceded and converted giving St Malachy’s a 3pt lead.
Pearses captain Piaras Donaghy started to exert more influence in the middle of the park as he started to run the hand passing game as Pearses tried to keep possession and work their openings Deegan scored another from play and a free to cut the deficit to 1 before Malachy’s raised 2,white flags themselves. Pearses did not panic though and stuck to their game. Oisín Grew and Sean Morland scored great points before Luca Gianetto finished a great team play with the corner back scoring a fine point from 40 yards for the score of the day to level the game again.
With 15 minutes left Pearses stuck to their guns and moved the b all around with St Malachy’s chasing shadows at times. Oisín Grew pointed again to give Pearses the lead before Phil Davison was brought on for Stephen Fitzsimons. Davison nearly scored with his first touch kicking narrowly wide but made up for it straight away to give his side the lead. This was a lead Pearses were not again to lose as they scored 9 of the last 10 points with the last 6 points coming 3 a piece from Deegan and Davison.
This was an excellent win for the North Belfast men and at half way in the group stage puts them 2 points clear at the top. The coaching team will be pleased to see only 1 wide kicked in the 2nd half but the soft goals will have to be stopped if they are to contend at the business end of the season. Next up is the visit of St Agnes to the Cricky on the 12th August
1) E McKenna 2) L Gianetto (0-01) 3) J Smyth 4) A McCavana 5) D O’Neill 6) A Bannon 7) P Nolan 8) C O’Neill 9) T McFarlane 10) S Moreland (0-02) 11) P Donaghy 12) L Deegan (0-09 7f) 13) F Grew 14) D Magee (0-02) 15) S Fitzsimons
Subs O Grew (0-04) for F Grew. F Davison for J Smith. P Davison (0-03) for S Fitzsimons
St. Mary’s Rasharkin recorded their first win in this year’s Intermediate Championship Group 2 when they edged out a spirited Naom Padraig Lisburn at Dreen today.
Little separated these two sides when they met at the same venue on the opening day of the league division 3 before the lockdown and it took two late points to edge the home side over the line today.
The sides were level at half time with a Donagh Quigg goal in the 28th minute getting St. Mary’s back on terms when Naomh Padraig looked to be heading into a half time lead.
Quigg added a point with Ruairi O’Boyle, Cahir Henderson and Shane Hasson 0-2 the other first half scorers for the home side. Francis McMeel 0-3, Ben McMullan 0-2, Conor Dixon 0-2 and Aaron Thompson were on the mark for the visitors and there was nothing between the sides at this stage.
Dylan O’Doherty edged Rasharkin ahead with a 7th minute point on the restart but Conor Dixon levelled matters once more as he replied for the Lisburn men.
Shane Hasson edged his side two in front but Conor Dixon responded again before the Dreen side were awarded a penalty.
Peter O’Neill in the Naomh Padraig goal got down to make a good save but Cahir Henderson reacted quickest and returned the rebound to the net and at this stage Rasharkin appeared to be taking control.
The visitors had other ideas however and they came back strongly to take the lead with Ben McMullan, Francis McMeel and Conor Dixon prominent and McMullan’s 57th minute point looked to have given them their first win in the championship.
Rasharkin were not yet finished and, not for the first time, Ryan Lynch became their saviour with two late points to give his side victory and consign the Lisburn men to a cruel defeat
St. Comgall’s, Antrim, who had a bye on day one got their GYMCO campaign up and running with a good win over visitors O’Donnell’s at a damp Dunsilly yesterday evening. Only a point separated the sides at half time with the Antrim town side taking a 1-2 to 1-1 lead into the break.
It was a different story in the second half as the home side found their shooting boots and went on to run out winners by ten points. A second Half Scoring Spree got Adrian Dougan’s St Comgall’s on theirway, however there was certainly a lot to talk about in the somewhat close encounter between two battling sides. The crowds were attracted to St Comgall’s Championship opening round and it was the home side who opened the scoring with Miles Devine and Tom Patchett adding a second. Both sides were in full Championship mood and after five minutes of play saw two yellow cards for the visitors. Strong running from O’Donnell’s Jim Donnelly and Ciaran Mc Kissock saw them launch a number of attacks but these were well dealt with by the St Comgall’s defence. St Comgal’s put themselves under serious pressure after 10 minutes of play when Joe Webb was sent to the side-line for 10minutes after pulling O’Donnell’s Joe Rafferty to the ground. O’Donnell’s took advantage of the extra man and drove up the filed adding scores through the strong running Ciaran McKissock. St Comgalls were to suffer a further blow just before the HT with Caolan McKeown sent to the sin-bin.
HT Score St Comgalls 1-2 v O’Donnell’s 1-1
The second half was not looking promising for St Comgall’s starting with 14 men against a stiff breeze. A few stern words and a shrewd change in tactics from Manager Adrian Dougan at half time sent St Comgall’s on their way. Driving runs from Ruari Griffin and Paddy O Connor saw miles Devine finish off a superb move to put the ball past O’Donnell’s net minder Colm Walsh. St Comgall’s grew stronger and stronger as the game progressed with further driving runs form Dylan Murdock and Louis Higgins in Midfield. With O’Donnell’s working the short kick out to perfection, using the advantage of their extra man they surged down the field with Connor O’Donnell and Jordan Toner working tirelessly. The home side had other ideas with Kian Walker and Caolan McKeown putting in a number of great tackles and creating turnovers. The introduction of Patrick Quinn and Colm Griffin for St Comgall’s gave a further boost to the home side as they stepped up their attacks with further scores securing victory. After two Championship games on the trot O’Donnell’s will get a deserved rest this weekend. However St Comgall’s have to prepare themselves to travel to Fennel Park. Here they will come up against Championship favourites, Ross Carrs, Ardoyne and this game should decide who will top Group 2.
GYMCO Championship round up
In the other games played in the GYMCO JFC last night Peares had four points to spare over visitors Ballycastle, Laochra Loch Lao caused the shock of the round with a win over St. Malachy’s and Kickham’s Ardoyne recorded a facile victory over John Mitchell’s.
St. Comgall’s 4-6 O’Donnell’s 1-5
Pearses 2-8 Ballycastle 2-4
Laochra Loch Lao 1-7 St. Malachy’s 0-8
Mitchell’s 0-0 Ardoyne 7-26
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