St. Comgall’s avenge league semi-final defeat

JYMCO JFC

Naomh Comhghall 2-14 Pearses 0-9

St. Comgall’s gained some consolation from their league semi-final defeat to Pearses when they defeated them in the JYMCO JFC Group 1 in Antrim on Friday night. The Antrim Town side led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time and at this stage it looked anybody’s game but the home side pushed on after the break to win convincingly.

The visitors matched St. Comgall’s during the opening ten minutes of the new half but goals from Joe Webb in the 11th minute and another from Miles Devine deep into injury time saw Naomh Comhghall run out convincing winners to maintain their unbeaten run in the championship to date.

Miles Devine pointed the home side ahead in the opening minute but they were forced into an early substitution when Dylan Murdock replaced James McLornan. Naomh Comhghall continued to edge the first half exchanges however with Miles Devine 0-2, Tom Patchett and Joe Webb the men on target as they led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.

Pearses started the second half brightly and had drawn level by the 8th minute before Conor McAuley and Joe Webb replied at the other end to restore ‘the Town’s’two point advantage with 11 minutes of the new half gone.

Tom Patchett and Miles Devine kept the score board ticking over with the visitors keeping themselves very much in touch before Joe Webb fired to the Pearses net to put some daylight between the sides.

This score seemed to settle the Antrim men with Miles Devine and Ruairi Griffen adding points and Caolan O’Loan and Griffen again on target as the game ebbed towards conclusion. Devine put the icing on a fine individual performance with Naomh Comhghall’s second goal in injury time with Conor McAuley following with a late point to see his side run out winners by 11 points.

This win sees Naomh Comhghall join Pearses on 4 points but the Belfast side have played a game more and both are likely to be in the hunt for a play-off place come the end of the group stages

Rasharkin make it two from two

JYMCO JFC

Rasharkin 0-16

St Agnes 1-07

Rasharkin made it 2 wins out of 2 in group 2 of the junior football championship with a hard fought 6 point win over a determined St Agnes outfit at Dreen last night.

St Agnes’ made an excellent start to the game and had the ball in the Rasharkin net inside in the opening minute.  Ronan Carroll found space and finished well after a strong run from Colin Clarke directly from the throw in. Rasharkin responded well and were back level again after 5 minutes with frees from Andrew and Shane Hasson and a well taken point from Eamonn McNeill who was on the end of a good move involving Fearghal Kennedy and Seamus Ellis.  Rasharkin were having a lot of possession in the early stages but playing against the breeze were finding it hard to penetrate the Aggies defence.  A free from Ronan Carroll and a point from the classy Conall Turley put St Agnes back in front but Rasharkin hit back with an Andrew Hasson free before Seamus Ellis levelled it up again with a well taken point to leave the score 1-02 to 0-05 at the first half water break.

St Agnes were on top in the second quarter but couldn’t make in count on the scoreboard.  Conall Turley was having a big influence and St Agnes’ were using the breeze to good effect but were guilty of a number of missed chances.  Colin Clarke edged them back in front but Andrew Hasson tied it up again with a free before half time after a good run from Donagh Quigg.

Rasharkin started the 2nd half brightly and took the lead with a Shane Hasson free before Ronan Carroll hit back with a great point from an acute angle. Rasharkin now had the breeze in the second half but, like St Agnes’s in the first, were forcing it and had a string of missed chances either going wide or dropping short.  They were in control of the game though and started to make it count with long range points from Tiernan O’Boyle and Seamus Ellis.  St Agnes were still causing lots of problems and forced a couple of smart saves from Ryan Doherty in the Rasharkin goals.  Donagh Quigg had a goal disallowed after collecting a rebound off the post but points from Ruairi and Tiernan O’Boyle opened up a 4 point lead at the water break.

St Agnes were in no mood to lie down and hit points from Peter Laverty and Ronan Carroll either side of a pointed Shane Hasson free, the latter having a shot at goal deflected over with a good save from Ryan Doherty.  Rasharkin finished the game strongly with a long range effort from Eamonn McNeill and points from subs Oran McMullan and Conor McFerran.

Conall Turley pulled the strings for St Agnes with Ronan Carroll very accurate in front of the posts.  For Rasharkin, Donagh Quigg made a number of blocks in defence and drove forward at every opportunity, Shane Hasson delivered some great balls into the forwards and Feraghal Kennedy gave an all action display all over the pitch.

Rasharkin Team:

Ryan Doherty;

Pearce Kelly, Emmett McFerran, Conor Doherty;

Colm Kennedy, Donagh Quigg, Fearghal Kennedy;

Jack Quinn, Ruairi O’Boyle (0-01);

Shane Hasson (0-04 3f), Tiernan O’Boyle (0-02), Andrew Hasson (0-03 3f)

Gerard O’Hagan, Eamonn McNeill (0-02), Seamus Ellis (0-02)

Fergus Quigg for Colm Kennedy 25mins

Callum Montgomery for Conor Doherty 37mins

Oran McMullan (0-01) for Jack Quinn 42mins

Conor McFeran (0-01) for Andrew Hasson 47mins

Conor Hasson for Emmett McFerran 57mins

St Agnes Team:

Colum Carroll;

James Grieve, Ryan Reilly, James Campbell;

James Halleron, Cormac Flannery, Mark Caldwell;

Shane Moran, Patrick Mulgrew;

Conall Turley (0-02), Colin Clarke, Peter Laverty (0-01);

Ronan Carroll (1-04), Brian Crossan, Declan McLarnon

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Laochra back on track with win over O’Donnell’s

GYMCO JFC GROUP 1

O’Donnell’s 1-8 Lochra Loch Lao 0-12

Laochra got back on track after their heavy loss to Na Piarsaigh on Wednesday with a hard fought 1 point win over O Donnells at MacCrory Park on Sunday

Down by four at half time and having conceded a goal straight after the restart, they popped over eight unanswered points to take the victory. A solid defensive performance gave a good platform for the forward play. Laochra go again on Friday against Wolfe Tones. Laochra wore their new away jersey with their pink goalkeeper jersey inspired and sponsored by young member Dáithí Mac Gabhann. Dáithí is on the heart transplant list and more information can be found on social media @Donate4daithi and Donate4daithi.org 

1. Seán Ó hEacháin

2. Seán Mac an Fhailí

3. Conor Mac Gafraidh

4. Cailum Daibhis

5. Eamonn Ó Coinn

6. Connla Ó Coinn

7. Jack Mac Íomhair

8. Caoimhín Ó Daimhín

9. Tarlach Barclaigh

10. Brian Ó Gallchóir

11. Arán Ó Sraitheain 

12. Éamonn Mac Lochlainn

13. Darius Ó Conluain

14. Sé Ó Ruanaidh

15. Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh

17. Déaglán Mac Thom

Strong finish sees Aggies grab the points

St Agnes 3-13 Éire Óg 1-12:    

JFC  Group 2 Round 2

@Pairc Naomh Úna

St Agnes made it two from two with a win over Eire Og in the GYMCO JFC Group two when they came from behind to stage a strong finish and overcome the challenge of Eire Og. Thehome team got off to a flying start when Brian Crossan finished a great move to the net and Ronan Carroll quickly followed up with a point. Éire Óg , soon after, replied when a long ball found Conall Smyth whose well placed shot found the corner of the net despite the best efforts of keeper “Bob” Carroll. Two pointed frees from the Ógs talisman, Conor Mc Kenna, followed by a point by the home team’s midfielder, Shane Moran, made the score 1-2 each. A point from James Toal left the away team with a one-point lead at the first water break.

In the second quarter, which was evenly contested, the sides exchanged three points each with S Moran, R Carroll (free) and Cormac Mc Bride converting for the black and whites. An off the ball incident was spotted by the St Comgall’s umpire and after consultation with the referee Éire  Óg’s Gareth Drake was dismissed. Two points from C Mc Kenna, one a free, and one from J Toal left the half time score Éire Óg 1-6 St Agnes 1-5.

Half time sub, James Campbell , converted a 45 to level the scores. Éire Óg then had their best spell of the game scoring four points on the bounce, three from that man Mc Kenna (all frees) and one from Conor Erskine with the Aggies now looking in trouble.

A goal from Ronan Carroll and points from Colin Clarke and Conal Turley steadied the ship and a one-point lead 2-8 to 1-10 at the second water break.

The final quarter proved to be the Aggies “purple patch” and with the extra man beginning to tell they hit for home coming down the stretch. A J Campbell point, a penalty expertly executed by Ronan Carroll after the same man was deemed to be fouled, another 45 from J Campbell, a point from newcomer C Clarke and a brace from C Turley completed the home team’s scoring. The Óg’s only reply a free from C Mc Kenna and a late point from Fergal Gribben.

To come from four down to seven in front at the final whistle was a testament to an overall, solid team performance from St Agnes. A very pleasing result for the management but valuable lessons learnt by the team that in championship football nothing can be taken for granted.

Final score: St Agnes 3-13 Éire Óg 1-12.

Scorers:

 St Agnes

R Carroll 2-2 (1 Penalty, 1 free), B Crossan 1-0, C Turley 0-3, J Campbell 0-3 (two 45’s), C Clarke 0-2, S Moran 0-2, C Mc Bride 0-1

É ire Óg

C Mc Kenna 0-8 (0-7 frees), C Smyth 1-0, J Toal 0-2, C Erskine 0-1, F Gribben 0-1.

Dunloy back to winning ways

St Patrick’s Lisburn 2-9 Dunloy 3-12

Dunloy got their Intermediate Football Championship campaign off to a winning start when they travelled to Lisburn and beat St Patrick’s by 3-12 to 2-9. Last year’s beaten finalists have not fielded a full strength team since that game, because of their commitment to the county hurling team, which ruled more than a third of their starting fifteen out, so it was a relief for them to turn out at somewhere near full strength.

The Cuchullains got off to a flying start when Karl Fitzpatrick grabbed a goal inside two minutes and they went four clear when Anthony Smith added one from a free.

It was thirteen minutes before St Patrick’s opened their account through Conor Dixon but two further pointed frees from Anthony Smith put the visitors 1-3 to 0-1 ahead.

Shane McEvoy got a second point for St Patricks on 17 minutes but Seaan Elliott fired over a point and added a goal three minutes later to put the north Antrim men in charge and they went on to lead by 2-6 to 0-3 at half time.

A Josh McMullan goal within thirty seconds of the restart gave St Patrick’s new heart and when Niall Dixon pointed and Mark Chernek grabbed his team’s second goal, they were right back in the game. The gap was back to just two points, but Dunloy hit back with points from Karl Fitzpatrick and Anthony Smith before Chrissy McMahon fired in his team’s third goal.

St Patrick’s again found a reply as Josh McMullan, Conor Dixon and Ben McMullan came back with points but Dunloy pulled clear again as Anthony Smith hit his fifth point, while Kevin McAllister added another to seal the win. St Patrick’s kept battling to the end and Francis McMeel and Ben McMullan pulled a couple more back in the final minutes, but it was too late to have any influence on the game.

This Sunday Dunloy are at home to St Paul’s while St Patrick’s have a bye