Glenravel ease past St Paul’s

Glenravel 3-15  St Pauls 2-03

By Aodh O’Loan

Not that long ago these two sides would have competed in Antrim Football’s top tier but now both find themselves plying their trade in Division 2, both surely intent on a return to Division 1 status. The early 10:00am throw in certainly didn’t suit the travellers who showed glimpses of exciting football but were eventually well beaten by the home team. 

Glenravel dominated from the throw in and in the opening minute Eamon Ward arrowed a twenty yard pass to Eoin Hynds in front of goal however his clever side footed effort slid past the St Paul’s keeper but was rescued on the line by Niall McStarvick to prevent a certain goal. A few minutes later a great team move by the home team found Eamon Ward again but his nonchalant lob was diverted by Jack McAulfield’s fingertips in the St Pauls net to once again deny a Glenravel goal. Having squandered a few opening chances the home supporters may have been wondering if those missed chances would come back to bite them. David Higgins calmed their nerves with the opening score of the game on eight minutes when he and midfield partner Martin McCarry combined well to put Higgins through and this time he found the net with a rasper. One minute later Eoin Hynds stretched the lead to four points, and just on ten minutes Aodhan Kavangh opened St Paul’s account with a point. From the tenth to fifteenth minute Con Magees really took hold of the game and put over four points without reply in a dominant spell. Callum Higgins, Eoin Hynds, Cathal Hynds and Sean McKay the providers to leave Glenravel ahead 1-05 to 0-01. However, St Pauls were starting to get a lot more possession and with eighteen minutes gone they netted a fine individual goal through Micéal Duffy who rounded several Glenravel defenders before unleashing a pile driver low to the keeper’s left hand. When Liam McLarnon followed up with a pointed free a few minutes later we were down to a three point game 1-05 to 1-02. But the home side regained control of the game for the remainder of the half and would go on to record three more points from the boots of Daniel McQuillan, Eoin Hynds and Callum Higgins to leave six points in it at the break with Con Magees ahead 1-08 to 1-02. 

Glenravel corner back Charlie Henry

Eoin Hynds stretched Glenravel’s lead on resumption but St Paul’s replied with a goal which was almost a carbon copy of their first goal. This time Liam McLarnon rounded a few defenders along the end line before delivering a speculative low cross which Aodhan McKavangh was first to pounce on and volleyed to the Glenravel net reducing the gap to four points. But once again the home team grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and when Eoin Hynds found Callum Higgins in front of goal there was only going to one outcome. That was followed by points from Sean McKay, Eoin Hynds and Callum Higgins to open up a ten point lead and effectively put the game to bed. That cushion allowed Glenravel to empty the bench and how gratifying it must have been for manager Joe Cassidy to see three of the substitutes scoring in the final ten minutes. Daniel McQuillan got his second of the day and when brother Connor netted there was time for family celebrations. Daragh Donaghy and Shea O’Broin rounded off a comprehensive victory for the men in green and white.

No doubt the early start and depleted lineouts had a major effect on this game and if they meet again later in the season it could be a very different affair altogether.

Glenravel: Jude Scullion, Owen McCusker, Sean Higgins, Conor Carey, Charlie Henry, Cathal Hynds (0-01), Daniel McQuillan (0-02), David Higgins (1-00), Martin McCarry, Sean Pol McKenna, Eoin Hynds (0-05, 2f), Eamon Ward, Sean McKay (0-02), Callum Higgins (1-03, 1f), Declan McAuley

Subs Used: Shea O’Broin (0-01) Senan Black, Conor McQuillan, Daragh Donaghy, Aiden McKenna

St Pauls:: Jack McAufield, Aodhan McKavanagh (2-00), Pearse Magee, Micéal Duffy (0-02), Niall Ward, Jonathan Rodgers, James Farrell, Conall Duffy, Barry Burns, Paul O’Hanlon, Coaimhín Duffy, Aiden Finnegan, Niall McStravick, Paul McCullough, Liam McLarnon (0-01)

Impressive Casement’s retain the winning habit

ACFL Division 1

Kickham’s Creggan 1-06 Casement’s Portglenone (0-14)

Casement’s Portglenone have made a confident start to the season and they travelled to Creggan on Sunday to take on the reigning league champions and John McKeever’s charges continued their recent good form and collected another brace of points.

The dark clouds which had threatened rain for a while delivered just in time for the thrown in with the Bannsider’s entering the fray as slight favourites having won their opening two games but this assignment looked their toughest to date.

The home side started on a positive note but failed to give first employment to the scoreboard attendant and it was the visitors who were to open account through Michael Hagan.

Conor Magee and Ryan Convery had combined to make approach for the centre forward to raise white but it was all square a few moments later when Sean Duffin replied in kind at the other end.

A close game looked in prospect in the early stages but Casements were to prove more proficient in their delivery to their forwards with sweeper, Jonny Convery pushing forward in attack and Ryan Convery in the thick of the action.

A foul on the latter opened the way for Michael Hagan to split the posts again in the 10th minute before Aiden McAleese made it 0-03 to 0-01 with another point shortly after.

Casement’s were sharp in their approach through the hands while Creggan relied on the long delivery and the visitors went further ahead when the accurate Aiden McAleese raised another white flag to ensure a three point advantage at the start of the second quarter.

The home side were struggling in defence as Portglenone continued to attack in numbers and the visitors added points through Ronan Kelly (0-2) and Niall McKeever with Creggan looking ill at ease.

Thehome side suffered another blow in the second quarter as injury forced experienced centre back Aodhan Maguire out of the game.

Casement’s increased their lead when net minder Ryan O’Neill delivered a long range effort between the posts in the 26h minute to open up a seven point lead.

Creggan had the last say of the half when Dominic McAteer despatched a free between the posts and as things got a little heated the man in charge issued a couple of yellow cards with the visitors holding a 0-09 to 0-03 lead at the break.

Casement’s continued to dominate as the second half got under way with the home sides Marty Johnston and sweeper Odhran McLarnon  working  tirelessly to repel their dominant visitors.

It was to no avail as Portglenone continued to press forward with Aiden McAleese and Michael Hagan adding points to move them 0-12 to 0-03 ahead as the clock ticked down and it looked all over at this stage.

Creggan fought to the end however with Marty Johnston leading by example and Liam Quinn prominent in attack. As the last quarter commenced a long delivery form Jake Mc Ateer was seized on by wing man Quinn and although his initial effort was blocked, mid fielder Johnston was quick to react, rising above the Ports defence to fist to the back of the net.

Liam Quinn added a point to further reduce the Casement’s lead but points at the other end by the excellent Aiden Mc Aleese and centre back Daniel Mc Nicholl made it 0-14 to 1-04 and the die was cast.

Creggan battled to the end and late points from Sean Duffin and Marty Johnston kept their fading hopes alive but that was as close as they got with things threatening to boil over in the closing stages and referee Darren McKeown was forced to issue red cards to a player from both sides.

Creggan: Oisin Kerr (0-01), Jake Mc Ateer, Ethan Carey Small, Sam Maguire, Dylan Hinfey, Aodhan Maguire, Joe Mc Ateer, Kevin Rice, Martin Johnston (1-02), Liam Quinn (0-02), Sean Duffin (0-01), Tiarnan Mc Ateer, Conor Small, Dominic Mc Ateer, Odhran Mc Larnon

Casement’s: Ryan O’ Neill (0-01), Ronan Delargy, Jonny Convery (0-01), Conor Magee, Caolan Tierney, Damien Mc Nicholl, Ryan Convery, Niall Delargy, Niall Mc Keever (0-01), Fergal O’ Kane (0-02), Michael Hagan (0-02), Stephen Kelly, Ronan Kelly, Aiden Mc Aleese (0-06), Conal Delargy

Referee D Mc Keown (St Gall’s)

St Gall’s take the points at Milltown

Antrim Football League Division 1

St Gall’s 2-10 Tir na nÓg 1-9

Goals in either half helped St Gall’s earn both points in Sunday’s morning’s league game with Tir na nÓg at Milltown on Sunday morning. With the sides level on a point apiece after ten minutes Conor Hastings put the Randalstown club ahead with a point from out on the right. However the visitors only scored one more points for the remainder of the first half and St Gall’s came back with points from Gareth McAdam and Conn Doherty to level matters before grabbing a goal before the break through Niall O’Neill to give his team a 1-3 to 0-3 lead at the break.

Two points from corner forward Niall Fallon at the start of the second half increased the St Gall’s lead to five, but Tir na nÓg hit back with points from Paul McCloskey, Oliver McAtamney and Darragh Fagan to cut the gap back to two. Niall Burns, who had been playing deeper during the first half, moved further forward and began to have much more influence in the game and added two quick points in the 44th and 45th minutes. Centre half back Barry McCormick pulled on back for Tir na nÓg, to stay very much in contention, but two points from Mark McCrossan and two more from Niall Burns frees where followed by a well taken goal by corner forward Niall Fallon and the gap was out to eight.

There was still eight between the sides as the game went into injury time when Tir na nÓg corner forward Paul McCloskey rose to punch a high dropping ball to the back of the St Gall’s net, and when Darragh Fagan pointed seconds later the gap was back to four. However it was a case of too little, too late, as the final whistle sounded soon afterwards with St Gall’s collecting their first points of the season.

McCarthy goals pave way for emphatic Aldergrove win

ACFL Division 2

St. James Aldergrove 4-12 St. Teresa’s 0-7

Two first half goals from Ryan McCarthy paved the way for an emphatic Aldergrove victory over visitors St. Teresa’s in Crumlin on Sunday morning. The bustling full-forward was a constant threat to the St. Teresa’s defence and with Seamus McGarry and Declan Gough in fine scoring form it was as good as over at the break.

The visitors did threaten to make a game of it in the early stages and actually led 0-2 to 0-1 after 8 minutes with Paul McGoldrick and John Mallon on target and Conor Browning replying for the Crumlin side.

The home side were thankful to Shane O’Neill who pulled off a good save as St. Teresa’s opened brightly but when McCarthy got on the end of a long delivery form Seamus McGarry to fire to the net the complexion of the game changed dramatically.

Brian McQuillan, Seamus McGarry 0-2, Fearghal Hanna and a couple from Declan Gough saw the home side move clear with McCarthy fielding another pin point McGarry delivery to fire past Odhran O’Neill as St. James moved into a commanding 3-7 to 0-4 half time lead.

Seamus McGarry extended that lead with a point on the restart before Eoin Gault briefly eased the onslaught with an excellent long range point for the Glen Road men but it wasn’t long until the Crumlin side were back on the offensive.

James Trowlan and McGarry relied with points before the home side lost a player to a Red card but it failed to make a significant difference with Declan Gough adding a couple of points in reply to one for Maguire for the visitors.

A goal from county player, Seamus McGarry brought the St. James scoring to a conclusion with John Mallon striking a consolation point for an out of touch St. Teresa’s who opened brightly but were outclassed in the end by a sharp and well organised St. James side.

Aldergrove: 1 Shane O’Neill, 2 Conleith O’Toole, 3 Emmet Irvine, 4 Aiden Irvine, 5 Conor Browning, 6 Christopher McVeigh,7 Geraid Mallon  , 8 Conleith Hendron, 9 Eoin Hamill, 10 Ryan Owens, 11 Fearghal Hanna, 12 Declan Gough, 13 Brian McQuillan, 14 Ryan McCarthy, 15 Seamus McGarry, 16 Oisin McGarry, 18 Stephen Gorman, 20 Michael McCarthy, 17 Seamus Trowlen, 22 Chris Browning

St. Teresa’s: 1 Odhran O’Neill, 2 Aodhan Dugan, 3 Eoin Gault, 4 Eoghan O’Neill, 5 Colm McGoldrick, 6 Darren McCann, 7 Paul Johnston, 8 Luke Cassin, 9 Conor O’Rawe, 10 John Mallon, 11 Sean Maguire, 12 Phil Maguire, 13 Niall McCann, 14 John Erskine, 15 Paul McGoldrick

Referee: Richard Leahy

Duffin the difference as St. Ergnat’s claim second win

ACFL Division 1

St. Ergnat’s 0-11 Rossa 0-10

St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass maintained their good start to life in division 1 when they edged out O’Donovan Rossa in a tight encounter at Marian Hill today following a good win at St. Brigid’s last Sunday.

A man of the match performance by mid-fielder, Colm Duffin was the difference in the end as both teams took time to settle under the difficult underfoot conditions and it wasn’t until the 10th minute that Duffin pointed St. Ergnat’s ahead from a free.

It failed to ignite the contest however as both sides struggled to get it together but the impressive Duffin struck for his second to make it 0-2 to 0-0 for the home side.

This score seemed to provide the spark Hugh Carey’s side needed and they hit a further five before the break with Colum Duffin leading the way with four points to bring his first half total to six and jack McCoy getting the other point.

Indeed the home side were dominant during the second quarter and might have had a couple of goals but they still looked in a strong position at the halfway stage when they led 0-7 to 0-2 and were good value for that lead.

Rossa were badly off the pace during the opening half but the expected reaction came on the restart as they hit the first four points of the second half with Colm Fleming converting three frees to put his side right back into contention.

Conor Boyd eased the home side two in front after claiming a Mark with Rossa responding once again to leave the minimum between the sides but two more from impressive mid-fielder Colm Duffin looked to have clinched it for the South West side.

The visitors were not yet finished however and they pressed hard during the closing stages to close the gap to the minimum with Fleming to the fore but that was as close as they got with Moneyglass holding on for two valuable points.

Both sides deserve credit for serving up a good game of football in difficult underfoot conditions and St. Ergnat’s have shown that they can hold their own in division 1 following promotion from division 2 last season.

Moneyglass: 1 Gary Murray, 2 Callum McStocker, 3 Fearghal Duffin, 4 James McCormick, 5 Paul Duffin, 6 Peter McCormick, 7 Tiernan McCormack, 8 Colm Duffin, 9Dermot McErlane, 10 Kevin McCann, 11 Conor Boyd, 12 Connlaodh McCann, 13 Jack McCoy, 14 Adain McErlane, 15 Tyler Cassidy, 16 Danny McErlane, 17 Connor O’Kane, 18 Ronan Campbell, 19 Seanahan Duffin, 20 Jamie McLaughlin,  21 Jamie Duffin, 22 Charlie Mccloskey

Subs Used: Conor OKane for Tyler Cassidy, Seanahan Duffin for Kevin McCann, Jack McCoy

Referee: Cathal McDermott (Tir na nOg)