Monday evening presents the perfect opportunity to have an input into this year’s club fixtures. We have all aired and shared our views on how the CCC could do things better, well this is the opportunity to let them know what you really think.
Clubs are invited to send a Club Officer, team manager and a current Senior Player along for a discussion with Seamus McMullan and his new CCC committe tonight Monday 14th January to the Dunsilly Hotel at 7.30pm.
Brendan McTaggart reports from Páirc Chiceam #UlsterU21Club19
A blistering start with a hatfull of goals and a controlled display from O’Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt despite a fightback from Enniskillen Gaels ensured the Derry men would progress to the semi-finals.
Six goals from six different scorers throughout the hour
proved to be the difference. The
Magherafelt side were in control of this quarter-final after 12 seconds when
captain Michael McEvoy landed their opening goal and while the Gaels got to
within six points late in the second half with a vastly improved display after
the restart, a late brace from substitute Eoghan Hawe and Paddy McLarnon
ensured the Derry champions would win with a bit to spare.
They were clinical in front of the posts in the first half and all but one of their scores came from open play in the opening 30 minutes. The axis of Michael Lynch and Ronan Young were causing the Fermanagh champions insurmountable problems while the tactics of leaving their attacking trio isolated was paying huge dividends. They had opened a six point lead by the sixth minute when Young landed their second major, McLarnon with the assist to leave Enniskillen Gaels with a huge mountain to climb.
Matthew McAleer opened the Gael’s account in the eighth minute with their first effort on goal but Rossa were dominant all over the pitch and were tearing through the Gaels defence at will. Declan Martin landed a point for his side, drilling his effort over the bar but he had more than a point on his mind. The Magherafelt man made no mistake when presented with a similar chance moments later though to score his sides third goal in the 11th minute. Cormac Murphy with the assist and Martin’s finish emphatic.
The Magherafelt charge was halted with a point form John
Reihill but the Derry men maintained their pressure with Michael Lynch landing
a point before scoring their fourth goal with a superb team move. Young collecting a long ball before finding
Ben McErlain. Lynch read the play and
moved into space and McErlain duly obliged with the pass. Lynch was through one on one and he gave Cian
Newman no chance with his finish. 15
points separated the sides with seven minutes of the half remaining and the tie
looked over. Lynch added a free in the
last minute of normal time of the half before Enniskillen Gaels scored a goal
of their own and the goal of the contest.
Reihill collecting a quick free from Conal Quinn before unleashing a
thunderous drive from distance with the ball clipping the inside of the upright
before finding the back of the net. It
did little to take away from an outstanding performance in the opening 30
minutes from the Derry men as they led 4-6 to 1-2 at the short whistle.
The Fermanagh champions made changes for the second half and
began to pick off scores from range.
Substitute Conor Love had a massive impact, scoring three points along
with the playmaking ability of Callum Jones but they rarely threatened to score
the goals they would need to worry the Derry men.
With seven between the sides they had a glimpse of goal when
Jones landed a ball on top of Brandon Horan on the edge of the square but the
Gael’s man saw his punched effort deflected over the bar by Odhrán Lynch in the
Magherafelt finished the quarter-final strongly however with Eoghan Hawe finding the back of the net after superb work from Conor McCluskey while Paddy McLarnon added the sixth deep in injury time. The Gaels lost Smyth to a second yellow card late in the game but it had no bearing on the result with Rossa progressing to the semi-finals and a meeting with either Dromore or Clann Éireann in three weeks time.
Cian Newman; Michael Dooris, Ciaran Smyth, Aaron Nolan; Conor Butler, Jonathan
Cassidy (0-1), Ronan Beattie; Patrick Cassidy, Brandon Horan (0-1); Eoin
Beacon, Conal Quinn (0-1, 1f), Ronan Quinn (0-1); John Reihill (1-2), Nathan
Tierney, Matthew McAleer (0-1).
Subs: Conor Love (0-3) for P Cassidy (HT); Timmy Boyd for E Beacom (HT); Callum Jones for M McAleer (HT); Gavin Greene for R Beattie (38); Matthew Dixon for R Quinn (52).
Magherafelt: Odhrán Lynch; Diarmuid Kielt, Conor Mansell, Patrick McLarnon
(1-1); Conor McCluskey, Simon McErlain, Guisseppe Lupari; Michael McEvoy (1-00),
Sean Óg Monaghan (0-1); Declan Martin (1-2), Cormac Murphy, Liam Óg McElhone;
Ben McErlain (0-1), Michael Lynch (1-2, 1f), Ronan Young (1-00).
Subs: Eoghan Hawe
(1-00) for M Lynch (50); Johnny McErlain for G Lupari (54); Ryan Kearns for C
St Brigid’s (Antrim) 3-10 Crosserlough (Cavan) 3-7
reports from Páirc Chiceam
A strong first half and a man of the match performance from
Patrick Finnegan laid the foundations for St Brigid’s superb win over
Crosserlough on Sunday. Finnegan put in
a stellar first half and another huge shift after the restart in a typical
strong and controlled performance.
Sitting deep and reading the game while playing against the wind, the St
Brigid’s midfielder was the catalyst for numerous attacks, providing an extra
Three points separated the sides at the end of the hour but it was the first half when the Musgrave Park side took a strangle hold of this quarter-final. Goals from the attacking duo of Peter Henvey and John Blaney in the first half gave St Brigid’s an eight point lead during the opening 30 minutes but the Cavan champions hit back before the short whistle. A brace of goals from Tommy Boylan late in the half reduced the half time lead to two points.
St Brigid’s controlled the second half, maintaining at least their two point advantage and looked to have sealed the win when Rory Brolly scored their third major in the 54th minute to open a six point advantage. Crosserlough continued to press and Shane McVeety’s stunning effort kept them within touching distance but the south Belfast side saw out the remaining time without major incident to book a semi-final place and a meeting with neighbours Carryduff.
The Cavan champions started strongly with Patrick Lynch
looking dangerous in attack. St Brigid’s
gave Brogan Austin the unenviable task of being his permanent shadow while
Michael Cummings stayed deep to try and thwart any direct ball from
A brace of points from James Smith and Lynch gave Crosserlough
a two point lead by the third minute but St Brigid’s were beginning to find
their game. Peter King and Finnegan
dominated the midfield exchanges with some outstanding fielding while the St
Brigid’s half backs and forwards were scurrying for any loose ball, winning the
lions share during the opening 30 minutes.
Henvey opened St Brigid’s account before scoring the first
goal of the quarter-final in the eighth minute.
Daniel Foster floated a high ball towards Smith with the full forward
judging the flight of the ball perfectly before laying the ball into Henvey’s
path. The finish was composed and
Henvey’s major gave St Brigid’s the lead for the first time and one they would
hold onto for the remainder of the contest.
Further scores from Peter Webb and James Smith (three, one
free) extended the St Brigid’s lead further with Smith second of the trio a
certain effort for goal. The Antrim
champions were dominant and taking full advantage of the pressure they were
A brace of points from Patrick Lynch and Peter Smith brought Crosserlough to within four points once again but St Brigid’s landed another sucker punch and their second major. Henvey turned architect this time, playing the ball into the path of Blaney with the St Brigid’s man having the presence of mind to punch the ball over the rushing Anthony Smith between the posts for Crosserlough and into the back of the net.
Peter Webb landed his second of the match, this time from a
free to open an eight point lead only for Crosserlough to hit back. Substitute Tommy Boylan scored their opening
goal with his first touch of the contest, pouncing on a loose ball after a free
from Lynch had dropped short with St Brigid’s for once failing to clear their
lines. Boylan assisted with the next
attack, Peter Smith pointing for his second of the tie with Henvey replying instantly
for the Antrim champions.
St Brigid’s were at their attacking best for long periods of
the first half but their were caught in possession two minutes from the short
whistle and Crosserlough once again took full advantage. Lynch rounding Foster before laying the ball
into Boylan’s path and the Crosserlough sub applied the finish.
St Brigid’s controlled 25 minutes of the first half but the
five minutes where they took their eye off the ball was enough for Crosserlough
to show they wouldn’t go down easily.
Boylan’s late double gave the Cavan men a fighting chance in the second
half and sounded a warning to the Musgrave Park side that this quarter-final
was far from over.
If the first half was devastating from St Brigid’s, the
second was controlled and composed. They
learned from the mistakes Crosserlough made and didn’t leave the gaps in their
defence while being patient and clinical when it mattered. Points from Webb and James Smith (free)
opened a four point lead once again and while the Cavan champions responded
with a brace of points from Stephen Smith and Lynch (free), St Brigid’s always
looked in control.
Peter Webb pointed for his fourth white flag of the
quarter-final and his second from play midway through the half before Rory
Brolly scored St Brigid’s third goal with his first touch. Collecting a long ball, Brolly took on Eddie
Devereaux-Gilsenan and while he would have been forgiven for fisting the ball
over the bar, the St Brigid’s man made no mistake with a cool finish to leave
six points between the sides and as many minutes remaining.
Crosserlough’s response was instant and equally as
emphatic. Shane McVeety’s effort found
the top corner from easily 30 yards to leave three points between the sides
once again but St Brigid’s saw out the time that remained without any further
major incidents to book a last four encounter with neighbours Carryduff.
Anthony Smith; John Cooke, Patrick O’Reilly, Conor Lee; Michael Smith, Conor
Rehill, Ben Kelly-Flynn; James Smith (0-1), Eoin Smith; Brandon Boylan, Shane
McVeety (1-00), Stephen Smith (0-1); Sean Briody, Patrick Lynch (0-3, 2 f’s),
Peter Smith (0-2).
Subs: Eddie Devereaux-Gilsenan for C Lee (19); Tommy Boylan (2-00) for N Galligan (23); Emmett Boylan for J Smith (43); Cian Boylan for S Briody (43); Conor Lee for Eddie Devereaux-Gilsenan (inj)
StBrigids: John Toner; Henry McGuigan,
Conor King, Daire McGarvey; John Morgan, Daniel Foster, Brogan Austin; Peter
King, Patrick Finnegan; Peter Webb (0-4, 2 f’s), John Blaney (1-00), Michael
Cummings; Ethan Carleton, James Smith (0-4, 2 f’s), Peter Henvey (1-2).
Subs: Shane Moran
for B Austin (HT); Frank McCormack for H McGuigan (41); Rory Brolly (1-00) for
E Carleton (48).
Sarsfields Minor and Under 16 Footballers were honoured to have triple All Ireland Winner, Sean Cavanagh present the medals at a Presentation Event in the Clubrooms on Sunday.
Michael Gerard Doherty presents club chairman Paul Barr with the new Training Jersey on behalf of the Minor Footballers
Sean presented the Minor Footballers with their All County ‘B’ Championship and Division 2 League Winners Medals. He also presented the under 16 Footballers with their League Winners medals after they won every league match in Division One in 2018.
Sean Cavanagh with the Sarsfields Minor Football League and Championship winning side
Chairman, Paul Barr and Juvenile Chairman, Michael Coleman were presented with new Training Jerseys in recognition of their ongoing and invaluable support of the Minor and Under 16 Panels
Ciaran Mulholland of Minor Football Sponsors, Fahy Banbury Solicitors presented Sean Cavanagh with one of the new training jerseys.
Sarsfields under 16 Footballers Division 1 League Winners 2018
Sean Cavanagh presents Michael Coleman with Sarsfields new Training Jersey
We would like to express our gratitude to Sean CavanAgh who gave us his time voluntary to attend the Event and do the Presentations but also for the honest, personal and inspiring talk he gave to our juvenile footballers.
Michael Gerard, Ciara, Iarla and Connla Doherty welcome Sean Cavanagh to Sarsfields
Antrim claimed their first Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup victory with a win over St. Mary’s at Woodlands this evening in Section B’s basement battle.
The Saffrons dominated the opening 35 minutes and went into the break 1-10-0-03 to the good thanks to a late Ryan Murray goal in the dying embers of the opening half.
Ryan Murray palms the ball to the St Mary's net for the only goal of the game
St. Mary’s out scored Antrim 0-06-0-04 in the second period with substitute Shane McGuigan helping himself to 0-03 after his introduction from the bench but it wasn’t enough to deny Antrim victory in their last competitive warm-up game before the National League starts in earnest with a clash against neighbours Derry in two weeks time.
Antrim began the game on the front foot with Ryan Murray opening the scoring with a point inside the first two minutes.
Wing half back Niall Delargy fisted over a second and further scores from Kevin Quinn and Patrick McBride (free) had the Saffrons 0-04-0-00 ahead by the tenth minute.
A delightful point from Martin Johnston and a confidently converted Patrick McBride free increased the hosts lead before Stephen McConville replied for the Ranch from the placed ball.
St. Mary’s second score arrived through Niall Toner – the full forward made space before successfully finding range. Though Colm Duffin replied almost instantly at the other end and with five minutes of the half remaining Ryan Murray converted a free after he was tripped as Antrim were 0-08-0-02 to the good.
Martin Johnston doubled his account for the evening as did Murray from the play- the corner-forward popped over after a neat interchange with Patrick McBride and a minute before the end of regulation time in the first-half, the opening goal arrived.
Antrim's Owen Mckeown gets past the challenge of St Mary's Jack Hannigan.
Patrick McBride burst into the area and played the ball into the back post where Murray was waiting to scramble the ball past St. Mary’s keeper Mark Reid to give his side a comfortable 1-10-0-02 lead.
Ryan McSherry hit back for the Ranch before the break – but at the midway point it was the students who had a lot of catching up to do, trailing 1-10-0-03.
Stephen McConville converted an early second half free to open St. Mary’s second-half account and Ricky Johnston replied for the Saffrons at the other end.
The sides exchanged further points through Mary’s substitute Shane McGuigan (free) and McBride.
Owen McKeown then shot over to give Antrim a 1-13-0-05 lead after 52 minutes – it would be the Saffrons penultimate score in the game as St. Mary’s began to the turn the screw.
Back to back scores from Gerard O’Neill and Paul Gunning reduced the deficit to single figures, only for McBride to add his fourth point of the evening in response 13 minutes after his sides last score.
St. Mary’s substitute Shane McGuigan would add a further two scores to his evening tally; one from the play and the other from a free.
In the end it was Antrim who came out on top in the basement battle in Section B and Lenny Harbinson’s men will take the positives ahead of the league opener with Derry two weeks on Sunday.
Antrim: P Nugent, E McCabe, R Johnston (0-01), P Gallagher, N Delargy (0-01), M McCarry, D Lynch, M Sweeney, F Burke, K Quinn (0-01), C Duffin (0-01), P McBride (0-04,0-02f), O McKeown (0-01), M Johnston (0-02), R Murray (1-03,0-01f). Subs: P McCormick for K Quinn (18 mins), P Finnegan for R Murray (36 mins), E Walsh for M Johnston (39 mins), D McCormick for R Johnston (56 mins), C Lemon for C Duffin (62 mins).
St. Mary’s: M Reid, R McCusker, P McSorley, M Rooney, C Byrne, C McKinney, K Muldoon, S McConville (0-02f), J Hannigan, C Stinton, R Coleman, T O’Kane, D McKinless, N Toner (0-01), R McSherry (0-01). Subs: S McGuigan (0-03,0-02f) for C Stinton (44 mins), G O’Neill (0-01) for T O’Kane (47 mins), P Gunning (0-01) for D McKinless (50 mins), C White for K Muldoon (58 mins), H McNamee for S McConville (63 mins).