All County Minor/U16 Fixtures Wed 12/13th June

Tuesday 11th June

A C Minor League

Section One (7.30pm)

Casement’s Portglenone v St Mary’s Aghagallon

Kickham’s Creggan v St Gall’s

St Brigid’s v Tir na Nog

Section Two (7.30pm)

Clann na Gael v St Joseph’s Glenavy

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Mary’s Rasharkin

O’ Donovan Rossa v Gael an tSeibhe Dhuibh

Thurs 13th June

Under-16 League

Division One (7.30pm)

O’ Donovan Rossa v All Saint’s

St Gall’s v Con Magees Glenravel

Erin’s Own Cargin v St Brigid’s

Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

Division Two A (7.30pm)

St John’s v Gael an tSeibhe Dhuibh

Kickham’s Ardoyne v St Paul’s

Division Two B (7.30pm)

St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Enda’s

Kickham’s Creggan v St Mary’s Rasharkin

St Comgall’s Antrim v Tir na Nog

Sunday 7-30

Breslin Cup semi-final

Moneyglass v All Saints

South West Fixtures

The South West CCC have agreed to a request made by St Mary’s Rasharkin that they would be allowed to compete in section two of the under-12/14 leagues during the second round of fixtures.

Friday 14th June

Thomas Devlin Car Sales under-12/14 Leagues

Section One

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v Erin’s Own Cargin

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St James Aldergrove

Section Two

Tir na nOg Randalstown v Kickham’s Creggan

St Enda’s v St Comgall’s Antrim

St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Casement’s Portglenone

McGarry points Aldergrove to victory at Chapel Hill

ACFL Division 2

St.Joseph’s 0-12  St.James’1-10

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

A late Seamus McGarry point gave visitors St. James’ Aldergrove both points and the bragging rights in this evenly contested derby over neighbours Glenavy at Chapel Hill on Sunday. With the sides locked Late in the game and a draw looking likely McGarry became the Aldergrove hero when his late strike edged it in favour of the visitors.

This eagerly awaited local derby turned out to be a very quiet affair, only the closeness of the score in the second half gave the large turnout something to cheer about. A heavy shower of rain just before throwin left the underfoot surface difficult for the players. Leading by five points at the break the visitors would have expected to kick on for a comfortable win but the hill side to their credit came out in the second half and really put it up to their opponents.

Seany Fay opened the scoring with an excellent point while under pressure and Seamus McGarry showed why a reliable free taker is so important when he split the post from an acute angle. Not to be out done Michael McCourt halved the score difference with a pointed free and on ten minutes Owen Gallagher went on one of his famous solo runs and finished with a well-taken point. Seamus McGarry showed he was not only a free taker when he split the posts from play and one from a placed ball before Fergal Burke extended the Crumlin sides lead with two pointed frees to leave his side four in front. Michael McCourt once again closed the gap with a pointed freeand we then were treated with the only goal of the game when Aldergrove put together the best move of the game with an excellent goal from hard working midfielder Brian McQuillan. Fergal Cunningham replied with a point to leave the halftime score 1.06 v 0.04 in St.James’ favour.

The second half started with Alex Gallagher replacing the injured Peter Traynor and the first six minutes of the half belonged to the home side when they closed the gap to the minimum. Michael McCourt had two pointed frees before Owen Gallagher and Fergal Cunningham added points to give the home supporters something to shout about. Fergal Burke and Cian Jones extended the ‘Reds’ to three points as Michael Kane replaced the injured Michael McCourt for the home side. Once again the sides were level with Niall McCann, good to see him back after an injury, Fergal Henry with two excellent scores, one a fisted point from an acute angle quickly followed by a kicked point.

With time moving into added time Seany Fay added his second point to give his side the lead but team captain Ciaran Loney brought the sides level with a point from forty meters. Both sets of supporters would probably have been satisfied with the draw at this juncture but from the kick-out the ball was played to Seamus McGarry and the former county player duly obliged with an excellent point to put his side in front and give St. James the points.

Over the sixty four minutes St.James’ probably deserved the win but the home side must be bitterly disappointed in not getting something out of the game,

A special word of praise must go referee to Eamonn McAuley for his handling of the game. Kept a tight control when necessary and let play flow as often as possible.

Glenavy: J. Nelson; Liam Henry; Oisin Hamill; Johnny Phillips; Ryan Phillips; P. Gallagher; C. Gallagher; P. Traynor; C. Loney; P. O’Neill; N. McCann; M. McCourt; F. Henry; O. Gallagher; F. Cunningham..       . 

 Aldergrove: S. O’Neill; P. Cushley; F. Carson; C. Fogarty; E. McCourt; C. Veigh; C. Totten; R. Owens; B. McQuillan; F. Burke; S. McGarry; G. Mallon; S. Fay; C. Jones; C. Morris.

Referee: Eamonn McAuley Cargin

Second half dominance sees Rossa safely home

All County Football League Div 2

Rossa 3-15 Con Magees 0-11

Rossa secured two more league points this weekend to continue their unbeaten run and surely are on a trajectory back into the top tier of Antrim football after a single season in Division 2. This was a fairly even game in the first half and even though Glenravel started the second half very well with 4 missed chances in the opening four minutes of that half, their opponents went on to dominate at midfield for the remaining 25 mins and ended up easy enough winners on a 3-15 to 0-11 scoreline. Having endured long periods of torrential rain throughout the sixty minutes, both players and spectators were happy enough to seek the sanctuary of the car and the dressing room when referee Cathal McDermott finally called time on this one. 

Glenravel were two up after two minutes with points from Sean McKay and Eoin Hynds from play but the city lads found their feet in the next 10 minutes scoring 1-04 without reply. Their goal coming from Michael Armstrong and points from Armstrong, Colum Fleming, Thomas Moragn and Gerard Walsh. Glenravel hit back with three unanswered points, two coming from frees from the dependable Conor McNeill though Rossa opened the gap to three again when Morgan fired over. The see-saw nature of the game continued in the final five minutes of the half, as both teams traded a couple of points each to leave the half time score 1-07 to 0-07 in favour of Rossa.

The home team dominated the opening minutes of the second half and when Eoin Hynds was denied by a brilliant save from Rossa net minder Michael Byrne he reacted quickest to put the ball over the bar to reduce the gap to two points. In the next couple of minutes Glenravel spurned three good scoring opportunities and would eventually rue that as Rossa started to dominate at the kick-outs. From the 35th to the 51st minute they scored at will recording 1-08 without reply to open a 2-15 to 0-08 lead. With a thirteen point cushion they were home and dry …… well not that dry given the heavy rain! Glenravel added some gloss with 3 points in the closing stages but by that stage all eyes were on Referee McDermott to bring the game to an end. This he did, but only after Rossa’s substitute scored soccer style with the last kick of the game to leave them victorious on a 3-15 to 0-11 score. 

Both sides should be commended for their efforts in what were challenging conditions but in the end the home team failed to capitalise during their periods of dominance and  Rossa put them to the sword during theirs, especially that 16 minute spell in the second half with some excellent long range points. In fact Rossa only recorded a single point from placed ball the entire game – fairly impressive on a 3-15 total in monsoon conditions, But then again that is probably why they remain unbeaten and within touching distance of the league title.

ROSSA

1.Michael Byrne

2.Michael McGreavy

3. Ciaran Orchin

4. Nail Crossan

5  Padgraig McGreavy

6. Christopher mc Guinness

7. Richard Gowdy

8. Stephen Betty

9. Gerard Walsh

10. Sean Pat Donnelly

11. Michael Armstrong

12  Sean Fitch

13. Dominic McEnhill

14. Colm Fleming

15. Thomas Morgan

 

 

 

 

Victory was relief more than anything for Lynch

By Kevin Herron

Antrim captain Declan Lynch admits victory against Louth was relief more than anything.

The Saffrons fought back from 1-05-0-02 down after a quarter of an hour to claim their first championship win in four years at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday evening.

Victory was Lynch’s first as captain and manager Lenny Harbinson’s first as manager and Lamh Dhearg native Lynch revealed that he urged his team mates to forgot about past defeats in the Saffron jersey.

“It was great – it was more relief than anything” admits Lynch.

“The hard work from October and November has paid off and it made it all the sweeter. The boys had said it was the first championship win in four years but what I told the lads was: it’s a new team, it’s a new panel and it’s our first win out of one as a new panel in the qualifiers. I don’t want to look at past times – it’s done. It’s a fresh panel, we’ve went into the qualifiers once and came out with a win”.

Lynch paid tribute to his sides character and bravery and at six-points down was still under the illusion that they would turn the game around.

“We’re trying to build something and we’ve shown massive character and bravery in the panel” acknowledged Lynch.

“The way it’s went this year – it probably would have been easy for more boys to walk off the panel and leave it. Everyone can have an excuse but we dug in today – Louth’s first goal was a mistake but Padraig [Nugent] showed good courage after that and played an even braver kick-out that got us up the pitch and actually resulted in us getting a score; so it’s great confidence there”.

“We knew – even when we went six down; we actually knew we had it in us. We played rightly in stages against Tyrone but still weren’t happy with our performance then. We dug in and knew we had it in us, we weren’t going to give up that easy after training all year – we weren’t going to let the fans and ourselves down”.

In the second period the Saffrons played with a style and confidence that hasn’t been seen for many a year and although Lynch was happy he also feels there is much to work on ahead of their next game in two weeks time.

“It was great to play – we aren’t often used to playing in them situations for Antrim” said Lynch.

“It was great to be able to play in an environment that we were relaxed in at that stage – we were in complete domination of the game and probably should have been more ahead. That’s something we have to look at, being more clinical. We’ve players that would get on most teams – as people saw last night; our forwards were absolutely super and our defence”.

“We’ve a few things to work on overall but we’re reasonably happy. We kept Louth to 1-11 – we’ve stuff to work on but when we actually move the ball through the hands quick; we’re hard to stop. That’s the thing putting it all together – that’s the thing that Antrim teams have struggled with down the years. Putting a collective seventy minutes together”.

Monday’s second round qualifiers draw saw the Saffrons paired with Kildare – the sides last met eight years ago in the first round with the Lilywhites progressing after a replay at Casement Park. Lynch is confident his side will be prepared for the challenge and will be able to work on aspects that went wrong on Saturday evening.

“At this stage we’re happy to be in the draw” Lynch revealed.

“The last thirty years we have been looking and saying what ifs – ifs, whys and buts. It’s great to actually wake up on Monday morning knowing we’re still in the hat. We’ll be prepared and the management will get us ready and we’ll look at the opposition, ourselves and were we went wrong against Louth.  We’ll be ready to go in two weeks time”.