Mals on top in Championship rehearsal

ACFL Division 3

St Malachy’s 0-13 Laochra Loch Lao 1-06

With the prospects of coming together in the opening round of the championship later in the year St Malachy’s stood firm to gain victory over their opposition in that one when they recorded a three point verdict over the visiting Laochra Loch Lao on Wednesday evening.

Little had separated them in recent meetings over the past couple of seasons and those who anticipated much of the same in this latest coming together were proved quite correct.

The opening period did go according to script with little separating them and in the event both defences proved strong in their respective rear guard actions but the home side’s unit, a mix of youth and experience was to gain the edge.

A foul on Mc Givern was suitably punished when Vernon despatched the placed ball between the posts but in the event this score received prompt reply in kind at the other end.

Such tit for tat activity was indeed to provide the script for the opening period as Vernon was to supply a further three points from frees and the visitors adding a couple in response and the Market’s side concluded the first thirty minute period 0-04 to 0-03 ahead.

St Malachy’s refreshed by the interval respite started the second period on a very positive note and when Mc Givern, Quinn, and Vernon raised respective white flags and Mc Cavanagh followed suit the South Belfast men looked on their way.

The visitors were not about to cry enough hover and back they came with a brace of points to signal intent just at the three quarter mark.

Big Rick followed with a point for the Mal’s in reply but the men from the West side of the city followed quickly with the only goal of the encounter to leave only a score between the sides.

In the event when questions were being asked of the South Belfast men St Malachy’s were to provide the answer in a positive fashion.

With their visitors pushing hard in search of victory or even a share of the spoils, Colly Connolly stood tall between the posts and made a quick intervention to defy and clear his lines and the issue was resolved shortly after when Vernon added his 9th score of the game and a late point ensured a 0-13 to 1-06 victory for St Malachy’s

An excellent game between a couple of committed sides with the forthcoming meeting again in championship in a few weeks promising another thriller in prospect.

St Malachy’s: C Connolly, S Carson, C Corr, D Quinn (0-01, M Connolly, P Hanna, A Dobbin, C Vernon (0-09), J Mc Givern (0-01), R Mannelly, G Mc Glennan, P Carlisle, P Smith (0-01), K Mc Kavanagh (0-01)

Return of the Antrim & Dublin Friendship Games 2022

Cumann na mBunscol Aontroma were delighted to welcome the return of the Antrim vs. Dublin Friendship Games today, following a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for these children, who travelled to St. Patrick’s Drumcondra on Monday to compete with their Dublin counterparts across all codes followed by a guided tour of Croke Park, which really capped off a day to remember for our future county stars.

This year’s event was extra special with the county moving from what was a traditional Belfast Only XV to an All-County XV, enabling players from Belfast, North Antrim and South-West Antrim to represent their county together in Gaelic Football (Boys & Girls), Hurling,

The north and south west Antrim schools met at St Brigid’s PS in Ballymena beofre meeting up with their Befast counterparts in Belfast on route to Croke Park

 Under-age Football Championship draws 2022

The draws for the under-age football championships were made at the week-end and features competitions for all of the grades, under-15, under-17 (minor), and under-20.

Under-20 Football (A) championship

Preliminary round

St Mary’s Aghagallon v Con Magees 1

St Enda’s Glengormley v St Brigid’s 2

Qtr finals

O’ Donovan Rossa v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass A

St Gall’s v 2 B

All Saint’s Ballymena v Erin’s Own Cargin C

St James Aldergrove v 1 D

Semi Finals

A v D

B v C

Under- 20 Football (B) Championship

Preliminary round

Lios na gCearrbhach v St Mary’s Rasharkin 1

Kickham’s Creggan v Cuchullian’s Dunloy 2

Qtr finals

Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Joseph’s Glenavy A

1 v Casement’s Portglenone B

2 v Gort na Mona C

Tir na nOg Randalstown v Lamh Dhearg D

Semi Finals

B v A

D v C

Minor (A) Football championship

Con Magees Glenravel v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass A

Erin’s Own Cargin v St Paul’s B

All Saint’s Ballymena v St Gall’s C

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Brigid’s D

Semi Finals

B v D

A v C

Minor (B) Football championship

Preliminary round

St Enda’s v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s 1

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Gort na Mona 2

Patrick Sarsfield’s v Kickham’s Creggan 3

St James Aldergrove v O’ Donovan Rossa 4

Qtr Finals

4 v St Joseph’s Glenavy A

3 v Casement’s Portglenone B

2 v Corpus Christi Gaels C

Lamh Dhearg v 1 D

Semi finals

D v B

C v A

Minor (C) Football Championship

St Brigid’s (2) v St Teresa’s A

Tir na Nog Randalstown v St Paul’s (2) B

Kickham’s Ardoyne v Lios na c gCearrbhach C

St Comgall’s Antrim v St Mary’s Rasharkin D

Semi Finals

C v D

B v A

Under 15 (A) Football Championship

Preliminary round

Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Mary’s Aghagallon 1

St James Aldergrove v St Brigid’s 2

Qtr Finals

St Paul’s v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass A

C v St Gall’s B

Con Magees Glenravel v Casement’s Portglenone C

1 v St Enda’s Glengormley D

Semi Finals

C v D

B v A

Under 15 (B) Football Championship

Preliminary round

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Erin’s Own Cargin 1

Kickham’s Ardoyne v O’ Donovan Rossa 2

Qtr Finals

St Joseph’s Glenavy v All Saint’s Ballymena A

Michael Davitt’s v 2 B

1 v Kickham’s Creggan C

St John’s v Gort na Mona D

Semi Finals

B v C

D v A

Under 15 (C) Championship

Preliminary round

St Brigid’s (b) v Tir na Nog 1

Cardinal O’ Donnell’s v St Enda’s (b) 2

Qtr Finals

St Paul’s (b) v Clann na Gael A

St Mary’s Rasharkin v 1 B

2 v St Comgall’s Antrim C

St Teresa’s v Lamh Dhearg D

Semi Final’s

C v B

A v D

Cargin retain the winning habit

All County U17 Football League

Erin’s Own Cargin 5-06 All Saint’s Ballymena 0-04

Cargin minors retained that winning habit to retain top spot in the All County under-17 league when they proved too strong for the visiting All Saint’s in  Toome on Sunday.

The home side opened account after less than a minute with a Callum Gribbin goal after Patrick O’ Neill and Diarmuid Quinn combined to open the way to the posts.

All Saint’s, with Archie Mc Greevey leading the way from mid field replied with three unanswered points before the end of the opening quarter but despite the assistance of a strong northerly breeze that was to prove their lot in the opening period.

Cargin regained control at that point with Ben Mc Larnon and Cian Scullion dominant in the central zone and the visitors would not score again for the remainder of the half.

The home side were enjoying plenty of possession and proving slick in their passing but the strong swirling breeze ensured the posts were proving an elusive target but a foul on Cahir O’ Boyle opened the way for Callum Gribbin to point in the 28th minute to ensure a 1-01 to 0-03 advantage at the short whistle.

The home side started the second half aided by the unrelenting breeze and they were in the scoring zone within a minute as Diarmuid Quinn added a point receiving from middle man Ben Mc Larnon before transferring the leather between the posts.

The full forward was in business again a minute later as a Cian Scullion fetch and delivery sent the big man in to add another minor.

The Toome lads continued to dominate and after kicking a number wides, a fine Ryan O’ Neill point increased their advantage.

It was a case of backs to the wall for the hard grafting Ballymena lads as the home side took control and Cahir O’ Boyle placed full forward Diarmuid Quinn and he wasted no time to fire to the back of the net.

The home side were in charge and an astute pass from Cahir O’ Boyle set up Diarmuid Quinn who rose high to collect before adding a second major.

Ben Mc Larnon added a point and when Ryan O’ Neill sent his brother Patrick away to add another with a stylish finish the end was much in sight with the home side leading 3-06 to 0-03.

All Saint’ lads were down but certainly not out but when openings did appear the gallant Ballymena lads found the swirling breeze conspiring against them.

They looked in for a goal in the in the 52nd minute but the Cargin net minder Cathal McCann made a swift interception to deny nippy corner forward Fiontan Bradley before Archie Mc Greevey hoisting a white flag a couple of minutes later.

The Toome side grabbed another goal as Cahir Donnelly off loaded to Carl McCann to open the way for Callum Gribbin to fire to the back of the net.

Despite the men in charge ringing the changes the home side continued to press and Jack O’ Neill capped an excellent performance with a 56th minute goal.

The All Saint’s fought to the end but could find no way through the home defence with Daniel McCann making a fine save to deny Fiontan Bradley in the 60th minute.

Cargin remain top of the table after another impressive win and look the team to beat in this division but St. Brigid’s sit two points behind with a game in hand and St. Paul’s are a further two points behind.

Cargin: Daniel Mc Cann, Eoin Scullion, Hugh O’ Donnell, Patrick Matchyck, Jack O’ Neill (1-00), Jack Harney, Cahir Donnelly, Cian Scullion, Ben Mc Larnon (0-01), Patrick O’ Neill (0-01), Callum Gribbin (2-01), Ryan O’ Neill (0-01), Carl Mc Cann, Diarmuid Quinn (2-02), Seany Hazzard.


Fiontan O’ Donnell for S Hazzard

Tom Mc Cann for C Gribbin

Conleth Hamill for P O’ Neill

Ewan Mc Laverty for C Mc Cann

Niall Quinn

All Saints: Finn Conon, Ciaran Logan, Oliver O’ Rawe, Coary Mc Philips, Ryan Thom, Aodhan McGarry, Ryan Laverty, Archie Mc Greevey, Fiontan Brady, Sean Mc Dermott, Darach Bradley, Liam Hegarty, Oran Moyo, Luke Walsh, Fintan Bradley

Referee: S Higgins (Tir na nOg)

New York no match for high scoring Saffrons

TG4 LGFA All-Ireland Junior Football Championship, Group B

Antrim 7-19 New York 0-8

Antrim Ladies hit 7 goals at Pairc Davitt on Sunday as they blew away their New York opponents to book their place in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi- final. Brilliantly marshalled by player of the match Orlaith Prenter the Saffrons were in charge from the start, and despite playing into a strong breeze, were 12 points to the good by half time.

Such was the strength of the wind that 12 point lead didn’t look entirely comfortable, but it was clear soon after the change of ends just who was in charge and they soon dispelled any fears they had of a New York comeback.

Orlaith Prenter was first to register for the Saffrons and following a point from play she was set up by St Ergnet’s team mate Cathy Carey for the first goal of the game. Further scores followed by Prenter and Aine Turbidy as they pulled away, Prenter pointing again before Marie O’Neill fired in goal number two. The exiles came back with points two points from Clarke and one from Brady but Antrim were inn charge, and despite firing a penalty over the bar they still lead by 2-10 to 0-4 by half time.  

Antrim stretched their lead with a Laura Dahunsi point, which was followed soon afterwards by a Devlin goal. The highly dangerous Marie O’Neill got in for goal number four

New York’s first score of the new half came from Lauren Rodican but lack of discipline was costing the exiles dearly, and they lost Megan Fitzpatrick to the sin-bin, their third yellow card of the half.

Kelly Brady swung over a point for New York with Aoife Taggart responding, but the visitors kept plugging away and were rewarded with two fine points from play by Brady and then Rodican, Antrim were not to be outdone however and their superiority showed on the pitch, and on the scoreboard, as they romped to a comprehensive victory.  

ANTRIM: A McCann; M McKenna, A McFarland, N McIntosh; M Mulholland, S Tennyson, S O’Neill; C Emerson, L Dahunsi (1-2); A Tubridy (0-1) C Carey (0-3, 2 frees), M O’Neill (3-2); B Devlin (1-1), O Prenter (1-7, 0-3 frees, 0-1 pen), A Devlin (1-0).

Subs: D Coleman for S O’Neill (HT), M Magee (0-2) for C Emerson (HT), E Murphy for L Dahunsi (43), A Taggart (0-1) for B Devlin (43), G Shannon for O Prenter (46)

NEW YORK: M Tamayne; A Mathers, S Roche, K Moore; L Rodican (0-2), C O’Neill, S McGourty; M Brady, P Clarke (0-2, both frees); M Fitzpatrick, E Faarley, C Traynor; M Dargan (0-1 free), K Brady (0-3, 2 frees), K Keating.

Subs:S Ní Bhraonáin for C Traynor (HT), M Donohoe for P Clarke (36), L Sheahan for A Mathers (47), C McBrien for S Roche (52), A White for L Rodican (60)