Lamhs take control in second-half

Senior Reserve Football Group 1

Lámh Dhearg 3-12-1-08 Gort na Mona

From Kevin Herron at Hannahstown

Lámh Dhearg had it all to do at the break after Joe McDonnell netted to give Gort na Mona a 1-05-0-03 lead at the interval but a bright opening to the second half set the tone as the hosts found the net three-times in the last half-hour through substitute Brendan McCrudden, Francis Dugan and Carl Maxwell on route to a 3-12-1-08 win over the Gorts at Hannahstown on Wednesday evening.

Gort na Mona opened the scoring at Hannahstown through a converted free from Niall Melaney – though Francis Dugan converted twice from the same scenario to nudge Lámh Dhearg in front.

The visitors were back on terms through an angled Joe McDonnell point and despite Ross Murray squeezing the ball over to restore the Lamhs lead- Aodhan Dempster popped over the equaliser to level at 0-03 apiece.

A few minutes before the break the opening goal arrived as Joe McDonnell slide in to stab the ball past Mark McIlvenny and give the Gorts a 1-03-0-03 lead.

Niall Melaney then played a short free to Tim Scannell, took the return and popped the ball over before adding a second point moments later to ensure his side were 1-05-0-03 ahead at the midway point in proceedings.

Lámh Dhearg started the second period on the front foot as Aaron Ferris won back possession and slipped the ball to Jack Summersgill for a point.

Francis Dugan then saw his goal bound effort blocked and Summersgill popped over his second before turning provider for substitute Brendan McCrudden who rifled to the net past Niall Mooney to level the scores at 1-05 each.

Jack Summersgill edged his side back in front after a foul on Ferris, while lively and pacy wing-half forward Ferris got on the scoresheet himself after some neat work between Declan Straney and Carl Maxwell.

The Lámhs were on a roll and made it 1-05 without reply as Carl Maxwell split the posts but just before the midway point in the second period Gort na Mona finally responded through half-time substitute Ciaran Donnelly.

Carl Maxwell restored his sides three-point advantage after linking-up with Declan Straney but successive points from Melaney cut the deficit to the bare minimum with little over ten minutes remaining (1-09-1-08).

Lámh Dhearg again upped the ante in response and hit three-points without reply- Aaron Ferris combined with Francis Dugan with the later conjuring a score, Brendan McCrudden then fisted the ball over with Dugan again on target in the aftermath.

The two-late goals arguably flattered the hosts as Francis Dugan tucked the ball home after Chris Nolan won back possession in the defensive third and started a quickfire attack.

Dugan would turn provider as Carl Maxwell found the corner of the net late on to give his side a 3-12-1-08 win and move them joint second in the table ahead of a trip to leaders Portglenone on Friday evening.

Lámh Dhearg: M McIlvenny, R Fegan, M Lynch, P Larkin, C McVarnock, D Straney, C Nolan, C Hannon, R Diamond, F Dugan (1-04, 0-02f), C Maxwell, (1-02) A Ferris (0-01), R Murray (0-01), J Summersgill (0-03, 0-01f), J Trainor. Subs: D Larkin for C McVarnock (24), B McCrudden (1-01) for J Trainor (HT), C Plyford for C Nolan (60).

Gort na Mona: N Mooney, C Healy, C Devlin, P Cournane, J Connolly, J Reilly, D Cahill, C Magee, T Keenan, T Scannell, A Dempster (0-01), N Melaney (0-05, 0-02f), J McDonnell (1-01), M Brady. Subs: C Donnelly (0-01) for M Brady (HT).

Referee: Barry Hotchkiss

Hagan seals Casement’s win with late point

Senior Reserve Cup football

Casement’s Portglenone 2-13 St Gall’s 3-9

By John McIlwaine

A point from a free by second half substitute Michael Hagan gave Casement’s victory over St Gall’s in Wednesday evening’s Senior Reserve Football Cup at Kelly Park, Portglenone. In a game in which the fortunes swung one way then the other a late scoring spurt by the visitors appeared to have earned them a share of the spoils, but there was still time for a deciding score and when Casement’s Stephen Kelly was dragged back when closing down on the St Gall’s goal, Hagan duly slotted the ball between the posts.

After starting with two early points from Brendan Bradley and Lorcan McIlroy in the first two minutes St. Gall’s lost their way and never scored for the next 19 minutes, despite having plenty of possession. Casement’s were proving much more efficient in front of the posts and they hit five points without reply between the 4th and 11th minutes through Ciaran Lynch (3), Stephen Kelly and Niall Kelly. St Gall’s ended their drought with a Michael Hopkins point and when full forward Conn Doherty added another a minute later they had the gap back to a single point. However the home team finished the first half strongly and after Fergal O’Kane scored a brilliant goal from a narrow angle, Niall Kelly added two more points to give his team a 1-7 to 0-4 lead at the break.

When Kelly got the opening score of the second half Casements were seven up and cruising, or so it seemed but St Gall’s hit back strongly and goals from Jarleth Mervyn and Conn Doherty closed the gap to a single point again. Corner forward Kevin Bradley brought the visitors level with a point from a free before Caolan Chada edged them ahead with a great point from out near the right hand sideline. Just when it appeared that St Gall’s had wrestled the initiative from the home side the Portglenone men responded with style as they hit 1-4 in a ten minute spell of dominance, the goal a really class finish from Hagan after a mazy run through the heart of the St Gall’s defence.

Five to the good and just two minutes of normal time left to play it appeared to be all over but St Gall’s came back again with a Michael Hopkins goal and two points to square it up in injury time. Had it ended that way few from either side would have had any complaints, but the Portglenone men had one last kick in them and when Stephen Kelly was fouled going through Hagan sent over the resultant free to give his team the win.

First win for St. Mary’s Aghagallon

Senior Reserve Football Cup

Group 1

Aghagallon 5-13 St. Enda’s 0-9

Both teams took the field tonight looking for their first points in the Senior Reserve Cup Group 1. Naomh Eanna had the best of the opening spell but could not turn their possession into scores and only returned one point through Conall Scott. Anselm Henry got the host’s first two scores but Scott pulled thesides level again. 

A poor clearance by Naomh Eanna was punished when Conleth Mc Alinden collected it and one on one with the keeper finished well to score the first of his three goals on the night. Adam Shanks extended the lead but the Hightown men replied through Declan Maclelen and Sean Mc Bride.

Full back Christopher Mc Grath surged forward to score a great point, starting the move in his own half and continuing his run and when he received the return pass in shooting range he kept his composure

to split the posts. Mc Bride got another for the visitors but Ruairi Loughran opened his account with two points before half time

Half Time St Mary’s 1:6, Naomh Eanna 0:05

With only two scores in it at this stage the game was still in the balance but St Mary’s got out of the blocks better in the second half, Steven Branagan played a perfect pass to Anselm Henry who converted, Kieran Magee got his name on the score sheet and then linked well with the overlapping Kieran Hamill who found Daniel Hannon who held the ball up before finding Conleth Mc Alinden who tapped in goal number two. 

Ruairi Loughran got another point but the game was secured when Anselm Henry’s shot appeared to be going for a point but dipped into that sweet spot just under the cross bar giving the goalkeeper no chance. Adam Shanks got his second point of the night.

Sean Mc Bride and Michael Kennedy pulled back a point a piece but the momentum swung back to the home team, Ruairi Loughran scored a goal before Callum Fitzpatrick and Anselm Henry knocked over frees from either side of the pitch. Conleth Mc Alinden took the ball around the goal keeper to score his third goal. Declan Maclelen finished the scoring for the night, collecting the ball on the right-hand side before turning and shooting in one movement for a well taken point.

Both sides are out again on Friday night in the final matches of the first half of the fixtures.

Full time St Mary’s 5:13 Naomh Eanna 0:09

St Mary’s: Max Thomas, James Crossey, Roland Mulholland, Christopher Mc Grath (0:01), Steven Branagan, Aaron Doherty, Kieran Hamill, Niall Rogers,

Niall Mc Shane, Conleth Mc Alinden (3:00), Ruairi Loughran (1:03), Kieran Magee (0:01), Adam Shanks (0:03), Daniel Hannon, Anselm Henry (1:04 1F)

Callum Fitzpatrick (0:01 1F) for Niall Rogers, Desmond Marshall for Niall Mc Shane, Daire Mc Shane for Christopher Mc Grath, Conor Mc Kavanagh for Ruairi Loughran

Christopher Henry for Daniel Hannon

Statement by Glenavy GAC

Due to rumours circulating within the Glenavy and Crumlin communities today and on social media, we would like to clarify that no members of Glenavy GAC has or has in the past tested positive for Covid 19.

We are aware of a recent diagnosis of Covid 19 within the village and acknowledge that this individual has friendships within our club. We have asked anyone who has been in contact with the individual to be tested, even though their last contacts were 5 days ago. This goes beyond the direct advice that we have received. We have always stringently followed the health guidelines laid out for us by the Public Health Agency and followed all Antrim GAA protocols and we will continue to do so.

We hope that the current cases in our community remain isolated and we would encourage all our members and friends to remain aware of the very real danger that this virus still poses to us all. To help facilitate the continued battle against COVID-19, we would encourage all our members and friends to download the track and trace app.

Thank you.

Championship continues this week

The championship continues this week with another round of the minor grade down for decision on Thursday evening, 6th August whilst two rounds of the reserve competition are scheduled for Wed 5th August and a further round of the reserve Cup again on Friday 7th.

Wed 5th August (all games at 7.30pm)

Senior Reserve Football Cup

Group One

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Enda’s Glengormley

Lamh Dhearg v Gort na Mona

Casement’s Portglenone v St Galls

Group Two

St Brigid’s v St Mary’s Ahoghill

O’ Donovan Rossa v Erin’s Own Cargin

Thursday 6th August (all games at 7.30pm

Minor Football (A) Championship

Group One

St Brigid’s v Patrick Sarsfield’s

St Enda’s v O’ Donovan Rossa

Corpis Christi Gaels v St Galls (Mc Crory Park)

Group Two

Tir na Nog Randalstown v Erin’s Own Cargin

All Saint’s Ballymena v St James Aldergrove

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Mary’s Aghagallon

Minor Football (B) Championship

Group One

Lamh Dhearg v St Joseph’s Glenavy

St Comgall’s Antrim v Kickham’s Ardoyne

Group Two

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Casement’s Portglenone

St Mary’s Rasharkin v Con Magees Glenravel

Friday 6th August (all games at 7.30pm

Senior Reserve Football Cup at 7.30 pm

Group One

St Enda’s v St Galls

Gort na Mona v St Mary’s Aghagallon

Casement’s Portglenone v Lamh Dhearg

Group Two

Kickham’s Creggan v O’ Donovan Rossa

Erin’s Own Cargin v St Brigid’s

Senior Reserve Shield at 7.30 pm

Group One

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v Con Magees Glenravel

All Saint’s Ballymena v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

Group Two

St Paul’s v St James Aldergrove

St Joseph’s Glenavy v Tir na nOg Randalstown