Fixtures Workshop – Have your say!

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.

Rossa hit Gaels for Six in Emphatic win

Bank of Ireland Paddy McLarnon Cup

Ulster U21 Club Football Tournament

Quarter Final

Sunday January 13

O’Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt (Derry) 6-7 Enniskillen Gaels (Fermanagh) 1-10

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 Rossa goals. 

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.

Enniskillen Gaels: 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).

O’Donovan Rossa, 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 Murphy (inj).

Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan)

Biddies seal derby day with controlled win

Bank of Ireland Paddy McLarnon Cup

Ulster U21 Club Football Tournament

Quarter Final

Sunday January 13

St Brigid’s (Antrim) 3-10 Crosserlough (Cavan) 3-7

Brendan McTaggart 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 attacking dimension.

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 Crosserlough.

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 creating. 

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.

Crosserlough: 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)

St Brigids: 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).

Referee: Sean Hurson (Galbally, Tyrone)

Sean Cavanagh guest of honour as Sarsfields juveniles celebrate


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

Much improved Antrim end on a high note

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Section B

Antrim 1-14-0-09 St. Mary’s

By Kevin Herron at Woodlands

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.

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.

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).

Referee: Dan Mullan (Doire)