Magill stars in big Glenarm win

North Antrim Junior League

SHANE O NEILLS 3-22 GLEN ROVERS ARMOY 2-07.

Pics and report by Pete Hyndman

The rain fell at the start of this game but it did’nt dampen the enthusiasm of these two teams who hassled and harried for 60 mins…..

Man of the match Ciaran Magill

Referee Ryan O Reilly threw the ball in and within a few seconds young Kevin O Boyle had the ball over the bar for an early lead for the home side. Liam Mulvenna doubled the lead with a nice point from 30 yards and minutes later O Boyle hit the visitors net to raise the green flag!! Armoy’s Tarlach Mc Bride hit two good points between the 7th and 10th minutes but these where cancelled out with a barrage of points from the Feystown boys. Ciaran Magill hit a brace of scores, the latter effort after a 40 yard run, Daniel Black slotted over a “65”. Magill again with two more efforts followed up with Black getting another from out on the wing from a free put the home team in charge but Mc Bride for the Glen Rovers drilled over another converted free. Just before the break Glenarm began to turn the screw as they added another 4 points, a Dan Black double, and a point each from Magill and O Boyle to put their team in command at the break.

HALFTIME SHANE O NEILLS 1-12 ARMOY -04

There was to be no let up after the short whistle as Glenarm hit 1-03 without reply, all the scores came from Daniel “Black Magic” Black, two points from 30 yards, a converted “65” and a goal after a sideline cut fell in Armoy’s box. Emmet O Hara pointed for the away team before they got a lifeline when Trevor Linton sent in a high ball which evaded Niall Hamill and nestled in the back of the Glenarm net.

Black was enjoying the freedom of the pitch and drove over another point for the local team, but Armoy’s Mc Bride hit his fourth point of the evening, before Eoin O Boyle snuck in with a goal to keep the Glen Rovers men in touch. A minute later he also bagged a point, but the second half water break gave the home side a minute to refocus. On the restart the “Wee Terrier” Kevin O Boyle drove over a point and when a high dropping ball was fumbled by Armoys keeper Joe Mc Bride (who until this moment had pulled off 4 point blank effort’s) up popped Ciaran Magill to drive the ball into the onion bag!!

Halftime sub Sean O’Boyle was next to get a Glenarm point and half forward Conal Ward pierced the evening sky as he rifled one over the bar. The last 3 points where a masterclass of hurling to watch all coming from star player Ciaran Magill. The first two he found himself in space on both wings and the latter effort was from a lung busting run darting past tackle after tackle.

GLENARM. Niall Hamill, Michael Mc Garel, Aidan O Neill,Ciaran Finnegan, Ciaran O Boyle, Hugh Pat Mc Neill, Ryan Miller,Ryan Mc Loughlin, Ben O Boyle, Liam Mulvenna 0-1, Ciaran Magill 1-08, Conal Ward 0-1, Kevin O Boyle 1-03, Daniel Black 1-08, Darryl Mc Mullan. Subs Darren Hamill, Sean O Boyle -01, Aidan Scullion, Ciaran O Boyle, Paul Magill. Ruairi Mellon.

ARMOY. Joe Mc Bride, Tiernan McCaughan, Dan Connolly, Conor, Frank Mc Caughan, Calum Coyles, Joey Mc Fetridge, Connor Christie, Pj Mc Bride, Tarlach Mc Bride, Emmet O Hara, Dylan Mc Intyre, Odran Mc Erlane, Ciaran Coyles, Tim Burns. subs. Trevor Linton, Eoin O Boyle, John O Kane.

Brid Og win the Nipper Quinn C Shield

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

On Sunday the Nipper Quinn finals of 2020 came to a conclusion. The early curtailment of the 2020 season meant the finals were unable to take place but the South Antrim CCC afforded the teams the opportunity to contest the finals from last year before the 2021 season begins and the long wait was certainly worth it with some great hurling on display at Pairc Rossa which was in pristine condition.


Nipper Quinn C Final- St Paul’s B v Brid Og :`

The first final of the morning saw Divison Two league winners Brid Og take on St Paul’s B in the C decider.

The Shaws Road side were first off the mark through a converted free from Dillon Rogers-Duffy but Brid Og responded with a goal from Fionn McCann.
This prompted a response from St Paul’s and they hit the net through a Ronan Leonard free which looped to the net.
It was a nip and tuck opening half and Fionn McCann found the net for the second time to restore his sides lead with Rogers-Duffy replying with his second free of the half.
Kaiden Farrell put St Paul’s ahead for the second time with a low finish from close-range.
Brid Og cut the gap through a Rory Conroy free but Odhran Brennan did likewise at the other end to ensure his side held a two-point lead at the interval.
Although the second half was lacking scores it certainly wasn’t lacking in effort.
Brid Og eventually made their pressure pay off as Ronan Taylor dipped and fired low to the net to nudge his side ahead by the minimum.
It was end to end stuff in the aftermath as the game reminded the balance until the final minute when Taylor popped over the bar to ensure his side ran out winners and completed the league and Championship double.


St Enda’s beat Gorts in B final

Nipper Quinn B Final – Gort na Mona v St Enda’s

Gort na Mona made a fast start to the B decider, taking the lead through a converted Nathan McKenna free and it was from the same scenario that the games opening goal arrived.
McKenna floated a high free into the area and Daire Kennan touched the ball home to give the Turf Lodge outfit a clear advantage.
Shea Bell got St Endas off the mark with a converted free but a second goal from Ruairi Scullion had Gort in the ascendancy.
Nathan McKenna picked off two terrific scores from range as his side appeared to be in control at the midway point in proceedings.


St Endas’s required a fast start to the second period and got the opening point through Christopher Roberts.
They followed that with a goal as Shea Bell’s free was dropped into the danger area and Barra McGrath rifled home.
Bell converted his second free of the contest to leave just a goal separating the sides and midway through the second period the final was all square with Barra McGrath blasting home his second of the game.
Nathan McKenna restored his sides lead with his second converted free, though a terrific point from Joseph Mackin levelled for the second time.
The Hightown side hit the front for the first time through a third placed ball from Shea Bell and completed a fanatic second half turn around with a goal from Darragh Quinn to ensure the trophy was heading to Glengormley.

Paddies are Nipper Quinn Shield A Champions

Nipper Quinn A Final- Sarsfields v St Galls:

Within the first sixty seconds of the A decider Sarsfields had gained a firm grip of the game through an early goal from Aaron Anderson and a point from Daire Delander.
Their dream start continued with a second goal arriving after three minutes when Sean McGuinness touched home from Conal O’Hagan’s free.
It took St Galls a while to recover but they responded as Padraig Kelly flicked it down and Paul Austin volleyed home.
Three converted Padraig Kelly frees followed as a solitary point seperated the sides at the interval.
Sarsfields caught St Galls cold with a third goal at the beginning of the second half through Daire Jemfrey- who showed great determination to find the net.
Padraig Kelly landed his fourth free of the contest and Dylan Meighan then converted a 65’.
Sarsfields insurance score arrived through a second goal of the contest from Aaron Anderson who dispatched from Sean McGuinness’ offload.
St Galls continued to push the Paddies and hit back with a further placed ball from Meighan but Sarsfields ran out winners in the end to claim the honours on the day.

Cushendall recover from slow start

Rossa 0-13-1-21 Ruairi Og

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

Cushendall recovered from a slow start to claim a comfortable 1-21-0-13 victory over Rossa in the reserve hurling league on Monday evening at Pairc Rossa.
The Ruairi’s were caught cold in the opening minutes as Jim Reynolds struck Rossa’s opening point and that was followed by a converted free from Conal McParland and a fine Eoin Trainor score.
Ryan Delargy responded for Cushendall and it settled his side down with Scott Walsh picking a fine point from range and Andrew Delargy drawing the sides level at 0-03 apiece.
Rossa got their noses back in front approaching the midway point in the opening half after Conal McParland combined with Reynolds for a splendid second score of the evening.


Though at the first half water break the Og’s were back on terms as Andrew Delargy picked out namesake Dominic who shot over the bar to restore parity for the second time.
Fresh from their breather it was Cushendall who emerged with more energy and they hit the front for the first time through a point from Patrick Sharpe- who was afforded too much time and space before angling the shot over.
Dominic Delargy then doubled the lead after some nice work from Mark Emerson and Dominic Delargy then shot inside the near post to give his side a 0-07-0-04 lead.
Eoin Trainor almost levelled at the other end but a fantastic stop from Conor McAllister denied the 18-year old.
Scott Walsh picked off a fantastic score a few minutes later with Trainor landing a free in response.
The sides continued to trade scores as Fiontan McQuillan’s strike from range was cancelled out but a Daire Matthew’s point and a converted free from Ruairc Murray saw Rossa close to within two-points approaching the break (0-09-0-07).


But the visitors ended the half stronger with points from Ryan Delargy, Scott Walsh and a 65’ from Dominic Delargy giving Cushendall a 0-12-0-07 lead at the interval.
Fiontan McQuillan extended his sides lead upon the resumption but Eoin Trainor then responded with a converted 65’.
The sides traded further scores as Patrick Sharpe angled one over from out by the sideline and substitute Ruairi Murray responded at the other end.
Stephen Walsh then popped the ball over and Conal McParland converted a free in response before Cushendall began to pull away from the Shaws Road side.
Dominic Delargy shot over his fifth of the evening and played a role in the games only goal as he pulled the ball across for a simple tap-in from Colm McKeegan.
Rossa responded with a third Conal McParland point- his first from play, but Patrick Sharpe pointed at the other end.
Points from McQuillan and Sharpe opened up the lead into double figures.
Conor O’Neill and Ruairc Murray claimed the hosts final two scores though Dominic Delargy and Patrick Sharpe replied at the other end as Cushendall ran out 1-21-0-13 winners at the conclusion.


Rossa: C Breathnach, J Quinn, D Murphy, F McIlory, P Short, O May, G McGrath, E Trainor (0-03, 0-01f, 0-01 65’), J Reynolds (0-02), M Murray, R Murray (0-02, 0-01f), C McParland (0-03, 0-02f), J McGreevy, C Rocks, D Matthews (0-01). Subs: R Murray (0-01) for J Reynolds (HT), D Magee for J Quinn (38), M Cunningham for M Murray (43), C O’Neill (0-01) for F McIlory (48).
Ruairi Og: C McAllister, E Gillen, T McAllister, D McGill, M Emerson, S Walsh (0-01), C McCollum, R Delargy (0-02), S Walsh (0-03), P Sharpe (0-04), D Delargy (0-06), A Delargy (0-03, 0-01f, 0-01 65’), M McCann, F McQuillan (0-02), C Brown. Subs: S McKenna for R Delargy (42), C McKeegan )1-00) for C Brown (45).
Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)