McArthur hits six and CPC book final place

Cross & Passion College Ballycastle scored a runaway win over St Mary’s Magherafelt in Monday’s Senior Colleges Camogie semi-final at Quinn Park, Ballymena.

With Cassie McArthur unplayable at full forward CPC raced to a 6-4 to 0-0 lead, McArthur getting four of them. St Mary’s got on the scoreboard when Kate Connery pointed from a free and they added another midway through the second quarter. However the Ballycastle girls pressed on and were 8-5 to 0-2 up the break.

The second half saw more of the same as CPC pushed on to a final meeting with St Louis on Saturday morning at 11am.

CPC

Catie Connolly, Eva Graham, Bríd Magill, Noele McAuley, Bronagh Magill, Fay McIntosh, Ellen McInosh, Fionuala Kelly, Orlagh Laverty, Nuala Devlin, Janey McIntosh, Aoibheann Donnelly, Shannagh Heggarty, Catie McArthur, Caoimhe McMullan.

St Mary’s Magherafelt

Sophie Donnelly, Anna McErlain, Catherine Cassidy, Aine Colgan, Emma McAteer, Emily Cullen, Niamh Boyle, Alexa Hastings, Amy-Rose Mulligan, Kate Connery, Maria O’Neill, Emma McNally, Ella McErlain, Sarrah O’Neill, Rachel Keenan.

Referee – Jerome McAllister (Dunloy)

Gleeson thought the first half was the worst he has witnessed

Walsh Cup – Senior Hurling

Antrim manager Darren Gleeson felt that the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Offaly was the worst performance he has withnessed since taking charge of Antrim,

“A very disappointing first 37 or 38 minutes in the first half.

I genuinely felt that was as poor a first half of hurling we have played in my time here.

We just lost every battle, every individual battle, didn’t look hungry for it, then lost a man to two yellow cards. 

That happens, but I think we then mentally switched on after that happened and we came to life a bit. Looking at it on the other side, maybe Offaly felt they had their work done.”

The Tippeary native went on to add “It was a good second half performance – I can’t fault that second half. A few bodies came in who made a big difference, but again, our old failings were there. We gave away too many soft scores and I’d say we had six or seven goal chances.”

“You can be positive too far. The fact of the matter is that when you are playing inter-county hurling, you’ve got to be ruthless and if you’re not ruthless, you’re not going to be winning games.

It’s a pre-season game so it is what it is. Both teams are in the middle of a training cycle and the results that matter will come in the league, but all counties are improving and we need to keep our progress chart going in the right direction.”

Antrim’s final game in the Walsh Cup is against Galway next Sunday at Abbotstown , a Galway team who lost heavily on Sunday to Dublin at Parnell Park.

Good workout for Antrim U17s

Antrim Minor hurlers got their season up and running with a challenge game, in excellent conditions, against Laois in the GAA Centre of Excellent in Abbotstown. In what was a very competitive work out for the young Saffs, with all players getting 40mins  game time. Laois eventually came out on top on a scoreline of 2-22 to 0-21. Antrim will learn alot from their first outing this year to take into their next game in two weeks time against Kildare in Leixlip. 
The Antrim Minor squad for 2022
Joe McNaughton
Pearce Patterson
Kevin O’Boyle
Liam Glackin
Cailin Devlin 
Aodhan McGarry
Malachi McGibbon
Patrick McIlwaine 
Darragh Patterson
Ben McGarry
Lorcán Phillips 
Cormac McKeown
Orrin O’Connor
Jack McCloskey
Darragh Kelly
Cahir Carbery
Adam murray
Brogan O’Connor
Callum McIlwaine
Caoimhin Rainey
Cathán Graham
Charley O’Hagan 
Ciarán McAllister
Donal Martin
Joseph McLaughlin
Michael Darragh
Niall Magee
Oisin McCamphill
Phelim Ward
Ruairi McAreavey  

Antrim fightback comes up short in Tullamore

Walsh Cup – Leinster Senior Hurling

Offaly 3-18   Antrim 0-21 @ Bord na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore

A storming second half which saw 14 man Antrim outscore Offaly by twelve points to six was not enough to get the Saffrons over the line after a dreadful opening half had left them with a mountain to climb in Sunday’s Walsh Cup game in Tullamore.

The Saffrons made a disastrous start as the defence let Brian Duignan run 40 yards unopposed and bat the ball towards goal in the opening minutes. Paul McMullan made a brilliant point-blank save, but the sliothar broke to full forward Jason Sampson who scrambled it over the line.

Two minutes later Offaly were in for another goal but Antrim got it scrambled away and on five minutes Ciaran Clarke got their first score from a pointed free. Antrim were struggling to get any rhythm in their game and Offaly moved further ahead with two quick points from David Nally and Evan Kelly, but the Saffrons began to get back into things and further points from Keelan Molloy and Ciaran Clarke saw them close to within four at the first water break. (1-4 to 0-3).

Ciaran Clarke sends over and Antrim point from a free

Three further points from Nally frees saw Offaly stretch their advantage to 1-7 to 0-4 by the twentieth minute, but things appeared to be swinging back in the visitors favour when three quick points from Ciaran Clarke, Conal Cunning and Keelan Molloy closed the gap to just three by the 28th minute.

However disaster struck at the other end when goal number two came on 30 minutes for the home side as some suicidal defending let corner forward Luke Nolan in one-on-one on Paul McMullan. The Glenariffe custodian did brilliantly to get his hurl to the ball but the force of Nolan’s shot saw it spin off his hurl and into the net and to make matters worse Evan Kelly got in two minutes later for goal number three, following a short puc-out which again went badly wrong.

To make things even worse Gerard Walsh, who had been booked early in the game and then ‘ticked’ later, was sent off following another foul, but in his defence he can feel aggrieved as he himself had been taken high around the neck seconds earlier.

Half time – Offaly 3-12 Antrim 0-10

Antrim’s James McNaughton in action against Offaly’s Paddy Clancy

When the teams emerged for the second half it was clear it was going to take something very special to get anything out of the game, and things got worse in the opening ten minutes of the new half as the home team added three more points through Nally (2) and Cleary, in reply to one each from Coby Cunning and Ciaran Clarke.  Darren Gleeson had made a good few changes at half time and as the half wore on the team began to gel and an extraordinary point over his shoulder by one of those subs, Neil McManus, had the gap back to eleven by the second half water break.

Things began to turn in Antrim’s favour as the fourth quarter got underway and points from Scott Walsh and McManus closed the gap to nine. McManus appeared to have made the breakthrough minutes later when he got in on goal, but his shot rattled back off the crossbar with the keeper well beaten, though he did manage to regain possession and send over a point to cut the gap back to eight.

Conor Molloy pulled one back for the home side on 58 minutes but two more by McManus (who had taken over the free taking duties when Ciaran Clarke was substituted) and one from Eoghan Campbell closed the gap. McManus had a penalty well saved by Stephen Corcoran in the Offaly goal and the Coolderry man also denied James McNaughton from play, but a point from Eoin O’Neill and two more from McManus had the gap back to just four with four minutes still left on the clock.

The Offaly fans were starting to get a little worried at this stage, but Antrim couldn’t get the goal they needed to really change the momentum, and points from another Nally free and one from play by Eoin Cahill wrapped up the contest.

Keelan Molloy in action in Tullamore.

OFFALY: S Corcoran (0-1, f); P Delaney, C Burke, J Screeney; C Molloy (0-1), D King, P Clancy; A Cleary (0-1), L Fox; B Duignan (0-1), E Kelly (1-1), E Parlon; D Nally (0-12, 10f), J Sampson, L Nolan (2-0). Subs: C Butler for Burke (ht), C Burke for Duignan (ht), S Ryan for Fox (48), J Murphy for Kelly (48), P Guinan for Screeney (54); M Watkins for Nolan (54); C Langton for Sampson (54), E Cahill (0-1) for Parlon (63), K Sampson for Clancy (66)

ANTRIM: P McMullan; R McGarry, G Walsh, S Rooney; S Walsh (0-1), P Burke, R McCambridge; E Campbell (0-1), D McKernan; J McNaughton, C Johnston, K Molloy (0-3); D Murphy, C Cunning (0-2), C Clarke (0-7, 6f). Subs:N O’Connor for McGarry (12m), N McManus (0-6, 2f) for Murphy (half-time), D Kearney for Rooney (half-time), S Elliot for Johnston (half-time), J Maskey for McKernan (47), M Bradley for McCambridge (47), E O’Neill (0-1) for Clarke (52), C Bohill for Cunning (52),

Referee – Gearoid McGrath (Wexford)