McCann leads the way as Creggan win away to Carryduff

 

ACHL Division 3

Carryduff 1-9  Creggan 3-25

After a surprise home defeat to Cuchulainn, Armagh a couple of weeks ago Kickham’s Creggan have got back to winning ways and on Sunday they travelled to Co. Down where they recorded an impressive win over Carrydurff.

Conor McCann led the way with two first half goal and with Oran McCann knocking over 0-9 over the hour Carrduff had no answer to the boys from the South West. The game was as good as over at half time when Creggan led 2-14 to 0- 7. Kealan McCann, Liam McCann, Sam Maguire, Aidan McKeown and Tommy McCann were all on target as the Staffordstown Road side ran out winners by 24 points.

Kickham’s now share top spot in the league with Clooney Gaels on 16 points from 9 starts, each side having lost once and the Ahoghill side continued their winning run when they travelled to Cushendun on Sunday to defeat the Emmet’s by six points.

The sides are set to meet in Ahoghill on the 22nd of July but prior to that Clooney Gaels face a difficult away fixture at Gort na Mona while Creggan face an equally tricky home game against Cathaoir an Ri. Depending on the results from those games the meeting in Ahoghill on the 22nd of July should attract a lot of interest and a good crowd.

Kickham’s Creggan: 1)Emmett Long 2)Jake Mc Ateer, 3)Aidan Maguire,  4)Dannan O’Hara, 5)Ciaran Rice, 6)Kevin Small, 7)Liam Mc Cann, 8)Dermot Carey, 9)Kealan Mc Cann, 10)Conor Mc Cann, 11)Niall McAuley, 12)Oran Mc Cann, 13)Tommy McCann, 14)Aidan Mc Keown, 15)Sam Maguire Subs:

Micheal Maguire

Brendan Maguire

Peter Graham

Enda Maguire

Scorers:

Oran Mc Cann 0-9

Kealan Mc Cann 0-5

Liam Mc Cann 0-3

Sam Maguire 1-2

Aidan Mc Keown 0-2

Tommy Mc Cann 0-2

Conor Mc Cann 2-2

St Paul’s edge basement battle

O’Neills All County Hurling League Division Three

St. Paul’s 1-17-2-12 Lámh Dhearg

By Kevin Herron at Rossa Park

St. Paul’s edged the Divison Three ACHL derby with Lámh Dhearg and in the process edged away from the bottom three after a 1-17-2-12 win this afternoon.

Played in the shadow of their Shaws Road home in neighbouring Rossa Park – the hoops looked to be on track for two crucial league points after a goal from Kevin Gamble helped them to a 1-14-0-11 lead with time fast running out.

However the returning Domhnall Nugent flicked to the net to set-up a grandstand finish – St. Paul’s looked to have again secured the spoils, but the defiant Lámhs hit the net again through Mark Finnegan though a Gerard Carbery free deep into injury-time was the last action as St. Paul’s held out for the win.

Just two-points separated the sides prior to the relegation four-pointer at the bottom and it was Lámh Dhearg who began on the front foot, the returning Domhnall Nugent made an immediate impact as he shot over the bar and then doubled the lead with an accurate shot that sailed between the posts.

Conleth McVeigh struck back for St. Paul’s but the hosts defence were struggling with Nugent early on and the big full-forward restored his sides two-point lead and made it 0-01-0-03.

An excellent point from Ruaidhri O’Muiri was followed by a leveller from Andy McMorrow as St. Paul’s began to gain the upper hand.

McMorrow the edged his side ahead and just past the midway point in the opening half Gerard Carbery split the posts to make it four-points on the trot for the Shaws Road men and make it 0-05-0-03 on the score board.

St. Paul’s were very the side in the ascendancy and a further three points in quick succession had them six in front with little under ten minutes remaining of the half – Conleth McVeigh struck for the second time in the half before Antrim’s Stephen Rooney produced a magnificent score and Carbery made it seven on the spin.

Carbery hit his third of the half from a converted free to give his side a 0-09-0-03 lead – the Lámhs were in need of a score to try and stem the tide and they were rewarded as Paddy Mervyn claimed Paddy Joe Herron’s puck out and won a free, Mark Finnegan watched in frustration as his effort drifted short but Mervyn won possession and shot over the bar.

Gerard Carbery converted a further free to move his side six ahead once more and Paddy Mervyn again cut the gap with a point – it could have been so much better however as Sean Paul Gibson charged down the right hand channel and almost picked out Mark Finnegan inside the small square, the St. Paul’s defence frantically tried to usher the ball out of the imminent danger and Leon McVeigh breathed a huge sigh of relief as Mervyn shot over the bar rather than under it.

Declan Chapman and Domhnall Nugent traded scores in injury-time but it was St. Paul’s who were in control at the break, 0-11-0-06 to the good.

Lámh Dhearg began cut the deficit from the restart thanks to Domhnall Nugent’s fifth point of the afternoon though Declan Chapman responded – Mark Finnegan then landed a free from range to reduce arrears to four for the second time in the half but eight minutes into the second period St. Paul’s dealt the Hannahstown side a hammer blow.

Kevin Gamble picked up possession in the small square and fired low past Paddy Joe Herron in the Lámh Dhearg goal to give his side a 1-12-0-08 lead. Gamble almost scrambled home his second inside the opening ten minutes of the half, but Paddy Joe Herron emerged from a congested goal mouth and fired the ball into touch and out of harm’s way.

St. Paul’s would increase their lead through Carbery’s third converted free of the afternoon though three successfully converted frees from Mark Finnegan kept Lámh Dhearg within touching distance at, 1-13-0-11.

Carbery’s accuracy from the placed ball paid dividends again as St. Paul’s went six ahead with little under ten remaining.

Lámh Dhearg were in urgent need of a goal and with little over five minutes remaining it was game on – Ronan Fegan’s persistence paid off as he scooped up possession and burst forward before floating the ball into the danger area where Domhnall Nugent was lurking and Nugent flicked the ball past the oncoming Leon McVeigh and into the net to make it 1-14-1-11 and set-up a grandstand finish.

Sensing the spoils were there for the taking Lámh Dhearg upped the ante but Nugent, Conor McConville and Ryan Diamond all watched on as their efforts drifted wide of the target.

Instead Andy McMorrow and a converted Carbery free gave St. Paul’s breathing space again and a five-point lead two-minutes into injury-time.

Mark Finnegan had the opportunity to float the ball into a crowded area from a free shortly afterwards but got too much elevation onto it and instead hit a point.

Sean Paul Gibson then turned over the resulting puck out and Lámh Dhearg won a second free which surely had to drop into the danger zone – but ice cool in his striking Mark Finnegan’s effort bounced into the net and suddenly Lámh Dhearg trailed by the minimum with just enough time to salvage something, 1-16-2-12.

However Finnegan was adjudged to have given away a free from Leon McVeigh’s puck out and the final action of the game saw Gerard Carbery convert the resulting free as St. Paul’s were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief and move four-points clear of Lámh Dhearg at the basement.

St. Paul’s: L McVeigh, J Keatings, C Hetherington, S Bradley, F Sewell, S Rooney (0-01), C Murray, C O’Carroll, R O’Muiri (0-01), C McVeigh (0-02), K Gamble (1-00), A McMorrow (0-03), D Chapman (0-02), G Carbery (0-08, 0-06f), D McGreevy.

Lámh Dhearg: PJ Herron, R Fegan, M Lynch, M McGuigan, SP Gibson, A McGuigan, E Herron, R Diamond, M Finnegan (1-06f), P Mervyn (0-02), M McGarry, C McConville, J Boyd, D Nugent (1-04), J Trainor. Subs: G Smyth for M McGarry (31 mins), C Herron for A McGuigan (31 mins), D Fox for J Trainor (41 mins).

Referee: Fintan McCotter (Sarsfields)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carey withstand the heat to earn league win

After a sluggish first twenty minutes in the sweltering heat at Pearce Park in Armagh Carey bounced back with a great second half display to claim two valuable points in their division 3 pursuit. Despite opening the scoring through a Martin Hunter point Carey fell behind and after two Conleth Laverty pointed frees and another from play from Tony Duffy left them two in arrears after ten minutes and only for some great defending by Eoin Hill and Sean McBride matters could have much worse.

Duffy again was on the score sheet for the home side before John McBride sent over a long range free for the Antrim men in the 14th minute. Another Lavery free and a point from their live-wire corner-forward Jordan Murtagh left a four point margin, but the visitors were now begining to get the better of the exchanges and points from Fiahra McVeigh and Dan Martin brought Carey back into the game. A further point from a Lavery free and another couple from Murtagh left the Cuchullians on a five point lead with half time approaching, but with Nat Hunter and John McBride now asserting themselves around midfield Carey’s Caolan McCaughan went on one of his customary runs and fired the ball past Matt Rafferty in the home goal to leave the half time score 0.9 to 1.4.

The Armagh men opened the second half scoring with a Ciaran Duffy point, Caolan McCaughan replied for the Faughs with a similar score and a Paddy Gillan point in the fortieth left only one between the sides. With Carey now winning  most of the battles it was probably no surprise when substitute Daniel McBbride found the Armagh net in the forty-fifth minute, two more pointed frees from their main marksman Conleth  Lavery left the sides level again with seven minutes left to play, but in the fifty-fifth minute Daniel McBride was on hand again  to finish a dropping ball past Rafferty in the Armagh goal, further points from McCaughan and Martin Hunter, left the north Antrim men with a four point cushion and a last minute Duffy point for the home side was the last action of a good game played in difficult conditions with the heat and a difficult pitch.

 

Rasharkin’s winning streak continues as they entertain under strength Shane O’Neill’s

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Eamon McNeill who was in fine form for Rasharkin as the y defeated Shane O’Neill’s today

O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3

St Mary’s Rasharkin 4-18  Shane O’Neill’s 0-12

Shane O’Neill’s, who have been struggling this season through the unavailability of players coupled with injuries travelled to face a Rasharkin team who have been going well this term under the guidance of former Ballycastle and Antrim player Paul McKillen.

Despite the visitors taking an early lead it was Rasharkin who hit back with a goal and a point from Eamon McNeill, the goal coming following a great diagonal pass from Conor McKeever. The home side never looked back with Conor McKeever adding a second goal in the 7th minute though Glenarm kept battling away

It was Rasharkin’s open  and fast play in opening stages that secured this victory however. The quality of the ball into their forward line opened up their opponents defence time and again. Eamon McNeill was a real thorn in the sides of the Feystown side and he soloed through for his second and his sides third goal to put them in complete control.

The Dreen men continued to press and the scores came thick and fast as Kealan Darragh and  Conor McKeever pointed before McNeill and McKeever combined for goal number four. By half time they had put the contest well out of the reach of their opponents with McNeill and Daniel Hasson pointing to leave the half time score 4-7 to 0-8.

McKeever fired over  a couple of points on the restart and Daniel Hasson added another after 15 minutes with Glenarm keeping the scoreboard ticking over with some fine points of their own without ever really looking to get back into contention.

As the visitors tired under the relentless pressure a further three points from Eamon McNeill, a great long range effort from Thomas McMullan and a similar effort from Shane Hasson saw the men from Dreen coast home to a 15 point victory.

In what was a great overall team performance for the home side, Shane Hasson had a very good hour at half back, Thomas McMullan very strong at midfield and up front Conor McKeever and Eamon McNeill stood out.

Spare a thought for the visitors however. They arrived with only 15 players and then lost a player early in the second half through injury. They are certainly capable of much better than they are producing at present but come the Championship and with a full quota of players available I believe they can be a force to be reckoned with. We wish a speedy recovery to the player who picked up a serious shoulder injury in the second half.

Rasharkin: James O’Mullan, Conor Donaghy ,Daniel Doherty, Aidan McKeever, Shane Hasson, Declan McKay, Donagh Quigg, Emmet McFerran, Thomas McMullan, Kealan Darragh Enda McFerran, Brian Og O’Neill, Eamon McNeil,l Conor McKeever, Daniel Hasson

Loughgiel and Dunloy Under 10s show their skills

What a great day’s hurling it was in Loughgiel yesterday with the Loughgiel v Thurles Sarsfields game getting things started and the Dunloy v Ballyboden game wrapping the main games up. In between the two games the Under 10 hurlers of Loughgiel and Dunloy took their first steps on the big stage as they played a highly entertaining challenge game and showed that the future of the game is secure in both clubs