Antrim’s Senior Hurling Team, in conjunction with Galgorm Castle Golf Club, are proud to announce once again the Annual Antrim Senior Hurling Golf Classic. The success of our previous Golf Days has ensured that The Antrim Senior Hurling Golf Classic will be held once again at Galgorm Castle Golf Club on Friday 26th April 2019. The cost to enter a team of four players (four ball) will be £160 which includes the round of golf, entry to win many great prizes and a meal afterward in the brand new Castle Kitchen + Bar.
Antrim Senior Hurlers would love to have your business on board as a Sponsor for the day:
Bronze £100 – One sign on tee box or green.
Silver £180 – Complete sponsorship of tee box or green.
Gold £350 – Complete sponsorship of a signature hole, with the option to erect a large banner/sign at the hole.
Platinum £450 – Complete sponsorship of a signature hole (Gold) and a four-ball entry into the competition.
Cash donations are acceptable and please make any cheques payable to Antrim GAA.
A goal by team captain Conor McCann thirteen minutes into the second half was the vital score that got Antrim over the line against London in Sunday’s NHL Division 2A game at Corrigan Park, Belfast. Trailing by three at the break (0-7 to 0-10) Antrim appeared to be getting a grip on the game when they started the second half in a more positive manner. They had drawn level with four points from James McNaughton (2), Conor McCann and Ciaran Clarke and when McCann was put clear by Clarke for a brilliant goal the Saffrons finally looked like they were getting a grip on the game. However they failed to push on, and though they never really looked like losing the game they never had full control of matters on a day when they lacked any real spark.
Left half back Conor McHugh looks for a team mate as London's Stpen Logan challenges. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine
London will feel aggrieved at not taking anything out of the game. They were on top for most of the first half and despite having corner forward Lee Murphy sent off, they had the chances to be further ahead at the break. However they relied too much on their free taker Aaron Sheehan who accounted for all but one of his team’s 17 points. The Cork man was in superb form from placed balls, sending scores over from all distances and angles and really did not deserve to be on the losing side. He was the main threat throughout the game and had it not been for his team mate inadvertently blocking a goal bound shot on the edge of the Antrim square then the story of the day could have been very different.
It was clear from the throw-in that Antrim were not at the level we have seen in some of their previous games, but they still managed to take an early lead as Ryan McCambridge and James McNaughton sent over early points. Sheehan got the first of his haul of points in the seventh minute from a free and they could have been level but for some wayward shooting. The closed the gap to a single point on fourteen minutes when Sheehan again split the Antrim posts from a free. James McNaughton ended a ten minute scoreless spell for the home team with a pointed free in the seventeenth minute, but London were getting on top and three more Sheehan points from frees put the Exiles in front by the 22nd minute. A fine solo score from Neil McManus, and another from a James McNaughton free, briefly gave Antrim back the lead, but final ten minutes of the half belonged to the visitors and four more Sheehan points and one from half-back Sean Conlon helped them to a 0-10 to 0-07 half time lead, despite having corner back Lee Murphy somewhat surprisingly sent for what apparently was an off the ball incident.
Neil McManus wins possession as London's Jessie Kennedy challenges. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine
stretched their lead to four when Sheehan got his first point from play early
in the second half, but Antrim responded well as James McNaughon, Conor McCann,
substitute Ciaran Clarke and McNaughton again sent over to tie the game up by
the 47th minute. Sheehan edged London back in front with another
pointed free and was very unlucky to see his ground shot for goal hitting team
mate Tadhg Healy on the back on the edge of the Antrim ‘square’. Antrim needed
a lift and they got it soon afterwards when Ciaran Clarke popped out a neat
little hand-pass to send Conor McCann clear a minute later and the Creggan man made
no mistake as he fired in the only goal of the game.
Antrim's James O'Connell in action against London's Christopher McAlinden. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine
McKeague sent over a long range free to put Antrim three clear they finally
appeared to be gaining a bit of control, but the visitors resistance stayed
strong and two more Sheehan points from frees closed the gap to a single point by
the sixtieth minute. Second half substitute Sean Duffin proved his worth with
two top class points to ease the pressure, but Sheehan kept the scoreboard
operator busy as he hit two more from placed balls though they never created
any of the goal chances they needed to steal a late victory.
SCORERS – Antrim: J McNaughton 0-5, 4f,
C McCann 1-1, R McCambridge, S Duffin, C Clarke, 0-2 each, N McKeague (f), N
McManus, E O’Neill, J Dillon 0-1 each. London: A Sheehan 0-16, 14f, 0-1 ‘65’, S
Antrim: R Elliott; S Rooney, C Patterson, P Duffin; C
Boyd, M Donnelly, C McHugh; D McKinley, N McKeague; N
McManus, J McNaughton, R McCambridge, E O’Neill, C
McCann, J O’Connell
Clarke for J O’Connell (ht), D Kearney for C McHugh (45), J
Dillon for D McKinley (52), S Duffin for J McNaughton (62), C Laverty
for R McCambridge (74)
London: M Burke; C McAlinden, P Muldoon, L Murphy; T Healy, G Lenehin, B Hickey; F Collins, J Kennedy; S Lohan, C Nelson, M O’Dwyer; A Sheehan, S Lawless, S Conlon
Antrim recorded their second win of the league campaign on
Sunday afternoon as they eased past the challenge of Mayo in Ballina. Four goals in the first half went a long way
in laying the foundation for the Saffrons victory but they would finish the
match with just 13 men. Two red cards,
one in either half for Eoghan Campbell and Nigel Elliott and both fairly
innocuous and coming while both men were being fouled.
Mayo never capitalised on their numerical advantage
however. Antrim had built 14 point lead
before Campbell’s dismissal in the 26th minute and dominated the
home side for the full 70 minutes. All
six starting forwards had recorded scores in the opening 35 minutes while the
Saffrons defence were immense. Stephen
Rooney and Phelim Duffin in the corners were excellent, the Dunloy man in
particular outstanding with his work rate, tackling and distribution throughout
in a man of the match performance.
Antrim's Matthew Donnelly in action against Mayo's Eanna Ryan in Sunday's NHL Div 2A game in Ballina Picture: David Farrell Photography
Antrim's Phelim Duffin in action against Mayo's David Kenny and Eanna Ryan during Sunday's NHL Div 2A game in Ballina Picture: David Farrell Photographyy
Antrim's Eoin O'Neill breaks clear of his marker during Sunday's NHL Div 2A victory over Mayo in Ballina Picture: David Farrell Photography
Antrim's two goal hero Nigel Elliott in action during Sunday's NHL Div 2A game in Ballina Picture: David Farrell Photographyy
Antrim's Eoghan Campbell breaks from defence during Sunday's NHL Div 2A game in Ballina Picture: David Farrell Photographyy
James McNaughton finished top scorer once again, finishing
the match with 1-9 to his name while Nigel Elliott (2), Ryan McCambridge and
Ciaran Clarke scored the other majors.
McNaughton’s goal coming in the second half but it was Antrim’s
attacking play in the first 35 minutes that caught the eye. Mayo couldn’t live with the pace and trickery
of Eoin O’Neill while Ciaran Clarke was looking close to his impish best with
both men heavily involved throughout.
Forwards can only thrive when the delivery into them is of
the required quality and on Sunday the Saffrons distribution was on point. Spreading the play and making use of the wide
space if the Ballina pitch, Antrim looked to change the direction of play and
make more intelligent use of the ball at every opportunity, especially in the
first half. They had to adapt after the
dismissals but in the end it was an efficient second half where Antrim
maintained their intensity levels to record a 20 point victory.
Playing with the help of the wind in the opening 35 minutes,
Antrim started brightly. Eoin O’Neill
and frees from McNaughton and Nicky McKeague gave them a three point lead
before Elliott hit his and Antrim’s first goal of the contest. Duffin playing the diagonal ball to O’Neill
with the Antrim man playing a pop pass to the rushing Elliott and he made no
mistake with a high riffled effort.
James Gallagher opened the scoring for the home side in
reply to Elliott’s goal but any chances for the home side were minimal, such
was the dominance of the Antrim defence.
McNaughton scored his second free of the match before Antrim hit their
second major in the tenth minute. Mattie
Donnelly this time with the delivery where O’Neill made a nuisance of himself
once again. Clarke gathered the pass and
applied the expert finish to open a nine point lead in the 10th
Captain Conor McCann raised a white flag before Ryan
McCambridge found the back of Stephen Lenaghan’s net for Antrim’s third
goal. Duffin with the long diagonal
towards Clarke with the Ballycastle man deflecting the sliotar into the path of
McCambridge who finished with aplomb.
Antrim were in cruise control after the opening quarter and
when McNaughton raised white flags either side of Shane Boland’s first point of
the match for the home side, the Saffrons held a 14 point lead going into the
Having played superbly up to that point, Campbell was sent
off for what referee James Connor’s deemed dangerous use of his hurl after
consultation with his umpire. Antrim
reshuffled and while Mayo raised flags through Boland and midfielder Daniel
Huane either side of Nicky McKeague’s second of the match, Antrim’s fourth goal
all but sealed the points in the 33rd minute. O’Neill collecting a long ball from Conor
McCann and passed to Elliott in space.
Mayo ‘keeper Lenaghagn guessed right with his attempt to save but he
deflected the sliotar over the line.
Antrim finished the half on top with Clarke, McNaughton
(free) and McCambridge all splitting the uprights in response to Boland’s third
free of the half to give the Saffrons a 19 point lead at the interval.
Antrim did struggle to find their flowing game that was so
prevalent in the first half after the restart.
Unsurprising with the home side having the wind and numerical
advantage. Mayo hit the opening two
scores of the second with a long range free from Coyne and Boland before good
work by McCann allowed McKeague to get the Saffrons underway once more in the
10th minute of the second half.
Eanna Ryan and McKeague swapped points to keep the Antrim
lead at 18 points before Elliott’s red card.
Once again it was Connor’s umpires who alerted him to the challenge with
the Donegal official sending Elliott off, much to the bewilderment of the
Dunloy man and the Antrim management team.
Neal Peden and his backroom team were forced into another
reshuffle and while Mayo struck the next score thanks to another Boland free,
Antrim sealed the win with their fifth goal.
Another long ball aimed towards O’Neill who was being heavily marked by
the Mayo defence after his first half antics.
‘Sammy’ managed to squeeze the sliotar into the path of McNaughton and
the Loughgiel man did the rest. Holding
off the challenge of two Mayo defenders, McNaughton danced his way through
before innovatively striking the sliotar to the back of the net.
Antrim made light of their numerical disadvantage in the 15
minutes that remained. McNaughton
continued to fill his boots scoring three points (two frees) with substitute
James O’Connell adding his name to the list of Antrim scorers while Mayo’s
reply came through Coyne, Cormac Phillips and two Boland frees.
A resounding and confidence boosting victory for the
Saffrons after their indifferent start to the 2019 league. Next up, a home match with the Exiles in a
Elliott; Phelim Duffin, John Dillon, Stephen Rooney; Eoghan Campbell, Matthew
Donnelly, Simon McCrory; Donal McKinley, Nicky McKeague (0-4, 1f); Nigel
Elliott (2-00), James McNaughton (1-9, 7f’s), Ryan McCambridge (1-1); Eoin
O’Neill (0-1), Conor McCann (0-1), Ciaran Clarke (1-1).
Subs: Conor Boyd
for S McCrory (HT); Conor Patterson for J Dillon (55); James O’Connell (0-1,
1f) for C Clarke (55); Conor Laverty for N McKeague (58); Sean Duffin for J
Yellow Cards: J
Red Card: Eoghan
Campbell (26); N Elliott (49).
Lenaghan; Conor Murray, Conor Daly, John Gerraghty; Padraig O’Flynn, Stephen
Coyne (0-2, 2f’s), Cathal Freeman; Daniel Huane (0-1), David Kenny; James
Gallagher (0-1), Eanna Ryan (0-1), Patrick Kiely; Shane Boland (0-7, 6f), Sean
Regan, Eoin Delaney.
Subs: Conor Henry
for J Geraghty (HT); Brian Hunt for P Kiely (HT); Bobby Douglas for J Gallagher
(50); Cormac Phillips (0-1) for E Delaney (53); Corey Scahill for C Freeman
Yellow Cards: E
Ryan (14); S Boland (30); S Regan (68).
Antrim team manager Neal Peden has made three changes to the for Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A game with Mayo in Ballina.
The Saffrons boss has brought Eoghan Campbell, Donal McKinley and Ryan McCambridge into the starting line up as Conor McHugh, Keelan Molloy and Kevin Rice step down to the bench. Campbell comes in at right half back with Matthew Donnelly moving to the centre of defence in a swap with Simon McCrory. Loughgiel’s Donal McKinley comes into midfield to partner Nicky McKeague with team captain Conor McCann moving to full forward. Cushendall’s Ryan McCambridge comes in at left half forward with James McNaughton again leading the attack on the ’40’ and Nigel Elliott on the right wing. McCann is partnered up front by Eoin O’Neill and Ciaran Clakre.
Antrim (Allianz HL v Mayo): Ryan Elliott; Stephen Rooney, John Dillon, Phelim Duffin; Eoghan Campbell, Matthew Donnelly, Simon McCrory; Donal McKinley, Nicky McKeague; Nigel Elliott, James McNaughton, Ryan McCambridge; Eoin O’Neill, Conor McCann, Ciaran Clarke.
Subs: Kurtis McGreevy, Conor Patterson, Sean Duffin, Conor Boyd, James O’Connell, Conor Laverty, Conor McHugh, Joe Maskey, Neil McManus, Keelan Molloy, Tomas O’Ciaran.
A belated look back to last Sunday’s win in Trim by the Antrim hurlers and thanks to Justin McCormick a look at the three goals which were to prove crucial in the end. Antrim got away to a flyer when when Keelan Molloy found Ciaran Clarke and the Ballycastle man sent James McNaughton in for a goal in the opening minute. Clarke was involved in the second one as well when he picked up a loose ball after Keelan Molloy contested a high dropping ball with two Meath defenders. Clarke off loaded to Eoin O’Neill who fired the ball to the net. For the third one Clarke was the recipient this time as ‘Sammy’ found his Dunloy team mate Nigel Elliott who cleverly back flicked the ball to Clare who pulled the ball on the ground past the Meath keeper.