Rossa take the points at St Enda’s

 Antrim Hurling League Division One


Naomh Éanna 1-16 O’Donovan Rossa 2-17

Rossa travelled out to glengormley on Wednesday evening and after a hard battle with Naomh Eanna, and the elements, came away with a five point win. Trailing by two points at half time after having faced a gale force wind, Rossa appeared to be in a strong position, and so it proved but having said that it took two second half goals from James Connolly to get them over the line.

The home team had first use of the wind but they fell behind to a Aodhán O’Brien point before getting on terms with a well taken point from Cormac Jennings. Mick Armstrong restored the Rossa lead but the home team were starting to find their range and Rian Bogue fired over two points to put them back in front. However Rossa were sticking with their opponents and when just two points separated the sides at half time they knew they were in a strong position. (0-11 to 0-9)

It appeared that Rossa would pull away when they got the breeze at their backs, but Naomh Eanna were resilient and the Shaw’s Road men were made to work for their scores.  Points from James Connolly and Eoin Trainor got them back on terms ten minutes into the second period. Connolly’s opening goal, a great solo effort, came soon afterwards and gave Rossa their first real advantage, but the next four points were shared. Cormac Ross sent over a point from a free to leave just two points between the sides but with eight minutes of normal time to play Connolly struck for his second goal. Aodhan O’Brien pointed to pull the visitors six clear, and though Cormac Jennings did grab a late goal for the home side, it was too late to effect the overall result.

 NAOMH ÉANNA: M Curran; M O’Hare (0-1), R Gillan, D Maguire; C Ross (0-3, 2 frees), R Bogue (0-1), M Mullan; L O’Connor (0-2), O Kennedy (0-1); C Jennings (1-5, 0-2 frees), M McGivern (0-2), B Cormican; K Jennings (0-1 free), R Donaghy, R Edgar.
Subs: N McGivern for M McGivern (22), O Maguire for D Maguire (28), M McGivern for N McGivern (38), E Jennings for M McGivern (52).

ROSSA: P Crean; C Boyle, C McGuinness, C Orchin; Stephen Shannon (0-1), A Kenneally, E Trainor (0-1); C McGettigan, Seaghan Shannon; A Orchin, M Armstrong (0-1), A O’Brien (0-11, 7 frees, 1 65); M McEnhill, S Beatty (0-1), J Connolly (2-3).
Subs: D Rogan for C McGettigan (39), D Rocks for A Orchin (46), C McParland for M Armstrong (60), R O’Neill for S Beatty (60+1).

Shamrocks on song as they pick off the scores against St John’s

Antrim Hurling League Division 1

Loughgiel 6-22 St John’s 0-13

Loughgiel produced a dazzling display at Fr Healy Park on Wednesday evening to run up a massive score and beat visitors St John’s by 27 points. On a night not ideal for hurling the Shamrocks could do nothing wrong, hitting cores from all angles.

There was little between the sides in the opening ten minutes with points from Ciaran Johnston (2) and Conor Hand answering scores from the home side through Christy ‘Bicky’ McGarry (2), Eddie McCloskey and Declan McGarry to leave just a point between the sides. That was a as good as it got for the Johnnies however as Loughgiel started to pile on the scores, making good use of the gale force win. Michael McGarry started it with a goal on 12 minutes and five points followed without reply to put them 1-9 to 0-3 ahead by the 16th minute.

Colm McFall pulled one back for St John’s but the Shamrocks were on fire and two further goals from Paul Boyle and ‘Bicky’ McGarry helped them to a 3-16 to 3-16 to 0-12 lead at the break.

An understrength St John’s side faced a mammoth task at the side re-emerged for the second half and that task got even harder when Michael McGarry got his second goal inside two minutes. Three points on the trot from Paddy Nugent, Micheal Dudley and Ciaran Johnston steadied the ship a little for the Corrigan Park side, but Loughgiel hit back with a fifth goal from centre forward Ciaran McKay, and when Declan Gillan got their sixth there was no way back for St John’s.

Johnnies stay unbeaten as the Emmet’s visit Corrigan

Antrim Hurling League Division 1

St John’s 1-31 Cushendun 0-13

Cushendun’s first visit to Corrigan Park for quite a few years turned out to be a baptism of fire for the Emmet’s as they were put to the sword by a slick moving Johnnies side who stay unbeaten with four wins out of four. The visitors fared well in the first half but once they hit their stride the Johnnies pulled away to win with ease.

The Emmet’s started well enough and after centre back Paddy Nugent and corner forward Dannan McKeogh put St John’s ahead they came back with three of their own through Calum Kilgore and two from Conlaoth McNeill to take the lead after seven minutes.

Ciaran Johnston brought the home team level and Ruairi Galbraith and Oisin McManus pushed them ahead again, but Cushendun responded well again as Donal O’Hara fired two over and Calum Kilgore added another to keep their noses ahead midway through the half. However St John’s were beginning to get on top and three on the spin from Ciaran Johnston, Ruairi Galbraith and Shea Shannon gave them a lead they were never to lose.

Peter McCallin and ‘loaf’ McNeill exchanged points with eight minutes to go in the opening half, but St John’s finished strongly and pushed on to lead by 0-14 to 0-6 at half time.

Three in the first five minutes of the second half from Shea Shannon and one from Oisin McManus stretched the lead to eleven, before David Kilgore pointed another free to cut it back to ten. Cushendun had a good little spell where the Kilgore brothers David and Harry, plus free taker Conlaoth McNeill sent over points, but the Johnnies were moving well and the scores kept coming at the other end.

Johnston, McCallin and McKeogh fired over and after Conor McHugh pulled one back for the Emmet’s Mickey Kiely, CJ McKenna, Ruairi Galbraith and Oisin McManus got in on the act before Shane Dunne fires to the net to complete another good day for the Corrigan Park men

St John’s

  1. Colm McFall

2 -Louis Boyd

3 – Jack Bohill

4 – Odhran Carelton

5 – Mikey Kiely

6 – Pádraig Nugent

7 – CJ McKenna

8 – Shea Shannon

9 – Shane Dunne

10 – Oisín MacManus

11 – Ciaran Johnston

12 – Peter McCallin

13 – Ruairi Galbraith

14 – Ferghal MacManus

15 – Dannan McKeogh

Cushendun Emmets
1 – Gareth Magee
2 – Pearse Bannon
3 – Aidan Corbett
4 – Jack McKay
5 – Cavan McCormick
6 – Conor McHugh (Smiley)
7 – Thomas Scally
8 – David Kilgore
9 – Callum Kilgore
10 – Leo Morgan
11 – Donald O’Hara
12 – John V Morgan
13 – Aidan McSparron
– Harry Kilgore
15 – Michael McHugh



Rossa’s late rally get them over the line

Antrim Senior Hurling Division One


O’Donovan Rossa 2-19 Ballycran 0-22

Rossa got their first win of this season’s league campaign when they beat Ballycran on Sunday at Rossa Park. The Ards men will feel that this is one that got away, for they looked to be the better team for long periods, but Rossa’s ability to take their chances down the home straight proved decisive in the end.

Ballycran appeared to be in a strong position approaching half time but they squandered a series of chances and should have had a much bigger lead than the 0-12 to 0-9 advantage they enjoyed.  

Ballycran started well and Phelim Savage and Chris Egan had them two clear early on, though Ciaran Orchin pulled one back for Rossa. Further points from Liam Savage and Conor Gilmore stretched their lead and though Seaghan Shannon pulled one back for the home side the gap got bigger as Cormac McAlister, Scott Nicholson and Chris Egan split the posts. At this stage it looked like the men from the Ards would have the game wrapped up by the break, but Rossa kept battling and by the time referee Kevin Parke sounded the half time whistle there was just three points between the sides.

Ballycran stretched the lead early in the new half but an Aodhan O’Brien long delivery, which deceived the visitors goalkeeper, ended up in the back of the net and Rossa were back in the game. However the Down men settled into a rhythm again and hit four unanswered points to go 0-19 to 1-11 clear with just ten minutes left to play.   

However Rossa dug deep in those last ten minutes and Murray and Shannon sent over points. The home seed pushed on and were two clear. It still looked anybody’s game but the Rossa defence repelled anything Ballycran threw at them and a late point from a Seaghan Shannon 65 sealed the win.  

ROSSA: P Crean; C Boyle, C McGuinness, C Shannon; Stephen Shannon (0-2), A Kennealy, C Orchin (0-1); Seaghan Shannon (0-5, 1 free, 1 65), E Trainor; A Orchin (0-3), A O’Brien (2-1), J Connolly (0-1 free); D Rocks, S Beatty, M McEnhill (0-4).
Subs: R Murray (0-1) for C Shannon (25), D Rogan (0-1) for D Rocks (HT), C McGettigan for J Connolly (HT), P Short for A Orchin (55), C McParland (60)

BALLYCRAN: D Ennis; M Hughes, S Ennis, R Brown; A Dorrian, GHughes, L Boyd; C Gilmore (0-1), P Savage (0-5, 2 frees); L Savage (0-3), P Hughes, C McAllister (0-2); N Breen, C Egan (0-4), S Nicholson (0-6, 4 frees).
Subs: A Gleeson for N Breen (HT), E Bell (0-1) for A Dorrian (45).

REFEREE: Kevin Parke (Naomh Éanna)

Johnnies top after 3 rounds

ACHL Division 1

St. Enda’s 3-11 St. John’s 2-16

St. John’s find themselves top of division 1 of the ACHL division 1 after three rounds of games with wins over Rossa, Ballycran and St. Enda’s on Sunday past at Hightown.

It’s early days of course with Ballycastle and Loughgiel handily placed in second and third spot with two wins from two starts and of course leagues are not decided in early May and these positions are likely to change as the season progresses.

St. John’s will be pleased to their start to the season however and the Corrigan Park side, who have performed well in the championship in recent years will be hoping to build on this early season start.

They didn’t get it all their own way at St. Enda’s and were made to work for their win over a home side who are pointless after three starts but showed enough to suggest they are capable of climbing up the table.

Reports from some of these games have become difficult to get unless one of our team is actually at the game and we would appeal to club P.R.O’s to send us reports from their games or even teams and stats so as we can put something together ourselves.

Send your reports or stats and teams to ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk or john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk

We were fortunate to have a good friend of the Saffron Gael, JJ Lawell at the St. Enda’s v St. John’s game and today we include a selection of his excellent photographs from Sunday’s encounter at Hightown.