Cloney men running into form in division 2

ACHL Division 2

Cloney Gaels 2-24 Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 0-10

Cloney Gaels followed up last Friday’s Abbey Cup success with a good home win over visitors, Eoghan Ruadh in Ahoghill on Wednesday night and after a couple of early season setbacks the newly promoted Ahoghill side looked to have established themselves in division 2.

Those early season defeats included a one point loss to St. Enda’s and fairly heavy losses to Creggan and Glenariffe but as players have returned from injury the Cloney band wagon has gathered momentum and pace.

After falling behind to an early Damian Casey point the Cloney side responded through points from Owen Neeson, James O’Connell but the Tyrone men, who have been going well this season kept in touch with the sides level after 12 minutes.

Cloney Gaels should have been ahead however at this stage but the Eoghan Ruadh net-minder pulled off an excellent save to deny Ronan Graham in the 10th minute. Pearse Downey hit a couple of points to edge the home side ahead and they stepped it up a gear in the second quarter.

Owen Neeson, who had an excellent hour for the Ahoghill side led the way with three points and he added a goal in the 25th minute while James O’Connell (0-2), Ronan Graham and PJ O’Connell all found the target to leave Hugh Dobbin’s side 1-12 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

Owen Graham, PJ O’Connel (0-2) and the impressive Neeson extended the Cloney lead further at the start of the second half and while the visitors continued to battle hard they had no answer to the slick movement of the home side.

The scores started to flow freely as Fionnbar O’Neill, Owen Neeson and three on the trot from James O’Connell put matters out of reach for the visitors by the 50th minute and then PJ O’Connell looked in for his side’s second goal but was denied by an excellent point blank save by the Eoghan Ruadh custodian.

James O’Connell had taken over as scorer in chief in the closing stages and he added two more with PJ concluding the home side’s scoring with two more to leave Cloney Gaels convincing winners by 20 points.

Cloney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Diarmaid Graham, Bernard Graham, Sean McMahon, James Magee, Neil O’Connell, Eamon Brady, Francis Neeson, Donal Graham, Donach Graham, James O’Connell, Owen Neeson, Ronan Graham, Pearse Downey, Dan O’Neill. Subs: Owen Graham, Fionnbar O’Neill, Dominic Neeson, James McMeel, Stephen O’Connell.

First half goals pave the way for convincing St. Enda’s victory

ACFL Division 2

St. Brigid’s 2-15 St. Enda’s 4-18

Goals from Ruairi Donaghy, Joe Maskey, Matthew O’Hare and Jason Higgins paved the way for a convincing victory by visitors St. Enda’s over a St. Brigid’s side lacking in confidence in Cloughmills tonight.

St. Enda’s made a lighting start and took control from early in the contest with three points from Cormac Jennings and goals from Donaghy and Maskey putting them in the driving seat as early as the eighth minute when they led by 2-3 to 0-1 with Liam Kearns getting St. Brigid’s only point.

Left with a mountain to climb the home side battled hard but a third goal from Matthew O’Hare, four minutes from half time left them trailing by 3-9 to 0-6 at the short whistle and even at this stage it looked as good as over.

Liam Kearns accounted for three of St. Brigid’s first half points from the placed ball and two from Aaron Smylie and one from a sublime side-line cut by Conor Laverty accounted for the Cloughmills total while Cormac Jennings struck half a dozen for the Hightown side.

St. Brigid’s fared much better after the break while never really looking like closing the gap as Liam Kearns got their opening point before Killian Jennings and Cormac Jennings responded for ‘Sambo’ McNaughton’s side.

Aaron Smylie pulled one back for the Cloughmills side but St. Brigid’s kept their momentum going with points from Ruairi Donaghy, substitute Jason Higgins and Cormac Jennings to extend their lead at the end of the third quarter.

The exchanges were fairly even at this stage with Conor Laverty, Liam Kearns and Eoin Dobbin firing over points for the home side in response to points from Cormac Jennings and Rory Crummey. A goal from Liam Kearns and an Eoin Dobbin point briefly gave the home side some hope but when Jason Higgins fired to the net at the other end it was all over.

St. Brigid’s did keep going to the end and were rewarded by a late goal from substitute Michael Reid but this score was very much a consolation score and St. Brigid’s now find themselves sitting pointless at the bottom of the league with neighbours Armoy who are also pointless after tonight’s defeat to Sarsfields.

St. Enda’s will be delighted with tonight’s performance which leaves them handily placed in third place behind Sarsfields and league leaders Creggan. They were strong all over the field with Matthew O’Hare, Ruairi Diamond, Edward O’Connor, Joe Maskey, Cormac Jennings and Ruairi Donaghy their best performers on the night.

St. Brigid’s: Chris McKiernan, Aaron McGuckin, James Doherty, Steven Martin, Geoffery Og Laverty, Ruairi Laverty, Michael Devlin, Johnny Duffin, Michael Morrison, Eoin Dobbin, Joseph Smyth, Aaron Smylie, Steven Smyth, Conor Laverty, Liam Kearns. Subs: Michael Reid

St. Enda’s: Martin Curran, Niall O’Connor, Rian Gillen, Ruairi Diamond, Matthew O’Hare, Edward O’Connor, Joe Maskey Ryan Bogue, Cormac Jennings, Ruairi Donaghy, John McGoldrick, Dermot Maguire, Philip Curran, Killian Jennings Subs: Jason Higgins, Daniel Lowry, Aidan McGowan

Referee: Gerry Cosgrove (Glenariffe)

Two wins in a week for St. Enda’s

ACHL Division 2

Naomh Eanna 5-17 Oisin Glenariffe 2-10

On a beautiful evening for hurling, a perfect surface in a perfect setting, Páirc Éanna had it all on Wednesday evening. Both team s have clashed over the years and as usual and always we were not disappointed.

Coming off a physical encounter with the Tír Eoghan team, Eoghan Ruadh in division two on Sunday, that encounter finished: – Naomh Éanna: 2-14 Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 0-13

This came after a defeat at Páirc na Bear, with na Sairsealaigh, who ran out ten point winners at the beginning of May, however Sambo relishes a challenge, training intensifies and gameplay improves, hence a win in Tír Eoghan and another at home on Wednesday night against Glenariffe.

The official score was recorded as Naomh Éanna 5-17, Glenariffe Oisin CLG 2-10, with all of the front six forwards and, mid field and the half back line contributing, the tally of scores totalled 32point in the end

The next game is against Cloughmills and with Creggan and Carey still to come, it leaves the next three games a mouth-watering prospect for the summer.

 Naomh Éanna:- 1, Marty Curran, 2, Niall O’Connor, 3, Rian Gillen, 4, Ruairí Diamond, 5, Cormac Ross, 6, Mark Donaghy, 7, Matthew O’Hare, 8, Joe Maskey, 9, Ryan Bogue, 10, Jason Higgins, 11, Ruairí Donaghy, 12, Cormac Jennings, 13, Diarmuid Maguire, 14, Philly Curran, 15, Killian Jennings

Creggan good value for their win

All County Hurling League Division 2

Carey Faughs. 0-12 Creggan 0-19

Creggan were well worth their seven point victory at St Patrick’s Park, Ballyvoy on Wednesday evening when the men from the Loughshore maintained their unbeaten run in Division 2 of the All County Hurling League with a win over Carey Faughs.

The opening quarter was fairly even with Creggan opening the scoring with a Kevin Small point, the home side got into their stride and went two ahead with scores from Fiachra McVeigh, James Black and a fine point from Conor McBride after collecting a long Cathal McAuley sideline cut. Further points from the visitors through Rory McCann (3) and one each from Oran and Conor McCann stretches their lead to three before a James Black free left a two point lead for a very good Creggan side after the first quarter.

Creggan were now getting the upper hand and built up a lead they would never relinquish, with a further two points from Oran McCann and two Conor McCann points. Carey replied with points from Gerard McBride and Cathal McAuley, to leave their team’s halftime deficit to four (0-10 to 0-6).

After the resumption the Carey comeback appeared on as two points from James Black and one each from Shea Hunter and Martin Hunter left the sides level with thirty seven minutes played.

After a break in play for an injury, the visitors appeared to gain the initiative though, with three Oran McCann points from frees and two Kevin Small points to leave them five ahead with forty five minutes gone. Carey were now struggling to stay in the game with both Oran and Conor McCann pointing for the visitors the opened up a gap..

Matt Hunter and Cathal McAuley pulled a couple of points back for Carey’s, but they were to be the only two scores in the last quarter, and when the full time whistle was sounded Creggan had seven to spare 0-19 to 0-12.

Pics by Ann Gillan AG Photography

Carey scores:

Cathal McAuley 0-2

James Black 0-4

Conor McBride 0-1

Fiachra McVeigh 0-1

Martin Hunter 0-2

Gerard McBride 0-1

Shea Hunter 0-1

Creggan scores

Oran McCann 0-8

Conor McCann 0-3

Ruairi McCann 0-4

Aidan McKeown 0-2

Thomas McCann 0-1

McKernan brothers run riot at Whitehill.

ACHL Div. 2

Tír na nÓg 0.13 (13)

Sarsfields 1.26 (29)

Arriving at Whitehill this evening Sarsfields entered the fray as firm favourites after recording 5 wins from 5 starts and they stayed on course for the division 2  title as the two McKernan brothers; Kevin and Daniel ran riot, leaving Tír na nÓg chasing their tails.

With a 7 point advantage built up at half time and the McKernan brothers scoring 12 out of 13 points they were well on their way for their sixth win from six games. Tír na nÓg could count themselves lucky that the half time score had only 7 points between them as Sarsfields shot 10 wides in the opening 30 minutes.

Kevin Sheerin opened the scoring with a well taken point, but Sarsfield’s responded with two scores through star man Daniel McKernan. Pearse Sheerin got the fourth score of the game opening his shoulders and landing a score from distance. This was quickly cancelled out by 3 more Daniel McKernan points, Tír na nÓg were struggling to live with him at this early stage of the game. Ciaran McKeown pulled a score back for the home side before Kevin McKernan got in on the act scoring a 21meter sideline cut. The two McKernans spilt the posts again before Darragh McGuiness at mid field pointed for the ‘Paddies’.

Tír na nÓg were coceeding frees inside scoring range and the in form Daniel McKernan was making no mistake with his placed balls, scoring his 7th point of the game with 22 minutes played. The Sheerin brothers Pearse and Kevin pulled two points back for the blues before Kevin McKernan pointed from within his own half. Before the short whistle Daniel McKernan struck two more points, one from play and one from a free. Kevin Sheerin got the last point of the half leaving 7 points the margin.

The trend continued in the second half and shortly after the restart Daniel McKernan had two more scores on the board. Ciaran Logan struck back with a point of his own before Sarsfield’s keeper David Ward was called upon as he saved an Eamon Óg McAllister effort on his chest. Sarsfield’s broke up the field, no surprise who ended up on the end of the score but only Daniel McKernan. Centre half forward Tomas Doherty, Darragh McGuiness and Caolan McKernan tagged further points on the board for the visitors to extend their lead to 12 points.

The nightmare was far from over for the home side. McKernan got another score before Malachy Duffin hit his first free over the bar. Sarsfields changed things up and introduced Niall McDonald and Malachy Campbell into the forward line. Ciaran O’Neill and Caillin Caldwell traded scores before Malachy Duffin landed his second free of the evening.

Daniel McKernan who scored 1-12 in Sarsfields win over Tir na nÓg

Kevin McKernan got his fourth of the game before Ciaran Logan and Aaron McNeilly tried to reduce the deficit. With 5 minutes remaining Kevin McKernan pointed after a fine pass from Daniel. Not being content with a handful of points McKernan went direct and put the nail in the coffin by scoring a major. Stephen Carey got the last score for the home side before Darragh McGuiness, Kevin McKernan and Niall McDonald signed off on another win for Sarsfields taking their point tally to 12 and doing a lot of good for their score difference.

Tír na nÓg

1. K. Kerr 2. B. Kerr 3. Ryan. O’Neill 4. T. Martin 5. M.Higgins  6. Ronan O’Neill 7. C. Fitzgerald 8. C. Duffin 9. C. McKeown 10. P. Sheerin 11. K. Sheerin 12. C. Logan 13. E. Og McAllister 14. M. Duffin 15. A. McNeilly 16. R. Graham 17. N. Shannon 18. S. Carey 19. C. O’Neill 20. D. Martin 21. E. Martin

Subs: S. Carey for K. Sheerin (34- inj), C. O’Neill for M. Higgins (38mins), N. Shannon for C. Fitzgerald (41mins), M. Higgins for M. Duffin (59mins – inj)

Scorers: K. Sheerin (0.3- 1 free), P. Sheerin (0.2), C. McKeown (0.1), C. Logan (0.2), M. Duffin (0.2- 2 frees), C. O’Neill (0.1), A. McNeilly (0.1), S. Carey (0.1)

Sarsfields

1. D. Ward 2. J. Daniels 3. J. Cunningham 4. K. Ward 5. N. McAlea 6. C. Caldwell 7. J. McKernan 8. K. McKernan 9. D. McGuiness 10. C. McKernan 11. T. Doherty 12. D. McKernan 13. G. Lennon 14. R. Carson 15. A. Stewart 16. P. Carson 17. M. Campbell 18. N. McDonald 19. G. McKernan

Subs: N. McDonald for T. Doherty (45mins), M. Campbell for R. Carson (45mins)

Scorers: D. McKernan (1.12- 4 frees), K. McKernan (0.7), D. McGuiness (0.3), T. Doherty (0.1), C. McKernan (0.1), C. Caldwell (0.1), N. McDonald (0.1)

Pics by Bert Trowlen