Carey take the points in derby thriller

CAREY 3-17. Oisins 4-10

By Molly McGee

Pics by Ann Gillan of AG Photography

This game had everything, scores galore, some fierce competitive battles and lots of good hurling. Carey started off in a determined mode, anxious to put their earlier defeat by Sarsfields behind them and by half time they were 2-10 to 1-5 ahead against an in form Oisins side.

From the throw-in Caolan McCaughan immediately found his range with a Carey point and two further points from James Black left the home side three clear before Conor Patterson pointed for the visitors. Another McCaughan point was answered by Glenariff with points from Seamus McDonnell and Aaron Cosgrove.

With little between the sides Paul McDonnell took full advantage of a Carey defensive lapse to fire past Dylan McMullan to give the visitors the lead on the 15th minute but the game was to take a further turn within the next five minutes as Carey added a further 2-2 to the scoreboard, two points from the “Rocket” on either side of goal double by Fiachra McVeigh. Seamus McDonnell and Micky Gettins kept the Waterfoot men in touch, but two points from James Black and one from Martin Hunter left the Faughs 2-10 to 1-5 ahead at the short whistle.

The second half started similar to the first, with the brilliant James ‘rocket’ Black knocking over his seventh point. A Glenariff comeback with the breeze advantage started with an Alex O’Boyle point which was followed immediately with a converted penalty from the same player, to reduce the arrears to six. With the Oisins now in full flow two goals in three minutes from Seamus McDonnell and Paul McDonnell left the sides level on the 50th minute and smart money at this stage would have been on the visitors.

However Carey found another gear with Paddy Gillan and Black giving them the lead again but Alex O’Boyle and Paul McDonnell we’re proving to be a handful for the Carey Defence, in which James McCuaig was outstanding with Mick McVeigh.

Two Carey points from Martin Hunter, and a Glenariff point from the classy O’Boyle left the sides level going into injury time.

Disaster was to strike for the Oisins in the 63rd minute. Carey’s Paddy Gillan had his shot well saved by Seanan McToal in the Oisin’s goal only for the Rocket to flick the rebound to the Oisins net before sealing the deal with a brilliant long range  insurance point.

CAREY: Dylan McMullan, Peter Murphy, Sean McBride, Colm Mcbride, Michael McVeigh, James McQuoaig, Peadar McVeigh, Patrick Butler, Caolan McCaughan, Sean Mcloughlin, John McBride, James Black, Fiachra McVeigh, Martin Hunter, Patrick Gillan.

OISINS: Seanan McToal, Niall Murray, Randal McDonnell, Michael Haughey, Shane O’Connor, Conor Patterson, Ciaran McKendry, Daniel Haughey, Michael Gettins, Dan McKillop, Semaus McDonnell, Thomas Quinn, Alex O’Boyle, Tom McDonnell, Aaron Cosgrove.

REFEREE: Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)

Pics by Ann Gillan – A.G. Photography

Late goals kill Tir na nOg comeback

Tír na nÓg 1.13 (16)

St. Enda’s 3.19 (28)

Report: Aimee McAtamney

Photographs: JJ Lawell

A large crowd gathered on Sunday evening at Whitehill Park to watch Tír na nÓg and St. Enda’s in the second round of the All County Hurling League Division2. St Enda’s, who now have former All Star Terence McNaughton at the helm, dominated the first half and went in 10 points to the good at half time. Tír na nÓg came out fighting in the second half and brought the deficit back to 4 points heading into injury time, however corner forward Dermot Maguire and centre half forward Ruairi Donaghy brought Whitehill’s hope to an end when they found the back of the net with just minutes remaining.

Kevin Sheerin’s 4 points in the opening 30 minutes were all that the home side could manage as Tír na nÓg struggled to find their rhythm. St. Enda’s dominated all over the park and dictated the pace of play while the home side failed to get to grips. Jennings struck the first point of the game followed by Kevin Sheerin for the home side. St. Enda’s then took control and hit the next nine scores (1.8) before Tír na nÓg would register their second score.

Ryan Bogue got the visitors second point of the game from midfield and Philly Curran caught a ball straight from the puc out and stroked it leisurely over the bar. Jennings struck his first dead ball of the game after 9 minutes. A trio of points from Conor McSteen, Brendan Cormican and Ryan Bogue extended the St. Enda’s lead to six points, and in the 17th minute Cormac Ross got the score of the game when he put the ball between the black spot from 80metres out from goal. Jennings then brought his tally to 3 points when he hit a free over the bar before setting up Ruairi Donaghy who slotted home the Hightown men’s first goal.

Tír na nÓg were struggling for answers, Aaron McNeilly drove at the visitors defence twice and was taken down; Kevin Sheerin stepped up and knocked both balls over the bar. Jennings and Sheerin exchanged frees and Philly Curran got the last score of the half to leave the score 1.11 (14) to 0.4 (4) in favour of St. Enda’s.

After the short whistle Sheerin hit his fifth point of the game swiftly followed by one from Ciaran Logan. Jennings and Bogue furthered their tallies before Sheerin turned the puc-out over and split the posts again. With the game becoming more competitive and the home side getting to grips with the St. Enda’s attack Ciaran McKeown got a point and Kevin Sheerin converted a free after a foul on newly introduced substitute Ciaran O’Neill. Cormac Ross stepped forward and once again demonstrated long accurate striking, this time from a free from inside his own half. Ciaran O’Neill and Eamon Og McAllister brought new life to the Tír na nÓg attack and McAllister was trailed down for another free which Sheerin coverted with ease.

Four minutes later McAllister was driving in on goal only to be brought down again and after protests referee Vincent Boyle brought the free more central. Sheerin had only one thing on his mind, 25metres from goal and in a central position, he duly found the back of the net and reduced the deficit to 4 points. In what seemed like a shootout between Jennings and Sheerin, the St Enda’s man stroked over another free and Kevin Sheerin went deep into his own half and replied from a 70 meters, which made him top scorer, finishing with a tally of 1-9. Man of the match Cormac Ross hit his third score of the game, also from 70 metres, before Ciaran O’Neill then brought the game back to 4 points.

With 30 minutes of normal time played, the game headed into injury time. Tir na nOg still looked in with a shout of gaining something but, St. Enda’s shifted up a gear and put the game to bed with points from Jennings, McSteen and a second goal from corner forward Dermot Maguire, who got the slightest of touches from Mark Donaghy’s long puc in to finish the ball to the back of the net. Logan got one last point for the home side and Jennings hit a further free and danced past the Tír na nÓg defence to put the nail in the coffin with yet another goal which turned out to be the last play of the game after 8minutes of injury time. The men from Hightown head home with their second brace of points of the league campaign to move top of the division, but though they won this one comfortably Tir na nÓg made them work for their victory.

The next outings for both these teams is Easter Sunday, 21st April. St. Enda’s face Glen Rovers Armoy at home and Tír na nÓg travel to neighbours Creggan.

Tír na nÓg: 1. R. Graham 2. M. Higgins 3. K. Kerr 4. B. Kerr 5. T. Martin 6. R. O’Neill 7. C. Fitzgerald 8. C. Duffin 9. C. McKeown 10. E. Martin 11. K. Sheerin 12. S. Carey 13. C. Logan 14. P. Sheerin15. A. McNeilly 17. C. O’Neill 18. L. Carey 19. E. Og McAllister 20. N. Shannon 21. O. McAtamney 22. N. Devlin 23. R. O’Neill

Subs used: E. Og McAllister for P. Sheerin (21mins), C. O’Neill for E. Martin (39mins), R. O’Neill for S. Carey (50mins)

Scorers: K. Sheerin (1.9- 7 frees), C. Logan (0.2), C. Mckeown (0.1), C. O’Neill (0.1)

St. Enda’s: 1. J. McGoldrick 2. N. O’Connor 3. R. Gillan 4. M. McGivern 5. C. Ross 6. M. Donaghy 7. M. O’Hare 8. D. Lowry 9. R. Bogue 10. B. Cormican 11. R. Donaghy 12. C. McSteen 13. K. Jennings 14. P. Curran 15. D. Maguire

Scorers: K. Jennings (1.8- 7 frees), R. Bogue (0.3), P. Curran (0.2), C. McSteen (0.2), B. Cormican (0.1), C. Ross (0.3-2 frees), R. Donaghy (1.0), D. Maguire (1.0)

Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

Odhran points Kickham’s to second half comeback

ACHL Division 2 (round two)

Clooney Gaels 1-10 Kickham’s Creggan 1-22

A superb exhibition of marksmanship from wing half forward Odhran McCann hallmarked a second half revival from Creggan as they came from seven points in arrears at half time to cross the finish line twelve points ahead.

 In a game of the proverbial two halves McCann made an immense contribution, finishing the game with 0-14 points and proving unstoppable on the day.

The Clooney men had dominated the opening period, quicker to the ball on most occasions with Francis Neeson strong in the rear guard and Danny O’Neill to the fore in the offensive and they looked on the way to victory when a Pearce Downey goal aided them to a 1-09 to 0-05 interval advantage.

Little had separated the South West rivals in the opening phase and after county star Conor McCann opened account for the visitors,  Eoin Neeson made reply in kind at the other end a minute later.

Similarly when Conor Small was out in front to collect from Aiden Mc Keown to raise a 4th minute white flag Neeson was again quick to make reply.

The opening few minutes promised a close encounter between these keen South West rivals but after a strong intervention by the home side full back Francis Neeson and a long hoisted clearance opened the way for full forward Pearce Downey to find the net in the 8th minute Ahoghill began to take control.

Morgan Nelson grabbed a point back for the Kickham’s after Downey’s strike but the home side really upped the ante and their first time hurling with a strong intensity earned due reward and with Danny O’ Neill lording it on the right hand side they had earned a nine point lead, 1-09 to 0-03 by the 23rd minute.

Eoin Neeson, Danny O’Neill, and Ronan Graham raised white flags apiece to see the Clooney men move into a 1-05 to 0-03 advantage by the end of the opening quarter.

The Kickham’s just could not get a hold of the sliothar as the home side dominated in most departments with mid-fielder Martin Graham grabbing a couple of eye catching long range points and the impressive Danny O’ Neill adding another before Eoin Neeson despatched an 80 metre free between the uprights.

Creggan having looked very much second best for most of the half finished strongly and a long range Keelan McCann 26th minute point preceded another from Odhran McCann a few minutes later.

The late Mc Cann point was to reduce the deficit and see the home side take respite at 1-09 to 0-05 but the 29th minute white raised was to open a scoring spree which was to lengthen considerably in the second half.

Having concluded the opening period on the positive Creggan began the second thirty minutes in a similar mode and such was the velocity of the exit from the start traps they had raised a further five white flags in as many minutes.

A long range Aiden McKeown point despatched within a few seconds of resumption added impetus and as the home side came under increasing pressure Odhran McCann rose to fetch out on the right hand side before splitting the posts.

The Clooney lads looked to have lost their way as Conor McCann claimed a poor clearance to return post haste between the posts and struggling to regain composure the concession of back to back frees allowed Odhran McCann to add another couple.

The home side needed a score to aid morale which seemed to be evaporating quickly as the swagger of the opening period was gone but a fine Eoin Neeson point from 60 metres following a foul on mid-fielder ‘Bobby’ Magee in the 40th minute failed to have the desired effect.

Indeed it was to prove the last occasion that the home side would make a mark as Creggan led by the pin point accuracy of Odhran McCann went on to dominate the contest.

The Clooney men were struggling to get a hand on the sliotar as Creggan strode forward with a trio of unanswered McCann pointed frees from distance as the visitors drew abreast before a long range Aiden McKeown point edged them ahead 0-14 to 1-10 by the 42nd minute.

Odhran McCann continued to find the target as the Clooney resistance crumbled as he added a further five points from placed efforts in quick succession and when a Jake McAteer interception and clearance opened the way for Conor Small to find the net in the 25th minute the die was cast.

The home side were under strong fire and quite unable to make escape as their visitors turned the screw, adding further punishment as a late point from Conor McCann and a couple more from Odhran McCann saw them cross the line 1-22 to 1-10 ahead and the points secured.

Clooney Gaels: Patrick Graham, Stephen O’ Connell, Francis Neeson, Diarmuid Graham, Bernard Graham, Neil O’ Connell, Eamon Brady, James Magee, Martin Graham (0-02), Eoin Neeson (0-04), Donal Graham, Eoin Graham, Danny O’ Neill (0-02), Pearce Downey (1-00), Ronan Graham (0-02)

Subs:

Sean O’ Connell for E Graham (inj)

James Mc Meill for D Graham

Creggan: Eamon Long, Jake McAteer, Aodhan Maguire, Enda Maguire, Kevin Small, Ciaran Rice, Liam McCann, Keelan McCann (0-01), Aiden McKeown (0-02), Conor McCann (0-03), Thomas McCann, Odhran McCann (0-14), Conor Small (1-01), Michael Maguire, Morgan Nelson (0-01)

Subs:

Dannan O’ Hara for E Maguire

James Dougan for M Maguire

Martin Mc Cann for M Nelson

Daniel Mulholland for L Mc Cann

Ethan Small for J Mc Ateer

Referee B Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

Points shared at windy Dungannon

ACHL Division 2

DUNGANNON 0-12. KICKHAM’S 0-12

Photographs & Report: Joe Rice

KICKHAMS GOT THEIR DIVISION 2 HURLING LEAGUE CAMPAIGN UNDER WAY WITH AN AWAY TRIP TO DUNGANNON ON SUNDAY.

AS THE SOUTH WEST TEAM ARRIVED THE WEATHER CONDITIONS TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE,WITH A STRONG BREEZE AND HEAVEY RAIN SWEEPING ACROSS THE PITCH.

BOTH TEAMS STRUGGLED WITH THE DIFFICULT WEATHER CONDITIONS,CREGGAN HITTING THEIR FIRST THREE EFFORTS WIDE IN AS MANY MINUTES, BEFORE ORAN MCCANN FINALLY FOUND THE TARGET FOR THE VISITORS. ORAN MCANN WENT ON TO SCORE THE NEXT THREE POINTS UNANSWERED, ALL FROM THE PLACED BALL.

DUNGANON SHARP SHOOTER ,DAMIAN CASEY’S ABILITY TO SPLIT THE POSTS WAS TESTED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE HE FINALLY LANDED THE HOME SIDE’S FIRST POINT FROM A FREE, GIVING THE LARGE HOME SUPPORT SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT. 10 MINUTES INTO THE GAME, CREGGAN WERE 2 POINTS UP.

BOTH SIDES BATTLED ON, FINDING SCORES HARD TO COME BY. THE BALL WAS WON AND LOST AT REGULAR INTERVALS AND WHAT LITTLE  CHANCES THERE WERE FOR POINTS GOT BLOWN OFF COURSE.

AT THE SHORT WHISLE THE ANTRIM LADS LEAD 0.8 TO O.4, WITH ALL BUT ONE OF THESE SCORES COMING FROM THE PLACED BALL AND CASEY AND ORAN MCCANN WERE THE ONLY NAMES ON THE SCORE SHEET FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS.

CREGGAN’S MORGAN NELSON GOT PROCEEDINGS UNDER WAY IN THE SECOND HALF WITH HIS SIDE’S FIRST POINT FROM PLAY FROM TWENTY METRES OUT.

CONOR SMALL COULD THEN HAVE SEALED THE DEAL FOR THE VISITORS WHEN HE LOST HIS MARKER AND SHOT FOR GOAL BUT THE DUNGANNON KEERPER PULLED OFF A GREAT POINT BLANK SAVE.

WITH THE DUNGANON LADS NOW TRAILING BY FIVE POINTS THEY UPPED THEIR GAME AND BOTH TEAMS BECAME INCREASINLY PHYSICAL CAUSING THE REF TO TAKE ACTION AND HAND OUT SEVERAL YELLOW CARDS TO RESTORE ORDER.

CREGGAN WERE DELT A MAJOR BLOW WHEN THEIR MID FIELDER TEDDY MCKEOWN WAS SENT OFF FOLLOWING A SECOND YELLOW CARD.

SAM MAGUIRE AND CONOR MCCANN ADDED TWO POINTS FROM PLAY FOR THE VISITORS, AS DID TIERNAN MORGAN AND BEN GORMLEY FOR THE HOME SIDE BUT IT WAS ULTIMATELY THE FREE-TAKERS ON BOTH TEAMS KEEPING THE SCORE BOARD TICKING OVER.

DAMIAN CASEY NOTCHED UP THE NEXT FIVE SCORES, THREE FROM PLAY AND TWO FROM FREES,WHILST ORAN MCCANN ADDED A FURTHER TWO FROM FREES TO LEAVE BOTH SIDES LEVEL AS THEY ENTERED INJURY TIME.

WITH TIME RUNNING OUT, CASEY TOOK A HIGH BALL IN MID FIELD AND ALMOST BROKE THROUGH AND DESPITE STRONG PRESSURE FROM THE CREGGAN DEFENCE, HE STILL MANAGED TO PUT HIS SIDE ONE UP.

THE NEXT THREE BALLS WERE WON BY CREGGAN AND WHEN THEY CHARGED FORWARD, DUNGANON’S DEFENCE DID ALL IN THEIR POWER TO STOP THEM, HOWEVER THIS DEFENSIVE PRESSURE RESULTED IN THE HOME SIDE CONCEDING 3 FREES, MUCH TO THE FRUSTRATION OF THEIR MANAGEMENT.

MCCANN WAS UNFORTUNATE TO HAVE MISSED THE FIRST TWO FREES BUT MANAGED TO MAKE AMENDS BY SAILING THE FINAL PUCK OF THE GAME OVER THE BAR.

CREGGAN PANEL: EMMET LONG,JAKE MCATEER,CIARAN RICE,DANAAN OHARA,KEVIN SMALL,AIDAN MAGUIRE,LIAM M CANN,KEALAN MCCANN,AIDAN MCKEOWN,CONOR MCCANN,SAM MAGUIRE,ORAN MCCANN,CONOR SMALL,THOMAS MCCANN, MORGAN NELSON,MICHAEL MAGUIRE,ENDA MAGUIRE,DIARMUID MUHOLLAND,ETHAN CAREY SMALL,MARK MCCANN,OLIVER DUFFIN,JAMES DOUGAN,NIALL MCAULEY,EOGHAN GRANT

EOGHAN RUADH PANEL: DAMIAN CASEY,FEARGHAL DEVLIN,LORCAN DEVLIN.SHAUN DONAGHY,JOSH FERGUSON,PADRAIG HUGHES,DUIBHIR MARSHELL,MARK MCCRORY, PATRICK MCKILLION,PIARAS MCERLAIN,CONOR MCNALLY,TIERNAN MORGAN,CONOR COYLE,JOHN DEVLIN,RUAIRI DEVLIN,STEPHEN DONNELLY, BEN GORMLEY,PADRAIG MALLON,MATTHEW MCCANN,CIARAN MCCRUDDEN .PADRAIG MCHUGH,CATHAL MCERLEAN,PADRAIG MCNALLY,KIEFER MORGAN,MATTHEW  MULGREW ,BRAIN RUSHE,JACK TONER.

Oisins start with a big win

All county Hurling League Division 2

Oisins 3-14 Glen Rovers Armoy 0-9

Glenariffe Oisins made a good start to their league campaign when they beat North Antrim rivals Armoy in windy conditions in Waterfoot on Sunday. A good start to the game set them up well as they raced 1-5 to 0-0 clear after seven minutes and though Armoy closed to within six by half time the home side always had the breathing space they needed to seal the victory.

An Aaron Cosgrove point in the opening minute, followed by an Alex O’Boyle goal two minutes later laid the foundation, Two more from O’Boyle frees and one from play by Daniel Haughey saw them eight to the good before Johnny McErlain opened Armoy’s account in the 20th minute. The introduction of John ‘Rocky’ Dillon finally got the Glen Rovers men going and three more points from McErlain frees plus one from Rocky 2, Liam Dillon left them just six adrift at the break.  

Two early second half points from Liam Dillon and Tomas Burns left just four between the sides and Armoy were right back in contention, but a goal and a point inside a minute from Alex O’Boyle gave the initiative back to the Oisins. Liam Dillon pulled another point back for Armoy by Glenariffe finished much stronger and following points from Paul McDonnell and Alex O’Boyle, McDonnell banged in a goal before substitute Caolan O’Connor sealed the win with a well taken goal from a narrow angle.

Oisins

Seanin McToal, Michael Haughey, Randal McDonnell, Niall Murray, Kieran McKendry, Conor Patterson, Shane O’Connor, Michael Gettins, Daniel Haughey, Thomas Quinn, Seamus McDonnell, Dan McKillop, Alex O’Boyle, Paul McDonnell, Aaron Cosgrove.

Armoy

Timmy Burns, Shane Devlin, Joe McBride, Emmet O’Hara, Charles McCormick, Daniel McPeake, Arthur Devlin, Liam Dillon, Ciaran McErlain, Johnny McErlain, Trevor Linton, Eamon McCaughan, PJ McBride

Referee – Kevin Parke (Naomh Eanna)

Pics by Dylan McIlwaine