St. Gall’s starting to hit form


66O’Neill’s ACHL Division 2 – Round 6

Sun 17 Jun 2018 Páirc na nGall

Naomh Gall 2-18  Naomh Éanna 0-7

The gap since the last game in the league for both teams was over three weeks, it could be said that the time between games allows rest and recovery, but on the other hand upsets the rhythm of the squad and the team, the former applied to Naomh Gall and the latter applied to Naomh Éanna after Sundays Round six match of Antrim’s division two league. Naomh Éanna where on somewhat of a roll, beating Tír na nÓg, Glen Rovers and Naomh Bríd in the previous three matches, with favourites tags going into this match that idea was well and truly dispelled after the final score, back to the drawing board for the Hightown crew and onwards for Naomh Gall.

With Naomh Gall playing their usual game, the tried and tested formula, the youth of Naomh Éanna struggled at times to keep up with a Naomh Gall team that has a lot of miles in the legs, not alone the score ratio was poles apart but the wides were too!

Naomh Gall registered eighteen wides over the period of the match, with all front six, midfielders and some of the half back line getting forward to contribute.

The first score of the game was registered after seven minutes, it was a simple score from Naomh Gall. The immediate response from the visiting side was a converted free from John McGoldrick Minutes later Naomh Gall doubled their score to make it 0-2 to 0-1

It was mid-way through the first half that CJ McGourty wearing No.19 was introduced replacing the injured No.14.

Naomh Gall would punish all match long, as their free-taker made it three to one but St. Enda’s replied from two more frees from McGoldrick from the 65m and midfield to square the contest. Within minutes the home side raced into a three points lead and with twenty two minutes played they led 0-6 to 0-3. Captaen an foireann Naomh Éanna, Cormac Jennings made it six to four from a free and then John McGoldrick got the penultimate Naomh Éanna score of the half to keep his side in touch.

Brendan Toland indicated that four minutes of added time would be played and  both sides added scores, two for the Milltown side and one for the visiting side (to leave it 0-8 to 0-6 in favour of the Milltown men at the break.

St. Gall’s toke complete control at the start of the second half and hit ten unanswered points to put the result beyond doubt with twenty five minutes played.

At times, in the first and for the majority of the second, Naomh Éanna looked stunned and off the pace, first touch and hooking and blocking ratios were poor. Indeed they were completely reliant on John McGoldrick and Cormac Jennings  for their Six scores in the first half all from frees. One score in the second half from, Philly Curran, who lined out at centre three quarters was the only score from play in the whole match.

A forgettable result for na Fir Éanna but a boost for St. Gall’s who have been languishing in the lower reaches of the division but will have been boosted by this excellent result, scoring two goals and eighteen points with special mention of CJ McGourty, who scored two goals in a minute, four minute before the end.

Naomh Éanna

Martin Curran

Michael “Eggy” McNicholl

Matthew O’Hare

Michael McQuillan

Eddie O’Connor

Manus Mullan

Killian Jennings

Ruairí Donaghy

Cormac Jennings (0.01)

John McGoldrick (0.05)

Philly Curran (0.01)

Conor McSteen

Ollie Breen

Jason Higgins

Brendy Cormican

Referee: Brendan Toland  (Lamh Dhearg)


Cloughmills getting back on track

All County Hurling League – Division 2

Armoy 0-10 Cloughmills 3-7

Cloughmills recorded their third win of the season when they travelled to Armoy on Sunday and beat Glen Rovers by 3-7 to 0-10 and after a bad start to the season they appear to be getting things back on track. Even the most optimistic Biddies fan would concede that winning the league title is probably beyond them at this stage, but Sunday’s win puts them on 6 points in the league table, and considering that Sarsfields are in second place with 8 points, and that there is still another 8 games to play in the league campaign, promotion is certainly a possibility.

Armoy on the other hand have dropped down into the relegation zone with just three league points, one ahead of bottom placed Glenariffe, and though there is plenty of time to turn things around they would want to get a couple more wins under their belts before too long, just to ease the pressure.

Cloughmills started strongly on Sunday with three unanswered scores from centre forward Mickey Devlin. The first once came from a free, the second one from a sideline cut and the third, a goal, came from a penalty. That set them up nicely but Armoy came back strongly to grab four of the next five scores, three of them from Johnny McErlain and one from Trevor Linton, in reply to one from the visitors midfielder Conor Lavery

The third of McErlain’s points came on 23 minutes and cut the arrears back to two points, but Cloughmills took over again and finished the half strongly with points from Liam Kearns (2) and a goal from corner-forward Oggie Laverty to lead by 2-5 to 0-4 at half time.

When midfielder Conor Laverty fired in Cloughmills third goal just two minutes into the second half Armoy had a mountain to climb. To their credit they fought back well and between the 35th and 45th minutes they hit five unanswered points through a Trevor Linton (free), plus two from play by Tommy Burns and one apiece from Conor Christie and Johnny McErlain.

This cut the deficit to five with fifteen minutes still to play and they had a chance to close even further, but Owen Kinney’s penalty was saved by Chris McKiernan in the Cloughmills goal. That was as close as they would get and a late point from Cloughmill’s Mickey Devlin sent them home with the points.


1 – Tim Burns
2 – Arthur Devlin
3 – Cha McCormick
4 – Liam Dillon
5 – Daniel McPeake
6 – John Dillon
7 – Joe McBride
8 – Ciaran McErlain
9 – Tommy Burns
10 -PJ McBride
11 – Johnny McErlain
12 – Owen Kinney
13 -Connor Christie
14 – Trevor Linton
15 – Martin McErlain

Subs – Ciaran Mc Kenna  on: Martin McErlain


1 – Chris McKiernan

2 – Steven Martin

3 – John McGuckian

4 – Sean McKendry

5 – James Doherty

6 – Joseph Smyth

7 – Martin Dobbin

8 – Conor Laverty

9 – Stephen Smyth

10 – Aaron Smiley

11 – Mickey Devlin

12 – Eoin Dobbin

13 – Ruairi Laverty

14 – Liam Kearns

15 – Geoffrey Og Laverty

Referee – Paul McSparran (Emmet’s)

Tir na nOg beat Sars to get back in the promotion hunt

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 2

Tir na nOg 2-14 Sarsfields 0-14

Tir na nOg brought themselves back into contention for a promotion place in Division 2 when they beat second placed Sarsfields but 2-14 to 0-14 in Sunday’s league game at Whitehill. With former Sarsfields player Colum McGuinness at the helm against his home club the Randalstown men held a one point advantage at the break, thanks to a Ryan O’Neill goal, and when they turned to play with the breeze behind them in the second half they were the better team and sealed the win with a cracking goal from Sean Duffin.

Sarsfields started promisingly and were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after ten minutes, two of the scores coming from Kevin McKernan frees. The Belfast men probably should have been further ahead at this stage but Randalstown were given a major boost on ten when midfielder Ryan O’Neill grabbed his team’s opening goal. O’Neill was forced to retire soon afterwards because of injury but Tir na nOg stayed ahead as Ciaran Logan cancelled out a pointed free from Daniel McKernan. Sean Duffin gave the boys in blue a great lift with a point from a sideline cut on nineteen minutes, and though Daniel and Kevin McKernan added points before the break a point from a Sean Duffin free just before the break game the home team a slender half time advantage.

With the breeze at their backs in the second half Tir na nOg soon stretched their advantage to three as Kevin Sheerin and Caoimhinn Duffin grabbed early points. Tomas Doherty pulled a point back for the visitors with a fine strike from a narrow angle on the left but two minutes later Ciaran Logan got through for Tir na nOg’s second goal and when he added a point thirty seconds later the Randalstown men were in command. A Kevin Sheerin point stretched the home lead to seven and from then on it was just a matter of seeing out the game, something that they did without too much trouble to earn themselves two vital league points.

Tir na nOg

Tír na nÓg

  1. R. Graham 2. M. Higgins 3. S. Carey 4. B. Kerr 5. D. Martin 6. C. Duffin 7. R. O’Neill 8. R. O’Neill 9. C. Fitzgerald 10. S. Duffin 11. P. Sheerin 12. C. Logan 13. E. Martin 14. K. Sheerin 15. K. McCann 17. L. Carey 18. C. Duffin 19. E. Heffron 20. R. Bonnes

Subs used: L. Carey for R. O’Neill (9mins), C. Duffin for S. Carey (11mins), R. Bonnes for L. Carey (50mins)


  1. Kevin Ward 2. Peter Corr 3. James Cunningham 4. Jack Daniels 5. Michael Callaghan 6. Caolan Mervyn 7. Cailin Caldwell 8. Kevin McKernan 9.Eoghan Rodgers 10. Niall McAlee 11. Daniel McKernan 12. James McKernan 13. Toams Dohery 14. Ryan Carson 15. Aran Stewart.

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    Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

Ballycastle stay unbeaten as they overcome Oisin’s

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 2

Oisins 1-16 Ballycastle 3-18

Ballycastle continued their unbeaten run in Division 2 of the All County Hurling League with an eight point win over Glenariffe in Waterfoot. The Oisins led in the early stages of the game but a Ciaran Clarke goal nearing the end of the opening quarter gave the McQuillan’s a lead they would not relinquish and they went on to win with a bit to spare.

KB McShane gave Ballycastle an early lead but two points from Alex O’Boyle frees edged the Oisins ahead. Shane Staunton levelled matters with a point from play before Glenariffe got back ahead with two quick points. Ciaran Butler and Alex O’Boyle exchanged points to keep the home side a slender lead, but a goal from Ciaran Clarke on twelve minutes set the visitors off on a run which brought points from Diarmuid McShane (2), Shane McCarry, and Ciaran Clarke, in reply to one from and Alex O’Boyle 65.

Another pointed free from O’Boyle and a top class score from play by Tom Quinn left just two between the sides, before Ciaran Butler grabbed Ballycastle’s second goal five minutes from the break. Unanswered points from Rambo McCarry, Shane Staunton and Ciaran Clarke brought the gap out to seven, but just on half time Alex O’Boyle slotted over another free to cut the gap back to six at the interval. (0-11 to 2-11).

2Oisin’s Kieran McKendry’s spectacular shot for goal is saved by Ballycastle keeper Ryan McGarry during Sunday’s Division 2 Leauge game in Waterfoot. Pic by John McIlwaine

It was eight minutes into the new half before either team troubled the scoreboard operator again, Alex O’Boyle breaking the drought with a pointed free, but Ballycastle hit back with four points inside five minutes through Ciaran Clarke (2) Ciaran Butler and Diamuid McShane. O’Boyle came back with an excellent point from play, and then added one from a free, but another point from Diarmuid McShane and a goal from Ciaran Clarke all but ended the Oisins challenge. O’Boyle pulled another one back from a free but Diarmuid McShane replied with two more before the home side finished on a high with a well taken goal by Kevin McDonnell.


Seanan McToal, Nial Murray, Randal McDonnell, MG McAlister, Shane O’Connor, Conor Patterson, Dan McKillop, Aaron Cosgrove, Michael Haughey, Daniel Haughey, Ciaran McKendry,  Alex O’Boyle, Alex McDonnell, James Haughey.


Ryan McGarry, Oran Kearney, Oisin McAuley, Conor Donnelly, Neal McAuley, Matthew Donnelly, Ben McQuillan, Eamon Elliott, Shane McCarry, Ciaran Butler, KB McShane, Ronan McCarry, Shane Staunton, Ciaran Clarke, Diarmuid McShane

Subs – Sean Kelly for Oisin McAuley; Andrew Lofthouse for Ciaran Clakre; TT Butler for Staunton.

Referee – Michael Hardy (Rasharkin)

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Kearns hat-trick sinks Oisin in tempestuous encounter



Liam Kearns fires past Seanan McToal to complete his hat-trick as St. Brigid’s defeated Glenariffe in the ACHL Division 2 in Cloughmills tonight.

ACHL Div.2

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills 4-13 Oisin Glenariffe 2-13

A hat-trick of goals by full-forward, Liam Kearns and an excellent exhibition of free taking by Michael Devlin paved the way to victory for St. Brigid’s Cloughmills when they entertained Oisin Glenariffe in a sometimes tempestuous All County Hurling League division 2 encounter at a sunny Cloughmills tonight.

In near perfect conditions both sides went into this game in need of points with the home side having only one win from their four previous encounters while the visitors had recorded two draws from the same number of games.

There was little to separate the sides throughout the opening half with Glenariffe getting off to the better start with a point from Kieran McKendry and a couple of pointed free from James Haugey in response to point from a free by Michael Devlin to see them lead 0-3 to 0-1 after six minutes.

Daniel Haughey edged his side three in front and then the same player brought an excellent save from Chris McKiernan in the 15th minute as Glenariffe pressed before Michael Devlin lifted the home side when he sent a sideline cut directly between the uprights to cut the deficit to a single point.

Glenariffe were dealt a blow when Conor Patterson was forced off injured to be replaced by Seamus McDonnell but they continued to edge the exchanges with Shane O’Connor and Kevin McDonnell adding points before being rocked back on their heels when the home side was awarded a penalty with 17 minutes gone.

Up stepped Mickey Devlin to give Seanan McToal no chance and bring matters level and this score seemed to lift the Cloughmills’ side. It was nip and tuck after that with the free taking of Mickey Devlin keeping the scoreboard ticking and a goal from Aaron Cosgrove for the visitors leaving it all square at 1-8 to 1-8 at the break.


Michael Devlin who scored 1-8 in Cloughmills win over Glenariffe in the ACHL Division 2

Three pointed free from James Haughey in response to points from Liam Kearns, Ruairi Laverty and Oggie Laverty saw the contest finally balanced at the end of the third quarter before Kearns got in for his side’s second goal to give St. Brigid’s a lead they were not to lose.

Things were beginning to heat up and referee Vincent Boyle had his work cut out keeping a lid on matters as Haughey and Devlin exchanged further frees but the visitors defence was starting to look vulnerable and Seanan McToal in the Glenariffe goals brought off a smart save to deny Laverty.

The tide though was starting to swing in favour of St. Brigid’s with Liam Kearns adding his second goal as the game went into time added on to put his side five in front. Glenariffe kept battling until the end and a Kevin McDonnell goal gave them a glimmer of hope but right from the puck out Cloughmills broke clear and Kearns completed his hat-trick.

This win moves St. Brigid’s up the table while Glenariffe remain in bottom spot at present but there are only two points separating them and it’s still early days. The Biddies had an excellent keeper in Chris McKiernan and John B McGuckian, Gary McCollum, Michael Morrison and sweeper, Aaron Smiley was best in a solid home defence. Michael Devlin gave a master class of free taking and had solid support at mid-field from Eoin Dobbin while Liam Kearns was superb in attack with Ruairi Laverty and Conor Laverty playing their part.

Glenariffe started well but the loss of Conor Patterson didn’t help their cause and they will be concerned about the number of frees they gave away over the hour. Shane O’Connor, Aaron Cosgrove, Kevin McDonnell and James Haughey were their best performers on the night.

St. Brigid’s: Chris McKiernan, Stephen Martin, John B McGuckian, Sean McKendry, Gary McCollum, Michael Morrison, Joseph Smyth, Michael Devlin, Eoin Dobbin, Aaron Smiley, Conor Laverty, James Doherty, Geoffery Og Laverty, Liam Kearns, Ruairi Laverty.

Glenariffe: Seanan McToal, Niall Murray, Randal McDonnell, Mairtin McAlister, Shane O’Connor, Conor Patterson, Dan McKillop, Aaron Cosgrove, Michael Haughey, Daniel Haughey, Kieran McKendry, Alex O’Boyle, Alex McDonnell, Kevin McDonnell, James Haughey. Subs: Seamus McDonnell for Conor Patterson, Paddy Burns for Alex McDonnell


Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

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