St Enda’s pip Armoy to take the points

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League – Division 2

Armoy 2-13 St Enda’s 1-17

After a somewhat disappointing start to their league campaign St Enda’s made it back to back wins on Sunday when they travelled to Armoy and edged out the home side by a single point in a highly competitive encounter that went right down to the wire. With a strong wind blowing across the pitch, scoring was not easy but both teams coped very well in difficult conditions. The visitors just shaded the opening half and led by a point at half time, and though lead changed a few times in the second period, the Glengormley men hit the front when it mattered most to seal the win.

Joe Maskey gave St Enda’s an early lead with a point from play and the visitors when three clear as the two Ruairis, Convery and Diamond tagged on similar scores. Armoy were soon level, and after Trevor Linton grabbed their first score, Johnny McErlain and Owen Kinney added points in the fifth and sixth minute. St Enda’s came back strongly to dominate the next ten minutes and after Maskey put them back ahead centre forward Cormac Jennings stretched the lead to two with a point from a free. Soon it was out to three when John McGoldrick sent one over in the twelfth minute and three minutes later the gap was six when Jennings fired a free to the Armoy net.

Armoy were in trouble, but Johnny McErlain settled things down with two pointed frees in the seventeenth and eighteenth minutes, and though St Enda’s came back with a point of their own from a Jennings free, a Tommy Burns free and a goal from Trevor Linton in the twenty first minute brought them back to within a point. Two points from St Enda’s right half forward John McGoldrick stretched the visitors’ lead to thee with half time fast approaching, but Armoy hit back with point from Johnny McErlain and Trevor Linton to leave just a point between the sides at the break. (Armoy 1-7 St Enda’s 1-8)29982985_1894832280540472_7577585900855636984_oPic by JJ Lawell

The Crossfield wind was making scoring particularly difficult and though St Enda’s had good early pressure they hit four wides in the first four minutes of the new half before midfielder Eoin Conlon showed how it was done to put his team two clear. Big Johnny McErlain pulled one back for Armoy in the thirty eighth minute but the gap was soon out to three when Cillian Jennings fired one over from play and John McGoldrick grabbed one from a free.

Things swung back in Armoy’s favour midway through the half when Johnny McErlain pointed from a free to cut the gap back to two, and the home side went ahead on forty six minutes when PJ McBride fired in his team’s second goal. The lead didn’t last long however as McGoldrick pointed for the Glengormley men to tie things up once again and they went two clear soon afterwards as Cormac Jennings hit two points inside a minute The visitors took a firm grip on the game when McGoldrick added two more, and corner forward Ruairi Crummey one to stretch their lead to five with just six minutes left for play, but Armoy were not finished yet and after Owen Kinney’s goal effort was turned around the post Johnny McErlian pointed the resultant 65 and then added one from a free to keep his team in touch. John McGoldrick eased the pressure on St Enda’s with another well taken point from a free and though McErlain closed the gap again in the final minute of normal time that was as closed as they would get as St Enda’s held on for a one point win.

 

Armoy

1 – Tim Burns
2 – Gerard Laverty
3 – Cha McCormick
4 – Shane Devlin
5 – Daniel Mc Peak
6 – John Dillon
7 – Emmet O’Hara
8 – Conor Christie
9 – Ciaran McErlain
10 – Johnny M Erlain
11 – Tommy Burns
12 – Martin McErlain
13 – Trevor Linton
14 – Owen Kinney
15 – PJ Mc Bride

St Enda’s

1 – Curran

2 – Michael McQuillan

3 – Matthew O’Hara

4 – Michael McNichicholl

5 – Edward O’Connor

6 – Manus Mullan

7 – Joe Maskey

8 – Eoin Conlon

9 – Cormac Ross

10 – John McGorldrick

11 – Cormac Jennings

12 – Ruairi Donaghy

13 – Ruairi Crummey

14 – Ruairi Diamond

15 – Ciallian Jennings

Referee – Colum Cunning (Dunloy)

Pics by JJ Lawell

 

 

Ballycastle stay tops after away win over Tir na nOg

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ACHL Div2

Tír na nÓg  1.15 (18)

Ballycastle 1.24 (27)

Ballycastle remain top of Division 2 after a convincing win away to Tír na nÓg,  All the damage was done in the opening half when the visitors were in irresistible form scoring 1-16 with the Whitehill side on managing a paltry 0-2 during this period

The Whitehill men came to life after the break, scoring 1-13 and holding the visitors to 0-8 but by this stage all the damage had been done and Ballycastle remain on course for a quick return to division 1 following last season’s relegation from the top grade.

With a gale force wind blowing  in favour of the visitors they took full advantage. After only two minutes they lead 1-1 to no score with a point coming from Ciaran Butler and a goal through Ciaran Clarke. They added another 5 points to their lead through Tiarnan Butler, Ciaran Butler (2), Ciaran Clarke and Kevin Barry McShane before Ciaran Logan got the home-sides first point after fielding a side line by Kevin Kerr.

Conor Boyd impressed at mid field and struck three points in the first half while sending numerous balls into the inside forwards. Ballycastle continued to dominate as the Tír na nÓg men tried their best to defend against them and the stiff breeze. Ciaran Butler added another two points to his tally and caught poc out after poc out. McShane, Tiernan Butler and Clarke spilt the posts to leave the score 1-15 to 0.1 after 27minutes. As half time approached Ciaran Logan got his second point for the home-side and Ciaran Butler got his sixth leaving the black and amber men 17 points ahead at half time. The first half was dictated by wing forwards McShane and Butler, McAuley anchored a strong half back line while the full back line weren’t tested until the beginning of the second half.

Tír na nÓg added some strength to the team at half time with the introduction of Ryan O’Neill and Ciaran McKeown which seemed to make a difference as they hit the first two points of the second half through Kevin McCann and Ciaran Logan, two men who really came into it in the second half. Rudi Graham pulled off a point blank save from Butler but the visitors got the rub of the green when it fell back to KB McShane who pointed. Sean Duffin relied with the game’s next point before Brendan Kerr played a ball to Kevin McCann who laid it back to Logan for his fourth point of the game.

McShane and Ryan O’Neill traded points and Kevin McCann got his second. Ballycastle responded with points through Tiernan Butler and Diarmuid McShane who got his first. McCann who was on a roll got the next two points before substitute Ciaran McKeown added another after a pass from Caoimhin Duffin to leave the score 1.21 to 0.11 after 47 minutes. Diarmuid McShane stepped up again before on fire Kevin McCann found the back of the net and a small bit of hope for the blues.

Full forward Kevin Sheerin then added a point from play on 51 minutes as the Whitehill side enjoyed their best period of the game before substitute Eamon Elliott was fouled and Ciaran Clarke hit the ball over the black spot, their only score from a placed ball. Diarmuid McShane got Ballycastle’s last score of the game and Kevin Sheerin tagged on three frees before Eamon Hasson blew for full time.

A comfortable win for Ballycastle however it was a game that was dictated by the wind and resulted in a game of two halves. Ballycastle capitalised on the wind and opened a big lead that was enough to see them home despite some great movement and scores from Tír na nÓg in the second half. The Hurling now takes a break until the 23rd May and gives way for the opening of the football leagues on Wednesday night. Tír na nÓg travel to Woodlands to take on Davitt’s in the ACFL Division 2 and Ballycastle host St. Agnes’ in the ACFL Division 3.

 

Tír na nÓg:

  1. R. Graham 2. R. O’Neill 3. D. Martin 4. B. Kerr 5. K. Kerr 6. C. Duffin 7. T. Martin 8. E. Martin 9. C. Fitzgerald 10. S. Duffin 11. P. Sheerin 12. C. Logan 13. D. Mallon 14. K. Sheerin 15. K. McCann 17. C. McKeown 18. S. Carey 19. E. Heffron 20. R. O’Neill 21. M. Higgins 22. D. Fegan

 

Subs used: M. Higgins for R. O’Neill (26mins), R. O’Neill for K. Kerr, Ciaran McKeown for D. Mallon (ht), D. Fegan for P. Sheerin (56mins)

 

Scorers: K. McCann (1.4), C. Logan (0.4), K. Sheerin (0.4- 3 frees), S. Duffin (0.1), R. O’Neill (0.1), C. McKeown (0.1)

 

Ballycastle

  1. R. McGarry 2. J. McLister 3. M. Donnelly 4. O. McAuley 5. S. McCarry 6. N. McAuley 7. J. McShane 8. R. McCarry 9. C. Boyd 10. KB McShane 11. C. Clarke 12. C. Butler 13. C. Connor 14. T. Butler 15. D. McShane 16. B. Connor 17. B. McQuillan 18. O. Kearney 19. C. Brown 20. S. Staunton 21. C. Donnelly 22. A. Lofthouse 23. E. Elliott 24. C. Laverty 25. S. McCleane

 

Subs used: O. Kearney, E. Elliott for T. Butler, S. McCleane for C. Connor

 

Scorers: C. Butler (0.6), C. Clarke (1.3- 1 free) C. Boyd (0.4), KB McShane (0.4), D. McShane (0.4)T. Butler (0.3)

Referee: Eamon Hasson

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Late O’Boyle point earns Oisins a share of the spoils

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 2DSC_6947Owen Kinney celebrates after scoing a goal during Sunday’s game with Glenariffe. Pic by Frank McCaughan.

Glen Rovers Armoy 2-8  Glenariffe Oisins 2-8

Armoy and Glenariffe shared the points when they met in Sunday’s Division 2 League encounter at Glenshesk. In a fiery contest Owen Kinney appeared to have won it for the home side with his second goal of the game which put his team a point ahead, but Alex O’Boyle hit a late point for the visitors to earn them a share of the spoils.

In a real see-saw battle Kinney gave Armoy an early lead with a point only to see it cancelled out by one from and Alex O’Boyle 65. Kinney edge his team back in front only to see Aaron Cosgrove bring the visitors level again, and they went ahead soon afterwards when O’Boyle was on target from another free.

Trevor Linton restored parity when he pointed for the home side, and when Kinney got in for his first goal a minute later they home fans must have felt they were getting on top, but it was to be short lived as Oisins full forward Kevin McDonnell found the net at the other end to tie up the scores again after twenty minutes. The visitors edged back in front when Alex O’Boyle sent over another free, and though Conor Christie ties the scores for the fifth time with a well taken point from play, O’Boyle was on target again just before half time to give his team a one point lead at the short whistle.  (Armoy 1-4 Glenariffe 1-5)fullsizeoutput_12eaf

It was O’Boyle who struck first in the second half and suddenly the Oisins were two ahead, but Johnny McErlain showed his free taking prowess to pull one back for Armoy and again reduce the gap to the minimum. The Glenariffe men appeared to have taken a grip on the game when Alex McDonnell goaled from play in the 48th minute and though Johnny McErlain pulled a couple of points back from placed balls O’Boyle was able to respond with similar scores at the other end.

Armoy had closed the gap to just two points when Kinney grabbed his second goal of the game, and his ninth of the season, to put them a point up and for a time it looked like they would hold out for a much needed win in this tough division, but the visitors were not finished yet and when O’Boyle was presented with a late chance his aim held true as he slotted over to earn his team a valuable league point.

A hard fought contest, which at times threatened to boil over and to add to the excitement the two of them meet again on Wednesday evening at 7 in the Countess of Antrim Cup in Glenariffe in a game which should be worth watching.

ARMOY

1 – Tim Burns
2 – Arthur Devlin
3 – Cha Mc Cormick
4 – Ronan Mc Erlain
5 – Daniel Mc Peake
6 – John Dillon
7 – Liam Dillon
8 – Conor Christie
9 – Emmet o Hara
10 – Johnny Mc Erlain
11 – Tommy Burns
12 – Martin Mc Erlain
13 – Trevor Linton
14 – Owen Kinney
15 – Joe Mc Bride

 

GLENARIFFE

1 – Seanan McToal

2 – Martin McAlister

3 – Randal McDonnell

4 – Michael Haughey

5 – Shane O’Connor

6 – Niall Murray

7 – Dan McKillop

8 – Aaron Cosgrove

9 – Daniel Haughey

10 – James Haughey

11 – Kieran McKendry

12 – Alex O’Boyle

13 – Alex McDonnell

14 – Kevin McDonnell

15 – Paddy Burns

Referee – Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

 

Clarke’s accuracy steers Ballycastle to emphatic win

PrintO’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 24Ciaran Clarke who scored sixteen points in Ballycastle’s win over Sarsfields. Pic by John McIlwaine

Sarsfields 0-12 Ballycastle 1-23

Fourteen points from full forward Ciaran Clarke steered Ballycastle to a big win over their nearest rivals Sarsfields in this top of the table clash in Division 2 of the All County Hurling League at the Bear Pit on Sunday, a win that keeps their 100% record intact. Clarke, who missed practically all of Antrim’s league campaign because of injury is back firing on all cylinders again, and though the majority of his scores came from placed balls he was the go-to man in most of the Ballycastle attacks.

Ahead by just four after a hard fought first half the game changed dramatically six minutes into the second half when Sarsfields top scorer Kevin McKernan received a straight red card from match referee Barry Winters. From then on Ballycastle had the upper hand, not only because of numerical advantage, but because the home side were missing McKernan’s considerable presence around the middle of the field. Clarke took full advantage of any of the home side misdemeanours with an incredible display of accuracy to steer his team home.

Clarke got Ballycastle off to a good start with a pointed free in the opening minute but a well taken score from Sarsfields centre forward Daniel McKernan soon had the home side level. Ronan McCarry, who had a great game in midfield for Ballycastle, put the visitors back in front in the third minute, but Sarsfields came back strongly and two points from distance from McKernan frees had them 3-2 in front, before Clarke brought Ballycastle level on six minutes. Sarsfields eased in front in the 9th and 12th minutes through Daniel and Kevin McKernan, but each time Clarke found a reply, and three points in as many minutes midway through the half gave his team a bit of breathing space for the first time. Sarsfields kept battling back and a lovely point from the right corner by James McKernan, plus two more from Kevo frees had them back level, but a later run which brought points from Ronan McCarry and Clarke (3) gave the visitors a four point cushion at the break. (0-12 to 0-8)

Left Ballycastle’s Ciaran Butler. Right – Sarsfields Darragh McGuinness. Pics by John McIlwaine

Ciaran Butler increased Ballycastle’s lead to five with a well taken point from the left corner in the opening minute of the second half, and though Kevin McKernan cancelled that score out soon afterwards it was to be his last telling contribution. The midfielder’s dismissal soon afterwards left a big hole in the home team’s engine room and as a result they would only score two more points for the remainder of the game. Clarke took full advantage as he reeled off score after score, two of them great strikes from inside his own half, and though Daniel McKernan pulled a point back with a real beauty from play the gap was widening by the minute as Clarke brought his personal tally to thirteen. Sarsfields were then reduced to thirteen when one of their defenders received a second yellow card before Diarmuid McShane sealed the deal for the Town with an excellent goal. There was still time for Clarke to add to his tally and three points inside a minute gave him a total of sixteen and stretched his team’s winning margin even further.

Sarsfields scorers – Kevin McKeran 0-6 (6f); Daniel McKernan 0-4 (1f); Joe McGurk 0-1; James McKernan 0-1.

Ballycastle scorers – Ciaran Clarke 0-16 (14f, one 65), Dairmuid McShane 1-1, Ronan McCarry 0-2, Ciaran Butler 0-1

Sarsfields

David Ward, Peter Corr, James Cunningham, Jack Daniels, Eoghan Rodgers, Caolan Mervyn, Cailin Caldwell, Kevin McKernan, Gareth Ward, Darragh McGuinness, Daniel McKernan, Nial McAlea, Joe McGurk, Tomas Doherty, James McKernan

Ballycastle

Ryan McGarry, Oran Kearney, Matthew Donnelly, Oisin McAuley, John McLister, Neal McAuley, Shane McCarry, Ronan McCarry, Conor Boyd, KB McShane, James McLister, Ciaran Butler, Conaire Butler, Ciaran Clarke, Dairmuid McShane

Subs – Elliott for McLister; Shane Staunton for Ciaran Butler; Conor Donnelly for Shane McCarry; Ciaran Laverty for Conaire Butler (inj).

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Pics by John McIlwaine

 

St Enda’s put Biddies to the sword

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 2Ruairí-DiamondSt Enda’s Ruairi Diamond in action against Cloughmills John McGuckian. Pic by John Lawell

Naomh Éanna: – 3.20  Cloughmills – 2.8

By Seamus MacDomhnail

 

St Enda’s recorded their first win of the season when they scored a comprehensive win over Cloughmills in Sunday’s league game in Glengormley. After losing heavily to table toppers Ballycastle in their opening game, the Hightown men had pushed Sarsfields all the way last time out only to lose out by a single point. However this time around they got their season up and running in impressive fashion as they ran up a big score against their Cloughmills visitors and in the end they were not flattered by their fifteen point winning margin.

As the team took to the pitch the recent rain and lack of any drying made the going heavy and the ground sticky but the home team were unfazed, and within a few minutes they were four points to the good, with Ruairí Diamond, John McGoldrick and two from Ruairí Crummey giving them an early cushion. Furhter points from Big Joe Maskey and Cormac Jennings stretched their lead to six before the visitors got on the scoreboard, which cut the lead to six, but it was soon out at seven again as the Saints added a seventh.

Goalkeeper Marty Curran’s  clever use of the ball, which saw the home side quickly transfer of possession from defence to attack gave John McGoldrick the chance to increase his team’s lead and he duly obliged and when Diamond got in on the scoring act the lead was out to 0-9 to 0-1. By the twentieth minute all six forwards were on the scoreboard for the home side and when midfielder Eoin Conlon scored the point of the match the gap was out to nine points.

The visitors were in bad need of scores, but they were hard to come by against a resolute St Enda’s defence, though Mickey Devlin did add a second when he slotted over a 65 but St Enda’s hit back strongly and Cormac Jennings grabbed his team’s first goal to help his side to a 1-15 to 0-3 half time lead.

Heavy rain marked the start of the second half but it in no way dampened the attacking play of the home side who drove on with more scores through John McGoldrick and Joe Maskey to stretch their advantage to seventeen points. The scores continued thick and fast as the Glengormley men continued their dominations. Cloughmills did give themselves brief hope with a goal and two points in a five minute spell, but St Enda’s soon restored their grip on the game and went on to run out winners by 3-20 to 2-8 to get their season firmly back on track.

Next up for St Enda’s is Glen Rovers Armoy, a team they beat in the opening round of last season’s Intermediate Championship. The men from Armoy will prove tough opposition, but with last season’s win still fresh in the memory they Glengormley men will feel they can travel up to North Antrim and get a result.

Naomh Éanna

  1. Martin Curran
  2. Michael “Eggy” McQuillan
  3. Matt O’Hare
  4. Michael McNicholl
  5. Eddie O’Connor
  6. Manus Mullan
  7. Joe Maskey – 0.03
  8. Eoin Conlon – 0.01
  9. Cormac Ross
  10. John McGoldrick – 1.08
  11. Killian Jennings
  12. Cormac Jennings – 1.02
  13. Ruairí Crummy – 0.02
  14. Ruairí Diamond – 1.02
  15. Brendy Cormican – 0.01

 

  1. Conor McSteen – 0.01 for Brendy Cormican
  2. Jason Higgins for Eggy
  3. Philly Curran for Joe Maskey
  4. Matthew Muldoon
  5. Eoin Jennings
  6. Micheál McGivern for Eddie O’Connor
  7. Eoin Maguire
  8. Ruairí Donaghy for Killian Jennings

Pics by John Lawell.