Bredagh remain in the hunt for promotion

Antrim All County Hurling League Division 2

Tír na nÓg Randalstown 1-15 Bredagh 1-21

Bredagh remain firmly in the promotion hunt to division one following a hard fought six-point win at Randalstown on Wednesday night writes Paul McIntyre.

It was a deserving win for Danny Hughes side but they had to rely on a late scoring flourish to see off the challenge of the home side.

With just five minutes remaining the sides were locked at 1-15 apiece, but the South Belfast side found another gear to rattle off the final six points of the game to record their tenth win of the season.

But it was Randalstown who made all the early running.

Ciaran McKeown pointed almost straight from the throw-in and minutes later they held a four-point lead after the game’s first goal.

The Bredagh defence failed to deal with Eamon Óg McAllister’s free and after a goalmouth scramble, Colm Duffin appeared to get the last touch to the sliotar as it trickled into the Bredagh net past Ian Galway.

Niall Smyth opened Bredagh’s account but his score was quickly followed by points from Declan Mallon and Ciaran O’Neill to help Tír na nÓg to a healthy five-point lead.

Bredagh responded by converting the next four points to cut the gap to just one but Kevin McCann and McAllister pushed Randalstown’s lead back to three.

Both sides continued to create chances but the finishing left a lot to be desired as both sets of forwards were guilty of some poor finishing.

The nip and tuck nature of the half continued to the break where Tír na nÓg held a slender two-point lead, 1-8 to 0-9.

Six minutes into the second half Brian Fitzgerald pointed to give Tír na nÓg a three-point lead, but within seconds the game was all square.

Sean McGourty fielded Galway’s puck out and picked out the unmarked Sean Hughes, who took full advantage of the space that he was afforded and fired home high to the net giving Kevin Sheerin no chance whatsoever.

As the half progressed there was little to separate the sides and with ten minutes to play it was all to play for with the teams each registering 1-14 on the scoreboard.

McAllister was carrying the can for the home team and the half forward almost grabbed a second major for the blues with five minutes to go but Galway saved smartly from the half forward’s powerful shot.

As the game ticked towards its finish Bredagh found a bit more space going forward as Tír na nÓg went chasing a winner, and the Belfast men took full advantage.

Tiarnan Sheehan pointed before Niall McFarland registered his second of the game after Oran McFlynn and Michael Napier both went close to claiming a second Bredagh goal.

Hughes then pointed with the goal at his mercy but it mattered little as Bredagh dominated the closing minutes and claim a valuable six-point win and maintain their drive for promotion.

Teams & Scorers:

Tír na nÓg Randalstown: Kevin Sheerin, Conor McCamphill, Daniel Martin, Neil Shannon, Oliver McAtamney, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Manus Smith, Emmet Martin, Ciaran McKeown (0-1), Declan Mallon (0-1), Eamon Óg McAllister (0-8 3f), Niall Devlin (0-2), Kevin McCann (0-1), Colm Duffin (1-0), Brian Fitzgerald (0-1).

Replacement: Conor McKenna for McCann (47).

Bredagh: Ian Galway, Michael Woods, Lawrence Smyth, Liam Hogan, Chris Ferry, Declan McCartney, Tiarnan Sheehan (0-3 1 ‘65’), Mark Patterson, Niall Smyth (0-1), Sean Hughes (1-9 4f), Niall McFarland (0-2), Sean McGourty (0-2), Oran McFlynn (0-3), Aaron Carey, Michael Napier.

Referee: Mr Tarlach Conway (St Colm’s Ballinascreen)

Five star Gaels cement second place

ACHL Division 2

Cloney Gaels 5-25 Oisin Glenariffe 0-11

Foolowing their defeat at Carey on Sunday, Cloney Gaels strengthened their second place in division 2 with a comprehensive victory over Oisin Glenariffe in Cloney last night. The Ahoghill side were never troubled and two first half goals from PJ O’Connell and another from James O’Connell put them in a commanding position at half time  when they led 3-10 to 0-6.

The visitors struggled to keep pace with a rampant home side with four of their first half points coming from Alex O’Boyle frees and the other two from Michael O’Boyle and Seanie McIntosh. Donal Graham, James O’Connell, Owen Neeson, PJ O’Connell and Eamon Brady were all on target for the home side with James O’Connell providing six, five from frees.

It didn’t get any better for an understrength Oisin’s after the break as the home side continued to score as Owen Neeson, Ronan Graham, PJ O’Connell, Patrick Graham, James O’Connell, Bernard Graham, Donal Graham and Gerard Graham added their names to an ever increasing points tally.

The visitors kept battling against almost impossible odds and Shane O’Connor 0-2, Seanie McIntosh, Conor Robert Patterson and Seamus McDonnell added second half points but these were merely consolation scores as James O’Connell added two second half goals to bring his personal tally to 3-12 for the evening.

Cloney Gaels scorers: James O’Connell 3-12, PJ O’Connell 2-2, Donal Graham 0-2, Patrick Graham 0-2, Owen Neeson 0-2, Eamon Brady, 0-1, Ronan Graham 0-3, Gerard Graham 0-1.

Oisin scorers: Alex O’Boyle 0-4, Seanie McIntosh 0-2, Shane O’Connor 0-2, Michael O’Boyle 0-1, Conor Robert Patterson 0-1, Seamus McDonnell 0-1

Creggan grind out injury time win

ACHL Division 2

CREGGAN 0.21 v  BREDAGH 1.16. 

Following the corresponding meeting when Bredagh ran out comfortable winners, it was Creggan’s turn this time as they fired over 2 frees in injury time to take the points.  The home side led by 5 points at half time and it was nip & tuck throughout the second half.  A 58-minute Bredagh goal levelled proceedings and it took Creggan 2 injury time frees to secure the win.

Conor McCann pointed first for Creggan in the opening minute and Niall McAuley edged them 2 in front seconds later.  Bredagh responded and the impressive Sean Hughes fired over 5 frees by the 14th minute with the home side responding through Conor McCann who added 7 further points to his tally. 

Rory McCann, Keelan McCann & Teddy McKeown got on the score sheet to leave Creggan 5 points up at the short whistle.  Sean McGourty pointed in the 26th minute for the visitors while Sean Hughes pointed the next 3 scores from play.

HALF TIME SCORE:    CREGGAN 0.14 v BREDA 0.9

Referee, Niall Clifford, got second half proceedings underway and Conor McCann for Creggan and Sean Hughes for the visitors both added to their tally with a free 4 minutes into the second half. 

Hughes got the next 2 points for the visitors – one from play and one from free but McCann replied with 3 additional pointed frees by the 49th minute.  Sean McGourty got on the end of a poor puck out to narrow the gap with Creggan 4 points ahead and Bredagh’s Oran McFlynn pointed from play to leave only a goal between the sides. 

There was little between the sides at this stage and In the 58th minute Michael Napier closed down Creggan’s goalkeeper, Brendan Prenter, and managed to blast the ball to the net which levelled the match. 

In a frantic 3 minutes of injury time Bredagh contributed to their own downfall as they conceded two silly frees close to their own goal and  Conor McCann stepped up to put Creggan 2 points ahead with 2 simple conversions. 

 Referee, Niall Clifford from Armagh, signalled to Bredagh’s goalkeeper, Ian Galway, that he would allow one more play and the visitors pushed everyone up into Creggan’s half and their goalkeeper lashed the ball out in search of a goal and as Creggan’s Thomas McCann took possession the whistle blew ending proceedings.

 CREGGAN:  No.1 Brendan Prenter, No.2 Aidan Maguire, No.3 Thomas McCann, No.4 Jake McAteer, No.5 Aidan McKeown (0.01), No.6 Liam McCann, No.7 Tiernan McLarnon, No.8 Keelan McCann(0.01), No.9 Rory McCann(0.01), No.12 Sean Duffin(0.02), No.13 Dermot Mulholland, No.14 Conor McCann(0.15), No.15 Niall McAuley(0.01), No.17 Dannan O’Hara, No.18 Cormac Rice, No.20 Brendan Maguire, No.23 Aaron Hughes, No.26 Joseph James Smyth, No.27 Callum McCann.

BREDAGH:  No.1 Ian Galway, No.2 Mel Laverty, No.3 Lawrence Smyth, No.4 Liam Hughes, No.5 Chris Ferry, No.6 Declan McCartney, No.7 Tiernan Sheehan, No.8 Mark Patterson, No.9 Michael Woods, No.10 Sean Hughes (0.14), No.11 Oran McFlynn (0.01), No.12 Ciaran McMullan, No.13 Aodhan Donaghy, No.14 Sean McGourty (0.02), No.15 Michael Napier (1.00).

REFEREE:                    NIALL CLIFFORD (ARMAGH)

Carey edge out Cloney for crucial win

Antrim Hurling League – Division 2

Carey 4.14 Clooney Gaels 3.15

Carey came out on top of this thrilling and hard fought contest against a Clooney side who won the previous encounter by a seventeen point margin. The Ahoghill men had the better of the first half exchanges and held a 1.12 to 2.6 advantage at the break with the brilliant James O’Connell helping himself to 1.7. The other Clooney men responded to O’Connell’s promptings as Donald Graham, David Scullion, Ronan Graham and P’J O’Connell all added to the scoreboard.  Carey’s two major scores kept the home side in touch, these coming from Paddy McBride and Conleth McKinley with points from Fiachra McVeigh, Caolan McCaughan,  Colm McBride,  Sean McLaughlin and two from James Black.

The second half had the sides level on four occasions,  again goals were  “on the menu ” with a rejuvinated home side now showing the momentum with Conleth McKinley and the hard working John McBride getting their goals, The ever reliable PJ O’Connel chipped in with two goals for the Ahoghill men to keep this “ding dong” affair ticking over. Clooneys only other marksman in this half was James O’Connell with three points. The Faughs responded in a superb final quarter with points from Sean McLaughlin,  Colm McBride,  James Black and two each from Conleth McKinley and Coalan McCaughan to give the home side a well deserved two point victory.

CAREY

 C Butler , S Mathers, D Hill, C McGlynn, J Black,  J McBride   C McBride   S McLaughlin, F McVeigh, C McKinley,  C McCaughan,  J Mullan, P McBride   D Martin.

CLONEY GAELS  

F Neeson, D Graham ,P Magee, S Neeson, F O’Neill, B Graham, D O’Neill, E Brady, D Scullion, O Neeson,  P Graham, R Graham, PJ O’Connel, D Graham   J O’Connell

Referee – Brendan Toland

McIntosh’s late point snatches it for Glenariffe

ACHL Division 2A

Tir na nOg 1-14 Glenariffe 1-15

Despite a man of the match performance from Tir na nOg’s Eanon Og McAllister it was Oisin’s Glenariffe who staged a late rally to take the points in an evenly balanced contest at Whitehill today. McAllister was at the heart of everything good the home side produced and his 10th point of the afternoon with four minutes remaining looked to have earned the Randalstown side both points.

McAllister’s final score had moved the home side three in front but before the cheers had died down Oliver Kearney got in for a goal at the other end and Seanie McIntosh snatched it for the visitors with a point in injury time.

Oisin’s made the early running with Ciaran Farrell, Daniel Kearney and Seanie McIntosh pointing them 0-3 to 0-0 ahead after six minutes but Colm Duffin fired to the Glenariffe net after being placed by Kevin McCann to level the contest with 9 minutes gone.

Seanie McIntosh edged Oisin’s ahead once more before Eamon Og McAllister fired over his first point and the same player added two more to move the home side two in front by the 18th minute.

An Alex O’Boyle converted free and a great long range effort from Michael O’Boyle brought matter level once more but Eamon Og edged the home side in front once more when referee Hugh Torney moved the ball forward following a disputed sideline award.

Late points from Brian Fitzgerald and Eamon Og McAllister’s fifth of the half left the Whitehill men in a strong position as they led 1-6 to 0-6 at the break but it was clear that this one was far from over at this stage of the contest.

The irrepressible Eamon Og pointed a 2nd minute free to move the Whitehill side four in front but Glenariffe replied through Seamus McDonnell and Alex O’Boyle to close the gap to two before Eamon Og struck from another free.

The visitors were enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage and Michael O’Boyle pointed a 70 meter free and Alex O’Boyle followed with another from closer to goal before Tir na nOg lost a player to a straight Red card.

Despite being reduced in numbers it was Tir na nOg, led by the brilliant Eamon Og McAllister who responded positively as the big number 11 pointed a free and then struck a magnificent point from play to move his side two in front at the end of the third quarter.

Back came the visitors with Seanie McIntosh reducing the deficit to the minimum but a great point from Niall Devlin and Eamon Og’s 9th of the game from a 45 meter free appeared to have put the home side in a strong position with ten minutes remaining.

A couple of converted Alex O’Boyle frees kept the visitors in touch but late points from Eamon Og McAllister and Colm Duffin appeared to have clinched it for Tir na nOg before Oliver Kearney found the net at the other end and Seanie McIntosh rubbed salt into the wound with that late winner.

Tir na nOg: 1 Christy Sheerin, 2 Connor McCamphill, 3 Daniel Martin, 4 Neil Shannon, 5 Ethan Higgins, 6 Brandon McLarnon, 7 Kevin Kerr, 8 Emmet Martin, 9 Ciaran McKeown, 10 Darragh Fagan, 11 Eamon  Og McAllister, 12 Niall Devlin, 13 Kevin McCann, 14 Colm Duffin, 15 Brian Fitzgerald

Subs: Conor McKenna for Darragh Fagan, Ciaran O’Neill for Brandon McLarnon

Oisin: 1 Paul McMullan, 2 Mairtin McAllister, 3 aaron Cosgrove, 4 Odshran Gillan, 5 Daniel Kearney, 6 Shane O’Connor, 7 Ciaran Black, 8 Alex O’Boyle, 9 Michael O’Boyle, 10 Seanie McIntosh, 11 Oliver Kearney, 12 Ciaran Farrell, 13 Shea McDonnell, 14 Seamus McDonnell, 15 Ben O’Boyle.

Subs: Dan McKillop for Ciaran Farrell, Seanan McToal for Shea McDonnell

Referee: Hugh Torney