Casey Double sinks St. Brigid’s in thriller in Cloughmills

ACHL Division 2

St. Brigid’s 1-18 Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 3-14

A first half double from Eoghan Ruadh full-forward, Damien Casey were the scores that sank St. Brigid’s in a high scoring thriller in Cloughmills on Wednesday evening. The big number 11 proved a constant threat to the St. Brigid’s defence over the hour and provided a direct target as the visitors used the long ball to good effect.

St. Brigid’s though will feel they should have had something out of this game but Liam Kearns’ well struck shot came back of an upright with the keeper beaten, ten minutes from time and with the last puck of the ball Conor Laverty’s effort from close range sailed wide of an open goal.

The visitors opened sharply and points from Ben Gormley and Sean Donaghy saw them go two ahead by the 4th minute but St. Brigid’s responded and three points from Liam Kearns and another from Johnny Duffin saw them lead 0-4 to 0-2 with 12 minutes gone.

It was at this stage that Casey made his first contribution when he fielded a dropping ball and turned his marker before firing to the net. Aaron Smylie levelled matters with a point at the other end but Damien Casey restored the visitors lead with a point in the 17th minute.

Smylie and Lorcan Devlin exchanged further points before Matthew Mulgrew got the vital touch as he challenged Chris McKiernan to a hanging delivery to finish to the net in  the 20th minute but Cloughmills continued to pick off their points with Liam Kearns leading the way from some well struck frees.

The home side continued to look vulnerable however to the quick delivery into Casey and again he got out first to the ball before firing home his second and his side’s third goal to see the Tyrone men head to the dressing room with a 3-5 to 0-12 lead.

On the restart St. Brigid’s were quickly off the mark and points from Mickey Devlin and Aaron Smylie had them back on terms by the 5th minute but Eoghan Ruadh came back strongly with two points from Brannon Molloy and two from Casey to go four in front with 14 minutes gone.

St. Brigid’s were playing some good hurling however and a shot from Aaron Smylie crept below John Devlin in the Eoghan Ruadh goals to close the gap to one with 13 minutes remaining. It was nip and tuck from there until the end as Mickey Devlin pointed a long range free before Liam Kearns saw his rocket from close range rebound of an upright and cleared to safety.

Aaron Smylie and Damien Casey exchanged further points to keep the gap at two going into the closing minutes but as St. Brigid’s went looking for the goal that would wrestle victory from their opponents Conor Laverty battered the ground in frustration as his effort from five yards out sailed the wrong side of the post.

A disappointing result for the ‘Biddies’ who played some good hurling throughout and in Liam Kearns they had a forward who looked dangerous every time he got the ball while Aaron Smylie and Ruairi Laverty were others to impress on a disappointing night which sees them firmly fixed to bottom spot in the table.

Eoghan Ruadh have turned in some good performances this year and under the guidance of Sean Og McGuinness they sit in fourth place with 7 points from six starts. Damien Casey was their outstanding player on the night while Stephen Donnelly, Paudie McHugh, Brannon Molloy and Matthew Mulgrew were others to impress in a solid team performance.

St. Brigid’s: Chris McKiernan, Aaron McGuckian, Steven Martin, Barry McFadden, Ruairi Laverty, Mickey Devlin, James Doherty, Johnny Duffin, Geoffery Og Laverty, Aaron Smylie, Joseph Smyth, Steven Smyth, Conor Laverty, John McGuckian, Liam Kearns.

Eoghan Ruadh: John Devlin, Ruairi Devlin, Stephen Donnelly, Conor McNally, Duibhir Marshal, Paudie McHugh, Mark Winters, Sean Donaghy, Josh Ferguson, Brannon Molloy, Damien Casey, Loran Devlin, Ben Gormley, Martin Devlin, Matthew Mulgrew. Subs: Tiernan Morgan, Piaras McErlean,

Referee: Kevin Parke (St. Enda’s)

Kickham’s remain second after eight goal thriller

ACHL Division 2

Creggan – 5-23    St. Brigid’s 3-13

Photographs and Report: Joe Rice

 St. Brigids Clougmills find themselves firmly rooted at the bottom of division 2 despite scoring 3-13 in a high scoring thriller in Creggan on Sunday. The ‘Biddies’ travelled to Creggan hoping to upset the odds and get some much needed points on the board but came up against a Kickham’s side in top form this season.

On another day the Cloughmills’ score would have won many a game but the Staffordstown Road side were in fine scoring form themselves, scoring five goals over the hour to outgun the opposition. Despite a gallant effort from the visitors they rarely worried the home side apart from a purple patch in the final third when they bagged 3 goals within 10 minutes,  2 from play and 1 from a penalty.  This did little to dent the confidence of the Lough Shore side.  Creggan hit the ground running and scored a goal and a point in the opening , minute both coming from midfield player, Kevin Small.  The home side were flying and his brother, Conor, raised a green flag seconds later to leave it 2.01 to 0.01.

 Ruairi Laverty got the visitors up and running with a fine point from play and from there until half time Cloughmills managed to hold their own for most of the half.  Three points for Liam Kearns and 1-a-piece for Aaron Smiley and James Doherty, Steven Smith and Michael Devlin kept the scoring board ticking over for the visitors.  It was, however, Creggan’s ability to find the net that separated the sides at half Time.  Kickham’s also had 8 points on the Board – 2 for Kevin Rice, 3-a-piece for Oran McCann and Teddy McKeown coupled with 4 additional majors – Kevin Rice, Kevin Small, Conor Small and Ethan Carey Small the scorers to lead 4-8 to 0-8 at the break.

Both teams exchanged points within the opening minute of the second half, Conor Small for the home side and Aaron Smiley for the visitors but this was as close as the ‘village’ came to catching their opponents.  Creggan’s ability to accurately split the post was in contrast to Cloughmill’s increased tally of wides.  This allowed Creggan to pull away putting clear water between the sides. Kevin Rice & Conor Small added 5 apiece in the second half with Oran McCann and Teddy McKeown following with two each, while Thomas McCann dropped a 90 meter effort between the posts.

 The icing on the cake came when James Dougan pulled on the sliotar first time on the ground to beat Chris McKiernan in the  Cloughmill’s goals .  The visitors kept going to the end however and gained some consolation for their efforts. Points from Ruairi Laverty, Michael Devlin & Michael Reid and goals, two from Liam Kearns ,(1 penalty) followed by another from Michael Reid put a much better look on the scoreline but came too late to have any bearing on the final result. 

CREGGAN:  No.1 Emmett Long, No.2 Jake McAteer, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Ciaran Rice, No.5 Sam Maguire, No.6 Thomas McCann, No.7 Liam McCann, No.8 Aidan McKeown (0.05), No.9 Kevin Small (1.03), No.10 Kevin Rice (1.05), No. 11 Conor Small (1.06), No.12 Oran McCann (0.05), No.13 Michael Maguire, No.14 James Dougan (1.0), No.15 Ethan Carey Small (1.0), No.16 Diarmuid Mulholland, No.17 Danan O’Hara, No.18 Mark McCann, No.19 Enda Maguire.

ST. BRIGID’S:  No.1 Chris McKernan, No.2 Aaron McGuckian, No.3 Steven Martin, No.4 Geoffre-Og Laverty, No.5 James Doherty (0.01), No.6 Joseph Smyth, No.7 Jonathan Duffin, No.8  Liam Kearns (2.03) No.9 Steven Smyth (0.1), No.10 Michael Devlin (0.1), No.11 Aaron Smylie (0.2), No.12 Ruairi Laverty (0.4), No.13 Michael Reid (0.1), No.14 John McGuckian, No.15 Owen Dobin, No.17 Sean-Og McErlean, No.19 Brian McFadden, No.23 Cathair McLaughlin, No.28 Conor Laverty.

Naomh Eanna win in Dungannon

Antrim Senior Hurling League Division Two

Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon 0-13 Naomh Éanna 2-14

Naomh Eanna travelled to Dungannon Sunday and came away with the points after a seven point win. Ahead by 1-7 to 0-6 at half time, the goal coming from Philly Curran in the16th minute, the Glenormley men pushed on in the second half and when Dermot Magurie grabbed their second goal soon after the restart they were in a strong position and never really lost their control.

The sides were level at two apiece early in the game, Curran and Jennings the Naomh Eanna scorers, while star man Damian Casey got the Eoghan Ruadh opener and Duibhior Markshall the second.

Great work by Killian Jennings created the chance for Curran to get Naomh Eanna’s opening goal and they were up and running when Jennings, Bogue and McGivern tacked on points to stretch the lead to five. It was out to six when Daniel Lowry sent one over, and though Winters and Casey replied for the Tyrone men the gap was still four at the interval.

The home team were still very much in the game as the second half got underway and indeed had it not been for some wayward shooting they could easeily have been in front, but their hopes were dealt a real blow on 33 minutes when Dermot Maguire fired in Naomh Eanna’s second goal.

Matthew Mulgrew added a point and thought Casey pulled a couple back for Eoghan Ruadh but Naomh Eanna were always able to hold them at arms-length and saw out the remainder of the game comfortably to seal the win

EOGHAN RUADH: J Devlin, M Winters 0-1, S Donnelly, C McNally; D Marshall 0-1 (0-1f), R Devlin, L Devlin; S Donaghy, P McHugh 0-1 (0-1f); J Ferguson, B Gormley 0-2, D Casey 0-7 (0-4fs, 0-1 65); M Mulgrew 0-1, R Weir, C McHugh.

Subs: P McErlean for L Devlin (40mins), M Devlin for McErlean (45mins), M McCrory for Donaghy (58mins),

NAOMH ÉANNA: M Curran; N O’Connor, R Gillen, R Diamond; M McGivern, M Donaghy, J Maskey; R Bogue 0-1, D Lowry 0-2; C Jennings 0-6 (0-4fs), R Donaghy, J Higgins; D Maguire 1-2, P Curran 1-2, K Jennings.

Subs: O Breen for Higgins (HT), C McSteen for Bogue (41 mins), E O’Connor for Maskey (44mins), R Crummey for Diamond (59mins).

REFEREE: M McCann (Culloville)

Never say die Saints draw with county champions Cushendall.

All County Hurling League Division 1

Cushendall 0-21 St Gall’s 2-15

Two goals in the last ten minutes by Sean McAreavey earned St Gall’s a well-deserved draw with Cushendall in Sunday’s Division 1 league game at Pairc Mhuire. With both teams missing key players this battle between the reigning Senior and Intermediate champions developed into a ding-dong battle with never more than a poc of the ball between the sides. They were level at the break at eight points apiece but when the home side opened up a bit of gap with ten minutes left to play it looked like the Milltown men would play the role of gallant losers. However they weren’t in the mood to give up the fight and two McAreavey goals brought them back into contention. It didn’t appear to be enough when Cushendall brought on substitute Neill McManus near the end and when he pointed in injury time the Dall looked to have snatched it. Not so. St Gall’s produced a dying kick and Mackers McAreavey found the target once again to earn a much needed league point.

Cushendall’s Dominic Delargy wins possession

It was McAreavey who got the first score of the game in the opening minute but Cushendall came back with three on the spin through Emmet Laverty, Cormac McClafferty and Dominic Delargy. Jackson McGreevy hit two to level matters and it was  score for score for the remainder of the first period, a massive strike from his own half by McGreevy in first half injury time sent the sides in level at the interval.

McGreevy edged St Gall’s ahead a minute after the restart but Cushendall hit back with points from Eoghan Campbell, Cormac McClafferty and Eamon Laverty to go two clear. Jackson and Gregory McGreevy points tied things up again and it remained that way when Jackson and Cushendall substitute Ryan McCambridge exchanged points.

St Gall’s Gregory McGreevey strikes the ball as Joe McCurry tries to block.

Cushendall appeared to have gained the upper hand when a great solo score from David Kearney started a run which saw Christy McNaughon, Ryan McCambridge and C Mac add points to give the home side a four point lead. Jackson McGreevy pointed a free to bring it back to three but when McClafferty and Christy McNaughton sent over points the gap was out to five and home fans must have felt the win was secure. However St Gall’s worked an opening for their first goal after Jackson McGreevy hit a short 65 and Mackers finished to the net with aplomb and when Gregory McGreevy added a point the gap was down to one. Cushendall responded with points from Christy McNaughton and Joe McCurry and with time almost up they appeared to have sealed it. There was still time for another St Gall’s comeback and when McAreavey poked the ball over the line in an almighty goalmouth scramble they were level yet again. McManus came on late to give his team back the lead, but the never say die attitude of St Gall’s was rewarded when a late strike by McAreavey brought them level at the end.

  

Valuable points for Tir na nOg as they beat Glenariffe

Tír na nÓg 3.11 (20)

Glenariffe 1.12 (15)

Going into this league clash on Sunday afternoon at Whitehill, Glenariffe were sitting fourth in the league with three wins from their four starts. Tír na nÓg on the other hand have struggled in the early stages of the league with only one win so all was to play for between these two teams to gain two points in this league meeting.

Despite heading into half time 4 points ahead, Tír na nÓg were forced to earn their win in the second half as Glenariffe came back at them and drew level after 10 minutes befre going two points ahead. Goal scorers McAllister and Sheerin edged the win for the home side after a hotly contested battle.

Alex O’Boyle got the first score of the game from a free before Sean Duffin drew his side level after a huge strike from out on the side line. The sides went tit for tat for the next few scores through Pearse Sheerin, Aaron Cosgrove , Seamus McDonnell and Aaron McNeilly to leave the score 0- 3 each after 10 minutes. With all their possession Tír na nÓg failed to capitalise by putting scores on the board with the Glenariffe’s sweeper working very effectively. Tír na nÓg defence held strong throughout the half with Ronan O’Neill and Tony Martin driving out of defence and playing accurate balls to the forwards. Further points from Ciaran McKeown and Sean Duffin set up by brother Colm took the home side’s lead to 2 points. O’Boyle hit 2 frees back to back before Kevin Sheerin sent the sliotar to the back of the net  to regain the lead for the Whitehill side. Aaron McNeilly struck his second point to leave the margin at 4 points at the short whistle.

As the second half begun Tír na nÓg once again struggled to get the scores on the board, shooting 3 wides and not scoring until 14 minutes into the second half. They relied on keeper Kevin Kerr  to savethem on more than two occasions. Glenariffe took advantage of this and hit a goal through full forward Paul McDonnell who made the most of a spilled ball. Oisin’s hit 2 more points in this space of time from Seamus McDonnell and Mickey Gettens.

Tír na nÓg brought on Eamon Og McAllister who made an immediate impact to the attack after he was brought down on the 13m line driving in on goal. Sheerin opted to go short to Sean Duffin who ably converted. Glenariffe put another two points on the boardfollowing massive poc outsby keeper McToal to retake the lead before Sheerin brought the margin back to the minimum. The home side had to thank keeper Kerr, who came off his line to narrow Seamus McDonnell’s angle on goal and pull off a great  save as the visitors threatened again.

At the other end McAllister was pulled down with the home side appealing for a penalty but somehow he got the strike away and scrambled the ball to the back of the net with 10 minutes remaining. From the poc out Kevin Sheerin was fouled near the sideline, 45 meters from goal and converted his free. Sean Duffin then put a side line cut into space for McNeilly to run onto and point as the home side gained momentum. Wing half back Daniel Haughey stepped up to the plate and pulled a point back for the Oisin’s before full back Randel McDonnell hit a major point from within his own half.

With the game in the balance and normal time up and two points the difference, Kevin Sheerin popped the ball out to brother Pearse who spilt the posts for his second point. Pearse Sheerin then delivered a ball to Sean Duffin who took on his man before drawing a second defender and he passed to Kevin Sheerin who made no mistake as he rattled the net for his second goal of the game. With 4 minutes remaining Tír na nÓg’s defence was once again called upon. Caoimhin Duffin made a dive to send the ball out for a 65 which Randal McDonnell pointed and as the visitors threatened Kevin Kerr made another important save.

Tír na nÓg take thepoints with a 5 point victory heading into another home fixture against Sarsfields on Wednesday night whilst Glenariffe head to High Town to face St. Enda’s.

Tír na nÓg

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

Subs used: E. Og McAllister for C. Logan (41mins)

Scorers: S. Duffin (0.3), P. Sheerin (0.2), A. McNeilly (0.3), C. Mckeown (0.1), K. Sheerin (2.2- 1 free), E. Og McAllister (1.0)

Glenariffe

1. S. McToal 2. N. Murray 3. R. McDonnell 4. M. Haughey 5. D. Haughey 6. S. O’Connor 7. P. McMullan 8. T. Quinn 9. C. Leech 10. S. McDonnell 11. M. Gettens 12. C. Patterson 13. A. Cosgrove 14. P. McDonnell 15. A. O’Boyle

Scorers: A. O’Boyle (0.5- 4 frees), A. Cosgrove (0.1), M. Gettens (0.1), D. Haughey (0.1), S. McDonnell (0.2), P. McDonnell (1.0), R. McDonnell (0.2)

Referee: Kevin Parke (St. Enda’s)