Oisins edge Bredagh to make it six wins in row

Antrim Hurling League Division 2

Oisins 1-14 Bredagh 1-13

Glenariffe held off a late rally by visitors Bredagh in Sunday’s Antrim Hurling League Division 2 game Waterfoot, winning in the end by the narrowest of margin to make it six wins out of six.

Going into half time the Oisins, who had played with a strong wind behind them in the first half, had opened a five point gap, but a goal from the visitors’ full forward Sean Hughes cut the gap back to just two points. With the strong wind blowing straight down the field it was clear that the home team had a fight on their hands to survive, but boosted by a goal from returning county player David Kearney they appeared to be holding out well, until Bredagh came with a late charge which almost snatched the points.

Early points from David Kearney and Seanie McIntosh got the Oisins up and running but points from Sean Hughes and Conor Costello for the visitors pegged them back. Kearney and McIntosh again gave the home team the edge, and after Sean McGourty sent one over for the Down men the Oisins got a bit of control in the game with four unanswered points from Niall Murray (2), Aaron Cosgrove and David Kearney. A great high catch and finish from Bredagh’s Conor Costello cut the gap back to four and though Odhran Gillan replied with one more for the home side to restore their five point cushion, full forward Sean Hughes found a world of space in the left corner of the Oisins defence and drilled a low shot past Seanan McToal in the Oisin goals to leave just two between them at the break.

When Bredagh’s excellent left half forward Matt McAreavey got a point soon after the restart it was clear that the home were under pressure, but goal from midfielder David Kearney two minutes later proved a great boost. McAreavey was proving a real handful for the Oisins defence and two more points on 12 and 17 minutes left just two between the sides. Seamus McDonnell and Seanie Tosh, in reply to one by Sean Hughes for the visitors kept a little bit of daylight between the sides, but Declan McCartney and McAreavey kept the Down men very much in touch.

A great free from distance by substitute Alex O’Boyle with thirteen minutes still to play put four between the teams again, but Breday hit four of the last five point of the game and it took another neat point from O’Boyle, and extraordinary miss from a free, straight in front of goals by the visitors to see the Oisins squeeze through in a highly exciting game.   

OISINS

Seanan McToal, Michael Haughey, Mickey Gettings, Martin McAlister, Aaron Cosgrove, Conor Patterson, Daniel Kearney, Donal Kearney, David Kearney, Odhran Gillan, Niall Murray, Oliver Kearney, Seamus McDonnell, Seanie McIntosh.

Subs – Alex O’Boyle,

BREDAGH

Ian Galway, Niall Smyth, Lawerence Smyth, Liam Hogan, Chris Ferry, Niall McFarland, Tiernan Sheehan, Declan McCartney, Sean McGourty, Ciaran McMullan, Oran McFlynn, Matt McAreavey, Conor Costello, Sean Hughes, Jarlett McCollum

Referee – Darren McKeown (St Gall’s)

Carryduff end Faughs unbeaten run

Antrim Hurling League – Division 2

Carey Faughs 0.13 Carryduff 1.17

Carey Faughs unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Ballyvoy on Wednesday evening when they lost to a very good and well organised Carryduff side. The visitors dominated the first half and led at half time by 1.12 to 0.7, the only major of the game coming in the 6th minute from Eoin Rooney after a good save from Carey keeper Darren McGowan. The same player picked up a further 3 points before half time with Gary Rooney knocking over 6 points, 2 from Donal Rooney and points each from McCartan and Goodwin.

First half scores for a Carey side which didn’t seem to find their usual rhythm were Conlith McKinley on four, John McBride on two and James Black picking up the other point. The second half saw a much improved Carey but the goal they desperately required was denied by a resolute Carryduff defence. A further brace of points from Black and McKinley brought the margin down to four but further points for the north Down side from Lynch, Beatty and Rooney put them back in the comfort zone. The home side did finish with points from Mick McVeigh and John McBride but they were mere consolation as Carryduff had the points wrapped up.

This result, Bredagh’s win over Tir na nÓg and Cloney Gaels shock defeat to bottom of the table Gort na Móna means things are really hotting up at the top of the table. Bredagh are now level with the Faughs on 12 points, though the Carey men still have a game in hand, while Cloney Gaels are a point further back on 11 points. Faughs next outing is against Cloney on Sunday week in Aghoghill which should be a very interesting contest.

CAREY

D McGowan, S Matthews, C McGlynn, D Hill, M McVeigh, J McCouaig, F McCarry, C McKinley, S McLaughlin, J Black, F McVeigh, C McCaughan, P Gillan, J McBride.

CARRYDUFF

C McLoran, M McArdle, A Downey, C Goodwin, J Woods, C McAlister, C Cassidy, M McConville, M Conway, D Goodwin, D McCartan, D Rooney, C Beatty, G Lynch, E Rooney.

Referee – Ray Matthews.

7 Up for Faughs

Antrim Hurling League – Division 2

Carey Faughs 1-26 Gort na Móna 0-12

Division 2 league leaders Carey Faughs recorded their seventh straight win with a comprehensive victory over their city rivals Gort naMóna at Ballyvoy on Sunday. Though they won convincingly in the end this game was still “,up for grabs” at half time after a determined and fit young Gorts side held their own for long periods of the opening half.

At the end of the first quarter the home side led by 1.8 to 0.4 with points each from Sean McLaughlin,  Conlith McKinley,  Mick McVeigh and Fiachra McVeigh,  Paddy Gillan getting the goal midway through the half, while Caolan McCaughan and John McBride added a further two points each. Darren Boyd hit three points for the visitors with the others coming from the talented Dessie McLean replied for the Turf Lodge outfit.

The Gorts found Doug McAuley hard to beat

Entering the second quarter the Belfast side looked threatening and created a good few chances but they found Doug McAuley in the Faughs nets a formidable challlenge.  Further points for Carey from Paddy McBride, Conlith McKinley and Paddy Gillan, along with two from Fiachra McVeigh took their tally to 1.13 at halftime with Gorts replying points from Dessie McLean, David Dixon and Boyd getting a further couple to leave the half time score 1.13 to 0.9.

On the resumption a few tactical changes saw the hosts impose their authority on the game and by the forty fifth minute they had extended their lead to 1.22 to 0.10. In this period Gorts only score was a Darren Boyd point, while James Black, now playing in a more familiar forward position, knocked over three points. Further scores came from Mckinley, getting in the act with four, Caolan McCaughan and mick McVeigh getting two each. The final fifteen minutes saw the Faughs ease further ahead with points from Dan Martin, Con McKinley and two more each from from James Black, Aiden McDonagh as they pulled away to win convincingly.

Depleted Gaels have no answer to slick Sarsfield’s

ACHL Division 2

Cloney Gaels Ahoghill 0-13 Sarsfieldfs 0-18

A Cloney Gaels side, depleted by a weekend stag do, had no answer to a slick Sarsfield’s in Ahoghill today. The Ahoghill side started well enough and indeed led 0-3 to 0-0 after six minutes with the O’Connell brothers, PJ, James and Neil all on target but it wasn’t long until Niall McAlea 0-2 and Ryan Carson had the visitors back on level terms.

Cloney Gaels were still enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage but play had become very scrappy as both sides wasted opportunities but points from Owen Neeson and Diarmuid Scullion moved the home side two in front after 13 minutes play.

The visitors replied from a Kevin McKernan free but a great long range effort from Donal Graham restored the home side’s two point advantage with eight minutes remaining to the break.

Back came Sarsfield’s with points from Daniel Smyth and then ‘Kevo’ McKernan set up Ryan Carson to bring matters all square before PJ’O’Connell briefly restored the Ahoghill men’s lead. It would be the last time the home side would lead as Sarsfield’s slowly wrestled control from their hosts.

They finished the half very much on the front foot as Donal McKernan pointed a couple of frees and Callum Reynolds added another from play just before the break to leave the visitors three in front and in a strong position as they turned around with the wind in their favour.

PJ O’Connell pointed a ‘65’ on the restart but Sarsfield’s were growing in confidence and beginning to dominate matters as Kevin McKernan replied with a fine point from play and Donal McKernan followed with his third pointed free of the afternoon to leave his side four in front with only seven minutes gone.

Owen Neeson replied again for the Gaels but they were finding scores extremely hard to come by and the Stewartstown Road side were starting to find space and Niall McAlea, Brendan Jackson and McAlea again were on target to leave them five ahead after 13 minutes.

The home side were now living off scraps but still fighting hard as Dominic Neeson replied with a point in the 18th minute but Sarsfield’s now had the bit firmly between their teeth and Donal and Kevin Mckernan responded with excellent scores.

Donal McKernan added another from an acute angle but the Cloney side were still battling hard and responded through Colla McDonnell, PJ O’Connell and Conor Paul Crossey but the final point of the game fell the way of the visitors as the impressive Donal McKernan concluded the scoring with an injury time point.

Cloney Gaels remain in second place follow this, their first defeat of the season, one behind Cathaoir an Ri who have a game in hand over the Ahoghill men while Bredagh lie in third place, a point behind the Cloney side.

Sarsfields move up to eighth in the table and with what they showed today are capable of climbing further with the McKernan’s Donal and Kevin, Niall McAlea and youngster, Brendan Jackson all in impressive form.

Cloney Gaels: 1 Francis Neeson, 2 Chris McGlone, 3 Stephen O’Connell, 4 Diarmaid Graham, 5 Diarmuid Scullion, 6 Neil O’Connell, 7 PJ O’Connell, 8 Dominic Neeson, 9 Gerard Graham, 10 Owen Neeson, 11 James O’Connell, 12 Conor Paul Crossey, 13 Colla McDonnell, 14 Donal Graham, 15, Callum Reynolds, Sub: 18 Rian Keenan

Sarsfields: 1 Naoise O’Faolain, 2 Mark McCavanagh, 3 James Cunningham, 4 Daragh Coleman, 5 Daniel Smyth, 6 Eoghan Rogers, 7 Domhnall Moran, 8 Enda McCartan, 9 Kevin McKernan, 10 Jim McKernan, 11 Donal McKernan, 12 Ryan Carson, 13 Niall McAlea, 15 Brendan Jackson 27 Ryan Carson, 17 Nicholas O’Mullane, 28 Pearse Cussack, 16 Eoin McBrearty

Referee: Hugh Torney (Down)

Moneyglass hold off Davitt’s late challenge

Homefit Antrim Football League Division 2

Moneyglass 0-13 Davitt’s

Moneyglass ended the first half of the Division 2 League campaign on a high when they beat Davitt’s at Marian Hill. The league leaders were made to work hard for their victory as Davitt’s closed within a point with three minutes, plus injury time, still to play. However they weathered the storm to seal a one point win and they go into the second half of the season with a four point cushion at the top of the table.

Full forward Colum Duffin was the star of the show with seven points overall, three of those coming early in the game. Davitt’s goalkeeper Aaron Slane had given the visitors the lead with a pointed free in the third minute, but three from Duffin and one from Connlaodh McCann gave Moneyglass a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after nine minutes.

Padraig McParland pulled one back for Davitt’s but when Duffin added two more to stretch the lead to six after fifteen minutes they appeared to be well in control. All was to change when Aaron Slane came up to fire a penalty to the Moneyglass net on 19 minutes and the gap was suddenly down to the minimum, but Duffin and McCann responded for the home side to give them an 0-10 to 1-4 lead at half time.

The scoring dried up for the home side in the second half and two more McParland points saw Davitt’s close to two within 12 minutes into the second half. Dermot McErlain edge the gap out to three, but CJ O’Sullivan came back with one for the West Belfast side to keep his team very much in contention. Two quick points on 50 and 51 minutes by Dermot McErlain and Colum Duffin eased the pressure on the home side but Davitt’s closed to within one as McParland sent over points in 52nd and 57th minutes. At this stage it looked like it could go either way but Moneyglass held on to seal the win and put them in a very strong position entering with just five games left to play.