Same again at Staffordstown

 Report & Photographs: Joe Rice

ACHL Division 2A

 Creggan 0-15 Eoghain Ruadh 1-12

Kickhams Creggan hosted Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon, on Saturday afternoon for the 2nd leg of the League fixtures.  Although Creggan were missing six starters from the corrosponding away game, the result was the same as these teams shared the spoils once again. 

The visitors arrived with an air of confidence and soon got proceedings going with a point in the 1st minute from Damien Casey.  Brannon Molloy increased their tally in the 3rd minute before Kiefer Morgan stunned the home support running through the defence to bag a goal.    From the throw in, Creggan struggled with their accuracy, Oran McCann, Liam McCann, Tommy McCann and Ruairi McCann were all off target as they struggled to open account

.  It was almost 10 minutes before Teddy McKeown pointed for the home side raising a cheer from their supporters while Dungannon’s tally increased  with two frees and a 65 from Damien Casey and with 15 minutes gone they led the home side 1.05 to 0.01.  Tiernan Morgan increased the visitors’ tally with a fine point from distance. and at this stage of the game Creggan looked badly out of sorts as their wide tally increased.   Their 2nd score of the half came from a free by Oran McCann 20 minutes in.   Casey and Morgan responded respectively with a point each but with 5 minutes left of the 1st half Creggan finally rallied with Ruairi McCann pointing from play in the 25th and 26th minute and Oran McCann added another on the 28th minute.

HALF TIME SCORE:  Creggan 0.05 v Dungannon 1.08.

Referee, Colm Murray, must have had plans as he was eager to get the 2nd half going but it was a further 5 minutes before a flag was raised as Conor Small pointed from play in the 35th minute.  This score seemed to lift the home side and they went on to add another 9 points in the second half. Oran McCann 0.04, Teddy McKeown 0.02, Conor Small 0.02 and Ethan Carey Small 0.01 were thew Creggan scorer with the visitors held to just  four during a second half in which Kickham’s held the upper hand.

 Damien Casey  from a free and two  65s and Malachy Mulgrew were the Eoghan Ruadh scorers, Mulgrew’s point the final score of the contest coming in the 2nd minute of extra time to easrn the visitors a share of the spoils.  The resulting puck out was claimed high by Oran McCann but as he was about to pull the trigger the final whistle sounded.

Creggan will be disappointed by the result but on the day both sides played their part in making this this a good game and on reflection a draw was possibly a fair result.

 CREGGAN – No.1 Emmet Long, No.2 Jake McAteer, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Danaan O’Hara, No.5 Martin Johnston, No.6 Liam McCann, No.7 Ciaran Rice, No.8 Ruairi McCann 0.02, No.9 Aidan McKeown 0.03, No.10 Ethan Carey Small 0.01, No.11 Oran McCann 0.06, No.12 Conor Small 0.03, No.13 Dermot Mulholland, No.14 Morgan Nelson, No.15 Thomas McCann, No.16 Mark McCann, No.18 Enda Maguire, No.20 Eoghan Grant.  SUBS – Enda Maguire for Martin Johnston, Mark McCann for Dermot Mulholland.

 EOGHAIN RUADH – No.1 John Devlin, No.2 Sean Donaghy, No.3 Stephen Donnelly, No.4 Padraig Mallon, No.5 Lorchan Devlin, No.6 Mark Winter, No.7 Patrick McHugh, No.8 Martin Devlin, No.9 Tiernan Morgan 0.02, No.10 Damien Casey 0.08, No.11 Piaras McErlean, No.12 Bannon Molloy 0.01, No.13 Matthew Mulgrew, No.14 Kiefer Morgan 1.00, No.15 Ben Gormley, No.16 Patrick McKillion, No.17 Cathal McErlean, No.18 Cormac McHugh, No.19 Padraig Hughes, No.20 Sean McGeary, No.21 Matthew McCann, No.22 Paul Lavery, No.23 Brian Rush, No.24 Terry McIntosh, No.25 Eoin Lougue.

Referee: Colin Murray

Impressive Gaels blow depleted Whitehill men away

ACHL Division 2B

Tir na nOg 1-08 Cloney Gaels 7-23

Cloney Gaels moved to the top of Division 2B when they proved far too strong for a depleted Tir na nOg in a one sided affair at Whitehill today.

The home side went into action missing more than a few who were attending a stag week-end and in the event Ahoghill men showed no mercy easing over the winning line with a big winning margin.

The home side got off to a promising start and back to back Emmett Martin points from placed efforts in answer to one from PJ O’ Connell saw them earn early advantage but such was not to linger.

A Pearce Downey goal aided by a slick Donal Graham delivery saw the visitors hit the front and from that point there was no looking back.

The Whitehill men added a second point via centre forward Ciaran Logan but with the skill laden PJ O’ Connell leading the way in attack the Cloney men piled on the pressure to move into a six point advantage by the end of the opening quarter.

O’ Connell, who was outstanding throughout raised a trio of white flags with Donal Graham and Patrick Graham adding points apiece to make it 1-06 to 0-3.

The home side came under increasing pressure as the opening half developed with their visitors unrelenting in applying pressure and after Pearce Downey fired inches wide of the target Patrick Graham got in for his sides second goal and it was already looking ominous for the home side.

The irrepressible PJ O’ Connell followed with another trio of points before ‘Bobby’ Magee’s clearance led to a further white raised by the hard grafting Eoin Graham.

The home side enjoyed a bit of success in the closing stages of the half and a late point from their best on view, Ciaran Logan was followed by goal from the same player as his low left sided delivery found the corner of Aodhan Graham’s net.

The rampant Cloney men led 2-10 to 1-4 at the break but the late flurry from the Whitehill men possibly ignited a spark of hope, and a better showing in the second half.

Tir na nOg started the second half as they had finished the first with an early long range point from Ciaran Logan but they only flattered to deceive as Cloney Gaels came back with a vengeance.

Frankie Neeson added a superb long range 32nd minute point, PJ O’ Connell followed with another brace and Patrick Graham followed suit before PJ O’ Connell and Pearce Downey combined to send the ever vigilant Donal Graham en route to a 38th minute goal to see the Gaels move 3-14 to 1-05 ahead.

It was much a case of backs to the wall for the hard pressed Whitehill men as the game proceeded and further white flags raised in turn by PJ O’ Connell (2), Donal Graham, Frankie Neeson were followed by a 46th minute Pearce Downey goal.

As the last quarter progressed the die had long since been cast although Emmett Martin’s 47th minute point for the home side halted the ‘one way traffic’ for a time, Hugh Dobbin’s charges were soon back in the scoring groove. Frankie Neeson directed another long range effort between the posts and Patrick Graham’s huge 75 meter delivery went all the way to the back of the net.

Substitute Darren O’ Kane added a point to the home side’s total and the hard grafting Ciaran Logan followed suit but the Ahoghill men returned to the offensive as PJ O’ Connell added to his ever increasing personal haul before Donal and Eoin Graham bagged goals apiece.

The Gaels continued to press in the latter stages of  the game with late replacement, Martin Graham bagging a long range effort and Patrick Graham followed suit before PJ O’ Connell signed off with a huge point from a sideline cut from just outside the ‘45’ metre line which sailed majestically between the posts.

Brendan Toland’s full-time whistle sounded from the resulting puck out to leave the visitors convincing winners and they move above Oisins on score difference at the top of the table though the Waterfoot men have a game in hand.

Tir na nOg: Brian O’ Neill, Neil Shannon, Ryan O’ Neill, Daniel Martin, Brendan Kerr, Conor Fitzgerald, Tony Martin, Stephen Carey, Sean McKinlay (0-02), Emmett Martin (0-03), Ciaran Logan (1-02), Michael Higgins, Aaron McNeilly, Declan Mallon, Simon Carey

Subs

Darren o’ Kane (0-01) for S Carey

Jim Carroll for N Shannon

Clooney Gaels: Aodhan Graham, Stephen O’ Connell, Bernard Graham, Diarmuid Graham, Eamon Brady, Neil O’ Connell, James Magee, Fionnbar O’ Neill, Frankie Neeson (0-02), Tom Mc Glone, Patrick Graham (2-03), PJ O’ Connell (0-13), Eoin Graham (1-02), Pearce Downey (2-00), Donal Graham (2-02)

Subs:

Martin Graham (0-01) for N O’ Connell

Sean Mc Mahon for S O’ Connell

Dominic Neeson for F O’ Neill

Referee B Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

St. Enda’s stay tops after win at Creggan

Report & Photographs: Joe Rice

ACHL Division 2

 CREGGAN 1.11 v ST. ENDA’S 1.13.

St. Enda’s travelled to Kickhams Creggan today hoping to maintain their place at the top of the table but found the opposition a lot tougher than when they met in their previous meeting where Enda’s had the game over by half time.

With 15 minutes gone Creggan led by two points and after 25 minutes they were level at 5 a piece but by  half time the visitors had moved one ahead.

John McGoldrick for St. Enda’s raised the first flag from a free before  his team mate, Oliver Breen added another  to put the Glengormley men two in front.  It took the home-side almost 5 minutes to get their 1st score, Oran McCann opening their account from a free.  This was followed 2 minutes laterwith another from Ruairi McCann and the same players added points apiece as creggan went two in front.

Their luck would change as Sam Maguire was carried off injured and replaced by Marty Johnston as  St. Enda’s got the next score,  a 65 from John McGoldrick who added 2 further points from frees before the break.   Creggan’s Morgan Nelson responded to level and on the blow, Jason Higgins pointed from distance to put the City side one ahead at the break.

HALF TIME SCORE – CREGGAN 0.06 v ST. ENDA’S 0.07.

The home side were slow to come out for the second half but when they did they hit the ground running. Aidan McKeown levelled and seconds later Kevin Rice bagged a major to stun the visitors.  It was again left to McGoldrick to steady the ship and he did so with 2 points from play and 1 from a free to edge St. Enda’s back in front. 

Morgan Nelson scored a fine point from play to increase his tally for the home side while Rory Donaghy (St. Enda’s) responded with 2 fine points of his own.  As the game headed towards the final third 2 points separated the teams with Creggan on the offensive with several attempts on goal without success.  Oran McCann bagged a further 2 frees for the Kickham’s but these were answered by Rory Donaghy and Conor McStocker who both pointed from play.   Creggan cut the gap to one with 5 minutes remaining but Donaghy and McStocker pointed again to edge their side two points ahead.

  The home side were thrown a lifeline in the dying seconds with a 20 metre free,  Oran McCann driving his attempt low only to be deflected for a 65.   The 65 was dropped in around the house but once cleared the Referee blew for full-time.

 CREGGAN – No1 Emmet Long, No2 Jake McAteer, No3 Aidan Maguire, No4 Dannan O’Hara, No5 Ciaran Rice, No6 Liam McCann, No7 Ethan Carey Small, No8 Ruairi McCann (0.02), No9 Aidan McKeown (0.01), No10 Kevin Rice (1.0), No11 Conor Small (0.01), No12 Oran McCann (0.05), No13 Morgan Nelson (0.02), No14 Sam Maguire, No15 Thomas McCann, No16 Enda Maguire, No17 Mark McCann, No18 Marty Johnston (0.01), No20 Aaron Hughes, No21 James Dougan, No22 Eunan McAteer, No23 Oliver Duffin, No24 Owen Grant.

 ST. ENDA’S – No1 Martin Curran, No2 Niall O’Connor, No3 Rian Gillen, No4 Michael McGivern, No5 Ruairi Diamond, No6 Mark Donaghy, No7 Matthew O’Hare, No8 Ryan Bogue (0.01), No9 Joseph Maskey, No10 Jason Higgins (0.01), No11 Ruairi Donaghy (0.03), No12 Oliver Breen (0.04), No13 Conor McStocker (0.02), No14 John McGouldrick (1.05), No15 Cillian MacSheoinin, No17 Brendan Carmichael, No20 Eoin Jennings, No22 Daniel Lowry, No24 Patrick Ross, No25 Michael McQuillan.

Referee: John Carson (Ruairi Og)

Wind and rain fails to halt Tir na nOg

ACHL Div 2B

Armoy 2.5 (11)

Tír na nÓg 1.14 (17)

In treacherous weather conditions at Glen Rovers Armoy, Tír na nÓg Randalstown came away with 2 points after a convincing win over the home side ensuring their place in Division 2 for next year. Despite building up a 7 point advantage, Armoy clawed back to leave the deficit at only 2 points at half time. Tír na nÓg dominated the second half, keeping the score board ticking over with a well taken goal from Pearse Sheerin.

With Daniel McPeake dropping to act as a sweeper Armoy failed to win primary possession up front allowing Tír na nÓg to build up a 7 point advantage with 4 points from Kevin Sheerin and points apiece from Ciaran Logan, Niall Devlin and Pearse Sheerin before Armoy registered their first score through Emmet O’Hara on 18minutes. Armoy then went on to dominate the next 10 minutes when O’Hara’s score was hastily followed with two frees from Conor Christie. After an attack being broke down for the visitors the ball fell to John Dillon who made no mistake in finding the back of the net to reduce the lead to the minimum. With half time drawing near Kevin Sheerin spilt the posts from a dead ball leaving the score 1.3 to 0.8 in favour of the visitors.

The rain continued to pour down at the beginning of the second half and Ciaran Logan found the target very quickly. Man of the match Ciaran McKeown who broke down a serious amount of attacks in the second half registered his first score of the game just before Pearse Sheerin rattled the back of the net after pushing into full forward. Christie pulled another free back to leave 6 points in the game.

Tír na nÓg hit three points on the bounce through a Kevin Sheerin free and two points from Caoimhin Duffin and Ciaran McKeown. With 5 minutes of normal time remaining Tír na nÓg held out for the result with some excellent defending from Colm and Caoimhin Duffin and their brother Malachy who dropped back and won many balls in the ruck. A final score from Kevin Sheerin insured the Whitehill side’s lead despite Armoy applying the pressure. They reaped the reward when a high dropping ball found its way to the back of the visitors net. Despite playing 6 minutes additional time Tír na nÓg withstood the pressure and came away with 2 points.

Tír na nÓg: 1. K. Kerr 2. D. Martin 3. R. O’Neill 4. N. Shannon 5. T. Martin 6. Colm Duffin 7. C. O’Neill 8. C. Duffin 9. C. McKeown 10. P. Sheerin 11. K. Sheerin 12. M. Duffin 13. N. Devlin 14. C. Logan 15. E. Martin 17.E. Óg McAllister 18. M. Higgins 19. N. Devlin 20. B. Kerr 21. D. Mallon 22. S. Carey 23. S. McKinley

Subs: E. Óg McAllister for E. Martin

Scorers: K. Sheerin (0.7- 1 65, 4 frees), P. Sheerin (0.1), C. Logan (0.2), N. Devlin (0.1), C. McKeown (0.2), C. Duffin (0.1)

Armoy: 1. C. Devlin 2. J. McFetridge 3. C. McCormick 4. D. Connolly 5. L. Dillon 6. A. Devlin 7. J. McBride 8. C. McErlaine 9. PJ McBride 10. J. McErlaine 11. J. Dillon 12. E. O’Hara 13. H. O’Kane 14. D. McPeake 15. C. Christie

Scorers: E. O’Hara (0.1), C. Christie (0.4- 4 frees), J. Dillon (2.0)

O’Connell goal paves the way for Cloney Gaels victory

ACHL Division 2B

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills 2-11 Cloney Gaels 3-13

A goal from PJ O’Connell with eight minutes remaining finally swung this tight battle in favour of Cloney Gaels and broke the resistance of a battling St. Brigid’s in the driving wind and rain in Cloughmills today.

O’Connell was a threat throughout the contest and broke left from a ruck of player before firing to the net  with the sides level at 2-11 apiece and he followed with a 26th minute point to bring his personal tally to 1-4 and finally kill off the spirited challenge of the home side.

It was St. Brigid’s who made a blistering start as they went in search of the points that might see them climb out of bottom spot and Ruairi Laverty pointed them ahead in the opening minute before Liam Kearns drilled a close range free through a crowded goalmouth to put them four in front with only four minutes on the clock.

Aaron Smylie pointed a 9th minute free and things were looking good for the home side but full-back Bernard Graham came forward to open the visitors account with a good point and Patrick Graham added a second to get the Ahoghill side on their way.

A PJ O’Connell point in the 16th minute closed the gap to two as Cloney Gaels started to get on top and Owen Neeson followed from a 20th minute free before Fionnbar O’Neill tied the contest in the 21st minute. The visitors were well on top at this stage as Patrick Graham fired to the net in the 25th minute before Steven Smyth replied with a point, the home side’s first in 16 minutes.

Donal Graham added an Ahoghill point to put his side six in front with three minutes of the half remaining but an excellent goal from Mickey Devlin ignited the St. Brigid’s challenge and they finished the half with a flurry, adding four unanswered points to lead by one at the break.

Devlin, Steven Smyth, Devlin again and Liam Kearns were the men on target and as the sides headed of at half time there must have been optimism in the home dressing room that they could go on to collect their second brace of points of the season.

LEVELLED MATTERS

On the restart Patrick Graham levelled matters in the opening minute but points from Ruairi Laverty, Michael Morrison and a superb point from Michael Devlin saw St. Brigid’s move three in front by the 8th minute as the rain came down and the wind increased.

PJ O’Connell responded for the Gaels with a couple of pointed frees and another from Dan O’Neill had the sides level as both sides fought tooth and nail to gain the upper hand but significantly during this period, St.Brigid’s were guilty of a number of bad wides.

The ‘Biddies’ were still holding their own however and when Steven Smyth pointed them ahead with 11 minutes of normal time remaining they were still very much in contention but this was to be their final score of the game.

The Ahoghill sides greater resilience and know how took over as their defence shut shop and PJ O’Connell’s goal in the 22nd minute proved the killer blow as the Cloney men produced a strong finish to join Glenariffe at the top of division 2B.

O’Connell added a 26th minute point from a close range free and Eamon Brady concluded the scoring to see the visitors run out winners by a somewhat flattering five point margin.

Cloughmills will rue the number of wides they shot over the hour but will take some consolation from the performance but find themselves at the bottom of the table behind Glen Rovers with three games remaining.

St. Brigid’s: Adam Mooney, Geoffery Og Laverty, Steven Martin, Sean McKendry, James Doherty, Conor Laverty, Joseph Smyth, Michael Morrison, Ruairi Laverty, Steven Smyth, Michael Devlin, Eoin Dobbin, Nathan Richmond, Aaron Smylie, Liam Kearns. Subs: Michael Reid for Nathan Richmond, Gerard Reid for Eoin Dobbin.

Cloney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Bernard Graham, Diarmaid Graham, James Magee, Neil O’Connell, Eamon Brady, Donal Graham, Fionnbar O’Neill, Owen Neeson, Patrick Graham,  PJ O’Connell, Thomas McGlone, Francis Neeson, James O’Connell. Subs: Pearse Downey, Martin Graham

Referee: Darren McKeown (St. Gall’s)