Sarsfields too strong for understrenght Dungannon

Doherty Woodshavings All County Hurling League Division 2

Sarsfields 2-23 Dungannon 0-12

Paul McIntyre was at The Bear Pit.

A blistering opening quarter from Sarsfields saw them maintain their unbeaten start to the season as the easily accounted for an understrenght Dungannon with 17 points to spare in what was a long afternoon for the Tyrone outfit, who had the bulk of their first team away on county duty with Tyrone.

A second minute goal from Darragh McGuiness set the tone and when the visitors lost their full back Brian McGilloway to a straight red card five minutes later, there was only going to be one winner.

Sarsfields used the extra man to their advantage and were happy to keep the scoreboard ticking over as the hit 1-13 without reply in the opening 20 minutes.

Dungannon eventually got on the scoreboard after 22 minutes, and went on the register a further three points before the break, but at half time the homeside were well on top and lead 1-16 to 0-4.   

Sambo McNaughton’s side battled gainfully in the second period but missing fourteen players due to county commitments was a real stretch on their resources.

The second half was a much quieter affair with the only score of note being the ‘Paddies’ second major in the 36th minute as Darragh McGuiness reacted quickest after the Dungannon defence failed to deal with a high ball from Kevin McKernan.

From here on Sarsfield managed to close the game out with minimal fuss and top scorer Daniel McKernan claimed their final score with his 11th point of the day.

Teams & Scorers:

Sarsfields: David Ward, Kevin Ward, Niall McAlea, Malachy Campbell, David Johnston (0-1), Caolan Mervyn, Jim McKernan, Kevin McKernan (0-3, 1f), Jack Daniels (0-2), Daniel McKernan (0-11, 9f), Ryan Carson, (0-1), Garry Lennon (0-2), Darragh McGuiness (2-2), Daniel McKernan (0-1), Brendan McGibbon.

Subs: Michael Johnston for D. McKernan Snr (43), Noel Ferris for B. McGibbon (49), David McAlister for J. McKernan (54), Patrick Sheridan for D. McGuiness (55), Paul Carson for R. Carson (58).

Dungannon: John Devlin, Mark McCrory, Brian McGilloway, Sean Paul McKernan, Brian Rush, Stephen Donnelly (0-1), Padraig McHugh, Fionn Devlin, Cathal McErlean, Josh Ferguson, Branán Molloy, (0-1f), Cormac Hughes, Ciaran McCrudden (0-2), Matthew Mulgrew (0-2), Cormac Hughes (0-1).

Subs: Sean Donaghy (0-5, 2F) for C. Hughes (HT), Mark McCann for P. McHugh (40), Padraig McHugh for M. McCrory (47).

Referee: Mr Lorenzo McMullan.

Rice goals to give Creggan first win of the season

ACHL DIVISON 2B

Creggan 3-12 Oisins 0-20

Oisin’s, Glenariff, took to the field in Staffordstown confident they could overcome an under power, Kickham’s Creggan.  Most of the players on both teams would have been familiar with each other, having met before – 2011 All-County Feile, 2015 Minor Championship & 2019 All-County League – with the South West Side coming on top on all occasions. 

Referee, Darren McKeown, got proceedings under way and Oisin’s started the better with a point on four minutes from Michael Gettens.  This was cancelled out almost immediately with Morgan Nelson pointed from a free for the home side seconds later.  The said player had two more points from frees by the 10th minute while Seanie McHenry and Kieran McKendry for Oisin’s pointed to leave things level with 12 minutes gone.  The homeside bagged the next point from play from Liam McCann while Nelson added to his tally of frees with a 4th point.  Alex O’Boyle’s accuracy for the visitors was decisive when he added two further points from play in the 15th & 16th minute.  O’Boyle added to his tally yet again when he landed the only 65 of the game to push the visitors three points clear.  Creggan’s Kevin Rice chipped over a superb sideline ball on 40 minutes to narrow the gap to two, and the home side drew level again with a points from Sam Maguire and Nelson. However it was the visitors who took charge of the game as we came closer to the short whistle.  Shea McDonnell, David Kearney, Kieran McKendry and Alex O’Boyle all added additional points while Creggan only managed one more score of the 1st half by Kevin Rice on the 31st minute leaving the half time score: Creggan 0.09 v Oisin’s 0.12.

As the second half got under way, Alex O’Boyle had added to his tally with a point from the throw in.  The home side’s free taker, Nelson, scored two additional frees in the 35th and 37th minute while O’Boyle had bagged three more at the other end with by the forty seventh minute, leaving the score 0-16 to 0- 11 to the Oisins.  Creggan needed goals and were unlucky on a number of occasions while Oisin’s opted to to pick off their points, but this would lead to their downfall.  Although Kieran McKendry added to his tally, and O’Boyle put the next two frees over, the pressure was on for Creggan  as they struggled for possession.  Liam McCann threw them a lifeline with a major on the 48th minute while his team mate Sean Donnelly popped over a superb point to leave the score at 0-19 to 0-15 in favour of the visitors.  With four minutes left on the clock plus injury time, the lough-shore lads looked like they were heading for their third defeatof the season, but Kealan McCann struck a 60 metre free dropping short to be doubled into the net by Lee Johnston, to cut the deficit to a one point margin.  With time almost up the game was in the balance, but it was Creggan’s Kevin Rice’s who struck the telling blow for the home side with a goal that put them two in front with only seconds of injury time left. Oisin’s Niall Murray pulled on back for the Oisins, but it was to be the last score of the contest and Creggan clinched victory by the narrowest of margins to reiginte their season

 Referee, Darren McKeown, managed proceedings well allowing the game to flow as both sides were well up for a very physical encounter.

FINAL SCORE:  Creggan 3.12 v Oisin’s 0.20.

KICKHAM’S CREGGAN:  No.1 Tiernan McLarnon, No.2 Michael Maguire, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Dannan O’Hara, No.5 Jake McAteer, No.6 Ciaran Rice, No.7 Aidan McKeown, No.8 Kealan McCann, No.9 Liam McCann (1.01), No.10 Diarmuid Mulholland,  No.11 Sam Maguire (0.01), No.12 Morgan Nelson (0.07), No.13 Sean Donnelly (0.01), No.14 Lee Johnston (1.00), No.15 Kevin Rice (1.02),

No.16 Oliver Duffin, No.18 Joe Smith, No.19 Nial McAuley, No.20 Sean McAuley.

OISIN’S:  No.1 Paul McMullan, No.2 Michael Haughey, No.3 Conor Robert Patterson, No.4 Martin McAllister, No.5 Donal Kearney, No.6 David Kearney (0.01), No.7 Nial Murray (0.01), No.8 Shane O’Connor (0.01), No.9 Caolan O’Connor, No.10 Kieran McKendry (0.03), No.11 Michael Gettens (0.01), No.12 Alex O’Boye (0.11), No.13 Shea McDonnell (0.01), No.14 Seamus McDonnell, No.15 Seanie McHenry (0.02),

No.16 Seanan McToal, No.17 Dan McKillop, No.18 Oliver Kearney, No.19 Daniel Haughey, No.20 Ciaran Farrell, No.21 Michael McConaghie, No.22 Cahill McDowell, No.23 Ben O’Boyle, No.24 Aaron Crossgrove, No.25 Sean Leech, No.26 Ciaran Black, No.28 Daire Mort, No.30 Michael O’Boyle, No.31 Paddy Burns.

St. Gall’s and Bredagh serve up a thriller

ACHL Div.2B

St. Gall’s 1-17 Bredagh 0-17

St. Gall’s and Bredagh served up a real thriller at Milltown Row today in a game that could rightly be described as a game of two halves. Bredagh certainly had the better of the opening half and were good value for their 0-11 to 0-8 half time lead despite being without their county contingent.

It was a different game after the break however as Chris Dornan’s side stepped it up a gear, out-scoring the South Belfast side by 1-9 to 0-6 and when Gregory McGreevey took advantage of a slip by Bredagh keeper to kick the sliotar to the net in thew 41st minute, they never looked back.

It was St. Gall’s who were first off the mark with points from Paddy Friel and Gregory McGreevey but visitors Bredagh were back on terms by the 7th minute as Liam Hogan and Declan McCartney split the posts at the other end.

Kieran McGourty for St. Gall’s and Matt McAreavey for the visitors exchanged further points but St. Gall’s started to get on top and a trio of points from Jackson McGreevey, Marcus Donnelly and a fine long range effort from Niall O’Neill moved them three in front after 15 minutes.

Sean Hughes replied for the Down men but Jack Hopkins had the final say prior to the water break to leave the home side 0-7 to 0-4 ahead and looking fairly comfortable.

Perhaps there was something in the Bredagh water for they returned rejuvenated to hit seven points without reply through Declan McCartney, Sean Hughes 0-3, Liam Hogan, Eoghan Donnelly and Matt McAreavey before Jackson McGreevey replied from a free in the 31st minute to leave the visitors leading 0-11 to 0-8 at the break.

It wasn’t looking good for the Milltown men when Sean Burked limped out of the contest after four minutes of the second half to be replaced by Fergus Donnelly but Ronan Crossan got them off the mark with a point in the 7th minute.

Jackson McGreevey added another before Paddy Friel brought the sides level with a great point in the 11th minute. Bredagh tried to respond and it took a good save from Kurtis McGreevey to deny Liam Hogan before matters swung significantly in favour of the home side.

Ian Galway in the Bredagh goals, who hadn’t put a foot wrong up to this point, spilled a long delivery from Jackson McGreevey and Gregory McGreevey was on hand to bundle the sliotar over the line and give his side a lead they were never again to lose.

St. Gall’s were now dominating matters as Jackson McGreevey came forward to send over a great long range point and another from Fergus Donnelly had the Milltown Row men 1-13 to 0-11 in front at the second water break.

On the restart St. Gall’s extended their lead through a Tomas O’Ciarain point and it had been 19 minutes since Bredagh last scored but they found a response and hit three in a row from the sticks of Eoghan Donnelly, Ryan Curran and Michael Woods to close the gap to two with seven minutes remaining.

St. Gall’s were determined not to let this one slip however and they upped their performance in the closing stages with Gregory McGreevey, Jackson McGreevey, Kieran McGourty and Jackson McGreevey again moving them five in front by the 27th minute.

It was as good as over at this stage but Bredagh kept going to the end and were rewarded with late points from Odhran McFlynn and Ryan Curran but these were merely consolation scores.

A good game of hurling between two excellent sides with St. Gall’s making it two from two to join Cathaoir an Ri on four point while Bredah are on equal points but have played a game more and when they have their county panellists available they look more than capable of challenging any of the teams in this division.

St. Gall’s: Kurtis McGreevey, Lorcan O’Ciarain, Joe McDaniel, Stephen Morrison, Niall O’Neill, Aodhan Gallagher, Daniel Churchill, Jack Hopkins, Jackson McGreevey, Gregory McGreevey, Sean Burke, Kieran McGourty, Marcus Donnelly, Patrick Friel, Ronan Crossen. Subs: Fergus Donnelly for Sean Burke,

Bredagh: Ian Galway, Lawrence Smith, Thomas McGuckin, Niall Smith, Chris Ferry, Niall McFarland, Michael Woods, Declan McCartney, Matt McAreavey, Sean Hughes, Oran McFlynn, Ciaran McMullan, Jarlath McCollum, Eoghan Donnelly, Liam Hogan.

Referee: Paul McDonnell (Rossa)

Strong second half performance paves the way for Cloney victory

ACHL Div. 2A

Cloney Gaels 3-16 Tir na nOg 0-18

Cloney Gaels produced a strong second half performance to overcome the challenge of Tir na nOg in this Division 2A clash at Clooney tonight. The sides were meeting for the first time since last year’s Intermediate final where the Whitehill men overcame tonight’s opponents but only briefly during the opening half did they look like repeating that famous centenary victory.

PJ O’Connell gave a flavour of what was to come when he opened the scoring with a point after 30 seconds with Ciaran O’Neill levelling matters with four minutes on the clock. It was end to end stuff as both sides opened at breakneck speed and James O’Connell from a free and Sean Duffin with a great point from play for the Whitehill side tied the contest for the second time.

PJ O’Connell for the home side and Ciaran Logan for the visitors had matters level again by the 9th minute before the mercurial PJ soloed through the Tir na nOg defence and batted the sliotar overhead past Kevin Sheerin for the game’s opening goal.

Three ahead for the first time the momentum appeared to have swung in the direction of the Clooney men but they wouldn’t score again for another 21 minutes as Tir na nOg took control. Sean Duffin started the comeback from a 13th minute free and one from play and points from Aaron McNeilly and Duffin again from a free and then from play had his side one in front after 21 minutes.

Duffin extended the visitors lead to two after a foul on Niall Devlin which saw the corner-forward unable to continue and be replaced by Declan Mallon before James O’Connell finally got the Clooney men on the scoreboard again from a 30th minute free.

Kevin Kerr from play and James O’Connell from another free exchanged further points but the home side struck a decisive blow in the minutes leading up to half time when a tantalising side-line cut from James O’Connell landed in the danger zone and Dan O’Connell got the vital touch in the frantic goalmouth scramble that followed.

Sean Duffin pointed a late free to leave his side trailing by the minimum as Vincent Boyle sounded his half time whistle and it looked anybody’s game at this stage with all still to play for in the second half.

The early exchanges in the second half mirrored those of the first with James O’Connell for the Gaels and Sean McKinley for the Randalstown men exchanging early points and Owen Neeson and Ciaran Logan exchanging further minors before PJ O’Connell showed his predatory instincts when he flicked the ball to the Tir na nOg net with seven minutes of the new half gone.

This score seemed to lift the home side with the splendid PJ O’Connell adding a couple of points in answer to one from Ciaran Logan to leave the home side five in front by the 10th minute and they were showing much greater hunger than their opponents as they hunted in packs to close down their opponents.

Sean Duffin pointed a 12th minute free before Bobby Magee for the home side and Sean McKinley for Tir na nOg saw Red as things began to hot up. It was Clooney Gaels who continued to call the shots when things got going again with James O’Connell and Francis Neeson adding further points.

 Tir na nOg tried to respond and it took an excellent interception by Stephen O’Connell to deny Darragh Fagan a goal opportunity at the expense of a ‘65’ which Sean Duffin converted.

There was to be no way back however for the Whitehill side as PJ O’Connell replied with another massive point and youngster Colla McDonnell and Ronan Graham added two more to put further daylight between the sides with five minutes remaining.

The visitors did keep going and were rewarded with points from Ciaran McKeown and Aaron McNeilly but the final score of the game fell to Colla McDonnell after Ronan Graham got his marching orders for a second yellow card.

Clooney Gaels: Martin Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Bernard Graham, James Magee, Fionnbar O’Neill, Neil O’Connell, Eamonn Brady, Francis Neeson, Gerard Graham, Eoin Graham, Patrick Graham, PJ O’Connell, Dan O’Neill, Ronan Graham, James O’Connell. Subs: Oqwen Neeson and Colla McDonnell

Tir na nOg: Kevin Sheerin, Tony Martin, Ryan O’Neill, Daniel Martin, Ciaran O’Neill, Caoimhin Duffin, Manus Smith, Ciaran McKeown, Aaron McNeilly, Sean Duffin, Ciaran Logan, Darragh Fagan, Niall Devlin, Kevin Kerr, Sean McKinley. Subs: Declan Mallon for Niall Devlin

Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

Good start for champions St. Paul’s

ACHL Division 2B

Creggan 1-7 St. Paul’s 2-10

Report & Pics: Joe Rice

Last year’s Junior Hurling championship winners, St.Paul’s got their league campaign underway with a hard fought win over Kickham’s Creggan at Staffordstown on Saturday.  The home side fielded a youthful squad but the experience of the seasoned men of St.Paul’s showed as they raised the first white flag after the first 3 minutes and with 10 minutes gone they had registered an additional point and 2 goals.  It took the home side 7 minutes to register their first point and with 10 gone on the clock they were trailing by 2 goals.  

Caolan Crossan for the visitors opened proceedings with a fine point from play on the 3rd minute.  He followed this up with 3 finely taken frees on the 8th, 14th & 20th minute while his colleague, James Farrell, broke through on the 5th & 9th minute to blast the ball past Creggan’s net minder, Emmett Long.  The city side’s final score of the 1st half was a point from play from Caolan Duffin.  Things were not going well for the home side as they registered several wides from frees and had a few chances on goal, stopped by Ciaran Hetherington.  Morgan Nelson did manage to put 2 additional frees over on the 15th & 22nd minute, giving a half-time score of:  Creggan 0.04 v St.Paul’s 2.05.

After the short whistle it was Nelson who registered the first point of the 2nd half with a 20 metre free.  Caolan Duffin responded from the next puck out to increase his tally to 2 points.  Caolan Crossan was the man doing the damage to the home side putting a free over in the 38th minute followed by a point from play 4 minutes later.  His name sake, Caolan Duffin, increased the city side’s lead with a point in the 45th minute.  With 50 minutes gone in the contest, Creggan’s forward line were battling hard time and time again but they just couldn’t break St.Paul’s defence.  Both sharp shooters, Caolan Crossan for St.Paul’s and Morgan Nelson for Creggan, each missed several scoreable frees and the contest could have went either way. Creggan looked to be coming back into it with their half back line, Thomas McCann & Sam Maguire, scoring a point a piece 2 minutes apart while Tiernan McLarnon’s low range attempt at a goal came off the bottom of the inside of St.Paul’s upright.  Crossan for St.Paul’s increased his tally to 7 points with a free in the 57th minute.  Creggan responded with Owen Grant pulling on the ball at the edge of the square driving it past Hetherington, giving the Creggan management some encouragement but this was the last score of the contest and St.Paul’s sealed the deal –  St.Paul’s 2.10 v Creggan 1.07.

St.Paul’s:  No.1 Ciaran Hetherington, No.2 Conan Gallagher, No.3 Daire Stevenson, No.4 Sean Bradley, No.5 Kevin Gamble, No.6 Frank Sewell, No.7 Sean Lawell, No.8 Mark Munce, No.9 Ciaran O’Carroll, No.10 Caolan Crossan (0.07). No. 11 Declan Chapman, No.12 Caolan Duffin (0.03), No.13 Declan McGreevy, No.14 Kevin Murray, No.15 James Farrell (2.00), No.16 Gerard Maguire, No.17 Nial Martin, No.18 Aaron Carey, No.19 Michael Walsh, No.20 Aidan Nelson.

Kickham’s Creggan:  No.1 Emmett Long, No.2 Michael Maguire, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Dannan O’Hara, No.5 Sam Maguire (0.01), No.6 Thomas McCann (0.01), No.7 Ciaran Rice, No.8 Aidan McKeown, No.9 Keelan McCann, No.10 Dermot Mulholland, No.11 Lee Johnston, No.12 Sean Donnelly (0.01), No.13 Tieran McLarnon, No.14 Matthew Nelson, No.15 Morgan Nelson (0.04), No.16 Joe Smith, No.17 Owen Grant (1.00), No.18 Sean McAuley.

The best of enemies! Antrim team captain Conor McCann and corner back Stephen Rooney watch their clubs – Creggan and St Paul’s- battle it out in Saturday’s league game in Creggan. On Sunday they were part of the Saffrons team who beat Clare in the National League at Corigan Park.