Goals the difference as Carryduff step up to division 2

ACHL Div.3 League Cup Final

Carryduff 2-18 Cuchullain’s 0-16

An opportunist goal by Gareth Lynch in the 10th minute of the first half and a second from Conor McAlister in the 26th minute of the second secured an impressive victory for Down side, Carryduff over their Armagh rival, Cuchullain’s in this division 3 league cup final at Dunsilly today.

Lynch’s was on hand to finish to the net following a mighty scramble in the Cuchullain’s goalmouth at a time when the Armagh side were holding a slender one point lead and it proved to be a turning point in the game as the Down men, led by the impressive Ronan Beatty went on to lead by four at half time though it looked far from over at this stage.

Beatty was proving almost unmarkable for the Cuchullain’s defence, proving supremely accurate from both frees and play and when he placed Conor McAlister with Carryduff’s second goal on a plate with six minutes remaining there was no way back for the Armagh city side.

It was Carryduff who opened the scoring with a point from Sean O’Callaghan with Conlaith Lavery replying for Cuchullain’s before Adrian Downey edged Carryduff ahead again with a point in the 9th minute.

Lynch extended that lead from a sublime side-line cut and both sides wasted chances before Niall Duffy and Tony Duffy edged the Armagh men in front by the 13th minute but it was a lead that was short lived and when the Cuchullain’s defence failed to deal with a high delivery it was Lynch who got the final touch in the scramble that followed.

It was fairly even in the exchanges leading up to the water break with Lavery and Devlin pointing for Cuchullain’s and Lynch and Beatty on target for the Down side who led 1-5 to 0-5 going into the second quarter.

On the restart Adrian Downey and Gareth Lynch extended the Carryduff lead to five but a well struck ‘65’ from Connlaith Lavery got Cuchullain’s on their way again as both sides continued to waste chances.

Cuchullain’s were finding it hard to break down a solid Carryduff defence where Conor Cassidy and James ‘Twin’ Woods were turning away everything that came their way and were dependent on the free taking of Lavery who hit another fine score to keep his side in touch.

Another from play from Conor Devlin kept the opposition within striking distance but two late frees from Eoin Conway and the superb Beatty saw the Down side in a strong position at the break where they led 1-9 to 0-8.

With the slight breeze no in their favour Cuchullain’s needed a good start to the second half and when Lavery pointed an early free it was down to three between them and should have provided the platform for the Armagh side to drive on.

Carryduff had other ideas however and replied through Ronan Beatty from a close range free and when the same player was crowded out at the expense of a ‘65’ as he bore down on goal it was the talisman number 11 who directed the award between the uprights.

Tony Duffy for Cuchullain’s and Eoin Conway for Carryduff exchanged further points and a late Conlaith Lavery point just before the second water break meant that the gap between the sides remained at four points.

When play resumed Con Lavery had an opportunity to reduce the gap further from a close range free and a point would have been a good score at this stage but the big number 14 opted to go for goal and his shot was saved and cleared to safety.

Play swung immediately to the other end and Ronan Beatty looked in for a goal for the Down side but fired well wide when right through on goal. A let off for Cuchullain’s but Beatty wasn’t fazed by his miss as he pointed a free in the 23d minute as his side continued to enjoy the better of the exchanges.

Connlaith Lavery made amends for his earlier miss as he pointed another free but his side were getting no change from a strong and well organised Carryduff defence and when Michael Conway sent the sliothar between the sticks from all of 70 meters the momentum was with the Down side.

Ronan Beatty had been a constant thorn in the side of the Cuchullain’s defence and he received the sliotar about 40 meters from goal and raced through the heart of the opposition defence before placing Conor McAlister who batted to the net from close range in the 26th minute.

It was as good as over at this stage but the Armagh city side kept going to the end and were rewarded with points from Clifford, Lavery and Devlin with Beatty finishing as he had started with a couple for Carryduff to see them claim the division 3 league cup.

Carryduff: Conor McLornan, James Woods, Conor Cassidy, Ciaran Goodwin, Conal Haigney, James Lavery, Niall McArdle, Michael Conway, Eoin Conway, Gareth Lynch, Ronan Beatty, Ciaran O’Callaghan, Sean O’Callaghan, Adrian Downey, Conor McAlister. Subs:

Cuchullain’s: Adam Murtagh, Caolan McReynolds, Stephen McParland, Caolan Rice, Ciaran Duffy, Tom Marley, Ciaran Clifford, Conor Devlin, Conor Cartrill, Niall Duffy, Tony Duffy, Fionntan Oliver, Jordan Murtagh, Conlaith Lavery, Ronan Davidson. Subs:

Referee: Brendfan Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

Carryduff edge it at Hightown

Shane Uí Neills   1-16     Carryduff   3-14                                                 

Venue. St. Enda’s GAC. Hightown Rd. Glengormley.

By Pete Hyndman

The last time these two clubs met was at the start of the League campaign, with a draw being the final result. This game was as tight as the previous encounter and served up a treat for the hurling purists. Ronan Beatty was the hero of the hour for the South Belfast boys with a personal tally of 3-07.

As early as 2 minutes Carryduff opened up a 4 point lead, with a point from their forward Ronan Beatty and then rattling the Glenarm net for a goal. The Feystown teams   reply was immediate with a trio of points. First score came from wing forward  Ciaran Magill from an acute angle out near the sideline. Ben O Boyle pointed next from midfield with Magill slotting over a free from 50 yards.                                     

On the resulting puck out Dylan Mc Laughlin jumped up to claim the ball and fed a hand-pass to Daniel Black who rifled the sliotar to the net!!    GAME ON!  This semi final was heating up with some sterling work from both defences working hard and after all the work from the Glen’s team to crawl back into the game back came Beatty who pounced in for his second major. Gareth Lynch added to the city teams tally with a free.                                                                                               

To their credit back came Shane O Neills with Daniel Black, Mc Laughlin and Magill all raising the white flag taking a narrow lead. At the end of this first quarter Michael Conway levelled the game before the short water break.                                                                                                                                                                                Glenarm pushed forward after the break with points from Dylan, and a double from Magill, his latter effort was a converted “65”.   Lynch replied with a free reducing the gap to two points.  Daniel Black and Ben O Boyle added a point each before the half time whistle.

HALF TIME SCORE.       Shane O Neill   1-11     Carryduff  2-04

With a strong wind advantage in this second period the Knockbracken club boys  reduced the arrears with a double from Beatty and Conor Cassidy driving over a point.Glenarm’s Aidan Scullion lit up the night sky with a fine solo effort from the midfield area. Carryduff’s tails where up in this third quarter and added another brace of points from Beatty(free) and Conor Mc Alister getting on the scoresheet, to level this tight tussle.

Again for the blues Dylan Mc Laughlin shifted a couple of heavy tackle’s and split the uprights for a great individual score. The score’s where level again when Beatty converted a free out on the wing. A  few moments later the big No. 13 Beatty punched the air with delight when he pointed to give his side the lead. Paddy Mc Auley shortly afterwards was shown a second yellow for dragging down his marker and sent off by the referee.

A strong evening sun was’nt helping Glenarm’s cause with the game slowly drifting away from them. Score’s where getting harder to get as the wind was slowing down any ball from defence. With the game in the final quarter the Beatty/Lynch combination resulted in two more points for the South Belfast boys.

On the 55th minute Glenarm’s Darren Hamill sent in a high ball towards the pavillion end but with the low sun the forwards could’nt see to get any contact on the sliotar.  A minute later Hamill then found his range and pointed from a dead ball effort. D. Mc Laughlin added to the Glenarm scoreline with a nice point trying to eat into the “Duff’s” lead.                                

Gareth Lynch pointed again putting three between the teams.Shane Uí Neill’s where throwing everything at Carryduff  in the final moments, a dropped ball in their box was pulled on by Sean O Boyle which agonisingly went over the bar for a point.  To add insult to injury a cleared ball fell into the path of Carryduff’s  Beatty who rounded his marker and put the ball beyond Hamill, for the forwards third major in this tight semi-final. The final whistle then blew to the delight of the Belfast team.

For the victors they now face Armagh Cuchulainn’s in the Final.  Ronan Beatty was the main threat for the Carryduff boys, hitting 3-07 in the process. Lynch also played well. Woods, Goodwin and Conway all deserve a mention.For Glenarm this was their first defeat all year in all competitions and deserve massive credit for that achievement. However a bitter pill to swallow as the boys know themselves they did’nt play to their strength’s. Paul Magill, Darren Hamill and Ben O Boyle tried hard in vain, with Magill, Black and Mc Laughlin the main scoring force.   

Shane O’Neills: Niall Hamill, Paul Magill, Barry Hamill, Ciaran Finnegan, Chrissy Matthews, Darren Hamill(0-01), Hugh Pat Mc Neill, Aidan Scullion(0-01), Ben O Boyle(0-02), Ciaran Magill (0-05 1f,165), Dylan Mc Laughlin(0-04), Sean O Boyle(0-01), Sean O Hare, Daniel Black(1-02), Kevin O Boyle. Subs used: Declan Mc Dermott for Ciaran Finnegan, Paddy Mc Auley for Hugh Pat Mc Neill. Conal Ward for Sean O Hare, Jake Hamilton for Kevin O Boyle.   subs. Kieran O Boyle, Ciaran O Boyle, Ryan Mc Loughlin, Joe Cunning, Darryl Mc Mullan.

Carryduff: Conor Mclornan, James Woods, Conor Cassidy(0-01), Ciaran Goodwin, Conal Haigney, James Lavery, Niall Mc Ardle, Michael Conway(0-01), Eoin Conway, Gareth Lynch(0-04, 2f), Sean O Callaghan, Ciaran O Callaghan, Ronan Beatty(3-07, 3f), Adrian Downey, Conor Mc Alister(0-01). Subs used: Aodhan Mc Manus, Mark Mc Conville, Eoin Rooney, Donal Teague, Donal Rooney, Michael Woods, Michael Collins, Ciaran Rogers, Lorcan Mc Caughey, Jack Laverty.

Referee: Brendan Toland (Lámh Dhearg)

Lámhs shade it in the Ballymena heat

ACHL Division 4 

All Saint’s Ballymena 1-12 – 1-14 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Quinn Park 

Lámh Dhearg finished the first series of the league unbeaten- but only just- after working hard to overcome All Saint’s Ballymena 1-14-1-12 at Quinn Park on Sunday afternoon. 

Leading through an early Fionn Mervyn point the Saint’s pulled level through marksman for the day Ciaran Neeson from a close range free. 

Daniel Murray split the posts, but Neeson replied from a second free and then gave his side the lead with a flick to the net past Francis Dugan from Damian Gillan’s floated cross to make it 1-02-0-02 after five minutes. 

Murray converted his second free of the afternoon and he was involved in his sides next score, linking up with Declan Straney who sent his shot straight between the posts to reduce the deficit to the bare minimum. 

All Saint’s moved two ahead again after Neeson withstood the pressure of Paddy Mervyn and was able to steer the ball directly between the posts. 

The visitors edged ahead with the last attack before the first half water break. 

Paddy Mervyn spotted a gap and attempted to thread a pass through to younger cousin Niall McGarry, Luke O’Rawe failed to clear the danger and McGarry went through for a goal chance which was originally parried to safety by keeper Ciaran Cassley- but Gerard Smyth was waiting to tuck away the rebound and give his side a 1-04-1-03 lead. 

McGarry would find a point upon the resumption, but All Saint’s pulled level – Daire Hasson was chopped in midfield and Neeson converted his third free of the afternoon, a fourth would follow after Tiarnan McKenna felled Neeson and the full-forward tapped over in front of the posts to restore parity. 

Lámh Dhearg were ahead again as Murray converted a 65’ – however it was all square at the break with Damian Gillan pointing from range to make it 1-06 apiece at the interval. 

The hosts settled quickly after the break with a brace of Neeson free’s moving them two to the good. 

Daniel Murray halved the deficit after charging down the channel and accurately firing it over and he would convert his fourth placed ball of the afternoon to level. 

Neeson (free) and Murray would trade further points before Lámh Dhearg hit the front for the first time in the half after Padraig Magill chopped down on the stick of Murray who would convert the resulting free. 

All Saint’s levelled through a Neeson free as the game was finely balanced approaching the final quarter. 

Daniel Murray conjured up his eighth of afternoon and fifth from play with a terrific angled effort, though Neeson converted his ninth free of the proceedings and it was 1-11 apiece. 

Ryan Diamond instantly restored his sides lead and a fine Fionn Mervyn point would open up a 1-13-1-11 lead. 

Ciaran Neeson converted his final free of the afternoon in response, but Daniel Murray did likewise at the other end. 

All Saint’s almost nicked it at the end with Cory Little’s shot bouncing invitingly in front of Francis Dugan who cleared at the second attempt as Lámh Dhearg held on for a 1-14-1-12 victory which will see them take on St Brigid’s in the league quarter-final on July 11th

All Saint’s: C Cassley, D McKee, C McAfee, K Brady, Colum Neeson, L O’Rawe, T Diamond, P Magill, D Hasson, C Magill, D Gillan (0-01), S O’Rawe, C Little, Ciaran Neeson (1-11, 0-10f), J Magill. Subs: D Hasson for C Magill (40). 

Lámh Dhearg: F Dugan, C Nolan, T McKenna, C Boyd, P Fitzsimons, P Mervyn, SP Gibson, R Diamond (0-01), M Hamill, F Mervyn (0-02), D Straney (0-01), D Murray (0-09, 0-05f), R Fegan, G Smyth (1-00), N McGarry (0-01). Subs: E Murray for D Straney (40), A Ferris for N McGarry (42), N McGuigan for P Fitzsimons (58). 

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)

McKeever powers Rasharkin to victory

ACHL Division 3

St Mary’s Rasharkin 3-15(24) Davitts 2-8(14)

Photographs: Mark Hasson

St. Mary’s Rasharkin recorded their first win of the season when they overcame the challenge of visitors, Michael Davitt’s at Dreen on Sunday. The visitors matched their hosts in the early stages of the contest and the sides were level at 0-4 apiece at the end of the opening quarter but a Conor McKeever goal, which sailed to the top corner of the net from 30 yards put the home side in pole position.

St. Mary’s led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break and went on to add two more goals in the second half to run home fairly comfortable winners.

McKeever got the home side on their way with a point in the opening minute but the visitors replied through Cormac Maguire and Stephen McGivern to go one ahead with only three minutes on the clock.

The home side replied with three points on the trot from Conor McKeever (0-2) and Kealan Darragh but a couple of pointed frees from Donn Whelan brought the sides level after 16 minutes.

Once again Conor McKeever was proving Rasharkin’s greatest scoring threat and he followed a 17th minute point with his side’s first goal to put the home side in a strong position.

Davitt’s did reply with a point from Michael Og Rowntree but the final minutes of the half belonged to Rasharkin and that man McKeever who fired over three unanswered points to leave his side six in front at the short whistle.

It was visitors Davitt’s who drew first blood on the restart as Donn Whelan sent over a good point and the Falls Road side matched their hosts score for score during the opening second half exchanges.

Conor McKeever and Feargal Kennedy replied for the Dreen side but Davitt’s responded again with another point from Marcas Toner with McKeever for Rasharkin and Whelan for the visitors exchanging further points by the 7th minute.

Davitt’s were giving as good as they got at this stage but were rocked back on their heels when a long delivery from Conor McKeever ended in the net with Kealan Darragh claiming the final touch.

There was only ten minutes of the second half gone at this stage but four minutes later Anthony Rowntree gave the visitors hope when he fired to the Rasharkin net but it only served to spur St. Mary’s into a strong response.

Conor McKeever led the charge as he pointed a couple of frees and then sent another placed ball to the Davitt’s net in the 20th minute to more or less put the contest out of reach of the Falls Road side.

McKeever was in unerring form as he sent over two more frees in the closing stages with Donn Whelan replying with a goal for Davitt’s as he drilled a free to the net to put a better look on the final score-line.

 Rasharkin: Aidan Darragh, Liam Tunney, Aidan McKeever, Conor Doherty, Paul Reilly, Shane Hasson, Conor Donaghy, Declan McKay, Thomas McMullan, Conor McKeever, Fearghal Kennedy, Emmet McFerran, Colm Kennedy, Daniel Doherty, Ruairi OBoyle


11mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Daniel Hasson  on: Paul Reilly

15mins 2nd half substitution St Mary’s Rasharkin–> off: Kealan Darragh  on: Daniel Doherty

Davitt’s: Joseph McCaffery, Alan Rainey, Thomas Toland, Ruairi McIlroy, Caoimhin Heaney, Thomas Maguire, Christopher Gallagher, Michael Og Rowntree, Peter Og Carleton, Donn Whelan, Stephen McGivern, Marcas Toner, Canice Mooney, Anthony Rowntree, Cormac Maguire.

Referee: Ryan O’Reilly (Glenravel)

13 man Glenarm hold on for another win.

ACHL Div. 3 Result.

Shane O Neills 1-15 Na Magha 0-16

By Pete Hyndman at Feystown:

Despite losing two men late in the game, Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm held on to claim another victory as they survived a late rally from a spirited Na Magha at Feystown last night.

This game was a classic for the neutrals, it had everything, a goal, great score’s, great saves, red cards and excellent team play from both side’s. Na Magha arrived at a sun drenched Pairc Uí Fhearsithe to face home side Glenarm. Meeting between these sides in recent years have been great tussles and this was to be no exception. After just a few seconds Glenarm’s Ciaran Magill raised a white flag to get the Feystown men off the mark. Daniel Black blazed over a point after a great interception by Liam Mulvenna and in the next few minutes Magill scored a brace of points from free’s.

Na Magha got their first point when Deaglan Foley drove over the bar and the Na Magha number 11 was to have a major influence in his side’s challenge. Glenarm’s reply was immediate with another fine score from Magill before Mark McCloskey got a point for the men from Derry city. A further point from a placed ball from Magill added to the home side’s tally and the young forward was covering large areas of the pitch and found more space and with pin point accuracy sent the ball over Na Magha’s bar. The visitors got the next couple of points with Deaglan Foley hitting two free’s but at this stage it was Shane O’Neill’s who were enjoying the better of the exchanges.

After a short water break Magill pointed a “65” for the home side but Na Magha’s Foley again pegged back the score with two more free’s before the short whistle.

Glenarm 0:10 Na Magha 0:06

First score after the break belonged to the Derry boys with Foley driving over his sixth point and his deadly accuracy was keeping the visitors in touch. Glenarm’s Darren Hamill took a free from over 90 yards and a relieved Barry Robinson in the Na Magha goal could only guide the ball over his own bar. Na Magha’s sharpshooter Foley pointed another free, closely followed up by a home point from Dylan McLaughlin and at this stage play had opened up with the visitors enjoying more of the play.

Na Magha pointed next with Keelan Doherty getting a ricochet on the ball over Hamill’s bar but Shane O’Neill’s found another response as Ben O Boyle took an excellent point from midfield for the Feystown outfit. Foley replied from another free before a dropped ball in the Na Magha box was only parried down by Robinson in goals and pulled on by Kieran “Morph” O Boyle, there was a bit of confusion as to whether the ball had crossed the line, but referee Ray Matthews signalled a goal to the delight of the home side.

Ruairdhi Mc Laughlin replied with a point for the Derry side and the next 5 minutes belonged to the visitors with Foley scoring a hat-trick of points (0-2 f’s) and a “65”. With only 5 minutes left it was Dylan M Laughlin who stopped the rot for the home side with a great point but Na Magha responded again and that man Foley replied with a point from play. In a mad two minutes Glenarm lost 2 players, Ciaran Magill’s for dissent and Declan McDermott for two yellows! and in the closing minutes Glenarm’s Dan Black and Foley for the visitors got a point each, the latter from another placed ball effort. The old cliche ” a game of two half’s ” certainly applied to this game. Glenarm dominated the first period with Na Magha relying on Foley from the place ball to keep them in touch. The second half was a role reversal with the Derry side pressing hard and out scoring their opponents. Crucially the goal from Glenarm came at the right time as the away team had raised the pressure.

Best for Na Magha was their free taker Deaglan Foley and some of his strikes from long distance on the night were outstanding while keeper Barry Robinson pulled off at least three point blank shots. For Glenarm Niall Hamill in goals made excellent stops from two 20 meter free’s  while Hugh Pat McNeill, Barry Hamill, and Declan McDermott all had solid games in defence while Ciaran Magill took his score’s well and kept the scoreboard ticking over. 

Glenarm: Niall Hamill, Paul Magill, Barry Hamill, Aidan O’Neill, Hugh Pat McNeill, Darren Hamill, Declan McDermott, Sean O’Boyle, Ben O’Boyle, Aidan Scullion, Daniel Black, Ciaran Magill, Kieran O’Boyle, Dylan McLaughlin, Liam Mulvenna.

Na Magha: Barry Robinson, Aidan McMahon, Diarmuid Shiels, Adam Rankin, Fearghal Mac an Deanaigh, Brendan |O’Coigligh, Bliadhan Glas, Padraig Nelis, Mark McCloskey, Tomas Gallagher, Deaglan Foley, Aidan Cutliffe, Timothy Rankin, Keelan Doherty, Ruaidhri McLaughlin.

Referee: Ray Matthews (Rossa)