Kickham’s Creggan remain undefeated following a tough tussle with Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon

 

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Kickhams Creggan 2.12 Eoghan Ruadh 1.8.

Report and pics by Joe Rice

Creggan hosted Eoghan Ruadh at Pairc Ciceam.  With the sun shining, rain threatening and the wind blowing the Lough Shore men took to the field and quickly raised the first flag.  Conor McCann intercepted a pass from the throw-in from Teddy McKeown and raced up the pitch to blast the ball past Dungannon’s Paul Lavery to put his side a goal up in the first few seconds.  His older brother, Thomas McCann took the next score from a pointed free.  Dungannon responded well to Creggan’s initial assault but their sharpshooters were wide off the mark putting three scoreable chances wide, two from Duibhir Marshall and another from Mark Devlin.  Conor McCann pointed again for Creggan before the Tyrone men finally got off the mark with a point on target 30 metres out from Duibhir Marshall.  With 10 minutes of the first half gone both Small brothers, Conor & Kevin, notched up one wide a piece as Padraig McHugh put a rasper past the Creggan keeper, Emmet Long, to leave the minimum between the two teams.  Creggan’s accuracy didn’t get much better with three further wides and Dungannon were missing opportunities also with Damien Casey’s free going left to the outside of the upright and wide.  Cahill McErlean pointed to level the game for Dungannon with 15 minutes gone on the clock as both teams tally of wides increased.  Kevin Rice’s sideline cut sailed wide within inches of the upright followed by two further wides from his teammates, Conor Small & Conor McCann.  These missed opportunities were equalled by Dungannon’s Damien Casey, Ciaran McCrudden and Matthew Mulgrew.  With 5 minutes to go to the short whistle, Oran McCann pointed for the home side from a 60 metre free while Damien Casey responded with a 30 minute free from the opposite end of the field.  The home side’s Thomas McCann got his second point of the game from play to leave his side one up.  Conor Small playing deep for the home side was rewarded with his 2nd attempt on goal rattling the ball past Dungannon’s net-minder, Paul Lavery.  The visitors responded in the dying seconds of the first half taking a point from free before Referee, Kevin Park, blew the whistle.

Half Time – Creggan 2.5, Eoghan Ruadh 1.5.

The throw-in for the second half was delayed by a heavy sun shower and when the two sides finally did come out Creggan seemed to come out determined looking for goals.  This was their game plan for the first few minutes of resumed play as Conor Small, Conor McCann & Kevin Rice opted to take on the goalkeeper when they could have easily scored points.  Dungannon’s goalkeeper, Paul Lavery, was forced to pull off several saves from driving balls at close range and had it not have been for his skills there would have been three more in the back of the net.  Conor McCann got the first score from play of the second half for Creggan while Cahill McErlean pointed moments later for Dungannon.  Oran McCann for the home side popped the next two points over, both from frees, while the visitors responded with a point from p’Ay from No.11, Damien Casey, off the hurl 20 metres out.  With three-quarters of the match gone, Conor McCann increased Creggan’s tally with another point as the Creggan outfit increased their assault on the Dungannon backline looking for goals.  Oran McCann from a free got the next point from the home side.  This was followed by two points from the visitors, both frees, scored by Damien Casey.  The last score of the contest was in the dying seconds as Kevin Rice, for the home side, pointed from play, moments before the final whistle.

When these two teams met last year in the League, only one point separated them at the final whistle.  Eoghan Ruadh will return to Tyrone deeply disappointed for losing this one as they levelled the game twice and had the firepower to grind out a win but the luck was with the Creggan side who are renowned for upping their game when under pressure.  Maybe this is a legacy from their ‘All-Ireland Junior Hurling Final’ when they started the second half with 11 points down and drew the game.  As they rest their hurls for the next five weeks, Creggan’s management will be pleased with their charges having won 5 out of 5 games.

Creggan:  No 1. Emmet Long, No 2. Jake McAteer, No 3. Aidan Maguire, No 4. Danaan O’Hara, No 5. Ciaran Rice, No 6. Kevin Small, No 7. Kealan McCann, No 8. Sam Maguire, No 9. Aidan McKeown, No 10. Kevin Rice (0.1), No 11. Niall McAuley, No 12. Oran McCann (0.5 (frees), No 13. Conor Small (1.0), No 14. Conor McCann (1.4), No 15. Thomas McCann (0.2), No 16. Enda Maguire, No 17. Joe Sweeney, No 18. Michael Maguire.

Eoghan Ruadh:  No 1. Paul Lavery, No 2. Conor McNally, No 3. Padraig Hughes, No 4. Ruari Devlin, No 5. Josh Ferguson, No 6. Lorcan Devlin, No 7. Padraig Mallon, No 8. Cahill McErlean (0.2), No 9. Padraig McHugh (1.0), No 10. Ciaran McCrudden, No 11. Damien Casey (0.6 (3 frees), No 12. Duibhir Marshall (0.1), No 13. Mark Devlin, No 14. Pierce O’Kelly, No 15. Matthew Mulgrew, No 16. John Devlin, No 17. Dan McCrudden.

 

 

Cúchulainns back on home turf

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League – Division 3

Cúchulainns Hurling Club 3-19 Lamh Dhearg 0-5

By Mark Richards

A very determined Cúchulainns welcomed Lamh Dhearg to Sherry’s Field Armagh for their first home game of the Antrim Senior Hurling League in over twenty years.  The game was well contested by both sides despite a very strong breeze blowing across the field.  Lamh Dhearg playing against the breeze settled any nerves with some great early play which resulted in the first score of the game, but as the half wore on Cúchulainns started to stamp their authority on the game with Sean Muldoon leading from the back to Tony Duffy on the half forward line causing all sorts of trouble for the Lamh Dhearg defence. HT score Cuchulainns 0-12 Lamh Dhearg 0–2.

The second half saw Cuchulainns up the pace of the game by driving at the heart of the Lamh Dhearg defence from the throw-in which saw them keep the score board ticking over with an array of excellent points and goals being take. Lamh Dhearg for their part battled hard but with Sean Muldoon(captain) in fine form at full back anything Lamh Dhearg came with he was there to thwart and kept driving his team forward throughout the game, the match ended on a scoreline of Cúchulainns 3-19 Lamh Dhearg 0-05.

 

Creggan forced to dig deep to stay on top

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 3

St Mary’s Rasharkin 1.10 Kickhams Creggan 2.12

Report and pics by Joe Rice

Creggan ended Rasharkin’s unbeaten start to Division 3 of the All County Hurling League when they travelled to Dreen on Sunday and came away winners after a  hard fought contest.

Both South West teams had clocked up three wins apiece so far in this campaign, and their management would have been eager to get this one over.  There seemed to be a nervous atmosphere about the Creggan players as they lined out in a cold, wet and windy Rasharkin with a heavy pitch to contend with.  Coupled with the fact that they had four of their starting panel missing from their last week’s encounter.

Rasharkin, on a roll from their previous results, confidently took up their position as, Referee Malachy Leech threw in the ball and the home team hit the ground running when Thomas McMullan, flicked the ball up and passed to Declan McKay who struck the ball on the run striking it high, dropping it over the Creggan’s Keeper, Emmet Long’s head, and into the net with less than a minute on the clock.  The resulting puck-out was taken in the air by Rasharkin’s Eamon McNeill and from 30 metres out he struck the ball back between the uprights to increase the home team’s lead to 1.01 to 0.00 with just three minutes gone.

The home team’s confident start had put the visitors under pressure but Oran McCann soon settled their nerves with a pointed free to get them up and running.  Rasharkin responded and grasped the next 2 scores, a point from Donagh Quigg and a second from Declan McKay, and with 15 minutes of play gone Rasharkin now led by 1.03 to 0.02 and appeared to be in control.

Creggan struggled to hold their shape with their usually reliable free-taker, Oran McCann finding it hard to cope with the strong breeze he was off target on four occasions.   His teammate, Conor McCann, wasn’t having much luck either, and was off target with a couple of scoring efforts himself, and it wasn’t until the twentieth minute of play that Creggan started to settle and get the ball on target.  Oran McCann sent over two points, one from play and the other from a free.  Rasharkin responded with Connor McKeever and Eamon McKay adding to their team’s tally, but Creggan hit back with two points of their own to cut the gap to two points at the break. (1-5 to 0-6)

An enthusiastic Rasharkin was out first after the break keen to resume where they had left off but it was Creggan who took control of the second period and Conor McCann sent over two points to level the score.  Eamon McNeill edged Rasharkin back in front but Creggan were getting a grip on the game, and when Teddy McKeown broke through to blast the ball past James O’Mullan in the Rasharkin goal they had the upper hand.

Rasharkin midfielder Donagh Quigg pulled a point back with a  well taken score from close range, but McKeown’s goal seemed to have put a spring in the Creggan’s players’ steps and they hit back with three unanswered points, two from Conor McCann and one from Kevin Rice, to go three clear. Rasharkin kept up the pressure with Eamon McNeill managing to increase his tally with a further three points but at this stage Creggan were gaining and edge, and when Thomas McCann dropped a long free ‘in around the house’ younger brother, Conor pounced on the ball in the ensuing scramble to blast it to the net.  That put the visitors four points clear and when Oran McCann added a point in injury time there was no way back for the men from Dreen.

CREGGAN: No.1 Emmett Long, No,2 Enda Maguire, No.3 Aidan Maguire, No.4 Daanan O’Hara, No.5 Ciaran Rice, No.6 Aidan McKeown (1.0), No.7 Keelan McCann, No.8 Niall McCauley, No.9 Thomas McCann, No.10 Kevin Rice (0.2), No.11 Sam Maguire, No.12 Oran McCann (0.4), No.13 Conor McCann (1.06), No 14 James Dougan, No.15 Jake McAteer, No. 16 Joe Sweeney, No.17 Brendan Maguire.

RASHARKIN:  No.1 James O’Mullan, No.2 Liam Tunney, No.3 Daniel Doherty, No.4 Connor Doherty, No.5 Aidan McKeever, No.6 Connor Hasson, No.7 James Scalley, No.8 Donagh Quigley (0.02), No. 9 Thomas McMullan, No.10 Connor McKeever (0.01), No.11 Shane Hasson, No.12 Emmett McFerran, No.13 Declan McKay (1.01), No.14 Eamon McNeill (0.06), No.15 Brian O’Neill.

Referee – Malachy Leech (Oisins)

Glenarm beat Gort na Mona for first win of the season

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League – Division 3CRLL1570Man of the match Barry Hamill.

Glenarm recorded their first win of the season when they beat Gort na Mona in Sunday’s All Country Hurling League Division 3 game at Feystown. This was the first meeting of these two teams since last years’ Junior Hurling Championship Final in Armoy. On that occasion it was the Belfast team’s day, but this time around the Glenarm men came out on top to collect two very valuable league points.

Ciaran Mulvenna opened the scoring for the hosts on nine minutes but the Gorts equalised sixty seconds later. That is the way it stayed for a further ten minutes, when Daniel Black grabbed his first point of three in a row to give his team an early cushion. The visitors then hit three of their own to bring them back on terms, but a well taken point from Conal Ward for Glenarm put them a point ahead again. Minutes later a probing run by Dylan McLaughlin created an opening and when he hand passed to Brendan McDermott the forward fired the ball to the net to give his team a 1-5 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Points were traded on the restart, until on 17 minutes Glenarm full forward Barry Hamill broke free from his marker to shoot low to the Gorts net. The visitors soon replied with a goal of their own by Christopher McErlaine to leave just a goal between them and the game looked like it could go either way. The final eight minutes were frantic, but it was the hosts who were more steadfast, and a second goal for man-of-the-match Barry Hamill sealed a deserved victory.

Glenarm;

Liam Mulvenna, Ciaran Finnegan, Sean Moran, Martin Ward, Aidan O`neill, Jake Hamilton, Rory Mulvenna, Brendan McDermott 1-1, Padraig McDermott, Conal Ward 0-1, Daniel Black 0-5, Dylan Mclaughlin, Sean O’Hare, Barry Hamill2-0, Ciaran Mulvenna0-1.

Subs: Mark Petticrew, Darryl McMullan, Mark McNeill, Ciaran Matthews.

Referee – Gerry Cosgrove (Oisins)

 

Creggan notch up third win on the trot

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 3

Creggan 2-20 St Paul’s 2-5

Report and pics by Joe Rice

Creggan made it three wins out of three in Division 3 of the All County League when they beat St Paul’s in Sunday’s fixture in Creggan. The Lough Shore men, confidently entered the pitch to face a determined city side, St Paul’s entered the fray hoping to end Creggan`s winning streak. Creggan marksman, Oran McCann was first to raise the white flag, converting a free after two minutes, but St Paul’s responded three minutes later with a point from Declan McGreevey. Oran McCann added two further points, one from play and a third from a free, before Kevin Rice, took the easy option, pointing when a goal chance was on. As the game played out, with ten minutes gone, the home side lead 0.4 to 0.2.

St Paul’s first point was from a placed ball, converted by Stephen Rooney before they added another from play from 30 meters by number right half forward James Farrell. Creggan free-taker McCann, was popping them over with ease, increasing his tally further with another two points and Kevin Rice, pointing again to stretch the home side’s lead to six points (0.9 to 0.3) St Paul’s, upped their game and continually attempted to smash through the Creggan defence, with limited success, they almost raised the green flag from a long-range free, but the referee called a square ball with a St Paul’s player in the square. St Paul’s kept up the pressure and finally got, the first major of the game when Andrew Moran, charged through the midfield, leaving the pursuing Creggan, players for dust and blasting the ball past the Creggan keeper Emmett Long. At the opposite end of the field, half back Ciaran Rice for Creggan ventured forward and almost beat the St Paul’s netminder, forcing a save with ball being pushed out for a 65.

Halftime score: Kickhams Creggan 0.10 St Paul’s 1.03

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Creggan stretched their lead at the start of the second half as they added the next four scores from frees. It was a further ten minutes before St Paul’s registered their first score of the half, a pointed free from Declan Chapman, but Creggan responded with the next four scores from Conor McCann, Kevin Rice, Oran McCann and Conor Small to take control of the match. Things got better for the Kickhams when Kevin Small grabbed his team’s first goal, blasting home from close range with only the keeper to beat. To St Paul’s credit, they kept up the pressure and Creggan had nothing easy as they struggled to repel the St Paul’s attack time and time again. Liam McCann was brought off the bench by Creggan, fresh from his schools All Ireland Final, replacing Michael Maguire and pointed from play to announce his presence. Thomas McCann, Creggan number nine added his name to the scoresheet pointing on the run, before his younger brother Conor, killed off the contest with Creggan’s second goal. St Paul’s at this stage was only interested in goals and sent the ball in around the house, hoping for a breakthrough. With the Creggan defence holding firm and repeatedly sending the ball back up the field, the city side did get a consolation goal in the dying seconds to reward their hard work. Three wins back to back for Creggan, but this was their toughest challenge to date and their management will be concerned that their chargers had to work so hard for the win.

Creggan: 1. Emmett Long, 2. Jake McAteer, 3. Aidan McKeown, 4. Dannan O’Hara, 5. Ciaran Rice, 6. Aidan Maguire, 7. Michael Maguire, 8. Sam Maguire, 9. Thomas McCann (0.1), 10. Kevin Rice (0.3), 11. Conor McCann (1.3), 12. Oran McCann (0.8), 13. Conor Small (0.3), 14. James Dougan, 15. Kevin Small (1.1) 20. Joe Sweeney. 23. Enda Maguire, 21. Nail McAuley, Liam McCann (0.1).

St Paul’s: 1. Kieran McVeigh, 2. Ciaran O Carroll, 3. Fionntan Gamble, 4. Joe Keating, 5. Christoph Murray, 6. Frank Swell, 7. Sean Bradley, 8. Stephen Rooney (0.3), 9. Ruaidh O Muiri, 10. James Farrell (0.1), 11. Sean O Carroll, (1.1), 12. Ricerdo McGreevy, 13. Declan Chapman, 14. Andrew McMarrow (1.0), 15. Conall Finnegan.