Lámhs stage late fightback to defeat Davitts

ACHL Division Three

Davitts 0-16-2-12 Lámh Dhearg

Kevin Herron reports from Davitt Park  

Lámh Dhearg rallied in the second period to fightback from six-points down at the interval and beat Davitt’s 2-12-0-16 at Davitt Park on Wednesday evening.

The hosts benefited from the advantage of the strong breeze in the opening half and Chris Gallagher landed seven of his sides 0-13 points. 

Fionn Mervyn’s red card may have proved a stumbling block for Lámh Dhearg- who fell five behind in the aftermath. 

But they regrouped, battled back and then hit the front at the third time of asking late-on. Joe McCaffrey kept Declan Lynch’s penalty at bay, blocked the follow-up and was finally beaten from a deflected shot in quick succession. 

Davitt’s failed to recover from the late blow and finished with 14-men themselves as Canice Mooney departed in injury-time of a fantastically contested derby. 

Davitts’ hit the front from the throw-in as the ball was quickly recycled to Marcus Toner to float over the opening score. 

Daniel Murray replied from a free and Odhran Waldron then curled a shot over the bar to give the Hannahstown side a 0-02-0-01 lead. 

The hosts were back on terms through a Stephen McGivern point and forged ahead for the second time thanks to a converted 65’ from Chris Gallagher. 

Gallagher was almost inch perfect from frees all evening, converting back-to-back placed balls before adding another and one from play; in-between points from Stephen McGivern and Thomas Maguire which had the home side 0-09-0-02 ahead. 

But with 17 minutes on the clock, a stroke of fortune had Lámh Dhearg back within reach when Declan Lynch’s free spun against the breeze and dropped into the net over Joe McCaffrey to make it 0-09-1-02. 

Jamie McNally notched up the next score and a further free from Chris Gallagher followed, but Daniel Murray then converted two frees of his own in response. 

Davitt’s would head in at the interval with a six-point advantage, Gallagher brought his personal tally to 0-07 with his fifth free of the half and Marcus Toner added to his early score to give their side a 0-13-1-04 lead. 

Despite playing against the swirling elements, it was Davitt’s who registered the opening score of the second period, again it was Chris Gallagher who continued to punish the visitors from frees. 

Gerard Smyth dropped a shot over at the other end and Ciaran Boyd then won the resulting puck-out and returned it over the black spot as the Lámhs were on a roll. 

A converted Daniel Murray free followed imminently and Odhran Waldron landed a magnificent score from range to cut the deficit to three (0-14-1-08). 

Although they had the momentum the visitors were dealt a blow when referee Paul McDonnell spotted a confrontation and issued a red card to Fionn Mervyn. 

Davitt’s pulled two-points further clear as Chris Gallagher reached double figures for the evening, converting a free and then landing a 65’ in the aftermath. 

The 14-men from Hannahstown responded however, Declan Lynch played a short free to Waldron to float the ball over and the Kilkenny native converted a free to bring it back to a three-point game.

Declan Lynch steadies himself before striking a vital free

Declan Lynch then landed a long-range free as the game ticked towards the conclusion with the pendulum swinging. 

With little over a minute remaining Sean-Paul Gibson was chopped down in a promising position and referee McDonnell signalled for a penalty. 

Lynch seized responsibility for the opportunity to give his side the lead for just the second time. 

However, Joe McCaffrey thwarted the initial effort and then kept a second effort at bay in the scramble that ensued. 

But at the third time of asking Lynch saw an effort deflected to the net by a Davitt’s player as Lámh Dhearg went 2-11-0-16 ahead. 

The player count was evened up in the aftermath with Canice Mooney shown a second yellow-card. 

Declan Lynch doubled his sides advantage from a free, but a tense finale played out as Davitt’s pursued a goal that would win the game. 

They thought they would have the opportunity when a high ball was flighted into the path of Marcus Toner- who looked to be on his way to goal- though the silother spilled from his possession and the visitors did enough to hold on for the two-points and make it back-to-back league victories.

Davitts: J McCaffrey, O Gorman, M Rowntree, A McLaughlin, C Gallagher (0-09, 0-06f, 0-02 65’), T Maguire (0-01), J Park, P Carleton, D Mooney, J McNally (0-01), C McKee, M Toner (0-02), R McIlroy, O Persson, S McGivern (0-02). Subs: C Mooney for J McNally (21), A Rowntree for O Persson (47). 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, B Rice, T McKenna, D Lynch (2-02, 1-02f), P Mervyn, R Diamond, C Boyd (0-01), F Mervyn, O Waldron (0-04, 0-01f), D Murray (0-04f), E Murray, G Smyth (0-01), SP Gibson. Subs: N McGarry for E Murray (50). 

Referee: Paul McDonnell (Rossa)

Smyth goal helps Lámhs to first Division Three victory

ACHL Division Three 

Lámh Dhearg 1-17-2-13 Glen Rovers 

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Lámh Dhearg claimed their first league win since returning to Division Three after getting the better of Glen Rovers Armoy in a thrilling encounter at Hannahstown on Sunday afternoon. 

There wasn’t more than four-points between the sides at any stage of the afternoon with Owen Kinney’s first half goal briefly giving the visitors some breathing space. 

Although Lámh Dhearg battled back on a few occasions and a goal of their own through Gerard Smyth with five minutes remaining provided a platform for victory. 

A nervy finish did materialise when substitute Liam O’Hara netted with 60-seconds remaining, although the hosts collected their first two-points of the campaign after successfully seeing out the allotted time. 

The Lámhs were first off the mark through a Fionn Mervyn point early-on, though Thomas Burns struck a reply for the side that went into the day joint-top of the table. 

The opening half hour saw the sides almost shadow each other score for score. Shane Devlin was afforded an advantage and floated the ball over, only for Daniel Murray to convert his first free of the afternoon. 

Lámh Dhearg got their nose back in front when Gerard Smyth got underneath a Declan Lynch free from range and shot over on the turn, but parity was restored again when Emmet O’Hara got onto a loose ball, swivelled, and dropped the ball over to make it 0-03 apiece. 

The visitors regained the lead themselves thanks to a Ciaran Coyles score following a slick Colin Lordan switch. 

At the other end Ryan Diamond and Odhran Waldron played a one-two before Diamond sent a shot between the posts and levelled for a foruth time in the half. 

Declan Lynch dropped over a long-range point to edge his side 0-05-0-04 ahead- though Glen Rovers hit three unanswered scores to take command for the first time in proceedings. 

Following a PJ McBride point to level, back-to-back scores from Thomas Burns had the Armoy outfit two-points clear. 

Things could have got better for the visitors when Burns slipped the ball outside to Ciaran Coyles whose dipping strike from range was bravely met by Rhys Camlin in the Lámh Dhearg goal. 

A point from Odhran Waldron halved the deficit temporarily, but Glen Rovers hit the game’s opening goal three-minutes before the break. 

Trevor Linton scooped up possession in midfield and floated a high ball into the danger area where Owen Kinney pulled on the ball and fired it past Camlin to give his side a 1-07-0-06 lead. 

The hosts did respond well before the break with three-points on the spin, the first coming from Eamon Murray – despite running into danger. 

A Ryan Diamond effort from range followed and Daniel Murray then converted his second free of the afternoon to ensure that just a single point separated the sides at the interval (1-07-0-09). 

Lámh Dhearg were back on terms upon the games resumption with Odhran Waldron and Daniel Murray working terrifically to win back possession and Waldron steering over his second point of the contest. 

Eamon Murray then angled over his second point to edge the hosts back in front, although Armoy hit back courtesy of a converted Trevor Linton free. 

Further points were traded after Gerard Smyth landed a point on the turn and that was met by an instant response from Thomas Burns for his fourth point of the afternoon. 

Armoy were back ahead through a PJ McBride point and a further score from Thomas Burns doubled their advantage (1-11-0-12). 

A converted Daniel Murray free halved the deficit, but PJ McBride guided over his third of the afternoon and Trevor Linton sent over another free to ensure the visitors were a goal clear with little under a quarter of an hour remaining.

Declan Lynch dropped a long range free over the bar to start – what he hoped would be a revival for the Hannahstown side and Odhran Waldron then clipped another over shortly after to make it a one-point game. 

The scorers of the last two points then combined to conjure up an equaliser as Waldron fed Declan Lynch to pop the ball over and draw the sides level at 1-13-0-16. 

The crucial score arrived with little under five minutes remaining at Hannahstown and having looked down at out at one stage, Lámh Dhearg went a goal in front. 

Much of the credit must go to Declan Lynch who burst forward and dropped a ball into the danger area where Gerard Smyth flicked the ball past Conor Devlin and into the net to give his side a 1-16-1-13 lead. 

A foul on Niall McGarry then allowed Daniel Murray to send over his fourth free of the contest and it would prove to be the games insurance score. 

Glen Rovers were denied a quick response when Arthur Devlin played a high and hopeful free that Owen Kinney latched onto, but Rhys Camlin batted the ball to relative safety. 

Although the visitors went again, and Devlin sent another Hail-Mary into the mix and this time substitute Liam O’Hara swept the ball home to make it a grandstand finish at 1-17-2-13. 

Talisman Thomas Burns may have earned his side a share of the spoils with the game’s final opportunity, however his effort drifted to the left and wide as the Lámhs held out to claim their first league victory of the campaign. 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, M McGuigan, T McKenna, D Lynch (0-03, 0-01f), SP Gibson, C Boyd, R Diamond (0-02), D Murray (0-04f), O Waldron (0-03), F Mervyn (0-01), N McGarry, G Smtyh (1-02), E Murray (0-02). 

Glen Rovers, Armoy: C Devlin, Calum Coyles, S Devlin (0-01), J McFetridge, E O’Hara (0-01), A Devlin, L Dillon, PJ McBride (0-03), C McCormick-McKenna, T Linton (0-02f), T Burns (0-05), C Lordan, T McBride, O Kinney (1-00), Ciaran Coyles (0-01). Subs: E O’Boyle for T Linton (54), L O’Hara (1-00) for C Lordan (58). 

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)

Devlin’s late points keeps the Biddies on top

ACHL Division 3

Shane O’Neill’s 0-16 St. Brigid’s 1-15

Mickey Devlin pointed a free and struck another from play to earn St. Brigid’s Cloughmills a narrow victory over a battling Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm in Feystown on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten run at the top of division 3.

They were pushed all the way by a battling Glenarm side who will feel they could have something from this highly entertaining and very competitive battle of two well matched sides.

It was Shane O’Neill’s who enjoyed the better of the opening half and they took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes with points from Niall McGarel, Ciaran Magill and Ben O’Boyle from a sideline cut. Cloughmills had been slow to settle but they began to find their range and Rian Dobbin, James Doherty and a couple from Mickey Devlin saw them hit the front with15 minutes gone.

Ciaran Magill edged the Feystown side ahead once more but it was short lived as Corey Blair out-muscled his marker at the other end to beat Michael Abram from close range and move the visitors 1-4 to 0-5 ahead with nine minutes remaining to the break.

The home side responded positively as they went on to dominate the closing stages of the first half as Liam Mulvenna, Daniel Black, Niall McGarel, Ciaran Magill and a spectacular long range point from Darren Hamill saw them move 0-10 to 1-4 ahead at the short whistle.

As the sides changed ends it was Shane O’Neill’s who had the bit firmly between their teeth with Aidan Scullion adding a great point and Ciaran Magill followed with another to move them five in front and the league leaders looked in a bit of trouble.

They replied with points from James Doherty and another from a Mickey Devlin free but Glenarm came back with a point from a ‘65’ by Ciaran Magill to edge four ahead again as the visitors introduced Stephen Smith for Corey Blair.

Slowly Cloughmills began to wrestle control from the home side as Ruairi Laverty and Mickey Devlin from another free cut the gap to two but Shane O’Neill’s continued to look dangerous as the excellent Niall McGarel replied at the other end in the 13th minute.

St. Brigid’s were coming more and more into contention at this stage however and they hit three unanswered points through Liam Kearns, a massive point from Mickley Devlin from 60 meters, and another great point from Ruairi Laverty to move one in front with 11 minutes remaining.

Both sides introduced subs at this stage with Chris Matthews replacing Sean O’Hare in the Glenarm side and Gary McCollum coming in for James Doherty for the visitors.

A draw looked a distinct possibility as Ciaran Magill levelled matters with four minutes remaining but Mickey Devlin became the St. Brigid’s hero as he pointed a free and struck another from play to claim the points for the Biddies to keep them in top after four rounds of games.

Shane O’Neill’s: 1 Michael Abram, 2 Aidan O’Neill, 3 Barry Hamill, 4 Conal Ward, 5 Daniel Black, 6 Darren Hamill, 7 Declan McDermott, 8 Ben O’Boyle, 9 Kieran O’Boyle, 10 Liam Mulvenna, 11 Aidan Scullion, 12 Niall McGarel, 13 Kevin O’Boyle, 14 Ciaran Magill, 15 Sean O’Hare. Chris Matthews for Sean O’Hare

St. Brigid’s: 1 Chris McKiernan, 2 Aaron McGuckian, 3 Sean McKendry, 4 Seosamh MacGabhann, 14 Reece Watt, 6 Conor Laverty, 7 Stephen Martin, 8 Geoffery Og Laverty, 9 Ruairi Laverty, 10 Eoin Dobbin, 11 Michael Devlin, 12 Rian Dobbin, 13 James Doherty, 19 Corey Blair, 15 Liam Kearns, Subs: 17 Stephen Smith for Corey Blair, Gary McCollum for James Doherty, Johnny Duffin for Stephen Martin

Loch Mór stay unbeaten with win over Ardoyne

Ardoyne Kickhams 2-11 Loch Mór 3-10

Pics by Brian McKee

Loch Mór continued their unbeaten start to their ACHL Division 4 campaign with a two-point win over Ardoyne Kickhams in an entertaining clash at Fennell Park.

The home side got off to a flying start when Oisín McVicker rattled the net in the opening minutes, with Jim McAuley adding a free moments later. But the Ardoyne men would fail to score for a further 22 minutes with the visitors adding 1-4 without reply, Ferdia Carson with the major and Darragh Turley accurate from frees.

A Simon McCrory free stopped the rot for the north Belfast side but Turley raised another white flag from a placed ball to ensure a three-point lead for the visitors at the break, 1-5 to 1-2.

A Turley brace extended the Loch Mór lead after the restart but Ardoyne then enjoyed a period of dominance with Dan Moore, Paul McGuigan and Aaron Stewart adding points from play and McAuley getting a touch on a McVicker delivery for his side’s second goal of the day.

Turley forced a great save from JP Agnew between the Ardoyne posts and the same player pointed the resultant 65 to edge Loch Mór back into the lead. Moore and Turley swapped points but the decisive score came from Murtagh Moran who fired home Loch Mór’s third goal.

Ardoyne’s Pearse Hull made it a three-point game with five minutes on the clock. Conor Jones stretched the visitors’ lead to four points, and although McCrory and McVicker narrowed the gap, Ardoyne were unable to reel in Loch Mór who now sit in second place in the Division 4 table behind leaders Ballymena.

Ardoyne: JP Agnew; C Clarke, P Clarke, S McGearty; C Wallace, S McCrory, A Stewart; P McGuigan, D Goodall; D Moore, M McLaughlin, P Hull; O McVicker, J McAuley, S Searle

Loch Mór: B Graham; A Monaghan, P Molloy, J McKenna; R Moran, C Jones, O O’Boyle; M Braniff, M Jones; D Phillips, C Dwyer, L Rooney; M Moran, F Carson, D Turley

Referee: C Brown (St Pauls)

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)