Scullion double proves the difference as Glenravel win at Dreen

ACHL Division 3

Rasharkin  1-16 ConMagee’s  2-17

Goals from former All Ireland winning star defender Martin Scullion in the 7th minute of the first half and another from the same player in the 13th minute of the second proved the difference as Con Magee’s Glenravel edged out St. Mary’s Rasharkin in a tight contest at Dreen on Sunday.

The sides were level at three points each after five minutes with Conor McKeever, Donagh Quigg and Eamon McNeill on target for Rasharkin and Niall Donnelly, Michael McDonnell and Declan Traynor replying for the visitors, Traynor’s point the pick of the bunch from a sideline cut.

Conor McKillop edged Rasharkin ahead before Scullion struck with the game’s opening goal for the Glen’s men but Rasharkin came back with points from Cormac Gaston and Conor McKeever to draw level again by the 13th minute.

Scullion and Conleth O’Loan for the Con Magee’s and Cormac Gaston and Conor McKeever for Rasharkin exchanged further scores as the intensity of the game increased with litter quarter asked or given.

Rasharkin were giving as good as they got at this stage and point from McKeever and Gaston edged them ahead after 18 minutes but the scores dried up for the Dreen side at this stage and it was Glenravel who hit the final three scores of the half with Niall Donnelly converting two frees and adding another from play to leave his side 1-8 to 0-9 ahead at the interval.

The home side made a bright start to the second half and dominated the opening ten minutes with Conor McKeever pointing before Eamon McNeill caught a long clearance from Shane Hasson, 45 yards from goal and went on a mazey run beating two defenders before placing the sliotar in the corner of the Glenravel net.

The momentum was very much with St. Mary’s at this stage and they followed with three unanswered point from Conor McKeever 0-2, and Shane Hasson to move four clear before Martin Scullion and Conleth O’Loan replied with Con Magee’s opening scores of the second half.

Shane Hasson increased the Rasharkin lead to three but the Glenravel effort was again gathering momentum and they hit five of the next scores to edge ahead going down the home straight.

Martin Scullion began the Glenravel comeback when he fired to the net in the 12th minute and Niall Donnelly followed as he pointed two frees and added another from play while Chrisey Quinn got his name on the score sheet for the visitors with Donagh Quigg replying with a point for the Dreen side.

The visitors pushed home their advantage as the game went into time added on with the sweet striking Donnelly converting another free and adding one from play and Conor McKeever getting Rasharkin’s final point but the goal they needed just wouldn’t come.

With two games remaining Rasharkin sit two points ahead of Na Magha but visit the Derry side in their next game and may need something from that game to secure their division 3 stratus for next season while Na Magha finish with a home game against Davitt’s and two wins for the Derry city side would leave them safe.

Rasharkin: 1 – Liam Tunney, 2 – James Higgins, 3 – Conor Doherty, 4 – Daniel Doherty, 5 – Ruairi OBoyle,  6 – Tiernan O’Boyle, 7 – Daniel Hasson, 8 – Shane Hasson,  9 – Emmet McFerran, 10 – Conor McKillop, 11 – Declan McKay, 12 – Donagh Quigg, 13 – Eammon McNeill, 14 – Cormac Gaston, 15 – Conor McKeever.

Glenravel: 1 Ronan Donnelly, 2 Brian O’Neill, 3 Shane Woulahan, 4 Joe Martin, 5 Stephen Atcheson, 6 Rian Lennon, 7 Michael McDonnell, 8 James Duffin, 9 Conor Deery, 10 Niall Donnelly, 11 Chrisey Quinn, 12 Ciaran McIlfatrick, 13 Conleth O’Loan, 14 Martin Scullion, 15 Declan Traynor

Referee: Mark McDonald

Lámhs show battling qualities to see off Rasharkin

ACHL Division Three

Lámh Dhearg 1-21-1-19 Rasharkin

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Lámh Dhearg returned to winning ways in the first post-split fixture of the league with a 1-21-1-19 victory over Rasharkin at Hannahstown on Wednesday evening. 

Things were looking good for the Lámhs at the interval, leading 1-12-0-10 with Odrán Waldron grabbing the vital goal. 

But Rasharkin began positively after the break and when Declan Lynch received a second yellow-card- they made use of their numerical advantage and drew level through a Connor Higgins goal midway through the half. 

The hosts showed great determination to see off a late Rasharkin onslaught and avenge defeat at the Dreen a few weeks ago. 

Both sides went into Wednesday’s encounter looking to respond to their weekends results. The visitors beaten by league leaders Cloughmills, while Lámh Dhearg were pegged back in injury-time by Con Magee’s and as a result missed out on a top-half finish. 

Lámh Dhearg started on the front foot with Fionn Mervyn floating over successive scores, both arriving after layoffs from Ciaran Boyd. 

It took Rasharkin a few minutes to respond, but they replied with three unanswered points to edge in front. 

Donagh Quigg dropped over the initial response and Conor McKillop’s leveller was quickly added to by Conor McFerran. 

Parity was restored when Fionn Mervyn turned provider for Paddy Cunningham to steer over his first of the evening and a second soon followed after an angled effort that drifted between the posts. 

A converted Odrán Waldron free extended the hosts lead, but Rasharkin twice cut the deficit. 

Tiernan O’Boyle hit back from the same scenario at the other end, and despite Ciaran Boyd hitting a magnificent score from range- O’Boyle nailed another free to make a one-point game again (0-06-0-05). 

It was all square for a second time when Conor McKillop picked off a fantastic score from range. 

But the sides weren’t to be tied for long as the opening goal of the game arrived shortly after. 

Odrán Waldron turns home a goal that would prove decisive at the games conclusion

Rhys Camlin’s quick puck-outs were successful, and, on this occasion, he picked out Paddy Cunningham in the channel and he sent a high ball to the edge of the square where Gerard Smyth flicked it on and shot towards goal- Liam Tunney kept out the initial shot, but Odrán Waldron stabbed the loose ball to the net to make it 1-06-0-06. 

Waldron wheels away in celebration

Frees were traded between O’Boyle and Waldon in the aftermath and Rhys Camlin was forced into a smart stop when O’Boyle tried to go low from an angled dead-ball. 

O’Boyle reduced the deficit again- though Paddy Cunningham conjured up his third point in response. 

Rasharkin again narrowed the margin through a well-executed side-line puck from Conor McKeever. 

Four unanswered points before the break had the hosts on the front foot heading for the interval. 

Odrán Waldron dropped over his third free and Paddy Cunningham followed that with a fantastic long-winded effort that sailed between the sticks. 

Two more points came courtesy of Daniel Murray and Waldron (free) before O’Boyle landed his fifth placed with the final action of note in the first half as Lámh Dhearg held a 1-12-0-10 lead at midway. 

Rasharkin started the second period brightly with back-to-back points that left the goal separating the sides. 

Conor McKillop added to his two first-half points and Tiernan O’Boyle opened his account for the second period from a free. 

The hosts were under the cosh in the early stages and things went from bad to worse when Declan Lynch was shown a second yellow-card and subsequent red for a chop on his opponents stick. 

O’Boyle converted the resulting free and his side had little under 25 minutes to try and make most of their numerical advantage. 

Odrán Waldron floated over his first point from play to relieve a bit of the pressure on his side, but Tiernan O’Boyle conjured up his first score from play in reply. 

Back-to-back frees from Kilkenny native Waldron opened up a four-point advantage (1-15-0-14)- though Donagh Quigg doubled his tally for the evening at the other end. 

An outstanding Paddy Mervyn point was cancelled out by a fine effort that dropped over the bar from the stick of Shane Hasson.  

With little under a quarter of an hour remaining Rasharkin found the net and in doing so restored parity for a third time as Connor Higgins low strike deceived Rhys Camlin and ended up in the corner of the net. 

The visitors failed to kick on and the 14-men of Lámh Dhearg forged ahead once again, Odrán Waldron added another two frees to his ever-increasing tally and in between times Paddy Cunningham picked off another excellent score as the Hannashtown outfit were 1-19-1-16 to the good. 

Rhys Camlin ensured his sides lead stayed intact, making a tremendous point blank-save to deny Tiernan O’Boyle- who took a swipe at the follow-up that was adjudged to have snuck over the bar. 

Points were then traded between Paddy Cunningham and Cormac Gaston and despite Odrán Waldron again opening up a three-point gap, it was again reduced thanks to Tiernan O’Boyle replying. 

Try as they might, Rasharkin couldn’t find the net for a second time- which would have swung the game- as the hosts defended resolutely into injury-time and held on for the win. 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, M McGuigan, P Mervyn (0-01), D Lynch, F Mervyn (0-03), C Boyd (0-01), A McGuigan, D Murray (0-01), O Waldron (1-10, 0-08f), P Cunningham (0-05), D Cunningham, G Smyth, SP Gibson. Subs: N McGarry for G Smyth (47), M Lynch for D Cunningham (47).

Rasharkin: L Tunney, C Donaghy, C Doherty, E Kennedy, R O’Boyle, S Hasson (0-01), A McKeever, C McKeever (0-01f), T O’Boyle (0-10, 0-08f), C McKillop (0-03), C McFerran (0-01), D Quigg (0-02), C Higgins (1-00), C Gaston (0-01), T McGregor. 

Referee: Niall Clifford (Cuchulainn)

Glenarm go top after win over Cloughmills

Antrim Hurling League – Division 3

Cloughmills St Brigid’s 3-17 (26) Glenarm Shane O’Neill’s 4-20 (32)

Glenarm travelled to Cloughmills on Wednesday evening and beat the home side in a high scoring game and as a result move above their rivals in the league table for the first time this season.

Two goals inside a minute by corner forward Kevin O’Boyle midway through the opening half were the scores that tipped a close fought game in the way of the visitors. O’Boyle’s double helped the Feystown men to a four point lead at the break and they went on to extend their lead to six by the end.

It was score for score during the opening quarter, and after Eoin Dobbin gave the Biddies the lead, Ciaran Magill and Dylan McLaughlin hit back with two for the visitors to put them ahead. Points from Ruairi Laverty and Stephen Smyth pushed the home side back in front and this pattern continued until midway through the half when corner forward Kevin O’Boyle hit two goals inside a minute to give his team the edge. Mickey Devlin and Liam Kearns replied for the Biddies but the visitors responded with two from Darren Hamill and one from Dylan McLaughlin. When Hamill and McGarel pointed late in the half Glenarm were nine clear, but late points for Cloughmillls from Mickey Devlin, Stephen Smyth and Laim Kearns cut the gap back to four at the half time whistle. (0-13 to 2-11)

Goals were to prove decisive in the second half, and there were plenty to choose from. The first of the five second half majors came four minutes after the restart from veteran centre forward Darren Hamill and that score kept Glenarm in control until the end of the third quarter when his Cloughmills counterpart Mickey Devlin fired a penalty to the Glenarm net.

Two minutes later Niall McGarel got Glenarm’s third of the game with a neat finish from play to keep them in control, and going into injury time the Feystown men appeared to be coasting. When Devlin got Cloughmills second goal two minutes into injury time it didn’t appear to matter as Glenarm were still comfortably ahead, but when Devlin completed his hat-trick, this time from play the lead was down to six. However it was a case of too little, too late, and Glenarm deservedly held on for the win.

CLOUGHMILLS

Chris McKiernan, Aaron McGuckian, Marty Dobbin, Johnny Duffin, Reece Watt, Conor Laverty, Joe Smyth, Geoffrey Og Laverty, Ruairi Laverty, Rian Dobbin, Michael Devlin, Eoin Dobbin, Stephen Smyth, Liam Kearns, James Doherty.

GLENARM

Michael Abram, Conal Ward, Barry Hamill, Liam Og McLaughlin, Daniel Black, Declan McDermott, Aidan Scullion, Ben O’Boyle, Kieran O’Boyle, Sean O’Boyle, Darren Hamill, Dylan McLaughlin, Kevin O’Boyle, Ciaran Magill, Niall McGarel.

Referee – Declan McGarry (Loughgiel)

Lámhs miss out on top half finish after being pegged back by Con Magee’s

ACHL Division Three 

Con Magee’s 1-10-1-10 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Fr Maginn Park 

Lámh Dhearg missed out on a top-half finish in Division Three after Con Magee’s came from four-points down at the break to earn a share of the spoils in a 1-10 apiece draw at Fr Maginn Park this afternoon. 

Niall Donnelly opened the scoring for the hosts, only for Daniel Murray to immediately respond through a converted free. 

Con Magee’s restored their lead when a side-line puck landed to Chrisey Quinn to float over the bar. 

They then hit the net soon after, Rhys Camlin did well to deny Jonatahn Fyfe, but the danger wasn’t fully averted, and James Duffin followed in to bundle the ball over the line and give his side a 1-02-0-01 lead. 

It was a lead that was quickly eaten into when Sean-Paul Gibson won back possession and switched the play to Paddy Cunningham- whose high shot was lost by Ronan Donnelly and fumbled into the net. 

Odrán Waldron then levelled things up for a second time and the next two scores were traded between the sides. 

Glenravel regained the lead through a ConlEth O’Loan score on the turn, however Niall McGarry showed great desire to feed Paddy Cunningham down the channel and Cunningham floated over an equaliser. 

The hosts forged two-points ahead thanks to back-to-back frees from Niall Donnelly, but Declan Lynch picked out the run of Cunningham to conjure a second point and namesake Daire Cunningham then pulled his side- again thanks to solid work-rate from Niall McGarry in the lead-up. 

Momentuem was with the Hannahstown side and they hit the front for the first time in the half through a converted Declan Lynch free, followed soon after by a straight-forward Cunningham dead-ball. 

Back-to-back scores from Daniel Murray extended the Lámhs lead, but just before the break Con Magee’s went close to a reply; that would have closed the deficit. 

A well taken side-line cut from Chrisey Quinn dropped for Martin Scullion to take off towards goal and his shot was somehow turned around the post by Rhys Camlin as Lámh Dhearg held a 1-09-1-05 lead at the midway point. 

Playing with the wind advantage in the second period, Con Magee’s were first off the mark through Jonathan Fyfe’s first score of the afternoon.  

Midfielder Declan Traynor dropped over another effort from range and half-time substitute Sean McKay angled over a third score in succession to leave a single score separating the sides. 

The visitors were off colour in their shooting in both half’s and it took 17 minutes of the second period for their first point in the form of a Paddy Cunningham free. 

Glenravel instantly closed the gap again through a score from James Duffin to leave a point separating the sides with over ten minutes to play. 

Niall Donnelly had two chances to level the game up as the clocked ticked to the game’s conclusion, but on both occasions his free’s tailed to the right of the post and wide. 

Undeterred they continued their pursuit for a share of the spoils and two minutes into added time they took their chance through Duffin to level a 1-10 apiece. There wasn’t enough time for either side to force a winner and in the end the points were shared. 

Con Magee’s: R Donnelly, B O’Neill, S Woulahan, J Martin, S Atcheson, M Scullion, M McDonnell, J Duffin (1-02), D Traynor (0-01), E McCusker, N Donnelly (0-03, 0-02f), C McIlfatrick, C O’Loan (0-01), C Quinn (0-01), J Fyfe (0-01). Subs: S McKay (0-01) for C Quinn (HT), R Lennon for C McIlfatrick (HT), C Derry for C O’Loan (53). 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, T McKenna, F Mervyn, D Lynch (0-01f), SP Gibson, P Mervyn, C Boyd, D Murray (0-03, 0-01f), A McGuigan, P Cunningham (1-04, 0-02f), D Cunningham (0-01), O Waldron (0-01), N McGarry. Subs: A Ferris for T McKenna (42). 

Referee: Paul McSparron (Cushendun)

Late goals not enough to save Armoy as Glenarm score heavily

Antrim Hurling League Division 3

Armoy 3-12 Glenarm 5-19

Three goals in the last five minutes were not enough to save Armoy from defeat in Monday evening’s re-arranged Division 3 League game. By the time the later treble came the game had long been decided as a rampart Glenarm side went on a second half scoring spree against a 14 man Armoy side who had lost a man to a straight red card.

Visitors Glenarm started with three points inside two mintues, two from Niall McGarel and one from Kieran O’Boyle, but a pointed 65 by Trevor Linton settled the Glen Rovers men and they outscored the visitors by six points to two to lead by a points at the end of the first quarter. However when Niall McGarel got in for his team’s first goal the tide turned back in Glenarm’s favour. Dylan McLaughin and Aidan Scullion added points in quick succession and though PJ McBride pulled a couple back form Armoy, Glenarm finished the first half with a flurry with Ciaran Magill adding two from play and Padraig McDermott one before a sideline cut from full forward Ben O’Boyle deceived the home goalkeeper and ended up in the back of the net.

Eight to the good starting the second half Glenarm increased their lead with points from Sean O’Boyle and Ciaran Magill, and when Magill added his team’s second goal there was no way back for the home side. To make matters worse they lost a player to a straight red card soon afterwards and to rub further salt in the wounds McGarrel completed his hat-trick with two more goals.

The gap was nearing the twenty point mark when suddenly Armoy hit back with three late goals, two of them from centre forward Tommy Burns to add a better look to the scoreboard.