No let up as Clooney Gaels defeat Gort Na Mona in Ahoghill


James O’Connell who scored 0-13 as Clooney Gaels defeated Gort Na Mona in the ACHL Division 3 on Sunday.

O’Neill’s ACHL Div. 3

Clooney Gaels 2-25   Gort Na Mona   1-14

Clooney Gaels may have the division 3 league title already secured but they showed no sign of letting up when they entertained Gort Na Mona on Sunday. Last year’s Junior Champions were expected to provide a stiff test for the home side and they certainly didn’t make things easy but in the end they had little answer to a slick Clooney Gaels side.

First half goals from Donal Graham and Dan O’Neill saw the Ahoghill men in control at the short whistle where they led 2-9 to 0-8 with James O’Connell weighing in with a flurry of points, both from play and from frees.

Despite the best efforts of Mark Rea, Sean Doyle, Padge McHugh and Dessie McLean the West Belfast side were left with a mountain to climb in the second half and despite a Ciaran McMullan goal they never looked like getting back into contention.

James O’Connell continued to display unerring accuracy as he brought his total for the day to 0-13 and his brother P.J. kept the score board ticking with five of his own as the Clooney side ran out winners by 14 points and they look in fine shape as they await an Intermediate championship meeting with St. Brigid’s Cloughmills in Cushendall on the 25th Of August.


Clooney Gaels:  Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Eamon Brady, Bernard Graham, Neill O’Connell, Diarmaid Graham, Donal Graham 1-02, James Magee 0-01, Ronan Graham  0-01, James O’Connell   0-13 (6 frees),  Patrick Graham  0-2, Owen Neeson, PJ. O’Connell  0-5, Dan O’Neill            1-01


Dominic Neeson for Donal Graham

Martin Graham for Ronan Graham

Gerard Graham for PJ.O’Connell

Gort Na Mona: Martin Ward, Kevin Valliday, Mark Rea, Conor Caldwell, Sean Doyle, 0-1, Conor McCann, Colm Scullion, Patrick McCafferty, Declan Hayes 0-2, Thomas McCaffrey 0-2, Padge McHugh 0-5 (3 frees), Darren Boyd, Dessie McClean 0-2, Christopher McErlean, Ciaran McMullan 1-2.

Ref Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)


Gold at the end of the Carey rainbow

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

Carey Faughs 2-16 Creggan 2-9

Carey secured promotion back to Division 2 of the All County Hurling League when they beat Creggan in Tuesday evening’s league encounter in Ballyvoy. In a tough and at times tempestuous encounter a strong finish to the first half and an even stronger start to the second got the Faughs home and though they lost their way badly in the final ten minutes, when they conceded 2-2 without reply, the had done the damage and promotion to Division 2 had long been secured.

The opening quarter saw little between the sides as Daniel McBride (2) and Shea Hunter hit points for the home side while Kevin Rice and Conor McCann (2) came back for the visitors to tie the scores at three apiece after eight minutes. A point from a James ‘Rocket’ Black free and a real beauty from play from inside his own half by centre back Shea Hunter put the home team two ahead by the tenth minute, before a fine strike from a narrow angle by Creggan’s Kevin Rice cut the game back to one. A James Black point from a free for Carey was answered by one from play by Creggan’s Tommy McCann to keep the gap at the minimum entering the final ten minutes of the half, but Carey finished strongly and three on the bounce from Paddy Butler, Rocket Black and John McBride put them 0-9 to 0-5 in front by the time referee Paul McSparran sounded the half-time whistle.12B

Carey sprung from the traps at the start of the second half and before Creggan knew what had hit them the game had slipped from their grasp. Two points in the opening minute from James Black and Martin Gillan were followed a minute later by a goal from Black, the midfielder pulling on a ground ball in around the Creggan square and sending it fizzing to the net. The visitors were on the ropes and by the time they found their feet Carey’s centre forward John McBride had fired in his team’s second goal to stretch the gap to 13 points.

Conor McCann got his team going with pointed frees in the 39th and 41st minutes but Carey hit back with three of their own from Black  (2) and McBride. Things started to get a little heated and several bouts of ‘handbags’ broke out which all but killed the flow of the game. When the hurling broke out again in the final ten minutes it was Creggan who fared the better of the two sides, but though Conor McCann hit 1-2 and Peter Graham a goal it was to be mere consolation as Carey were home and hosed and their path back to Division 2 secured.

CAREY – Steven Magill, Eoin Hill, Sean McBride, Peadar McVeigh, Michael McVeigh, Shea Hunter, James McCouaig, Daniel McBride, Caolan McCaughan, Sean McLoughlin, John McBride, James Black, Patrick Gillan, Martin Hunter, Fiachra McVeigh.

CREGGAN – Jake McAteer, Liam Quinn, Aidan Maguire, Enda Maguire, Liam McCann, Keelan McCann, Donal Carey, Aidan McKeown, Ruairi McCann, Conor McCann, Niall McAuley, Thomas McCann, Peter Graham, Oran McCann, Kevin Rice.

Referee – Paul McSparran (Emmet’s)

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Pics by John McIlwaine

First half goals the difference as Clooney Gaels claim the title


PJ O’Connell who scored 2-4 as Clooney Gaels defeated Creggan on Sunday to claim the ACHL Division 3 title.

O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3

Creggan 0-23 Clooney Gaels 4-14

Four points separated the sides on Sunday afternoon as Clooney Gaels, Ahoghill clinched the division 3 title as they completed the double over a Creggan side that had been one of their main rivals for honours just a few weeks ago.

A blistering opening half saw the Ahoghill side take pole position as they hit the home side with three goals and while the Kickham’s kept going to the end most of the damage had been done at this stage.

Their first came from former County star, PJ O’Connell in the 10th minute and he added another 18 minutes later before Bernard Graham got the third goal with virtually the last puck of the half. Creggan’s stand-in keeper, Ciaran Rice, had no chance as he was blinded by the midday sun.  Two of the goals dropped out of the sky, over the keeper’s head and into the net.  At the break, Ahoghill were  seven points clear and looked well on their way to two more points to seal the league title.

The Kickhams’ men were late coming out for the second half having benefited from a serious team talk and they opened brightly to score the opening five points of the second half and close the gap to two and suddenly we had a real game on our hands.

The Clooney management looked worried as they shouted instructions to their side and  James O’Connell answered the call taking a point on 39 minutes to increase the gap to three. This score seemed to settle the Ahoghill men and  Donal Graham followed with his side’s  4th goal flicking it passed the Creggan keeper.

It wasn’t looking good for the Staffordstown Road side but with 18 minutes remaining they continued to battle adding a further eight points with Clooney Gaels responding with five to keep their noses in front.

Creggan kept going right to the final whistle , having several attempts at goal repelled by the Clooney defence who stood strong in defiance. Creggan’s forward line kept going to the end with  Oran McCann and Liam Quinn attempting to break through for a much needed goal but the visitors stood firm to claim the points and the Division 3 title.

Clooney will be glad to have seen this one out of the way especially midway through the second half when Creggan had them on the ropes but they managed to dig deep and showed the character to get them over the line.  With several defeats behind them, Creggan were playing for their pride and they threw everything at Ahoghill but it was their inability to find the net  that was to prove their downfall in the end.

Clooney – Andrew Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Dermot Graham, Bernard Graham (1.0), Neil O’Connell, No.7 James Magee, Donal Graham (1.0), Eamon Brady (0.1), Owen Neeson, Patrick Graham, Ronan Graham, Danny O’ Neill (0.5), PJ O’Connell (2.4), James O’Connell .Subs: Dominic Neeson, Conor Neeson, Fergal Doherty, Martin Graham, Ryan Papa Doherty.

Creggan – Ciaran Rice, Jake McAteer, Aidan Maguire, Mick Maguire, Liam McCann (0.1), Keelan McCann, Donal Carey (0.1), Rory McCann (0.1), Teddy McKeown (0.4), Conor McCann (0.9), Niall McAuley, Thomas McCann (0.2), Enda Maguire (0.1), Oran McCann (0.4), Liam McCann.

Referee: Kevin Gormley (Tir na nOg)

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Report & Photographs: Joe Rice




McCaffrey’s late strike give Gorts victory

All County Hurling League – Division 3

Cushendun 1-14 Gort na Mona 1-15

A point in the third minute of injury time by Thomas McCaffrey gave Got na Mona victory over Cushendun in Sunday’s league game at The Rigs, Cushendun. The Emmets thought they had salvaged a point after Conlaoth McNeill had landed two long range points from frees in the 60th and 61st minutes but there was still a few seconds of added time left to play and McCaffery struck with practically the puc of the game to send the Gorts home with both points.

A Christopher McErlean goal in the fifth minute had given Gort na Mona and early lead and with Dessie McClean adding two points and Padge McHugh another they went three clear by the eleventh minute, all three Cushenun points coming from Conor McHugh frees.

Two more from Conor McHugh brought Cushendun back to within a point and when the veteran Rory McQuillan doubled on a high ball at the edge of the square to send it to the Gorts net the Emmet’s were two clear. The lead didn’t last long though as the visitors came back with three on the trot to edge out an exciting second quarter and though the home team fought back Gort na Mona led by 1-9 to 1-8 at half time.

Two Dessie McClean points early in the second half stretched the Belfast side’s lead to three a lead they held until the final ten minutes when three on the bounce from Conor McHugh and Conlaoth McNeill (2). Gort na Mona edged back ahead when Padge McHugh and Dessie McClean hit points in the 56th and 57th minutes, and they were still two to the good as the game entered injury time. The Emmet’s fans thought they had salvaged a draw when Conlaoth McNeill landed two great points from frees in injury time, but Thomas McCaffrey sealed the win for the Gorts with his last gasp point.

Conlaoth McNeill (left) thought he had salvaged a point for Cushenun with two late points from free but Thomas McCaffrey hit the winner for Gort na Mona to seal the win.


Eoin Magee, Sean Hamilton, Mark Scally, Jack McKay, Pearse Bannon, Matthew McCartin, Tom Scally, Conor McHugh, Eoin McQuillan, James Morgan, Eugene Duffin, Conlaoth McNeill, Alex McMullan, Rory McQuillan, Conor Bannon.

Dominic McQuillan for Alex McMullan

Mickey Dunne for James Morgan


Martin Ward, Kevin Valliday, Mark Rea, Conor Caldwell, Sean Doyle, Conor McCann, Colm Scullion, Patrick McCaffrey, Declan Hayes, Thomas McCaffrey, Padge McHugh, Darren Boyd, Dessie McClean, Christopher McErlean, Ciaran McMullan.

Referee – Malachy Leech (Oisins)

Carey victory strengthens their promotion hopes

All County Hurling League Division Three

Carey 0-17 Eoghain Ruadh 1-11

Carey Faughs took a big step towards promotion back to Division 2 when they overcome the challenge of Eoghain Ruadh Dungannon in Sunday’s league game at Ballyvoy. Going into the game the Dungannon men were just two points behind the Faughs and a win would have brought the visitors level with their north Antrim opponents with just two matches left to play. However Carey’s win puts them four clear in second place and barring any major mishaps they boys from Barnish should be secure.

Eoghain Ruadh opened the scoring in this fiercely contested game through Harry Mulgrew, but by the end of the first quarter Carey had opened up a three point lead from John McBride, a couple from their impressive midfield Caolan McCaughan and points apiece from James Black, Martin Hunter and Fiachra McVeigh, who proved a handful for the Tyrone defence. The visitors during that period had points from Mulgrew again, Sean Doneghan and the other two from their ace marksman Damian Casey. In the 17th minute Casey cut the arrears further, but John McBride cancelled out the score with a point from McCaughan and Sean McLaughlin, and a superb score from Fiachra McVeigh to extend the Carey lead to seven, but with half time approaching two Casey points pulled the score back to 0-12 to 0-7 at half time.

The visitors came out for the second half and capitalised on a litany of mistakes by the home side and by the 40th minute the game was all square Casey with two points, and a Brendan Molloy goal. Indeed Carey had failed to raise a flag in the first eleven minutes of this half, but this turned out to be the wake-up call for them and James Black responded with a point on the 52nd minute, only for the Tyrone men to edge ahead again through McErlane and Casey. However these scores in the 54th and 55th minutes were to be the final flags raised by the Dungannon side, as McBride pointed a 65 to level matters, this was followed by two points from James Black, one from a free.

With time running out, and only two points separating the sides, Damian Casey was presented with a 20 metre free, but a brilliant goal line block from Michael McVeigh was cleared and picked up by Black to leave three between the sides at the end of a hard and bruising contest.

Dungannon – P McKilliou, T McInlock, M Winters, P Laverty, D Rush, R Devlin, L Devlin, J Ferguson, S Donoghan, P McGlone, P Kelly, C McErline, H Mulgrew, D Casey, B Molloy

Carey – C Butler, E Hill, S McBride, P McVeigh, J McQuaige, S Hunter, M McVeigh, C McCaughan, D McBride, J Black, J McBride, S McLaughlin, F McVeigh, M Humter, P Gillan.

P Butler for P Gillan