Creggan’s hopes of promotion blown off course in the Lough Shore wind

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O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3

Kickham’s Creggan 1-11 Emmett’s Cushendun 3-8

Heavy rain and a strong wind blowing across the Lough greeted the Glens’ men as they lined out to face an impatient South West Side keen to place an early marker and re-ignite their promotion hopes.

Conor McCann raised a green flag for the visitors after 20 seconds followed by another 2 minutes later to get the Lough Shore lads up and running.  This early success was added to in the 5th minute when Creggan’s Cormac Rice got on the end of a high ball to volley it past Cushendun’s net-minder E. Magee.  Magee’s puck out was caught by Teddy McKeown who drove the ball in low and intercepted by McCann to score his third point and the Kickham’s promotion efforts seemed to be back on track.

C.McHugh finally got Emmett’s off the mark – his 1st point in the 7th minute followed less than 60 seconds later by another.  As the wind increased across the pitch both sides struggled to get their shots on target and neither side troubled the umpires for 13 minutes.  David Killgore registered his 1st point and Emmett’s third in the 23d minute and E. Duffin added another in the 25th leaving the score – Creggan 1.03 to Cushendun 0.04.

This low scoring affair did not do justice to the home side who dominated play for the 1st 30 minutes but it was their wayward shooting from range that proved their downfall.

These Hail Mary efforts, into the clouds, were blown off target time and again while their opponents chose to deliver the balls at a much lower altitude finding their targets with much less possession.

Ed McQuillan and Bannon reaped the rewards of these tactics and both bagged majors in the 29th and 30th minute to knock the wind out of the Kickham’s side.

Half-Time:  Robert Emmett’s 2.04, Creggan 1.03.

With the second half under way the rain stopped and the wind increased though the home side continued to waste their chances with the wide tally increasing to 15 although they did add a further 8 points from the McCann clan – Liam McCann in the 32nd minute, Keelan McCann in the 35th, Oran McCann with points in the 36th and 38th minutes and Conor McCann with points in the 39th, 41st, 44th minute and 57th minute as they battled hard to regain the lead.

Emmets responded through David Kilgore 0-2 and James Morgan and Ed McQuillan fired a rasper to the Creggan net at the end of the third quarter to keep the visitors noses in front. They were only able to add one further score in 55th minute off the hurl of C.McHugh but by this stage they had done enough.

Try as they may, the home side, despite dominating possession for the final ten minutes could not find a way through the Emmet’s defence with Hamilton, Corbett and McKay turning everything that came their way. Behind them keeper, Magee foiled 2 serious attempts on goal by Conor McCann and Cormac Rice, both saved comfortably.

Emmett’s management will be delighted with this win and it will boost their team’s confidence and ensure that they keep their position in Division 3 for next season. It’s a different story for Creggan however and the wheels have certainly come of the wagon in recent weeks and after leading the division four games ago they can’t seem to buy a win for love or money.

They certainly had the chances to win this one but their shooting once again let them down but Creggan are a resilient bunch and will be hoping to bounce back to put the past 2 weeks behind them as they look forward to the championship.

Robert Emmett’s – No.1 E.Magee, No.2 S.Hamilton, No.3 A.Corbett, No.4 J McKay, No.5 P.Bannon (1.0), No.6 M.McCartan, No.7 M.Scally, No.8 T Scally, No.9 C.McHugh (0.03), No.10 E.McQuillan (2.0), No.11 E.Duffin (0.01), No.12 J.Morgan (0.01), No.13 D.Killgore (0.03), No.14 R.McQuillan, No.15 C.Bannon, No.17 A.McMullan.

Kickham’s Creggan – No.1 Jake McAteer, No.2 Enda Maguire, No.3 Liam McCann (0.01), No.4 Mick Maguire, No.5 Donal Carey, No.6 Thomas McCann, No.7 Teddy McKeown, No.8 Rory McCann, No.9 Keelan McCann (0.01), No.10 Cormac Rice (1.0), No.11 Niall McAuley, No.12 Oran McCann (0.02), No.13 Tieran McAteer, No.14 Conor McCann (0.07), No.15 Ciaran Rice.

Referee: Kevin Parke.

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Report & Photographs Joe Rice

 

Five star finish by the Feystown men

All County Hurling Leauge – Division 3

Shane Uí Neill 0:13 Naomh Pól 1:07

Report by Pete Hyndman

Five unanswered points in the last 12 minutes helped give a well-earned victory for Shane O’Neill’s over St Paul’s in Wednesday evening’s league game at Feystown.

Pairc Fhearsíthe was wet underfoot but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm as two evenly matched teams went into battle. Darren Hamill was first on the scoresheet with a well struck”65″ on four minutes but St. Paul’s Niall Peoples popped over a free to level the game only for a hat-trick of score’s from the Glenarm team to take a 3 point advantage, two of them  from a Daniel Black double and a sublime effort way out near the sideline from Barry Hamill.

Wing half back for Naomh Pól’s Frankie Sewell drove over a great point from midfield with People’s also pointing from a 21 yard free. With a strong north wind blowing, scores where hard to come by as it wasn’nt until the 28th minute when wing half Sean O Hare forced over a free. With halftime fast approaching the away team snuck in with a major, as Declan Chapman found a gap in the Glenarm defence and sent the sliotár beyond a diving Liam Mulvenna to take a one point advantage. Deep in injury time O’Hare levelled the match with a converted free as referee Darren Mullen blew the whistle for half time.

Glenarm 0-6 St. Pauls 1-03

The Shaw’s Road men came out early in the second period with two points in as many minutes with Niall Peoples hitting over a brace. A quick thinking Darren Hamill was soon setting up to hit a “65” as St. Pauls keeper Leon Mc Veigh saved an earlier effort round the post. Hamill hit the ball forward 30 yards to Jake Hamilton who slotted the ball into a strong breeze over Mc Veigh’s crossbar. Young corner forward Peoples for the Belfast side again found space winning a loose ball and pointed. A cleared ball out of defence from Martin Ward for the home side fell deep into the red and white’s box where Dylan Mc Laughlin stooped over and lifted the ball on his camán and picked the safer option of a point as the box was heavily congested with players from both teams in this tight tussle. Midway through this second period Niall Peoples scored his sixth point for the west Belfast outfit and at this stage the visitors appeared to be in a winning position.

However a converted 65 from the stick of Darren Hamill was to start Shane Uí Neills five-in-a-row comeback! O’Hare started it when he fired two frees over the bar from 21 and 35 yards respectively and on 59 minutes Daniel Black rose to claim a ball and slid through two lame tackles before splitting the uprights from the 21yard line. He followed that effort with a point further outfield, punching the air with delight as he gave his team a three point win.

A tough physical game ensued tonight with both teams driving the ball forward. Scores where hard to find as the wind played a big part as it blew strong with any high balls falling short.

Best for Naomh Póls were Fionntan Gamble in defence and Niall Peoples in the forward line with six points. Declan Chapman took his goal well.

Shane Uí Neills had a number of players battling hard tonight with Marty Ward, Sean Moran, Aidso and Darren Hamill working hard in the rearguard. Best for the forwards where Dan Black and Sean O’Hare, with Barry Hamill working tirelessly over the hour.

Glenarm. Liam Mulvenna. Martin Ward. Sean Moran. Ciaran Finnegan. Jake Hamiton( :01). Rory Mulvenna. Darren Hamill (2 “65”s). Aidan O Neill. Paddy Mc Auley. Liam Mitchell. Sean O Hare ( 4 F’s).Dylan Mc Laughlin (:01). Kieran Mulvenna Daniel Black (:04). Barry Hamill ( :01). sub used: Darryl Mc Mullan.

St. Pauls. Leon Mc Veigh. Joe Keating. Fionntan Gamble. Chris Murray. Frank Sewell(:01). Steven Rooney. Sean Bradley. Ciaran O Carrol. James Farrell. Andrew Mc Morrow. Gerard Maguire. Conleth Mc Veigh. Niall Peoples (:04, 2f’s). Conall Magee. Declan Chapman (1:00)

 

 

 

Faughs earn draw with late surge

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 3

Cloney Gaels 1-12 Carey Faughs 0-15

The top two teams in Division 3 shared the points when Carey Faughs travelled to leaders Cloney Gaels, Ahoghill on Wednesday evening. The Faughs appeared to be in a bit of bother when they went four points down with six minutes of normal time remaining, but they stuck to their cause and four points on the trot saw them fight back to level two minutes into injury time.

The Ahoghill men started well with early points from Bernard Graham and James O’Connell from a free and after Carey had opened their account through Caolan McCaughan they came back with a James O’Connell goal on six minutes to open up a 1-2 to 0-1 lead. The gap remained at four as Sean McLoughlin’s point for Carey was answered by another James O’Connell point, but the visitors started to make some inroads when points from James Black and Martin Hunter brought the gap back to two by the midway point of the opening half.

Points from Ronan Graham and a James O’Connell free restored the home side’s four point cushion and though Caoalan McCaughan and Daniel McBride came back with points for Carey to cut it back to two, a point from Gaels full forward PJ O’Connell in the final minute of normal time sent the Cloney men to the changing rooms with a three point cushion.

That gap was out to five early in the second half as James O’Connell hit three more points for the home side, with just one coming from Fiachra McVeigh for the visitors. However three points in a two minute spell from John McBride, Shea Hunter and Nat Hunter brought Carey right back into the game and though O’Connell came back with another fine point from play Patrick Gillan and John McBride found the target for the Faughs to cut the gap to two by the 47th minute.

Ahoghill responded well and when James O’Connell and Martin Graham put them four clear with points in the 54th and 56th minutes the home side appeared  home and dry. It was not to be however and as the men in green did at Croke Park on Sunday so the similarly clad Faughs produced a late fightback and points from John McBride (57th), James Black (58th), Shea Hunter (59th) and Fiachra McVeigh (32nd)  earned them a draw that minutes later had seemed unlikely.

Cloney Gaels

1 Dominic Neeson

2 Stephen O’Connell

3 Francis Neeson

4 Dairmaid Graham

5 Bernard Graham

6 Neil O’Connell

7 James Magnetic

8 Donal Graham

9 Eamon Brady

10 Owen Neeson

11 Patrick Graham

12 Ronan Graham

13 Martin Graham

14 PJ O’Connell

15 James O’Connell

Carey Faughs

1. Christopher Butler

2. Eoin Hill
3 Sean McBride
4 Zach McCaughan
5 Michael McVeigh
6 Shea Hunter
7 James McCuaig
8 Caolan McCaughan
9 Daniel McBride
10 Sean McLaughlin
11 John McBride
12 James Black
13 Patrick Gillan
14 Martin Hunter
15 Fiachra McVeigh

Referee – Darren McKeown (St Gall’s)

 

 

 

 

Bad week for Shane O’Neill’s

All County Hurling League Div. 3B.

Shane Uí Neill :12 Rasharkin 3:16.

By Pete Hyndman

A tough week for the home side after a hard fought game losing to Cushendun on Sunday followed by a 13 point defeat by Rasharkin.

The away team were first on the scoresheet with an early 2nd minute goal, followed by a point from Enda Mc Ferran. There was some great tackling from Aidan O Neill, who in-turn fed Jake Hamilton where he then hit a point. Glenarm’s second point came from nippy forward Dylan Mc Laughlin who slotted over from 50 yards. The Dreen men hit next from James Scally before a brace from the sky blue’s combination of Sean O Hare and a massive 90 yard free from Darren Hamill which bounced in the box before rising slightly over the bar!!

Eamon Mc Neill hit a point before Shane Hasson snuck in for a major for the away team on 18 minutes.

Sean O Hare reduced the deficit by driving two points from midfield but this was cancelled out by another two efforts from Eamon Mc Neill.

O Hare got his 4th point of the evening on 27 mins with a converted free, yet again the Rasharkin men bagged another score. The last effort at the short whistle was the score of the game as Dylan Mc Laughlin leapt up to win his own poc-out and darted past two defenders and pierced the evening sky with a superb point before the referee blew up for half time.

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On 35 minutes Eamon Mc Neill hit another away point, he then hit a double with a free and one from play.

It wasn’t until the 43rd minute before the Feystown men got any second half score’s as O Hare had his eye on the black spot driving over two more free’s from 40 and 60 yards. To settle things Rasharkin came back with two more efforts from Mc Neill and Emmet Mc Ferran.

With ten minutes left on the clock Darren Hamill drove over a “65”, following up was O Hare with another dead ball effort (which turned out to be Glenarm’s last score).

The last four score’s belonged to the yellow and blue’s with 2 frees from Mc Neill, with Conor Mc Keever bagging a goal and a 30 yard point.

A tough task for Shane Uí Neill’s (missing 5 regular players) facing Rasharkin who are sitting at the top of the league after the split into A & B league’s. Best for Rasharkin where James Scally, Emmet Mc Ferran and Eamon Mc Neill who kept the score board ticking over.

For Shane Uí Neills Darren Hamill worked tirelessly at centre half-back, Jake Hamilton round midfield, and O Hare and Mc Laughlin in the forward line.

Glenarm.

1 Liam Mulvenna 2 Sean Moran 3 Martin Ward 4 Ciaran Finnegan 5 Aidan O Neill 6 Darren Hamill ( 0:02) 7 Rory Mulvenna 8 Jake Hamilton ( 0:01) 9 Paddy Mc Auley 10 Sean O Hare (0:07,5frees) 11 Daniel Black 12 Dylan Mc Laughlin (0:02) 13 Kieran Mulvenna 14 Barry Hamill 15 Darryl Mc Mullan. subs used Gerard Scullion for Martin Ward-36 mins. Joe Scullion for Darryl Mc Mullan-53 mins.

 

Rasharkin 1 James O Mullan, 2 Liam Tunney 3 Daniel Doherty 4 Connaíre Donaghey 5 Aidan Mc Keever 6 Connor Hasson 7 Donagh Quigg 8 James Scally 9 Thomas Mc Mullan 10 Emmet Mc Ferran 11 Shane Hasson 12 Enda Mc Ferran 13 Eamon Mc Neill 14 Conor Mc Keever 15 Brian Óg O Neil

 

Depleted Creggan rattled as Eoghan Ruadh chalk up five majors

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Photographs & Report: Joe Rice

O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3

Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 5-16 Kickham’s Creggan 1-18

Should Kickham’s Creggan fail to get promotion from division 3 at the end of the season then they will look back on the last seven days with a lot of regret. A week ago they topped the division but three defeats on the trot against Carey, Clooney Gaels and this one away to Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh has put a serious dent in their promotion hopes.

The sun shone as the Antrim side entered the field.  Their opponent’s management seemed quite surprised to see Creggan line-out with the bare minimum of players but recent injuries and suspensions have dipped deep into the Creggan panel.

As referee, Rab Lappin, got the action under way the men in green & yellow made an encouraging opening.  Creggan were on top for the first five minutes and they looked to have taken control with Conor McCann, Kevin Small and Teddy McKeown firing over early points.

Undeterred, Dungannon responded with three of their own through Cathal McErlean, Damien Casey and Matthew Mulgrew to level the contest with ten minutes gone.  The visitors looked stunned and it took a further 7 minutes to restore their 3 point lead. Conor McCann from 2 pointed frees and Thomas McCann from play were them Kickham’s marksmen.

As the Antrim lads steadied the ship, Matthew Mulgrew for Eoghan Ruadh left his marker and sprinted into the corner to stop a fast moving ball crossing the Creggan end-line and while under pressure he drove it low from an impossible angle across the face of the Creggan goal.

James Dougan, the Creggan Keeper got his hurl to it but it somehow ended in the net and the Tyrone men were back on level terms with 20 minutes gone. It was tit for tat from then until the break as both sides added 4 points, Conor McCann, Oran McCann, Thomas McCann & Kevin Small for Creggan and Damien Casey getting three of the Eoghan Ruadh points.

Casey was the target man for Eoghan Ruadh and after missing a couple of chances he got on the end of a high delivery, turned and drilled an unstoppable effort to the visitors net.  At the short whistle Creggan were 3 points behind but still looked very much in the game.

The Tyrone side got the second half action underway in style with a point from Kiefer Morgan while Creggan’s Conor McCann added to his tally from a pointed free.  For the next nine minutes both sides traded scores and it still looked anybody’s game.

Josh Ferguson struck a superb 30 metre side-line cut over the bar as Dungannon started to find their form and with the wind at their backs, net minder Ciaran McCrudden was continually pucking the ball out 80 to 90 metres causing serious problems for the Creggan defence.

The pressure finally paid off as Piaras McErlean managed to get a touch to flick the sliotar over the line to give the Tyrone side their second major. Creggan’s Conor McCann responded almost immediately with Eoghan Ruadh losing a player to a Red card after hauling down the Kickham’s danger man for the second time.

When McCann broke through to finish to the net a come-back looked possible but the visitors were only able to add four further points through Conor McCann 0-3 and Liam Quinn as Eoghan Ruadh took control.

Taking advantage of McCrudden’s massive puck outs and with the breeze at their backs the Dungannon side started to turn the screw, adding a further 3-8 as the Creggan challenge crumbled.

Matthew Mulgrew increased his personal tally to 2-03 while Damien Casey notched up 1-8 as the scores came thick and fast and the visitors had no answer to this excellent pair who were a thorn in their flesh all night.

Dungannon will be pleased with their performance tonight while the visitors will be hoping to get most of their missing players back sooner rather than later as they attempt to resurrect a season that has gone pear shape over the past seven day.

DUNGANNON – No.1 Ciaran McCrudden, No.2 Paul Lavery, No.3 Mark Winter, No.4 Michael Donnelly, No.5 Locran Devlin 0.1, No.6 Stephen Donnelly, No.7 Kiefer Morgan 0.2, No.8 Shaun Donaghy, No.9 Josh Ferguson 0.1, No.10 Piaras McErlean 1.1, No.11 Pierse O’Kelly, No.12 Cathal McErlean 0.1, No.13 Matthew Mulgrew 2.3, No.14 Damien Casey 1.8, No.15 Martin Devlin, No.16 Stevie Currie, No.17 Michael Donnelly, No. 18 Padraig Hughes, No.19 Damhnaic Rushe, No.20 Ben Gormley, No.22 Fearghal Devlin, No.23 Padraig Mallon, No.24 Patrick McKillon.

CREGGAN – No.1 James Dougan, No.2 Mick Maguire, No.3 Dannan O’Hara, No.4 Donal Carey, No.5 Liam McCann, No. 6 Kevin Small 0.2, No.7 Teddy McKeown 0.1, No.8 Rory McCann, No. 9 Sam Maguire 0.2, No.10 Thomas McCann 0.1, No.11 Enda Maguire, No.12 Oran McCann 0.1, No.13 Jake McAteer, No. 14 Conor McCann 1.10, No.15 Liam McCann 0.1.

Referee: Rab Lappin

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