Carryduff claim South Belfast bragging rights.

Carryduff 2-12 Bredagh 0-14

Carryduff and Bredagh met in their final game before the Div 3 league split.  Both teams had already secured a spot in the top five, so the prize was for the bragging rights in this South Belfast derby.

With both clubs having players on the Down county panel, the match was rearranged from the week before the Christy Ring final.  The teams were well matched throughout, but the two Carryduff goals in the second half proved to be decisive in separating the teams. 

Carryduff settled in the early stages and took a three point lead before the Bredagh boys found their bearings.  After a few opening wides, Bredagh found their point scoring range and took the lead, which they held until half-time.  When the Carryduff team eventually emerged from their changing room for the second half, they showed much more resolve and took more control over the game.  Their first goal from Ronan Beatty put Carryduff back into the lead, and the second goal from Eoin Rooney gave the cushion that would ensure Carryduff held onto the lead.  The final score was – Carryduff 2-12 Bredagh 0-14.

St Paul’s secure top half finish

Antrim Hurling League Division 3

St Paul’s 2-24 Na Magha 0-10

St Paul’s secured their place in the top half of Division 3 with a convincing win over Na Magha at Shaw’s Road on Sunday. The home team played with the breeze in the first half and totally dominated the play as they raced to a 1-15 to 0-3 interval lead. The Derry city team fared better in the second half when backed by the breeze but St Paul’s still outscored them during this period and by the end were twenty points to the good.

Stephen Rooney opened the scoring with a point in the first minute, Paddy Doyle and Colm McLarnon also added points before top scorer Caolan Crossan fired in his team’s opening goal, a great strike from a narrow angle on the left. Alan Grant got Na Magha off the mark with a point from a free on eleven minutes but by the time the centre forward got their next score the home side had added ten more points without reply, Paddy Doyle, Stephen Rooney and Caolan Crossan getting the bulk of them. Grant pulled a couple more back before the break but Crossan and Doyle answered them to leave their team 1-15 to 0-3 ahead by the time referee Damian Mullan sounded the half time whistle.

With the wind in their favour Na Magha had a lot more of the play in the second half and they added a further eight points to their tally, most of them coming off the stick of Grant. However St Paul’s were always in control and a Declan Chapman goal plus some fines scores by Doyle and Crossan secured two valuable league points for the men in red and white.

ST PAULS; Joe Gillan, Christopher Murray, Ciaran Hetherington, Sean Bradley, Ciaran O’Carroll, Frankie Sewell, Sean Lawell, Fionntan Gamble, Declan Chapman Colm McLarnon, Stephen Rooney, Sean O’Carroll, Caolan Crossan, Gerard Carbery, Paddy Doyle.

St Paul’s chairman Paul Stevenson (right) and treasurer Mark Carey presents a sponsorship cheque to the Saffron Gael at Sunday’s Division 3 Hurling League game with Na Magha at Shaw’s Road. Pic by Dr Paul Donnelly

Cushendun win secures top half finish

All County Hurling League Division 3

Cushendun 4-21 Na Magha 0-12

The Emmet’s cemented their place in the top section of Division 3 on Wednesday evening when they had a big win over Na Magha at the Rigs in Cushendun.  Na Magha made the long journey into the glens and in the opening half they matched their hosts pretty well. A Leo Morgan goal in the seventh minute was the main difference in the teams in the opening half, Morgan having a fine game accounting for 1-3 in that first thirty minutes. Points in the 18th and 19th minutes brought the Derry men level but the home side finished strongly with points from Conaloith McNeill, Mark Scally, Leo Morgan and a real beauty from a McNeill sideline cut to lead 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval.

The long journey and the exertions of the opening half must have taken its toll on the Na Magha men for after the break Cushendun were totally dominant. Sharkey and Morgan got them started and when Conor Bannon got his team’s second goal four minute in there was no stopping the saffron clad Emmet’s. A run of points from Smiley, McMullan, Loaf and Morgan stretched the lead and when Bannon bagged his second goal it was all over bar the shouting. Alex McMullan got the fourth before the end to stretch the winning lead to 22 points and leave them sitting second in the table on 11 points. Bredagh can overtake them on Sunday when the sides meet, and the Down men also have a game in hand, but the Emmet’s place in the top section is secure and they have the added comfort of knowing that three of their last four game will be at home.  

Pics by Micky Morgan

Cushendun beat Rasharkin in high scoring game

All County Hurling League Division 3

Rasharkin 1-18 Cushendun 4-16

Cushendun travelled to Rasharkin on Wednesday evening and came away winners by 4-16 to 1-18 in a high scoring encounter. Early goals from Alex McMullan and Conor McHugh got the Emmet’s off to a flyer but with Eamon McNeill in great form for the home side they battled their way back and with the help of a Conor McFerran goal in the eleventh minute they went in at the break on level terms. 1-10 to 2-7

Cushendun edged back in front with a David Kilgore point soon after the restart but points from McNeill and McKay put Rasharkin ahead for the first time in the match. A great solo goal by Dominic Sharkey gave the visitors the edge again but it was point for point for most of the second half until an Eoin McQuillan goal five minutes from time gave Cushendun an edge they held to the final whistle.

Shane O’Neill make the long journey worthwhile

Shane O`Neills made the arduous midweek trip to Pearse Park, Armagh on Wednesday evening and “robbed the Orchard”.

On a fine evening with a damp sod underfoot, and after a delayed throw in both teams exchanged points over the course of the first half, Darren Hamill, Dan Black, Kevin O`Boyle, and Chrissy Matthews being on target for the Glensmen as they raced to a 0-10 to 0-9 half time lead. The second half saw a transformed Glenarm team in their attitude take to the field, running fast and hard at the hosts defence, whilst also defending stoutly. Cuchulainns lost a player to a red card on 45 mins, but the men in blue by this stage had already stamped their authority on the game. Further points from Dylan McLaughlin and Paddy McAuley eased the visitors ahead. With 3 mins remaining Kevin O`Boyle made a brave block on the home keeper and Darren Hamill had a `tap in` to ensure a well deserved victory.

In defence for the winners Paul Magill and Ben O`Boyle were best, Paddy McAuley did well at midfield while in the forwards Darren Hamill and Kevin O`Boyle were best.

Shane O’Neill’s scorers Darren Hamill 1-7; Dylan McLaughlin 0-4; Daniel Black 0-6; Kevin O`Boyle, Chrissy Matthews, Paddy McAuley 0-1 each.

Shane O`Neills: Liam Mulvenna, Paul Magill, Barry Hamill, Sean Moran, Rory Mulvenna, Jake Hamilton, Ben O`Boyle, Daniel Black,Paddy McAuley, Ryan McLaughlin, Darren Hamill, Dylan McLaughlin, Kevin O`Boyle, Chrissy Matthews, Sean O`Hare. 

Subs, Darryl McMullan, Aidan O`Neill, Ciaran Matthews, Decky McDermott, Matthew Killough, Gerard Scullion.