ACHL Division 4
All Saints 2-15 Davitt’s 0-6
All Saints Ballymena recorded their first win on their return to All County action when they proved too strong for visitors Davitt’s at Quinn Park on Monday night. After coming mighty close in their last outing against Na Magha the Ballymena side were determined to win this one and they went on the offensive right from the throw in.
They got off to a great start with the impressive Padhraig Magill rattling the Davitt’s net and adding two points in the opening ten minutes and despite playing against the breeze they went on to lead by 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.
Liam Cassley started at full-forward but dropped out around the middle early on and with Luke O’Rawe and Damian Gillan he gave all Saints a strong platform in this department. Up by five at the break the game was by no means over but the spade work had been done.
Davitt’s cause wasn’t helped when they had a player dismissed early in the second half and after this the Quinn Park side began to play some great hurling, moving the ball around confidently. Cassley continued to pull the strings and finished with 1-2 and his former Cloughmill’s colleague Damian Gillan also impressed and ended up top scorer with 0-7.
Anthony Mitchell 0-1 and keeper Ciaran Neeson added points and young Neeson has been a revelation since stepping in the problem goalkeeping role while in front of him Darren McGinty, Ciaran Cassley and Colum Neeson gave nothing away.
The experienced Damian Gillan and Liam Cassley gave their side a strangle hold at mid-field where Luke O’Rawe continues to impress while Brendan McDonnell, Vinnie Esler and Padhraig Magill never stopped running in a mobile attack.
- Ciarán Neeson(0-01)
- Darren McGinty
- Ciarán Cassley
- Frank Casey
- Anthony Mitchell(0-01)
- Colum Neeson
- Eoin McGuigan
- Luke O’Rawe
- Damian Gillan (0-07)
- Brendan McDonnell
- Gary Miskella
- Vinnie Esler
- Terence Diamond
- Liam Cassley (1-2)
- Padhraig Magill (1-04)
ACHL Division 4
All Saints 0-13 Na Magha 0-15
After two starts All Saints are still looking for the first win in division 4 of the ACHL as they make their return to All County action this year after a number of years playing only in North Antrim. They certainly came mighty close and on this performance a first win might not be too far away.
The sides were locked at 0-8 apiece at the short whistle with Ciaran Neeson in the All Saints goals pulling off a first half penalty save and looking mighty assured throughout the hour. The return of Liam Cassley and Damian Gillan to their ranks after several years plying their skills with Cloughmills will certainly help their cause.
Damian Gillan led the way for the Slemish park side with 0-9 and had a chance to level the contest with virtually the last poc of the game but his penalty shot sailed over the bar when a goal would have given them a share of the spoils which their overall efforts deserved.
Along with Ciaran Neeson in goals and Damian Gillan others on the score-sheet were Liam Cassley 0-3 and Luke O’Rawe and the Ballymena side can take encouragement from this performance while reflecting on what might have been.
O’Neill’s All County Hurling League Division 4
Con Magees 3-17 St Teresa’s 2-10
‘Youth Springs Eternal’ as sure as night follows day and hangovers follow a big night out. Once again team managers Sean Kerr and Archie Rae went with a youthful team at Fr Maginn Park and once again the young guns did the business. Odhran McAleenan led the way with a good opening point after beating two men and the not quite so young Niall Donnelly followed up with a point from a free. St Teresa’s hit back with 1:02 without reply before Declan Traynor got Glenravel going again as he pointed from play. St Teresa’s now had their tails up and were trying to boss things around the middle of the park, but Shane Woulahan was coming out with the ball on most occasions, and on one of these found Padge O’Neill who started a move which ended with Decky Traynor firing to the roof of the Saints net.
There was no stopping the Glenravel team after this and a succession of good points, plus a Niall Donnelly goal helped the home team to a 2:09 to 1:05 lead at half time.
Brian O’Neill and Decky Abram each added points at the start of the second half before St Teresa’s were awarded a penalty which they converted. However, Decky Traynor who had caused problems in the St Teresa’s defence throughout the game ,counteracted with a great point. Conleth O’Loan who had come on at the start of the second half for Niall Donnelly won a free in the top right corner that Padge O’Neill slotted over. Despite dominating much of the game, by the midpoint of the second half Glenravel were only seven ahead, however the game was put to bed when James Duffin won the ball and started a move which ended Conleth O’Loan scrambling the ball over the St Teresa’s goal line. Both teams exchanged a few points from frees during the next five minute spell before James Duffin pointed from forty yards after good work from Johnny Fyfe. Brian O’Neill followed this up with another well taken point and with seven minutes remaining he score line 3:17 to 2:10.
From number one to fifteen all of the Glenravel players looked comfortable with the job they were tasked with. This resulted in another good win from a youthful home team and with many regulars injured/ rested the competition for places will intensify in the weeks and months to come.
Team: Micky Magee, Connor McKeown, Shanlee Kerr, Eoin McCusker, Stevie Atcheson, Michael McDonnell, Shane Woulahan, Jonathon Fyfe, Paddy O’Neill, Niall Donnelly, Brian O’Neill, Kieran McIntyre, Declan Traynor, James Duffin, Odhran McAleenan