Division 4 table toppers Glenravel
had a runaway win over old rivals All Saints in Monday evening’s Division
league game at Slemish Park. In what was the first league meeting between the
sides for a number of years Glenravel got off to a flying start and with Shane
Woulahan in fine scoring form on the edge of the All Saints square they raced
to a 3-15 to 0-1 lead at the break.
After the interval the scoring rate
slowed a little but there was still time for two more goals from the Glenravel
men as Woulahan got his fourth and Sean McKay his first to seal a win that
cements their place at the top of the division.
Ronan Donnelly, Brian O’Neill, Conor Carey, Michael Magee,Michael McDonnell, James Duffin, Conleth O’Loan, Paddy O’Neill, Stevie Atchinson,
Neil McCann, Sean Burns, Kieran McIntyre, Sean McElroy, Shane Woulahan, Sean
Latharna Og registered their first home win of the season on
Sunday with a high scoring victory over
Ardoyne. Captain Caolan Shields won the toss and elected to play with the wind
in the first half. This decision paid dividends with the home team building up
a 2-13 to 0-1 lead at the break. A classic game of two halves was anticipated
but because of the resolute defending from players all over the Larne team this
failed to materialise. The Latharna Og forwards turned the screw scoring a
respectable 2-11 against the strong Cairncastle end winds in the 2nd half.
All Saints travelled to Larne for the side’s third game of
the present league campaign and a first league meeting in a number of years
with the Latharna Og club. The youthful Saints side started the game the
brightest with Niall McGarry splitting
the posts for the game’s first score. Larne hit back immediately before Gary
Miskella pointed from an acute angle to restore the visitors lead. Damian
Gillan stretched the sides lead to 4 with 3 points in a row, two from placed
balls as the visitors began to get their game together. Latharna Og were
battling hard around the middle of the pitch with Conor Matthews at centre back
performing well. They hit the next score before some indiscipline allowed
Gillan to point another free. A long delivery into the All Saints full forward
Kieran Bulter was missed by everyone and Niall McGarry was on hand to fire the
ball past the Larne keeper. Larne to their credit battled back well, they
forced the Saints defence into silly fouls which midfielder Ryan O’Donnell was
happy to fire over the bar. Another long ball into the heart of the Larne
defence was gathered by Butler this time who fed Niall McGarry to finish from a
tight angle to the net for his second goal of the game.
Half time:Larne 0-5 All Saints 2-8
The second half started with two early scores from Gillan
although Larne cancelled these out with a couple of fine efforts from play.
Brendan McDonnell soloed through and tapped over before Cormac Magill added
another. Gary Miskella got his second of the game as he punished a poor puck
out and split the posts as the visitors continued to enjoy the better of the
exchanges. Latharna Og immediately responded with a point followed by an
excellent goal, the ball pulled on the ground and it flew past the helpless
Daire Hasson in the All Saints goal. Another couple of points for Larne
followed and aided with a breeze they sensed they may well get something out of
this game but late points from McGarry and Gillan sealed a comprehensive ten
point win for the away side and their second win of the season.
This win came on the same day that the All Saints U14 hurlers collected a North Antrim Feile title while tonight their U16 hurlers recorded a creditable draw with Tir na nOg so the future of hurling in the club looks good at present.
All Saints: Daire Hasson, PJ O’Kane, Chris McAfee, Frank
Casey, Sean O’Rawe, Colum Neeson, Vinney Esler, Brendan McDonnell (0-1), Luke
O’Rawe, Padhraig Magill, Gary Miskella (0-2), Cormac Magill (0-1), Niall
McGarry (2-2), Kieran Butler, Damian Gillan ( 0-9 5 frees)
Subs. Martin McNally for Vinney Esler, James McDonnell for Frank Casey, Paul Scullion for Sean O’Rawe, Ciaran McLarnon for Cormac Magill. Steven Andrews, Anthony Mitchell. Barry Dorrity
First half goals from Kieran Butler and Martin McNally
proved vital as All Saints were forced to hold off a second half comeback by
Loch Mor Dal gCais to claim their first points of the season at Slemish Park
Butler finished from close range after Gary Miskella’s shot
was deflected into his path by visiting keeper Conor Mulholland after 23
minutes and McNally was on hand to return the sliotar to the net when the
visiting defence failed to deal with a Niall McGarry shot, a minute from half
These scores put the home side in what looked like a strong
position when they led 2-9 to 0-6 at the break but Loch Mor Dal gCais upped
their performance considerably after the break as All Saints lost their way and
they outscored their opponents 8 to 4 while
never really getting close enough to cause an upset.
Damian Gillan, Kieran Butler and Gary Miskella got the home
side off to a good start with points in the opening nine minutes but Loch Mor
returned fire through Conor McAreavey and David McAreavey to leave just one
between the sides with 12 minutes gone.
At this stage Brendan McDonnell and Gary Miskella took
control at mid-field and a couple of points from Padraig Magill and another
from Damian Gillan saw them move four in front by the 18th minute
but the visitors replied through Conor Mulholland and David McAreavey to close
the gap to two with 22 minutes gone.
Butler’s goal and a trio of points from the strong running
Brendan McDonnell saw All Saints move eight ahead by the 27th minute
but a couple of well struck frees from David McAreavey kept Loch Mor in touch
before McNally finished the scoring with a goal in injury time to leave ten between
the sides at the short whistle.
The early second half exchanges were fairly even as Kieran
Butler, Luke O’Rawe and Colum Neeson added points for the home side while three
from the sweet striking David McAreavey kept Loch Mor Dal gCais in touch but things
were about to swing in favour of the Loch shore men.
Conor McAreavey began the comeback with a point in the 14th
minute and Lorcan Rooney added another as the visitors challenge gathered
momentum and gaps were beginning to appear in the home defence.
The Slemish Park side lost captain Damian Gillan to injury
and his leadership was badly missed as Martin Braniff and David McAreavey added
further points and at this stage the All Saints defence were coming under
increasing pressure with Chris McAffee making a number of vital interceptions.
A Niall McGarry point in the 23d minute briefly lifter the
pressure but it was the visiting Loch Mor side who finished the stronger but
could only manage one further point from the impressive McAreavey.
The proverbial game of two halves with All Saints dominance
and those two first half goals proving the difference and new manager Darren
McGinty will be pleased with the result but not with the second half
performance. Chris McAffee, Luke O’Rawe, Brendan McDonnell, Gary Miskella and
Kieran Butler were their best performers on the night.
Loch Mor Dal gCais, who were formed just a few years ago and
suffered a number of heavy defeats in the early days, will be happy enough with
this performance and they certainly look to be a side on the upward grade with
David McAreavey superb both from play and from the placed ball. Conor
Mulholland, Conor McAreavey and Gerard Pickering were others to catch the eye.
All Saints: Daire Hasson, Francis Casey, Christopher
McAffee, Terence Diamond, PJ O’Kane, Luke O’Rawe, Colum Neeson, Brendan
McDonnell, Gary Miskella, Padraig Magill, Damian Gillan, Vincent Esler, Niall
McGarry, Kieran Butler, Martin McNally. Subs: James McDonnell for PJ O’Kane,
Barry Dorrity for Martin McNally, Steven Andrews for Damian Gillan
Loch Mor Dal gCais: Conor Mulholland, Mark Bell, Liam Burke, Michael Morgan, Sean Burke, Gary Dunlop, Ruairi Morgan, Gerard Pickering Jnr, Ruairi Bannon, Conor Mulholland, Conor McAreavey, Lorcan Rooney, David McAreavey, Conor Murray, Martin Braniff.
Con Magees notched up their second successive victory in ACHL Div 4 with a fairly straightforward win over Ardoyne at the recently renamed Fennell Park on Cliftonville Road. Ardoyne started brightly and had the first score from Fiachra McVicar but the visitors edged in front through a free from Stevie Acheson and 2 from play delivered by midfielder Padge O’Neill and full forward Caolan Mullan. Ardoyne’s influential free taker Hugh Grieve pulled one back before veteran Vic McCann edged Glenravel further ahead with 2 fine scores from play in the 6th and 7th minute.
Ardoyne stayed in touch through the accurate free taking of Grieve with two more in the 8th and 9th minute but the visitors were now starting to get on top and when Declan Traynor goaled from a tight angle in the 10th minute it started to look very bleak for the locals. Further points from Stevie Acheson (2 x frees), James Duffin ( 1 x 65) and points from play from Neil McCann, Odhran McAleenan and Declan Traynor put Con Magees in front at half time on a 0-05 to 1-12 scoreline. Ardoyne’s cause was severely weakened on the stroke of half time when they lost their influential midfielder, Kealan McCallon to a suspected fracture which saw him taken to hospital straightaway.
The locals started the second half as they did the first with a fine point off a free from Hugh Grieve – who would go on to be their top scorer on the day with a tally of 6 points to his name. But the Glensmen were really putting the screws on their rivals and some excellent fielding by Jonathan Fyfe yielded loads of possession for Glenravel which they duly converted to scores. Stevie Acheson effectively sealed victory with a well taken goal on 37 minutes. At this stage the floodgates opened and Stevie Acheson, Padge O’Neill, Declan Traynor, James Duffin and Jonathan Fyfe getting on the scoresheet as Glenravel started to run riot through a beleaguered Ardoyne defence. The Belfast men worked hard under heavy pressure with Pascal Clarke and High Grieve recording a couple of points in the 48th and 60th minute however Glenravel were scoring at will at this stage. Points from Neil McCann, Declan Traynor and Padge O’Neill stretched the Glensmen’s lead until Odhran McAleenan brought the game to an end with the final point on 63 minutes.
This was a fast flowing game played on the 4G surface at “The Crikkie” but Glenravel had too much class in the end and ran out deserved winners on 0-08 to 2-24 scoreline. Hugh Grieve was the pick of the local men finishing with a personal tally of 6 points whilst Jonathan Fyfe, Declan Traynor and Stevie Acheson impressed most for the Glensmen.
Teams: Ardoyne: John Paul Agnew, Conor Keenan, Sean McGearty, Paul O’Halloran, David Saunders, Jim Og McAuley, Pascal Clarke (0-01), Kealan McCallan, Martin McLaughlin, Fichar McVicar (0-01), Cahal Clarke, Christopher McShane, Luke Brady, Stephen Hill, Hugh Grieve (0-06, 5f)
Glenravel: Ronan Donelly, Declan Mcauley, Conor Carey, Michael Magee, Dean Kerr, James Duffin (0-03, 3f). Conleth O’Loan, Padge O’Neill (0-03), Jonathon Fyfe (0-01), Stephen Acheson (1-04, 3f), Neil McCann (0-05), Declan Traynor (1-03), Chris McCann, Caolan Mullan (0-02), Odhran McAleenan (0-03)