5 star performance to win battle of the Glens

Casement SC JHC Group 2

Shane O’Neill’s 5-21 Con Magee’s 2-13

Report and Photographs: Pete Hyndman

A seven goal  thriller at Pairc Uí Fhearsithe today captured everything that championship hurling is all about. Two strong physical sides gave their all with score’s a plenty and some fantastic goals, some great tackling and superb point taking.

Con Magee’s showed early promise when just after forty seconds Declan Traynor goaled for an early lead.

This gave the home side an early kick up the backside as Ciaran Magill struck a point and he followed up with a cracker of a goal, a superb unstoppable effort. Daniel Black also pointed a free before the versatile Darren Hamill sent over a “65”, giving the home team a three point lead.

James Duffin replied from a free for the visitors before Magill for Glenarm struck his second point.

Glenravel’s Rian Lennon hit a point from 40 yards but again back came the Blue’s with Kevin O Boyle rifling the sliotar beyond Ronan O Donnell for a good goal.

After a short water break the hosts hit 1-04 without reply. First effort came from a clearance from defence where Sean O Boyle claimed the ball and took a delightful point. Hamill hit his second point from another”65″ followed by more great attacking play from Glenarm with Kevin O Boyle striking a nice score from the wing.

Dan Black was next to show his intent in this game when he picked the sliotar up and went on one of his trademark runs, evading tackle after tackle before sending a rasper to the net for Glenarm’s third major.

Decky Traynor sent over a point to interrupt the Glenarm dominance and Niall Donnelly followed with another for the visitors with a converted free.

Black replied from a free, but this was cancelled out with Donnelly hitting his second point in as many minutes.

Shane O Neill’s Sean O Boyle hit his second point on twenty eight minute’s and

with the short whistle beckoning Glenravel raised their game somewhat with three points. Traynor got in for his third score followed by two more frees for Donnelly to give the visitors some hope for the second half.

Shane O Neill’s  3-10      Con Magees  1-08

The second half resumed with early pressure from the visitors and Traynor sent a delightful point from a sideline cut and another Donnelly followed from another free.

Daniel Black slotted over a free for the home side with wing forward Dylan McLaughlin adding to the Glenarm scorecard as Glenarm found a response and Sean O Boyle punished a slack clearance with another Glenarm score.

Donnelly for the green and white’s showed his accuracy from two more  frees, with James Duffin also pointing as the Con Magee’s battled hard to keep in touch. 

The home side needed a lift and this arrived with Ciaran “Murph” O Boyle soloing through and stunned Glenravel with an excellent goal. In the next few moments Aidan Scullion sent the ball forward from a lovely sideline cut and Sean O Boyle jumped highest and won the ball before turning his marker and ramming it home for Glenarm’s fifth major.

Just before the last water break Glenravel Donnelly handed the visitors a lifeline when he fired to the Glenarm’s net but they needed a strong finish if they were to overturn a substantial Glenarm lead.

The break came at a good stage for the hosts however as the remaining quarter belonged to the home side. 

Dan Black accurately converted a free with McLaughlin slotting over his second score of the game before the score of the game came from a massive effort from 80 yards from young Aidan Scullion which brought loud applause from the home support.

In a two minute spell, some great work from Glenarm led to Darren Hamill   converting two  “65’s” and another free  by Black was added to with ‘Murph’ O’Boyle taking a point out on the wing. The final effort was from Black with another clinical finish from a free and shortly afterwards the referee called for the ball.

This game had it all, some great point taking, in particular the free-taking from Donnelly for the visitors, and from Hamill and Black for the hosts. Both defences worked well especially Glenarm’s with the Hamill brothers, Decky McDermott, Ben O Boyle and Aidan Scullion all showing promise. 

Best for the visitors where James Duffin, Brian “Twig” O Neill with Declan Traynor and Niall Donnelly taking their score’s well.

For Glenarm the goals came at crucial stages and totally deflated the opposition. The O’Boyle brothers and Murph O Boyle (no relation) took their goals well, with Magill and Black being a constant thorn in Glenravel’s  side. 

Glenarm.  Niall Hamill, Kieran O Boyle,Barry Hamill, Paul Magill, Chrissy Matthews, Darren Hamill 0-06, 5 “65” 1 f,  Declan McDermott, Aidan Scullion 0-01, Ben O Boyle, Dylan Mc Laughlin 0-02, Daniel Black 1-06 6f, Ciaran Magill 1-02, Kevin O Boyle 1-01, Sean O Boyle 1-04, Ciaran O Boyle 1-01.

subs. Liam Mc Loughlin for Chrissy Matthews, Aidan O Neill, Rory Mulvenna, Liam Mulvenna, Darryl Mc Mullan, Ciaran Finnegan, Joe Cunning, Sean O Hare.

Glenravel. Ronoan O Donnell, Brian O Neill, Damien O Hagan, Michael Mc Quillan Padge O Neill, Shanlee Kerr, Micky Mc Donald, Johnny Fyfe, Rian Lennon 0-01, Declan Traynor 1-03, James Duffin 0-02 1f, Rian Mc Quillan, Conleth O Loan, Niall Donnelly 1-08 8f, Chris Burns.

subs. Sean Burns, Charlie Henry, Dean Kerr, Odhran Mc Aleenan, Sean Mc Cusker, Stevie Atcheson.

REFEREE.  Sean Elliott: Lamh Dhearg.  

McFerran the hero as Rasharkin make it two from two

Photographs: Mark Hasson

Casement SC JHC Group 1

All Saints 2-16  Rasharkin 3-24

St. Mary’s Rasharkin made it two wins from two starts in Group 1 of the Casement SC Junior Hurling championship when they defeated All Saints, Ballymena at Slemish Park today. Seven points separated the division 3 side from their division 4 opponents in the end but the Ballymena management will be pleased at some aspects of their side’s performance if not the final result.

Conor McFerran got the visitors off the mark with a point in the 1st minute but All Saints replied through Ciaran Neeson and Luke O’Rawe to take the lead with five minutes gone. Conor McKeever and Conor McFerran edged St. Mary’s ahead once more but points from Colm and Ciaran Neeson saw All Saints hit the front once more by the 13th minute.

The Slemish Park side were giving as good as they got at this stage but Rasharkin began to settle, hitting three unanswered points through Conor McKeever 0-2 and Donagh Quigg before the excellent Ciaran Neeson replied from a free in the 17th minute to keep his side very much in touch.

Conor McFerran was proving a handful for the All Saints defence and he struck with the game’s opening goal in the  in the 19th minute and followed with a point to put a bit of daylight between the sides.

Neeson was keeping the All Saints score card moving pretty much on his own at this stage as he replied from another free but Conor McFerran’s influence on the game was increasing by the minute and he struck with a second goal and two points in a three minute spell with Conor McFerran adding another to put the visitors in control.

All Saints were battling hard to get back into contention with Ciaran Neeson bringing his first half total to 0-6 and Colm Neeson adding another but a late McKeever point gave St. Mary’s a fairly comfortable looking eight point lead as the half time whistle sounded.

Half Time Score:

Rasharkin 2-13

All Saints 0-11

If All Saints were to get themselves back into the game then a good start to the second half was important but it was visitors Rasharkin who came racing out of the starting traps and Conor McFerran fired to the net for their third goal with only a minute gone to move them 11 in front and it looked a long way back for the home side.

They increased that lead to 14 by the fourth minute through Tiernan O’Boyle, Donagh Quigg and Conor McKeever before Ciaran Neeson finally opened the home side’s second half account from a free in the 6th minute.

The visitors rang the changes at this point and for the first time in the half All Saints began to enjoy a wee bit of success with Ciaran Neeson 0-2, and Colm Neeson replying with points and Damian Gillan getting in for a goal in the 26th minute to give his side a glimmer of hope.

That hope was quickly extinguished however as Rasharkin made a decisive response to finish strongly, hitting the final five points of the game without reply through the superb McKeever 0-4, and Tiernan O’Boyle to run out convincing winners in the end.

This win ensures Rasharkin a place in the play-offs while Lamh Dhearg, who have three points from 2 starts are favourites to join them but Davitt’s are not out of the running and a win in their final game against All Saints would put them in with a shout.

All Saints: Ciaran Cassley, Brendan McDonnell, Chris McAffee, Kevin Brady, Padraig Magill, Luke O’Rawe, Colm Neeson, Vincent Esler, Gary Miskella, Cormac Magill, Damian Gillan, Ciaran Neeson, Daire Hasson, Eoghan Daly, Jack Magill.

 Rasharkin : 1 – Liam Tunney, 2 – Conor Doherty, 3 – Aidan McKeever, 4 – Daniel Doherty, 5 – James Scally, 6 – Shane Hasson, 7 – Daniel Hasson, 8 – Emmet McFerran, 9 – Declan McKay, 10 – Tiernan O’Boyle, 11 – Fearghal Kennedy, 12 – Ruairi O’Boyle, 13 – Conor McFerran, 14 – Donagh Quigg, 15 – Conor McKeever


09mins 2nd half substitution Rasharkin 🔵🟡–> off: Declan McKay  on: Thomas McMullan

10mins 2nd half substitution Rasharkin 🔵🟡–> off: Conor McFerran  on: Colm Kennedy

11mins 2nd half substitution Rasharkin 🔵🟡–> off: Fearghal Kennedy  on: Owen Kennedy

21mins 2nd half substitution Rasharkin 🔵🟡–> off: Ruairi OBoyle  on: Shane Doherty

Referee: Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)

Junior Championship continues today


All Games 4-00pm

The Junior Hurling championship continues today and throws up a number of interesting contests and the picture of who is going to emerge to the group stages could be a little clearer comes ten past five this evening or maybe not

Group 1

Davitt’s v Lamh Dhearg

Lamh Dhearg travel to Davitt’s with an opening round win over All Saints under their belts but will face stiff opposition in Michael Davitt’s who led Rasharkin at half time last Tuesday before capitulating in the second half. Lamh Dhearg went through division 4 of the league unbeaten but Davitt’s played their hurling in division 3 and with home advantage could edge a tight one and a draw can’t be ruled out.

All Saints v Rasharkin

Rasharkin took a while to shake off the challenge of Davitt’s at Dreen on Tuesday night but a strong second half performance saw them emerge victorious with something to spare and they will feel confident that they can extend their winning start when they travel to Ballymena to play All Saints.

Junior B champions All Saints pushed Lamh Dhearg hard last time out before losing for the third time this year to the Hannatown side and will start as underdogs for this one but home advantage will put them in with an outside chance of causing a major upset.

Group 2

St. Teresa’s v Loc Mor Dal gCais

Lock Mor and St. Teresa’s both suffered defeat on day one with the Lough Shore side losing heavily to championship favourites, Shane O’Neill’s in Crumlin while St. Teresa’s were beaten at Glenravel but pushed the Glen’s men hard and with home advantage should have too much for the beaten Junior B finalists

Shane O’Neill’s v Con Magee’s

This one could be a real cracker as Con Magee’s travel to Feystown buoyed by their opening day win but they face strong opponents in Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm. Shane O’Neill’s reached the division 3 league final before losing to Carryduff, their only defeat this year and with home advantage should edge this one.

Shane O’Neill’s v Con Magee’s

This one could be a real cracker as Con Magee’s travel to Feystown buoyed by their opening day win but they face strong opponents in Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm. Shane O’Neill’s reached the division 3 league final before losing to Carryduff, their only defeat this year and with home advantage should edge this one.

Lámhs get the better of All Saints

Casement SC Antrim Junior Hurling Championship Group 1 

Lámh Dhearg 1-22-1-16 All Saints, Ballymena 

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Lámh Dhearg got the better of All Saints Ballymena for the third time this season after a tight opening encounter to the Casement SC Junior Hurling Championship at Hannahstown saw the hosts run out 1-22-1-16 winners on Tuesday evening. 

After a succession of early wides, the opening score arrived courtesy of Daniel Murray’s converted free with Ciaran Neeson landing a fantastic point immediately after to quickly draw All-Saint’s level. 

Murray swung over his first from play of the evening to restore his sides lead and Declan Lynch then offloaded to Fionn Mervyn who split the posts and doubled the host’s advantage. 

Neeson halved the deficit with a free in response, but Gerard Smyth came out and gathered before confidently floating over a point. 

Back-to-back scores from Damian Gillan and Daire Hasson drew the visitors level and despite Daniel Murray edging his side back in front a Ciaran Neeson free restored parity at 0-05 apiece. 

All Saints were ahead for the first time on 20 minutes after Luke O’Rawe flicked the ball out wide for Gillan who picked off his second score of the half. 

But less than 60-seconds later the opening goal saw the lead change hands again. Declan Lynch floated a shot towards goal, it dipped, and Ciaran Cassley was caught out trying to swing the danger clear as it bounced past him and gave Lámh Dhearg a 1-05-0-06 lead. 

A third point from Damian Gillan instantly made it a one-point game with Aidan McGuigan then hitting back at the other end after All Saints survived a scramble in their defensive third. 

Daniel Murray extended the lead with his fourth point of the half following a nice Fionn Mervyn pop off and he would add a further point before the half was out, in-between a converted Ciaran Neeson free. 

Neeson converted his fourth free to ensure that just two-points separated the sides at the interval (1-08-0-09). 

Lámh Dhearg made a bright opening to the second period and increased their lead with three points on the spin. 

Declan Lynch added to his first half goal with a simple conversion in front of the posts and Aidan McGuigan doubled his personal tally in the aftermath. 

A drag down on Ronan Fegan afforded Daniel Murray the opportunity to further extend the lead and he did just that with his second converted free of the evening. 

All Saints had the chance to hit back when Mark Lynch collided with Cormac Magill and referee Lorenzo McMullan signalled for a penalty.

Ciaran Neeson seized the responsibility and made no mistake- firing past Francis Dugan to make it 1-11-1-09. 

Daniel Murray converted a free in response though Damian Gillan hit back-to-back points to reduce arrears to a single point. 

Murray measured up back-to-back frees to restore his sides three-point advantage, but the half was shaping up to be a shoot-out between Murray and All Saints talisman Ciaran Neeson who converted back-to-back frees of his own to make it a single-point game yet again. 

The introduction of long-term absentee Mark Finnegan yielded instant dividends as he floated over a point and Daniel Murray swung over his fifth point from play shortly after. 

Although the theme of the half returned as All Saints got back to within a single score following a converted 65’ from Neeson and Damian Gillan taking an off the shoulder pass from Eoghan Daly and splitting the posts to make it 1-16-1-15. 

Points from Daniel Murray and another from Finnegan gave their side a three-point advantage for the fourth time in the half. 

Neeson would add a further free before the evening was out to bring his personal tally to 1-09. 

It was the hosts who ended the game strongly, Declan Lynch popped over his second point of the evening and then earned a free which Daniel Murray converted to bring his individual tally into double figures. 

Lámh Dhearg lost Aidan McGuigan to a second yellow card late-on, however the 14-men closed the game out with scores from Mark Finnegan and Daniel Murray (free) to give them a 1-22-1-16 win at the conclusion. 

Lámh Dhearg: F Dugan, C Nolan, M Lynch, T McKenna, R Diamond, P Mervyn, SP Gibson, M Hamill, A McGuigan (0-02), F Mervyn (0-01), D Lynch (1-02), D Murray (0-13, 0-07f), R Fegan, G Smyth (0-01), P Fitzsimons. Subs: M Finnegan (0-03) for SP Gibson (47), J Brady for G Smyth (50). 

All Saints: C Cassley, P O’Kane, C McAfee, K Brady, P Magill, L O’Rawe, C Neeson, G Miskella, V Eslar, C Magill, D Gillan (0-06), C Neeson (1-09, 0-07f, 0-01 65’), D Hasson (0-01), E Daly, D McNally. Subs: R McAuley for D Hasson (52). 

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)

Mc Laughlin the Hat-trick Hero!!

Pics: Pete Hyndman

Casement SC JHC Group 2

Shane Uí Neills 6-27   Loch Mór Dál gCais 0-07

Dylan McLaughlin was the hat-trick hero as one of the favourites for this year’s Casement SC Junior Hurling championship, Shane O’Neill’s Glenarm proved too strong for beaten B championship finalists, Loch Mor Dal gCais in Crumlin last night.

Dan Black got the Feystown side on their way with a point in the opening 20 seconds but Declan Phillips replied for the Loch Shore side to tie the contest. It wasn’t long before the Division 3 side were back in front as Sean O Boyle pounced on a loose ball and slotted over the bar in the 2nd minute.

Ciaran “Murph” O Boyle added another but back came Loch Mor and Darragh Turley fired over a “65”reducing the score-line to a point in favour of Glenarm. 

A smart run out on the wing led to Kevin O Boyle driving over a delightful score from 35 yards and Dan Black floated over a free before Darren Hamill pointed from a “65”, to increase the visitor’s lead by 4 points. 

Loch Mor hit back with a pointed free from young Darragh Turley but Ciaran Magill found space and drove forward and evaded a block to hit the sliotar over the bar.

Moments later McLaughlin won the puck out and evaded a tackle and romped forward and sent a rasper goal-ward and despite the best efforts of net-minder Bailey Graham the ball deflected of his stick and ended in the net.

The visitors were now in charge and Ciaran Magill started the second quarter with a nice effort with Loch Mór’s Turley replying with a point at the other end.

Kevin O Boyle added to his tally with another excellent point from play and on twenty four minutes  Dylan McLaughlin floated a ball into the path of Ciaran O Boyle who fired over another score.

A fine solo effort next was a joy to watch as Sean O Boyle won a ball deep out on the wing and with pin point accuracy drove the ball over Graham’s bar. On the stroke of half time Black hit his third score with a point to leave the half time score, Shane Uí Neills 1-12  Loch Mór Dál gCais  0-05.

Aidan O Neill replaced Paddy McAuley at the start of the second half and a purple-patch saw the Feystown boys hit a salvo of points through Dan Black 0-3 and a Magill effort.

Loch Mór’s  Darragh Turley showed his accuracy with a point from play out on the “45” but again Shane O’Neill’s responded through Magill and Black before two quick majors really turned this game in favour of  the boys in blue.

The first green flag effort came from Kevin O Boyle as he let the ball bounce in front of him before pulling on it and rattling the net. The second came from Ciaran O Boyle who collected a great pass from Daz Hamill before ramming home Glenarm’s third goal.

Declan McDermott, having a solid game at corner back ran up the wing and struck the sliotar from distance over the bar and Dan Black again converted before the end of the third quarter.

After the water break the blue wave continued with Kevin O Boyle pointing before McLaughlin hit his 2nd major of the game. Ciaran Magill added his fifth point before Loch Mor replied with their final point of the game in 54th minute.

Shane O’Neill’s produced a storming finish, hitting a further 2-05 without reply. Substitute Sean O Hare split the uprights and then fed Dylan McLaughlin who fired beyond the Loch Mór keeper. Magill pointed again before young Aidan Scullion got his name on the score-card with a goal when his lofted shot deceived Bailey Graham and nestled in the back of the net.

Scullion added a lovely point to conclude the scoring and get Glenarm’s championship campaign up and running. The Feystown side entertain Con Magee’s Glenravel this Saturday and will face a sterner test while Loch Mor Dal gCais travel to St. Teresa’s.

Shane Uí Neills    Niall Hamill, Kieran O Boyle, Barry Hamill, Declan Mc Dermott 0-01, Paddy Mc Auley, Darren Hamill 0-01 1 65, Chrissy Matthews, Aidan Scullion 1-01, Ben O Boyle, Dylan Mc Laughlin 3-01, Daniel Black 0-08 2f, Ciaran Magill 0-07, Kevin O Boyle1-03, Sean O Boyle 0-02, Ciaran O Boyle 1-02.                                       Subs used.    Sean O Hare 0-01, Aidan O Neill, Paul Magill, Conal Ward, Ryan Mc Loughlin.

Subs. Ciaran Finnegan, Darryl Mc Mullan, Rory Mulvenna, Joe Cunning, Liam Mc Loughlin, Liam Mulvenna.

Loch Mór Dál gCais.   Bailey Graham, Aaron Monaghan, Michael Morgan, Oisin O Boyle, Gerard Pickering, Conor Jones, Daith Mc Areavey, Michael Mc Cullagh,   Declan Phillips 0-02, Matthew Jones , Paul Molloy, Darragh Turley 0-04 , Ruairi Bannon, Martin Branniff 0-01.

REFEREE…Patrick Tumelty    Lámh Dhearg.