Under 12 N.Antrim Airborne

DIVISION 1 Fixtures

Venue:              Dunloy

Date / Time:     Saturday 9th March  12:00p

Teams:  Loughguile 1,  Oisin,  Dunloy,  Ballycastle, Ruairi og,  Naomh Eanna , Naomh Padraig, .

North Antrim U12 Airborne 2019

DIVISION 2 Fixtures

Venue:              Dunloy

Date / Time:     Saturday 9th March 2:30pm

Teams:  Loughgiel 1,  Oisin,  Dunloy, Ruairi og, Naomh Eanna, Naomh Padraig,

North Antrim U12 Airborne 2019

DIVISION 3 A Fixtures

Venue   Tir Na nOg    Date / Time:     Saturday 9th MARCH  12.00pm

Teams:  St Ergnats, All Saints, Glenravel, Glenarm, Loch Mor

North Antrim U12 Airborne 2019

DIVISION 3 B Fixtures

Venue   Tir Na nOg

Date / Time:     Saturday 9th MARCH  13:20pm

Teams:  St Endas, Tir Na nOg, Rasharkin, Creggan

North Antrim Airborne 2019

Each club will have to provide a referee and a score keeper
so please remember whistles and notebooks / pens

Note:  Schedule is again tight – so please ensure teams / refs /
scorekeepers are ready to go straight away after each match finishes

Rules

  • Matches will be 7 a-side (goalkeeper / 2 backs / 2 midfielders and 2 forwards) which will be played straight through (Note:  Check venue for duration of matches as this varies)
  • 2 points will be allocated for a clean catch (not from a handpass or a ‘pop-pass’) / 1 point for a goal / 2 points for a point
  • The ball will not go ‘dead’.  In the event of a point teams will play on.  Play will only stop for fouls or full time or if a goal is scored
  • Players cannot solo with the ball.  They can take their steps, tap onto the hand, take their remaining steps and release the ball
  • If a foul is awarded the (player fouled has to take the free) in the interest of player safety, the free taker can only go for a point
  • Mentors are encouraged to ensure all players get as much game time as possible
  • Each team must play with a goal keeper (must were a keepers jersey or bib)
  • Teams must supply a referee and score keeper
  • Two mentors of each team are permitted into the indoor halls during match
  • If a player deliberately strikes or lashes out at an opponent player he will be sent off and will not be able to play for the remainder of matches on the day.

North Antrim wish to remind all teams of the strict SILENT SIDELINE rule.  Players or mentors are not permitted to speak / shout at the referee or officials.  If this happens the offending club may not be included in the following weeks fixtures.

Please ensure the players leave the changing rooms tidy along with the spectator’s area.

Extra Firepower Sees Cloney Home

Abbey Cup first round

Rasharkin 1-12 Cloney Gaels 2-15

Report: Liam Tunney

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Goals from Callum Reynolds, James McGee and the evergreen Sean O’Connell proved the difference at Dreen this afternoon as Clooney Gaels got their 2019 season underway with victory over St Mary’s Rasharkin in the Abbey Cup Group stage.

The Rasharkin men had threatened to derail the Clooney league campaign with a victory at the same venue at the beginning of last season, but it was the Ahoghill side who left with the points this afternoon.

The early exchanges were frantic as both teams battled around the middle of the field, the Clooney side firing two early wides before points from Conor McKeever and Eamonn McNeill got the home side off the mark.

Clooney hit back with accurate frees from Owen Neeson and Eoin Graham before corner forward Callum Reynolds latched on to a long ball and tucked it past Brendan Kelly in the Rasharkin net to give his side the lead.

Both teams traded scores as the home side regained their composure. The direct ball into Eamonn McNeill was reaping reward for Rasharkin, with both himself and Conor McFerran keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Eamonn Brady raced forward on the left to notch a neat score for the Ahoghill men as the game drifted towards half time with the home side trailing narrowly, but a fortuitous second goal for Clooney Gaels left them with a more comfortable gap at the break.

James McGee launched a high ball into the Rasharkin six-yard box, and a mix-up between goalkeeper Kelly and Connaire Donaghy saw the ball clear them all and nestle in the home net.

St Mary’s rallied well in the second half, with Tiarnan O’Boyle, making his senior debut, particularly strong at half back, clearing ball after ball and feeding McFerran, McKeever and McNeill effectively.

Just as they looked to be regaining a foothold in the game, Rasharkin were dealt a killer blow as experienced substitute Sean O’Connell found some space in the full forward line and scrambled the ball home for Clooney’s third goal of the afternoon.

O’Connell almost added his second, but a fine save from Brendan Kelly turned his effort around the post, before Rasharkin captain Conor McKeever forced his way through the away defence, kicking the ball to the net and reducing the gap.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, it was the Ahoghill men who were making the running, drawing a number of frees that were duly punished by Neeson from dead balls. A further goal chance fell to full-forward Ronan Graham, but his effort was blocked by the midriff of Liam Tunney in front of the goal.

Clooney will be happy to get their season off to a winning start, while Rasharkin can be encouraged by some of the hurling played in the first half as they go into their next Group game against 2018 Intermediate finalists Kickham’s Creggan.

St Mary’s Rasharkin: Brendan Kelly, Connaire Donaghy, Aidan McKeever, Liam Tunney, Eoghan Kennedy, Brendan McMullan, Tiarnan O’Boyle, Emmet McFerran, Conor McKeever, Daniel Hasson, Conor McFerran, Shane Doherty, Anthony O’Kane, Eamonn McNeill, Brian Óg O’Neill.

Subs: Daniel McGurk for Anthony O’Kane 30’, Martin McKeague for Brian Óg O’Neill 30’, Conor Esler for Shane Doherty 40’.

Clooney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Diarmuid Graham, Bernard Graham, Neil O’Connell, Eamonn Brady, James McGee, Dominic Neeson, Owen Neeson, Paddy Graham, Eoin Graham, Fergal Doherty, Ronan Graham, Callum Reynolds.

Subs: Sean O’Connell for Fergal Doherty 30’, Chris McGlone for Callum Reynolds 30’, Sean McMahon for Dominic Neeson 30’.

Abbey Cup (results)

Section A

St Mary’s Rasharkin 1-12 Clooney Gaels 3-15

Con Magees Glenravel 1-10 Kickham’s Creggan 0-21

Section B

Tir na Nog w/o Loch Mor Dal Gcais (dnf)

Friday 8th March 7.30pm

Clooney Gaels v Kickham’s Creggan

Under par Antrim do just enough to edge out London

Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A

Antrim 1-16 London 0-17

By John McIlwaine

A goal by team captain Conor McCann thirteen minutes into the second half was the vital score that got Antrim over the line against London in Sunday’s NHL Division 2A game at Corrigan Park, Belfast. Trailing by three at the break (0-7 to 0-10) Antrim appeared to be getting a grip on the game when they started the second half in a more positive manner. They had drawn level with four points from James McNaughton (2), Conor McCann and Ciaran Clarke and when McCann was put clear by Clarke for a brilliant goal the Saffrons finally looked like they were getting a grip on the game. However they failed to push on, and though they never really looked like losing the game they never had full control of matters on a day when they lacked any real spark.

London will feel aggrieved at not taking anything out of the game. They were on top for most of the first half and despite having corner forward Lee Murphy sent off, they had the chances to be further ahead at the break. However they relied too much on their free taker Aaron Sheehan who accounted for all but one of his team’s 17 points. The Cork man was in superb form from placed balls, sending scores over from all distances and angles and really did not deserve to be on the losing side. He was the main threat throughout the game and had it not been for his team mate inadvertently blocking a goal bound shot on the edge of the Antrim square then the story of the day could have been very different.

It was clear from the throw-in that Antrim were not at the level we have seen in some of their previous games, but they still managed to take an early lead as Ryan McCambridge and James McNaughton sent over early points. Sheehan got the first of his haul of points in the seventh minute from a free and they could have been level but for some wayward shooting. The closed the gap to a single point on fourteen minutes when Sheehan again split the Antrim posts from a free. James McNaughton ended a ten minute scoreless spell for the home team with a pointed free in the seventeenth minute, but London were getting on top and three more Sheehan points from frees put the Exiles in front by the 22nd minute. A fine solo score from Neil McManus, and another from a James McNaughton free, briefly gave Antrim back the lead, but final ten minutes of the half belonged to the visitors and four more Sheehan points and one from half-back Sean Conlon helped them to a 0-10 to 0-07 half time lead, despite having corner back Lee Murphy somewhat surprisingly sent for what apparently was an off the ball incident.

London stretched their lead to four when Sheehan got his first point from play early in the second half, but Antrim responded well as James McNaughon, Conor McCann, substitute Ciaran Clarke and McNaughton again sent over to tie the game up by the 47th minute. Sheehan edged London back in front with another pointed free and was very unlucky to see his ground shot for goal hitting team mate Tadhg Healy on the back on the edge of the Antrim ‘square’. Antrim needed a lift and they got it soon afterwards when Ciaran Clarke popped out a neat little hand-pass to send Conor McCann clear a minute later and the Creggan man made no mistake as he fired in the only goal of the game.

When Nicky McKeague sent over a long range free to put Antrim three clear they finally appeared to be gaining a bit of control, but the visitors resistance stayed strong and two more Sheehan points from frees closed the gap to a single point by the sixtieth minute. Second half substitute Sean Duffin proved his worth with two top class points to ease the pressure, but Sheehan kept the scoreboard operator busy as he hit two more from placed balls though they never created any of the goal chances they needed to steal a late victory.

SCORERS – Antrim: J McNaughton 0-5, 4f, C McCann 1-1, R McCambridge, S Duffin, C Clarke, 0-2 each, N McKeague (f), N McManus, E O’Neill, J Dillon 0-1 each. London: A Sheehan 0-16, 14f, 0-1 ‘65’, S Conlon 0-1.

TEAMS – Antrim: R Elliott; S Rooney, C Patterson, P Duffin; C Boyd, M Donnelly, C McHugh; D McKinley, N McKeague; N McManus, J McNaughton, R McCambridge, E O’Neill, C McCann, J O’Connell

Subs: C Clarke for J O’Connell (ht), D Kearney for C McHugh (45), J Dillon for D McKinley (52), S Duffin for J McNaughton (62), C Laverty for R McCambridge (74)

London: M Burke; C McAlinden, P Muldoon, L Murphy; T Healy, G Lenehin, B Hickey; F Collins, J Kennedy; S Lohan, C Nelson,  M O’Dwyer; A Sheehan, S Lawless,  S Conlon

Subs: A Curtin for C Nelson (67)