Cloney men running into form in division 2

ACHL Division 2

Cloney Gaels 2-24 Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 0-10

Cloney Gaels followed up last Friday’s Abbey Cup success with a good home win over visitors, Eoghan Ruadh in Ahoghill on Wednesday night and after a couple of early season setbacks the newly promoted Ahoghill side looked to have established themselves in division 2.

Those early season defeats included a one point loss to St. Enda’s and fairly heavy losses to Creggan and Glenariffe but as players have returned from injury the Cloney band wagon has gathered momentum and pace.

After falling behind to an early Damian Casey point the Cloney side responded through points from Owen Neeson, James O’Connell but the Tyrone men, who have been going well this season kept in touch with the sides level after 12 minutes.

Cloney Gaels should have been ahead however at this stage but the Eoghan Ruadh net-minder pulled off an excellent save to deny Ronan Graham in the 10th minute. Pearse Downey hit a couple of points to edge the home side ahead and they stepped it up a gear in the second quarter.

Owen Neeson, who had an excellent hour for the Ahoghill side led the way with three points and he added a goal in the 25th minute while James O’Connell (0-2), Ronan Graham and PJ O’Connell all found the target to leave Hugh Dobbin’s side 1-12 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

Owen Graham, PJ O’Connel (0-2) and the impressive Neeson extended the Cloney lead further at the start of the second half and while the visitors continued to battle hard they had no answer to the slick movement of the home side.

The scores started to flow freely as Fionnbar O’Neill, Owen Neeson and three on the trot from James O’Connell put matters out of reach for the visitors by the 50th minute and then PJ O’Connell looked in for his side’s second goal but was denied by an excellent point blank save by the Eoghan Ruadh custodian.

James O’Connell had taken over as scorer in chief in the closing stages and he added two more with PJ concluding the home side’s scoring with two more to leave Cloney Gaels convincing winners by 20 points.

Cloney Gaels: Aiden Graham, Diarmaid Graham, Bernard Graham, Sean McMahon, James Magee, Neil O’Connell, Eamon Brady, Francis Neeson, Donal Graham, Donach Graham, James O’Connell, Owen Neeson, Ronan Graham, Pearse Downey, Dan O’Neill. Subs: Owen Graham, Fionnbar O’Neill, Dominic Neeson, James McMeel, Stephen O’Connell.

Orlagh Laverty wins Ulster Poc Fada

There was success for Antrim at yesterday evening’s Ulster Poc Fada when Orlagh Laverty of Loughgiel Shamrocks won the Under 16 Camogie title. Antrim champion Orlagh gave a top class display to emulate her club colleague Roisin McFadden who won the title in 2017. The event, which was once again hosted by Shane O’Neill’s in Glenarm, covered the course on Gowkstown Hill in Feystown.

The mens event was won by Ballygalget and Down star Gareth Magic Johnston who was first man off, and from his first poc of the ball it was clear he would be hard to beat. Louise Dougan of Slaughtneill and Derry retained the Senior Camogie crown while Oisin Marley of Donegal retained his Under 16 Boys title.

After the event the competitors and spectators returned to the Shane O’Neill’s clubroms where Ulster GAA vice President Ciaran McLaughlin and Ulster Camogie President Jennifer Cultra presented the awards

Orlagh Laverty in action during the Ulster Poc Fada in Glenarm
Oisin Marley of Donegal retained his Under 16 Boys title
Orlagh Laverty receives her medal from Ulster Camogie President Jennifer Cultra
Aidan Scullion of the host club Shane O’Neill’s represented Antrim in the Under 16 Boys event
Antrim champion Christopher Murray in action in the Ulster finals
Antrim Senior Camogie winner Aisling O’Reilly in action in last night’s Ulster finals at Feystown.

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.

Late points gives Ports a share of the spoils

All County Hurling League Division 1 (Played in Cushendun)

Cushendall 3-13 Portaferry 1-19

When Cushendall substitute Christy McNaughton fired in a goal to put his side two points clear with just two minutes of normal time remaining it looked like Portaferry’s long journey down into the Glens of Antrim for this Antrim Senior Hurling League Division 1 game was going to go unrewarded. However the Ards men battled back in the time remaining and late points from Jason Gilmour and Daithi Sands gave them a deserved share of the spoils which surely made the 82 mile journey home a little more pleasant.

A trip to Cushendall on as wet Wednesday evening is never the most appealing but when you find the length of the journey is even longer because the Ruairis are using Cushendun’s pitch, it makes it a little more arduous, though the splendour of the Rigs must surely have been  some consolation. 

Alex Delargy hits and early point

Cushendall started with an Alex Delargy point inside thirty seconds but Portaferry came back with points from Daithi and Eogan Sands to edge ahead by the third minute. Cushendall appeared to have taken a grip of the game when goals in the fifth and seventh minutes from corner forwards Ed McQuillan and Alex Delargy pushed them  four clear and when McQuillan  added two points  the a gap was stating to open up. However the visitors rallied and two points from Daithi  Sands, one from Eoghan  and another from Ronan Blair cut the gap back to two.

A period of dominance by Cushendall saw them stretch the lead to seven as David Kearney, Ryan McCambridge, Paddy McGill (2) and Eoghan Campbell fired over points. Daithi Sands pulled one back for Portaferry but the Ruairis were on a roll and points from David Kearney, Alex Delargy and Eoghan Campbell had the gap out to nine,  though two points from Brendan Coleman just before the break cut the deficit  to seven at the short whistle. (2-11 to 0-10)

The Ruairis must have been pleased with their display in their new surroundings in the first half but all was to change as Portaferry sprung from the traps at the start of the second half to draw level with points from Conor O’Prey, Daithi Sands (2) and Ronan Blair, plus a goal from Eoghan Sands. During the third quarter Cushendall failed to raise a flag but a point from Alex Delargy in the 47th minute got them going again and when Eogan Campbell added another a minute later they were two clear and apparently settled again. However Portaferry hit back with points from Daithi Sands Eogan Sands and Jason Gilmour to edge ahead again with just two and a half minute of normal time remaining.

Christy McNaughton’s goal ended a fourteen minute scoreless spell for the ‘Dall and they must have thought they had sealed the win, but Portaferry found a way back and after Jason Gilmour cut the gap to the minimum with a point from  play, Daithi Sands knocked over the equaliser from a free.

CUSHENDALL: Eoghan Gillan, Terry McAllister, Martin Burke, Liam Gillan, Francis McCurry, Paddy Burke, David Kearney,  Emmet Laverty, Eoghan Campbell, Patrick McGill, Fergus McCambridge, Ryan McCambridge, Ed McQuillan, Stephen Walsh, Alex Delargy.

Subs – Christy McNaughon and Dominic Delargy.

PORTAFERRY:  Patrick McNally, Darragh Mallon, Caolan Taggart, Eoghan Savage, Matthew Conlon, Conor O’Neill, Barry Trainor, Conor Fay, Michael Doran, Brendan Coleman, Conor O’Prey, Conor Mageean, Ronan Blair, Daithi Sands, Eoghan Sands.

Shamrocks hit their stride in second half

All County Hurling League Division 1

St Gall’s 0-11 Loughgiel 4-17

A strong second half performance gave Loughgiel a convincing win over St Gall’s in Wednesday evening’s Division 1 game at Milltown Row.  On a dark and wet evening in the Bog Meadows the home side held their own with the visitors and trailed by just a point at the break but after the change of ends the Shamrocks hit their stride and fired in four goals to record a big win.

The Shamrocks started strongly with two Odhran McMullan points and one from Shan McGrath but St Gall’s hit back with three of their own through Karl Stewart, Mark Napier and Jackson McGreevey to level matters by the ninth minute. It was score for score for a period but Loughgiel began to get on top and a series of pointed frees by James McNaughton had them five ahead by the 21st minute. St Gall’s battled back and four on the trot from Jackson McGreevey frees and a brilliant effort from out on the sideline from Mark Napier brought them back to within a point, though a late McNaughton point gave the visitors a 0-10 to 0-8 lead at the interval.

St Gall’s Gregory McGreevy in action against Loughgiel’s Odhran McFaddena and Declan McCloskey.

Points by McNaughton and Barney McAuley early in the second  half stretched the Shamrocks lead to four but a well worked score by the home side, which was finished by Anto Healey left just three between the sides. However Loughgiel were beginning to hit their stride and points from Eddie McCloskey and James McNaughton, and an excellently taken goal form a narrow angle by Dan McCloskey put the men in red in control. Mark Napier pulled a point back for St Gall’s but three  goals from Shan McGrath in a ten minute spell ended the contest. St Gall’s had a late goal chance themselves when they were awarded a penalty but Karl Stewart’s shot was well saved by Chrissy O’Connell in the Loughgiel goals.

ST GALL – Kurtis McGreevey, Stephen Morrison, Joe McDaniel, Liam McCluskey, Aodhan Gallagher,  Conor McGourty, Ciaran McCaffrey, Jack Hopkins, Anto Healey, Jackson McGreevey, Karl  Stewart, Tomas O’Ciaran, Mark Napier, Anton McCaffrey, Gregory McGreevy

LOUGHGIEL: Chrissy O’Connell, Declan McCloskey, Tony McCloskey, Odhran McFadden, Seamus Dobbin, Cathal McMullan, Tiernan Coyle, Eddie McCloskey, Mark McFadden, Barney McAuley, James McNaughton, Odhran McMullan, Shan McGrath, Dan McCloskey, Shay Casey. SUBS – Liam Watson for McMullan; Paul Boyle for McAuely.

Referee – Paul Hughes