Rossa fight back to claim Nipper Quinn Shield

Nipper Quinn Shield 

Rossa 6-03-1-12 St Johns 

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

Rossa fought back from 7-points down at the beginning of the second half to claim the Nipper Quinn Shield on home soil with a 6-03-1-12 win over St Johns at Pairc Rossa on Sunday afternoon. 

The Johnnies were much more confident in the opening stages and were 0-06 ahead before the hosts replied. 

Five of those scores were from the placed ball as Lewis Rafferty and namesake Jack helped themselves to a brace each from frees, Brian Gough converted a 45’ in between and Jack Rafferty notched up the only point from play. 

It took Rossa while to get to grips with things, but they soon restored parity, Jack Cunningham did well to parry an initial shot- though Conor Stewart fired home at the second time of asking and moments later Adam McCahey struck a second to make it 2-00-0-06. 

St Johns edged ahead again through a super point from Oliver Donnelly and further scores from Jack and Lewis Rafferty helped their side to a 0-09-2-00 lead at the break. 

An Oliver Donnelly shot early in the second period squeezed beyond the reach of the Rossa goalkeeper and had St Johns six-points to the good for the second time in proceedings. 

Donnelly added his second point of the afternoon to increase his sides lead, but Rossa fought back. 

Adam McCahey added a point to his first half goal and then Lorcan O’Reilly sent a free spinning towards the net to reduce arrears to a single goal (1-10-3-01). 

The Young Rossa fans behind the goal can’t hide their delight as Lorcan O’Reilly struck a goal for their side

Back-to-back frees from Jack Rafferty were the perfect response for St Johns- but that advantage would soon disappear. 

McCahey converted a free for Rossa and then slipped a pass inside to Sé Whitteker who slammed a shot inside the near-post to make it a one-point game (1-12-4-02). 

A converted free from Fionn Collins levelled and had the final on a knife-edge with ten minutes remaining. 

Momentum was with the home side, and they hit the front for the first time though a Patrick Hamill strike and later clinched things through a second Whitteker goal to move 6-03-1-12 ahead. 

St Johns piled on the late pressure in the hope of setting up a grandstand finish, but the closest they came was a free from Oliver Donnelly that was blocked on the line as Rossa saw out time to lift the Nipper Quinn Shield at the games conclusion. 

South Antrim Chairman Frank Caldwell presents joint captains Fionn Collins and Tiernan McDonnell with the Nipper Quinn Shield after their comeback win over St Johns

Naomh Eánna get the better of St Pauls

Nipper Quinn Plate 

St Pauls B 3-04-4-12 Naomh Eánna B

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

A brace from Naomh Eánna captain Colm Kane helped his side to claim the Nipper Quinn Plate on Sunday morning with a 4-12-3-04 win over St Pauls B at Pairc Rossa. 

St Pauls opened the scoring in the game through a Matthew O’Neill point, but they soon fell behind as Nathan Burns turned over possession and switched the play to Colm Kane- who shot low to the net for the opening goal. 

Kane doubled his and Naomh Eánna’s tally with a second goal moments later, before adding a point. 

The Hightown Road outfit were in the ascendancy with Laochra Geraghty slamming home his sides third and points following from Ruairi O’Connell-Scullion and Sean Cunningham.  

Already with 2-01 to his name so far- Kane chalked up four scores in succession, three of which came from play and the other from a free. 

Just before the break Jonathan McCrory slipped a pass to Aidan Johnston and he found net for St Pauls, though at the interval the Shaws Road men were 3-07-1-01 behind. 

Naomh Eánna extended their lead upon the resumption, Kane dropped a free into the path of Darragh McIlroy to fire a fierce drive into the net. 

Sean Cunningham and Kane (free) added further points before the talisman would depart through a knee injury. 

St Paul’s briefly rallied and found their second goal through Darragh Loughran, points followed through Jude Burns and Daire Devlin- the latter of which would see a further free drop and spin into the net. 

Under the cosh since the injury to Kane, Naomh Eánna got back on the front foot with three scores in succession. 

Nathan Burns converted a free and further points were added courtesy of Odhran McAllister and Sean Cunningham. 

A late Daire Devlin free was scant consolation as Naomh Eánna ran out convincing winners to claim the Nipper Quinn Plate. 

With Kane unable to join his team-mates on the field, instead they decided to join their injured captain on the side-line as South-Antrim chairman Frank Caldwell presented him with his sides silverware. 

South Antrim Chairman Frank Caldwell presents injured Naomh Eánna captain Colm Kane with the Nipper Quinn Plate

Young Shamrocks win the Brendan McGarry Cup

Brendan McGarry Cup – Under 11 Hurling Championship

Loughgiel: 3-7(16) Cushendall: 0-5(5)

Loughgiel won the Brendan McGarry Memorial Cup when they beat Cushendall in the final of the Under 11 Hurling Championship at Loughgiel on Sunday.

After and early exchange of points between Loughgiel’s Joe Casey and Cushendall’s Oliver Mooney, Loughgiel came strongly with points from Cahir McCloskey, Joe Casey and Cody McGarry, which were followed soon afterwards by a Cody McGarry goal from a free to go 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 14 minutes. Cushendall finished the first half strongly with a point from Eoin Lorcan Bradley and two from Brian McNeill to leave just a goal between the side at the end of the first half.

The second half started in similar fashion with Joe Casey getting a point in the first minute, but just as in the first Cushendall found a quick reply as substitute Ruairi Delargy pulled one back from play.

That was as good as it got for the visitors however as Loughgiel finished strongly with goals from Conor Connolly and Cahir McCloskey, plus points from Connolly and Casey to wrap up the victory.

St Killian’s win 11-a-side EOS tournament

Ulster University EOS schools Hurling 11 a side tournament

ST KILLIAN’S Garron Tower are the winners of the first schools’ GAA silverware of the new school year after winning the inaugural Ulster University EOS schools Hurling 11 a side tournament, held at Jordanstown.

Eight of the top hurling schools participated with the north Antrim pair of Cross and Passion Ballycastle and St Killian’s meeting in the final.

CPC opened well with a goal from Orann Donnelly with Conor Donnelly, Daragh Kelly and Ben O’Kane also impressing. However as the game wore on Eoghan Richmond in goals got busier and despite his best efforts the pace of Garron Tower’s attack created gaps and goals resulted for Joseph McLaughlin (two), Oisin Woodhouse and Austin Birt.

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John V Morgan impressed in goals for St Killian’s over the whole tournament with Niall Magee and Cailin Devlin in defence, Patrick McIlwaine and Austin Birt in midfield and top-scorer Joseph McLaughlin others to catch the eye.

The teams that clashed in last year’s Danske Bank Mageean Cup final met in the Shield final with St Patrick’s Maghera getting a little revenge on the Red High through a 1-7 to 0-4 victory.

The game turned when Maghera goalie Adam McLoughlin made a double save and the sliotar was worked through to the other end of the field where Peadar McGuckian fired home the only goal of the game.

Other teams taking part were St Malachy’s Belfast, St Louis Ballymena, Rathmore Grammar and Our Lady’ & St Patrick’s Knock. The Danske Bank Mageean and Casement Cup competitions begin a fortnight.

Prizes included a set of jerseys and a cheque for £1000 to the winning school. Tommy Joe Farrell, in making the presentations on behalf of UUJ GAA and the sponsor EOS, said he hoped that this tournament will become a permanent fixture on the Ulster schools’ GAA calendar.

Winning St Killian’s panel: John V Morgan, Aidan McSparran, Killian McNaughton, Niall Magee, Cailin Devlin, Patrick McIlwaine, Austin Birt, Orrin O’Connor, Joseph McLaughlin (capt.) Brogan O’Connor, Oisin Woodhouse, Ronan Leech, Cathan Graham, Oisin Mort

Magees late points puts Glenariffe through

North Antrim Under 13A Hurling Championship semi-final

Cushendall/Ballymena 1-08 Glenariffe/Glenravel 1-10

Two pointed frees from Glenariffe/Glenravel full forward Ronan Magee booked his team’s place in the final of the North Antrim Under 13 Hurling Championship at the expense of Cushendall/Ballymena on Monday evening.

Cushendall full forward James McGarry put his team ahead with a point on four minutes but a minute later Cadham Graham brought the Oisins level with one from play. McGarry restored the home team’s lead on seven minute with one from a free but three in a row from the Oisins, two from Ronan Magee and one from Cadham Graham gave them a 0-4 to 0-2 lead at the end of the twenty minute half.

It as score for score during the first ten minute of the second half with Eoin Lorcan Bradley and James McGarry getting two for Cushendall and Cadham Graham replying for the Oisins. Bradly pointed for Cushendall to cut the gap back to a single point with five minutes left to play, but when Ronan Magee got a point from a free and Cadhan Graham added a goal for a penalty the Oisins appeared to have it all wrapped up.

With just four minutes of normal time left to play the Oisins were five ahead, but Cushendall staged a great comeback, and points from James McGarry and centre back Brian McNeill cut the gap back to two before McGarry brought his team level with a goal from a penalty with just a minute left for play. Extra time appeared to be on the cards at this stage but the Oisins snatched the win with two pointed frees to set up a final meeting with Dunloy.

GLENARIFFE/GLENRAVEL

JP Delargy, Pat Irvine, Ben Duncan, Dan Black, Cormac Higgins, Sean McMullan, Owen Davis, Cartar McKillop, Daniel Butler, Cadhan Graham, James Nulty, Ronan Magee, Dara Ward

SUBS – Conor Haughey, Ryan Robbin, Sean McAuley, Aidan McDonnell, Sean Docherty, Nicholas Lowry, Alexander Harvey, John Black, Matthew Carey

CUSHENDALL

Charlie McNaughton, Cormac Burke, Aidan McCormick, Rory Mulholland, Brian McNeill, Cabhan McKeegan, Shane Dorrity, Conlaoth McNaughton, Jake Laffan, Leo Wright, Conal Og Trainor, Eoin Lorcan Bradley, James McGarry, Oliver Mooney

SUBS – Liam Logan, Aaron McCormick, Conal Brady, Tiernan McKeegan, Thomas McGarry