Sarsfield’s advance as Oisins pay the penalty

Andersonstown SC IHC

Sarsfields 2-15 Glenariffe 1-16

A Kevin McKernan goal from the penalty spot in the 59th minute turned this bruising Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2 encounter at the Bear Pit very much in favour of Sarsfield’s as they overcame the challenge of Oisin, Glenariffe to qualify for a semi-final meeting with Cushendun.

Five minutes previous an Aaron Cosgrove point had moved the visitors three ahead and it looked like the Waterfoot side were on their way to to the semis, but it was Sarsfield’s who would finish the stronger.

It was Glenariffe who edged the opening exchanges as Seanie McIntosh pointed after 20 seconds with Donal McKernan replying for the ‘Paddies’ with two minutes gone.

The Oisins came back strongly and Caolan O’Connor pointed a ‘65’ and Kieran McKendry struck another from play to move them 0-3 to 0-1 ahead with only five minutes on the clock.

The hits were going in thick and fast and were certainly not for the faint hearted as Sarsfield’s replied through Daniel Smyth and a Niall McKenna free to draw level for the second time by the 9th minute.

Both sides were enjoying periods of ascendancy and it was Oisins who came back again with points from Caolan O’Connor and Kieran McKendry to lead by two but this brought another response from a determined home side.

A foul on Gary Lennon saw McKenna close the gap to one and further points from Daniel and Kevin McKernan had the home side ahead for the first time but Glenariffe replied immediately and Brogan O’Connor levelled with a point in the 17th minute.

Neither side were given time to settle on the ball as the intensity of the game stepped up another notch as McKenna and Oliver Kearney exchanged two excellent points before Conor Patterson edged he North Antrim side one ahead again in the 21st minute.

Caolan McKernan then took a heavy challenge from his namesake, Caolan O’Connor but was able to continue after treatment before the visitors struck a vital blow when Conor Patterson raced clear before setting up Daniel Kearney for the game’s opening goal with five minutes remaining to the break.

The home side looked in a bit of trouble but responded strongly and the superb Niall McKenna soloed through for a goal in the 28th minute to close the gap to one.

McKenna would send over an equaliser but the final score of the half fell to Caolan O’Connor who pointed a free from out near the touchline to leave the visitors one ahead as Lorenzo McMullan sounded his half time whistle.

The lead continued to change hands on the restart as Daniel McKernan and Niall McKenna struck two fine early points to restore the ‘Paddies’ lead but it was short lived as the excellent Caolan O’Connor brought it all square again with only seven minutes of the second half gone.

As the ferocity of the exchanges continued it was Niall McKenna who hit two on the bounce to move the home side two in front and they appeared to be gaining a bit of momentum but once again the visitors would find a decisive response.

Caolan O’Connor came back with two pointed frees and Conor Patterson added another from close range and might have had a goal and two more from Brogan O’Coonor and substitute, Aaron Cosgrove had the Waterfoot side three in front with six minute of normal time remaining and they looked to have taken control.

It was Sarsfield’s who would finish on the front foot however, inspired by two long range frees from Niall McKenna before Gary Lennon rounded his marker and was hauled down as he fired the ball to the net.

Despite protests from the home side, Lorenzo McMullan called play back for a penalty and Kevin McKernan fired past Seanan McToal for the second time from the spot.

Glenariffe were rocked but they tried desperately to respond in the closing minute with Brogan O’Connor pointing to close the gap to one but the final score of the game would fall to Niall McKenna who’s late pointed free brought his personal contribution for the evening to 1-10 and see his side victorious by two points.

Sarsfield’s: 1 Gerard McKernan, 2 Niall McAlea, 3 Jack Daniels, 4 Mark McCavanagh, 5 Michael Johnston, 6 Caolan McKernan, 7 Enda McCartan, 8 Kevin McKernan, 9 Daniel McKernan, 27 Hames Cunningham, 11 Niall McKenna, 12 Daniel Smyth, 13 Donal McKernan, 14 Garry Lennon, 15 Anthony McGarrigle. Subs: 28 Nicola O’Mullane, 21 Oisin Coleman, 29

Oisins: 1 Seanan McToal, 2 Michael Haughey, 3 Niall Murray, 4 Ronan Leech, 5 D Haughey, 6 Daniel Kearney, 7 Cathan Graham, 8 Kieran McKendry, 9 Oliver Kearney, 10 Seanie McIntosh, 11 Caolan O’Connor, 12 Brogan O’Connor, 13 Daniel Kearney,   14 Conor Patterson, 15 Patrick McIlwaine, 17 Aaron Cosgrove, 20 M McAllister

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan

CPC win Ulster University pre-season tournament

CPC won the annual pre season hurling tournament at Ulster Univserity earlier this week, beating north Antrim rivals St Killian’s in the final. The 11-a-side competition, which is always a good guide to the forthcoming Mageean Cup, attracted eight teams, with CPC, St Killian’s, St Louis and St Mary’s being joined by St Pat’s Maghera, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Knock, Rathmore, St Malachy’s and Red High

CPC started their victorious campaign in a group game against Rathmore Grammar, Belfast. The game got swiftly underway in the first minute as CPC forward Conor Donnelly put one past the Rathmore keeper. CPC followed up with a range of scores from Roan McGarry, Conor Donnelly and half forward Ben ‘Swevy’ McGarry, who was also CPC captain on the day, before Rathmore scored from a placed ball shortly before the referee blew the halftime whistle. The second half began with a stylish ‘over the shoulder’ point from Roan McGarry and goal from Swevy McGarry with Rathmore showing no hope of a comeback.

The following 2 group games were little to no different to the result in the first match, as CPC beat St Killian’s, who they then went on to meet in the Cup final, and St Patricks Downpatrick to leave them top of the group going into the semi-finals.

CPC came up against a strong Knock outfit in the semis, who were runners up in their group. CPC had a blistering first half, coming in 2-06 to 0-0 at the interval with scores from Roan McGarry, Tiago McGarry, Swevy McGarry and Callum Cane. Knock got 2 quick frees at the start of the second half which were skilfully placed over the bar. But with the impact of substitute Danny McAuley who settled the nerves with a score at the other end, CPC led themselves to a final against St Killian’s.

Both teams were missing a few key players who are involved in championships at club level, with CPC missing the likes of Paudie Martin, Reece Cunning and Ben O’Kane and St Killians short of Cormac McKeown, Callagh Mooney and James McKeegan but the talent on show was first class.

CPC made the first break as Ronan ‘Rosie’ Fitzgerald got the first score of the final when he slotted the ball over the bar with a score on the wing 45 which followed up by a goal from Tiago McGarry when he made a run down the left hand side of the field before bouncing it in front of the keeper and into the back of the net. St Killian’s keeper Thomas McLaughlin pucked the ball down the field before reaching Orrin O’Connor who took no time to put it in the back of the net. CPC scraped a goal before the end of the half from Roan McGarry as they went in 2-03 to 1-2 up at the break. With a downfall of rain at the end of the first half, the conditions were poor leaving the sliotar wet and slippery as easy chances were starting to be missed. The final two minutes were intense when St Killian’s were awarded a free outside the 21 which was saved by goalkeeper Eoghan Richmond and resulted in a 65 moments before the final whistle. The ball was lumped in the square but well defended by the CPC defence before referee Fiontann McCotter sounded the final whistle.

Naomh Eanna beat Shamrocks in extra time thriller

Under 15A Hurling Championship

Naomh Eanna 4-23 Loughgiel 5-16 AET

Loughgiel Shamrocks travelled to the Hightown Road by coach on Tuesday night for the U15 Hurling Championship Semi-Final. The large crowd of spectators gathered at the club were in for a real treat that night.

The Glengormley boys opened the scoring on the night, registering 1-1 early on in the match. However, Loughgiel lads responded well, developing a 5 point lead on Naomh Eanna during the first half. The Naomh Eanna boys picked up the fight and a flurry of points from them brought the sides level just before half time.

The second half was greatly contested, a real spectacle of hurling as the sides traded scores. With both teams sitting level at the 60 minute mark, Naomh Eanna believed that they had sealed the victory when they pointed from a free, 3 minutes into time added on. This excitement for the lads was very short lived, as the Shamrocks responded quickly with a levelling point from a placed ball of their own. This sent the game into extra-time.

As the light faded quickly during the next 20 minutes and both evenly matched teams pushing the barriers of exhaustion, both continued to battle valiantly, hungry for that win and path to the Final.

The Naomh Eanna boys soaked up some late pressure from the Shamrocks during additional time to win by 4 points with a resulting score of Naomh Eanna 4:23 / Loughgiel 5-16.

Players from both sides lay exhausted on the field when the final whistle sounded. What a match…an epic battle and superb effort displayed by both contesting teams, with all players able to hold their heads high. Unfortunately Shamrocks were ultimately pipped at the post and the Naomh Eanna boys will see their journey continue when they take on Dunloy (conquerors of Ard na Rí )in the U15 Final.

Naomh Eanna 

Shea Bell – 1:16 (19)

Thomas Mooney – 1:2 (5)

Colm Kane – 1:2 (5)

Harry Feeney – 1:0 (3)

Darragh Quinn – 0:2 (2)

Aaron Quinn – 0:1 (1)


Loughgeil Shamrocks     

Liam McGarry – 1:8 (11)

Caolan McCollum – 2:4 (10)

Logan McConville – 1:1 (4)

Caolan Christie – 1:1 (4)

Dylan O’Boyle – 0:1 (1)

Cian Higgins – 0:1 (1)


Dunloy come back to set up final meeting with St Enda’s

Under 15 A Hurling Championship

Dunloy 6-11 Ard Na Rí 2-10

Dunloy booked their place in the final of the Under 15 A Hurling Championship when they came from behind at half time to beat Ard Na Rí in Tuesday evening’s semi-final at Pearse Park.

In the opening quarter Ard Na Rí had the better of things and led by 1-3 to 0-3 at one stage, the goal coming from Ronan Taylor. Dunloy corner forward Daire Elliott got a goal to level matters on 16 minutes and full forward Jay McAlonan put them ahead with another goal soon afterwards. The young Cuchullains looked strong, but a a goal and two points from Taylor swung the game back in the visitors favour and they went in at the break with a four point cushion.

A pointed free from Dunloy full forward Jay McAlonan early in the second half, plus a goal by substitute Jack McQuillan had Dunloy level and they hit the front when McAlonan got his team fourth goal of the game.

Further goals followed from midfielder James McGarry, whose long free went all the way to the net, and centre forward Anthony Cochrane who broke through on the right and crashed a shot in off the inside of the far post, and there was no way back for the visitors.

Dunloy go forward to play St Enda’s in next week’s final, the Glengormley boys beating Loughgiel in high scoring semi-final at Hightown.  

  1. Patrick Scott (PJ Molloy)
  2. Joseph Doherty
  3. Oisin McGuckian
  4. Rory Blaney
  5. Seamus McMullan
  6. Aaron Doherty
  7. Ollie McClements (Jamie McMullan)
  8. Eunan Curry
  9. James McGarry
  10. Damien McMahon (Jack McQuillian)
  11. Anthony Cochran
  12. John Ferguson
  13. Daire Elliott (Shane McGilligan)
  14. Jay McAlonan
  15. Euan Molloy (Eanna McGuckian)

Ar na Rí

  1. Finn Smyth
  2. Aaron Flynn
  3. Dylan Meighan
  4. Séagh McEwan
  5. Cairge Mac Adhaimh
  6. Fionn McCann
  7. Con Flannery
  8. Aodhan Pierce
  9. Conall Dempsey
  10. Conor McIlhatton
  11. Reece Angeone
  12. Odhran Bellew
  13. Barra Bellwe
  14. Ronan Taylor
  15. Liam Ó Fionnagain

Dunloy win North Antrm Under 13 title

North Antrim Under 13 Hurling Championship

Dunloy: 4-7(19) Loughgiel: 0-2(2)

In what was to be the first leg of a notable double for the club, Dunloy won the Under 13 North Antrim Championship title when they beat Loughgiel in Saturday’s final at Cushendun on Saturday. (The following day they added the South West Antrim Under 13 Football title)

Paudie O’Kane opened the scoring for the young Cuchullains on three minutes when he sent over a point from a free, while Aaron Richmond, Ronan Elliott added points and Ronan Smith hit the first goal of the game. Joe Casey pulled one back for the Shamrocks on 13 minutes. But a second goal from centre back Oisin O’Brien was added to by a point from Ronan Elliott as Dunloy went on to lead by 2-04 to 0-1 at the interval.

Two points from Padai O’Kane were followed by a goal from full forward Cillian Cunning and another by O’Kane while Cody McGarry pulled one back for the Shamrocks from a 45.

Back row: L-R – Dan Boyle, Fionn McCloskey, Sean Johnston, Harry Blaney, Pearse McMullan, Peadar Doherty, Lorcan Martin, Noah Bradley, Oisin O’Brien Front: L-R – Ronan Smith, Tom Richmond, Padai O’Kane, Cillian Cunning, Aaron Richmond, Ronan Elliott, Iarfhlaith O’Kane, Roan Neenan, Caden Doherty


Tom Richmond, Harry Blaney, Peadar Doherty, Noah Bradley, Caden Doherty, Oisin O’Brien, Iarfhlaith O’Kane, Padai O’Kane, Lorcan Martin, Pearse McMullan, Aaron Richomd, Sean Johnston, Ronan Elliott, Cillian Cunning, Ronan Smith.

Subs – Dan Boyle, Fionn McCloskey, Roan Neenan, Blaine Mullan


Ciaran Hennessy, Rian Maloney, Cody McGarry, Oisin McCloksey, Aidan Barr-Laverty, Aaron Gillan, Charlie Douthart, Cahir McErlane, Ronan McGarry, Lorcan Murtagh, Damian Laverty, Conor Connolly, Oisin McFadden, Joe Casey, Cahir McCloskey.

Subs – Martin Maynes, Liam McKee, Kevin Og McGarry, Callum

Laverty, Charlie Boyd, Tommy Traynor