5-Star O’Neill fires St. Ergnat’s through to semi-final

LGFA Ladies Ulster Minor Quarter-Final

Moneyglass (Antrim) 10-15 Burren (Down) 0-7

Down champions, Burren had no answer to a slick St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass in this ladies Minor Championship quarter-final, played in Ahoghill today. The Antrim champions led from start to finish and had this one in the bag long before half time.

Maria O’Neill got the Moneyglass girls off to a perfect start when she rattled the Burren net after just 45 seconds and O’Neill was to prove a real thorn in the side of the Burren girls over the hour as she finished with 5-1 to her credit and proved un-markable.

Alicia Boyd raced through to open the scoring with a point from the throw in and although Eva Murdock pulled one back for the Mourne girls almost immediately they found themselves on the back foot for the remainder of the half.

Ciara O’Boyle added a point for Sarah McCann’s side before O’Neill got in for her second goal in the 7th minute and even at this early juncture it looked a long way back for the Down champions.

St. Ergnat’s were moving the ball around with great confidence while their defence afforded the opposition no space or time to settle and Leah Cassidy fired home her sides third goal following another point from Alicia Boyd to leave it 3-3 to 0-1 with only eight minutes on the clock.

Alicia Boyd, Aoife Kelly and Sarah O’Neill added points before Ciara O’Boyle finished to the net for her sides fourth goal in the 23d minute with Rachel McAteer momentarily relieving the pressure with the Down Champions second point with three minutes remaining to half time.

It was only momentarily however as Moneyglass came storming back and Nicole Cassidy pointed before getting in for her sides fifth goal to leave the Antrim champions leading 5-7 to 0-2 at the short whistle and even at this stage it looked all over.

There would be no respite for a battling but out classed Burren in the second half as St. Ergnat’s continued where they had left off at half time though it was Rachel McAteer who opened the scoring with a point in the 1st minute for the Mourne side.

The response from the Antrim champions was precise and clinical as Cliona Griffin and Leah Cassidy 0-2 replied immediately with points and Maria O’Neill and Cliona Griffin added goals by the 4th minute to put further daylight between the sides.

Hannah Murray added her first and St. Ergnat’s 8th goal with only 8 minutes of the second half gone and at this stage the visitors could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel but to their credit they kept battling against impossible odds.

They received some reward for their efforts with Caitlin Ryan, Rachel McAteer, Hannah Sloan and Aisling King adding points but there was no stopping a rampant St. Ergnat’s. Maria O’Neill added 2-1 in the run in to the final whistle with Ciara Scullion, Nicole Cassidy, Leah Cassidy and Hanna Murray all splitting the posts to put the icing on a thoroughly polished performance.

St. Ergnat’s now face Eire Og Carrickmore in next week’s semi-final at the same venue and the Tyrone champions are likely to provide the Moneyglass girls with a much stiffer challenge but on today’s performance the Antrim champions should start as firm favourites to advance to the decider.

St. Ergnat’s: Emily McCoy, Erin Duffin, Molly McCoy, Niamh Neeson, Sarah O’Neill, Saoirse McErlain, Aoife Kelly, Cliona Griffin, Ciara Scullion, Alicia Boyd, Maria O’Neill, Ciara O’Boyle, Hannah Murray, Leah Cassidy, Nicole Cassidy Subs: Kathy McCluskey for Erin Duffin, Maria McNally for Ciara O’Boyle, Leah Stewart for Leah Cassidy, Annie Griffin for Cliona Griffin

Con Magee’s book semi-final spot

Glenravel 2-16  Naomh Colum Cille 1-08

Storm Arwen huffed and puffed around Ballycastle today, enough to impact the flow of the game but not enough to render it a lottery as was suspected yesterday and overnight. Antrim champions Con Magees ran out convincingly winners in the end but it took to the third quarter of this game for them to put some daylight between the teams.

A strong breeze blew straight down Park McQuillan which favoured Tyrone champions Naomh Colum Cille in the first half but they could not take full advantage of it and ultimately that cost them dearly. In a tit for tat opening quarter it was the free takers who dominated. As we went to the first water break, the teams were level on three points a piece, Niall Donnelly and Conleth OLoan (2) the Con Magees marksmen with Paul Greville (2) and Tony O’Hagan replying for the Tyrone side. On resumption Dunloy native, Chris Kearns gave us our first score from play as he nudged Naomh Colum Cille ahead and again on thirty one minutes the same player scored from play but in between Conleth O’Loan had pointed three further frees and James Duffin popped up from midfield to put over a neat score from play. Naomh Colum Cille pulled one back on the stroke of half time with another free from Greville as Down referee Kieran Rice called a halt to proceedings and the crowd sought the shelter of their cars with mugs of tea and coffee. Con Magees went in one point ahead on a 0-07 to 0-06 scoreline and the Antrim men must have been pleased with their half hour’s work because Storm Arwen was definitely on Naomh Colum Cille’s side in the opening half.

Strangely, Arwen calmed down for the first quarter of the second half, much to the delight of the crowd and Paul Greville took full advantage with the opening score, from a free, to level the game in the opening minute. Three minutes later Glenravel got the game’s first goal, Conleth O’Loan rounding the Colum Cille defence along the end line before stepping inside and rattling the net, restoring a three point lead for Con Magees. Cathal Hynds and James Duffin added further points and suddenly their was some daylight between the teams with Glenravel ahead 1-09 to 0-07. Naomh Colum Cille needed a life line and they found it thirteen minutes into the second half when Andrew Byrne netted from close range to bring us back to a two point game 1-09 to 1-07 and all to play for. However, Arwen started to bare his teeth once more, this time in Con Magees favour and over the following fifteen minutes, Glenravel went on to record 1-07 without reply and surely put the game beyond the Tyrone men. The pick of the scores was a terrific team goal following some slick passing and finished with aplomb by Cathal Hynds. Cathal added two further points in that scoring  spree, the others coming from Niall Donnelly (3), James Duffin and the recently introduced Sean McKay.
Chris Kearns had the honour of scoring the game’s final point from play but by that stage the game had gone away from Noamh Colum Cille. Con Magees were convincing winners 2-16 to 1-08 and now go on to play Armagh champions, Craobh Rua who beat Donegal’s St Eunan’s with a very strong performance  in Armagh’s Athletic Grounds. That game is schedule for the weekend of Dec 11th/12th December.

Con Magee’s : R Donnelly, B O’Neill, SL Kerr, M McQuillan, P O’Neill, E McCusker, M McDonnell, J Duffin 0-2, C Henry, J Fyfe, N Donnelly 0-7 (6f), C Hynds 1-1, C O’Loan 1-5, (4f & 1 pen), R Lennon, D Traynor.

Subs: S McKay 0-1 for D Traynor (38), S McCusker for C Henry (46), S Burns for P O’Neill (57).

Yellow card: M McQuillan (27)

Naomh Colum Cille: C Cross, I Donnellan, V McCann, J McGuigan, P Corr, I Flaherty, Ryan O’Neill, A Byrne, C Kearns 0-2, S Kelly, P Greville 0-4 frees, P Maguire, G Mulgrew, T O’Hagan, N O’Neill 1-0.

Subs: Rory O’Neill for T O’Hagan (44), O O’Neill 0-1 for N O’Neill (51), T Daly for I Flaherty (53), M O’Gorman for S Kelly (58).

Yelllow card: A Byrne (37)

Report by Aodh O’loan.

Stewart second half double puts the icing on an excellent Moneyglass win

LGFA Minor A Football Championship final

Moneyglass 4-15 St. Brigid’s 2-6

Two second half goals from Leah Stewart finally killed off the challenge of St. Brigid’s in this highly entertaining Minor A football final at Glenravel on Sunday. St. Ergnat’s led 2-9 to 1-3 in a first half where they were always in control but St. Brigid’s gave themselves a lifeline when Cliodhna Logan fired to the Moneyglass net five minutes into the second half.

Those hopes were quickly dashed as St. Ergnat’s came back strongly with a flurry of points and when Stewart struck with the first of her two goals in the 43d minute it was all over.

The reigning Minor champions got off to a great start with a goal from Hannah Murray in the second minute and points from Maria O’Neill, Leah Cassidy, Ciara Scullin and Alica Boyd had them seven ahead before Caitlin Courtney opened St. Brigid’s account with a goal in the 12th minute.

Maria O’Neill for Moneyglass and Mary Mitchell for the Musgrave Park girls traded points and Ciara O’Boyle and Nicole Cassidy for the champions and Hannah Dinghy for Naomh Brid swapped further score to leave Moneyglass  five in front with 26 minutes gone.

The South West side upped the ante during the closing stages of the half however as they added 1-2 with Maria O’Neill pointing in the 28th and 29th minute before Nicole Cassidy fired to the net in the 30th minute with Naomh Brid’s solitary reply coming from a Theresa Mellon point in injury time.

Caitlin Courtney fired to the Moneyglass net, five minutes into the second half to give her side a glimmer of hope but it brought a strong response from their opponents as Ciara O’Boyle replied with a couple of points before Leah Stewart rattled the St. Brigid’s net and even at this stage it looked a long way back for the South Belfast girls.

They continued to battle however against the odds but were finding the Moneyglass defence an immovable object and could only manage a further two points through Cliodhna Logan and the impressive Caitlin Courtney.

Moneyglass turned on the burners in the run in to the final whistle as the opposition defence finally wilted under the increasing pressure and points from Annie Griffin, Ciara O’Boyle, Maria McNally and Sarah O’Neill straddled Leah Stewart’s second goal to leave the Blue & Gold’s convincing winners in the end.

Naomh Ergnait: 1 Emily McCoy, 2 Katie McCloskey, 3 Molly McCoy, 4 Niamh Neeson, 5 Sarah O’Neill, 6 Saoirse McErlain, 7 Aoife Kelly, 8 Cliona Griffin, 9 Ciara Scullin, 10 Alica Boyle, 11 Maria O’Neill, 12 Ciara O’Boyle, 13 Hannah Murray, 14 Leah Cassidy, 15 Nicole Cassidy, 17 Annie Griffin, 18 Leah Stewart, 19 Maria McNally

St. Brigid’s: 1 Aoife O’Hagan, 2 Caoimhe Hefferon, 3 Katherine Ward, 4 Orla T McKernan, 5 Caitlin Courtney, 6 Cora Leonard, 7 Eimear Logan, 8 Ciara Austin, 9 Mary Mitchell, 10 Aileen McDonnell, 11 Theresa Mellon, 12 Laura Agnew, 13 Hanna Donaghy, 14 Molly McCartan, 15 Cliodhna Logan, 1`7 Evie O’Sullivan, 18 Niamh Turkington, 19 Rianna Duffy

O’Kane leads All Saints to championship glory

Girls U14 B Football Final

All Saints 2-4 Lamh Dhearg 1-2

All Saints U14 girls gave an inspired performance on Sunday to win the U14B County Championship when they defeated a determined Lamh Dhearg team at Quinn Park. The final which was played in front of a big crowd in Ballymena was a fast flowing, competitive game from the throw in. All Saints with the wind at their backs in the first half made the better start and inspired by their Captain Anna O’Kane they soon took the lead. O’Kane scored all their points in the first half and also converted a penalty to give the Saints girls a 5 point lead. Lamh Dhearg were well in the game though and it took a wonder save from Saints keeper Orlagh McNally to keep them at bay. The Saints defence were tenacious all day and led by Ella McLaughlin and Amy Kerr they were clearing any danger that came their way. The main worry for the Saints as the half time whistle sounded was,had they missed too many chances with the wind at their backs. Would the 5 point lead be enough? It didn’t look like it was as Lamh Dhearg came roaring back at the start of the 2nd half, however the Saints defence, as in the Semi Final were superb, tackling fiercely and working extremely hard to prevent any easy goals. However the goal did come and suddenly the gap was only 2 points Balymena and the girls were struggling to get up the pitch. They survived a couple more scares and then a great move that started with McNally’s kick out and travelled the length of the pitch as O’Kane placed Cadhla Crawford in for a goal. The lead was now back to 5 and then with Kate Hasson winning a vital kick out the final whistle sounded to bring huge celebrations from the Saints players and supporters. A brilliant all round display from the All Saints girls in a great match which their opponents contributed massively to. The Saints forwards were dangerous throughout led by Anna O’Kane who scored 1-3 of their total but the basis for this win was a defensive unit who simply wouldn’t be breached. Hugely impressive displays all round but especially Ella McLaughlin and Maria Mitchell who handled dangerous opponents really well. A great advert for ladies football and a first title for a talented group of All Saints girls.

St. Ergnat’s advance to semi-final

Ulster Ladies Football club championship

St. Ergnat’s 3-12 Armagh Harps 3-6

Moneyglass ladies advance to the semi-final of the Ulster senior club championship after a superb win over Armagh Harps at Marion Hill on Sunday.

St. Ergnat’s went into this match as the underdogs and had nothing to lose. Their tails were up after lifting the Antrim senior championship two weeks ago in style so the Marion hill ladies and their management were quietly confident. 

Moneyglass haver blended experience with their emerging youth over the last two years and it has proved a successful formula and the appointment of Odhran McNeilly as manager

has seen the girls step it up a notch and they took control of this game from early on.

Moneyglass dominated the opening exchanges as they took the game to the visitors from the throw in, spurred on by big home support who got right behind their side from the first whistle.

Orla Prenter pointed the home side ahead after three minutes and Cathy Carey added a couple of pointed frees to put them three in front by the 10th minute.

Kelly Mallon finally got the Harps off the mark from a free in the 11th minute but they were struggling to deal with the intensity of the St. Ergnat’s girls who responded positively with points from Cathy Carey, Orla Prenter and Bronagh Devlin and when Maria O’Neill got in for the game’s opening goal it looked a long way back for the Armagh girls.

The Moneyglass pressure continued and Orla Prenter added another point before Emily Druse gave the visitors some hope when she fired past Anna McCann for a Harps goal in the 23d minute.

It provided only temporary respite however as the St. Ergnat’s came back strongly with Orla Prenter continuing to show unerring accuracy as she fired over two points and Bronagh Devlin added another before Armagh Harps best player, Emily Druse responded with a late point for her side but as the half time whistle sounded it looked a long way back for the Armagh girls.

Druse had been Armagh Harps outstanding performer in the opening half and she was doing all in her power to get her side going and when she pointed in the 5th minute of the second half and followed immediately with a goal the Moneyglass lead had been reduced to four and suddenly we had a game on our hands.

The home side failed to panic however as they came roaring back with a goal of their own and it was the elusive Orla Prenter who got through to raise the green flag. After this it was the Moneyglass defence who stamped their authority on the game as the Harps pushed forward in an effort to get something from the game.

Kelly Mallon led the Armagh challenge and the number 14 added a goal and four points in the run in but Orla Prenter’s second goal in the 38th minute and points from Bronagh Devlin and the hard working Cathy Carey ensured that there would be no way back for the Armagh champions.

Moneyglass now entertain favourites Bredagh of Down in next week’s semi-final and on this performance will be quietly confident of beating the Down champions.

Moneyglass: Anna McCann, Aoife Kelly, Emma Louise McAreavy, Saoirse McErlain, Sarah O’Neill, Rebecca Bradley, Niamh McIntosh, Laura McCann, Cathy Carey, Cliona Griffin, Maria O’Neill, Aine Devlin, Deirbhle McNicholl, Bronagh Devlin, Orlaith Prtenter 

Armagh Harps: 1 Paula Enright, 2 Jessica Hamill, 3 Tanya Savage, 4 Cailin Duffy, 5 Ciara Rath, 6 Sinead Faloon, 7 Leah McGoldrick, 8 Emily Druse, 9 Fionnula McKenna, 10 Siobhan Feeney, 11 Aoife Lennon, 12 Tanya McVeigh, 13 Eimear O’Kane, 14 Kelly Mallon, 15 Megan McShane

Referee: Jude Dixon