Saffrons defeated by classy Louth

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Four

Antrim 0-06 Louth 3-11

From Kevin Herron at the Dub

Antrim fell to their second league defeat as last years All-Ireland junior champions Louth showed their promotion credentials with a 3-11-0-06 victory at the Dub this afternoon.

The hosts were second best in the opening half and were dealt a blow with the temporary loss of Aine Tubridy and Louth took full advantage with Lauren Boyle hitting the net in a dominant thirty minute display.

Dee McConville’s side showed some improvement after the break but further goals from Boyle and substitute Aimee McNally ensured that Louth would run out with a bit to spare at the end.

The visitors made a bright start to proceedings and hit the opening score through Lauren Boyle and fellow corner-forward Rebecca Carr doubled their advantage.

Aoife Taggart’s free dropped short in the aftermath and Nikki Jones was on-hand to ensure a point was forthcoming for the Saffrons.

Antrim were then dealt a set-back when captain Aine Tubridy was booked and subsequently sin-binned for an innocuous coming together – referee Gavin Finnegan felt Tubridy was guilty of charging and the hosts were reduced to 14-players for ten minutes.

In that time Louth tagged on further points from Boyle, Niamh Rice (free) and Rebecca Carr, they may also have had a goal – but Anna McCann produced a magnificent stop to deny Niamh Rice.

Five minutes before the break the opening goal did fall for Louth as Lauren Boyle got onto the end of a popped pass from Louise Byrne and guided the ball past McCann to make it 1-05-0-01.

Boyle quickly added another point in the immediate aftermath and a perfectly angled point from captain Aoife Byrne; in-between scores from namesake Eimear- ensured that their side led 1-09-0-01 at the interval.

Niamh Rice doubled her account with a score inside the first sixty seconds of the restart and Aoife Taggart responded from a free in front of the posts.

Further scores were traded between Lauren Boyle and Aine Tubridy before substitute Abi Carleton made her mark with an intelligent point.

Aine Breen squeezed the ball over at the near post in reply to Carleton’s point with a double from corner-forward Ellen Morgan levelling the second-half scoreline.

Anna McCann produced another magnificent stop to deny Alannah McLoughlin late-on but the Saffrons keeper was left helpless soon after as Aimee McNally collected a long-balls and rounded McCann before steering the ball home to give Louth a 3-11-0-06 victory at the conclusion.

Antrim: A McCann, L Wallace, E Kelly, N Killen, N Webb, O Corr, G Shannon, L Dahunsi, A Tubridy (0-01), G D O’Reilly, A Taggart (0-01f), M McGarry, E Morgan (0-02), N Jones (0-01), E Rocks. Subs: A Carleton (0-01) for E Rocks (HT); N McKeown for E Kelly (39); L O’Neill for D O’Reilly (51); R Hemsworth for N Killen (56).

Louth: U Pearson, E Hand, C Donnelly, H Lambe-Sally, A Halligan, S McLoughlin, C Nolan, A Breen (0-01), A Byrne (0-01), L Byrne, E Byrne (0-02), N Rice (0-02, 0-01f), R Carr (0-02), A Russell, L Boyle (2-03). Subs: S Matthews for E Hand; S Quinn for C Donnelly; G Murray for H Lambe-Sally; R Kavanagh for A Halligan; E Murray for C Nolan; G Trainor for A Breen; C Quinn for E Byrne; E Norton for N Rice; A McNally (1-00) for R Carr; A McLoughlin for L Boyle.

Referee: Gavin Finnegan (Down)

McQuillan’s GAC Awards Dinner

Heartbreak for St Paul’s as Kenny leads Naomh Ciarán fightback

LGFA All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship final

Naomh Ciarán (Offaly) 2-11 St Paul’s (Antrim) 2-9

There was heartbreak for St Paul’s ladies at Breffni Park on Saturday as Offaly and Leinster champions Naomh Ciarán staged a late fightback to deny the Shaw’s Road girls a history making victory. Midway through the second half it looked like St Paul’s were on their way to becoming he first Antrim team to win an All Ireland ladies title, but the scoring dried up as the Offaly champions clawed their way back into contention and a late scoring burst saw them home by two points.

Kirsty McGuinness swings over a St Paul’s point

The early stages of the game were evenly contested as St Paul’s Natalie McGuinness and Naomh Ciaran’s star performer Kate Kenny led the way for their teams. Kenny got her team in front with a pointed free but St Paul’s hit back with a brilliantly taken goal from Kirsty McGuinness when she got onto the end of a neat pass by her sister Ciatlin to fire home.

Naomh Ciaran squandered a few chances to draw level but they made no mistake midway through the opening half when good approach work between Aofie Corbett, Kate Kenny and Anny Mangan ended with Mangan firing home to put her team two ahead. Kirsty McGuinness pulled a point back on 17 minutes and the Belfast girls should have hit the front soon afterward but two goal chances were squandered after excellent approach work.

St Paul’s captain Aine Turbidy surges forward

McGuinness drew them level and minutes later St Paul’s captain Aine Tubrity added one to put her side ahead but the dangerous Kenny replied with one at the other end.

Still, the Antrim and Ulster champions were back level and a free from McGuinness moved them into a 1-3 to 1-2 lead on 23 minutes before Kenny converted a free at the other end. Another exchange of point between the games top scores McGuinness and Kenny left the sides level at 1-4 apiece as they went in at half time.

St Paul’s started the second half brightly when two more McGuinness points put them two clear, but Kenny, who was now operating in midfield, was starting to make her presence felt and she had Naomh Ciarán back on terms by the 37th minute. When McGuinness restored her team’s lead with a goal the large St Paul’s following were in full cry and when the lead was stretched to five with points from Naoishe Burns and Kirsty McGuinness and with less than ten minutes to play the title appeared to be heading to Belfast. However the Offaly champions were far from finished and when substitute Shauna Heffernan got in for a goal the tide turned completely.

The Belfast girls’ chanced were dealt a bad blow when McGuinness was sin-binned, and from then on it was all downhill as Naomh Ciaran pushed for home and though St Paul’s gave it everything they had the Leinster champions were two to the good at the final whistle.

NAOMH CIARÁN: A Keena; N Buckley, E Nally, A Grehan; R Ennis, E Flynn, F Boland; K Kenny 0-8 (0-4fs), A Mangan; E Cahill, L Keena, K Rigney; A Corbett, R Cockram, E McEvoy 0-2.

Subs: R Egan 0-1 for Corbett (HT), A Kelly for Rigney (HT), S Heffernan 1-0 for Cockram (51mins), S Egan for Cahill (51mins).

ST PAUL’S: A Healy; C Stewart, E Kelly, L O’Neill; M Hanna, C Brown, L Wallace; S McCann, A Tubridy 0-1; N Enright, C McGuinness, L Dahunsi; F Rocks 0-1, K McGuinness 2-6 (0-3fs), M Cooper.

Subs: N Burns 0-1 for Rocks (48mins), K McConville for McCann (60mins), R Hemsworth for Brown (64mins).

REFEREE: M Kenny (Mayo).

Moneyglass fall to Impressive Bredagh

Ulster LGFA Minor Football Championship (semi-final)

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass (Antrim) 3-03 Bredagh (Down) 7-12

Photographs: Elaine Kelly

A brave Moneyglass lost out to a hugely impressive Bredagh in this Ulster Minor ladies club semi-final at Cloney on Sunday.

The St Ergnat’s girls, having defeated Monaghan representatives Donaghmoyne entered this one with high hopes but in the event they found the Mourne county representatives too hot to handle.

Bredagh, settled well on their first visit to Cloney and a couple of early points by centre forward Anna O’ Keefe and another from Anna McKee saw them off to a flying start.

Anna Mc Kee confidently stroked the leather between the posts in the 5th minute following an indiscretion on wing half forward Niamh Edgar to make it 0-03 to 0-00 as the Down champions controlled the opening exchanges.

Moneyglass were in need of a score to calm the nerves and opened their account when Niamh McKeefrey despatched between the posts in the 7th minute but their lack of experience was more than evident as those in blue and gold struggled to gain composure.

Such was not the case with Bredagh who were quick to capitalise on unforced errors and they added a point through Anna McKee who then strode confidently forward to despatch a spot kick in the 11th minute to the back of the net to see her side move 1-04 to 0-01 clear.

A good exchange involving Sarah O’ Neill and Aoife Kelly opened the way for Niamh Martin to add a Moneyglass point in the 13th minute but the Down girls made a positive reply.

Bredagh moved forward with purpose as Lily Mc Kee added an 18th minute point before following with a goal.

The Antrim girls were coming under pressure and making further concession as Fiona Dolan added a 20th minute goal before tacking on a point and the visitors were in complete control at this stage of the contest.

As the game moved into the last five minutes of the half St. Ergnat’s were rewarded for their honest endeavours as Maria O’ Neill grabbed an eye catching 26th minute goal but the Mourne side were quick to reply and goals from Lily McKee and Anna McKee ensured a 5-07 to 1-02 lead at the break.

Moneyglass started the second half in search of early scores and when Aoife Kelly sped down the right hand side to fire into the corner of the net it was the start the Antrim girls required.

Bredagh replied through the impressive Anna McKee who raised back to back white flags but a 37th minute Molly Higgins goal saw Moneyglass further reduce the deficit.

Aoife Kelly followed with a 43rd minute point and the Antrim champions seemed to have settled to the task on hand.

In the event this was as close as the St Ergnat’s girls got however as Bredagh went on to dominate the remainder of the game.

Fiona Dolan scored a 47th minute point before Anna McKee completed her hat trick with a 54th minute goal and a point to follow.

Bredagh ran out convincing winners with an Anna O’ Keefe goal in the 29th minute to see her side conclude 7-12 to 3-03 winners and into a place in the Provincial final.

Moneyglass: Emily Mc Coy, Jude Mc Coy, Saoirse Mc Erlain, Erin Duffin, Sarah O’ Neill, Cliona Griffin, Katie Scullin, Emma Mc Areavey, Aoife Kelly (1-01), Ciara Scullin, Maria O’ Neill (1-00), Mollie Higgins (1-00), Niamh Martin (0-01), Niamh Mc Keefrey (0-01), Ciara O’ Boyle

Subs

Caoimhe Mc Erlain for Ciara O’ Boyle

Molly Dixon for Katie Scullin

Niamh Neeson for Cliona Griffin

Bredagh: Sian Curran, Maeve O’ Keefe, Aobhinn Brentall, Eireann Gallen, Grainne Sweeney, Orna Kelly, Eve Elliot, Aoife Mc Camphill, Orlaigh Blayney, Niamh Edgar, Anna O’ Keefe (1-02), Caitlin Cunningham, Fiona Dolan (2-02), Anna Mc Kee (3-06), Lily Mc Kee (2-02)

Subs

Grace Cunningham for E Elliot

Caoimhe Duffy for N Edgar

Orlaith Mc Laughlin for L Mc Kee

Maebh Kelly for F Dolan

Referee C Lennon (Ard Macha)

Rossa host 4th G4Ms tournament on Saturday

Saturday see O’Donovan Rossa Belfast host the 4th G4Ms and others tournament.

Spiorid an Dóchais (spirit of hope)

We as a club are very proud to host this tournament which sees all proceeds going directly to Lighthouse Belfast. A charity that helps families live and cope after suicide.
All of us have been touched by suicide in some way or another. Some more than others.

In addition to this 8 G4M’s teams will play non competitive Gaelic football and guaranteed great craic.

This year we welcome
St Galls
Eire óg
St James Aldergrove
St Joseph’s Glenavy
Carryduff
St Brigids
Creggan Kickham’s

If you about why not call in to our club and help us to help others and be the spirit that brings hope to families in their darkest times.