Second half goals send Aldergrove to Junior Championship title

LGFA JFC Final

Aldergrove 5-10  Moneyglass 2-11

Four second half goals paved the way for a convincing win for St. James’ Aldergrove over St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass in this LGFA Junior Football final on Saturday. The Crumlin girls led 1-4 to 0-5 at half time with their goal coming from Nicole Jones in the 8th minute but Moneyglass finished the half strongly after a slow start and were well in contention at the break.

Aldergrove found another gear in the second half however with Nicole Jones striking her second goal in the 33d minute and Caitlin Taggart, Katie McArt and Emma McArt all rattling the Moneyglass net as they pushed on for an excellent victory.

Aldergrove made the early running and two points from Aoife Taggart, either side of Nicole Jones opening goal saw them lead 1-2 to 0-0 after 9 minutes and it would be another 5 minutes before Alicia McAuley raised St. Ergnat’s first white flag.

Dannielle Connolly, Ciara O’Boyle and Alica McAuley add further point for Moneyglass by the 24th minute to close the gap to one and they looked to be getting on top but Aldergrove replied through Caitlin Taggart and Aoife Taggart to move three in front.

The final score of the half fell to Alica Boyd who pointed in the 29th minute for the girls in yellow to leave just two in it in favour of the Crumlin girls at the break and the scene looked set for a tight second half.

Once again it was St. James’ who grabbed the initiative at the start of the second half and the excellent |Nicole Jones fired home her second goal with only three minutes gone with Caitlin Taggart, Aoife Taggart and Emma McArt adding points to move the girls in Red 8 ahead by the 38th minute.

As in the first half, St. Ergnat’s found it difficult to get going but they did come back with points from Ciara O’Boyle and two from Niamh McKeefry by the 44th minute to give their support some hope as we entered the final quarter.

Those hopes were quickly dashed as St. James came back with a vengeance as they hit three goals in a six minutes spell between the 46th and 52 minute through Caitlin Taggart and the McArt’s to put the game firmly to bed.

Niamh McKeefry 0-2, and Michelle Mullin added consolation points for he Marian Hill girls with Aoife McTaggart and Emma McArt completing the scoring for an excellent Aldergrove side to run out convincing winners.

Aldergrove: 1 Lucy Simpson, 2 Alannah McMaster, 3 Anna Crossan, 4 Bronach Mallon, 5 Aine Kelly, 6 Paula McMasterson, 7 Rebecca Marquess, 8 Colleen McGuinness, 9 Katie Rose Bell, 10 Roisin Crossan, 11 Nicole Jones, 12 Caitlin Taggart, 13 Aoife Taggart, 14 Anna McBride, 15 Emma McArt, 16 Katie McArt, 17 Caoimhe Bell, 18 Sophie Nugent, 19 Mia Dunlon, 20 Edel Neeson, 21 Meabh Rooney, 22 Orla Rooney, 23 Shannon McGarry, 24 Grace O’Neill, 25 Clare Hanna, 26 Bronagh McGuinness

Moneyglass: 1 Emily McCVoy, 2 Orla Rooney, 3 Geraldine Campbell, 4 Erin Duffin, 5 Alicia McAuley, 6 Danielle Duffin, 7 Katie Scullin, 8 Niamh Neeson, 9 Danielle Connolly, 10 Alica Boyd, 11 Niamh McKeefry, 12 Gemma Laverty, 13 Michelle Mullin, 14 Beverly Graffin, 15 Orlaith McAteer, 17 Cara McKeefry, 19 Annie Griffin, 20 Molly Gribbin, 21 Ciara O’Boyle, 22 Leah Cassidy, 24 Katie McCloskey

Johnnies advance to the last eight

Northern Property Antrim Junior Football Championship 

St Johns 3-03-0-04 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Corrigan Park 

Goals were the difference at Corrigan Park this evening as St Johns advanced to the last eight of the Northern Property Antrim Junior Football Championship with a 3-03-0-04 win over Lámh Dhearg. 

St Johns drew first blood on a bright evening at Corrigan Park and netted early on when they turned the ball over and possession was switched to Cora Magee- who drove forward and picked her spot low in the net. 

Back-to-back points followed from the Lámhs in response, Isla Annett played a precise pass through to Tiarnach Fegan to fire over the bar and converted free followed from Robyn Murray. 

Murray sent a second free between the posts midway through the half to restore parity, but the hosts regained the lead as Debbie Boyd swung a pass out to Olivia Cardwell- who dropped her shot over the bar. 

Cora Magee to attempted to add to her earlier goal- her shot was blocked down, though Luisne Adams was on hand to ensure a point was forthcoming as St Johns were 1-02-0-03 ahead at the break. 

The hosts extended their lead after the restart courtesy of a Debbie Boyd free and then found the net for the second time. 

Boyd was again instrumental in bursting in at an angle and popping the ball across before it was sent into the path of Carla Hamill to sweep home and make it 2-03-0-03. 

Robyn Murray converted her third free of the evening to ensure the Hannashtown side remained in contention with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Try as they might, they couldn’t find the elusive goal that would have set up a grandstand finish and in the end the Johnnies would secure a third goal in time added on. 

Niamh Hamill forced a turnover and switched possession to Cora Magee who unselfishly supplied Cora Burns with the simple task of firing in at the near post to give her side a 3-03-0-04 win at the conclusion and ensure a quarter-final meeting with Sarsfields next weekend. 

St Johns : SJ McGuigan, C Carleton, C Richmond, C Conway, E Hamill, O Cardwell (0-01), E Boyd, M Laverty, N McArdle, L Adams (0-01), A Hawkins, C Hamill (1-00), D Boyd (0-01f), C Magee (1-00), C Burns (1-00). Subs: A Hesketh for O Cardwell (52), S McMahon for D Boyd (60). 

Lámh Dhearg : S McCann, C Hayes, S McCloskey, E McGarry, T Fegan (0-01), N Webb, H Kennedy, I Annett, A Larkin, R Murray (0-03f), M Donnelly, O Webb, M Diamond, C Doherty, L Smyth. Subs: J Peoples for E McGarry (25), A McKinley for M Diamond (47), M Diamond for R Murray (51), R Murray for A Larkin (60+2). 

Saints through to next round

LGFA NORTHERN PROPERTY JFC Preliminary Round

All Saints 5-13 Oisins Glenariffe 2-8

Photographs: Brian McKee

All Saints ran out convincing winners against a strong determined Glenariffe team on a sunny Sunday night at Slemish Park, goals from Marnie Kelly (2-0), Siannese Maybin, Anna Kearney and Laura McAleese laid the foundation for a disciplined Saints performance.

The Saints girls started strong and had a number of good scores on the board in the first 10minutes, 2 early goals gave them breathing space but an injury in the full back line meant a reshuffle and whilst the Saints girls were getting settled again they conceded a good goal to Glenariffe’s Colleen Patterson.

All Saints came back strong though and good points from Kelly, Maybin and Kearney meant a strong HT lead of 3-10 1-02. Oisins came out strong in the 2nd half and got on top in the opening10 minutes as slackness from the home defence allowed the visitors to get back into the game.

Glenariff should be commended for their determination to keep going to the final whistle and some great scores kept All Saints on their toes. The Ballymena girls move forward to a tough Quarter Final against Aldergrove next Sunday.

The game attracted a good home support and hopefully they will be there next week to cheer on their side.

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.

Morgan and McLaughlin run the show as Glenavy reach Junior decider

Antrim LGFA Junior Championship semi-final 

Lámh Dhearg 1-04-0-14 Glenavy

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Six-points each from Antrim players Ellen Morgan and Grainne McLaughlin proved the difference in the end as Glenavy booked their place in the Junior Championship final with a 0-14-1-04 victory over Lámh Dhearg at Hannahstown on Sunday evening. 

Playing with the wind advantage in the first half Glenavy were the most productive in front of goal and established a four-point lead. 

Antrim star Grainne McLaughlin notched the first three herself and a further score from Natasha O’Neil had the visitors in control on the scoreboard. 

Lámh Dhearg were confident on the ball and worked a couple of fantastic opportunities with Robyn Murray neatly knitting the play, but a number of shots dropped short playing against the gale force wind in Hannahstown. 

The hosts eventually got off the mark through a point from Hailey McKeever after a nice build-up move involving Murray and Aoibheann Larkin.

Glenavy should have had the game’s first goal, but Lámh Dhearg goalkeeper Shannon McCann pulled off a fantastic save to deny Megan McGarry and then turned away the follow-up shot. 

A further point from Grainne McLaughlin restored her sides four-point advantage- though a converted Robyn Murray free had a score between the sides. 

Just before the break the visitors saw another goal chance go abegging when Megan McGarry cut the ball back from the by-line to tee up Ellen Morgan, however McCann produced another fine save to ensure her side remained in the game at the interval trailing 0-05-0-02. 

Lámh Dhearg were first off the mark in the second-half through a Ciara Doherty free, although Ellen Morgan replied from the same scenario at the other end. 

Cara McGarry swung over the visitors second of the half to extend Glenavy’s lead, but Lámh Dhearg hit back at the other end. 

Racheal Mulholland drove forward with the ball and saw her shot turned onto the bar by Orlagh Mullin- however Ciara Larkin bundled the loose ball to the net to make it a one-point game at 0-07-1-03. 

Back-to-back Ellen Morgan free’s opened up a three-point deficit again and Grainne McLaughlin kicked her first point of the half. 

 Morgan would end the evening on six points after converting two further frees and landing one from play with Grainne McLaughlin nipping in to conjure up her sixth. 

The game was beyond the hosts, although they continued to battle until the game’s conclusion and a late Racheal Mulholland point ended the scoring for the evening as Glenavy ran out 0-14-1-04 winners to book their place in the Junior decider.