Fine attacking display sees Saints open with a win

Antrim LGFA Senior Div 2

 All Saints 5-12 St Galls 2-5

All Saints Ladies produced a fine attacking display in their first home league outing of the season. Goals from Sianeese Maybin (2), Marnie Kelly, Laura McAleese and Wiktoria Babuszewska led the Saints girls to a good victory against a St Galls team who also played some lovely attacking football and never stopped for the full 60 minutes.

A strong start from the throw in from Anna Kearney helped get All Saints on the board early and Sianeese Maybin scored a couple of great points to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Catriona Quigley along with Kearney and Roisin Ward were keeping the Saints forwards busy, wining possession at midfield and delivering quick ball into the willing forwards.

With Kelly, Maybin and McAleese linking well Saints should probably have been further ahead but amongst the scores there was also some wasted opportunities. The second half continued in the same vein with the Saints half back line winning possession time and again and starting some lovely counter attacking football.

The scores were harder to come by though and St Galls defended superbly at times to force the Saints forwards to recycle and show some patience which they did to keep the points coming. Young Lucy McGuigan was introduced for All Saints and got her name on the scoreboard within 60 seconds with a well taken point.

 On the night it was A good solid display by the All Saints girls, Brianna Cushenan had a really impressive outing in goals with secure handling and accurate kick outs. The defence was secure throughout with the 2 Molly’s and Niamh McMahon keeping things tight at the back.

A strong midfield showing meant the forwards had lots to work with on the night and Emma Laverty and Cara Hackett also got through a lot of work in the half forward line turning the ball over on numerous occasions.

 Maybin, McAleese and Kelly linked well and got some lovely scores but will know they also had a few opportunities that went begging.

All Saints: Brianna Cushenan Molly Brady Niamh McMahon Mollie O Brien (Aine Kearney) Wiktoria Babuszewska Sinead McLaughlin Katie Connolly(Captain) Anna Kearney Catriona Quigley Emma Laverty (Celine Hasson) Laura McAleese Cara Hackett(Lucy McGuigan) Roisin Ward Marnie Kelly Sianeese Maybin

Battling Clann naGael go down to experienced Glenavy


St. Josephs 7-15  Clann naGael 3-6

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Clan na Gael travelled to Glenavy for an U14 game against a very experienced Glenavy and turned in a battling performance against a St. Joseph’s side who had too much knowhow in the end for the Eire Og-St. Patrick’s combination.

It was the visitors who drew first blood when Clodagh Holmes pointed them ahead early in the game but St. Josepjh’s replied as Aiobheann Monaghan fired over three points in succession before Katie Cassidy got in for the game’s opening goal.

A great goal by Clodagh Holmes for the visitors gave Clann naGael  a lift as they continued to battle with great enthusiasm against a very experienced Glenavy side containing a number of county players.

By half time the Chapel Hill girls had moved 3-10 to 1-2 ahead with the excellent Aiobheann Getting the second Glenavy goal and Jessica Hotchkiss the third and Monaghan, Anna Rice and Hotchkiss accounting for the majority of their points and Erin McMullan replying with a great point for the combination side.

Aoibheann Monaghan went on to add a second half hat-trick for the home side and Jessica Hotchkiss got another as the greater experience and team work saw them run out fairly convincing winners in the end but it doesn’t tell the whole story or do justice to a very promising Clan naGael side for who Aoife Rice, Lauryn Gourley, Erin McMullan, and Clodagh Holmes were outstanding.

McMullan and Gourley weighed in with second half goal for the ‘Gaels’ who will take a lot of positives out of this contest and will undoubtedly go on to better things if they keep working at their game.

Glenavy are a well organised and skilful outfit who had no weaknesses on this occasion with Anna Rice, Jessica Hotchkiss, Aiobheann Monaghan, Aoibh O’Hare and Katie Cassidy their outstanding performers on the night.

St. Josephs: 1 Aoife Mooney, 2 Aoife McCrory, 3 Lydia Grant, 4 Meabh Culliton, 5 Olivia Mulholland, 6 Jessica Morgan, 7 Enya Agnew, 8 Anna Rice, 24 Jessica Hotchkiss, 10 Aiobheann Monaghan, 11 Aoibh O’Hare, 12 Katie Cassidy, 13 Rachel Duffy, 14 Caoimhe McCartan, 15 Summer McCallin, 17 Sian McNamara, 18 Katie Smith, 20 Niamh McDowell

Clan naGael: 1 Aoife Rice, 2 Emer Firth, 3 Emer Kilmartin, 4 Eve McCormick, 5 Lola Devlin, 6 Beth Cartland, 7 Anna McCusker, 8 Niamh George, 9 Grace Ferris, 10 Erin McMullan, 11 Lauryn Gourley, 13 Sophia Doherty, 14 Clodagh Holmes, 15 Maria McLorinan, 16 Jessica Mulholland, 17 Orlaith Boyle, 18 Gabi Hamilton, 20 Sarah McCabe, 21 Jessica Shanley, 22 Emily McCusker, 23 Isabella Fay

McLaughlin hat-trick paves way for Glenavy win

Ladies LGFA Leasgue division 1

Glenavy 4-10 Moneyglass B 1-5

A superb hat-trick by county player Grainne McLaughlin in the opening 21 minutes paved the way for a Glenavy win over Moneyglass B in the ladies LGFA Division 1 at Chapel Hill. McLaughlin looked to have opened the scoring in Glenavy’s first attack but her shot tailed just wide but it wasn’t long before the talented number 11 adjusted her sites.

The St. Joseph’s girls went ahead as McLaughlin pointed but Moneyglass served notice of their intent when they hit back to take the lead through their best forward, Aine Scullion who fired over in the 7th and 12th minutes.

That would be the only time the visitors led with Glenavy responding with a great team goal from Grainne McLaughlin and she went on to add two more majors to leave her side leading 3-3 to 1-2 at the break, Helen Morgan and McLaughlin the St. Joseph’s point scorers and the St. Ergnat’s goal coming from Gemma Laverty in the final minute of the opening half.

Moneyglass were battling to keep in touch and as the second half got under way the impressive Aine Scullin pointed to give them renewed hope but Glenavy replied in devastating fashion with Helen Morgan firing home their fourth goal with only two minutes gone.

Enya Carey replied with a point for the visitors but the momentum was now very much with the Chapel Hill girls as they hit the next four points through Grainne McLaughlin 0-2, Helen Morgan and Lilly Curran to move 4-8 to 1-4 ahead by the 17th minute and it looked all over at this stage.

Emily McCoy in the Moneyglass goal pulled off a superb save to deny the home side as they began to turn the screw and Natasha O’Neill and Grainne McLaughlin added points for the home side either side of a point from the excellent Scullin for the visitors to conclude the scoring.

Glenavy: 2 Lilly Curran, 3 Cathy Scannell, 4 Geraldine McCann, 5 Mary McStravick, 6 Megan McGarry, 7 Aideen McCambrige, 8 Meabh Bradley, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Bronagh Forrester, 11 Grainne McLaughlin, 12 Cara McGarry, 13 Orlatrh McClinton, 14 Eileen Morgan, 15 Orla MacLeod, 16 Orlagh Mullin, 17 Courtney Murray, 18 Ciara McCorry, 19 Eva Cafolla, 20 Ruby McKenna, 22 Grace McCallum, 23 Ciara McLaughlin, 24 Grainne Fallon, 25 Emma O’Neill

Moneyglass: 1Emily McCoy, 2 Enya Carey, 3 Geraldine Campbell, 4 Ciara O’Boyle, 5 Cara McKeefry, 6 Saoirse McErlain, 7 Niamh Neeson, 8 Alicia Boyd, 9 Niamh McKeefry, 10 Gemma Lavery, 11 Danielle Connolly, 12 Aine Scullin, 13 Michelle Mullin, 14 Anna McCann, 15 Marie Dobbin, 18 Anna Griffin, 19 Nicole Cassidy

Antrim see off Donegal to reach league final

LGFA Ulster Minor League – Round 5

Donegal 2-3 Antrim 4-21

Antrim proved much too good for Donegal in this Ulster Minor league round 5 game, played in Ballybofey today to qualify for the final against Cavan, the only team to have beaten them in the league section. The young Saffrons dominated for nearly all of the game and were well on their way to victory when they led 1-10 to 1-1 at half time.

Aisling Mulholland pointed them ahead after five minutes but Donegal came back with a goal from Aobha Pasoma in the 8th minute to take the lead.

This score spurred Antrim into life and they responded with points from Blaithin Ni Cathail, Robyn Murray, Ailbhe Kane, Aoibhin Cosgrove, Maria O’Neill, Aileen McDonnell, Ailbhe Kane again and Laura Kane 0-2 to lead 1-10 to 1-1 at Half time, their goal coming from Maria O’Neill in the 22nd minute and Aoibhe Doohan getting the Donegal point.

After the break Antrim continued to call the shots and never looked like letting the Tir Connaill girls back into the game as they added points from, Aisling Mulholland, Robyn Murray, Ciara Maguire, Ailbhe Kane and Alyssa Davidson.

Donegal finally managed to open their second half account as their best player, Aoife Doohan scored her second point in the 42nd minute but the impressive Kane fired home Antrim’s second goal with 8 minutes remaining.

Ciara Maguire followed with another to put the game well out of the reach of Donegal but to their credit the home side kept going and were rewarded with a late goal from Pasoma that only served to put a better look on the scoreline.

Antrim now meet Cavan in the decider and will be keen to avenge a defeat to the Breffni girls early in this year’s campaign and on the evidence of what they showed today and last week against Tyrone, they are quite capable of reversing that earlier Cavan result.

Donegal: 1 Aislin Ni Gallachoir, 2 Abigail Temole Asouka, 3 Aoibheann Doherty, 4 Abbie McGranaghan, 5 Hannah Hopkins, 6 Aoibheann McGarrigle, 7 Sophie Murphy, 8 Holly Rocry,9 Erin Gallen, 10 Clodagh O’Connor, 11 Aoife Doohan, 12 Niamh Harkin, 13 Louise Doherty, 14 Aobha Pasoma, 15 Emma Neeson.

Antrim: 1 Emily McCoy, 2 Erin Duffin, 3 Broghan Crossin, 4 Cora Leonard, 5 Aisling Mulholland, 6 Aileen McDonnell, 7 Carla McKenna, 8 Raichael Mulholland, 9 Suibhne Gibney, 10 Robyn Murray, 11 Maria O’Neill, 12 Sarah Fyfe, 13 Aoibhin Cosgrove, 14 Ailbhe Kane 15 Blaithin Ni Cathail, 18 Aine Kelly 19 Gabby Monaghan, 20 Laura Agnew, 21 Ciara Maguire, Agnew, 22 Alyssa Davidson, 24 Aoife Kelly

Good start to the season for new manager O’Kane

LGFA Division 1

St. Paul’s 3-04. Moneyglass. 4-13

New Moneyglass manager Charlie OKane will be happy with his team’s performance last night as they overcame the challenge of old adversaries, St. Paul’s at Shaw’s Road.

The sides couldn’t be separated during an opening half which saw them tied at 1-4 to 1-4 at the break but the visitors stepped up their game considerably after the break to push on and win convincingly.

It was St. Paul’s who made the early running and Fionnghuala Rocks, Aine Turbity and Rocks again pointed them into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead by the third minute and at this early juncture everything was going the way of the home side.

Things changed dramatically when Aine Devlin got in for a Moneyglass goal after six minutes and points from Orla Prenter, team captain Cathy Carey and Ciara O’Boyle moved them three in front by the 12th minute.

St. Paul’s regrouped however and Aine Turbity pointed before Hanna Doherty fired home a penalty in the 25th minute to edge them one in front.

A point from Orla Prenter in the 30th minute tied the contest at half time and left it all to play for in the second half.

There was little between the sides during the opening half but whatever Charlie O’Kane said to his charges at the break seemed to have an immediate effect as play resumed for the second half.

Maria O’Neill moved them two in front by the 9th minute and when Cathy Carey got through for the visitors second goal in the 11th minute things had swung decisively in favour of the St. Ergnat’s girls.

With their defence closing down the St. Paul’s attack with Sarah ONeill, Aoife Kelly, Emma Louise McAreavey and Rebecca Bradley giving nothing away the momentum was very much with the visitors as Aine Devlin pointed before Orla Prenter finished to the net for their third goal in the 15th minute.

A goal from Mairead Cooper in the 18th minute threatened a St. Paul’s comeback but instead brought an immediate reply from St. Ergnat’s as Orla Prenter fired over three points and another from the excellent Cathy Carey had it well sewed up by the 30th minute.

The ‘Hoops’ kept battling to the end and an injury time goal from Niamh NicIonnrachtaig put a better look on the final scoreline but it was too little too late with the Moneyglass girls setting the early pace and deserving winners on the night.

St. Paul’s: Aisling Healey, 2 Gemma McGroarty, 3 Emma Kelly, 4 Naoise Burns, 5 Rebekah Hemsworth, 6 Maria Hanna, 7 Caoimhe Stewart, 8 Stacey McCann, 9 Aine Turbity, 10 Niamh Ritchie, 11 Hannah Doherty, 12 Niamh Nic Ionnrachtaig, 13 Mairead Cooper, 14 Fionnghuala Rocks, 15 Emer Rocks, 18 Niamh Matthews, 19 Brianna Coyle, 20 Emile Duffy, 21 Sian Burke, 22 Nicole Kelly,

Moneyglass: 1 Anna McCann, 2 Enya Carey, 3 Emma Louise McAreavey, 4 Saoirse McErlain, 5 Danielle Connolly, 6 Sarah O’Neill 7 Aoife Kelly, 8 Cathy Carey, 9 Laura McCann, 10 Alica Boyd, 11 Maria O’Neill, 12 Aine Devlin, 13 Ciara O’Boyle, 14 Orla Prenter, 15 Bronagh Devlin,

Referee: Ray Matthews (Rossa)