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)

Dominant Antrim record good win over Tyrone

LGFA MINOR League

Antrim 2-8 Tyrone 1-2

Antrim management of Sarah McCann and her coaches Marty Kane and Anna McCann have set their sights high this year and with a talented squad at their disposal they took on Tyrone on Sunday at Musgrave Park.

Their confidence in their side looked a little misguided in the opening quarter as visitors Tyrone shot themselves into an early lead and appeared set to upset the Saffron applecart. They got off to a flying start as Clodagh Munroe shot to the Antrim net in the 7th minute and when Rhianne Monaghan and Olivia McGuinness added unanswered points by the 13th minute the young Saffrons looked in trouble.

Slowly they settled however to get on top in the second quarter with Laura Agnew finally opening their account with a point in the 20th minute and further points from Suibhne Gibney, Ciara Maguire and an injury time point from Maria O’Neill left them trailing by the minimum as the half time whistle sounded.

Could Tyrone start the second half as they started the first? The answer was an emphatic no as Antrim continued where they had left off before the break.

A Ciara Maguire goal in the 40th minute gave them the lead for the first time and it was a lead they would not lose as they went on to totally dominate the second half.

Maria O’Neill, Blaitin Ni Cathail, Aibhe Kane and Ni Cathail again added points to move the home side five ahead with nine minutes remaining and when Aibhe Kane fired home their second goal it was all over.

Robyn Murray added a point to complete a thoroughly competent performance from the girls in Saffron who now play Donegal in Ballybofey next Saturday and on this performance they look capable of giving anyone a run for their money

The first quarter was a slow start for the Antrim girls. They looked hesitant but after the first water break they looked a different team.  They had strong runners breaking up the pitch with Blaitin NI Cathall setting up some good scores along with Anna Mulholland and Eileen O’Donnell.  

Maria ONeill and Aoife Kelly combined well going forward with their attack producing some great scores while their defence closed shop after a shaky start with Sarah O’Neill dominant in this department.

Antrim: Emily McCoy, Saoirse McErlain, Niamh Ritchie, Broghan Crossin, Aileen McDonnell, Carla McKenna, Laura Agnew, Suibhne Gibney, Aine Kelly, Blaithin Ni Cathail, Alyssa Davidson, Aoife Kelly, Maria O’Neill, Ciara Maguire.

Tyrone: Ameilie Coyle, Aine Quinn, Olivia McGuinness, Rhianna Monaghan, Beth Jones, Aoibhinn Daly, Clare Pinkerton, Leah Martin, Emma Conroy, Aine Stein, Emer McCenny, Aine Grimes, Clonagh Munroe, Mya Williamson, Aine Heggarty.

Fermanagh storm blows Antrim off course

Ladies LGFA

Fermanagh 2-11 Antrim 2-8

Antrim suffered a surprise defeat to a new look Fermanagh side in horrendous conditions in Irvinstown on Sunday. The game had been switched to the Bawnacre 3G pitch after the original venue was deemed unplayable and it is a credit to both sides for the fare served up in the unwelcome elements.

Antrim started their campaign last week with a good win and were expected to add Fermanagh’s scalp after the Erne girls had lost to Leitrim in their opening outing but things didn’t quite go to plan.

The swirling wind made scoring difficult, but Fermanagh were first out of the starting traps and raced into 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 20th minute, aided by the elements. Antrim seemed to have weathered the early storm and debutant, Michelle Magee, fired to the roof of the net having snapped up a quickly taken Cathy Carey free.

Fermanagh though responded well, rattling over five points in the run up to half time, Antrim just adding a single Carey pointed free to leave the visitors trailing 0-8 to 1-2 at the interval.

With the elements now in their favour Antrim began to take advantage on the restart and two Cathy Carey points followed by an Aine Devlin goal, where she lobbed the goalkeeper from distance, saw them hit the front with only four minutes of the new half gone.

Fermanagh found a response however and replied with back-to-back Eimear Smyth goals, the first from the penalty spot to lead 2-9 to 2-4 by the three quarters stage.

Antrim pushed hard in the closing stages but a well organised Fermanagh defence stood tall as conditions deteriorated to the extent that the referee called a two minutes halt as blinding hailstones lashed down.

The Antrim woes were compounded when they lost midfielder, Aine Tubridy to a Red Card late in the game and it was Fermanagh who pushed on to take the points.

Antrim can have few complaints about the result. They were missing midfielder Lara Dahunsi and lost centre half back, Saoirse Tennyson to injury after only nine minutes but never really managed to stamp effective authority on the game at any stage.

Tubridy had been one of their better performers along with Michelle Magee, Cathy Carey and Maeve Mulholland.

Antrim; Anna McCann; Emma Louise McAvearey, AislinMcParland, Niamh McIntosh; Duana Coleman, Saoirse Tennyson, Maeve Mulholland; Cathy Carey, (0-5, 2f), AineTubridy; Grainne McLaughlin (0-1f), Aine Devlin (1-0), Molly Woulahan; Claire Emerson, Michelle Magee (1-1), Orlaith Prenter. Subs; Sarah O’Neill for S. Tennyson (inj.) 9m; Maria O’Neill for M. Woulahan HT; Julie Curran for A. McCann HT; Ellie Murphy (0-1) for G. McLaughlin 38m; Maria McKenna for E. L. McAvearey 48m; Caitlin Teggartfor O. Prenter 48m; Eimear Matthews for C. Emerson 56m. Red card; A. Tubridy 60 + 2m.

Fermanagh; Megan Maguire; Eimear Keenan, Andrea Gordon, Sarah McCarville; Sarah-Jane Jones, Brenda Bannon, Shannan McQuade; Molly McGloin, Blaithin Bogue (0-3); Niamh McManus, Cadhla Bogue, Sarah Britton; CliodhnaMcElroy (0-2), Eimear Smyth (2-5, pen, 4f), Elaine Maguire. Subs; Edel Woods for N. McManus HT; Leanne Murray for E. Maguire 50m.

Referee; Anthony Marron (Monaghan).

Opening day win for Antrim girls

Ulster LGFA U16 Football League

Antrim 3-4 Tyrone 1-8

Antrim produced a strong second half comeback to defeat Tyrone in the opening day of the Ulster U16 Football League in Belfast today. They trailed by 1-6 to 0-2 at half and looked in trouble but the young Saffrons finally came to life and a goal from Lisa Wilson, two minutes into the second half set their comeback alight.

It was visitors Tyrone who made the running early in the game and points from Aoife Quinn, Ella McCaffery, Shauna Teague and the impressive Quinn again had them 0-4 to 0-0 to the good after 19 minutes.

Cora Bellew finally got the Saffrons on the scoreboard with a point in the 23d minute but Tyrone responded with a point from Hannah Cavlan and a goal from Catherine Mohan to take control with Antrim’s only response, a late point from Orlaith Johnston.

Antrim needed a good start to the second half if they were to take anything from this game and Lisa Wilson ignited the comeback flame when she finished to the Tyrone net, two minutes into the second period.

This score lifted her side and they struck with a second goal in the 4th minute from Keela McAllister and suddenly the momentum was all with the girls in Saffron as Tyrone looked shell shocked.

It got even better for the home side when Maria McNally broke though for a point in the 38th minute to level the contest and Antrim were now playing with a drive and confidence which was sadly lacking in the opening half.

Antrim took the leads for the first time when Nicole Munce got forward from defence for a point but Tyrone finally found a response and Ella McCaffery split the posts in the 45th and 47th minutes to restore their lead.

It was still anyone’s game as both sides battled for ascendancy but it was Antrim’s Orleigha McGuinness who became the Antrim hero when she got through to rattle the Tyrone net for the third time and it was to prove the game’s final score.

Great start for Antrim Minors

Ulster Ladies MFL

Antrim 3-8 Monaghan 0-5

Antrim got their Ulster Minor League of to a blistering start when they proved too strong for old adversaries Monaghan at a cold and wet Dunsilly on Saturday. The young Saffrons made the running right from the start and put themselves in a strong position by the first water break when they led 1-6 to 0-2.

Antrim won possession from the throw in and Carla McKenna won a free before placing Maria O’Neill for the game’s opening point with the visitors attempting to respond but the Farney girls were wide with a couple of efforts.

Blaithin Nic Cathail then won possession for the home side before being fouled and she took the free herself to extend the Antrim lead to two while at the other end the Antrim defence were giving nothing away as they repelled a number of Monaghan attacks.

Nic Cathail added another point for the Saffrons to extend their lead to four and as the home side begin to dominate Aoife Kelly won possession before placing Maria O’Neill who blasted to the net in the 12th minute to put her side in total control.

Aine Kelly added a point after intercepting the Monaghan kick-out as Monaghan try to respond through the excellentEabha Sherry and Holly McQuaide but Sherry attempt is blocked down by a determined Antrim defence with Blaithin Nic Cathail replying with a point at the other end to extend the Antrim lead.

Monaghan continued to battle and were rewarded for their efforts as Katie Sherry’s kick-out was collected by Kerrianne Walsh who found Holly McQuaid and McQuaid fired over to leave her side trailing 0-2 to 1-6 at the first water break.

As the wind picked up in intensity Eábha Sherry looked like adding to the Monaghan total but her shot tailed wide and it was Antrim who responded in devastating fashion as Carla McKenna won possession before finding Maria O’Neill who placed Ailbhe Kane for Antrim’s second goal.

Playmaker O’Neill then turned to scorer as Aoife Kelly made a timely interception before racing forward and placing her St. Ergnat’s colleague for her second and Antrim’s third major of the half with a late McQuaid point for Monaghan leaving it 3-6 to 0-3 for Antrim as the sides switched ends.

As conditions continue to deteriorate with the rain starting to fall both sides battled for possession at the start of the second half and an interception by Aileen O’Neill saw her race forward before finding Maria O’Neill who rounded her marker and fired home but the score was ruled out for a ‘square-ball’ infringement.

 Monaghan keeper Katie Sherlock was injured in the build up to the disallowed goal but recovered after treatment and showed no ill affect as she resumes to save a Maria O’Neill penalty but her side had a mountain to climb as they went into the final quarter.

Eabha Sherry extended the Antrim lead from a pointed free at the start of the final quarter as Aoife Kelly, who was prominent for the Saffrons, limps out of the contest to be replaced by Caoimhe Finucane.  

The scores dried up at this stage with a late point from Maria O’Neill concluding the scoring and the Antrim management will be happy with their sides opening day performance and the young Saffrons look to be in rude health going into this year’s campaign.

Antrim: Emily McCoy, Niamh Ritchie, Sarah O’Neill, Broghan Crossin, Aoife Kelly, Aileen McDonnell, Carla McKenna, Ana Mulholland, Suibhne Gibney, Aine Kelly, Maria O’Neill, Blaithin Ni Cathail, Lura Agnew, Aibhe Kane, Alyssa Davidson. Subs: Caoimhe Finucane for Aoife Kelly

Monaghan: Katie Sherlock, Roisin Lennon, Tara Renaghan, Tara McArdle, Hanna Haughey, Abi Caralon, Kerri Anne Walsh, Leah Connelly, Laura McGeown, Holly McQuaid, Sarah Tierney, Shannon Murphy, Aine McQuaide, Eabha Sherry, Niamh Flannagan