Rossa too strong for plucky Faugh’s

Bathshack Antrim Senior Hurling Championship 

Rossa 3-31-3-18 Carey Faugh’s

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

2021 runners-up Rossa got their senior championship campaign off to a winning start after a 3-31-3-18 win over Carey Faugh’s at a sun-baked Pairc Rossa on Saturday afternoon. 

Aodhan O’Brien scored ten of his sides first half points and a goal from Dara Rocks saw them hold a 1-20-0-07 half-time lead. 

Thomas Morgan would fire home a second goal for the hosts early in the second period, before Carey hit 1-05 unanswered- their goal coming from Patrick Gillan. 

A third goal from James Connolly saw off the brave Carey renaissance, though the Faugh’s would end strongly with goals from James Black and Connor McBride ensuring they ended the day with 3-18 – a margin that would win many a hurling game. 

James Connolly had Rossa off the mark early on, but Connor McBride levelled through a converted free. 

The hosts always just about kept their noses in front in a tight opening as Aodhan O’Brien restored the hosts lead and would move them three-points clear, converting a free in-between a Dominic McEnhill point from range. 

Successive frees from John and Connor McBride had Carey back to within a single point and next two scores were traded from the same scenario as O’Brien and Connor McBride continued to offer proficiency from the placed ball. 

Rossa opened up a four-point lead with three scores on the spin for the second time. Eoin Trainor landed a fine point from range, Thomas Morgan cut inside and shot over and James Connolly laid the ball into the path of Adrian Kenneally to steer a shot high and over and make it 0-08-0-04. 

Confidence was with the Shaws Road outfit and another three scores made it six unanswered. 

Stephen Beatty combined with Aodhan O’Brien to land his second point from play of the half and fourth overall. 

He would register his third free moments later and Dara Rocks would later drop a high shot over the crossbar. 

Carey Faugh’s eventually responded in the form of a fourth converted free from Connor McBride. 

Aodhan O’Brien would match McBride’s personal tally from free’s with the games next score and the hosts pulled further clear when Dara Rocks took a pass off the shoulder from James Connolly and crashed a low shot into the corner of the net to put his side 1-12-0-05 advantage. 

Further scores from Michael Armstrong and O’Brien had the 2021 runners-up in firm control. Carey had relied heavily upon the free-taking of Connor McBride to keep in touch and eventually notched up their first score from play through Conlith McKinley. 

For the second time in the half; Rossa hit six-points on spin- Aodhan O’Brien claimed half of his sides six, adding another two-frees to his tally. 

In-between Seaghan Shannon, Dara Rocks and Stephen Beatty all contributed as they hit 1-20 before the half was over. 

Carey responded with Connor McBride landing his fifth free of the half, but at the interval it was one-way traffic as Rossa were 1-20-0-07 to the good and well on their way to two-points. 

Within three-minutes of the restart Rossa had claimed their second goal of the afternoon. Dara Rocks slipped the ball off to Thomas Morgan to powerfully finish past Daniel McBride in the Carey goal. 

Thomas Morgan added his sides second goal early-in the second half

Patrick Gillan landed a magnificent reply for the Faugh’s- though goal scorer Morgan added back-to-back points and O’Brien then converted his first free of the half and seventh overall. 

Carey kept the scoreboard ticking with Connor McBride adding his sixth converted free of the day and then striking his first from play with a superb, angled effort. 

Points were traded between Morgan and John McBride and although the visitors were 2-24-0-11 behind, they were beginning to find more joy on the scoring front.

A second Connor McBride point from play was followed by a converted free from range by James Black to make it three-points on the spin. 

Midway through the second half and the Faugh’s hit the net, James Black saw his shot come off the large post and Patrick Gillan was first to react- firing past Donal Armstrong to narrow the margins slightly.

John McBride notched up his third score of the afternoon as Carey’s purple patch saw them score 1-05 unanswered. 

Rossa got things back on track with a third goal on 48 minutes courtesy of a stinging drive from James Connolly that had them 3-24-1-14 up. 

Dara Rocks and Connor McBride traded the next two scores before Adrian Kenneally and Dominic McEnhill floated over points in quick succession. 

Conlith McKinley doubled his account for the afternoon and James Connolly replied from a free for Rossa as the hosts closed in on registering 30-points. 

The Faugh’s would finish strongly and restore some pride, James Black converted a free and a few minutes later another of his frees bounced and caught out Donal Armstrong to find the net and make it 3-28-2-17. 

Connolly landed a free in response, but Carey found a third goal when Connor McBride blasted home a free from 21-yards. 

Connor McBride 21-yard free squeezes into the net

Rossa landed their 30th point of the game through Eoin Trainor and sides traded the final scores through frees from Black and Connolly. 

Rossa: D Armstrong, C Boyle, C McGuinness, N Devlin, A Kenneally (0-02), M Armstrong (0-01), E Trainor (0-02), Seaghan Shannon (0-01), A Orchin, D Rocks (1-03), S Beatty (0-01), A O’Brien (0-11, 0-07f), T Morgan (1-04), J Connolly (1-04, 0-03f), D McEnhill (0-02). Subs: Stephen Shannon for M Armstrong (40), D Rogan for D Rocks (55). 

Carey Faugh’s: D McBride, E Hill, S McBride, D Hill, M McVeigh, J Black (1-03f), C McGlynn, S McLaughlin, C McBride, C McKinley (0-02), F McVeigh, J McBride (0-03, 0-01f), C McBride (1-09, 1-06f), C McCaughan, P Gillan (1-01). Subs: D Martin for M McVeigh (43 –49 blood sub), F McCarry for C McBride (47), J Mullan for P Gillan (49). 

Referee: Colm McDonald (St Galls)

Oisins get their first win

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

Oisins 0-17 Con Magees 1-9

Glenariffe got their first win of their Intermediate Hurling Championship campaign when the beat neighbours Glenravel by five points on Saturday in Waterfoot. Ten points clear with twenty minutues still to play, the Oisins only hit two more scores for the remainder of the game and had to withstand a fightback from their visitors. The Con Magees pulled the gap back to five at the end with a late Martin Scullion goal, but had they have had a free taker of the calibre of the Oisins Alex O’Boyle then the score could have been much closer.

O’Boyle had the Oisins three clear after just two minutes, two of them from frees and one from play, before Declan McAuley got Glenravel on the scoreboard in the fourth minute.

Points from Michael O’Boyle and Alex O’Boyle were answered by two from the Con Mages Sean McKay and Declan Traynor to keep the gap at three, but five on the trot from the homes side, four of them from Alex O’Boyle and one from David Kearney stretched the lead out to ten by the 25th minute. Sean McKay and Niall Donnelly pulled two back to leave just five between the sides, but Alex O’Boyle came back with another one from a free to give his team a 0-11 to 0-5 gap at the interval.

With the breeze behind them in the second half Glenravel restarted with a lot of hope but four points in a row from Conor Patterson, Alex O’Boyle (2) and Padear McDonnell stretched the home sides lead to ten. Ryan Lennon and Conleth O’Loan got their team’s first scores of the second half but they squandered some good chances of closing the gap. Alex O’Boyle ended a sixteen minutes spell for the Oisins with a pointed free, and though the Glenravel men finished strongly with a point from Sean McKay and a goal from the veteran Martin Scullion, it was too little to late

OISINS

Paul McMullan, Michael Haughey, Niall Murray, Daniel Kearney, Donal Kearney, Conor Patterson, Michael Gettings, Seanie McIntosh, Odhran Gillen, Oliver Kearney, David Kearney, Alex O’Boyle, Caolan O’Connor, Seamus McDonnell, Michael O’Boyle.

CON MAGEES

Ronan Donnelly, Caolan Mullan, Shane Woulahan, Brian O’Neill, Conleth O’Loan, Eoin McCusker, Michael McDonnell, James Duffin, Rian Lennon, Johnny Fyfe, Martin Scullion, Sean McKay, Declan McAuley, Niall Donnelly, Decan Traynor

Referee – Fiontann McCotter

Cuchullains cruise past the Town

Bathshack Senior Hurling Championship

Ballycastle 1-16 Dunloy 2-29

Saturday August 6

Brendan McTaggart reports from Pairc Mac Uilin, Ballycastle

Dunloy got the defence of their senior hurling crown off to a winning start on Saturday evening with a resounding victory over Ballycastle.  It was a commanding performance from the Cuchullains who had 11 different scorers over the hour and an impressive 2-22 coming from open play.

The home side set up defensively to deal with the attacking movement of Dunloy but they found the task of keeping them quiet too much on the day with all six starting forwards and two midfielders in green and gold getting their name on the list of scorers just after half time.

Anton McGrath scores his team’s first goal

Ballycastle showed plenty of spirit and despite a slow start they found their way back into the game in the second quarter, thanks largely to Diarmuid McShane’s goal but Dunloy tagged points over at will and second half majors from Anton McGrath and Conal Cunning allowed them to control the game at their own terms.

The Cuchullains opening to both halves proved to be the defining periods of this contest.  Nine of their opening 10 points came from open play by the 17th minute while they scored 1-8 in less time after half time.  1-7 of which coming from open play.  Dunloy were at times in irresistible form and playing like a side who wanted to avoid a potential banana skin result in Ballycastle.

Ciaran Clarke top scored for The Town with 0-7 beside his name, four of those coming from placed ball while Seamus McAuley and Conor Boyd also showed well for the black and amber.  They played direct ball into Tiarnan Butler on the edge of the Dunloy square and looked to live of the breaks but the Dunloy full back line were immense throughout and the majority of scores Ballycastle gained came from further out the field.

With 10 points on board in the opening quarter, Dunloy looked like they were going to run away with the opening half but Ballycastle found their rhythm in the second quarter and their goal giving them a timely boost before half time.  Joe McToal collecting the sliotar and driving at the Dunloy defence.  He passed square to take Ryan Elliott out of the game and McShane deflected the sliotar into the Dunloy net.  

Despite Dunloy’s overall dominance in the first half, their lead was reduced to four points at the short whistle, 0-15 to 1-8.

The Cuchullains regained their free scoring touch at the start of the second half, outscoring Ballycastle 0-8 to 0-4 before Anton McGrath’s goal in the 45th minute.  Ronan Molloy and Conal Cunning combining to release McGrath in front of Ryan McGarry’s goal.

Ballycastle had goal chances of their own, Tiernan Butler going close and bringing an excellent reflex save from Dunloy ‘keeper Elliott but any Ballycastle scores were answered in kind at the other end of the pitch, Dunloy dictating the game and Ballycastle running out of time in their search for answers.

Dunloy’s lead stood at 10 points when Cunning bagged Dunloy’s second major.  A piece of individual brilliance with the Dunloy man collecting the sliotar in the middle third and showing great pace to get clear of the Ballycastle tackles and sending the sliotar to the back of the net.  

The Town continued to look for goals and created an opening for Clarke but Elliott denied him at full stretch in the last minute of the hour.

An impressive opening day win for the Cuchullains who turn their attention to Carey at Loughgiel in two weeks time while Ballycastle entertain Rossa at Dunsilly on the same day.

Ciaran Clarke sends over a Ballycastle point

TEAMS

Ballycastle: Ryan McGarry; Mark McClean, Neal McAuley, Oisin McAuley; James McLister, Conor Boyd, Matthew Donnelly; Ronan Laverty, Seamus McAuley; Joe McToal, Cathal Connor, Diarmuid McShane; Tiernan Smith, Tiarnan Butler, Ciaran Clarke

Subs: Michael Dallet for C Connor (45); Lorcan Donnelly for D McShane (45)

Scorers: C Clarke 0-7 (4 f’s); D McShane 1-1; S McAuley 0-3; J McToal 0-2; T Butler 0-2; T Smith 0-1

Dunloy: Ryan Elliott; Oran Quinn, Ryan McGarry, Phelim Duffin; Aaron Crawford, Kevin Molloy, Eamon Smyth; Nicky McKeague, Deaglan Smith; Eoin McFerran, Gabriel McTaggart, Nigel Elliott; Chrissy McMahon, Conal Cunning, Anton McGrath

Subs: Ronan Molloy for C McMahon (8); Ciaran Elliott for E McFerran (50); Ryan McFarline for N McKeague (57); Paul Shiels for D Smith (57); Oisin Elliott for C Cunning (60)

Scorers: C Cunning 1-9 (6 f’s); A McGrath 1-1; E Smyth 0-3; D Smith 0-3; G McTaggart 0-3; N Elliott 0-3; N McKeague 0-2; E McFerran 0-2; A Crawford 0-1; C McMahon 0-1; P Shiels 0-1 (1f)

Referee: Patrick Tumelty (Lamh Dhearg)

 Cargin close in on Minor League title

U17 Football League Division One

St Mary’s Aghagallon 0-06 Erin’s Own Cargin 2-13

Following Sunday’s win over Con Magee’s, Glenravel, Cargin continued their relentless pursuit of the U17 football league title when they travelled to Aghagallon on Wednesday evening and returned home with an impressive win over the reigning minor champions.

The Toome side started on the front foot and scored half a dozen points in the opening ten minutes without reply and never looked in danger throughout the contest.

Conhuir Johnston raised a couple of white flags in as many minutes with Ben Mc Larnon and Carl McCann following suit by the 7th minute.

The home side were struggling in the early stages and Callum Gribbin and Conhuir Johnston added further points to leave them 0-6 to 0-0 ahead.

The home side opened their account in the in the 12th minute through Eoin Maginnis with Callum Mulholland adding another within a minute but that was as good as it was to get for the St Mary’s side as Cargin continued to dominate and further points from Conhuir Johnston, Cahir O’ Boyle, and a slick Diarmuid Quinn effort ensured a 0-09 to 0-02 advantage for the Toome lads at half time.

Aghagallon threatened in the early minutes of the second half but were unable to add to their total and although the visitors lost the services of mid fielder Charlie Mc Cann in the 31st minute back to back goals from Conhuir Johnston and Diarmuid Quinn ensured the visitors were on the way to victory.

Patryk Matchick paved the way for a Conhuir Johnston point with a foul on Carl Mc Cann opening the door for Cahir O’ Boyle to despatch the resultant free between the posts

 Replacement Fiontan Hardy then sent  Conhuir Johnston on his way to fire to the net in the 43d minute and when Diarmuid Quinn got on the end of a Callum Gribbin delivery to add another goal for the visitors the die was cast.

Connor Magill and Callum Mulholland replied with late points for Aghagallon but these were merely consolation scores as Cargin crossed the line convincing winners to retain top spot in the ratings.

Aghagallon: Joseph Mc Donald, Darragh Keighley, Chris Hannon, Ryan Mulholland, Keelan Gardiner, Aidan Brady, Conor Magill (0-01), James Mc Cormick, Eoin Maginnis (0-01), Sam Thomas, Callum Mulholland (0-03), Sean Gowdy, Michael Hamill, Ronan Crawford, Nathan Gowdy.

Subs

Garret Ramsey

Sean Mc Gavigan

Ronan O’ Connor

Cargin: Daniel Mc Cann, Patryk Matchyk, Hugh O’ Donnell, Eoin Scullion, Cahir O’ Boyle (0-02), Ciaran Mc Peake, Jack O’ Neill, Charlie Mc Cann, Cian Scullion, Jack Harney, Conhuir Johnston (1-06), Ben Mc Larnon (0-01), Carl Mc Cann (0-01), Diarmuid Quinn (1-01), Callum Gribbin (0-02)

Subs

Fiontan Hardy for C Mc Cann

Tom Mc Cann for J O’ Neill

Fintan O’ Donnell for D Quinn

Conleth Hamill for C O’ Boyle

Referee: S Toal (St. Patrick’s)

Antrim Camogs train at Kelly Park, Portglenone

Antrim Junior Camogs held their final training session at Kelly Park, Portglenone on Thursday evening, ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland final against Armagh in Croke Park. The girls were given a guard of honour by local junenile teams as the arrived on the pitch and spents some time signing autographs and getting photos taken before getting into the training session.

Dick McKeague presens a cheque on behalf of the Antrim Business Forum to the Antrim team ahead of the All Ireland final with Armagh at Croke Park on Sunday