Young Shamrocks win the Brendan McGarry Cup

Brendan McGarry Cup – Under 11 Hurling Championship

Loughgiel: 3-7(16) Cushendall: 0-5(5)

Loughgiel won the Brendan McGarry Memorial Cup when they beat Cushendall in the final of the Under 11 Hurling Championship at Loughgiel on Sunday.

After and early exchange of points between Loughgiel’s Joe Casey and Cushendall’s Oliver Mooney, Loughgiel came strongly with points from Cahir McCloskey, Joe Casey and Cody McGarry, which were followed soon afterwards by a Cody McGarry goal from a free to go 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 14 minutes. Cushendall finished the first half strongly with a point from Eoin Lorcan Bradley and two from Brian McNeill to leave just a goal between the side at the end of the first half.

The second half started in similar fashion with Joe Casey getting a point in the first minute, but just as in the first Cushendall found a quick reply as substitute Ruairi Delargy pulled one back from play.

That was as good as it got for the visitors however as Loughgiel finished strongly with goals from Conor Connolly and Cahir McCloskey, plus points from Connolly and Casey to wrap up the victory.

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Loughgiel: 1-22  Cushendall: 0-5

County champions Loughgiel breezed through to another final when they beat Cushendall in their final round robin game at Slemish Park Ballymena on Sunday. Another comprehensive win by the champions who also had the added good news that their star forward Rosin McCormick is on her way back from a bad ankle injury. The county star has been out for a couple of months now but came on the second half and got her name on the scoresheet with three late points.

Katie McKillop and Lucia McNaughton put the Shamrock two ahead after nine minutes, but Dervla Cosgrove responded with a pointed free for Cushendall a minute later. However during the next ten minutes Loughgiel were dominant, and added six points from play, three from Caitrin Dobbin and one each from Katie McKillop, Annie Lynn and Lucia McNaughton to put themselves in control. Two more Dervla Cosgrove frees kept Cushendall within touch but a Katie McKillop goal stretched the gap out to eight, though Cosgrove added another point from a free in first half injury time to leave seven between the sides at the interval.

The second half was all Loughiel as they added seven more points in a row, all but one of them from play, as Lucia McNaughton (4), Christine Laverty, Anna Connolly and Katie McKillop found the target. Sine Woodhouse got Cushendall’s only score of the second half on 49 minutes, but Loughgiel hit another seven in a row, three of them from the returning Roisin McCormick.

Loughgiel will now play Dunloy in the final in two weeks’ time

Lazarus like comeback sees Aghagallon through

Northern Switchgear SFC Semi-Final

St. Mary’s Aghagallon 3-10 Casement’s Portglenone 0-18

St. Mary’s Aghagallon produced a Lazarus like come-back, not once but twice, to earn their place for the second year in succession in the Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship final. An Adam Loughran goal, four minutes into time added on in the second period of extra time broke the brave hearts of Casement’s Portglenone who could be forgiven for wondering just what they have to do to reach a final

Twice the Bannsider’s looked to have this one wrapped up, first when they led by 0-12 to O-7 after 56 minutes of normal time but Ruairi McCann seemed to get the final touch to a long dropping ball from Eunan Walsh with two minutes of normal time remaining and Adam Loughran and Gareth Magee struck late points to send the game into extra time.

It was Casement’s Portglenone who looked the much better side in the first half and they took the lead through a Paddy Kelly free in the 5th minute. Kelly would go on to add four more in the opening half and points from Michael Hagan, Niall Delargy and a great individual effort from Oisin Doherty put them in a strong position as the half time whistle sounded when they led 0-8 to 0-4.

Gareth Magee 0-2, Ciaran Maginnis and Ruairi McCann shared the Aghagallon first half scores but last year’s beaten finalists were finding their scores hard to come bye with the Casement’s defence mopping up nearly everything that came their way.

Things continued to sway the way of the Bannsider’s as Dermot McAleese with a great point on the restart and Michael Hagan from a free moved them six ahead after only 6 minutes and it took 10 minutes for the opposition to find a response.

Eunan Walsh fired over a great long range effort and Gareth Magee pointed a 35th minute free but Caolan Tierney replied for the ‘Ports’ to move them five ahead again by the 47th minute. Walsh with another massive effort and McKeever for Portglenone exchanged further scores to keep the gap at five with only four minutes of normal time remaining.

It looked done and dusted at this stage but the Portglenone defence failed to deal with a long delivery from Eunan Walsh and McCann applied the finish to close the gap to two with Adam Loughran and Magee’s late effort sending the game into time added on.

The momentum at this stage seemed to be with the St. Mary’s side but it was Portglenone who started the first period of extra time as they had the first half of normal time with points from Oisin Doherty and Ronan Kelly before Aghagallon responded with their second goal of the game.

Ruairi McCann applied the final touch after his side produced a quick, flowing attack, moving the ball through their hands at pace and McCann provided the finish as he took an inch perfect pass from Eunan Walsh.

Portglenone regrouped and points from Paddy Kelly and Oisin Doherty saw them ahead at the break when they held a slender 0-16 to 2-9 lead, and when Ronan Kelly and Paddy Kelly pointed frees on the restart they looked on their way to a first final since 2007.

Things got even better for John McKeever’s side when Jonathan Hannon got his marching orders following an off the ball coming together with the umpires drawing referee Sean Laverty’s attention to the incident, but three minutes later Portglenone substitute Paddy Carey was shown ‘Black’ as he dragged down an opponent.

A Gareth Magee pointed free closed the gap to two with the clock ticking down to the allotted time but there was still injury time to play when Ruairi McCann rescued a Hail Mary free that appeared to be going wide and Adam Loughran collected his pass before firing through a crowded goalmouth.

Hearbreak for the Casement’s who looked to be in control for long periods of the game and wild scenes of celebration for Aghagallon and their supporters who never gave up when things seemed to be going against them and they now look forward to a second successive final where they will meet Erin’s Own, Cargin in two weeks-time.

Aghagallon: 1 Damian O’Hagan, 22 Pauric Maginnis, 3 Daniel Donnelly, 4 Ciaran Maginnis, 5 Eunan Walsh, 7 Jack Lenehan, 8 David McAlernon, 23 Daryl McAlernon, 10 Padraig Gowdy, 11 Adam Loughran, 12 Jonathan Hannon, 13 Gareth Magee, 14 Ruairi McCann, 15 Niall McShane, Subs used: 9 Oisin Lenehan, Pat Brannigan, 24 Marc McAfee, 25 Enda McCartan, 16 Gabhan Baine

Subs: P Brannigan for S Devlin (h/t), 24 for Hannon (38), G Baine for P Gowdy (54)

Portglenone: Ryan O’Neill, 2 Kevin O’Kane, 19 Shane Delargy, 4 Ronan Delargy, 5 Caolan Tierney, 6 Dermot McAleese, 7 Ryan Convery, 8 Niall Delargy, 9 Niall McKeever, 10 Ruairi Hagan, 11 Michael Hagan, 14 Conal Delargy, 22 Paddy Kelly, 24 Michael Kelly. Subs used:  Ciaron McKenna, Stephen Kelly, Ronan Kelly, Johnny Convery.

Subs: C McKenna for C Delargy (40), S Kelly for R Hagan (58), R Kelly (0-1 free) for M Kelly (61), A McAleese for M Hagan (68), J Convery for R Delargy (75), P Carey for C Tierney (79)

Referee: Sean Laverty (Moneyglass)

Kelly goal turns it St. Gall’s way

U17A Minor Football quarter-final

All Saints 0-6 St. Gall’s 1-6

A Seamie Kelly goal just before half time turned this U17A football championship game at Quinn Park in favour of St. Gall’s who went on to produce a strong second half performance to beat All Saints at Quinn park on Sunday.

The home side edged the opening half exchanges and Archie McGreevey 0-2, Darragh Bradley and Calon O’Neill put them in a strong position when they led 0-4 to 0-1 as half time approached. The St. Gall’s point came from Liam Lynn before Kelly struck with the only goal of the match to leave it all square at the break.

Dubhaltach Crawford edged St. Gall’s ahead for the first time on the restart but points from Aodhan McGarry and Lewis Devlin restored the All Saints lead by the 9th minute and they appeared to be gaining the upper hand.

It was to prove All Saints final score though they had several opportunities to add to their total but reluctance to shoot coupled by some sterling defending by the visitors defence kept them scoreless for the remainder of the game.

St. Gall’s finished strongly with points from Ethan Walsh, Manus McCrossan (f), Padraig Murray and McCrossan from play and now move forward to the semi-finals where they will be joined by Glenravel, who had a good win over Moneyglass, Cargin who defeated St. Paul’s and St. Brigid’s who had five points to spare over Aghagallon

Late McCann goal seals Cargin’s semi-final passage

U17A Minor Football Championship quarter-final

Cargin 3-13 St. Paul’s  2-08

A 56th minute goal by mid-fielder Charlie Mc Cann was to prove a defining factor in securing passage for his side into the semi-final of the U17A football championship where they will meet St Brigid’s at the same venue in two  weeks-time.

St Paul’s made a quick getaway from the start traps with an Oisin McCann pointed free in the 4th minute.

The Shaw’s Road side could have enjoyed a bigger lead at such juncture but were denied a goal by a fine save from Daniel Mc Cann.

The Cargin keeper defied the incoming winger in his efforts to find his net and was to make several more grand saves over the course of the hour.

The home side were on terms a few minutes later as Jack Harney was on hand to punch a Jack O’ Neill cross over the bar before back to back whites raised in turn by Conhuir Johnston and Callum Gribbin ensured a 0-03 to0-01 advantage for the home side.

St Paul’s having started with a spring in the step took the lead by the 12th minute as the nimble Shea  Burns added a point and when he followed up with a goal shortly after they were 1-01 to 0-03 ahead.

The home side did not dally long in arrears however and the impressive Conhuir Johnston converted three frees before adding another form play, despatching a long range effort over the bar in the 22nd minute to ensure a 0-07 to 1-01 advantage at the 22nd minute.

The visitors replied as the opening period moved towards completion and back to back points by Lorcan Philips reduced the deficit before Conhuir Johnston punished an indiscretion when he despatched the award between the posts to ensure a 0-8 to 1-03 interval lead.

Having taken a few minutes to get the proverbial show on the road in the opening period Cargin were not to dally in the second and they had extended advantage within a couple of minutes as Conhuir Johnston bagged a 3d minute goal to increase the Cargin advantage.

Central defender Ben McLarnon added a point to the home sides total and then Ciaran McPeake placed Jack O’ Neill and he finished to the back of the net to ensure a 2-09 to 1-04 advantage.

St Paul’s really needed to find response but the home side continued to dominate as Conhuir Johnston added a point after another foul on himself to continue a trend established early in play.

St Pauls replied with back to back points from Lorcan Philips and T Enright but

Callum Gribbin and Conhuir Johnston replied at the other end but the city lads were awarded a penalty following a foul on Garrett O’ Comhaill and Enright stroked the award into the corner of the net.

The home side responded and Charlie McCann made a strong advance on the left win after receiving from Ciaran Mc Peake and his delivery ended up in the net and the Toome lads looked on the road to the semis.

St Paul’s did add a couple of points in the latter minutes but the last score fell to Conhuir Johnston when he despatched a 59th minute free between the posts to ensure a place in the semi-final.

Cargin: Daniel Mc Cann, Eoin Scullion, Hugh O’ Donnell, Patricks Matchyk, Ciaran Mc Peake, Ben Mc Larnon (0-01), Cahir O’ Boyle, Charlie Mc Cann (1-00), Cian Scullion, Jack Harney 0-01), Conhuir Johnston (1-10), Patrick 0’ Neill, Jack 0’ Neill (1-00), Diarmuid Quinn, Callum Gribbin (0-03)

Subs:

Carl Mc Cann for D Quinn

S Hazard for J O’Neill

St Pauls: Oisin Clarke, Diarmuid O’ Sullivan, Ciaran 0’Neill, Tiernan Munce, Barrie Burns, Oisin Mc Cann (0-01), Niall Mc Kenna, Eoin Mc Greevey, Oisin Casey, T Enright (1-02), Conal Devlin, Garret 0’ Comhain (0-02), Shea burns (1-01), Lorcan Phillips (0-04)

Referee: Kevin Parkes (St Enda’s)