A tale of two halves, but Shamrocks come out on top

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A tale of two halves was the story at Clooney, Ahogill in the Doherty Wood Shavings Antrim Junior Camogie Championship as Loughgiel dominating the first scoring 3-10 to the homes score of 1-06 and Ahoghill fighting back in the second half scoring 3.06. In the end Loughgiel withstood the fightback to finally run out 5 point winners and advance to play either Rasharkin or Gortnamona.

Ahoghill got off to a great start with young Aine Graham firing to the Loughgiel net in the first 60 seconds. The visitors responded well to this initial setback firing over the next 6 points. Ahoghill responded through the stick of Maura Downey but the shamrock ladies were starting to find their stride with further points before Carla McGarry reacted quickest to score Loughgiels first goal. Kirsty McKendry also got in on the goal scoring act soloing through the home defense to fire home from 20 yards and just before the short whistle the visiting team scored their third goal through the stick of Rioghnach McNaughton.

Whatever Dermot Graham said to his team had the desired effect as the home team came out a different side in the second period. Two early goals through Aine and Noreen Graham closed the gap and put pressure on the Loughgiel side. Carla McGarry and Meadhbh McCormick responded with points for the shamrocks but the fluidity of the attack that was abundant in the first period was not seen in the second. Ahoghill closed the gap to a single point with another goal by Aine Graham with 10 minutes to go but Loughgiel finally found another gear and late points saw them run out 5 point winners.

A game in which the youngsters stood out, Carla McGarry for the visitors and Maura Downey for the hosts. Loughgiels firepower was also the feature of the game with all 6 starting forwards registering scores while Ahoghill relied mainly on Aine and Noreen Graham and the excellent Maura Downey to make inroads into the shamrock defense. Overall an excellent game of camogie played with great determination and heart, with very little between the two teams.

Meadhbh McCormick 0.08 (3F & 1 45) Carla McGarry 1.04 Kirsty McKendry 1.03 Rioghnach McNaughton 1.01 Cara McIntryre 0.01 Sarah McCloskey 0.01

O’Ciarain stars as St. Gall’s take the points at Milltown

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St. Galls 1-16 Tir Na nOg 1-8

Tomas O’Ciarain stole the show as St. Gall’s defeated visitors Tir Na nOg at Milltown on Sunday. The full-forward hit 1.11 of his side’s 1.16 total and proved a handful for the visitors defence throughout the hour.

Sean Duffin opened the scoring for the visitors when he converted a 2nd minute free but O’Ciarain replied with the equaliser with three minutes gone.

Kevin Sheerin edged the Whitehill side ahead once more from another free following a foul on Ciaran McKeown but again St. Gall’s were able to respond and Karl Stewart sent over the equaliser in the 14th minute.

The visitors were certainly holding their own at this stage as Kevin Sheerin pointed them ahead once more as he converted another free after being fouled himself.

It was the Milltown side who finished the half the stronger however as O’Ciarain hit four points to leave his side leading by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break, Tir Na nOg’s other point coming from Kevin McCann.

Indeed it could have been worse but Ruidi Graham pulled off an excellent save to deny Brendan Bradley what looked a certain goal.

O’Ciarain extended the St. Gall’s lead on the restart when he was on hand to scramble the ball over the line following a shot from Jackson McGreevey.

Tir Na nOg responded with another pointed free from Kevin Sheerin following a foul on Ciaran McKeown before Karl Stewart placed O’Ciarain for a St. Gall’s reply.

O’Ciarain was in fine form as he hit the next two points, one from play but again Kevin Sheerin split the posts in reply.

O’ Ciarnain and Colm Duffin exchanged further points and when Kevin McCann set up Pearse Sheerin for a goal in the 47th minute a Tir na nOg come-back looked on the cards.

It was as close as they were to get however with Jackson McGreevey replying for the Milltown men before setting up Anto Healey for another and Tir na nOg tagging on a late consolation point from Sean Duffin to conclude the scoring.

Tir na nOg, although well beaten in the end certainly had their chances in a game where some of the shooting from both sides was wasteful in the extreme.

The visitors hit 16 wides over the hour but their opponents weren’t a lot better in the shooting stakes, racking up 15. St. Gall’s hit 10 in the first half while Tir Na nOg hit 8.

While others were wasteful it was that man O’Ciarain who showed how scores should be taken as he fired over from every angle in a man of the match performance.

Kevin Sheerin once again top scored for the Whitehill side getting 0-4 of his side’s total with their goal coming from his brother Pearse Sheerin.

St. Gall’s: Tomas O’Ciarnan (1.11), Karl Stewart (0.1), Kieran McGourty (0.1), Justin McGreevy (0.2), Anto Healy (0.1)

Tir Na nOg scorers: Kevin Sheerin (0.4-4frees), Sean Duffin (0.2- 1 free), Colm Duffin (0.1), Kevin McCann (0.1), Pearse Sheerin (1.0)

St Gall’s

S O’Hare, P Fion, S Burle, S Morris, A Gribbon, J McDonnell, R Irvine, J McGreevy, A Hanaway, A Healy, P Friel, K Stewart, A McGourty, T O’Ciarain, B Bradley.

Tir na nOg:

Ruidi Graham: Stephen Carey, Tony Martin, Brendan Kerr: Conor Fitzgerald, Colm Duffin, Caoimhin Duffin: Sean Duffin, Emmet Martin: Ciaran McKeown, Pearse Sheerin, Ciaran Logan: Kevin Kerr, Kevin Sheerin, Rory Bonnes.




Photos of the week


Young Creggan fan Cillian McCollum pins his colours to the mast as he warms up during last week’s All County Football League game against Aldergrove. Pic by John McIlwaine



Cushendall goalkeeper Conor McAlister grabs a high ball during his team’s league win over Ballycran. Pic by Sean Paul McKillop

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Loughgiel’s James McNaughton goes above Slaughtneill’s Meehaul McGrath to win the ball during the McAuley Cup game in Armoy

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Action from Glenavy U16’s win over Rossa in the All County Girls Football League game at Chapel Hill. Pic by Bert Trowlen

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Stinson’s James McLarnon sends Aghagallon goalkeeper Luke Mulholland the wrong was from the penalty spot to get his team off to a great start. Pic by John McIlwaine

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The Premier Section! Young Rossa fans watch their team’s All County Football League game against Creggan at Rossa Park Pic by John McIlwaine


Brídíní Óga’s Laoisa McKenna makes a break during the Junior Feis Camogie semi-final against Ballycastle. Pic by Sean Paul McKillop

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Sean McKay celebrates after scoring Glenravel’s goal late in the first half of their Breslin Cup semi-final win over Aghagallon Pic by John McIlwaine


Aldergrove’s Conor Browning celebrates after scoring a goal during his team’s league game against Creggan. Pic by John McIlwaine


Gareth Magee (right) fires in Aghagallon’s third goal in his team’s league win over St Paul’s at Shaw’s Road

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From Waterford to Waterfoot! Former Waterford goalkeepr Clinton Hennessy shows his football skills as he kicks the ball over Oisin’s bar during the first half of Tuesday evening’s Junior Feis Shield in Waterfoot.


The joy of sport shows on the faces of the Derry players as they are applauded off the field by the Creggan and Aldergrove teams after their win over Antrim in last Sunday’s Special Challenge Match in Creggan. Pic by John McIlwaine