Flurry of goals kill off Aghagallon challenge

Reserve Cup Football Group 1

St. Gall’s 5-16  Aghagallon 0-13

St Gall’s swept St Mary’s aside in this Reserve Cup Group 1 game with a flurry of goals on a sun kissed evening in Milltown.

The first goal came just on the first water break when Conn Doherty received a pass in front of goal and he palmed it home. He repeated this just before half time when a “45” wasn’t dealt with in the Aghagallon defence. Other than the goals the first half was even enough with both teams taking their points, the highlights being a great solo effort by David McAlernon who caught the ball in mid field and soloed until he found his range and then everyone in green was delighted to see Chris Loughran get a point on his return to competitive football after a long battle with injury.

Half time 2:07 to 0:08

However, the hosts stepped it up a gear in the second half and Aghagallon had no answer. Brendan Bradley opened the scoring and he was instrumental in everything St Gall’s did in the second half notching up an individual tally of 1:04 but contributing to a lot more of the scores. With the upper hand St Gall’s confidence grew and their willingness to move for each other carved open chance after chance. 

Kevin Bradley got the third goal for St Galls, and Doherty got his own third straight after that, just on the second water break Brendan Bradley got his final score, winning the ball and driving the ball hard and low into the bottom corner of the net.

Aghagallon’s goal was scored by Anselm Henry who collected a Jonny Harbinson pass but it was merely a consolation.

St Gall’s

Louis Mc Cormick, Paul Loughran, Che Ferguson, Jack Hopkins, Ronan Gilligan (0:01), Caolan Chada (0:01), Lorcan Mc Ilroy (0:01), Kain Cruikshank (0:01), Cathal O Kane,

 Michael Hopkins (0:02 1f), Brendan Bradley (1:04 2f), Jarlath Mervyn (0:01), Oran Delaney, Conn Doherty (3:01), Kevin Bradley (1:01)

19 Oisin Crawford (0:02) For Cathal O Kane, 20 Conall Mc Cabe (0:01 1f) For Michael Hopkins 21 Kevin Goran 22 Ruairi Wilson for Jarlath Mervyn

St Mary’s

Damien O Hagan, James Crossey, Roland Mulholland, Jonathan Harbinson, Aaron Doherty, Chris Loughran (0:01), Chris Mc Grath (0:01), Niall Rogers, Callum Fitzpatrick,

Chris Henry, David Mc Alernon (0:01), Anselm Henry (1:02), Fintan Campbell (0:02), Ruairi Loughran (0:06 5f), Philip Tallon

Adam Shanks for Chris Henry, Daniel Hannon for Niall Rogers, Cormac Lavery for Philip Tallon, Joe Mc Alinden for Chris Mc Grath

Referee Rab Lappin (Lamh Dhearg)

In the other Reserve Football Cup played last night Lamh Dhearg edged out St. Enda’s at Hightown, Roger Casements recorded a resounding victory over Gort na Mona at Enright Park, Cargin defeated Creggan in Toome and Rossa had a resounding victory over Ahoghill in Clooney.

If anyone has a wee report on any of the games played last night, which we have not featured send it to ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk or john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk asap

Improvement from Aldergrove but St. Brigid’s prevail

Northern Switchgear

Senior Football Championship-Group 3

St. Brigid’s 1-17 Aldergrove 1-12

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

St. James Aldergrove were on the wrong side of a bad beating at the weekend when they went down to Erin’s Own Cargin but despite losing again on Wednesday night, they showed a big improvement at Musgrave Park against St. Brigid’s

St. Brigid’s lost their last outing away to Aghagallon and a win here was imperative if they were to retain hope of qualifying for the knockout stages and in the end their greater scoring power got them over the line.

It was nip and tuck throughout the opening half with a goal from the excellent Seamus McGarry in the 21st minute keeping the visitors in touch with Peter Webb, Ronan McGrady, Ethan Carelton and John Morgan prominent for the home side.

McGarry was causing plenty of problems for the St. Brigid’s defence and at half time the sides were level at 1-6 to 0-9 with all still to play for in the second half.

Aldergrove kept in touch with their opponents during the early second half exchanges with Kian Jones knocking over a couple of points but things took a turn for the worse when they had a player dismissed for a second bookable offence after ten minutes and slowly St. Brigid’s began to get on top.

Peter Webb brought his personal contribution to 0-4 with John Morgan, Ronan McGrady and Ronan Brolly all finding the target and when Brolly fired to the net in the 22nd minute the momentum was all with the home side who eased home winners by five points.

Peter Webb, Ronan McGrady, John Morgan and goal scorer, Rory Brolly were prominent for the Musgrave Park side while the Aldergrove Management will be pleased with their teams performance if not the result.

Seamus McGarry was again their go to man while young Kian Jones was another who continues to impress as the Grove finish their campaign this Sunday with a visit to Aghagallon and St. Brigid’s face a tough away test against unbeaten Cargin.

St. Brigid’s scorers: Ronan McGrady 0-7, Rory Brolly 1-2, Peter Webb 0-4, Ethan Carelton 0-2, James Morgan 0-2.

St. James’ scorers: Seamus McGarry 1-5, Kian Jones 0-5, James Trowlen 0-1, Corey Fogarty 0-1

Referee: Cathal McDermott (Tir na nOg)

Tír na nÓg Senior teams jersey presentations

This year Tír na nÓg have announced three new sponsors for their three senior teams. Due to lockdown restrictions the jersey presentations took place ahead of the three teams first league games.

Seamus Heffron of Heffron’s Bar Randalstown is the new Senior Football sponsor. Heffron’s Bar is a traditional family run pub serving up good food, drink and craic. Food is served daily from 12 noon. Call in on a Friday for steak night or on Sunday for a roast dinner. To book a table call 028 94473196

Emmett Martin of Martin Hurls is the new Senior Hurling sponsor. Martin Hurls is a friendly, family run business based on the outskirts of Randalstown. Specialising in the manufacturing of handcrafted hurling and camogie sticks of all sizes from a child’s first hurl to the established, senior player. Gifts, souvenirs and novelty hurleys are also available from Martinhurls.com

Finally John Shannon of Sx3 Construction is the new sponsor of the Senior Camogie Team. Shannon Site Solutions Ltd T/A Sx3 is a family run construction and civil engineering business. For all enquiries please contact 02894070458 or info@s-x3.co.uk Tír na nÓg would like to express their gratitude to all three new sponsors. We encourage our members to support our club sponsors.

Hurling: Senior Players; Ryan O’Neill & Ciaran Logan with Club Chairman Dessie O’Neill and Sponsor Emmett Martin.

Football: Senior Players; Caoimhin Duffin & Barry McCormick, Senior Football Manager Ronan Rocks with Club Chairman Dessie O’Neill and representatives of Sponsor Seamus Heffron- Shannon & Tara Heffron.

Camogie: Senior Players; Aine & Bronagh Devlin and Susan Shannon, Senior Camogie Manager Nicky Bonnes, Club Chairman Dessie O’Neill and Sponsor John Shannon with his son Kyran.

Lámh Dhearg Favourite 15 Hurlers

Our ‘Favourite 15’ hurlers feature has been interupted by the juggernaut of fixtures that has come flying down the track and our photographers and reporters have been out every night covering live games. We intend to complete the series as we did with the football ‘Best 15’ and today we look at Lamh Dhearg’s ‘Favourite 15’ hurlers.

A number of clubs have not yet submitted their ‘Favourite 15’ hurlers and we appeal to you to do so. Simply send it with photos, if you have them to john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk


Keeping consistency with their footballers so the Hannahstown selector decided to remain anonymous. The selector has a very close affinity and involvement with hurling in the club for over 30 years. He found it a very enjoyable but tough task as the club has produced many fine hurlers since its re-emergence in the mid 80’s. The selector was keen to stress it is his own personal selection and would be first to acknowledge and admit that his selection will generate much healthy debate among club members.

1 Gary Agnew [RIP]

A colossus of a goalkeeper. One of the best in the country. Failed get the recognition he deserved outside his club. He was a magnificent shot stopper, very brave and always marshalled his defence well and inspired them with confidence. 

2 Marty Collins. 

What a warrior. Wore steel toe cap rugby boots. Marty did not seem to feel pain. Aggressive, tenacious and a tight marker. 

3 Dan McGreevy.

Another warrior and a superb full back. Always reliable and efficient at full back. Never got ‘cleaned out’ by a full forward. Great in coping with high balls and hard as nails.

4 Paul Brunty.

Paul played in several positions but corner back was his best. He was a very skilful and technical corner back and super for long clearances relieving pressure of the defence.

5 Christy Tumelty.

Christy played in the forward positions throughout his underage hurling. He was moved to wing back during the last year in Div 2 and formed a very formidable half back line. He was physically strong, super under the high ball and a very gifted hurler.

6. Ciaran Herron.

What can be said about this guy. Would surely have won numerous All Irelands and All Stars if he had lived down south. He was such a top quality player as he had all the skills and such a positive attitude. A great captain who hardly spoke. He let his hurling on the pitch do the talking. Inspirational player and great reader of the game.

7. Brendan Herron.

Another fabulous player that formed part of this really good half back line. Had really silky skills and was tremendously mobile and fit. He made the game look so easy . Very commanding in the air and consistently good at scoring long range points. Another inspirational player.

8. Paddy Tumelty.

The best left handed hurler in the club. Paddy had a great engine and was a real driving force in midfield. He was really tenacious winning way more than his share of possession in the middle third of the pitch. He was also a great leader driving the team forward when things got tough.

9. Michael “Micko” Herron. 

Worked really well with Paddy in midfield. His skill levels, athleticism and intelligence enabled him to play in several positions but midfield is were his talents shone. An inspirational leader in the team. His team talk before the Cushendall match set the tone for the performance that followed. When he was U14 he scored two wonder goals against Gorey (Wexford). The legendary Billy Byrne couldn’t sing his praises enough. 

10.Gary Murray.

Another quiet man. Always played at wing forward. ‘Cuff’ was guaranteed to get scores. He was very capable striking of either side from distance and made hurling look easy. 

11. John O’Donovan.

 Father John was pivotal figure in the club in the late 80s. He was an inspirational figure with an enthusiastic personality and great presence.  He had that ‘Cork’ will to win and determination to succeed. He hated losing. He was a sublime hurler and really knew how to take scores. He was a huge loss to our teams when he was moved back home to Cork.

12. Brendan McComb. 

‘Reg’ was a very good ball winner across the half forward line. He had a great engine and was very capable of getting scores as well.

13 Kieran Stewart.

‘Stewarty’ was another hurler whose skill enabled him to play in several positions. He was a very intelligent hurler bringing others into play and getting valuable scores. He gave us valuable experience when we were promoted to Division 1 and was part of the intermediate championship winning team. 

14. Damien Kane.

‘Kaneso’ was really laid back and he seemed to take everything in his stride. He never seemed to get phased by anything. He hated training but loved his hurling. He had the most difficult stroke to hook or block as he always threw the ball high and he didn’t half hit it. His skills were unreal and a fantastic fielder of the sliotar. He always had a Mars bar in his pocket for his sugar levels. 

15. Kevin Elliot.

Kevin was a real maverick. He was a wizard with a hurl. You never knew what he was going to do next. He had that real gift of doing something special that you never saw coming. Very skilful and astute hurler and great eye for goal.

Others to mention and just missed out on the selection 

Raymie Herron

Captained the winning division 2 team and was at the forefront of the clubs push to play Division 1. Tough and tenacious defender and totally committed player.

Colm “Bruce” McKiernan

A very gifted forward with loads of tricks to get the better of defenders. ‘Bruce’ didn’t take any nonsense on the pitch either

Kevin Finnegan

Kevin played in the corner for years. He was very sharp and skilful and effective there and knew where the nets where.

Connor McConville.

‘Baby’ was a really tight physical and skilful  corner back. He effectively man marked many of the opposition sharpshooters.

 Eamon McGarry

Eamon was very under rated as a hurler as he was also an accomplished footballer. He played in midfield for many seasons. His  workrate , intelligent positioning and leadership were an integral part of those teams

Joe Doone.

Joe’s commitment to the hurling teams was unreal. He had to work so hard at maintaining his fitness levels to play senior but always his physical presence and skills were a great asset to the team and was a great target man . Versatile player as he played in goals and full forward.

1992 Minor Hurling Champions
1986 Junior Hurling Champions
2003 Intermediate Hurling finalists

Community survey – Gaeil na nGlinntí 2020

3 groups in the North Antrim Area have come together to survey interest in the Irish Language within their communities and help with the planning and promotion of Irish language and cultural events. Glór na Maoile, Dunloy Comhaltas and Gaeil Ruairí Óg organise Irish classes and activities throughout the year.

The survey is for people over 18 years old and takes about 5 minutes. All that is required is to fill in a short, simple form which is found at the link below

The groups under the name Gaeil na nGlinntí are seeking the assistance of everyone to ensure they achieve a representative sample of the various communities in the area.

Glór na Maoile, (which means Voice of Moyle) organise the community Irish classes group in Ballycastle and earlier this year organised a Céilí to celebrate the progress they have made so far.

CCÉ, Dún Lathaí / Dunloy Comhaltas organises classes and activities in Irish Traditional music, and Irish Language and Culture in all their forms.

The popular Cushendall group, Gaeil Ruairí Óg provide tuition and workshops across all age groups with many adults and children taking part in a wide variety of activities.

When the lockdown took place, Irish Classes continued via Zoom and very limited, socially distanced, activities took place.

These groups work with local and national Irish language and culture groups including Co. Antrim Comhaltas, local GAA Culture Officers , Conradh na Gaeilge / Gaelic League, Glór Dhál Riada (Ballymena) and Glór na nGael.

With the restrictions imposed on all of us by the pandemic it has been astonishing and inspiring that more than 400 people have already completed the survey. However, Gaeil na nGlinntí want to hear from everyone. A large response will improve the quality of the information received and enable Gaeil na nGlinntí to offer an improved service to the community.

Spread the word and ask your household, family, friends, neighbours and strangers to complete the survey at the link below.