Lámhs stage late fightback to defeat Davitts

ACHL Division Three

Davitts 0-16-2-12 Lámh Dhearg

Kevin Herron reports from Davitt Park  

Lámh Dhearg rallied in the second period to fightback from six-points down at the interval and beat Davitt’s 2-12-0-16 at Davitt Park on Wednesday evening.

The hosts benefited from the advantage of the strong breeze in the opening half and Chris Gallagher landed seven of his sides 0-13 points. 

Fionn Mervyn’s red card may have proved a stumbling block for Lámh Dhearg- who fell five behind in the aftermath. 

But they regrouped, battled back and then hit the front at the third time of asking late-on. Joe McCaffrey kept Declan Lynch’s penalty at bay, blocked the follow-up and was finally beaten from a deflected shot in quick succession. 

Davitt’s failed to recover from the late blow and finished with 14-men themselves as Canice Mooney departed in injury-time of a fantastically contested derby. 

Davitts’ hit the front from the throw-in as the ball was quickly recycled to Marcus Toner to float over the opening score. 

Daniel Murray replied from a free and Odhran Waldron then curled a shot over the bar to give the Hannahstown side a 0-02-0-01 lead. 

The hosts were back on terms through a Stephen McGivern point and forged ahead for the second time thanks to a converted 65’ from Chris Gallagher. 

Gallagher was almost inch perfect from frees all evening, converting back-to-back placed balls before adding another and one from play; in-between points from Stephen McGivern and Thomas Maguire which had the home side 0-09-0-02 ahead. 

But with 17 minutes on the clock, a stroke of fortune had Lámh Dhearg back within reach when Declan Lynch’s free spun against the breeze and dropped into the net over Joe McCaffrey to make it 0-09-1-02. 

Jamie McNally notched up the next score and a further free from Chris Gallagher followed, but Daniel Murray then converted two frees of his own in response. 

Davitt’s would head in at the interval with a six-point advantage, Gallagher brought his personal tally to 0-07 with his fifth free of the half and Marcus Toner added to his early score to give their side a 0-13-1-04 lead. 

Despite playing against the swirling elements, it was Davitt’s who registered the opening score of the second period, again it was Chris Gallagher who continued to punish the visitors from frees. 

Gerard Smyth dropped a shot over at the other end and Ciaran Boyd then won the resulting puck-out and returned it over the black spot as the Lámhs were on a roll. 

A converted Daniel Murray free followed imminently and Odhran Waldron landed a magnificent score from range to cut the deficit to three (0-14-1-08). 

Although they had the momentum the visitors were dealt a blow when referee Paul McDonnell spotted a confrontation and issued a red card to Fionn Mervyn. 

Davitt’s pulled two-points further clear as Chris Gallagher reached double figures for the evening, converting a free and then landing a 65’ in the aftermath. 

The 14-men from Hannahstown responded however, Declan Lynch played a short free to Waldron to float the ball over and the Kilkenny native converted a free to bring it back to a three-point game.

Declan Lynch steadies himself before striking a vital free

Declan Lynch then landed a long-range free as the game ticked towards the conclusion with the pendulum swinging. 

With little over a minute remaining Sean-Paul Gibson was chopped down in a promising position and referee McDonnell signalled for a penalty. 

Lynch seized responsibility for the opportunity to give his side the lead for just the second time. 

However, Joe McCaffrey thwarted the initial effort and then kept a second effort at bay in the scramble that ensued. 

But at the third time of asking Lynch saw an effort deflected to the net by a Davitt’s player as Lámh Dhearg went 2-11-0-16 ahead. 

The player count was evened up in the aftermath with Canice Mooney shown a second yellow-card. 

Declan Lynch doubled his sides advantage from a free, but a tense finale played out as Davitt’s pursued a goal that would win the game. 

They thought they would have the opportunity when a high ball was flighted into the path of Marcus Toner- who looked to be on his way to goal- though the silother spilled from his possession and the visitors did enough to hold on for the two-points and make it back-to-back league victories.

Davitts: J McCaffrey, O Gorman, M Rowntree, A McLaughlin, C Gallagher (0-09, 0-06f, 0-02 65’), T Maguire (0-01), J Park, P Carleton, D Mooney, J McNally (0-01), C McKee, M Toner (0-02), R McIlroy, O Persson, S McGivern (0-02). Subs: C Mooney for J McNally (21), A Rowntree for O Persson (47). 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, B Rice, T McKenna, D Lynch (2-02, 1-02f), P Mervyn, R Diamond, C Boyd (0-01), F Mervyn, O Waldron (0-04, 0-01f), D Murray (0-04f), E Murray, G Smyth (0-01), SP Gibson. Subs: N McGarry for E Murray (50). 

Referee: Paul McDonnell (Rossa)

McCrudden’s goal is the difference at Hannahstown

Homefit ACFL Division One 

Lámh Dhearg 1-12-0-12 Naomh Éanna 

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

An early goal from Terry McCrudden proved decisive as Lámh Dhearg edged out Naomh Éanna 1-12-0-12 at Hannahstown on Sunday afternoon. 

The sides couldn’t be separated the midway point as the hosts battled from behind against the strong wind. 

Naomh Éanna were far more effective in front of the posts- following a 0-04 return in their midweek clash with Cargin-but ultimately, they fell narrowly short of claiming a share of the spoils. 

The visitors hit the front early-on through a converted free from Odhran Eastwood. The game’s opening goal was the next score to arrive with little over five minutes on the clock. 

Conor Murray played a diagonal switch to Declan Lynch and he in turn slipped the ball into the path of Terry McCrudden to slot past Paddy Flood and make it 1-00-0-01. 

The gale force wind on Black Mountain was favouring Naomh Eanna in the first half and they took advantage with Conor McAuley swinging over a fantastic point and Fionn Nagle claiming an advanced mark- which he converted to draw parity. 

Ruairi Scott dropped a 45’ over the bar to ensure his side regained the lead they possessed early-on, and Donal Walsh then kicked a magnificent point to double their advantage. 

The Lámhs first point of the half arrived courtesy of Conor Murray- who bustled his way into the shooting zone and popped a shot over. 

Scott doubled his account for the half with a fine effort from the outside of the boot that sailed over in the breeze. 

Lámh Dhearg responded positively and kicked three points on the spin to edge back in front. Declan Smith did well to keep Terry McCrudden’s shot from passing the end-line; before cutting in and firing over, then Terry McCrudden swung over the equaliser following great work from Padraig Mervyn. 

McCrudden swooped in and picked up a loose ball which led to Conor Murray guiding a high shot over to give the Hannahstown side a 1-04-0-06 lead. 

But Naomh Éanna restored parity before the break through a second Odhran Eastwood free of the half to send the sides in level pegging at midway.

The visitors regained the lead within 60-seconds of the restart, Fionn Nagle showed his impressive fielding skills, claiming a second mark of the afternoon and making no mistake with the conversion.

Padraig Mervyn surged forward and kicked with composure to level and the sides traded further scores in the aftermath through Odhran Eastwood (free) and an advanced mark by Conor Murray. 

Lámh Dhearg hit the front again when Terry McCrudden tried to pick out the run of Ben Rice, only for Conor McAuley to fist the ball over his own bar in an attempt to cut out the danger. 

Declan Lynch then landed back-to-back scores, the first from play and a second a converted mark with substitute Owen McKeown swinging over another to make it four scores without reply and give the hosts a 1-10-0-09 lead. 

Odhran Eastwood’s first point from play narrowed the margin with just over ten minutes remaining. 

Naomh Éanna’s task was made harder when Donal Walsh was black-carded, and they had to endure the final ten minutes a man light. 

The final four scores of the contest were evenly traded, Terry McCrudden converted a free that was replied to by a fisted point from substitute Callum Morgan. 

Ben Rice kicked a tremendous point with Eastwood also finding an impressive score in response as Lámh Dhearg ran out 1-12-0-12 winners at the conclusion. 

Lámh Dhearg:  J Finucane, A McAufield, M McGarry, R Murray, B Rice (0-01), P Mervyn (0-01), D Smith (0-01), C Hannan, D Lynch (0-02, 0-01m), N McGarry, S Tully, C Maxwell, T McCrudden (1-02, 0-01f), C Murray (0-03, 0-01m), S McManus. Subs: O McKeown (0-01) for N McGarry (HT), D Dunne for C Hannan (37), E Matassa for C Maxwell (41), R Diamond for S Tully (41), A Byrne for D Smith (52). 

Naomh Eanna: P Flood, F Eastwood, M McNamee, C Maxwell, C McAuley (0-01), C Lyttle, R O’Neill, M Morgan, R Scott (0-02, 0-01 45’), C Thompson, O Eastwood (0-05, 0-03f), G Crossey, D Walsh (0-01), F Nagle (0-02m), C Morgan. Subs: P Doran for F Nagle (46), Callum Morgan (0-01) for Cormac Morgan (51). 

Referee: Mark O’Neill (Armoy)

Lámhs return to winning ways after tough test in Ahoghill

Homefit ACFL Division One 

Ahoghill 1-09 – 0-14 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Ahoghill 

Lámh Dhearg returned to winning ways in the league but were pushed all the way by Ahoghill in their 0-14-1-09 win in South West-Antrim on Wednesday evening. 

The hosts trailed by five-points and survived a few early second half scares before Colla McDonnell found the games only goal. 

It wasn’t enough to earn the Clooney outfit their third win of the season as the Lámhs claimed their first victory since the league’s resumption after Easter. 

Lámh Dhearg settled quicky and were off the mark through a converted mark by Shaun McManus. 

Terry McCrudden then slipped a short pass across to Niall McGarry for a simple conversion but at the other end, Fionn Mervyn needed to be alert to cut out Neil O’Connell’s fist across to the back post. 

The visitors increased their lead as Ben Rice coolly clipped the ball over the bar, prompting an immediate reply from Thomas McGlone- who strode forward and picked off a score. 

Carl Maxwell kicked a terrific point to re-establish his sides three-point advantage again and after a tenacious press in attack- Stephen Tully forced a turnover, which led to Terry McCrudden swinging over his second point of the half.

The remainder of the half largely saw the sides trade score for score, James O’Connell found the run of Colla McDonnell to narrow the margin- only for Terry McCrudden to convert a free at the other end. 

The next two scores were courtesy of the McGarry’s -Conor reduced the deficit for Ahoghill with an angled score, only for Niall to send over a tremendous point for the visitors and make it 0-07-0-03. 

Ronan Graham swung over a free and Colla McDonnell was slipped through on goal in the aftermath by Donal Graham, but he put too much welly on his shot, and it rose over the bar rather than under- none the less- his side were within two-points of restoring parity. 

A fisted Conor Murray point was replied to by an excellent James O’Connell point and just before the break Declan Lynch swivelled and opted for a point to give his side a 0-09-0-06 lead at the midway juncture. 

Lámh Dhearg started the second period on the front foot with Carl Maxwell shooting over his second of the evening and then turning provider for a Declan Smith point. 

The hosts goal led a charmed life in the early stages of the half after a flurry of goal chances went astray. 

Stephen Tully played the ball through to Conor Murray, but he dragged an effort agonisingly wide of the far post. 

Murray again went close after a fantastic move which saw Tully swing the ball to Declan Lynch, a fist from the midfielder guided it into Murray’s path – but Noel Crossey made an outstanding save to keep the ball from hitting the net. 

They were opportunities that the visitors would come to rue as Ahoghill found a goal of their own after 36 minutes. 

It was a well fashioned move that saw Donal Graham find the run of Conor Paul Crossey, he then switched to Conor McGarry and he found Colla McDonnell to fire a low shot to the net and make it 0-11-1-06. 

Conor Murray responded with back-to-back points, the first he shot over on the turn after Ben Rice dropped the ball into the danger area and Murray then fisted over after Declan Lynch’s effort dropped short. 

Midway through the half Ronan Graham reduced arrears courtesy of a converted free and Conor Paul Crossey then squeezed a shot over at the near-post to leave two-points separating the sides going into the final ten minutes (0-13-1-08). 

Terry McCrudden conjured up a superb point from an angled free on the side-line as the clock reached the 60thminute and in the two minutes that were added- the hosts went in pursuit of an equaliser. 

John Finucane was forced to take decisive action in palming Daniel O’Neill’s floated ball into the area over the bar rather than out into the danger area and thereafter the full-time whistle sounded as the Hannahstown side returned to winning ways. 

Ahoghill: N Crossey, F Neeson, B Graham, P Dougan, E Graham, T McGlone (0-01), E Brady, N O’Connell, D O’Neill (0-01), J O’Connell (0-01), R Graham (0-02f), C McGarry (0-01), C McDonnell (1-02), D Graham, CP Crossey (0-01). 

Lámh Dhearg: J Finucane, F Mervyn, M McGarry, R Murray, B Rice (0-01), A McAufield, D Smith (0-01), C Hannan, D Lynch (0-01), C Murray (0-03), C Maxwell (0-02), N McGarry (0-02), T McCrudden (0-03, 0-02f), S Tully, S McManus (0-01m). Subs: C Nolan for F Mervyn (HT), A Byrne for A McAufield (38), Dunne for S Tully (50), SP Gibson for D Smith (60). 

Referee: Kevin Parke (Naomh Eanna)

Glenann Camogs make history

Glenann Primary Schools’ new jerseys proved to be a lucky charm for the young Camogs as their first outing saw the school clinch the North Antrim ‘A’ Cumann na mBunscol Camogie 7’s for the first time ever in the school’s history. The girls went through the entire competition unbeaten and came out on top vs. St. Joseph’s PS Dunloy in a keenly contested final.

Glenann PS who won the North Antrim ‘A’ Cumann na mBunscol Camogie 7’s for the first time when they beat Dunloy in the final at Loughgiel.

Smyth goal helps Lámhs to first Division Three victory

ACHL Division Three 

Lámh Dhearg 1-17-2-13 Glen Rovers 

Kevin Herron reports from Hannahstown 

Lámh Dhearg claimed their first league win since returning to Division Three after getting the better of Glen Rovers Armoy in a thrilling encounter at Hannahstown on Sunday afternoon. 

There wasn’t more than four-points between the sides at any stage of the afternoon with Owen Kinney’s first half goal briefly giving the visitors some breathing space. 

Although Lámh Dhearg battled back on a few occasions and a goal of their own through Gerard Smyth with five minutes remaining provided a platform for victory. 

A nervy finish did materialise when substitute Liam O’Hara netted with 60-seconds remaining, although the hosts collected their first two-points of the campaign after successfully seeing out the allotted time. 

The Lámhs were first off the mark through a Fionn Mervyn point early-on, though Thomas Burns struck a reply for the side that went into the day joint-top of the table. 

The opening half hour saw the sides almost shadow each other score for score. Shane Devlin was afforded an advantage and floated the ball over, only for Daniel Murray to convert his first free of the afternoon. 

Lámh Dhearg got their nose back in front when Gerard Smyth got underneath a Declan Lynch free from range and shot over on the turn, but parity was restored again when Emmet O’Hara got onto a loose ball, swivelled, and dropped the ball over to make it 0-03 apiece. 

The visitors regained the lead themselves thanks to a Ciaran Coyles score following a slick Colin Lordan switch. 

At the other end Ryan Diamond and Odhran Waldron played a one-two before Diamond sent a shot between the posts and levelled for a foruth time in the half. 

Declan Lynch dropped over a long-range point to edge his side 0-05-0-04 ahead- though Glen Rovers hit three unanswered scores to take command for the first time in proceedings. 

Following a PJ McBride point to level, back-to-back scores from Thomas Burns had the Armoy outfit two-points clear. 

Things could have got better for the visitors when Burns slipped the ball outside to Ciaran Coyles whose dipping strike from range was bravely met by Rhys Camlin in the Lámh Dhearg goal. 

A point from Odhran Waldron halved the deficit temporarily, but Glen Rovers hit the game’s opening goal three-minutes before the break. 

Trevor Linton scooped up possession in midfield and floated a high ball into the danger area where Owen Kinney pulled on the ball and fired it past Camlin to give his side a 1-07-0-06 lead. 

The hosts did respond well before the break with three-points on the spin, the first coming from Eamon Murray – despite running into danger. 

A Ryan Diamond effort from range followed and Daniel Murray then converted his second free of the afternoon to ensure that just a single point separated the sides at the interval (1-07-0-09). 

Lámh Dhearg were back on terms upon the games resumption with Odhran Waldron and Daniel Murray working terrifically to win back possession and Waldron steering over his second point of the contest. 

Eamon Murray then angled over his second point to edge the hosts back in front, although Armoy hit back courtesy of a converted Trevor Linton free. 

Further points were traded after Gerard Smyth landed a point on the turn and that was met by an instant response from Thomas Burns for his fourth point of the afternoon. 

Armoy were back ahead through a PJ McBride point and a further score from Thomas Burns doubled their advantage (1-11-0-12). 

A converted Daniel Murray free halved the deficit, but PJ McBride guided over his third of the afternoon and Trevor Linton sent over another free to ensure the visitors were a goal clear with little under a quarter of an hour remaining.

Declan Lynch dropped a long range free over the bar to start – what he hoped would be a revival for the Hannahstown side and Odhran Waldron then clipped another over shortly after to make it a one-point game. 

The scorers of the last two points then combined to conjure up an equaliser as Waldron fed Declan Lynch to pop the ball over and draw the sides level at 1-13-0-16. 

The crucial score arrived with little under five minutes remaining at Hannahstown and having looked down at out at one stage, Lámh Dhearg went a goal in front. 

Much of the credit must go to Declan Lynch who burst forward and dropped a ball into the danger area where Gerard Smyth flicked the ball past Conor Devlin and into the net to give his side a 1-16-1-13 lead. 

A foul on Niall McGarry then allowed Daniel Murray to send over his fourth free of the contest and it would prove to be the games insurance score. 

Glen Rovers were denied a quick response when Arthur Devlin played a high and hopeful free that Owen Kinney latched onto, but Rhys Camlin batted the ball to relative safety. 

Although the visitors went again, and Devlin sent another Hail-Mary into the mix and this time substitute Liam O’Hara swept the ball home to make it a grandstand finish at 1-17-2-13. 

Talisman Thomas Burns may have earned his side a share of the spoils with the game’s final opportunity, however his effort drifted to the left and wide as the Lámhs held out to claim their first league victory of the campaign. 

Lámh Dhearg: R Camlin, C Nolan, J Brady, M McGuigan, T McKenna, D Lynch (0-03, 0-01f), SP Gibson, C Boyd, R Diamond (0-02), D Murray (0-04f), O Waldron (0-03), F Mervyn (0-01), N McGarry, G Smtyh (1-02), E Murray (0-02). 

Glen Rovers, Armoy: C Devlin, Calum Coyles, S Devlin (0-01), J McFetridge, E O’Hara (0-01), A Devlin, L Dillon, PJ McBride (0-03), C McCormick-McKenna, T Linton (0-02f), T Burns (0-05), C Lordan, T McBride, O Kinney (1-00), Ciaran Coyles (0-01). Subs: E O’Boyle for T Linton (54), L O’Hara (1-00) for C Lordan (58). 

Referee: Lorenzo McMullan (Bredagh)