The generosity of Antrim Gaels never ceases to amaze me. As you will know by now the Saffron Gael is constantly appealing for sponsorship, advertisers and donations in an effort to continue with a project we started two years ago in an effort to cover games extensively in the county and raise the profile of Gaelic games in Antrim.
Last week we celebrated our second birthday and in those two years we have had over 2.5 million views on the site, figures that tell us that we are widely read in the Antrim GAA community but also further afield.
We, ourselves are delighted with the product and your response to it. It has been time consuming, financially costly but very rewarding and it is the need to keep asking for financial assistance that both John (Curly) and I like least but one we unfortunately have to keep doing if we are to survive and grow.
It takes from £450 to £500 a week to keep the site going and unfortunately we have not reached anywhere near those figures to date but we are never the less delighted with the donations-sponsorship and advertisers who have weighed in behind us and we are hopefully getting there.
Last night I covered the Abbey Cup final between Cloney Gaels and St. Enda’s at Whitehill. The game ended with heavy rain and we had to go into the Tir na nOg indoor complex to do the presentation. After the presentation Chris McGlone of JM Coaches presented us with a sponsorship cheque.
Chris had just turned in a battling performance at right back for the Ahoghill side but at half time in the game he came to me to say he had a cheque for the Saffron Gael and to not go away after until he presented it and he was as good as his word.
JM Coaches is a family business, started by his father Jimmy who sadly passed away last year and was a regular spectator at Ahoghill where he once played. His sons Chris and Thomas have worn the red and black of Cloney Gaels for many years and are ardent followers of the Saffron Gael site.
To JM Coaches we send our thanks and if you need a coach or mini-bus for a function we would ask you to support them as we ask you to support all our advertisers and sponsors.
Friday 31st May
Thomas Devlin Car Sales under-12/14 Leagues
Erin’s Own Cargin 3-05 Con Magees Glenravel 3-02
All Saint’s Ballymena 1-03 St James Aldergrove 5-14
Cuchullian’s Dunloy 3-08 St Enda’s Glengormley 0-05
Tir na Nog Randalstown 3-00 St Joseph’s Dunloy 1-07
Erin’s Own Cargin 9-07 Con Magees Glenravel 3-02
All Saint’s Ballymena 5-08 St James Aldergrove 3-03
Cuchullian’s Dunloy 0-02 St Enda’s Glengormley 1-07
Tir na Nog Randalstown 3-04 St Joseph’s Glenavy 4-06
Kickham’s Creggan 5-13 St Comgall’s 2-00
Thursday 6th June
Abbey Cup (final)
Clooney Gaels v St Enda’s Glengormley
(Extra time if required)
(Friday 7th June)
Thomas Devlin Car Sales under-12/14 Leagues (6.45/7.50pm)
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Mary’s Aghagallon
St James Aldergrove v Con Magees Glenravel
Erin’s Own Cargin v All Saint’s Ballymena (under-12 only)
Tir na Nog Randalstown v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Enda’s Glengormley
Casement’s Portglenone v St Comgall’s Antrim
Sunday 9th June
Breslin Cup (under-16) at 7.30pm
Erin’s Own Cargin v Con Magees
Breslin Shield (under-16) at 7.30pm
St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Enda’s Glengormley
Casement’s Portglenone v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
All Saints GAC held a very successful ‘Big Breakfast’ in aid of the club’s U14 Hurling Feile weekend in Cork which will take place from Friday to Sunday of the coming weekend. The All Saints hurlers won the North Antrim and County B Feile for the first time this year and now go forward to represent the club and county.
They follow in the footsteps of the All Saints U14 footballers who won the Antrim Feile four years ago and went on to collect the All Ireland Feile title and the Saffron Gael wishes the U14 hurlers and mentors every success this coming weekend and will carry photographs and reports next week.
The club would like to thank all those who attended the big breakfast and donated so generously and the staff of the Old School café and volunteers who served the excellent food.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Feile fund should contact the All Saints club or do so through any committee or club member.
All County Football League Division 2
Davitt’s 0-9 Moneyglass 2-12
Pics by Dylan McIlwaine
A good start and a strong finish helped Moneyglass to a nine point win over Davitt’s at Falls Park on Friday evening. The South West side dominated the opening quarter and were 1-7 to 0-1 up, but Davitt’s slowly grew into the game and closed to within six at the break. The Falls Road men were on top in the third quarter when they hit five points to just one from Moneyglass to close to within two. It could have been even better for the Davitt’s, but for a couple of brilliant stops by the visitors goalkeeper Mark Carey and as the game wore on the St Ergnat’s men regained a foothold and a late goal from substitute Liam Brady saw them hone with a bit to spare.
That early run of scores by Moneyglass saw Patrick McCormack (2), Conal Prenter, Colum Duffin and Dermot McErlain fire over points, to add to Prenter’s early goal while Christopher Laverty got Davitt’s solitary reply. However a Sean O’Neill point settled the home side and when centre half back Declan Smyth added another a minute later they began to build as bit of momentum. They had further chances nearing half time and had a goal ruled out for a square ball infringement and just before the break O’Neill appeared to be in for a goal but Carey in the Moneyglass goal turned his well hit shot over the bar for a point.
Early second half points from Coamhan Slane and Declan Smyth got Davitt’s off to good start in the second half and though Conor Boyd replied with one for the visitors Niall Hughes, Danny Largy and Declan Smyth added to the Davitt’s tally to cut the gap to just two by the 42nd minute. Both teams were guilty of some poor shooting with Moneyglass particularly poor in that department but they seemed to have ended their scoreless spell on a high when midfielder Dermot McErlain volleyed the ball high into the Davitt’s net only for it to be ruled out as the whistle had already blown. McErlain pointed the free which got his team going again and he added two more soon afterwards while substitute Brady also chipped in. Sean O’Neill pulled a point back for Davitt’s from a free but Moneyglass were now back in control of matters and a point from Gavin Murray and a goal from substitute Liam Brady saw them safely over the line.