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 2018 Match Reports:

 O’Neill’s ACFL Division 1

Aghagallon 5-14 Glenavy 2-8

St. Mary’s Aghagallon claimed the bragging rights over neighbours, St. Joseph’s Glenavy with a comprehensive win in this first round win after the split in division 2B. Glenavy made the short journey to Pairc Na Gael in Aghagallon on Sunday afternoon in an effort to kick start the second half of their season on the positive with some much needed points and also gain some revenge from their earlier league defeat by the men in green. However, the Aghagallon men signalled their intent from the start and let the visitors know that nothing was going to be given away easy in front of their home support.

It was the home sidewho settled first and raced into a four point lead after 9 minutes with points from Ciaran Brady, Ruairi McCann, Gareth Magee and Eunan Walsh. The Glenavy men were having their fair share of possession in the opening stages but found the hard working St Mary’s defence hard to break down with multiple attacks being turned over from bringing the ball into the tackle. However, in the 10th minute they did create an opening when full forward Dominic Gallagher managed to turn his marker and strike the ball low across the goal, only to see his shot rebound of the post and back into play to his namesake Charles, who managed to evade the defender and send the ball over the bar to get them up and running.

Instead of spurring the Glenavy men on, it was St Mary’s who responded better for the next 20 minsutes, outscoring their opponents 3-3 to 0-1 to leave the orange men with a mountain to climb in the second half.

The first goal from Niall McShane after 21minutes who drilled his shot low and hard to the net and gave the men in green some just reward for their positive approach to the game. It was quickly followed up by another goal a minute later when some good defensive work from Paul Mulholland and Eunan Walsh forced a turnover inside the Glenavy half and the latter went on to support the attack and ended up firing past the helpless Donard Shannon in the Glenavy goals. This put some daylight between the teams and when a third goal was dispatched by Gareth Magee in the  27th minute after another Glenavy attack was foiled it seemed like the roof was caving in on them as they tried to see the half out to the short whistle and regain their composure.

HT Aghagallon 3-7 Glenavy 0-2

With a lot of work to do, Glenavy to their credit came out in the second half with a more positive attacking approach to their game to try and eat into the 14 pointt deficit. They took the game to their near neighbours and outscored their opponents by 1-5 to 0-2 in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 8 points. Goal scorer Fergus Cunningham and substitute Alex Gallagher were leading the frontline and trying to build a bit of momentum in the game.  In fact, if it hadn’t been for an excellent reaction save from the Aghagallon net minder Gavin O’Neill, who was able to deflect a Thomas Gallagher effort over the bar, the deficit might have been reduced to just 6six points with 15minutes remaining, which might have given the away support something to cheer for going down the home straight. As it happened, Aghagallon were able to regain a foothold in the game with Gareth Magee punishing any indiscretions by the Glenavy defence and a first point at senior level from substitute Adam Loughran stretching the lead back out to 11 points with six minutes remaining.

With time running out Glenavy tried to revert to the long ball into their forward unit in a final effort to get something from the game but the St Mary’s defence were once again equal to the challenge and were able to strike on the counter attack with another two well worked goals in two minutes from substitute Mark McAfee and the hard working Ruairi McCann. This was followed up with a collector’s item point from half back Paul Mulholland to finish off another good team move in what was a hard working team display in which they showed better composure and game management than their opponents.

The men in orange did get another goal at the death from midfielder James Gallagher, but it was scant consolation for them after a miserable afternoon, and now they must regroup ahead of their remaining four league fixtures as they try to hold on to their Division 1 status.



Fox and Henry goals secure Glenavy win

Minor Football League Division 2

Glenavy 2-22 Rasharkin 0-8

On a wind-swept Chapel Hill, St Joseph's minors took full advantage of the breeze scoring 6  points in a row with just 1 reply from shell shocked St Mary's Rasharkin. Glenavy midfielders Orrin McGarry and Sean Burke were dominating breaking lots of ball for half forwards Aran McGarry and Michael Kane to  hoover up and dispatch into the full forward line of Fergal Henry, Aodh ONeill and Paddy Fox. 8 different point scores in first half with corner backs and  half backs not letting forwards have all the glory . A great passage of play found Chris Grant driving forward and delivering a super pass to Fergal Henry who was one on one with a St Mary's fullback, he just  power past and buried it into the net. Great kicking out from Anthony OHare Glenavy keeper, his distribution started lots of their attacks with lots of movement off the ball and making full use of every blade of grass on a fantastic pitch. Paddy Fox took full advantage of his team mates hard tackling to  score a fantastic individual goal on the whistle for ht.

2-13 to 0-3 . The second half started  with St Mary's taking full advantage of the wind with lots of possession working the ball into good shooting range however, the dogged tackling of Glenavy full back line of Oliver Brankin, Chris Grant and Connor Mulholland made them rush some of their attends under the pressure. Glenavy where wasteful at times they needed to work the ball closer to allow for the breeze, their half back line drove them forward lead by captain Pearce O'Neill, Lorcan Nelson and Declan Doone provided good ball into the forwards.

Subs Anthony Gallagher, Sean McCambridge, Lorcan O Neill, Matthew Horner and Finn Malley all came on and worked tirelessly  for the team. To St Mary's credit they never stopped with worked courageously to the final whistle.

O'Neill's All County Football League Division One (round eleven)

O'Donovan Rossa 0-13 St Joseph's Glenavy 0-13

A late Thomas Morgan injury time point ensured the home side a share of the spoils against visitors Glenavy in the final round of games before the Division One split at a sun kissed Shaw’s Road on Friday evening.

This one most certainly was a game of two halves with visitors Glenavy completely men on top in the first half and indeed the four-point advantage they held at the short whistle probably wasn't a fair reflection of their dominance as the Chapel Hill side had attacked at pace and with purpose from the outset against a Rossa side devoid of ideas for the most part.

However if the South West side had the better of things in the first thirty minutes it was a Rossa who were on top in the second as they found their form from the outset moving the leather at pace and purpose and indeed they had their visitors on the back foot throughout and were possibly unfortunate not to cross the winning line in front. The Rossa men were off the blocks with some purpose but after Thomas Morgan opened their account with an early point the Glenavy men responded quickly with a similar score provided by Paul Treanor in the opening minutes.

However, it was the Chapel Hill side who were to assert themselves on the game in this opening period. Glenavy moved onward as a point from Cunningham saw them in front and then fellow corner-forward, Niall McCann checked in for the day with his opening score to put them three points clear.

Rossa's Oisin Mc Vicker was one clad in blue and gold to figure prominently in the first half and the big midfielder roared into the game when claiming a Glenavy kick out, dispensing with the mark and charging through to kick a fine score. Those fruitful moments were to prove  few and far between for the hosts in the opening half though, as the visitors' counter-attacking with pace-bound players in space and they proceeded to employ the scoreboard operator as Malachi Doherty (2) ), Cunningham and Fergus Cunningham added points to their total.

Rossa struggling to make much impact on their own sod rallied to the cause as Thomas Morgan nipped in to fist over the bar and then despite finding access less than easy Colin Mc Donald managed to make his way forward to add another shortly thereafter.

Thomas Morgan did have a chance at goal a few minutes later but the Glenavy net minder arrived to block the effort, and the home side were on the back foot again  as Patrick Gallagher and Nial Scullion collected points apiece at the other end..

Colm Fleming kept the hosts in touch with a pointed free, but back came St Joseph's as McCann and Cunningham replied with a point apiece to move the Lough shore men 0-10 to 0-05 ahead. Rossa having failed to find any semblance of rhythm for much of the opening period did have the last say on proceedings as Colin  Fleming kicked a late free to narrow the gap to four - 0-10 to 0-6 at the break to give them hope that could somehow engineer a momentum swing in the second half.

The home side opened the second half in the positive as the ever accurate Thomas Morgan kicked a free he won himself seconds into the thirty minutes  and when Stephen Beatty was hauled down inside  the area by Neil Scullion, the home side were awarded a penalty. In the event Colin Fleming's spot kick was brilliantly saved as former county net minder Donard Shannon going down to his left to deny Fleming and keep his team in front. Glenavy restored their four point advantage shortly afterwards as  Niall McCann sent between the posts but Rossa were beginning to gain in confidence and in the event looking much more positive in all sectors fighting for the breaks and looking a viable threat.

Thomas Morgan kicked a free and then added another from play after a swift break and with the gap reduced to a couple the home side were visibly gaining in confidence as the last quarter commenced. Glenavy's  Malachai Doherty halted  the revival when he clipped a 47th minute free between the posts but the setback was to prove temporary as a  Fleming reply in kind brought the gap back to a two. The gap was back to the minimum a couple of minutes later when Dominic Mc Enhill's effort was tipped over the bar by Donard Shannon when a goal looked likely.

Glenavy were now looking to hold on, but they hit what looked a big score on 52 minutes as on the break, they conjured up a goalscoring chance of their own only for Michael Byrne to make a fine stop, the ball falling kindly to Cunningham who popped the ball over. Rossa were soon back on the attack and McVicker played in Terry McGrath who did well to get to the ball that had a little too much on it, but his toe-poked effort was deflected out for a 45, from which the men in blue and gold produced a well-worked score through Chris McGuinness.

With the gap at the minimum Rossa looked like they were going to run out of time until Morgan burst through at pace to level and they almost engineered a winner moments later, but the attack came to nothing as the sides were forced to settle for a point apiece after a game both will feel they could, should have won.

ROSSA: M Byrne; M Smyth, C McGowan, J Cooley; N Crossan, C McGuinness (0-1), M McGreevy; S Beatty, O McVicker (0-1); C Fleming (0-3 frees), SP Donnelly, C McGettigan; C McDonald (0-1), D McEnhill (0-1), T Morgan (0-6, 2 frees). Subs: D Grego for C McGettigan (30), T McGrath for C McDonald (39).

GLENAVY: D Shannon; S McGirr, M Nelson, R Forester; E Henry, P Gallagher (0-1), M Doherty (0-3, 2 frees); J Gallagher, M Johnston; R Phillips, C Gallagher, N Scullion (0-1); N McCann (0-3), D Gallagher, F Cunningham (0-5). Black cards: N Scullion (35, replaced by P Treanor), P Treanor (57, replaced by C Crainey).

REFEREE: Paul Hughes (O'Donnell's)



Ten out of ten for Gort-Glenavy

With tremendous wins last week against Loch Mór (at home on Monday evening, 3.06 to 1.03) and against St Enda’s (away on Friday evening, 7.00 to 4.02), the amalgamated Gort na Móna and St Joseph’s Glenavy camogie squad now have only two matches remaining to be played in the U16C league, with the team currently sitting at the top of the league on 20 points, having won all 10 of their games so far this season.

The squad comprises 20 girls – twelve from Gort and eight from Glenavy – and is managed by Danielle Hughes, assisted by Gráinne O’Hare (Gort na Móna), and Colm Donnelly, assisted by Abi Murphy-Donnelly (Glenavy). The amalgamation was approved by the Antrim County Board at their AGM on Sunday 26th November 2017, following discussion and agreement between the two clubs, the girls, and their parents. For a group who hadn’t trained – let alone played – together as a team until five months ago their success to date has been impressive and huge credit for forging such a unified squad must go to the team’s coach James O’Brien (Gort na Móna), who has skilfully blended the two groups of girls into a single formidable unit, with a fine mix of experience and youth, led on the pitch by joint-captains Lauren McFarlane (Gort na Móna) and Rachael McAreavey (Glenavy).

Gort-Glenavy’s final two matches of the league campaign will be in July against All Saints Ballymena (away) and Lámh Dhearg (home).

O’Neill’s ACFL Division 1

 St. Joseph’s 0-7  St. John’s  4-15

Wednesday night saw St John’s travel to Glenavy to take on St Joseph’s in what proved to be a one sided encounter. In almost perfect conditions the Corrigan Park side proved too strong for a St. Joseph’s side who were promoted from division 2 last year but are finding life in division 1 challenging.

St. John’s were fast out of the starting traps as Patrick McBride opened the score in the first few minutes followed by another from  Matthew Fitzpatrick and again by Bam Neeson making a welcome return to the ‘Johnnies’ ranks.

It took St. Joseph’s 15 minutes to get off the mark with a fine long range point and for the next ten minutes  it seemed we were in for an exciting close encounter with both teams exchanging points . However 5 minutes from half time St John’s lifted the pace once more and points from Conor Johnston, Paddy McBride and Bam Neeson saw the Johnnies move 0-11 to 0-06 ahead at half time.

St John’s emerged for the second half refreshed and advised on what needed to be done and they began to take control of the game.  Simon McDonagh started the onslaught with a strong run through the St Joseph’s defence and hand passed over the bar quickly followed by another from Johnston.

 A few minutes later the St John’s pressure was rewarded when Neeson got out in front, rounded his man and hit the net to put the visitors in complete control. St John’s never looked back from here and struck with two further goals from substitute Pearse Donnelly and another a few minutes later from Johnston.

This moved the Corrigan side into an unassailable 3-13 to 0-06 lead and while St Joseph’s tried hard to get going they got no change from a tight St. John’s defence where Aaron Douglas and Ciaran Johnston were giving nothing away.

St. John’s finished as they had started the half with Patrick McBride adding a further 2 points and Joe Garland found the net for the fourth time. St Joseph’s managed a late consolation point as St John’s eased up in the final minutes, this being there only score of the second half.

Overall a comprehensive win for the Johnnies who move on to St Teresa’s this Sunday 1st July

All County Minor Football League Division 2

St. Joseph's Glenavy 7-12  St.Comgall's Antrim 1-5

St Joseph's bounced back from a run of poor results with a impressive win over a hard working St Comgall’s team. In perfect conditions at Chapel Hill .Glenavy started brightly with two points from Anthony Gallagher and Aodh O'Neill then the Antrim men struck back with a goal and two points .this was the last time they were in front .goals from Connor Mulholland(2) .Matthew Horner .Fergal Henry and Aodh O'Neill. with Fergal scoring some super point.with Glenavy’s backs getting to grips with the Antrim full forward line .Chris Grant and Lorcan O Neill keep getting out in 5 5 to 15. The men in orange started full of purpose and moving the ball on quickly with half backs Declan Doone .Pearce O Neill and Oliver Brankin taking control .Antrim were restricted to 2 scores .Anthony O Hare showed great intelligence to fist over the bar .Aodh O'Neill had the last say with 2 well taken goals .The game was played in great spirit .well done to both teams.

O’Neill’s ACFL Division One

                                                                     Portglenone 3-14 Glenavy 0-10

                                                                                            Friday June 22

 Roger Casements recorded a comfortable 13 point victory over Glenavy at O’Cahan Park on Friday evening with three goals all coming in the second half.  The home side’s majors came from Conall Delargy, Kieron McKenna and Niall Delargy as they turned the screw after a scrappy opening 30 minutes.

 Both sides were severely depleted and the first half lacked the fluency that Portglenone and Glenavy are capable of producing.  Glenavy were dogged and tenacious in defence yet heavily reliant on the free taking ability of Malachi Doherty.  The attacking half back hit all of Glenavy’s points in the opening 30 minutes, seven in total with one from play and while Portglenone had five different scorers in the first half, just one forward got their name on the sheet with their half back line contributing four of their seven first half points.

 The home side upped the ante after the restart however, scoring 2-2 in the first eight minutes to take the game away from the Chapel Hill men.  Jude Donnelly’s side comfortably controlled the second half in what was a routine victory for his side in the end.

 Glenavy opened the scoring with Doherty pointing his first free with barely 60 seconds on the clock.  Portglenone soon found their rhythm though with Kieron McKenna landing back to back impressive points to give the Casements the lead after six minutes.  A point from distance by marauding half back Caolan Tierney opened a two point lead as Portglenone began to dominate and Glenavy had Donard Shannon to thank for stopping the flood gates opening.  The veteran shot stopper used all his experience to deny Michael Hagan a certain goal in the 10th minute.  Portglenone had to settle for a ’45, midfielder Brendan Donnelly dispatching with ease, followed by a Niall Delargy point and while Portglenone were more economical in possession, they were denied again by Shannon – this time Conall Delargy denied mid-way through the first half.

 Glenavy began to grow in confidence as the half progressed.  Doherty and Ronan Kelly swapped frees to keep the Portglenone lead at three points but the visitors ended the half on top.  The Gallagher brothers were getting the upper hand in the middle of the park with Michael McCourt and Foge Cunningham finding space in the Portglenone defence.  Doherty kept nicking over points, one from a free and the visitors first from play in the 22nd minute to keep them within touching distance.  Brendan Donnelly landed a point from distance with the outside of his boot to score his second point of the half but a brace of frees from Doherty tied the scores on 0-7 to 0-7.  The home side were let off the hook in first half injury time when Conor Craney brought the best out of Casement’s ‘keeper Brian McManus.  McCourt sent a long ball in search of a point but his shot cannoned off the top of the crossbar.  Craney rose highest to punch but McManus managed to prevent the ball from crossing the line using his legs.

 The sides went into the interval tied at 0-7 each after an even first half but the Casement’s went through the gears after the restart to take control of the game.  They opened the scoring when they hit the first major of the match in the third minute of the second half.  Ronan Kelly’s effort from distance bouncing back off the upright into the path of Conall Delargy.  The Portglenone full forward palmed the ball to the back of the net with Glenavy ‘keeper Shannon stranded.

 The second goal came with the next attack.  Niall Delargy providing the assist as he drove through the heart of the Glenavy defence and evading three tackles before laying off to Kieron McKenna.  The Casement’s half back made no mistake from close range to open a six point lead.

 Michael Hagan and Corey McLaughlin raised white flags to take the Portglenone advantage to eight points after just eight minutes of the second half and despite Foge Cunningham getting his name on the scoresheet soon after, it looked already at that stage that it would be a long way back for the Chapel Hill men.

 Gerard McAleese and McCourt (free) swapped points in the 45th minute before Portglenone wrapped up the points with their third goal.  Niall Delargy collected the loose ball in midfield and went on a run down the left hand side.  The Glenavy defence were happy to show him the line but he cut inside and with a burst of pace evaded two visiting defenders before finding the top corner from an acute angle.  A superb strike as the home sides advantage stretched to 10 points with 10 remaining.

 Substitute Eoin Henry fisted over from an acute angle as Glenavy looked for a response to Delargy’s goal but that would be their last score of the match as Portglenone maintained control.  Points from McAleese, a brace from Kelly (one free) and Hagan (free) ensured a comfortable hour work for the home side.

 Portglenone will be looking to maintain their winning form after a four week break as they welcome St Teresa’s to O’Cahan Park on Wednesday evening while Glenavy face St John’s on the same evening.

 Portglenone:Brian McManus; Ryan Convery, Shane Delargy, Ronan Delargy; Kieron McKenna, Niall Delargy, Caolan Tierney; Stephen Kelly, Brendan Donnelly; Michael Hagan, Ronan Kelly, Michael Donnelly; Corey McLaughlin, Conall Delargy, Gerard McAleese

 Subs: Fergal O’Kane for S Kelly (46); Michael Kelly for N Delargy (56); Paddy Graffin for C Tierney (60)

 Glenavy: Donard Shannon; Marin Nelson, Chris Scullion, Sean McGirr; Neil Scullion, Conor Hamill, Malachi Doherty; James Gallagher, Paddy Gallagher; Ryan Phillips, Michael McCourt, Matthew Hamill, Fergus Cunningham, Conor Craney, Niall McCann

 Subs: Eoin Henry for N McCann (45); Peter Traynor for R Phillips (52); Ruairi Forrester for C Scullion (55)

 Referee: Gerard Dougan (Creggan)


Antrim Division 1 Football League

                                         Glenavy 0.07 v 6.06 Creggan

 This result was known by the eighteenth minute with the score Creggan 4.03 to the home sides no score. Indeed only for a couple of smart saves from Eddie Nelson the home keeper the score would have been a lot more. The highlight of the first half was Connor Small’s hat-trick of goals.

 The Hill side was playing some good football but continued to carry the ball into the tackle when they came off second best. Creggan were in control from start to finish and seemed to score when they wanted to.  Kevin Small had the games first point quickly followed by a David McGuickan goal. David McCann burst through and gave the keeper no chance with a bullet to the net. Conor Small pointed before Kevin Small had the visitors’ third goal. Jamie McCann made an excellent run to collect the ball and split the posts. Once again Connor Small found the net far too easley to leave his side leading by 4.03 to no score.

 Mathew Hamill came off injured and was replaced by his brother Conor. With plenty of club and county experience Conor seemed to have a steadying influence on his defence. The orangemen had their first score when the ever reliable Malachi Docherty pointed a free from forty five meters out. With a well worked move out of defence the ball was worked into Johnny Phillips who split the posts to give some hope to his side.

 A side is always most vulnerable just after a score and this was what happened to Glenavy. From the kickout the ball was worked up the left wing to Conor Small who took his opportunity when the defence backed off. He completed his hat-trick when he finished to the net.  Johnny Phillips finished the first  half scoring with a point.

 The home side started the second half with four unanswered points from Owen Gallagher, Michael McCourt and Malachi Docherty and Johnny Phillips. This was. As good as it got for the large home support.. Back came the lough shore men with 2.02. Donal McCann pointed quickly followed by a Jamie McCann goal. At this stage both sides emptied their benches. Ruairi McCann added a point and David McGuickan had the final score   with a well taken goal.

 This game won’t have helped either side and were delighted when the referee blew the final whistle.

 St.Joseph’s; Eddie Nelson; Niall McLaughlin (Eddie Forester); Sean McGirr; Mathew Hamill (Conor Hamill); Malachi Docherty; Oisin Hamill; Johnny Phillips;  Michael Johnston; Patrick Gallagher; Ryan Phillips; Owen Gallagher; Michael McCourt; Fergus Cunningham; Fergal Green (Eoin Henry); Thomas Gallagher (Peter Traynor).

 Kickham’s: Leon Bones; Oistin McAteer; Richard Johnston; Aidan Maguire; Sam Maguire; Conor McCann; Jamie McCann; Aidan McKeown; Fintan Burke; Paddy Coey; Tiaman McAteer; Odhran; McLarnon; Kevin Small; Conor Small; Davis McGuickin..

 Referee: Cathal McDermott

 South West U12 Football League

Glenavy 4-4  Aldergrove 0-0

As local rivalries go, this one is up there with the best of them. The scene was set on a glorious sunny Friday evening in Chapel Hill. Spectators waited anxiously as the sun was starting to dip in the sky. The game started well for Glenavy; one goal and a point in the first three minutes. Plenty of possession and great play on and off the ball by the Chapel Hill side. The game flowed from end to end but Aldergrove just could not seem to hit the target unlike Glenavy, who at times looked like a team on fire. The second half started by another great goal from Glenavy’s Oisin Brown. Ten minutes into the second half and everyone knew it just wasn’t Aldergrove’s night but they all kept battling on but just could not seem to break down Glenavy’s solid defenders. Tonight it was all about Glenavy, whose captain Pàdhraic McKevitt played out of his skin and absolutely never put a foot wrong. Some great individual performances from the Chapel Hill side. The score, 4-4 to 0-0. It could have been double that. But I am sure the team and coaching staff will be happy after just beating their fierce rivals. It’s Glenavy who have the bragging rights when they go to school on Monday morning. A great game with a great atmosphere from the crowd but most of all, it was just great to feel the sun on your back watching football.

Ulster U16 C Championship Final

Antrim 3-13 Monaghan 3-7

Corrigan Park was in prestine condition this afternoon as Monaghan & Antrim went toe to toe in a pulsating Ulster C Championship Final. Infact, either team could have featured in either the B or A final such is the high standard within Ulster football currently. When the squads met earlier in the season, Monaghan were comfortable 11 point victors in Clones although today was much different.

Playing into a strong breeze blowing from the Whiterock Road end in the opening half, the saffrons were quickest to settle and opened the scoring with an Erin Boyd point after 5 minutes. Monaghan soon levelled though the next 7 minutes were taken up by seperate, match ending injuries to both centre backs Maeve Finnegan for Antrim & Monaghan captain Ella Carolan. On the restart Monaghan sneaked into a one point lead. Antrim were still performing well but struggled to get quality ball into their inside forward line. Aimee Traynor broke free on the left wing on the 18th minute and left her marker in her wake and crashed the ball to the back of the Monaghan net. Ellen Morgan tagged on another point as Antrim again pushed forward. Back came Monaghan although their wide count mounted as they were forced to shoot under pressure from a tenatious saffron defence. Maria Sestakova raced forward to split the posts on the counter attack & stretched the Antrim lead to 3. Eventually though Monaghan efforts were rewarded with a goal in the first of 7 injury time minutes. Again Antrim immediately responded with full forward Natasha Clarke pointed. Monaghan girls claimed 3 more injury time points to give them a 2 point cushion at half time.

The temperature continued to soar at half time and it was the saffron girls who got off to a blistering start to the second period. A long range effort from Morgan which was destined to cross the end line, was kept live by the nippy Aimee Traynor who spotted her opposite corner forward Caitlin McGuiness free across the square & McGuiness duely hit the back of the net. McGuiness added another point and added to her tally with another goal to open up a 5 point cushion for the saffrons after 3 minutes from the restart. Morgan pointed a free & 2 more McGuiness points by the 18th minute meant that Antrim had scored  2-4 to no reply.

An uncharacteristic mistake in the Antrim defense let the Farney girls in for a goal on the 25th minute and this gave Monaghan a life line. The Saffrom response again was immediate as McGuiness added another point to bring her second half account to 2-4. Toni Leigh Finnegan added a free as we entered injury time and when Ciara McGlinchey collected the ball on the 45 and pointed the game looked all over with a 8 point lead. Monaghan had other ideas and in the 7th minute of injury scored a goal & point to bring the deficit back to 4. Fittingly the last score fell to Antrim as McGlinchey pointed with the last kick of the game.

This was an excellent team performance from the Antrim girls who saved their best to the last game of the season. Orla Donnelly had a consistently solid game in nets, as she has done all season. The full back line of Siantelle Boyd, Caragh Shannon & Duana Coleman were strong and repelled all that Monaghan could throw at them. The most consistent line this squad have had all year had by their own high standards, a quieter day, maybe due to the early injury to Maeve Finnegan & an early knock to Maeve Mulholland however Mulholland & McConville on the wings never stopped & Erin Boyd was a revelation when seconded to centre half back. The mid field pairing of Niamh Quinn & Bronagh Laverty were always in control with the outstanding Laverty, who covered every blade of Corrigan turf, was deservedly awarded the O'Neills Sports Player of the Match award. The half forward line of Niamh McKay, Maria Sestakova & Ellen Morgan provided great link play throughout the day and tracked back when required. The inside forward line were always a threat. Traynor's major in the first half gave Antrim a foothold by half time while McGuiness was in devastating form in the second half. Although Clarke was tightly marked she stilled scored as did substitutes Toni Leigh Finnegan & Ciara McGlinchey.

All in all a satisfying day for Antrim LGFA who now have lifted Ulster Championships in the last 3 weeks at U14, U16 & Minor.

Antrim Team: Orla Donnelly, Siantelle Boyd, Caragh Shannon, Dúana Coleman, Kerry McConville, Maeve Finnegan, Maeve Mulholland, Niamh Quinn, Bronagh Laverty, Niamh McKay, Eireann Boyd (0.1), Ellen Morgan (0.2), Caitlin McGuiness (2-4), Natasha Clarke (0.1), Aimee Traynor (1.0) Maria Sestakova (0.1) for Finnegan, Toni Leigh Finnegan (0.1) for Clarke, Ciara McGlinchey (0.2) for McKay, Naoise Farrelly for Sestakova, Erin Culbert, Tierna Bell, Niamh McArdle, Sara Gartside, Áineróis McKenna

Laverty Cup (under-18) (round one)

Erin’s Own Cargin 6-15 St Joseph’s Glenavy 1-10

Cargin made progress into the next round of the Laverty Cup on Sunday when they held off the determined challenge of the visiting St Joseph’s side at a sun kissed Toome arena in perfect conditions.

The visitors who arrived without a few ‘regulars’ were a fair bit behind their hosts at conclusion but had come from well off the pace and eight points in arrears at the half time juncture to close the gap to a mere four by the 40th minute but when asked question the home side replied very much on the positive dominating the remainder.

It has been a while since the All County minor leagues were halted for a time, the last round having been completed on April 17th and possibly the long lay off from activity had bearing on the opening round of the Laverty cup competition as Cargin played hosts to Glenavy with the finishing efforts of both leaving a lot to be desired.

The Erin’s Own side did make the early running and had a couple of points on the board by the 3rd minute but they were not to give a lot of work to the scoreboard attendant for the remainder of the period.

Pat Shivers opened the account in the opening minute to see the Toome men away in front and Paudie Mc Loughlin doubled the lead a couple of minutes later.

The Chapel Hill side were obviously short of target practise in the opening minutes as a couple of openings went astray and indeed such trend was to hamper particularly in the first thirty minutes in which they were only to raise a single white flag.

The Cargin boys were far better than their visitors in front of posts but in the event they were not blameless in their efforts in front of posts as several chances were squandered after a Shay Bovill free kick yielded a 12th minute point to make it 0-03 to 0-00.

Glenavy, despite the creation of openings continued to misfire in front of the Cargin posts and with the Toome lads not much better until a Eunan Quinn pass sent Ronan Gribbin in for a 16th minute goal.

Cargin did defend well with Sean og Quinn, Oran Lynn and Orrin Johnston leading by example in a solid unit which stood tall for most of the hour.

Gribbin did come close to finding the net again a couple of minutes later with the cross bar making intervention and as the visitors continued to squander chances, further white flags raised by Shay Bovill, Sean og O’ Neill, and Ronan Gribbin ensured a 1-06 to 0-00 as the half counted down.

The St Joseph’s side finally opened their account when centre forward Aaron Mc Garry sent between the posts in the 29th minute and although off the mark at last Glenavy were still well in arrears at the break with Cargin enjoying a 1-06 to 0-01 advantage at the short whistle.

The St Joseph’s lads opened brightly on the restart as hard working full forward Pat Mc Cann split the posts from long range but the home side were quick to reply in kind as Paudie Mc Laughlin raced away to split the posts.

A good score provided by the mid-fielder after Sean og Quinn had made timely interception at the other end and when Shay Bovill added a couple more by the 35th minute the Toome boys looked well in charge at 1-09 to 0-01.

St Joseph’s were about to gain composure and absolute domination in the next phase saw them very much in contention. The home side seemed to lose concentration as Glenavy seized opportunity and taking the game to their opponents the scores began to flow.

A Declan Doone pointed free signalled advance with purpose within the ranks and with the Glenavy strike force answering the ‘call to arms’ the next six minute saw Chris Grant, Dara Doherty (2), Pat Mc Cann and Aaron Mc Garry all deliver the leather over the bar to significantly reduce the deficit.

Cargin having looked in a safe place just a few minutes previously were now just four points ahead at 1-09 to 0-08 and in imminent danger.

The Erin’s own lads looked in trouble but in the event they were soon to provide answers in the positive as centre back Mark Keegan collected on his own ‘40’ to deliver into the path of Ronan Gribbin who raced away to add a second goal and when the flame haired centre forward was brought down a minute later Pat Shivers pointed the resulting free.

Shivers who was injury at the start of proceeding and hampered in movement was now operating at full forward and indeed comfortable in his new berth as evident in the next few minutes as he despatched three unanswered points and followed with a 48th minute goal aided by a Sean Mc Larnon interception and delivery.

Cargin had moved into a 3-13 to 0-08 lead but Glenavy responded as Dara Doherty who had started in defence now operating much further up-field nipping in from the left side to grab a 50th minute goal.

Cargin were quick in reply however and when the Johnston brothers, Orrin and replacement Malachai combined to open the way to another goal for the home side as Shay Bovill collected the die was cast, with the home side at 4-13 to 1-08.

Sean og O’ Neill who had impressed throughout in the green and white added another goal to the Cargin total when he found the net in the 52nd minute with the defensive qualities of Sean og Quinn and delivery from  Ben Dobbin creating the opening.

The visitors kept going to the end as Pat Mc Cann and Aiden O’ Neill collected late points but Cargin were to have the last say and after Pat Shivers and Ronan Gribbin added further points, a late Ben Dobbin goal saw them over the winning line and into the next round of the Laverty Cup.

 Cargin: Oran Molloy, Sean og Quinn, Oran Lynn, Orrin Johnston, Sean Mc Larnon, Mark Keegan, Ruairi Mc Cann, Pat Shivers (1-06), Paudie Mc Laughlin (0-02), Ben Dobbin (1-00), Ronan Gribbin (2-02), Eunan Quinn, Sean Mc Auley, Shay Bovill (1-04), Sean og O’ Neill (1-01)

SubsMalachai Johnston for S Mc Auley

 Glenavy: Matthew Magee, James Mulholland, Jack Mc Cann, Dara Doherty (1-02), Declan Doone (0-01), Pearse O’ Neill, Lorcan Nelson, Finn Stott, Chris Grant (0-01), Aiden O’ Neill, (0-01), Aaron Mc Garry (0-02), Michael Kane, Rory Nelson, Pat Mc Cann (0-03), Pearse Connaughton Referee Tomas Eastwood (St Enda’s)

O'Neill's ACFL Division 1

Glenavy 2-12 Ahoghill 1-9

After a tight first half Glenavy pulled away in the second to claim their first points of the season and leave Ahoghill rooted to the foot of the table. In a fairly open game Glenavy took an early lead through scores from Owen Gallagher, Fergus Cunningham and Fergal Green. However Ahoghill kept in touch thanks to two outstanding long range efforts from Thomas McGlone then took the lead after the ball was scrambled home following good work from Neil O'Connell driving forward. Half time score was 0-8 to 1-5.


The turning point in the game was when Thomas Gallagher reacted quickest to a loose ball and fired home to open up a 4 point lead for the first time. Glenavy managed the game well following the goal and tagged on points from Michael Johnson, Patrick Gallagher and a fantastic 45 from Malachi Doherty. However with PJ O'Connell showing well up front Ahoghill were always dangerous and only a good save from Eddie Nelson prevented a second Ahoghill goal. Matthew Hamill enjoyed a good battle with PJ O'Connell, and was ably assisted by Martin Nelson sweeping in front of him.


Glenavy were finally able to slightly relax when Thomas Gallagher finished his second goal to the top corner, and the men in orange could have had a third but Francis Neeson made a good stop from substitute Eoin Henry. In the closing minutes Neil O'Connell, who had a good game at midfield, attempted to drive Ahoghill forward to get the goal they needed but the Glenavy defence kept them out and finished the game on a score of 2-12 to 1-9 to secure the points.

                                                                                                          O’Neill’s ACFL Division 1

Aghagallon 2-14  Glenavy 1-12

The big crowd that made the trip to Pairc Na Gael for this local derby between St Mary's Aghagallon and Glenavy were treated to an open and entertaining game of football in glorious conditions. Going into this game both sides had failed to win in their three outings to date so the points were extremely important and on this occasion the bragging rights go to Aghagallon. Credit must go to both sets of players for putting on a spirited display and to referee Cathal McDermott for always keeping a tight control on the game without spoiling it as a spectacle.

Aghagallon were quickly out of the blocks and capitalised on a nervy start by the visitors hitting 1-3 in the first six minutes. The goal coming from a good strike by full forward Shane Russell in the 4th minute which was then followed up by  points from Pat Brannigan, Ruairi McCann & Ruairi Loughran. Glenavy were struggling to get out of their own half for the opening period and it wasn't until the 10th minute when a well taken point by their centre half forward got them off the mark.

This seemed to settle the men from Chapel Hill and they dominated the next 10minutes of the game hitting 1-3 from play without reply, to go one point in front after 20minutes. This included a great point from midfielder Patrick Gallagher followed by a goal from brother James, who's shot managed to sneak into the bottom right hand corner of the net despite the best efforts of Gavin O'Neill in the St Mary's goals.

A second point from Pat Brannigan after a driving run at the Glenavy defence seemed to lift the St Marys men again and they went on to create a number of scoring opportunities including a couple of goal chances, which the Glenavy goalkeeper was equal to. The teams exchanged a point each in the closing minutes of the half to leave the half time score at 1-5 apiece.

The men in green made a good start to the second half with points from Shane Russell and Eunan Walsh but Glenavy bounced back again and the sides were back level by the 40th minute. The turning point of the game came midway through the second half when a great through ball by Oisin Lenehan played in Shane Russell, who was under a lot of pressure from the Glenavy defender but still managed to palm the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net to put some breathing space between the two teams. This seemed to unsettle the men in orange and the St Mary's men followed it up with another four unanswered points with Eunan Walsh 0-1 and gareth magee 0-3 the marksmen, to move seven clear going into the final ten minutes.

Glenavy managed to stem the tide through a pointed free, but Aghagallon were able to respond to each Glenavy score through Gareth Magee and a collector’s item from substitute Mark McStravick who showed great composure in front of the posts after just entering the field of play.

This response showed great character from the men in green as the game entered injury time, as they were determined to avoid conceding any late goals and restricted the visitors to just a couple of late frees. Oisin Lenehan who worked tirelessly throughout, rounded of a great display with the final point of the day to leave the final score 2-14 to 1-12 to the St Marys men and leave the home support the happier of the two.

This was an important win for the home side, and gets them off and running in what is a very competitive and uncompromising league. The difference between the two teams in the end was probably the efficiency of the Aghagallon attack coupled with the hard working defence led by Pat Brannigan, Ryan O'Neill and Aiden Mulholland. The Aghagallon management also utilised the bench to good effect given the warm playing conditions, with all substitutions making important contributions in the final quarter to ensure the visitors would not find a way back into the game.

Best for Glenavy were Patrick Gallagher who worked hard all afternoon and drove his team forward, along with Matthew and Oisin Hamill who had great duals with their opponents over the course of the hour.

O'Neill's All County Football League Division 1

Lámh Dhearg 2-16-0-08 Glenavy

Lámh Dhearg bounced back from their weekend defeat to St John’s and inflicted a third straight defeat on new boys Glenavy with a 2-16-0-08 win at Hannahstown this evening.

It is possibly an evening that young Glenavy goalkeeper Edward Nelson will want to forget in a hurry as his first-half kick out was claimed by Paddy Cunningham unopposed and Terry McCrudden rifled home and early in the second-half - Michael Herron hassled and harried the 23-year old into conceding possession and Herron found the net to send Lámh Dhearg on their way to two league points.

The Lámhs were boosted by the return of absentees Brendan McComb, Declan Lynch and Paddy Cunningham – all of whom missed Sundays game with St John’s, while Glenavy manager Colin Toal was forced to withdraw Chris Scullion through injury during the warm up and replace him with Peter Treanor at full-back.

Lámh Dhearg made a bright start despite playing against a strong breeze and after Eoghan McKeown was tripped on route to goal, Paddy Cunningham converted the resulting free.

Kevin Quinn doubled his sides lead after a superb carry and accurate shot which sailed over the bar to put Lámh Dhearg 0-02-0-00 to the good – however Glenavy refused to let their heads drop and were quickly back on terms through a quick fire double from Niall McCann and towering midfielder Patrick Gallagher.

Lámh Dhearg regained their lead on 13 minutes with Kevin Quinn again causing havoc in the full-forward line and popping the ball over for his second of the evening.

Darren Bellew went close with an effort that tailed wide midway through the first-half and from the resulting kick-out – disaster struck.

Glenavy goalkeeper Edward Nelson’s kick out went straight to Paddy Cunningham unopposed, Cunningham resisted the opportunity to have a pop himself and his perfectly weighted pass picked out full-forward Terry McCrudden who bored down on goal and rifled into the corner of the net to give Lámh Dhearg a 1-03-0-02 lead.

Eoghan McKeown claimed the next score after bamboozling the Glenavy defence with his quick twists and turns before Paddy Cunningham converted his second free of the evening as the hosts had conjured up 1-03 without reply.

Ryan Murray was the Lámhs lead marksman against St John’s on Sunday but a couple of early efforts were this evening – however on 22 minutes Murray’s persistence paid off with a fantastic point after cutting in from the right, Terry McCrudden then bagged his first score of the evening as Lámh Dhearg appeared to be running away with the game and were 1-07-0-02 in front.

Ryan Phillips ended Lámh Dhearg’s 1-05 in a row with an excellently converted point but Paddy Cunningham kicked his third free of the half to restore his sides eight-point lead approaching the break.

It looked as though eight would separate the sides at the interval though Glenavy gave Lámh Dhearg some food for thought as Malachi Doherty converted a free and Fergus Cunningham quickly hit a second to reduce deficit to six at the break as the visitors left the field with a bit of a spring in their step despite trailing, 1-08-0-05.

Lámh Dhearg drove at Glenavy early in the second-period – a marauding run from attacking wing-corner back Brendan McComb saw him pop the ball to Paddy Cunningham whose shot dropped short, however half-back Michael Herron hassled and harried Edward Nelson into a spill and found the net to give his side a 2-08-0-05 lead within the first two minutes of the restart.

Declan Lynch combined with Paddy Cunningham for the first point of the half but Glenavy responded to their fresh set-back through successive points from Malachi Doherty and Gallagher – who along with midfield partner Michael Johnson were relishing the dual against Pearse Fitzsimons and Paddy Mervyn.

Paddy Cunningham hit Lámh Dhearg’s second point of the second period from a free and the next score arrived almost midway through the half courtesy of Cunningham from the same scenario.

In between those scores – Lámh Dhearg should have found a third goal on the 40th minute as Eoghan McKeown’s pop off to Paddy Cunningham released Terry McCrudden who sent the ball to the back stick where Ciaran Flaherty was lurking, but the Fermanagh native  somehow dragged his shot wide of the goal.

Glenavy hit their final point of the evening on the 46th minute from a converted Fergus Cunningham free to make it 2-11-0-08 – though Ciaran Flaherty atoned for his earlier miss with an excellent point to put nine between the sides.

Lámh Dhearg began to ring the changes and Gerard Slane was next on the score sheet after Paddy Cunningham opted to go short from a free in front of the posts and Slane popped the ball over rather than try and beat the heavily congested Glenavy rearguard.

Cunningham’s final contribution before departing was to convert his sixth score of the evening and claim his second point of the evening from play afterwards as he departed with a personal tally of  0-08.

Terry McCrudden converted a late free to score his second point of the evening and there was no time for the resulting kick-out as referee Fintan McCotter blew his full-time whistle with Lámh Dhearg 2-16-0-08 ahead.

Lámh Dhearg: J Finucane, P Larkin, A McAufield, D Bellew, D Lynch, M Herron (1-00), B McComb, P Fitzsimons, P Mervyn, E McKeown (0-01), C Flaherty (0-01), R Murray (0-01), P Cunningham (0-08, 0-06f), T McCrudden (1-02, 0-01f), K Quinn (0-02). Subs: G Slane (0-01) for R Murray (44 mins), C Nolan for D Lynch (51 mins), C Hannon for P Mervyn (55 mins), R Diamond for P Cunningham (57 mins).

Glenavy: E Nelson, M Nelson, P Treanor, M Hamill, R Phillips, O Hamill, J Philips, M Johnston, P Gallagher (0-02), M Doherty (0-02, 0-01f), T Gallagher, F Cunningham (0-02, 0-01f), M McCourt, D Gallagher, N McCann (0-01). Subs: R Philips (0-01) for M Hamill (9 mins), F Green for P Traynor (39 mins), P Traynor for M Johnson (44 mins), R Forester for J Philips (46 mins),  E Henry for R Philips (54 mins).

Referee: Fintan McCotter (Sarsfields)

 Antrim Division 1 League

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.05 v 1.17 St.Gall’s

Glenavy playing their first division 1 at home for seven years found the former All Ireland Champions too hot to handle on a very warm and pleasant afternoon.

With a fairly stiff breeze blowing into the corner made scoring a little more difficult. The visitors had the advantage of the wind in the first half and laid down a marker of how to take points. Michael Pollock was first on the scoreboard with a well taken point quickly followed by a Niall O’Neill score to go two up. The Hill side were well in the game and showed they could also score. A long kickout from Eddie Nelson found Michael Johnston who quickly got the ball to Malachi Doherty who chipped the ball across the square for Thomas Gallagher to rise the highest and punch to the net.

The Milltown side showed their class with four unanswered points from the McGourty brothers, C J scored two frees and a beauty from an acute angle. Kieran also added his name to the scoresheet. Ryan Phillips broke the flow with a well taken point from forty meters out. Michael Pollock added two points to his personal tally and player/manager Sean Kelly got in on the act with a well taken point. Malachi Doherty broke through a tight St.Gall’s defence and closed the gap to four. Conor Stinton pointed to extend his side’s lead. The side in blue were putting on the pressure and only for an outstanding save from Eddie Nelson in the home side’s goal they would have raised the green flag. CJ McGourty finished the scoring in the half with a pointed free. Halftime score Glenavy 1.02 v 0.11 St.Gall’s

CJ McGourty started the second half with a pointed free. Owen Gallagher pulled a point back for the orange men. Thomas Bunting who had just joined the fray was put through by Kevin Niblock for a well taken goal. Niall O’Neill pointed to widen the gap to ten. Kevin Niblock broke free from his marker to join the scorers with a point. Malachi Doherty took a well worked point to give his side encouragement. CJ McGourty showed he hasn’t lost his scoring touch when he added a point. Fergal Green who was just on the pitch showed how it can be done with an excellent point. With the home side tiring the visitors got through for the last three points from John McCaffery, Thomas Bunting and Michael Pollock.

Referee Fiontan McCotter blew the final whistle to leave the Belfast side running out easy winners on a score of 1.17 t0 1.05.

St.Joseph’s: Eddie Nelson; Martin Nelson; Chris Scullion; Sean McGirr (Edward Forester); Ryan Phillips (Peter Trainor); Jonathan Phillips; Malachi Doherty; Michael Johnston; Patrick Gallagher; Niall McCann (Eoin Henry); Owen Gallagher; Fergus Cunningham (Fergal Green); Michael McCourt; Domnic Gallagher; Thomas Gallagher.  

St.Gall’s: Ciaran O’Connor; John McCaffery (Sean Kelly); Colin Brady; Ruairi Wilson; Marcus Kelly; Sean Kelly (Thomas Bunting); Jackson McGreevy; Michael Pollock; Conor Burke; Niall O’Neill; Kieran McGourty (John McCaffery); Eoghan McCabe; Terry O’Neill; Kevin Niblock; Conor McGourty.

South West Under-12 League

St Joseph’s Glenavy 2-04 Erin’s Own Cargin 4-10

The Cargin under-12 side recovered from a slow start in the opening game in the double bill of fare at the Chapel Hill arena in Glenavy on Friday evening to secure the win.

The home side were quickly out of the start traps and a superb opening strike which yielded a Matthew Nelson goal in the opening minute was followed a minute later with a James Monaghan point,

The home side had shown early dash but with Callum Gribbin taking the lead the Cargin lads were alongside again by the 10th minute.

The mid-fielder raised back to back whites from a 30 metre free and a ‘45’scores which sandwiched a Jonny Hazzard 8th minute point and it was at 1-01 to 0-04.

Having recovered from such a lack lustre opening Cargin did look in charge when Daniel Mc Cann pounced to find the net after the Glenavy net minder Dara Brown who made a number of fine saves in the course of the game intervened again to prevent Callum Gribbin access over his line.

The young keeper having pushed the strong delivery away was unlucky to see the full forward on hand to return to the net.

The home side did come again in the latter stages of the period and a second Matthew Nelson goal, a second super strike from the centre forward ensured his side were on par at the break, 2-01 to 1-04.

Cargin were quickly away in the second twenty minute period and they had pulled away into a good lead by the 28th minute.

Ewan Mc Laverty raised white in the first minute of the period and Niall Quinn added another before the excellent Callum Gribbin added a 25th minute goal.

The mid-fielder having received from corner back Fiontan Hardy raced forward to send to the net and ensure his side had claimed a seven point advantage, 2-08 to 2-01.

The home side looked in some trouble, but the St Joseph’s were not about to raise any semblance of white as back to back points from Matthew Nelson and James Monaghan (2) strongly suggested come back.

Having been knocked out of stride for a time Cargin quickly returned to the positive after those concessions and a couple of Jack Harney stylish scores restored confidence.

The Toome boys returned to the offensive in the latter stages and back to back goals delivered by Jack O’ Neill and Daniel Mc Cann saw them over the winning line at 4-10 to 2-04.

Cargin: Brogan Mc Nally, Fiontan Hardy, Eoin Scullion, Fiontan O’ Donnell, Patrick Matchick, Brian Darragh, Aodhan Lynn, Callum Gribbin (1-03), Jack Harney (0-02),Jack O’ Neill (1-00), Codai Mc Garry, Jonnie Hazard (0-01), Ewan Mc Laverty (0-01), Daniel Mc Cann (2-00), Patrick O’ Neill (0-01)

Subs: Niall Quinn (0-02) for C Mc Garry

South West Under-14 Football League

St Joseph’s Glenavy 1-02 Erin’s Own Cargin 6-09

After their demise in the final of the Feile competition last week-end  Cargin lads returned to action on Friday evening last travelling to Glenavy, and although they did take a time to shake of the ‘post game blues’ when they did hit stride they galloped away to what was to be an impressive win.

The Toome boys were forced into action less a few who had sustained knocks in their previous game and it did take them a while to regain composure.

Glenavy had the opening score as Ruairi Hamill raised white in the opening minute and although a Conan Johnston goal was posted in reply a minute thereafter Shay O’ Neill nipped inside the visitors defence to reply in kind a few minutes later.

The young mid-fielder struck to find the corner of the net to take advantage but the Cargin boys were not to linger long in arrears.

Charlie Mc Cann who was to dominate the central zone for the remainder fetched and delivered for Tom Shivers to fire between the posts and after Conan Johnston and Shay Laverty provided similar service the full forward added a couple more.

Cargin had taken the initiative and after Ryan O’ Neill’s effort found the post when the shot look net bound Diarmuid Quinn was quick to gather the rebound and return post haste to the back of the net.

The Erin’s Own side did look to provide further employment to the scoreboard attendant in the latter stages of the period but after the woodwork had gotten in the way a couple more times Conan Johnston and Cahir O’ Boyle combined to open the way for another Tom Shivers point to see the Cargin boys 2-04 to 1-01 ahead at the break.

Having regained in confidence as the game progressed the Cargin boys continued in dominance in the second portion and Conan Johnston’s early point was followed by a Tom Shivers goal after Diarmuid Quinn’s cute delivery opened the way for the full forward to finish.

The home side were struggling to contain the incessant swarm of green and white but onwards marched the Toome boys and further points from the hard grafting Charlie Mc Cann and Tom Shivers ensured a 3-07 to 1-01 lead at the 28th minute.

The Glenavy lads did their utmost to maintain and a Niall Burke point arriving in the 30th minute did offer hope but such was in vain as Cargin moved into overdrive in the last quarter,

Later replacement Ciaran Mc Peake signalled his arrival with a smart 33rd minute goal and when the turned provider a minute thereafter his assist sent Diarmuid Quinn in for another.

The home side were enduring pressure a plenty in the last phase as the Cargin boys maintained pressure and after Shay Laverty and Ben Mc Larnon bagged points apiece corner forward Diarmuid Quinn completed his hat trick as his last minute strike took Cargin over the line with points secured on a 6-09 to 1-02 winning advantage.

 Glenavy: Jamie Hanna, Eugene Cleneghan, Chris O’ Hare, Daniel Hanna, Finn Shannon, Cormac Loney, Emmett Mc Cloy, Dara Mc Allister, Shay O’ Neill, Fintan O’ Boyle, Niall Burke, Michael Morgan, Ruairi Hamill (0-01), Conal Hanna

 Cargin: Brogan Mc Nally, Donal Mc Geady, Cahir Donnelly, Brian Darragh, Cahir O’ Boyle, Craig Thornton, Hugh O’ Donnell, Charlie Mc Cann (0-01), Kian Scullion, Shay Laverty (0-01), Conan Johnston (1-01), C Kennedy, Diarmuid Quinn (3-00), Tom Shivers (1-05), Donal Mc Geady.

Subs: Ciaran Mc Peake (1-00) for H O’ Donnell; Ben Mc Larnon for C Kennedy


Referee Stephen Higgins (Tir Na Nog)

  O'Neill's All County Football League - Division 1

Erin’s Own Cargin 2-14 St Joseph’s Glenavy 2-04

Having gained promotion in 2017 it was back to division one for the men from Glenavy after an absence of ten years but there was no welcome on the mat in their new assignment at Toome on Wednesday evening as they lost out to the reigning league champions.

The St Joseph’s men did seemingly set up expecting pressure in a formation which was much in the defensive, and depending on swift counter did work for a time as they stayed alongside the Toome men for the opening ten minutes but in the event that was to be as good as it got for the men from Chapel Hill.

Cargin took the patient route with the half back department leading the charge and although stationed with numbers behind the ball in an effort to repel the visitors they were quite naïve in their defending and tackling which resulted in free kicks awarded as consequence proved costly and the home side had nipped into a half time lead at 1-09 to 0-03.

The McCann brothers Tomas and Michael had raised white flags apiece in the opening phase to see the home side away but back to back points from Glenavy corner man Fergus Cunningham had the visitors on par at the 10th minute.

Cunningham had done well from quick counters but a further brace of points, the first of which was a superb strike from away on the right touchline despatched by the obviously in-form Tomas Mc Cann, was followed by another from his brother which saw the Toome men three ahead 0-05 o 0-02 at the end of the opening quarter.

 Glenavy stuck rigidly to the ultra-defensive formation from the outset and combined with quick counter worked the oracle in the 18th minute as Michael Johnston fetched and released James Gallagher to add a point.

Cargin tried to reply with patience the key to approach as the leather transferred through hands a plenty in pace for Tomas Mc Cann receiving on the left side to send Michael Clarke in for a 20th minute goal.

The home side then turned the screw tighter utilising the patient approach to the optimum and Tomas Mc Cann stepping forward to despatch frees, awarded in turn fouls on the advancing Justin Crozier, Tony Scullion, and James Laverty.

The Toome men had moved 1-09 to 0-03 ahead when Enda Mc Grogan nipped away inside to collect from Michael Mc Cann and send between the posts but Glenavy had the last say in the scoring stakes in the opening period and a rare unforced error within the ranks of the green and white was punished when Paddy Gallagher raised white.

 The home side continued in the second period as they had the first, on the offensive, but the visitors maintained a defensive formation. Cargin kept coming in a controlled approach driving from deep with the defence not at all afraid to take the offensive route with Tony Scullion, Justin Crozier, and Kevin ‘Kobo’ O’ Boyle seen in the opposition territory in regular intervals.

The Glenavy men looked to stand tall in defiance but Kevin O’ Boyle’s 33rd minute surge opened the way for Enda Mc Grogan to raise white, and back to back frees awarded for fouls committed on Ciaran Bradley and the advancing Brendan Laverty were punished by the ever accurate Tomas Mc Cann as he increased the tally on the board by a couple.

 Glenavy needed scores and indeed they claimed a well delivered 48th point to raise the morale as centre back Oisin Hamill collected from Malachy Doherty to fire to the net. The home side provided quick response when John Carron raced away at the other end to claim a point, but the Chapel Hill side were to claim another major via replacement Thomas Gallagher.

The substitute collected away on the right hand side after Michael Johnston had intervened to thwart a Cargin offensive and the finish was right out of the top drawer

 Glenavy had reduced to arrears to six points in a matter of minutes but the home side were quick to regain composure and when Tony Scullion and Kevin O’ Boyle combined to send Ciaran Bradley away on the right hand side the corner forward’s delivery fell nicely for Enda Mc Grogan to finish to the net.

The Toome men returned to the positive and a late Tomas Mc Cann point following a foul on his sibling Michael completed the role of the score keeper with the reigning league champions crossing the winning line, first points secured at 3-14 to 2-04.

 Cargin: Peadar McKeever, Donnach McKeever, Martin Kane, Kevin O’ Boyle, Tony Scullion, Justin Crozier, David Johnston, John Carron (0-01), Enda Mc Grogan (1-02), Michael Clarke (1-00), Ciaran Bradley, Tomas Mc Cann (0-09), Brendan Laverty

 Subs: Odhran McGuckin for J Laverty

 Glenavy: Eddie Nelson, Martin Nelson, Chris Scullion, Seamus Mc Girr, Matthew Hamill, Oisin Hamill (1-00), Jonathan Philips, Michael Johnston, Ciaran Loney, Ryan Philips, Patrick Gallagher (0-01), Niall Mc Cann, Michael Mc Court, James Gallagher (0-01), Fergas Cunningham (0-02)

 Subs: Thomas Gallagher (1-00) for N Mc Cann: Eoin Henry for M Hamill: Fergal Green for F Cunningham

 Referee Karol Doherty (Rasharkin)

 A.C. Minor League Division 2

 St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.22 v 0.08 St.Mary’s Rasharkin

 Patrick Fox and Fergal Henry goals secure Glenavy’s second league win. The game was played on a wind swept Chapel Hill,

 St Joseph's minors took full advantage of the breeze scoring 6 points in a row with just 1 reply from shell shocked St Mary's Rasharkin. Glenavy midfielders Orrin McGarry and Sean Burke were dominating breaking lots of ball for half forwards Aran McGarry and Michael Kane to clear up and dispatch into the full forward line of Fergal Henry, Aodh ONeill and Paddy Fox. 8 different point scorers in first half with corner backs and half backs not letting forwards have all the glory.

 A great passage of play found Chris Grant driving forward and delivering a super pass to Fergal Henry who was one on one with a St Mary's fullback, he just powered past and buried it into the net. Great kicking out from Glenavy keeper Anthony O’Hare started lots of their attacks with lots of movement off the ball and making full use of every blade of grass on a fantastic pitch. Paddy Fox took full advantage of his team mates hard tackling to score a fantastic individual goal on the whistle for ht. 2-13 to 0-3.

 The second half started with St Mary's taking full advantage of the wind with lots of possession working the ball into good shooting range however, the dogged tackling of Glenavy full back line of Oliver Brankin, Chris Grant and Connor Mulholland made them rush some of their attempts under pressure.

 The home side where wasteful at times and needed to work the ball closer to allow for the breeze, their half back line drove them forward lead by captain Pearce O'Neill, Lorcan Nelson and Declan Doone provided good ball into the forwards.

 Glenavy subs Anthony Gallagher, Sean McCambridge, Lorcan O Neill, Matthew Horner and Finn Malley all came on and worked tirelessly for the team.

 Both sides deserve great credit on a cold and windy evening as they never stopped working courageously until the final whistle,

  Fulltime Glenavy 2-22 v 0-8 Rasharkin.

  Reserve Championship Shield

Rasharkin 1-11 Glenavy 1-4

Glenavy were the visitors on a stormy, wet night at Dreen for the Reserve Football Shield quarter final. The effect of the wind could be clearly seen in the warm drills as cones were moved closer together as the players tried to adjust to the conditions.

Glenavy started the half with the wind on their back and nearly got off to the perfect start. The throw in was won by James Gallagher who sent the ball in high to the full forward line. It was broken down by Gareth Collins into the path of the on coming David Nelson who rocketed his shot off the crossbar. It took Rasharkin a couple of minutes to settle into the game but it was worth the wait. A long ball into the corner from Cathair Henderson found Brian Og O’Neill who offloaded to Gerard Chuckles O’Hagan and the latter finished low into the corner of the net. Straight away from the resulting kick out Brian Og O’Neill gathered the ball and slotted it over the bar. 1-1 to 0-0 with 10minutes gone. A few minutes later the same move produced the same result. A ball in from half back Henderson, found O’Neill and this time Brendan Tip Toes Etherson gathered the ball off the shoulder but was brought down in front of the goals, with the free converted from close range. Further pressure was added as Killian O’Boyle pointed from play a few minutes later.

 Glenavy worked hard but couldn’t find the target. A few near misses and balls running wide frustrated the players and management. On the 18th minute full forward Mark Cushnahan was on the end of a well worked move down the right side to get Glenavy a point on the scoreboard. The midfield battle was key with the wind holding up the ball from kick outs and breaking ball. In the 20th minute James Gallagher was moved into the full forward line, and by the 23rd minute he had found the back of the Rasharkin net. Cushnahan won and played a long ball into Gallagher who found the side of the net, giving Rasharkin keeper Emmet Smyth no chance. With five minutes of the half remaining Glenavy remained on form as Gareth Collins converted a '45', bringing the half time score to Rasharkin 1-4   Glenavy 1-2.

 As the second half started, so did the rain. Glenavy continued as they had left off in the first half, with Gareth Collins benefiting from some in-disciplined tackling from the Rasharkin defence and from broken down passing play. He converted two a 20meter frees within 2minutes bringing the game level. Rasharkin dug deep as Conor Gallagher led the charge from the half back line running at the Glenavy defence and swinging the ball over the bar from 40 yards on his left foot. Soon after Fergus Geesy Quigg and Cathair Henderson found their range too as they were composed on the ball and notched up two more points for the home side.

 From 40minutes the game entered a scrappy stage as the relentless rain and wind continued. Attacks from both sides broke down in the final third as both teams became wasteful in possession. Gerard Chuckles O’Hagan had a chance to rattle the net for Rasharkin again as he won the ball, and took on his marker - however the Glenavy goalkeeper stood strong palming the ball out to the side. Glenavy found it difficult trying to get the ball out of their half. Midfielders Keelan Darragh and Brendan Etherson controlled the midfield with strong aerial play and turnovers at important stages. This led to scores from play from Killian O’Boyle, setup by Aidan Darragh, and frees from Brian Og O’Neill leaving the game at 1-9 to 1-4 to the home side.

 Towards the end, more space was created as Glenavy pushed forward looking for much needed scores. This gave forward O’Hagan the chance to run at the defence, steadying himself and scoring from range. Rashartkin might have increased their lead  had it not been for Glenavy’s Martin McPeake who cut out a number of attacks. Rasharkin ran out eventual winners on a score line to 1-11 to 1-4.

  Rasharkin: Gerard O’Hagan 1-1, Brian Og O’Neill 0-5, Killian O’Boyle 0-2, Conor Gallagher 0-1, Cathair Henderson 0-1, Fergus Quigg 0-1

  Glenavy: James Gallagher 1-0, Gareth Collins 0-3, Mark Cushnahan 0-1

  Referee - Gerard Dougan (Creggan)

  Ladies Football League division 1

Glenavy 5-10 Aldergrove 1-9

Glenavy and Aldergrove ladies battled out a bruising encounter at Chapel Hill. In the first half with a gale-force wind on their backs Glenavy forced Aldergrove to defend deep in their own half. Goals from Megan McGarry and Grainne McLaughlin along with an excellent strike from Bronagh Cunningham and some fine scores from Fionnula Connor saw Glenavy lead 3-8 to 0-1 at half time. Aldergrove came out in the second half and attacked Glenavy from the off. Some great scores for Aldergrove saw them eat into Glenavy’s lead. But a couple of breakaway goals from Grainne McLaughlin and Fionnula Conor saw Glenavy win by 5-10 to 1-9. This was a great game played by two teams who were both giving their all. The return game in Aldergrove will be a game worth watching.

 South West Feile quarter-final

 Aldergrove 5-5 Glenavy 1-1

 Aldergrove moved into the Feile semi- final with a 5-5 to 1-1 win over neighbours Glenavy in the local derby fixture at Crumlin Leisure Centre on Sunday 11th March.

 Aldergrove were strong favourites entering the game with their goal feast tally in the previous round v Creggan still the hot topic of conversation, however, Glenavy looked like they could have delivered a shock as they held the upper hand in possession over the first half.


Aldergrove opened the scoring on 5 minutes with a well taken Aiden Irvine goal but this was cancelled out within the minute by an equally good strike by Michael Morgan.  Throughout the first period Aldergrove struggled to deal with Conall Hanna and Shay O’Neill whose twin traits of aerial power and blistering speed gave Glenavy a midfield dominance and caused more than a little concern on the Aldergrove bench.  However, Glenavy failed to capitalise on this dominance and kicked 5 wides in this period.

 Having weathered the storm Aldergrove then struck for their second goal of the game in the last minute of the first period with a great run from Daniel Shields which split the defence and allowed him to bear down on a hapless Jamie Hanna in nets who had no chance in keeping the ball out.

 Glenavy started the second half in blistering form with a point after 20 seconds from Michael Morgan and it looked like this derby game was in for a tight encounter.  However, Aldergrove slowly started to get to grips at midfield with Malachy Burns becoming more influential.  Aldergrove responded with 2 fine points before scoring their 3rd goal of the day after 27 minutes.

 As the subs were rolled on with both teams using entire panels of 25 players the game lost its shape and Aldergrove experience and expertise shone through as they took a strangle hold on the game to score a further 2-2 with no reply in the last 10 minutes to run out clear winners on a 5-5 to 1-1 scoreline.

 All in all an entertaining game played in a good spirit with Aldergrove’s experience and dominance of key players Malachy Burns and Daniel Shields seeing them through to the next round although Glenavy will be pleased with their performance in particular the midfield pairing of Conall Hanna and Shay O’Neill.

South West Football Feile

Glenavy v Glenravel

St Joseph’s Glenavy U14 footballers started their competitive season with an extra time Feile win over a great Con Magee's Glenravel team at Crumlin Leisure Centre on Sunday 4th March. The game was played in a fantastic sporting attitude by two evenly matched teams.

The teams were evenly matched throughout with Glenavy just edging away with a 3-3 to 1-6 final score line after extra time.

Glenravel were quickest off the mark with an early goal but Glenavy responded well and finished the half ahead 1-1 to 1-0. In a game where defences were on top Glenavy finally found their rhythm with Michael Morgan, Shay O'Neill and Fiontan O'Boyle starting to get on top at midfield and Niall Burke doing excellent unseen work for the team on the half forward line.

The second half continued in similar format to the first with end to end football which resulted in a penalty for Glenavy which was ably dispatched by Michael Morgan.  As the game entered the final stages Glenavy had numerous goal opportunities which were spurned. At normal time the scores were tied at 2-2 to 1-5.

In extra time Glenavy pulled away with another 1-1 to Glenravel’s single point which has set up an exciting derby against Aldergrove in the next round.


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2018 Championshion Draws

Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship

Portglenone v Rossa               Preliminary 1

Ahoghill v St Brigid’s               Preliminary 2

St Teresa’s v St Joseph’s         Preliminary 3

Lamh Dhearg v Aghagallon    Preliminary 4

Quarter finals

A - Creggan  v Prelim 2

B - Cargin     v Prelim 4

C - St John’s v Prelim 3

D - St Gall’s  v Prelim 1


A v C –  B V D

Minor B Football Championship

Preliminary round

1 - Moneyglass v Glenavy

2 - Rossa            v St Enda's

3 - St John's       v Gort na Mona

Quarter finals

A - Prelim 3  v St Comgall's

B - Prelim 2  v Prelim 1

C - Sarsfields v Clan na Gael

D - Rasharkin v St Brigid's


C v D  -  B v A

Reserve Shield Football Championship

Preliminary round

1 - Gort na Mona v St Paul's

2 - Rasharkin       v St Enda's

3 - Dunloy             v All Saints

4 - Ahoghill           v Con Magees

5 - St Comgall's     v St Agnes

6 - St Brigid's        v Aghagallon

Quarter finals

A - Prelim 2      v Glenavy

B - Prelim 6      v Prelim 4

C - Aldergrove v Prelim 1

D - Prelim 3     v Prelim 5


A v C  -  D v B

Y 2017 Club Dinner.

2017 Annual Presentation Dinner.


St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy held their Annual Presentation Dinner in the Ballymac Hotel on Saturday 7th. October.


Club chairman Joseph O’Boyle welcomed over one hundred members and guests for a very enjoyable evening. Special guests were club president Fr. Colm McBride, Sean Kelly Antrim PRO. Also present was the club’s main sponsor Martin McClinton from Hunky Dory. The main highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Antrim division two football league medals to the senior football team.


Sean Kelly congratulated the club for continuing to encourage the youth of the area to take part in club activities and to accept the ethos of Gaelic games. He thanked the club for their participation in all South West competitions and the discipline shown from the players. Sean also congratulated the ladies and camogie for their efforts in keeping the games alive and well. He also thanked our referees Paul Hanna and Christopher Eastwood and Barry Hotchkiss for their dedication towards refereeing and encouraged others to come forward and take it up.   


The chairman in his final address thanked everyone in the club in his eighteen years (Joseph has done two spells) as chairman. 2017 was not a bad year for the club as the U-12 team had won the shield, u-14, U-16 and minor teams had all reached finals only to lose by a point. The highlight was of course the senior team winning for the first time in twenty five years the division two league.The ladies football teams have all fared well. Our camogie teams are getting stronger each year.  Joseph thanked all the coaches and managers for their contribution they have made in the club during his tenure. He also thanked the referees for their contribution on behalf of St.Joseph’s. In an emotional speech he thanked everyone who had helped him and wished the club well in the future.  


The annual awards were presented by Sean Kelly.

Senior Ladies player: Orla Fay.

Senior male player: Patrick Gallagher

Junior male player:: Ben McCambridge

Club person of the year: Gavin Phillips.

The senior panel were presented with their division two medals by Sean Kelly.


The highlight of the evening was Joseph O’Boyle’s induction into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Fr. McBride in his citation spoke highly of Joseph’s leadership qualities not only in the club but also at county and national level. Fr. Colm praised Joseph for the many years he has given the club and the young people of the parish and hoped he would continue to work in the club. Joseph has served as South West Chairman and ten years as County Chairman but surly the pinnacle of his service was being elected to serve a five year term as a trustee of the GAA one of the highest in the association.

Joseph thanked the club for the honour of being in the hall of fame.


The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 26th. November.

Y 2017 Underage awards

St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy 2017 Underage Presentation.

Over two hundred boys and girls along with their coaches and parents attended their annual U-10 and U-12 presentation which was held in the Ballymac Hotel. Guest of honour was club president Fr. Colm McBride. It was great to see so many mums and dads present to support their children. Club coaching officer Gavin Phillips welcomed everyone and thanked the team managements of the various teams for the time and effort they put in to help the young players develop their skills. Gavin also thanked the parents for their support throughout the season particularly with transport to away games and for the general help they gave around the club. It has been a very successful year for the teams with the U12’s winning their league, U-14’s and U-16’s and minors reached their league finals and minors. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the U-12 medals to the winning panel of players.

The U-10, U-12 and U-14 camogie players were also present. The girls had a successful year winning several tournaments during the season

The boys awards were presented by senior players Michael McCourt and team captain Patrick Gallagher.

There were three categories of awards in each category.

1. Player of the year. 2 Most Improved player. 3 Best endeavour.

U-10 Girls & Boys:

1. Keela McAlister & Liam Reynolds. 2 Nicole Dobbin & Luca McGoran

3 Ella O’Hare & Johnny Christie

U-12 Boys

1 Dara McAlister, 2 Oisin McArdle. 3. Eoin Phillips.

Special award.

Michael Morgan was players’ player of the year (selected by the players).


The camogie awards were presented by their coaches, Rachel Cafolla, Olwyn McCambridge, Catherin Curran, David Butler and Colm Donnelly.



1 Niamh Butler. 2 Orla McNama & Jessica Moran. 3 Alana O’Neill



1. Lily Curran, 2. Aideen McCambridge & Anya Morgan, 3 Molly Jane Campbell



1 Rachael Mulholland, 2 Olivia Barry & Louise Mulholland 3 Shannagh O’Neill  

Special recognition 2017 Lucia Greatorex

Y 2017 Match Reports





Under-21 Football Championship (Grading round)

St Joseph’s Glenavy 1-09 Erin’s Own Cargin 1-17

A superb 52nd minute goal by Kyle Johnston proved to be the crucial score as Cargin gained the verdict over Glenavy in this under-21 championship grading round at Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Cargin, aided by the accuracy of Jamie Gribbin had a three point advantage at the end of the opening period leading 0-08 to 0-05 at the short whistle. They were quickly out of the starting blocks in the second half and dominated the next ten minutes and they went eight points clear after 40 minutes.

St Joseph’s were far from finished however and gaining advantage in the central zone they proceeded to fight back and when Peter Trainor found the net in the 50th minute they were back within striking distance and only three points in arrears.

Glenavy were asking questions of the Toome side as they gained the upper hand for a time and the visitors looked in some trouble but in the event Cargin  found a positive response.

Having lost their way for a time Erin's Own regained the initiative and Jamie Gribbin and Ciaran Bradley raised back to back white flags before the impressive Kyle Johnston put them in the driving seat with an excellent goal.

Cargin had nipped away again to lead 1-15 to 1-07, and although the home side responded with a couple of late scores the die had been  cast and at final whistle Cargin crossed the line 1-16 to 1-09 ahead.


A foul wet morning ensured conditions were far from ideal as Glenavy played hosts to the visiting Cargin for the opening round of the under-21 football championship.

The Chapel Hill sod was in good condition despite the dousing as man in the middle Fiontan Mc Cotter set the wheels in motion and Cargin were first to register as minor star Jamie Gribbin raised white seconds into proceedings after Joe Maybin had claimed the ‘throw in’.

The home side were quick to respond however as Eoin Henry raced away to split the posts at the other end to see his side on terms. This was the trend in the opening phase as score at one end provoked reply in kind at the other.

A Joe Maybin 4th minute point provoked a similar score from the home side’s Malachy Doherty and similarly when Peter Trainor raised another white to edge the home side into the lead an Oran Lynn’s run opened the way for Jamie Gribbin to race in and split the posts at the other end and it was 0-03 apiece at the 12th minute.

Glenavy favoured by the diagonal breeze nipped back in front when corner forward Malachy Doherty came in front to collect a Liam Henry delivery to split the posts but their advantage was not to remain for long.

Cargin were gaining control at mid-field where Kyle Johnston and Joe Maybin were proving dominant and Maybin raced  away to send over the bar to level the contest once more.

The visitors edged in front again as centre back David Johnston moved forward to combine with Michael Clark and send over the bar and restore their lead.

Cargin were beginning to find their rhythm as Jamie Gribbin punished back to back fouls on Michael Clark and Ciaran Bradley and they had gained a three point advantage, 0-07 to 0-04 by the 23rd minute.

Jimmy Gribbin increased that lead to four by the 28th minute but Peter Trainor replied from a late free to leave just a goal between the sides at the short whistle.



Cargin opened the second half strongly and they were to double that lead by the 35th minutes with three unanswered scores.

Kyle Johnston seized the throw in before racing away to send over the bar and when Michael Clark, and centre back David Johnston followed suit they were 0-11 to 0-05 in front.

Jamie Gribbin added another point and after Michael Clark showed a clean pair of heels to the Glenavy defence before firing wide, Ciaran Bradley extended their lead further with a 41st minute point.

An excellent Eoin Henry point got Glenavy off the mark and lifted by this score a well organised build up involving Eoin Henry and Lorcan Heenan opened the way for the hard working Peter Trainor to blast to the net.

Cargin looked shaken and indeed in some trouble when a 51st minute Malachy Doherty point saw them just a single score ahead and Glenavy seemed to have the momentum.

The Toome side needed a score and after Kyle Johnston was fouled in full flight Jamie Gribbin dispatched the resultant free between the posts.

Cargin were back on track and Ciaran Bradley extended their advantage before a great move involving Odhran Mc Guckin, Christopher Bateson and Jamie Gribbin saw Kyle Johnston rifle the ball to the top corner of the net.

This score put the visitors 1-15 to 1-07 ahead and Ciaran Bradley pointed to increase that lead to nine before Eoin Henry and the impressive Peter Trainor replied with consolation points.

The final score of the game fell to Erin’s Own as an injury time Michael Clark point saw them cross the winning line full value for their 1-17 to 1-09 advantage.


Glenavy: Eoin Mc Cormick, Simon Gallagher,  Eddie Foster, Lorcan Small, Liam Henry, Matthew Hamill, Ruairi Foster, Peter Trainor (1-03), Michael Kane, David Nelson (0-01), Eoin Henry (0-02), Michael Small, Malachy Doherty (0-03), Lorcan Heenan, Mark Nelson.


Fergal Green for D Wilson

Paul Mc Cambridge for R Foster

Shay Cormican for S Gallagher


Cargin: Ryan Toal, Odhran Lynn, Jonnie Mc Guckin, Christopher Bateson, Ruairi Mc Cann, David Johnston (0-02), Mark Keegan, Kyle Johnston (1-01), Joe Maybin (0-01), Odhran Mc Guckin, Ciaran Bradley (0-02), Shay Bovill, Michael Clark (0-02), Adam Thornton, Jamie Gribbin (0-08).


Cormac Birt for A Thornton

Michael Laverty for K Johnston

Referee Fiontan Mc Cotter (Sarsfield’s)


Thomas Devlin Car Sales U14 Shield Final


 St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.05 v 2.05 Tír na nÓg


Glenavy and Tír na nÓg locked horns in the entertaining u-14 final at St.Patrick’s Lisburn. For a change this year the game was played on a very pleasant dry afternoon. The lads in blue were deserving winners because they made more use of their scoring chances, Glenavy had a penalty saved midway through the second half which didn’t help their cause.


Tír na nÓg were quickly off the mark with a goal from Dayarl Martin followed by a Josh Higgins point.  Conall Hanna pulled a goal back for the Chapel Hill side. Patrick Higgins extended the Town’s lead with an excellent point. St.Joseph’s were piling on the pressure with little reward from poor shot selection. Darragh Armstrong eventually pulled a point back to close the gap to the minimum. This left the halftime score 1.02 v 1.10 in Randalstown’s favour.


Josh Higgins had the first point of the second half. Conall Hanna closed the gap to a point, with a pointed free. Josh Higgins extended the lead with a point from a placed ball. Both sides were playing good football until it came to the twenty meter line when the defences were allowed to get in a telling tackle.


The orange men were throwing everything into the attack and were unlucky on a couple of occasions with the woodwork coming to the defending side’s rescue. Conall Hanna took possession on the twenty meter line and worked his way into the penalty area where he was upended. Dusting himself down he took the penalty himself. The Randalstown keeper made an excellent save and the ball was cleared. Darragh Doherty closed the gap with a well taken close the gap to one


From a breakaway Tir na nÓg got the ball into the forwards and Alex O’Donnell planted the ball in the Glenavy net. Darragh Armstrong put a goal between the sides with a point. Shane Martin and Darragh Armstrong had the final points for their sides.

The referee blew the final whistle to leave Tir na nÓg the winners by a goal.

Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of football they played and sportsmanship shown throughout the game.

South West chairman Columb Walsh presented the shield to the wining captain.

Team: Lorcan Murphy; Conor Loney (Daniel Hamill);  Michael Fox; Chris O’Hare( Eugene Cleneghan);; Emmet McCloy; Rory Nelson; Finton O’Boyle; Darragh Doherty; Finn Malley; Timmy Honeyford (Ronan Hill); Darragh Armstrong; Shay O’Neill; Doc Doherty (Charles Irvine); Chris Beaumont; Conall Hanna.  Adam Falloon didn’t play


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South West Under-12 League (Shield Final)

St Joseph’s Glenavy 2-03 Cuchullian’s Dunloy 1-05

The second game of this double header at Ahoghill on Monday evening was the contest for the under-12 shield and it proved to be a most enjoyable affair and the proverbial ‘game of two halves’. The quick starting Glenavy looked like running away with it early on but had to dig deep to hold on to repel the strong finishing Dunloy and secure the silverware.

The St Joseph’s side with the impressive Michael Morgan leading the attack raced away to claim a couple of early goals and ensure a 2-02 to 0-02 interval lead but as the Cuchullain’s gained momentum in the second half with Oisin McCamphill leading the charge the Glenavy boys were forced to dig deep.

Dunloy looked to employ the scoreboard attendants first in the opening phase of the under-12 shield decider but they were to rue missed opportunities to include a  penalty in the opening five minutes.

The Cuchullian’s had spurned a couple of chances in the opening two minutes before a 3rd minute Michael Morgan strike yielded a point for Glenavy to see the St Joseph’s open their account  but when Dunloy’s Eoin Richmond was fouled inside the square to earn a 5th minute penalty the full forward assumed the spot kicking duty himself.

The Glenavy keeper Matthew Nelson, who was to play a starring role was equal to the task however as he went to his right to make a splendid save to deny the striker.

As Dunloy continued to spurn opportunities it was Glenavy who were proving more accomplished in attack and they went further ahead in the 10th minute as a pin point pass from Odhran Arthurs sent Michael Morgan in for a goal.

Glenavy had grabbed control and went further ahead in the 12th minute when a well laid counter attack initiated by net minder Matthew Nelson and carried forward by an Eoin Philips delivery opened the way for Michael Morgan to add a second goal.

The St Joseph’s boys had 2-01 on the board and the wasteful Cuchullian’s were still to open their account.

Dunloy finally got off the mark in the 15th minute as Oisin McCamphill sped through the middle to raise white, but Glenavy answered in kind shortly after as a precision movement involving net minder Matthew Nelson, James Monaghan, and Eoin Philips in turn sent the ever accurate Michael Morgan in to add a 19th minute point.

The Dunloy wide tally, having increased was halted in the latter stages of the opening period in stylish fashion as Cathaoir Gormley added a Dunloy point but at the short blast Glenavy held a six point lead, 2-02 to 0-02.

At the start of the second half Glenavy continued where they had left off and they looked in charge when Eoin Philips increased the advantage with an early strike which yielded a 22nd minute point.

St Joseph’s having moved 2-03 to 0-02 ahead looked on their way but in the event this was to prove their last score as the young Cuchullain’s rose to the challenge.

Dunloy looked to bridge the gap in the early minutes but despite impressive  approach play they were still finding it difficult to locate the target.

Such was about to change however as the impressive Oisin Mc Camphill led the way and a foul on the mid fielder opened the door for Francis Mc Mullan to send the resultant free over the bar and when Eoin Richmond delivered the former grabbed a 34th minute goal.

Only  one score separated the sides as the tide had obviously turned and although Glenavy still led, 2-03 to 1-03 the Cuchullian’s had taken control and seemed on the march.

Oisin McCamphill added another point in the 36th minute as the Cuchullian’s laid siege and the Glenavy boys were now defending with everything they had to contain their opponents

The end was in sight as the Cuchullian’s continued to press and both Francis Mc Mullan and Pearce Mc Lean were just off target with respective chances.

The clock ticked onwards towards the 40 minute mark with just two points separating the sides when Francis McMullan held his nerve to despatch a 30 metre free over the bar.

Injury time progressed with the boys from Chapel Hill battling to hold on and although  Cuchullain’s continued to press they were not to make another mark and the referee’s long blast brought relief to Glenavy as they concluded with a 2-03 to 1-05 margin to secure the Shield.

Glenavy: Matthew Nelson, Oisin McArdle, Peter Mulholland, Sean Mulholland, Dara McAllister, James Monaghan, Eoin Byrne, Odhran Arthurs, Eoin Philips (0-01), Matthew Kane, Niall Burke, Michael Morgan (2-02), Ethan Hotchkiss.                 Subs: Oisin Brown for E Hotchkiss

Dunloy: Aaron McFerran, Jay McAuley, Ben O’ Kane, Ryan Scott, Stephen McCamphill, Francis McMullan (0-01), Pearce Maguire, Oisin McCamphill (1-02), Cathaoir Gormley (0-01), Reece Cunning, Callum Dixon, Connor Mort, Pearce McLean. Subs: Paudie Martin for P McLean

Referee: Peter Higgins (Tir na nOg)


Antrim Minor Football Championship

St.Mary’s 0.15     v   0.08 St.Joseph’s

 Local rivals Aghagallon and Glenavy were meeting for the third time this season with honours even. At the end of this fixture the hosts have bragging rights over the winter period. The game was played in a sporting manner on a cold evening in front of a large turnout.

Fergal Henry got the scoreboard ticking over when he pointed after three minutes. M. McAfee drew the sides’ level with an excellent point. One again Fergal Henry was on target with a point from play and a pointed free. This was to prove a lean spell for the visitors as Aghagallon added twelve unanswered points.

James lavery (Two), Senan Donnelly, Vincent McConville (Six – 3 Frees), M. Fee, (Two), Jack Lenaghan,  all pointed to leave the halftime score 13 v 3 in favour of the colane side.

The second half started with a Malachi Doherty point, the first for twenty four minutes. Vincent McConville added a point to his tally. David Nelson pointed quickly followed by a Fergal Henry point. Vincent McConville capped a great evening for him when he scored his eighth point. Fergal Henry and Thomas Gallagher brought some respectability to the score when they added the last two points to leave the final score. St.Mary’s 0.15 v 0.08 St.Joseph’s.

Aghagallon were the much better team on the night but the Glenavy lads will be disappointed by their performance.   

Team: Jake Nelson; Patrick Fox; Anthony Gallagher; Chris Grant (Declan Doone); Lorcan Small; Liam Henry; Pearse O’Neill (Oliver Brankin); Jack Hill (Patrick McLaughlin); Orin McGarry (David Nelson); Malachi Doherty; Aodh O’Neill; Michael Kane; Fergal Henry; Thomas Gallagher; Ryan Malley.

Referee Brendan Toland Lamh Dhearg.


Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship (quarter-final)

St John's 2-15 Glenavy 0-9

They final score in this game is certainly not a true reflection of the sixty minutes play. St.John’s who are runners up in division one league found their division two winners a worthy opponent until the final few minutes when they scored 2.03.

An over fussy referee spoiled this championship game with yellow black and red cards in a game that hadn’t a bad foul from start to finish. St.John’s had a player red carded. St.Joseph’s had two players red carded and another black carded. All the cards seemed harsh.

St.John’s were hot favourites to progress to the semi-final but were given a stern test as the Chapel Hill side put it up to them. The country side were dealt a blow after six minutes when they lost their midfielder Ciaran Loney through injury.

The Belfast side led from start to finish Glenavy always hung in there and indeed could have caused an upset if their attack had made more use pf the possession they had. The long ball into full forward Domnic could have worked better if the other forwards had given him more support. The Glenavy defence worked extremely hard to keep the opposition at bay.

In the fifth minute Patrick McBride had the first score when he pointed a free for a lead his side never lost. Dominic Gallagher earned a free that cousin Alex Gallagher tapped over. Back came the Corrigan Park side with a point from Jack Hannigan's

St John's were now dominating midfield but the Lough Shore defence were standing firm which restricted their opponents to long range shooting.. A Patrick  McBride free put two between the sides. Matthew Fitzpatrick added a point when .he bore down on goal and with a bullet of a shot was brilliantly turned over the bar by Gerard Hamilton in the Glenavy goal.

Dominic Gallagher pulled a point back to narrow the gap.  Then we had what was the score of the game when full-back, Jonathan Phillips finished off a fine move with a point to put the minimum between the sides. With time approaching halftime Conor Johnston and Michael Bradley (with two) added points to leave the score 0.7 v 0.3.

Michael Bradley extended St.John’s lead when he pointed directly from the throwin. Glenavy went into the attack and were rewarded with a Michael McCourt pointed free. St.John’s went into a six point lead with points from Conor Johnston a pointed Patrick McBride Free. Glenavy were then reduced to 14 players when Conor Hamill received a second yellow. Patrick Gallagher hit back with a point quickly followed by another from his brother James who had just entered the fray to leave two between the sides. Conor Johnston then showed great skill he curled over.

Michael McCourt closed the gap when he pointed from an acute angle and when  full back Jonathan Phillips kicked over his second point things were looking good for the orangemen. Once again the division two winners were dealt a blow when they lost their substitute fullback Chris Scullion to a debatable black card.

Conor Johnston extended his sides lead with a point. On fifty four minutes James Gallagher closed the gap again with a point. We then had a double sending off when Ciaran Garland and James Gallagher were dismissed for an off the ball incident.

The Johnnies made use of the extra man and with their opponents tiring they ran out easy winners. Ryan McNulty pointed a free and their win was sealed when Patrick Bradley added a goal to his tally. Mathew Fitzpatrick had their second goal straight from the kickout. McNulty and substitute McGlade added points to leave them twelve point winners.

ST JOHN'S: P Nugent; C Garland, A Douglas, M Dudley; P Donnelly, S Tierney, R McNulty; R McCafferty, S McDonagh; P McBride, M Bradley, M Fitzpatrick; L Peden, C. Johnston, J Hannigan. Subs: A Oliver for P Donnelly (36), C McGlade.for S McDonagh..

GLENAVY: G Hamilton; M Nelson, J Phillips, N McLaughlin; M Hamill, C Hamill, R Phillips; M Johnston, C Loney; P Gallagher, O Gallagher, M McCourt; F Cunningham, D Gallagher, A Gallagher. Subs: C Scullion for C Loney (9), J Gallagher for F Cunningham (43), N McCann for A Gallagher;, M Doherty for M McCourt; Black card: C Scullion (48, replaced by S McGirr).

Referee Paul McKeever (Portglenone)


St.Enda’s Gain Promotion

St.Enda’s 2.11 v 2.08 St.Joseph’s

With Glenavy already crowned league champions this game still had a very important edge to it. If the Hightown side won they would be promoted. The large present, including several Moneyglass members hoping Glenavy would win which would have given them promotion, were entertained to an exciting game played on a slippery pitch.

James Gallagher and M. Morgan exchanged points to get the scoreboard ticking over. Michael McCourt pointed to put his side in front. Ciaran Thompson and Donal Walsh added points before Ronan Scott had the game’s first goal. Even though the visitors fielded without several first team players they lads that came in were gelling well and were rewarded with a Niall McCann goal to bring the sides level. The Chapel Hill side missed an excellent opportunity of going in front when the missed an excellent gaoling opportunity.

Donal Walsh playing at full forward was giving his marker a hard time and got in for a very well worked goal. Walsh pointed a 45 to put his side two up. The Glengormley men were in control at this stage and when Orin Eastwood pointed quickly followed by a Ciaran Thompson goal things looked bleak for the visitors

Halftime score St.Enda’s 2.06 v 1.02 St.Joseph’s

Whatever the management said at halftime the Glenavy lads came out like a new team and quickly added five unanswered points from Niall McCann, Michael McCourt with two (one a 45 and one a free), James Gallagher, Once again the visitors missed drawing level when the missed a gaoling chance. Ryan Kennedy steadied his side with an excellent point. This was followed by an Orin Eastwood point.

County player Patrick Gallagher started a move from midfield which involve several players, he followed in and was on hand to finish with a goal to bring his side to within a point. Michael Morgan pointed a 45 to put more daylight between the sides. One again Michael McCourt was on hand to put the minimum between the sides. With the visitors running out of steam the home side finished the stronger and Michael Morgan put the game beyond the visitors with two points from play to leave the final score St.Enda’s 2.11 v 2.08 St.Joseph’s.

There were great celebrations at the end from the home support with the knowledge that division one football would be played at Hightown in 2018.

St.Enda’s: B. Morgan; K. Jennings; M. McMamee, D. McAnulty, J. McAuley; C. Little, N. McKeown,  P. Curran (E. Gibson), C. Thompson, O. Eastwood, K. Healey, D. Walsh, R, Scott, M. Morgan.

St.Joseph’s: G. Hamilton, M. Nelson, J. Phillips, N. McLaughlin, M. Hamill, S. McGirr (F. McMullan), R. Phillips, P. Gallagher (N. McCann), P. Traynor, N. McCann (E. Henry) (T. Gallagher for E. Henry), M. McCourt (L. Hennan), N. Scullion (Alex. Gallagher), J. Gallagher, M. Doherty.

Referee C. Hemsworth St.Paul’s 


2017 Laverty Cup Final

All Saints 4-13 v Glenavy 3-15

An excellent  free from Lorenzo Dawkins late in the game pointed All Saints Ballymena to Laverty Cup success and broke the hearts of a brave St. Joseph's Glenavy. A few weeks ago these two clubs met in the South West U16 Shield final and served up a real goals and points feast of football with All Saints just getting their nose in front at the finishing tape to take the verdict. In that game All Saints raced into an early 10 point lead against the Chapel Hill side before being reeled in by St. Joseph’s just before half time.

In a ding dong second half, with the result in the balance right until the final whistle it was the Ballymena side who got the final score to give them the verdict and break the opposition’s hearts.

On Sunday we had something of a role reversal as Glenavy came flying out of the traps with the impressive Fergal Henry hitting the first three points before Liam Henry set up Fergal Henry for the game’s opening goal.

Points from Henry and a brace of goals from Tomas Gallagher saw the Chapel Hill side move 3-1 to a point ahead at the end of the first quarter but eventually All Saints steadied the ship, helped by a penalty conversion by Kavan Keenan.

Jake White celebrated his introduction from the bench with a second and at half time the Ballymena side had made great inroads into the Glenavy lead cutting the deficit to a single point, 3-4 to 2-6.

The thrills continued after the break as this fine exhibition of end to end football continued with the result in the balance right to the final whistle. Second half goals from Shea O’Brien and another from Conor Stewart late in the game swayed it in favour of All Saints.

Glenavy kept in touch with some excellent points with Aodh O’Neill, Malachy Doherty, Fergal Henry and Tomas Gallagher leading the way and it took an excellent pointed free from Lorenzo Dawkins from out near the side-line and close to the ‘45’ to clinch it for the Slemish Park side.

Best for All Saints were Rhys O'Mullan, Cormac Lemon, Ryan McGarry Bailey McNeill and Conor Stewart while the losers had solid performers in Aodh O'Neill, Michael Kane, Anthony Gallagher, Fergal Henry and Tomas Gallagher.


St.Joseph’s Glenavy Win Division Two League

St.Bridgid’s 2.10 v 1.16 St.Joseph’s

Glenavy travelled to Musgrave Park knowing a win would secure the league title. Starting with six of normal fifteen missing for a variety of reasons success didn’t look too bright. The six players that came in did an excellent job and jelled into the system of play very quickly. A heavy shower left an excellent pitch very slippery which resulted with players slipping at crucial moments. Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of play and the art of score taking.

Alex Gallagher got the visitors going with a pointed free quickly followed by cousin Owen splitting the sticks for an excellent point. Back came the city side with three minors from Jack Dowling, Ronan McGrady and Peter Lundy to put their side in front. Alex Gallagher and Ronan McGrady exchanged pointed frees. We then had the first goal of the game when county player Patrick Gallagher lob the ball into the square for brother Domnic to send the visiting supporters into high spirits when he pounced and scored what turned out to be a crucial goal.

Back came the lads in white and blue with some excellent play which was rewarded with points from James Smyth and Ben Leonard to level the scores. The experienced Michael McCourt got his side back in front with a point from play and a pointed free. The hard working midfielder Ciaran Loney broke through for a well worked point. Fergus Cunningham put his side four in front with a point from out on the sideline.

Glenavy were dealt a blow when the lost their influential full forward Domnic Gallagher with hamstring trouble, he was replaced by brother James. Against the run of play St.Bridgid’s put a move together which caught the visitors defence flatfooted for Peter Lundy to bury the ball in the Glenavy net to leave the score 1.07 v 1.06  in Glenavy’s favour. The referee blew the halftime whistle.

From the throw-in the ever reliable Michael pointed a long distance free. We then had a fightback from the home side first Ronan McGrady pointed a free. From the kickout county player Jack Dowling gained possession and got the ball through   quickly through to the inrushing Ronan McGrady who gave the keeper no chance. Ronan put his side three up with a pointed free.

This Glenavy team is made of stern stuff and responded to the knockback with seven unanswered points. Owen Gallagher added two followed by Niall McCann (good to see Niall back after his shoulder injury at the start of the season) point. Ciaran Loney, Owen Gallagher, Niall McCann and Michael McCourt added points. Ronan McGrady had a point from play and one from a forty-five to complete his sides scoring. Michael McCourt had the game’s final point.

St.Brigid’s through everything into attack but the orange men’s defence stood firm. Referee Barry Coyle blew the full time whistle to the delight of the players and supporters. It’s twenty five years since St.Joseph’s last won division two.

Glenavy: Gerard Hamilton, Martin Nelson, Conor Hamill, Johnny Phillips, Sean McGirr, Patrick Gallagher (C), Ryan Phillips, Peter Traynor, Ciaran Loney, Michael McCourt, Owen Gallagher, Alex Gallagher, Niall McCann, Domnic Gallagher (James Gallagher 20m), Fergus Cunningham.

St.Brigid’s: Stephen Morrisey; Finn McKernan; Ryan Daly; Niall George; Michael Cummings; Conor King; Barry McMahon; Cathal Conway; Jack Dowling:  Fergal Hegarty; James Smith; Peter Lundy; Ethan Carlton; Ronan McGrady; Andrew Sweeney.

Referee: Barry Coyle St.Paul’s

 All County Football League Div 2Glenavy: 2.13 (19) Tír na nÓg 1.08 (11)

Glenavy took a step nearer the Division 2 Football title when a strong second half performance saw them see off the challenge of Tír na nÓg  at Chapel Hill. The Randalstown men led by one point at half time but Glenavy came out and made their mark on the game and claimed an 8 point victory at Chapel Hill to secure promotion into the top division in 2018.

Owen Gallagher got the first two points of the game after six minutes before Christy Sheerin pulled one back for the blues. Gallagher struck again after ten minute to put his team two clear but Christy Sheerin kept the visitors in the game with a free after Chris Scullion handled the ball on the ground. Tír na nÓg continuously tried long balls into the full forward line however with Sean Duffin dropping back into the defence the Glenavy men mopped up everything that was fired at them.

A Christy Sheerin point from 40 metres out with the outside of his left foot spilt the Glenavy posts, an excellent points and his third of the game and Darren McCormick was fouled going forward Pearse Sheerin added to his team’s total with a pointed free. After 20mins Glenavy keeper Gerard Hamilton pulled off a wonderful save to deny wing forward Sean Redmond and after Sheeren hit the resultant 45 short, Darragh Fegan got the last score of the half to leave the visitors leading by one point (0-5 to 0-4).

Fergus Cunningham got the home side off the mark with two points in as many minutes at the start of the second half and to take the lead once again. Alex Gallagher added one from a free before Christy Sheerin got one back for the Ógs. The home side then took a firm grip of the game when Ryan Phillips and Owen Gallagher combined to place Alex Gallagher for the first goal of the game. The Randalstown men responded well with a point from Ciaran Logan followed by a goal from Ciaran McKeown following a brilliant mark from Caoimhin Duffin. Malachy Doherty who had just been introduced for Eoin Henry made and quick impression as he slotted over two minutes after coming on the field.

With 20 minutes remaining, torrential rain accompanied by thunder and lightning made conditions extremely difficult, but Conor Hamill battled through it all to take a point from centre half back to increase the Glenavy lead. Both teams rang the changes with Glenavy introducing Peter Trainor for Alex Gallagher while Tir na nÓg brought on Darren O'Kane and Declan Mallon. A twenty free for the home side saw Trainor hit a short ball to Owen Gallagher who was dragged down by the visitors defence and from the resultant award Gallagher spilt the posts for his fourth point of the game. Michael McCourt got the next point of the game to leave the score 1.11 to 1.07 and in the next play McCourt was back in his own full back line to make an interception to set up an attack which seen Cunningham kick his third point. Niall McCann was introduced into the game with five minutes to go and to play his first game of the year after a shoulder injury and he showed no ill effects of the lay-off as he pointed with his first touch of the ball. Christy Sheerin pulled one back as he pointed for the blues but the last score of the game went to the homes side when a Hamill interception put Malachy Doherty clear for a goal to wrap up a convincing win.

This 8 point victory sees Glenavy earn 2 more points and a total of 23 after 11 wins, which will secure their promotion into the top division in 2018.

Glenavy G. Hamilton 2. M. Nelson 3. C. Scullion 4. M. Hamill 17. R. Philips 6. C. Hamill 7. J. Philips 8. T. Gallagher 9. C. Lonely 10. E. Henry 11. O. Gallagher 12. M. McCourt 13. Fergus Cunningham 14. D. Gallagher 15. A. Gallagher 18. N. McCann 19. S. McGirr 20. Peter Trainor 21. Malachy Doherty 22. Fra McMullan

Scorers: O. Gallagher (0.4- 1 free/1 45), M. Doherty (1.1) A. Gallagher (1.1- 1free), F. Cunningham (0.3), C. Hamill (0.2), M. McCourt (0.1), N. McCann (0.1)

Subs: S. McGirr for C. Scullion (15mins), M. Doherty for E. Henry (40mins), P. Trainor for A. Gallagher (46mins), N. McCann for F. Cunningham (56mins), F. McMullan for M. Nelson (62mins)

Tír na nÓg: SP McAtamney 2. B. Magee 3. Colm Duffin  4. D. Martin 5. C. Logan 6. Caoimhin Duffin 7. D. McCormick 8. R. O'Neill 9. P. Sheerin 10. S. Duffin 11. R. Fitzgerald 12. C. Sheerin 13. K. Sheerin 14. S. Duffin 15. D. Fegan 20. C. Mckeown 22. M. Duffin 23. D. Mallon 24. C. Montgomery 25. D. O'Kane

Scorers: C. Sheerin (0.5- 3 frees), C. McKeown (1.0), P. Sheerin 0.1- 1free), D. Fegan (0.1), C. Logan (0.1)

Subs: C. McKeown for R. O'Neill (33mins), M. Duffin for R. Fitzgerald (42mins), D. O'Kane for P. Sheerin (47mins), D. Mallon for C. Logan (50mins), C. Montgomery for B. Magee (53mins)

Referee: Fiontan McCotter Sarsfield's.

 Breslin Shield Final

All Saints 4-13  Glenavy 3-15

All Saints Ballymena are this year’s Breslin Shield Winners. In a titanic battle in Moneyglass on Sunday evening they hung on to deny a brave Glenavy in a game that had more twists and turns than a corkscrew.

The Ballymena side looked like running away with the contest early on as they raced into a 3-3 to 0-2 lead and their supporters might have been forgiven for thinking the game was already over at this stage but the Chapel Hill side staged a remarkable come-back to reel in the All Saints lead.

All Saints took control from the throw in and points from Jake White and Ruairi Campbell in response to one from Fergal Henry saw them hit the front after seven minutes play. Jake White then raced through again before setting up Campbell for the opening goal of the game and from the resulting kick-out the same player intercepted before racing in for a second.

Aidan Scullion added a goal and a point to make it 3-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes and at this stage it looked like a complete route for the Slemish Park side but Glenavy survived the early onslaught and slowly began to get a foothold in the game .

Callum Crighton began the fight back with a goal in the 19th minute and as the Chapel Hill side grew in confidence Fergal Henry began to stamp his class on proceedings. The big number 11 struck three points, one from a penalty that sailed over off the crossbar, with Oisin Connolly replying with a point for the Ballymena side but the momentum was now very much with St. Joseph’s.

Now well on top around mid-field the boys in Orange pressed forward once more and a fisted goal from Matthew Horner, another from Aodh O’Neill and points from O’Neill and Henry saw them head for the dressing room 3-6 to 3-4 ahead after completing an unbelievable turn around.


All Saints looked shell shocked but whatever was said to them in the dressing room seemed to steady them as they returned for the second half. They were now battling again for possession and Oisinn Connolly got them on their way with an early point.

Fergal Henry responded with a fisted point before Aidan Scullion hit back with a great point direct from a ‘45’ as play swung from end to end and fortunes swung too and fro. Ruairi Campbell looked to have placed Conor O’Rawe for an All Saints goal but his fisted attempt was cleared off the line as the pace of the game increased.

The Ballymena side looked set to score again but their insistence on going for goal was being thwarted by a resolute Glenavy defence and St. Joseph’s soaked up the pressure before responding with a good point from Anthony Gallagher to move three ahead again after 11 minutes.

Glenavy continued to press and Matthew Horner rose to fist over and might have had a goal as they threatened to take control. Aidan Scullion, who’s place kicking was exceptional throughout the game replied from a 20 meter free and Jake White sent a first time ground shot screaming over as the eventual winners responded once more.

It was now end to end stuff in a compelling contest as the irrepressible Scullion brought matters level again from a couple of well struck frees but again the Chapel Hill side responded with a point from Fergal Henry after Jason Givens in the All Saints goals brought off a splendid save to deny Matthew Horner.

The Glenavy side continued to press but the Ballymena defence, which had looked so vulnerable throughout the game were now getting closer to their men and putting in telling tackles and the Slemish Park side struck with a deadly counter attack as Aidan Scullion raced in for their fourth goal.

Crighton and Henry responded with points for Glenavy with Scullion again easing the pressure with an All Saints point with three minutes remaining and it was still anyone’s game at this stage and when Fergal Henry and Chris Grant struck with late points the sides were level for the umpteenth time.

The momentum now looked to have swung again in favour of Gavin Phillips side but from the resulting kick-out Jake White rose to make a terrific catch before placing that man Scullion for an excellent point that was to prove the match winner.


Those who paid in at Moneyglass for this game certainly got value for their money. This was a great advert for attacking football. Forget about defensive coaching manuals. It seemed at times that both management teams had torn up the coaching books as their sides went head to head in an effort to outscore the other.

It’s a pity there had to be a loser and this game could have gone either way and perhaps a draw would have been a fair result but on the night All Saints had a match winning place kicker in Aidan Scullion and it was perhaps fitting that he should get the score that decided the fate of the Breslin Shield.

Both sides were laced with skilful players and I have a feeling these two side will have more big battles in the future and both sides were a credit to their managers, All Saints for keeping going when things looked bad and Glenavy for the sporting manner in which they accepted defeat.

All Saints: Jason Givens: Ronan McKillop, Rory McAllister, Conall Killough: Kevin Brady, Conall O’Neill (Captain), Luke Mulholland: Jake White, Oisin Connolly: Conor O’Rawe, Kieran O’Boyle, Aidan Scullion: Charlie Metrustry, Ruiari Campbell, Angus Steele. Subs: Ciaran Campbell, Jack Donnelly, Sean Hasson,

Glenavy: Conor Jones: Lorcan O’Neill, Jack McCann, Darragh Doherty: Cal Burke, Chris Grant, Anthony O’Hare: Finn Malley, Anthony Gallagher: Matthew Horner, Fergal Henry, Callum Crighton: Lorcan Nelson, Aodh O’Neill, James Mulholland. Subs: Rory McCann, Sean McCambridge, Darragh Armstrong, Patrick O’Leary, Matthew Magee.

Referee: Kevin Parke (St. Enda’s)


Antrim Division 2 Football (2nd Phase)

St.Ergnat’s 2.10 v 5.11 St.Joseph’s

Glenavy travelled to Moneyglass hoping to avenge their only defeat in the league. This was an excellent game of football played at championship pace from start to finish. The game had everything with both sides taking excellent scores and hard tackles were the order of the day. The visitors who were league leaders going into the game lead from start to finish.

Alex Gallagher got the scoreboard ticking when he split the posts after a jinking solo run. From the kickout the Toome side went straight up the pitch and fullforward Liam Brady took a pass and had the game level. Playing an exciting brand of football the visitors went into a 1.04 v0.02 lead after 12 minutes. Owen Gallagher pointed quickly followed by a point from cousin Alex and not to be outdone Domnic Gallagher added a point. With a sweeping move from defence the Chapel Hill side pushed forward and when Domnic Gallagher passed the ball to his brother Patrick who landed the ball in the back of the net.

St.Joseph’s suffered a severe setback when their influential midfielder Michael Johnston was very unlucky to be dismissed with a red card. The Marian Hill side came back into the game with points from Conal Prenter and Pat McCormick added points to narrow the gap to four. To their credit the visitors had regrouped and Owen Gallagher steadied the ship with a fisted point. Centre back Conor Hamill gained possession and got the ball to the inrushing Alex Gallagher who found the corner of the net. Urged on by the home vocal support the players responded and Ryan Boyd gave them hope when he scored a beauty from an impossible angle. Conor Hamill broke forward to score a point. Back came the side in saffron with a well worked move the ball was lobbed in by S. Duffin which was misjudged by the Glenavy keeper and the ball was in the back of the net. Pat McCormick added a point as the referee blew the haltime whistle. Score St.Ergnat’s 1.05 v 2.06 St.Joseph’s.

The home support was hoping for a big response from their side as the secondhalf started Dermot McErlain got them going with an excellent point.  Michael McCourt proved Glenavy were not going to let this one slip when he ran the full length of the pitch to finish a flowing move with a point. Liam Brady pointed a free and Conal Prenter added one from play to level the scores for the second time. Once again back came the visitors with a point from the hard working Owen Gallagher. We were then treated to the best move of the game with play starting with the keeper and involved seven players before the ball was released to the ever alert Alex Gallagher took a pass and coolly took his goal to put his side six in front.

Dermot McErlain and Conor Boyd had a point each to close the gap. The orangemen

Showed there was still life left in them when team captain added a point to put five between the sides. Liam Brady once again split the posts to give his side hope. Any chance Moneyglass gad of closing the gap was snuffed out in the next five minutes with Michael McCourt and Conor Hamill added points to their tally. Domnic Gallagher made sure of victory when he one again found the net.  Eoin Henry had Glenavy’s final score when he pointed. Seamus Brady had the final score when he pointed. To leave the final score 5.11 v 2.11 in Glenavy’s favour.

Glenavy: G. Hamilton, M. Nelson, C. Scullion; R. Phillips; M. Hamill; C. Hamill;          J. Phillips; M. Johnston; C. Loney; P. Gallagher; O. Gallagher; M. McCourt;  N. Scullion (E. Henry): D. Gallagher (F. Cunningham); A. Gallagher (Sean McGirr).    

Moneyglass: M. Carey; M. Neeson; J. McMeel; S. Kelly; P. McCormick; T. Duffin ; S. Devlin; R. Boyd. S. Duffin; G. Murray; P. Tohill; D. McErlain . C. Prenter 14. Liam Brady 15. Padraig Mackle

  Referee: Karol Doherty Rasharkin

Antrim Division 2 Football League

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.14 v 0.08 St.Enda’s

This top of the table clash was played at Glenavy on an excellent pitch. The shower of rain that fell just as the ball was thrown i made for slippery under foot conditions. Level on three occasions in the first half nobody in the large crowd present would have guessed how the second half turned out.

St.Enda’s made the better start with two points from Christopher Hanley. After five minutes the game was level wit points for the home side from Michael Johnston and Mathew Hamill. Donal Walsh got on the score sheet with an excellent point from an acute angle. Nigel Scullion fisted a point to bring the sides level. St.Enda’s went in front  again when Michael McGill pointed. The Loughview men were gaining control around midfield and made possession count when Alex Gallagher split the post with a beauty. Conor Hamill broke through from his centre back position to add to the scoresheet.

Domnic Gallagher playing at full forward was causing the St.Enda’s defence all sorts of trouble and was rewarded for his hard work when he left his marker stranded and put his side two in front. With play moving from end to end and both defences not giving an inch scores were hard won. The Glengormley side finished the half the stronger and brought the sides level with a brace from Donal Walsh and a pointed 45  from goalkeeper Dan Fleeton to leave the halftime score six each.

The home side started the secondhalf in whirlwind fashion and added 2.6 before St.Enda’s got a pointed free twenty minutes in. Glenavy had points from Owen Gallagher, Michael McCourt and Patrick Gallagher. When Domnic Gallagher found the back of the net the writing was on the wall for the visitors. The hill side were now in complete control. The hard working Alex Gallagher was fouled in the square Michael McCourt stepped up and gave the keeper no chance as he found the net. St.Enda’s keeper brought off a brilliant save to stop what looked like a certain goal chance. Ryan Phillips added to the home sides tally with an excellent point.

Now ten points in front the Glenavy management made some changes to the line up. Fergus Cunningham, James Gallagher, Eoin Henry and Johnny Phillips joined the fray. Owen and Domnic Gallagher added points before Orin Eastwood pointed two frees for his side’s only scores in the second half. Eoin Henry and Michael McCourt brought proceedings to an end with two points to leave the score 2.14 v 0.08 in Glenavy’s favour.

 Both side deserve great credit in the sporting manner the game was played in which made Thomas McGilligan’s job that much easier. I’m sure St.Enda’s are looking forward to the next phase of the league to get the opportunity to get revenge.

Glenavy: Gerard Hamilton; Martin Nelson; Chris Scullion; Niall McLaughlin; Mathew Hamill; Conor Hamill; Ryan Phillips; Michael Johnston; Ciaran Loney; Owen Gallagher (Johnny Phillips); Patrick Gallagher; Michael McCourt; Niall Scullion (Eoin Henry); Domnic Gallagher (James Gallagher) ; Alex Gallagher (Fergus Cunningham).

Ladies Football - Under 16 League

It was a windy night on the hill as Glenavy Under 16 Girls took on Rossa in the All County League at Chapel Hill.
Visitors Rossa took an early lead with a goal in the opening minute, but the Glenavy girls fought back with Ellen Morgan trying to even the score but her shot went narrowly wide and soon afterwards Naomh Steele again just failed to put some points on the board after a great run. However the opening goal was to come for Glenavy soon afterwards when an excellent shot from Ana Mulholland found the Rossa net.

Rossa hit back strongly with two goals but a great pass from Ellen Morgan to Naomh Steele set her up for an excellent point soon afterwards. Rossa were holding to a slender lead and it looked like they would go in at half time holding that one point advantage but just before the break Samantha Largey hit another great point to tie the scores at half time on 2-05 to 3-02.

After the break both teams battled hard to gain an advantage and Naomh Steele sent over an excellent point to put Glenavy back in front. Rossa hit back with a goal but great work by defenders Beth Hamill and Fiona Matthews saw them work the ball up the field in a move that lead to Glenavy’s fourth goal. Rossa hit back with another goal grab a two point lead late in the game but Glenavy would not be denied and a great solo run from Ellen Morgan saw her fire the ball to the Rossa net to secure a great win for Glenavy.

Antrim Football League Division 2.

Davitt’s 0.02 v 6.19 St.Joseph’s

After the disappointment of Wednesday evening when Ardoyne failed to field Glenavy were looking to the game against Davitt’s. Even though with league positions at either end of the table games between these sides are generally fairly close, not on this occasion as the visitors ran out convincing winners by a thirty five point margin. The hill side was 1.06 in front before Aaron Slane pointed for Davitt’s, this proved to be their only score in the first half.

Alex Gallagher started the scoring with a point quickly followed by his cousin Domnic finding the back of the net. Matthew Hamill broke forward to add a minor. Then we had the Gallagher scoring show with a tally of 2.05. Alex plundered 1.03, Domnic helped himself to 1.01 while Owen added a point. Aaron Slane took a point from a free. Michael Johnston and Michael McCourt got their names on score sheet with a point a piece. Just before the break Domnic and Alex Gallagher added goals to leave the haltime score 5.10 v 0.01 to the Chapel Hill side.

At halftime a strong breeze blew up to favour the Belfast side they didn’t make use of it. Eoin Henry and Fergus Cunningham joined the fray and soon were on the Glenavy scoring list with points from Fergus with two and Eoin adding two. Michael McCourt split the posts and Fergus Cunningham added two more to his tally Team captain Patrick Gallagher added to the long list of scorers when he fisted over the bar.  Conor Hamill broke up field to add a point. Just before the fulltime whistle Martin Nelson and came up from corner back to get a point, Davitt’s had the last score when they got a consolation point.

This win puts the Orangemen top of the table but the run in will test their mettle. Next up is St.Enda’s.

Glenavy Scores: Domnic Gallagher 3.03; Alex Gallagher 2.04, Eoin Henry 1.01; Fergus Cunningham 0.04, Michael McCourt 0.02, Owen Gallagher 0.01, Michael Johnston 0.01, Patrick Gallagher 0.01, Conor Hamill 0.01 & Martin Nelson 0.01.  

Davitt’s: Aaron Slane 0.02.

Glenavy Team: Gerard Hamilton; Martin Nelson; Chris Scullion; Niall McLaughlin; Mathew Hamill; Conor Hamill; Ryan Phillips (Sean McGirr); Michael Johnston; Ciaran Loney; Owen Gallagher; Patrick Gallagher (C); Michael McCourt (Malachi Doherty); Nigel Scullion; (Fergus Cunningham)  Domnic Gallagher & Alex Gallagher (Eoin Henry)

Referee: Mark McDonald St.Gall’s    

South West Antrim U14 Football League

St. Joseph’s Glenavy  V St. Comgall’s Antrim

Going into this game the Glenavy team had unbeaten record and were determined to keep it that way. However they knew the Antrim team were no push overs and were going to give them a real physical battle. The team rotation policy of the Glenavy coaches say many players in unfamiliar positions and a few others rested but the coaches had great confidence in the players stepping up.

Five unanswered points two from Darragh Armstrong, two from Rory Nelson and the pick of the bunch from lightning quick Shay O’Neill, seemed to give the Glenavy men confidence but this was soon to change as the Antrim Full forward struck two quick goals and a point to level the game.

An excellently work move seen Conall Hanna fire the ball past the Antrim keeper to restore Glenavy’s lead. This was followed by a well taken point by Midfield giant Chris Beaumont.

A beautifully taken penalty by Matthew Lawler followed by another individual goal by the same player saw the half finish 4-5 to 2-1 in favour of the Chapel Road men.The Antrim team were not finished and started the second half with more determination and even more physicality. Changes made at half time for the Glenavy team saw Darragh the Dodger Doherty take up position between the stick where he was kept busy in the first 5 minutes, making two excellent saves and just failing to reach another powerful shot from the accurate boot of the Antrim 14 who had completed a hat-trick. However this was to be his last score as the Fighting Fit Finn Malley took up a man to man marking role snuffing out the Antrim. Antrim scored two more points to bring their final tally to a hard earned 3:3 but at this stage they seemed spent.

Glenavy seized the opportunity to run at the Antrim team moving the ball quickly through the ranks, holding on when under pressure and tackling tenaciously when the ball was lost. (skills taken straight from the Practice Ground)  The lighting speed and awareness to the Timmy The Tank Hunnyford proved unstoppable and although not getting on the scoreboard himself he was involved in everything, from defence to attack. A goal and two points  from Shay O’Neill, further points from Darragh Armstrong and Chris Beaumont and  two more from Matthew The Mauler Lawler brought Glenavy’s Winning total to 5:12 to 3:3. An excellent win for the Glenavy men but one that they would be quick to admit was very hard fought for and not total reflective of the hard fought entertaining  game.

South West Laverty Cup Semi-Final

Glenavy 3.10 v 3.07 Dunloy

Cuchullian’s travelled to Glenavy as Laverty Cup holders but after an excellent game returned home empty handed. This game provided both sets of supporters some anxious moments as both sides fought for a win.

The visitors got the perfect start with a goal from the impressive Sean Elliott after twenty seconds play. From the kickout Jack Hill got possession and quickly passed to Thomas Gallagher who had the sides’ level with just a minute gone. The home side was getting the better ball around midfield and targeting Thomas Gallagher at fullforward. The exchanges between the fullforward and fullback were one of the highlights of the game. Malachi Doherty pointed a free to put his side in front.

Pearse O’Neill stole forward and took a pass from Aodh O’Neill and rattled the net to put his side four up. With free flowing football from both sides scores were going to come. Once again with a swift move from defence Sean Elliott received the ball and gave the home keeper no chance with a bullet to the net. Thomas Gallagher pointed for the hill side before the speedy Elliott got through for another goal to put his side one up. Orin McGarry pointed a beauty to bring the sides level.

On twenty five minutes Declan Smith had Dunloy’s first point. Malachi Doherty brought the sides level when he pointed a free from an acute angle. With the home support behind them Glenavy began getting the better of their tight marking opponents. With a move that started from the home keeper Jake Nelson and carried on by Jack Hill who got the ball to Thomas Gallagher who spotted his brother Thomas who coolly placed the ball beyond the keeper. Thomas Gallagher and Jack Hill pointed to leave the halftime score Glenavy 3.06 v 3.01.

Fergal Henry joined the game at halftime and was immediately pointed. Now facing a seven point deficit the North Antrim side really put it up to the division one side. Scores were becoming harder to with both defences putting in an enormous amount of work on an extremely hot evening. Anthony Smith got on the scoreboard with a point quickly followed by a Thomas Gallagher point. Sean Elliott pointed to leave five between the sides.

St.Joseph’s were dealt a blow when the lost their influential midfielder to a black card, he was replaced by Chris Grant. Fergal Henry doubled his scoring when he took a point while under pressure. Cuchullian’s were now getting to grips with midfield and fro two excellent possessions Declan & Anthony added points. Aaron McGarry stopped the rot with an excellent point. With time running out Dunloy threw everything into their attack which was blocked on several occasions by a resolute defence. Anthony & Declan Smith did get through for points to leave a nail biting finish with the home side three up. There was jubilation for the home side as they had reached the final for the first time in five years.     


Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football League Div 1:

Moneyglass 7.1 Glenavy 0.6

Moneyglass hosted Glenavy ladies on Sunday evening at Marian Hill and having beat the visitors in the reverse fixture earlier in the year they understandably started favourites.

After 3 minutes Eleanor Mallon got the girls in blue off the mark with a goal swiftly followed by a point from captain Cathy Carey. Aimee McAtamney returned to the starting 15 this evening after almost a year out with a knee injury and she pointed after seven minutes. Teresa Scullion, new to the moneyglass fold this year, broke through from midfield to hit the target before Megan McGarry fired over Glenavy's first point of the half assisted by Edel Christie. Eleanor Mallon and Aimee McAtamney fired over two more points before Beverley Graffin also found the net from a driving run made by Danielle Duffin. Glenavy's full forward Fionnuala Connor fought back with another well taken point, followed by a point from Bronagh Cunningham.  The home team continuted their dominations and before  half-time Cathy Carey found the net and Aimee McAtamney brought her tally to three. The ploy of  playing Annemarie McCormick as a sweeper was working effectively for the hosts, as pushed on to lead  at the break by 3.6 to 0.2.

Moneyglass introduced a multiple of substitutions for the start of the second half  and one of those replacements, Orlaith Prenter, started off where her team mates ended and pointed after 30 seconds. Cathy Carey and Aine Devlin got in on the act before Megan McGarry pointed again for the visitors despite Orla Carey and Gearldine Campbell pushing as much ball away as possible. Moneyglass would continue to increase their lead through goals from Orlaith Prenter, Aine Devlin and Teresa Scullion. Natasha O'Neill and Ellen Morgan tried to spur on the visitors  with two points with Bronagh Forrestor. However Orlaith Prenter added 4 more points, Cathy Carey scored a penalty after 50minutes and Aine Devlin finished the scoring for the evening with a point on the stroke of the full whistle.

Moneyglass: 1. Anna McCann 2. Orla Carey 3. Christine McCann 4. Geri Campbell 5. Danielle Duffin 6. Bridget Scullion 7. Sarah Louise Duffin 8. Teresa Scullion 9. Sarah McCann 10. Beverley Graffin 11. Cathy Carey 12. Eleanor Mallon 13. Sinead McLaughlin 14. Aimee McAtamney 15. Annemarie McCormick

Scorers: O. Prenter (1.5), C. Carey (2.2), A. Devlin (1.2), E. Mallon (1.1), T. Scullion (1.1), A. McAtamney (0.3), B. Graffin (1.0)

Subs: Aine Devlin for Aimee McAtamney, Aine Scullin for Beverley Graffin, Cailin Weir for Sarah Louise Duffin, Gemma Laverty for Christine McCann, Laura McCann for Sarah McCann

Glenavy: 1. Orlagh Mullan 2. Eve McCarthy 3. Ciara McCorry 4. Mary McStravick 5. Bronagh Cunningham 6. Cathy Scannell 7. Annie McCambridge 8. Bronagh Forrestor 9. Edel Christie 10. Ellen Morgan 11. Megan McGarry 12. Natasha O'Neill 13. Charlotte Mulholland 14. Fionnuala Connor 15. Michele Gregory

Scorers: Megan McGarry (0.2), Ellen Morgan (0.1), Natasha O'Neill (0.1), Fionnuala Connor (0.1), Bronagh Cunningham (0.1)

                                                                             Laverty Cup Minor Football

                                                                                              St.Joseph’s 8.17   5.09 St.Ergnat’s

Both teams served up a thriller on a cold windy evening at Chapel Hill. Thirty nine scores including thirteen goals helped to keep both sides supporters warm. There was no blanket defences on show. Both teams fielded without several first tem players because of exams and injuries. The players who stepped in gave a competent display and will be fighting for a start in the next game. The very strong wind had a bearing on the game. Glenavy played with the breeze but only pulled away in a three minute period just before halftime with three goals and two points.

Malachie Doherty was first on the scoreboard with a pointed free only to see Dermot McErlean level the game. Malachie Doherty and Pearse O’Neill added two points. The game was flowing from end to end and only for two brilliant saves from Jake Nelson in the Hill sides goal Moneyglass would have been well in front. They eventually beat the keeper when Fintan Murray blasted to the net to put his side one in front. Patrick Fox stole forward and finished a passing movement with a well taken goal. Ben Hamill and Sean Duffin levelled the game with two points.

Michael Kane helped himself to a point to put the Orangemen in front for a lead they never lost, Malachie Doherty pointed from a free. Thomas Gallagher playing at fullforward took a pass from his brother Anthony and used his strength to get through for a well worked goal. Pearse O’Neill stole through the visitors defence for a point. Dermott McErlean and Ben Hamill pulled it back to a four point game.

Glenavy really put the game out of reach for the Toomebridge lads in the next three minutes when they conceded three goals and three points. Aodh O’Neill playing his first game of the season after having a broken ankle got a great cheer when he blasted home. Thomas Gallagher and Orin McGarry added two more goals with Malachie Doherty and Pearse Green getting points apiece. This left the halftime score 5.8 v 1.5 in Glenavy’s favour.

Now playing with the strong breeze everyone expected the visitors to come charging out of the blocks but it didn’t happen. Malachie Doherty took possession from the throwin and ran at the defence before passing to Thomas Gallagher who gave the visiting keeper no chance. Centre back David Nelson took possession from the kickout and went on a solo run before finding the corner of the net. Malachie Doherty split the post from an acute angle to leave the score 7.09 v 1.05.

To their credit the visitors didn’t throw in the towel and pulled themselves together and added points from Fintan Murray and Tyler Cassidy. Malachie Doherty broke had an excellent effort from forty meters. Dermott McErlean who had an excellent game pulled a goal and point back for his side. Once again Thomas Gallagher got on the end of a long ball and found the corner of the net. Malachie Doherty added another point before Dermott McErlean showed he wasn’t finished when he found the corner of the net. Thomas Gallagher pointed and Malachie Doherty with two widened the gap. Sean Duffin had a Moneyglass’ point. Orin McGarry and Patrick Fox added Glenavy last points. Tyler Duffin blasted to the net for the final kick of an exciting game. The final score Glenavy 8.17 v 5.09 Moneyglass

Referee - Brendan McCartan (Aghagallon)

St.Joseph’s 1.14 v 0.09 Cuchullian’s

Glenavy kept their upward drive with this well merited win over Dunloy. The first half was a forgettable affair with both sides guilty of more wides than scores.

The home side raced into a four point lead with the scores coming from Domnic Gallagher, Ciaran Loney, Owen Gallagher and Alex Gallagher. The North Antrim side halved the sores with a pointed free from Keelan Malloy and one from play by Kevin McAllister.  Owen Gallagher split the posts and cousin added a pointed free to put four between the sides.

Keelan Molloy pulled a point back for his side. Ryan Phillips got on the score sheet to leave four between the sides. Kevin McQuillan and Owen Gallagher exchanged points to leave the score at halftime 0.8 v 0.4 in the hill side’s favour.

Glenavy started the second half in whirlwind fashion with Owen Gallagher getting a two points with his brother Patrick getting a well worked goal. Fergus Cunningham added a point quickly followed by a Michael McCourt point leaving their side eleven in front.  Keelan Molloy pointed a free and Owen Gallagher added to his impressive tally when he split the posts.

To their credit the visitors didn’t give up and added four unanswered points from Keelan Molloy with two, and one apiece from Kevin McAllister and Kevin McQuillan. . Michael McCourt got the final score with a point. Referee Jarlath O’Donnell blew the final whistle with the score Glenavy 1.14 v 0.09 Dunloy.

Antrim Division 2 football

 St.Joseph’s 2.09 v 1.09 St.Brigid’s

 Table toppers St.Brigid’s travelled to Glenavy expecting to consoliate their place as league leaders. The men from the hill had other ideas and deservedly sent them home empty handed. The game was played as Gaelic football should be with hard tackling, but fair, good scoring and not a dirty foul from start to finish.

 The game started at whirlwind pace and within two minutes Ronan McGrady had the ball in the back of the Glenavy net. County player Patrick Gallagher got through a tight defence for an excellent point. Conor Doherty added a point for the Malone Road side. Play was flowing from end to end tight defences were making it hard for players getting scores. The ever improving Peter Traynor brought his side back into the game with a well taken point.

 The hill side suffered a blow when the lost their influential midfielder Ciaran Loney through injury. Former county player Owen Gallagher replaced Ciaran for his for start of the season. Domnic Gallagher playing at full forward was giving his marker a horrid time and was rewarded when he took a pass from his brother Owen and took a well taken goal to bring the sides level for the first time. The ever reliable Fergus Cunningham pointed from an acute angle to put the Orangemen one up.

 Ronan McGrady and Conor Doherty put the visitors back in front with hard fought points. Both teams were giving it everything to the delight of the large turnout of their supporters. Owen Gallagher was getting himself back to his best and his effort was rewarded when he split the posts to bring the sides level.  With an exciting first half drawing to a close Fergus Cunningham pointed a free to leave his side one up.

 The Belfast side got the second half off with a pointed free from Ronan McGrady and one from play for the hard working Jason Doherty. Alex Gallagher brought the sides level with a fisted point. James Smith broke from defence and cut through for an excellent point for the Malone Road side.

 With both sides looking for scores it kept their supporters vocal cords exercised.  The sides were level for the fifth time when Owen Gallagher pointed from thirty meters. Peter Traynor pointed to put the Hill side back in front. Ronan McGrady and James Smith pointed frees  to leave the score on fifty five minutes 1.09 v 1.08 in St.Brigid’s favour.

 To their credit the locals put in a big effort to get the equalising score. Full back Oisin Hamill took possession in his own half and with a determined solo run dropped the ball into the square. With all hands trying to get the ball a St.Brigid’s back fouled a Glenavy forward and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. A cool headed Conor Hamill took his time with the kick and gave the visiting keeper no chance. With time running out for the Belfast side they tried everything to get the ball down the pith but the locals held tight and were rewarded when they got a free. Fergus Cunningham did what he usually does when he put the ball over the black spot to leave the delighted home side in from by three. From the kickout the referee blew the full time whistle to leave the score Glenavy 2.09 v 1.09 St.Brigid’s.

 Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of play and sportsmanship shown.

 Referee Sean Laverty Moneyglass.

Antrim League Division 2

Tir Na nÓg 0.10 v 0.11 St.Joseph’s

Both sides went into this game at Whitehill needing points to climb up the table. With a strong breeze blowing diagonally across the pitch it made scoring that much more difficult. The visitors were missing a few established players but their replacements proved more than worthy of their call up.

The ever reliable Michael McCourt put the visitors in front with two excellent points. Playing against the difficult wind the home side got into their rhythm and scored three points from play and one free. Fergus Cunningham pointed a free to leave the minimum between the sides. The Orangemen were dealt a blow when the lost the experienced Fra McMullan to a black card he was replaced by Niall Scullion.

To their credit the Glenavy lads settled and with free running Alex Gallagher causing all sorts of problems for his marker he got through for two well worked points. With half time approaching Michael McCourt split the post with a well directed free from near the sideline. From the kickout the half time whistle blew leaving The visitors in front by two.

Randalstown started the second half like a train and only for an excellent save from Gerard Hamilton in the Glenavy goals they would have been in front. From the resultant forty-five the home keeper split the posts. One again Tir Na nÓg went on the offensive and landed two excellent points. Then came the score of the game when the no 13 was almost the endline planted a beauty over the black spot. Now two in front the lads in blue were putting everything into their attack and only for some resolute defending would have added scores.

Glenavy weathered the storm and levelled the game with two pointed frees. It wasn’t long until the home side took the lead with a point. There was a long delay when Eddie Nelson was injured and Michael McCourt levelled the game from the resultant free. From the kickout Tir Na nÓg gained possession and quickly got the ball the ball to the full forward who put his side one up.

County player Patrick Gallagher gained possession from the kickout and went on one of his jinking runs passed to Fergus Cunningham who pointed to leave the scores level with time almost up. Conal Gallagher fought for possession from the kickout and his cross field kick reached Lorcan Heenan who even under severe pressure from his marker still managed to score what turned out to be the winning point. Once the kickout was taken referee Fiontan McCotter blew the full time whistle to the delight of the Glenavy team and supporters.

Laverty Cup

                                                                                  St.Joseph’s 4.09 v 2.10 St.Mary’s


 When these two teams met in the league Aghagallon went home with a ten point win and would have expected to have succeeded in this cup game. The home side had other ideas and achieved a notable five point win. The game was played on a very cold windy evening.

 The home side was looking for a good start and Malachi Doherty set the scoreboard rolling with a pointed free. Fullforward Thomas Gallagher split the posts to give his side the perfect start. The visitors were not going to lie down and only for a brilliant save from Jake Nelson they would have had a goal. With a strong wind blowing in their favour the side in green got on the scoreboard with a well worked point. From the kickout Aghagallon gained possession and with a few well worked passes the corner forward gave the keeper no chance to put his side two up.

 Jake Murray’s kickout found Jack Hill who quickly got the ball to Thomas Gallagher who went on a solo run and with an accurate pass found the inrushing Malachi Doherty who planted the ball in the back of the net. The visitors had three unanswered points to go back into a two point lead. With haltime approaching Thomas Gallagher closed the gap to the minimum, the halftime whistle went to leave the score Glenavy 1.03 v 1.04.

 Now playing with the wind in their backs the orange men got off to a flying start with centre back David Nelson getting in behind the backs to get a goal to put his side in the lead which they kept until the end. With the home support getting behind the team the players responded by not letting the visitors into the game. Malachi Doherty pointed a free only to see it nullified with a pointed Aghagallon free. Once again that lad Docherty pointed a free from an acute angle. The hill side had a purple patch with two goals and three points. Thomas Gallagher, who had come on as sub, found the net with two brilliant goals. Malachi Doherty added two points and an excellent point from out on the wing from Patrick McCann to leave the score 4.08 v 1.05 in the home side’s favour.

 With the Glenavy lads tiring from the effort they had put in the Aghagallon side were getting more into the game. Aghagallon added two pointed frees before Malachi Doherty pointed which was to prove his side’s last score. The visitors added a goal and three points to leave the final score Glenavy 4.09 v 2.10 Aghagallon.

 When these neighbours meet at any level there is always a large turnout of supporters present and this time was no different. On this occasion the home side won to the delight of their supporters but next time it just might be different. The one thing both clubs found from these players both clubs future will be in safe hands.

  Glenavy Team: Jake Nelson; Patrick Fox; Liam Henry; Patrick McLaughlin; Aran McGarry; David Nelson; Pearse O’Neill; Jack Hill; Ryan Murray; Lorcan Small; Malachi Doherty; Michael Kane; Patrick McCann; Thomas Gallagher; Tiernan Campbell; Reserves used: Anthony Gallagher; Declan Doone; Zak Murray

 Referee John Moran St.James’

                                                                                     Antrim Division 2 Football

St.Joseph’s 2.08 v 0.15 St.Ergnat’s

With both teams playing their first game of the season in league football no-one was sure how things would go. The first half belonged to the home side and lead by six points at the break. Moneyglass through caution to the wind and won the second half by nine points to two. Both teams were guilty of some wayward passing and shooting.

Paddy Gallagher and Malachy McCourt put Glenavy two up with well taken points. Pat McCormick and Miram Neeson levelled the scores after six minutes. With the game being played at breakneck speed scores were hard to come by. Paddy Gallagher and Ramy Doyle exchanged points. The hill side went two in front with points from Paddy Gallagher and Malachy McCourt from a free. Liam Brady closed the gap with an excellent point from out on the wing. Ciaran Loney moved up to take a point to leave the score after twenty minutes six to four in favour of the Orangemen.

The game then had its first goal when a well worked move from midfield was finished off by Paddy Gallagher. Conor Boyle kept his side in the hunt with a point. Glenavy then extended their lead with Nigel Scullion crossing to an unmarked Malachy McCourt who palmed to the net. Niall Boyd had the last score of the half when he split the post to leave the score 2.06 v 0.06 in the home sides favour.

Whatever was said to encourage the visitors at halftime worked. From the throwin Ryan Boyd gained possession to score a point. With the Glenavy defence under some unnecessary frees were conceded and punished by accurate free takers. Conor Boyd and Liam Boyd closed the gap to three from placed balls. Steven McGrath and Connor Duffin added points to close the gap. Then the Moneyglass went in front for the first time when Liam Brady scored two brilliant points. Brady was once again on hand to widen the gap to two with a pointed free.

The football was frantic as the Glenavy men piled on the pressure for scores but the Moneyglass defence stood firm. Fergus Cunningham pointed to leave the bare minimum between the sides. Jim Melli pointed to ensure the hill side needed a goal with time running out. Alex Gallagher pointed a free to leave a point between the sides as referee Vincent Boyle blew the full time whistle.                                         Final score Moneyglass 0.15 v 2.08 Glenavy.

Glenavy won the reserve game on a score 2.09 v 0.06.

Team: Gerard Hamilton; Martin Nelson; Daniel McAlister; Niall McLaughlin; Ryan Phillips; Fra McMullan; Johnny Phillips; Ciaran Loney; Patrick Gallagher; Nigel Scullion (Mathew Hamill); Conal Gallagher; Michael McCourt; Eoin Henry (Fergus Cunningham); Lorcan Heenan; Malachy McCourt.


Antrim A.C. F. L. Division 2 Reserve

St.Joseph’s 4.15 v St.Mary’s 3.11

Both these sides set out to attack at every opportunity which pleased the large number of supporters who turned out on a beautiful sunny afternoon.  The game flowed from end to end with a large amount of good play from both sides. The highlight was a hat trick of goals for Glenavy’s Domnic Gallagher.

First on the scoreboard was Aidan Darragh who split the posts from an acute angel. Michael McCourt replied with a point. Rasharkin went two up when Gerard O’Hanlon and Thomas Doherty added points. Paul Mayo playing his first game for the home side capped a sweeping move when he finished to the net. David McCann got in on the scoring act with a well taken point, Domnic Gallagher got a brace of goals to put his side eight in front.

Gerard O’Hanlon pulled a point back for the visitors. Malachy McCourt added a point for the hill side with a pointed free. Pearse Kelly then had Rasharkin’s first goal to put five in front. The home side then hit five unanswered points from David McCann (two), Michael McCourt, Dominic Gallagher and Malachy McCourt. The referee blew his haltime whistle to leave the score 3.08 v 1.04 in Glenavy’s favour.

Brendan Etherson got the second half going with a beauty from out on the wing.  Fergal Green who had come on at halftime added a Glenavy point. Fergal O’Hanlon brought the scores closer with a point from play. When Domnic Gallagher added his third goal and Gareth Collins, Fergal Green (free), and Edward Nelson kept the home side’s score ticking over with a points it looked all over for the visitors. The score at this point was 4.12 v 1.07 in Glenavy’s favour.

To their credit the Rasharkin lads had other ideas and added a point from Brendan Etherson and a goal from Aidan Darragh. Ben McCambridge stopped the rot when he popped up with a point. Gerard O’Hanlon added a third goal. Michael McCourt and Eddie Nelson once again widened the gap a point apiece, The visitors  put in a strong finish with a goal from Pearce Kelly and points from Killian O’Boyle and Gerard O’Hanlon with two to leave the full time score St.Joseph’s 4.15 v 3.11 St.Mary’s. Referee Sean McAtamney.    


Antrim A.C. F. League Division 2 Reserve.

Sunday 12th. March 17

Antrim 0.09 v 1.16 Glenavy

The game was played at St.Comgall’s and was the first league game on the new Dunsilly complex. Both teams were showing  this was their first game of the season with some poor passing and shooting. The visitors showed a mark improvement in the second half whist playing against a strong breeze,

Joseph Webb got the first point of the game for the home side. Glenavy then had five unanswered points form play with Alex Gallagher chipping in with two, Fergal Green had a brace with one from play and a free from an acute angle. Ben McCambridge added the fifth. Colm Graham added his sides second point to leave the half time score 0.02 v 0.05.

Alex Gallagher got the second half off t with a well worked point. Colm McAuley pulled one back for the home side. Chris Smylie got in on the score sheet  with an excellent point from out on the wing. Paul McAleese scored with a long distant kick to narrow the gap. We were then treated to the  score of the game when Eddie Nelson took possession around midfield and went on a jinking solo run which ended with a shot that gave the keeper no chance of saving.

St.Joseph’s were now in control and with Fergal Green having his shooting boots there was no way back for the lads in green and white. Fergal pointed two frees to leave eight between the sides. Alex Gallagher and Chris Smylie added points for the Chapel Hill side. To their credit Antrim kept plugging away and were rewarded with two point from Stephen Webb and Paul Byrne.

Glenavy were finishing the stronger and added points from a Fergal Green free, Gerard Hamilton’ Chris Smylie and Alex Gallagher. Antrim finished their scoring with a Paul McAleese free and one from play from Paul Quinn. Alex Gallagher closed the scoring with a well taken point. to leave the final score St.Comgall’s 0.09 v 1.16 St.Joseph’s.

Glenavy Team: Owen McCormack; Ruairi Forester Martin McPeake; Stephen Doone (Peter McCambridge);; Edward Nelson; Francis McMullan; Michael Small; Ben McCambridge ( Mark Cush); Gavin Phillips; Fergal Green (Ryan Hickland); Johnny Phillips; Frank Corr; Shane Cormican (Chris Smylie); Gerard Hamilton; Alex Gallagher.

Referee Sean McAtamney Tir na nÓg

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