St Josephs Glenavy GAC

Girls win League

Congratulations to our girls team on winning the division 2 football league. They went through the league undefeated.

Match Reports

 

St Joseph’s Senior ladies embarked on their Ulster Junior Championship last Saturday (13th October) away to Milford in Co. Donegal. Armed with an abundance of skill enthusiasm and commitment the girls departed from Lily’s at 10.15 and travelled by coach to Milford via a pit stop at the Fountain Center in Derry.

Leaving the blue skies of Glenavy we were soon greeted by the old grey mists and rain of Donegal, which unkindly stayed with us for the day. Milford who were already on the pitch warming up when we arrived and immediately a very tall lass jogged passed us (this was obviously a scare tactic) to join her bigger team mates! Undeterred the Glenavy girls remained focused and determined as the start of the game approached

 Following Mellissa McCann’s rallying cry in the warm up, the game got underway and Glenavy started very brightly holding a 2 point to 1 lead after 10 minutes. Things were looking good and the Milford management were doing some head scratching as this game was not going to script. However following a lapse in concentration by Glenavy Milford struck a decisive blow scoring a goal against the run of play and this was followed quickly by more. Glenavy struggled to maintain their composure despite some positional changes; the physical challenge of Milford was beginning to tell. As the half time approached the girls dug in and done their best to withstand the Milford pressure. Half time Milford 5-4 Glenavy 0-4 (F. Connor-2, B Doherty-1, G McLaughlin-1)

 During half-time some forthright and frank opinions were expressed, which helped to refocus the players for the second half; two changes were made, with Niamh Heenan  & Briege Doone  coming on in an effort to change the shape of the team and reduce the deficit.

As the second half got underway Glenavy immediately pushed into attack and scored a couple of quick points by Fionnula Connor and Megan Bradley as a result of this tactical change. As the half progressed scores began to build and some great build up play was rewarded with Edel McMullan finding the back of the net. As Glenavy pressed Milford again caught the girls out with 2 very quick counter attacks resulting in 2 goals.

Other teams would have collapsed at this stage, but not the Glenavy Girls they persevered and continued to dominate possession, but unable to convert possession into goals. A further two changes were made with  Emma O’Neill and Colette Ward coming on for one last push. Milford at this stage had resorted to a 1-11-3 system! Paula Masterson scored another goal, but the Milford defensive wall was proving hard to break down. Further points from Fionnula Connor helped to reduce the deficit and in the end the girls scored a credible 2-9, which earned them very complimentary praise from the Milford manager, for not only their endeavour but also their style of football, which is testimony to the progress they have made this year.

Beaten but unbowed the girls began the long trip home and following a little lubrication of the larynx a sing song was soon in full swing and a dance floor made up the middle of the bus; the disappointment of the day quickly dissipated! On reflection it was a disappointing day however the experience gained will be invaluable as the girls look forward to intermediate football next year……………..bring it on!!!!

Final score Milford 7-5 Glenavy 2-9

 

TEAM: Zellie Gallagher, Minnie Doone (Colette Ward), Cathy Scannell, Oonagh McLoughlin (Niamh Heenan), Louise O’Neill (Emma O’Neill), Bernie Jordan, Megan Bradley, Mellissa McCann, Edel McMullan, Paula Masterson, Bronagh McClenaghan, Bronagh Doherty, Grainne McLaughlin, Fionnula Connor, Ashling McCann (Briege Doone)

 

 

Glenavy Girls Complete the Double

Antrim Junior Football Championship

St.Joseph’s 5.12 v2.03 St.John’s

 St.Joseph’s ladies team completed the double on Saturday 8th. September when the added the junior football championship to the league title they had already won. Having gone through the league undefeated they now have won every game this season. Fielding without the injured Collette Ward, Emma O’Neill and Megan McGarry, their replacements were more than capable of filling the void.

With Casement Park unavailable the game was played at St.Paul’s ground before a large attendance. With two easy wins already in the championship compliancy could have been a problem, but no, the team had been well prepared by the management and from the throwin every girl was up for the challenge.

Centre forward Bronagh McClenaghan set the ball rolling with an excellent point. In the 2nd minute Fionnula Connor split the posts from play quickly followed by a pointed free. Now it was the turn of the Belfast side to put the pressure on and only for a fine save from Zelie Gallagher would have had a goal. On 6 minutes they did register their 1st point. Melissa McCann and Edel McMullan were getting the better of the midfield exchanges. Grainne McLaughlin increased Glenavy’s lead with a point. On 8 minutes Edel McMullan fielded a high ball and quickly found Bronagh McClenaghan who drew a defender put a perfect pass into Fionnula Connor who gave the Corrigan Park custodian no chance. Fionnula added 2 more points to extend the lead to eight. St.John’s narrowed the gap with their second point.

Cathy Scannell was having the game of her life at fullback and was ably assisted by corner backs Marie Anne Doone and Oonagh McLaughlin to clear any ball that came their way. With 17 minutes gone the country girls got their second goal, centre back Bernedatte  Jordan gained possession, passed to Fionnuala Connor who this time became provider to send Bronagh Doherty through to rattle the net. Edel McMullan got in for a point to leave the score on 20 minutes 2.06 v 0.02

Glenavy’s inside forwards Ashling McCann, the impressive Fionnula Connor and Grainne McLaughlin were creating all sorts of havoc to their markers. A lapse of concentration allowed St.John’s to get in behind the defence and a penalty was conceded which was blasted to the net. Directly from the kickout Paula Masterson gained possession and went on one of her jinking runs and finished with a point. The Chapel Hill girls were back in control with halfbacks Briege Doone, Bernedatte Jordan and Megan Bradley forming a strong barrier across the pitch. Paula Masterson and Fionnula Conor added points on 27 $ 28 minutes.

Paula Masterson, Bronagh McClenaghan and Bronagh Doherty proved to be an excellent launching pad for the Glenavy attack. With halftime approaching St.Joseph’s had their third goal, Briege Doone gained possession passed to the industrious Grainne McLaughlin who rounded her marker and planted the ball in the net to leave the halftime score 3.09 v 1.02.

The second half started with Glenavy on the attack with another point from Fionnuala Connor. On 34 minutes once again Edel McMullan became provider with a perfect pass to Fionnuala Connor who fired home her side’s fourth goal. The management decided to give their young payers a run out Louise O’Neill replaced Ashling McCann on 35 minutes. St.John’s players now were tiring and on occasions were reduced to fouling. Two pointed frees from Fionnula Connor punished any misdemeanours. Emma O’Neill replaced Grainne McLaughlin and Niamh Henan replaced Briege Doone on 45 minutes. St.John’s had their 3rd point on 50 minutes.

On 50 minutes Emma O’Neill, only for an injured hand would have started, took a pass from Paula Masterson and planted the ball in the net. Annie McCambridge and Orlaith McClinton replaced Oonagh McLaughlin and Paula Masterson. On the stroke of fulltime Ste Jonnies got through for a consolation goal to leave the fulltime score St.Joseph’s 5.12 v 2.03 St.John’s.

 There was great rejoicing when team captain Melissa McCann received the cup.

Glenavy now travel to play the Donegal champions in the Ulster championship.

This was a real team effort with every girl on the panel giving of their best at training and matches. The backroom team of Aidan Magennis, Barry Mulholland and Kieran O’Neill deserve great credit for their effort in achieving the double.

St.Joseph’s team; Z. Gallagher, M. A. Doone, C. Scannell,   O. McLaughlin (A. McCambridge), B. Doone (N. Henan), B. Jordan,  M. Bradley, M. McCann, E. McMullan, P. Masterson (O. McClinton), Bronagh McClenaghan, Bronagh Doherty, G. McLaughlin ( E. O’Neill), F. Connor, A. McCann (L. O’Neill).

 

Intermediate football championship

 

St.Joseph’s 1.12 v 2.10 Sarsfield’s

Saturday 8th September was a mixed day for the club, in the afternoon our lady footballers annexed the junior championship for the first time. In the evening the senior footballers exited the intermediate championship after extra time.

The senior footballers travelled to Creggan full of hope on reaching the intermediate final for the first time in twenty years. After the great win against Tir na nÓg the team would have been favourites to beat their division 3 opponents. After 60 minutes the teams were level on a score 1.10 v 2.07.

Glenavy started in whirlwind fashion with 4 points on the scoreboard in the first 6 minutes. Steven O’Neill, Niall McCann and Fergus Cunningham with 2 got those early scores. Maybe the players thought it was going to be easy they took the foot of the pedal. It took the Belfast side 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet with a point quickly followed by another. The Chapel Hill side rallied and when Steven O’Neill added his second point the big Glenavy support must have thought their team had settled. This proved to be the last score Glenavy had in the first half. The side in green and black added 4 more points to leave the halftime score 6 to 5.

The secondhalf started with Niall McCann and Eoghan Gill putting their side in front. Then a lapse of concertration in the defence allowed the opposition through for a soft goal. Steven O'Neill put the minimum between the sides with a well taken point. With Glenavy finding scores hard to come bye they were given a lifeline when Niall McCann was upended in the square. Steven O'Neill stepped up and gave the keeper no chance as the ball nesteled in the corner of the net. With a 2 point lead with 5 minutes to go things were looking rosy for the hill side. But just as what happened in so many league games this season late they concided late scores. On 26 minutes Sarsfields got through for a point. Then a Sarsfield's attacker found himself alongside the keeper Stephen Daly who was what looked like a harh decision a penalty was awarded. The Belfast side grabbed the opportunity and planted the ball in the net to go 2 up.

To their credit the Glenavy lads went on an all out attack and were rewarded with 2 pointed frees from Steven O'Neill to leave the scores level as the fulltime whistle blew.

Owen Gallagher opened the second half scoring on 2 minutes. Glenavy had several good chances for scores but spurned the opportunities with some terrible misses. Stephen Daly kept his side in the game with a magnificant save.  The scores were level once again with a Sarsfield's point. With time almost up in the first period of extra time Eoghan Gill gave his side a slender lead..In the second peroid of extra time the Belfast side made sure of victory with two points.  

Glenavy Team: S. Daly; M. Cleneghan; P. McClenaghan; Donal Burke; Sean McGirr (N. McLaughlin); P. Gallagher; C. Hamill (M. Cushnahan); C. Gallagher; O. Gallagher; R. Phillips (D. O'Neill); S. O'Neill; E. Gill; F. Cunningham (D. Moore); G. Phillips; N. McCann.                                                 

                                                                 South West U-16 Football Shield Final

St.Ergnat’s Moneyglass 1.08 v 1.05 St.Joseph’s Glenavy

Played in almost perfect conditions both these sides served up an excellent game of football for the large crowd turned up at Cargin to cheer on their sides. Glenavy played for 50 minutes with 14 players as they lost their influential corner forward for an off the ball incident 

Michael Small opened the scoring in the 1st. minuet with a point. Midfielder Stephen got possession from the kickout and raced through to double the scores. Once again Doone caught a beauty in the middle of the pitch raced through passed to Ben Rice who gave the keeper no chance. It was ten minutes before Mathew McCoy got Moneyglass on the score sheet with a pointed free.

Then we had the sending off which changed the rhythm of the game. With the extra man the Toomebridge side were pushing forward but the Glenavy defence were standing firm. Stephen Doone extended the lead with an excellent point. Mathew McCoy pulled a point back and when Paudie Maley had a point and goal the sides were level.

With halftime approaching Stephen Doone popped over the lead for the glensmen.

Mathew McCoy had 3 points, one from a free and 2 from play, to put his side 2 up. M. T. McCoy got in on the act and extended the lead to 3. To their credit the Glenavy lads never gave up and indeed could have drawn level when an effort from Eoin Henry came back off the upright. Eddie Forester pulled a point back to leave 2 between the sides.In the dying minutes Moneyglass had their goalkeeper sent off.  Chris McCloy had the final score with a well taken point.

There was great jubilation in the St.Ergnat’s camp when referee Paul McKeever (Casements) blew the final whistle.

South West chairman presented the shield to the wining captain.

 Ladies Antrim Junior Football Championship

St.Brigid’s 0.03 v 4.22 St.Joseph’s

St.Joseph’s ladies booked their place in the County Junior final for the second year in succession with this facile win against Belfast side St.Brigid’s. Travelling for the second week in a row to Belfast in the championship. The game was played at St.Brigid’s pitch in Musgrave Park. The pitch was in excellent condition even after the heavy rain just before the start.  

The hill side started without Emma O’Neill who was injured at training, Emma has a broken hand. Grainne McLaughlin came in at corner forward and plaid with great aplomb.  Once ain this was a great team effort from all twenty players who participated in the game.  

One again Fionnula Connor was scorer in chief with a tally of 1.15. The game started at a hectic passé with the home side putting the visitors fullback line of Marie Anne Doone, Cathy Scannell and Collette Ward under severe pressure, only to see their attacks being repelled. G. McLaughlin opened the scoring on 2 minutes when she latched onto a pass from F. Connor to finish to the net. From the kickout E. McMullan gained possession put a lovely pass through to F. Connor who gave the keeper no chance.

At midfield Edel McMullan and team captain Mellissa McCann had the upper hand and with the halforward line of Bronagh Doherty, Bronagh McClenaghan and Paula Masterson backing them up was putting the pressure on the home defence.

F. Connor added points in quick succession and E. McMullan got in on the act finishing a great run raising the white flag. After 5 minutes the game looked to be in the Chapel Hill sides grasp when P. Masterson ran through for a goal. A. McCann added a point and E. McMullan got in for a well worked goal. On 12 minutes the home side got their point.

B. McClenaghan & F. Connor added points before St.Brigid’s raise their second white flag. The lough view side’s Grainne McLaughlin, Fionnula Connor and Ashling McCann in the inside forward line were creating havoc every time the ball went in.

5 points from F. Connor , 3 from frees, and just before the break B. McClenaghan made the halftime score 4.12 v 0.02 Like last week’s game the second half was a bit of an anticlimax with the country girls adding another 10 points.  Fair play to the hosts in that they never gave up and on occasions it took the ever alert Zelie Gallagher to come off her line to clear up dangerous ball.  With the halfback line of Briege Doone, Bernadette Jordan and Megan Bradley fighting for every ball there was no way through for scores.

Seven points from F. Connor and B. McClenaghan, G. McLaughlin and Ashling McCann meant that there was noway back for the Belfast side. Only a single point was all St.Brigid’s could muster. When referee Brendan Toland blew the fulltime whistle there was great excitement amongst the Glenavy girls on reaching another final where they meet either Lamh Dhearg or St.John’s .

Team: Z. Gallagher, M A Doone, C. Scannell, C. Ward, B. Doone, B. Jordan, M. Bradley, E. McMullan, M. McCann. B. Doherty, B. McClenaghan, P. Masterson, E. G. McLaughlin, F. Connor, A. McCann. Res used:  O. McLoughlin, , C. Heatley, N. Heenan; L. O’Neill A. McCambridge

 South West U-14 Football Shield 1st round

St.Joseph’s 5.5 v 4.06 Cargan 17th August 2012

On a sunny evening at the hill the under 14’s had a first round match against  old rivals Cargin, St. Joseph’s had not played a competitive match in four weeks and began very rusty. A well organised Cargin team soon had raced to a two goal and two point lead before Ruairi Forester and David McCann had started to get control of midfield and get early ball in the full forward line of Pearse Greene, Ethan McGarry and Thomas Gallagher. With the three working together to get the first goal well taken by Thomas, Cargin again made their dominance count with a goal and a point but not for the full back line of Lorcan Small, Peter McCambridge and Liam Henry making a couple of fantastic blocks things could have got a lot worse. Glenavy were awarded a penalty after a rash tackle and Ethan coolly put away a goal he also got another point and with a free well taken by David Nelson eight points were left between the teams at half time (2-2) to (4-4).

The boys in orange came out more determined and full of passion, they were first to the ball, with the half back line Michael Singleton, Matthew Hamill and Ryan Malley breaking down Cargin attacks. Moving the ball early into the half forward line of David Nelson, Lorcan Heenan and Patrick McLaughlin, who in turn fed full forwards with Ethan getting two points and Lorcan and Thomas getting goals a piece. With excellent defending, Cargin only able to get two points in the second half leaving them one in front. As we entered the last minutes of the match with the Glenavy substitutes on the touchline urging their teammates forward, Lorcan Heenan broke free and tried to chip the keeper but the Cargin man stood tall and palmed the ball to clear it. Glenavy recycled and the ball was buried in the net by Thomas Gallagher, as Cargan pressed hard, Glenavy keeper, Jamie Grant made a couple of  very important saves and cleared the lines to safety. Relief as the referee John Moran blew the whistle sealing a victory with a two point lead.
Credit to both teams for a very entertaining game, Glenavy are now playing Ballymena in the semi-final.

Antrim Intermediate Football Championship

Glenavy Run Riot in Second Half to Advance to Semis

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.17 v 0.06 Tir Na nÓg Randalstown

St. Joseph’s ran riot in the second half of this Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final against Tir Na nOg, Randalstown at Creggan on Sunday to advance to the semi-final.

Having already met twice in the league and with a win each the large attendance present at Creggan were expecting another close encounter. Indeed after 20 minutes play with the scores level on 3 points each it was anyone’s game. Tir na nÓg started the game without county star Micheál Magill who was injured.

In the first minuet Niall McCoy set the ball rolling from a pointed free. With both defences making life difficult for the forwards scores were hard to come by. Eoghan Gill took a perfect pass from County player Patrick Gallagher to split the post for the equaliser. Shane Devlin put the town side in front with a well taken point before Niall McCann replied with a beauty to level the scores for the second time. Once again Niall McCoy put a point between the sides as play swung from end to end.

 The Chapel Hill side then hit a purple patch scoring a goal and 4 points. The ever reliable Steven O’Neill put his side in front with 2 pointed frees. On 26 minutes came the score that changed the game when Steven O’Neill latched onto a pass from Conor Hamill who kept running for the return pass and gave the keeper no chance. O’ Neill was on hand again to put Patrick Gallagher through for a point. Not to let his older brother get all the praise Owen stepped up to have the last score in the first half.                                                                                                                                  Half time score Glenavy 1.06  Tir Na nOg  0.03.

Team captain Patrick Gallagher popped up from his centre back position to take a point on the restart but It looked like Tir na nÓg were going to make a fight of it with two points from Niall McCoy’. Glenavy were in no mood to let up and probably playing their best football of the season, were soon on the attack. County star Owen Gallagher fielded in his own half, went on a solo run, passed to Fergus Cunningham who beat the keeper to put his side 8 in front.

Points from Niall McCann (2) and Owen Gallagher extended the lead to 11 points. Owen McCoy got Tir na nÓg’s final score when he pointed a free. Further points from Niall McCann and Steven O’Neill saw Glenavy move out of sight and replacement David O’Neill chipped in with 0- 3. Fergus Cunningham 0-1 and Niall McCann 0-2 concluded the scoring.

This was an outstanding performance from the Chapel Hill side with every player playing his part. They were solid in defence strong at mid-field and had a very potent attack.

Tir Na nOg started brightly and were well in the game until ten minutes before the break when Conor Hamill netted for Glenavy. Sean Redmond was their outstanding defender while Colm Duffin gave it everything in the middle of the field.

Shane Devlin, Niall McCoy and Oran McAuley all looked threatening in the opening half but suffered from poor supply in the second half.

Glenavy team: S. Daly, M. McCleneghan, P. McClenaghan, D. Burke, C. Hamill, P. Gallagher {capt), C. Scullion, O. Gallagher, F, McMullan, E. Gill, S. O’Neill, R. Phillips, N. McCann, F, Cunningham, G. Phillips. Replacements used: C. Gallagher, D. O’Neill & S. McGirr. Replacements C. Gallagher, S. McGirr & D. O. O’Neill.

Tir Na nOg: Brendan Burns: Oran McNeilly, Colm Duffin, Sean Redmond: Ryan McCoy, Niall Cannily, Caomhin Duffin: Kevin Kerr, Michael Gormley: Ciaran McKiernan, Malachy Duffin, Pearse McAuley: Shane Donnelly, Oran McAuley, Niall McCoy. Subs: Eamon Harte for Michael Gormley, Darren O’Kane for Niall McCoy, Chris Robinson for Ryan McCoy. Darren McAtamney for Kevin Kerr.

Referee: Jarlath O’Donnell (Glenravel)

 Glenavy U16’s vs Ballymena U16’s

Shield Semi Final

Randalstown 16th August 2012

On a windy night in Randalstown, Glenavy U16s were able to beat a very good Ballymena side to reach the final of the Shield. The omens did not look good for Glenavy when Ballymena playing into a stiff breeze got off to the perfect start scoring a goal in the opening minutes. Fortunately Glenavy settled quickly after this and responded with a point and a goal in the following exchanges to lead by 1 point. Good work at midfield and half back produced a solid platform for Glenavy throughout the rest of the half and aided by this strong breeze allowed the forwards to dominate and get another goal and some very good points to lead by 2-8 to 1-0 at half time.

In the second half Ballymena came out firing on all cylinders and only for some very good defending from the full back line and goalkeeper ensured that only a few points were conceded when goals were a distinct possibility. Having weathered this early storm, Glenavy were able to replicate their first half performance scoring a brace of goals and a few points to run out well deserved winners on the night     4-13 to 1-5.  

Glenavy now look forward to meeting a very good Moneyglass team in the Final.

 Ladies Antrim Junior Football Championship

St.Teresa’s 1.00 v 10.25 St.Joseph’s

St.Joseph’s ladies booked a semi final spot with this facile win against Belfast side St.Teresa’s. The game was played at St.Teresa’s training pitch which had no markings or nets, but everything went off without any problems for the players or referee.

The hill side started the game with usual goalkeeper Emma O’Neill lining out at corner forward. The shift seemed to suit Emma as she scored 5 goals and a few points. Zelie Gallagher took over in the number one spot and dealt with anything that came her way, she was unlucky with the goal conceded.  All twenty players who participated in the game gave everything they had and never allowed the opposition into any real threat.

Scoring was spread over 11 players with Fionnuala Connor and Emma O’Neill and Ashling McCann leading the attack. When danger threatened corner backs Marie Ann Doone and Collect Ward were clearing up any ball that came their way, as usual Cathy Scannell at no 3 was a tower of strength.

After 15 minutes the Glenavy side showed their intent when leading 1.9 to 100. Edel McMullan and Melissa McCann were lording midfield and was forever getting their passes accurately into their forwards. In the last 15 minutes of the first half the Chapel Hill side really went on the attack scoring 6 goals and 3 points to no score.

Starting the second half 7.12 v 1.00 goal in front you could have forgiven them for easing off, but that didn’t happen scoring another 3 goals and 10 points. To be fair to the St.Teresa’s players they never gave up from the restart they were making a concerted effort to get back in the game. With the halfback line of Briege Doone, Bernadette Jordan and Megan Bradley fighting for every ball there was no way through for scores.

With half-forwards Bronagh Doherty, Bronagh McClenaghan, Paula Masterson getting through for scores there was to be no fightback for the City girls.

It was with some relief for everyone present when referee Fiona Murphy (Fiona had an excellent game) blew her final whistle to leave St.Joseph’s in the semi final. when their opponents will be St.Brigid’s.

A word of praise for the management team of Barry Mulholland, K O’Neill and Aidan Magennis (Aidan was on holiday for this one) for having the team properly prepared for the game.

Team: Z. Gallagher, M A Doone, C. Scannell, C. Ward, B. Doone, B. Jordan, M. Bradley, E. McMullan, M. McCann. B. Doherty, B. McClenaghan, P. Masterson, E. O’Neill, F. Connor, A. McCann. Res used: N. Moran, O. McLoughlin, M. McStravick, C. Heatley, M. Moore

Under 16 Glenavy Camogs Provide That Bit of Special With A One Hundred Percent League Campaign!

As the year started the girls were in good form with younger players coming into u16 after winning the u14 league, many of whom are very talented and remain u16 again next year, such as the brilliant Orla McCambridge and u14 county star Emily Falloon.  As the year progressed these girls played a vital part in the team’s success.

The backs throughout the year were nothing short of brilliant, conceding literally nothing in some games, the likes of Elise Cafolla, Catherine O Neill, Nuala Moran, young Ciara McCorry, Bronagh Collette, Finola Bradley and Hannah Singleton, (a player so versatile she could play almost anywhere on the pitch), where simply nothing short of brilliant and provided as good a back line as any in their division and in the division above them going by championship. When the ball did manage to breach the superbly skilful Cafolla and the tough hurling of Catherine O Neill and Co,  the brilliance of up and coming goalkeeping prospect Siobhan O Neill kicked in to place with shot stopping next to none, even in some of the adult camogie leagues.

The forwards at times scored at will averaging around six or seven goals per game and around nine or ten points, reflected by an astounding victory over the famous Ardoyne Camogie club where they scored no less than ten goals and eight points. This was achieved by the scoring precision of the likes of Emily Falloon, the brilliant Megan Mc Garry, goal getter Julie Hagan and the skill of Aislinn Moran and the solid miss reliable Orlagh McClinton. The forwards such as Niamh Toland and Caitlin Lappin although new to the game gave defences head aches and were at times a gruesome twosome who would just not leave defences alone.  This was backed up from the middle of the field by the silky skills of Orla McCambridge the skilful speed house of Louise O Neill who at times looked like she could take on anyone and score at will. Louise put on influential shows of courage and ability for her team mates and never dropped the head in any game.

We cannot finish without mentioning the young up and coming stars whom also played a massive role in this years success. Young Eva Cafolla who is also regarded one of the best u12 hurlers in the club and Orla Magenniss a fast up and coming player, versatile and skilful, both will play a massive role in the successes which are sure to follow these girls throughout their camogie playing careers.

 

From all coaches, players and members in the camogie club we wish to congratulate the girls on their great achievement, and we hope they can do the same again in the years to come. Girls you have made us proud, keep up the hard work and you are sure to have continuing sccess

 

St.Joseph’s0.06 v 4.09 St.Mary’s

Glenavy Camogs Push Rasharkin to the wire

On a fine August Sunday afternoon Glenavy camogs took to their home field against Rasharkin in a game many had down as a foregone conclusion in favour of the blue and gold visitors. Glenavy had performed well to date and are in fine form of all county div3 on the other hand Rasharkin were unbeaten in div2. Glenavy worked hard for this game and gave St.Mary’s the game they never thought they had and a camogie performance of the highest order was put on for the large crowd in attendance.

The opening exchanges were end to end with Glenavy on first attack only for brilliant Rasharkin goalkeeping preventing opening scores from Caitlin Lappin, Julie Hagan & Ciara McCorry. Next was the turn of attack for the visitors, after a brilliant high catch by the full forward she turned and shot over the bar leaving the ever hard working Hannah Singleton helpless. Rasharkin then went on a string of attacks only for the superb Siobhan O Neill pulling off saves which could be likened to those seen in Croke Park. Singleton, Bronagh & Finola Bradley were excellent to hold out the bigger stronger Rasharkin full forward line,

Next the silky skills of Orla McCambridge came into play, when she went on a run down field breaking tackles of not one but two players before laying off to Falloon who took the point McCambridge & Falloon were not to be done with a point though and Falloon along with the excellent Louise O Neill exchanged scores again with this strong Rasharkin Team.

Rasharkin then came into the game very strong with their county players hitting peak with only 15 minutes to go scoring a couple of goals but the introduction of Eva Cafolla, Ashling Moran and Megan McGarry brought a bit more of a spark to the Glenavy attack, young Cafolla got the  ball in hand several times only to be fouled before going one on one with the keeper. Louise O Neill it must be said was great to watch right until the end and the never say die attitude showed just why she is captain when firing over points late on.

Unfortunately on the day Resharkin had that bit more over the young Glenavy camogs and their goals told in the end. With more hard work at training and commitment these girls can go all the way, the team and their coaches Olwyn, Rachel and Carmel have done superb in gaining the league title and will no doubt step up their efforts to be even better next year.

Team: Siobhan O’Neill; Finola Bradley Hannah Singelton; Bronagh Collett; Nuala Moran; Elsie Cafolla; Orla McCambridge; Emily Falloon; Louise O’Neill; Catherine O’Neill; Niamh Toland; Orlaith McClinton; Ciara McCorry; Caitlin Lappin; Julie Hagan. Subs used: Ashling Moran; Megan McGarry; Eva Cafolla.

 

Division 2 Football 

St.Joseph’s 0.14 v 1.11 Gort na Mona

With these sides level in the league and fighting for much needed points a draw probably was on the cards. The game was played at Chapel Hill in sunshine but on a wet pitch after the heavy rain recently. This was an entertaining game for the large crowd present.

The closeness of the game came from early on with the visitors pointing and Mark Cushnahan firing over the equaliser. Niall McCann put the Hill side in front only to see the sides’ level again with the next Gort na Mona attack. Once again Glenavy were in front with a Steven O’Neill point only to see the sides’ level again for the third time.

Both defences were making sure any scores gained were hard earned with some hefty but fair tackling. Once again centre-forward Steven O’Neill put the orange men in front. Peter McClenaghan popped up in attack to stretch the lead to two, things were looking good for the home support.

The Belfast side was now exerting severe pressure on the home defence who were getting in legitimate tackles but two lapses and once again the sides were level with two pointed frees. A Steven O’Neill free and point from play had the sides’ level again. With the first half almost up Fergus Cunningham put his side in front only to see the sides- level again for the sixth time as the halftime whistle blew.

From the throwin the ball was worked to Steven O’Neill who split the post from an acute angle. The sides’ were level for the seventh time with a point for the Springfield Road men. A well word move finished with lead for the Gorts. As in so many games this season the Hill were on the attack and a misplaced pass resulted in conceding a soft goal to put four between the sides’. A needless foul allowed the visitors to go five clear.

Patrick Gallagher charged forward to close the gap with a well taken point. At this stage of the game any league points for the home side looked unlikely when once again a misdemeanour was punished with a point from a free.

Five points down and with seven minutes left to play Gort na Mona must have thought it would be a pleasant run into the city with two league points. Back came the home charge which resulted in the visitors defence committing fouls which Steven O’Neill punished with two points. David O’Neill, who had just come on, got in on the act, when he split the posts. With all hands now pushing forward Steven O’Neill put the minimum between the sides’ with a pointed free. Roared on by the home support a free was gained out on the wing and with the ever reliable Steven O’Neill entrusted with the free he didn’t let them when he popped over the equaliser  for the eight time.

There was some final drama when from the kickout Patrick Gallagher gained possession about 50 meters out and was quickly stopped in his tracks. A free was awarded out on the right, with time almost up David O’Neill, who usually takes the frees from that angle, placed the ball and agonizingly watched as it was just outside the right hand post.

From the kickout referee John Morn blew the full time whistle.

A draw was probably a fair result when you consider the sides were level on eight occasions. Next up for boyh sides is the championship.

Division 2 football league

St.Joseph’s 2.12 v 1.12 Aghagallon

Playing at home Glenavy earned two very valuable points at the expense of their neighbours Aghagallon. The game was played in almost perfect conditions before a large and vociferous crowd.

Derby games are usually very tight and hard fought with this one living up to the norm with hard but fair tackles going in.. 

The visitors were first to score with a well worked point only to see Fergus Cunningham level the game from an acute angle from a free. Eoghan Gill put the Hill side in front and when Aghagallon leveled the scores we knew we were in for a humdinger. Glenavy went three up with poins from Niall McCann, Stephen O’Neill  (free) and a beauty from Owen Gallagher.

Back came St.Mary’s with four unanswered points to back in front. Owen Gallagher latched onto a pass and with a couple of sidestep planted the ball in the back of the net. to give his side the lead. For good measure he landed a point to leave three between the sides. With time almost up at the break the lads in green closed the gap to the minimum with a pointed free and one from play.

Owen Gallagher set the second half going with a point. Once again back came the visitors with a pointed free. Patrick Gallagher popped up to score a beauty only to see Aghagallon level the game with a pointed free and one from play. Fergus Cunningham popped over the lead for the home side. Almost immediately the game was level with a pointed free. Then as has happened in a number of Glenavy games this season they conceded a soft goal.

To their credit the home side regrouped and scored 1.3 without reply. Niall McCann split the posts from an acute angle, Stephen O’Neill pointed from a placed ball. A teasing ball was crossed across the square and when Fergus Cunningham rose and palmed the ball to the net. For good measure Peter McClenaghan pushed up field to have the final score.

Referee Pat McCaffery blew the full time whistle to leave a relived Glenavy side with the points.

Football league div. 5

Aghagallon 0.03 v 1.14 St.Joseph’s

Glenavy travelled to near neighbours Aghagallon to complete their division 5 league campaign. With a good chance of promotion a positive result was important. Once again no official referee turned up which is so frustrating for players and management. Glenavy’s senior manager stepped in and did an excellent job.

Gareth O’Neill put the visitors in front with a point quickly followed by the equalising point for the home side. This proved to be the Colelane side’s only first half score.

Two points from Luke Devereux, one from play and one from a free, James Gallagher  chipped in with three, Eanan McGarry, Neill Scullion and Ciaran loney added points to leave the Chapel Hill side leading 9 to 8 at halftime.

Glenavy made sure of victory by outscoring their hosts 1.5 to 2 points. James Gallagher scored 1.3; Neill Scullion had a point, Oisin Hamill chipped in with Glenavy’s last score to leave the final score 1.14 to 0.04

.Ballycastle have won the league with runner up spot between Glenavy and Gort na Mona.

Team : Gareth Collins; Kieran O’Neill; Patrick Corr; Johnny Phillips; Martin McPeake; Edward Nelson; Ciaran Loney; Oisin Hamill; Barry Collins; Nail Scullion; Gareth O’Neill; Eanan McGarry; Luke Devereux; James Gallagher; Francis Corr. Subs used; Justin O’Neill; Ben McCambridge;

 

 

Antrim division 2 football league

St.Enda’s 2.08 v 2.12 St.Joseph’s

Games between these two sides are always keenly contested with little to separate them and this one was no different. The game was played on a pleasant afternoon at St.Enda’s magnificent no pitch.

The home side opened the scoring with a pointed free from the ever reliable Paul Darby. Owen Gallagher replied from play to leave the sides level. Paul Darby put his side in front once again from a placed ball. St.Enda’s were getting the better of the midfield exchanges and were putting the Glenavy defence under severe pressure. Glenavy keeper Stephen Daly kept his side in the game with two magnificent saves.

Fergus Cunningham pulled the sides level with a pointed free from the sideline. The Chapel Hill side were now settling into the game and after good attacking play the home side conceded a penalty. Minor player James Gallagher slotted the ball home to put some daylight between the sides. The Gallagher brothers combined to get Owen in a position to slot over two points to leave 5 between the sides after 15 minutes play.

The ever green and reliable Paul Darby slotted over his third point from a placed ball. Eoghan Gill pulled one back for his side. Gerard Crossey narrowed the gap and the last score of the half came from a placed ball by Paul Darby. H.T. 1.5 v 0.05

The visitors extended their lead with points from Fergus Cunningham and Owen Gallagher. The Hightown side to their credit kept plugging away and indeed only for some wayward shooting could have been in front. Conor Hughes and Stephen O’Connor closed the gap to three. Owen Gallagher once again broke through for a point. Then came the best move of the game when Patrick Gallagher picked up the ball on his own 45 and with one of his famous runs put the ball into the path of Mark Cushnahan who coolly palmed in the ball to the net. When Fergus Cunningham pointed to put 8 points between the teams, things looked black for the home side. .

If Glenavy thought the game was over they soon got a rude awaking when the home side scored 2.1. Paul Darby one again split the post with a pointed free. Then Stephen drove the ball to the net from the penalty spot and when Kalen McConnell nipped in to put the ball in the net only a point separated the sides. Eoghan Gill steadied the ship with a point free and from the kickout gained possession to put 3 between the sides. Niall McCann had the last say with a point.

Referee Gerard McKernan blew the final whistle to leave the final score St.Enda’s 2.08 v 2.12 St.Joseph’s

All County League Div. 2

Gort Na Mona 1.9 v 2.12 St.Joseph’s

St.Joseph’s kept up their winning streak with this hard fought win in Belfast against Gort Na Mona. Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of football they played and the sportsmanship shown. The only thing lacking was a little bit more composure in front of the posts.

The home side got off to a flying start with 2 points from play. Patrick Gallagher broke up an attack and with one of his famous solo runs got the ball into Fergus Cunningham who planted the ball in the net. The Belfast side went one in front with two excellent points. Steven O’Neill brought the sides level with a well worked point. Malachy McCourt was fouled going through and Eoghan Gill split the posts from the free.

Glenavy’s Owen Gallagher and Gavin Phillips were getting the better of the midfield exchanges. Fergus Cunningham took a pass from Owen Gallagher and put his side 2 up. Inside forwards Niall McCann, Eoghan Gill and the ever alert Cunningham were causing their markers all sorts of trouble. Eoghan Gill extended the lead from a free.

The home side showed they were up for the fight for two valuable league points. Glenavy’s halfback line of Sean McGirr; Patrick Gallagher and Malachy McCourt were being put under severe pressure. The Gort Na Mona forwards and once again found their range with 2 points and well executed goal.to leave them in front by two at halftime. 1.06 v 1.04.

Whatever the St.Joseph’s management said at the halftime break seemed to work From the throwin Owen Gallagher showed why he is on the Antrim senior panel when he finished his solo run with a point. Niall McCann jinked his way through the defence for a point to once again level the scores. .

First Stephen Daly and then Niall McLaughlin made two goal line clearances to keep the forwards at bay. After some erratic shooting from both sides Gort Na Mona put themselves back in front. Niall McLaughlin; Fra McMullan and Conor Hamill stamped their authority on the game. Like his brother Owen, Patrick Gallagher showed why he is a regular on the county team when he finished a run from defence with a point. Young Steven O’Neill showed his class when he easily beat his marker to put his side in the lead.

Owen Gallagher finished what was probably the best move of the game with a goal. The home side pulled a point back from a free. Mark Cushnahan, Steven O’Neill and Darragh Moore Glenavy’s half forward line were making life difficult for their markers. Owen Gallagher put daylight between the sides with a point. Gort Na Mona had their last score when the had a point from a placed ball.

St.Joseph’s finished the stronger side with points from Steven O’Neill and a couple from the ever reliable Fergus Cunningham.

Referee Seamus Reid blew the fulltime whistle to leave the score St.Joseph’s 2.12 v 1.09 Gort Na Mona.

Team: S. Daly; N. McLaughlin; F.. McMullan; C. Hamill; S. McGirr; P. Gallagher; M. McCourt (R. Phillips); O. Gallagher; G. Phillips; D. Moore (P. McClenaghan); S. O’Neill; M. Cushnahan; N. McCann; E. Gill; F. Cunningham.

 

South Antrim U-14 Hurling League

St. Joseph’s Glenavy 5-4  v 3-5 St.Gall’s

Glenavy travelled to Milltown on a roasting Saturday afternoon, after taking a beating by St.Paul’s the week before the lads where unsure of what would lie ahead, but this spirited group of young men put defeat in the past and marched on.

The opening exchanges saw St Galls player Kennedy scoring 1-2 which was quickly followed in response by Gallagher who scored 1-1, the heat took its toll and the game became scrappy and slow, with Johan Drain, Conor McAreavey and Sean Burke holding strong in the Glenavy backline to hold out the brilliant Kennedy for yet more scores.

As the second half was coming to a close tiredness crept into both defences firstly allowing the talented Sheehan to score 2-2 without response for the Milltown men, up next was the hurling of the up and coming Glenavy star Lorcan Heenan, who blasted into the net and over the bar in the space of sixty seconds. The ref blew for half time in what had been an action packed first half.

Half time St Galls 3-4 Glenavy 2-2

Half time was a well welcomed break by the both teams and refreshed with plenty of water in 25+ temperatures they got going again, a long shot from Heenan was turned into the net by the hard working Marty Braniff who was also assisted by Ciaran Rooney. At the other end stand in goal keeper Ruarí Moran pulled off some great stops to deny Sheehan and Kennedy.

As the half rolled on the game opened up allowing the talented Ruarí Bannon to score to quick fire points without reply, this was responded to with a quick point by sty galls star man Sheehan. Glenavy then went up the field again firstly with Peter McCambridge then next in a brilliant solo effort from McAreavey scoring an excellent goal, this was followed up by yet more individual brilliance from Gallagher who coolly slotted over the final point of the game.

Also the same weekend Glenavy u12 hurlers where unluckily beaten by a more experienced side, in the form of North Belfast’s Pearse’s, the Glenavy men gave much effort in extremely hot conditions but couldn’t hold out to the bigger parses lads, man of the match or in this case lady of the match had to be Eva Caffola who played excellently out of position in mid field and torturing the parses defence. In the same game Adam McNicholl and Chris grant where unlucky not to get their first scores for the club in too strong performances from both players

Glenavy Senior Hurling

Glenavy GAC are appealing to all adult hurlers in the area of Glenavy and Crumlin to come along to senior hurling training on Saturday evenings at 7pm at Glenavy GAC, we beginners, players who haven’t played since school and retired ex senior club players currently training with us and an age rang of 17 - 45, its a fun sporting environment open to everyone to come along and give a go, numbers have been good so far and in the coming weeks we hope to have a friendly game amoungst ourselves, why not give it a try.              

                                                  McCormick Cup semifinal

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 0.16 v 1.13 Creggan Kickham’s A.E.T.

Glenavy and Creggan met in this highly competitive game with both side giving everything they had for a win.  At the end of extra time they finished level which over the course of the 80 minutes was a fair result. The game was played on Tir na nÓg pitch which was in excellent condition for the game.

Kickham’s started strongly and pointed within seconds of the throwin from Mark anthony McNicholl. Glenavy’sbacks were under severe pressure and conceded a penalty on 4 minutes which was converted by Hugh McKay. Things were looking good for the side in green and gold when Ciaran McCartney added a point.

Glenavy settled down and were rewarded on 9 minutes with a David O’Neill point from a placed ball. Both sides were going at full speed but found scoring difficult with defences putting in some tigerish tackles. David O’Neill again pointed from a free and when Ryan Phillips added another from play on 20 minutes there was only 2 between the sides. A point from Oran McCann stretched the lead which was short lived as David O’Neill pointed from a 45. Oran McCann pointed a Creggan free. Probably the best score of the game followed with Kieran O’Neill breaking up a Creggan attack and getting the ball to Sean McGirr who drew his man got the ball to Barry Collins who split the posts for the last score of the first half.                   

  Halftime score Kickham’s 1.4 v 0.5 St.Joseph’s.

The unerring David O’Neill started the second half with a pointed free. Once again Ciaran McCartney pointed a free. Just like the firsthalf scores were hard to come bye and it wasn’t until the 44th minute that Barry Collins added a point from play. David O’Neill pointed from play to bring the sides level for the first time.

As both defences wilted under the heat scores started to come more easily. Ollie Duffin stole in for a point and when McNicholl added another to put their side 2 in front it looked like Kickham’s were coming good. They say “it’s hard to keep a good man down” and this certainly could be said for David O’Neill as he pointed a 45 and one from play. On 27 minutes Ryan Phillips put the Chapel Hill side in front for the first time. With Time almost up Oran McCann broke through for an equalising point..           

 Fulltime score Creggan 1.8 v 0.11 Glenavy.

Glenavy started extratime on the attack and were unlucky to see a goalward bound shot come back off the crossbar and to add injury to insult they say the upright come to Creggan’s rescue.  Eanan McGarry put David O’Neill through to put their side one up. Mark McCann brought the sides level with a hard earned point. David O’Neill scored his ninth point from a free. Ciaran McCartney made sure his side were in the mix when he slotted over the equaliser.

Both sides were almost out on their feet as they fought for supremacy. Ollie Duffin put hide in front and when. Mark Anthony McNicholl put his side 2 in front with 6 minutes to go it looked curtains for the opposition. David O’Neill proved the hero of the evening when he pointed two frees to bring the game to a replay 

All 39 players deserve great credit for the standard of play and excitement they gave their supporters on such a warm night. Let’s hope the replay lives up to this game  Also a word of thanks to referee Jarlath O’Donnell for his contribution to the game.

St.Joseph’s: S. Daly; M. Mulholland; P. McClenaghan; P. Corr; M. McPeake (M. McCourt); K. O’Neill; A. McGirr; M. Cushnahan; B. Rice; N. Scullion (E. McGarry), C. McCumiskey (C. Hamill); D. O’Neill; G. O’Neill; B. Collins (J. Phillips); R. Phillips.            

 Kickham’s: M. McKeague; F. McAuley; T. Close; D. McCann; C. McCann; S. McLarnon; O. McCann; H. McKay; O. Duffin;  M. McCann; C. McCartney; M. Nelson; C. McLarnon; D. McLarnon; M. A. McNicholl.

  

South Antrim U12 Hurling League

Kickham’s Ardoyne 3-2 v 4-7St.Joseph’s Glenavy

Glenavy victorious In North Belfast

St.Joseph’s U12 hurlers continued their excellent start to the season in division 2 South Antrim leagues, this week they were on the road to north Belfast where they took on Ardoyne, the teams had previously met earlier in the year in Croke Park in a tight affair and this game was not to be any different.

The game started with tough hard fair hurling, with Aaron McCorry pouncing on a loose ball to score a goal in the first score of the game,  Ruarí Moran then scored a further 1-1 without response, but Ardoyne on home turf where not about to allow the visiting country Men to have it all their own way, they struck a quick 1-1 of their own and unlucky not to get more, but the so far prolific Paul Molloy assisted up front by the brilliant battling of Louie Caffola scored two points before the interval.

Half Time Ardoyne 1-1 Glenavy 2-3

The second half started with Ardoyne attacking and putting over another point, this was to be their last point of the game. Ruarí Moran was putting in a sterling display,  without his normal mid field partner Conor McAreavey who couldn’t make it on the day, he scored another 1-1 to leave Ardoyne shell shocked. The North Belfast lads conceded two quick fire Paul Molloy points, but they did not lie down and went on the attack, only for brilliant defending from Sean McGuiness and Eva Caffola. Eva then became supplier as she fed the ball to Sean Burke who took an excellent long range goal.

The closing stages became scrappy with Ardoyne fighting for pride in defence, but with Glenavy all out in front of goal a long ball up field handed Ardoyne a life line, with half forwards Marty Braniff, Ciaran Rooney and Adam coming into the defence to help out with some brilliant defending. Jack McKenna then fed the ball to Padraic McCorry who fired over a superb point, this was still not enough to kill of the game as Ardoyne continued to fight hard getting one more goal to ensure they finished with pride but no victory as the Chapel Hill men marched on.

The u12 hurlers so far are having a great season, and with trips planned later in the year players need to attend training and matches if they are to go further, the coaches want the best for the team and they can only do this if all the boys attend training on Thursday night at 6:30 at Chapel Hill. Manager Paul Banjo Bannon said after the game “we have came a long way and have a great set of players, with 100% commitment from the lads we can go places with this group of players”.

On Saturday the under 14s took on a strong and much more physically side St. Pauls team in division 1 South Antrim, this is a great bunch of players who were simply too small on the day going down to a strong St.Pauls team,  they never lay down throughout  and gave St Pauls a tough game, with excellent hurling from Conor McAreavey and Sean Burke in defence, with Ciaran Rooney unlucky not to get a couple of scores and the Excellent Lorcan Heenan in midfield who finished the game with 2 goals and 1 point to his name. Again this team will be going to training trips to the south of Ireland to the hurling strong holds and the players will only be allowed to go on these trips if they attend training on Thursdays at 6:30, and have a good attendance at matches. This team has already made it to a semi final this year and can go a long way, but hard work is required on the training field and we need all boys to attend.

                                                              Ladies Div. 2 Football league

St.Joseph’s 11.16 v 4.4 St.Gall’s B

St.Joseph’s continued their unbeaten run in division 2 of the Antrim League. To be fair to St.Gall’s they struggled to get a team on the pitch but still gave a good account of themselves and indeed only some sterling work from the home defence the scores could have been closer. Played on a perfect pitch with no wind both side gave an entraining game to their followers.

The feature of the game was the high scoring from both sets of forwards and none more so than Fionnualá Connor who scored 6.7. Megan McGarry got the scoreboard going with a point quickly followed by a 2 points from Fionnualá Connor. After some excellent play Grainne McLaughlin swept in for a goal. St.Gall’s showed they were not here just to make up the numbers when they replied with a goal and point to leave 2 between the sides.

Two points and a goal from Fionnualá Connor and a point from from Megan McGarry extended the hill sides lead to 8. Once again the city side broke quickly from defence and pulled back a goal. Grainne McLaughlin split the posts with a beauty. Fionnualá Connor kept the scoring going with a well worked goal. St.Gall’s came back with a point.

The girls in orange went on a scoring spree before haltime scoring 3.4. Goals from Megan McGarry (one) and two from Fionnualá Connor along with Ashling McCann (2) Fionnualá Connor and Megan McGarry points left the halftime score 6.11 to 2.2.

Grainne McLaughlin got the ball from the throwin and went on one of well known soloi runs to score a great individual point. The Milltown side scored from the penalty spot to narrow the gap. Goals from Fionnualá Connor and Melissa McCann and a point steadied the ship. Just like the first half a goal and a point from the girls in blue narrowed the gap. Ashling McCann scored a point followed by a goal and point from the ever present Fionnualá Connor.

St.Gall’s kept plugging away and had a point for their hard work. Orlaith McClinton got on the score sheet wit a point. Megan McGarry capped a good game for her with a goal. With time almost up Briege Doone got through for a goal with referee Fintan McCotter blowing fulltime.

St.Joseph’s team: E. O’Neill, M. Doone (M. McStravick), C. Scannell, C. Ward, B. McClenaghan, B. Jordan, M. McGarry, M. McCann, B. Doone, O. McCambridge (M. Moore), M. McGarry, N. McClinton (O. McClinton), G. McLaughlin, F. Connor, A. McCann (N. Moran)

All County div. 5 Football League

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 1.14 v 0.05 Sarsfield’s

St.Joseph’s kept their promotion hopes alive with this rather one sided game at Chapel Hill. Played on a beautiful evening the small home support saw their team’s excellent outfield play spoiled with some poor shooting.

Barry Collins was quick of the mark with a point. We hadn’t long to wait for the score of the game with a Mark Cushnahan goal. Kieran O’Neill broke up a Sarsfield’s attack and quickly got the ball to David O’Neill who palmed the ball into Mark’s path and he finished with an excellent goal.

Sarsfield’s responded to this setback and indeed if it were not for Gareth Collins in the home goals scores would have come. It took the visitors 12 minutes to register their first score. David O’Neill, who was on great form, split the post twice to leave 5 between the sides. When the Belfast side pulled two points back it looked like their host would have a battle on their hands.

To be fair to the Lough view lads they buckled down and were rewarded with 2 Ryan Phillips points. Gareth O’Neill finished the first half scoring with a point to leave the score 1.6 v 0.3

David O’Neill started the second half scoring with a point from play and one from a placed ball. Steven O’Neill who had just come on as a sub was quick to get his name on the scoresheet. Sarsfield’s closed the gap with a point. The home forwards seemed to settle down and had 4 more points from Steven O’Neill (3), Conor McCumiskey; Sarsfields had their last score on 26 minutes, with Steven O’Neill adding another point.

This proved to be the last score as to the home side’s surprise the referee blew for full time some 10 minutes early.

Final score St.Joseph’s 1.14 v 0.05 Sarsfield’s.

St.Joseph’s: G. Collins, M. Mulholland, P. McClenaghan, P. Corr, M. McPeake, K. O’Neill, S. McGirr (J. Phillips), M. Cushnahan, B. Rice, N, Scullion (E. McGarry), C. McCumiskey (L. Devereux), D. O’Neill, R. Phillips, B. Collins (S. O’Neill), G. O’Neill.  

S. A. U-12 Hurling League

St.Joseph’s 3.02 v 1.01 Lamh Dhearg

Glenavy u12 hurlers overcome their neighbours Hannastown.  

At windswept Chapel Hill, both sides met up last Sunday morning for a match in a friendly atmosphere with a lot of the boys knowing each other as friends from neighbouring parishes. What followed on the pitch was anything but friendly as local pride was at stake.

Lamh Dhearg won the toss and chose to play with the strong wind in the first half, with great hurling from their number 15 who at times looked unstoppable scoring 1-1 in the early exchanges, St.Joseph’s through young Sean McCambridge got a goal back closely followed by Conor McAreavey’s lovely taken point. Lamh Dhearg kept applying the pressure on Glenavy’s defence with Sean McGuinness, Marty Braniff and Sean “Burkey”  Burke holding strong to prevent any further scores before half time.

The second half started like the first with Lamh Dhearg attacking with lovely hurling again from the Lamh Dhearg’s number 15, only for Aaron McCorry last weeks goal scorer doing the shot stopping in nets, a few positional changes seen the excellent Conor McAreavey man mark the young Lamh Dhearg hurling whiz which would set a trend for the rest of the game, as Glenavy began to use the wind to get on top.

The Glenavy forwards had been relatively quiet, until young Jack McKenna bundled a scrappy but courageous goal over the line to put the country men in front, Jack was then substituted through injury a few minutes later after putting his arm where many wouldn’t put their hurl to hook his marker. This was closely followed by the brilliant Eva Cafolla taking a great goal, Eva is a massive part of the team and her work rate on the pitch and at training is clear to see, her “never say die” style of hurling is more than enough for any opponent as most of the Glenavy lads already know. The younger sibling of Eva also came on as a sub to put in a brave battling display and was unlucky not to get a goal himself but did however set up Paul Molloy for a point and final score of the game, Glenavy pushed on for further scores through the hard working Padraic McCorry older brother of goal keeper Aaron, but it was not to be as the Hannastown men stood strong to keep their pride in the face of defeat.

Liam Watson & The Tommy Murphy Cup Visit Glenavy

On Saturday all Ireland winner and scorer of 3-7 in the All Ireland final Liam Watson visited Glenavy,  Liam could not have done any more for the kids as they got photos with him and the cup and got hurls and jerseys signed. Liam then took the boys for a couple of drills and a shooting exercise before finishing off with a puck fada which Liam won narrowly beating Glenavy’s own u16 goalkeeper Finbar McGrade. On behalf of the club we would like to thank Liam for coming and wish him every success at both Club and County level in the coming year and hopefully he will return with the Liam McCarthy cup.

All County Division 2 League

St.Joseph’s 1.8 v 1.5 Tir na nÓg

After a defeat to Moneyglass in their last outing St.Joseph’s got back to winning ways with this hard fought victory over Tir na nÓg at Randalstown. This game will not last long in the memory for the standard of football played but it will  last in the memory for two things, first an almost gale force wind was blowing straight down the pitch which made it almost impossible to play football. The second and more bizarre was the crossbar coming down with Michael Magill ready to take a penalty.

The game was spoiled by the strong wind but credit must go to both sides as the battled to get scores..The visitors playing with the wind got off to the perfect start with 5 unanswered points. Gavin Phillips and Mark Cushnahan were getting the better of the midfield exchanges.  With plenty of ball getting into the inside forward line of Fergus Cunningham, Eoghan Gill and Niall McCann scores had to come.  David O’Neill started the scoreboard with a pointed free, Eoghan Gill raced through to split the posts. Steven O’Neill got in on the act with a point. Glenavy would have been further in front at this stage only for some wayward shooting. Half forwards Darragh Moore, Steven O’Neill and David O’Neill were giving their opposite numbers a tough time.  David O’Neill added a pointed free and to continue the O’Neill scoring spree Steven added a point

The Whitehill side was coming more into the game and were through for a gaoling chance only to see Stephen Daly bring off an excellent save. Antrim senior county player Michael Magill got his side’s only first half score when he pointed a free on 26 minutes. Steven O’Neill had the final firsthalf score to leave only 5 between the sides.

The big talking point at haltime was a 5 point margin enough to keep the hosts at bay. The secondhalf started with Mark Cushnahan doing good work in getting the ball to the inrushing Darragh Moore who gave the home keeper no chance. The Glenavy defence came in for some heavy pressure but with Niall McLaughlin, Conor Hamill and Sean McGirr doing trogon work in keeping the forwards at Bay

Tir na nÓg were depending too much on Michael Magill getting their scores and had to hope they would get frees. Any misdemeanours were punished by Magill who added two points from frees. Once again the Glenavy keeper got down quickly to prevent a score. Eoghan Gill widened the gap with a pointed free.

Martin Cleneghan, Francis McMullan and county player Patrick Gallagher were working like beavers to prevent scores. With the defence under constant pressure fouls were committed and punished by Michael Magill who pointed two frees to leave 5 between the sides.

Then came the drama, Tir na nÓg were awarded a penalty, Michael Magill shaped up to take it, Stephen Daly jumped up to catch the crossbar which fell on top of him. After about a 15 minute delay referee Vincent Boyle told the players to go to the other pitch to play the 3 minutes remaining.

Fair play to Magill after all the fuss he stepped up and buried the ball in the net to leave 2 between the sides. Fergus Cunningham had the final point from a free to leave the Chapel Hill side winning by 3.

All County Division 2 League

St.Joseph’s 1.08 v 3.11 St.Ergnat’s

Moneyglass travelled to Glenavy after two good wins in the all county league. From the throwin they set about their task with authority and looked like a team wanting back to division one.

Colm Duffin set the ball rolling with a point quickly followed by a goal to stun their guests. Even though the home side were playing good football their always seemed that a St.Ergnat’s player was in the right place to break up the attack Eoghán Gill found Fergus Cunningham and even under severe pressure still managed to get the home side on the scoreboard.

Just as Glenavy were settling in a lapse of concentration allowed Kevin Marron through for a goal. Gavin Phillips gave his side hope when he dropped a shot into the square and when the Moneyglass keeper was challenged in the air the ball finished into the net. Back came the visitors with a pointed free from Kevin Marron. Once again Fergus Cunningham was causing his opposite number all sorts of trouble and was rewarded with a point to leave three between the sides.

This was as close as the home side were going to get as the lads in blue and gold added a goal and three point before halftime. Kevin Marron pointed two frees and Ryan Boyd had one from play. To put the icing on the cake Colm Doyle finished a great Moneyglass move when he finished the half with a goal                          Halftime St.Joseph’s 1.2 v 3.5 St.Ergnat’s.

Kevin Marron pointed a free to get the second half going. Glenavy were now much more in the game and with a little more self belief could have caused an upset. Fergus Cunningham was accurate from a placed ball and when points fro Steven and David O’Neill pointed things were looking more rosy. Ryan Doyle pointed to extend the lead. Fergus Cunning popped another free over the bar only to see Kevin Brady pull one back for visitors. Once again young Cunningham pointed from a placed ball. Ryan Boyd widened the gap with a point.

Both sides made changes as players tired. Moneyglass added two more points fromRyan Boyd and Kevin Marron before James Gallagher had a point for Glenavy wich proved to be the final score.

St.Ergnat’s on this performance will be in the shake up for league honours at the end of the season. St.Joseph’s will have to regroup for their next game against Tir na nÓg..

St.Joseph’s: S. Daly; C. Hamill; M. Cleneghan; N. McLaughlin; F. McMullan; P. Gallagher; S. McGirr; G. Phillips; D. Moore; J. Gallagher; S. O’Neill; D. O’Neill ( M. Cushnahan ); E. Gill ( Peter McClenaghan); N. McCann (N. Scullion).

Referee John McAtamney Tir na nÓg

Glenavy U12 & 14 Hurling

Victories in early league fixtures

Recent weeks have seen Glenavy fielding teams at all age levels up to under 16, the success has been seen at all levels with great sprited performaces leading to victories in u15 and u13 sheild tournaments in recent months.

The more recent success in the league has fallen to the u12 and u14 teams, they have not only got great numbers attending training, they also have had comprehensive victories over good st theresas and Pearses teams in the u12 and u14 leagues respectively.

Notably the scoring of Paul Molloy has stuck out, although with two hands on the hurl could go even better than his tally of 3 - 1 per match in at both under 12 and 14 levels. Lorcan Heenan has shown that hes an extremely capable hurler, at times dominating games to the extent of applause from opposition coaches. Other forwards who have stuck out are Ruari Moran, Rauiri Bannon, Pauraic McCory, David Nelson and Peter Mc Cambridge all chipping in with scores, not to mention Bailey Graham the young under 10 making his debut with the twelves scoring 1-1 v st theresas. Other under 10s recently making strong showings at u12 level are Odhran Bannon & Murtagh Moran, both following the foot steps of their elder siblings. From the Camogie side of the club the exciting Eva Caffolla has showed to be capable of playing either in defence or up front, with a smashing goal.

 In defence the ever improving goal keeper Max Deane has come on very well pulling off stops of the highest order, he is covered by the Brilliant Conor Mc Areavy, Seany “Burky” Burke and Marty Braniff. The rock that is Ethan Mc Garry in the centre half back at under 14 has made this defence at times look unbreakable, they are solid and composed. Forward come half back Paul Largey putting in some nice hurling performaces in our half backs, this improving defensive group of young hurlers shows a lot of talent and potential. The defence also seen Aron  McCory make a strong showing, even going up front and scoring a goal that wouldn’t have been out of place in Croke Park.

The year ahead for these boys looks good, they need to continue to attend training, and some players need to return to the panel that have been missing in recent weeks. We look for new players from age 6 to 16 all the time, call to the Chapel Hill pitch on a Wednesday night for more info if you’re interested in taking up hurling for Glenavy. Or call us on 07837557739 for more info.

Recent Results

U12 Glenavy 4-4 St Theresas 2-4

U14 Glenavy 9-9 Pearses 4-6

 

South West Breslin Cup

                                                                         St.Joseph’s 2.09 v 0.12 Erins Own

St.Joseph’s U-16 footballers took a giant step towards retaining the Breslin Cup they won last year with this hard earned victory over Cargin. The game was played on a beautiful evening with little or no wind to spoil the game. The Toome side were much taller and physically stronger than their younger opponents.

The opening 14 minutes was a cat and mouse affair with both sides having difficulty getting scores. It would be fair to say the visitors had the better of the early exchanges and would have had scores only for two excellent saves from Owen McCormack in the Glenavy goals. Glenavy’s fullback line of Finbar McGrade, Daniel McKavanagh and David McCorry was under pressure but was repelling the forwards and making them shoot from further out.

The Toome side opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a pointed free from Oran McGuickan and a point from play. They would have added to this only to see Owen McCormack bring off a superb one handed save to prevent a goal. The hill side’s halfbacks Michael Small, Martin Nelson and Alex Gallagher were like terriers with their tackling, which made their much taller opponents having to work really hard to get any ball.

Donal O’Neill opened his sides scoring on 21 minutes with a pointed free. Brian Burns along with Ben Rice and Peter Traynor in the half forward line were in excellent form. Brain Burns kicked in a speculative shot which fooled everyone and finished in the net. Barney Gallagher and Edward Forster had now come to grips with their much taller opponents which stemmed the flow to the Erins Own forwards. Donal O’Neill and Ben Rice widened the gap to 3 with well taken points..Ben and Donal added pointed frees to leave the halftime score 1.5 to 0.2.

The second half started in whirlwind fashion with Eoin Kelly gaining passion from the throwin, he passed to Donal O’Neil who spotted Ben Rice come thundering in and with a well placed pass Ben rattled the Cargin net. Only for some wayward shooting and misplaced passes Glenavy should have added to the scoreline.

In the past Cargin teams have been renowned for their never say die attitude, this up and coming team are no different. Two points, Oran McGuickan from a free and one from play closed the gap only to see Donal O’Neill point a free. Oran McGuickan and Ben Rice exchange points. To leave the score after 41 minutes 2.7 to 0.5 in Glenavy’s favour  

Now came the famous Cargin fightback 6 unanswered points, three from Oran McGuickan frees to leave just 2 between the sides. Eoin Kelly, Donal O’Neill and Eoin Henry was filtering back and helping out to stem the flow. From a breakaway the hill side got a free which Ben Rice pointed to leave a goal between the sides.

Once again Oran McGuickan closed the gap to 2. At this stage of the game it looked like Cargin were going to get the upperhand. Fair play to all the home side as they put their shoulder to the wheel and had the last score from a Ben Rice free to leave the fulltime score 2.9 to 0.12 in the home side’s favour as referee John Moran blew the fulltime whistle..

This result was achieved by an all round team effort.

St.Joseph’s: O. McCormack, F. McGrade, D. McKavanagh, D. McCorry (C. Magenniss),  M. Small, M. Nelson, A. Gallagher, B. Gallagher, E. Forester, B. Rice, B. Burns, P. Traynor G. Malley), E. Kelly ( R. Clenaghan), D. O’Neill, E. Henry.  

                                                                                  Division 2 Football

All Saints’ 0.09 v 1.16 St.Joseph’s

St.Joseph’s travelled to Slemish Park Ballymena to play local side All Saints’ in what has proved over the past few years a difficult venue to get any league points. Everything was right for football, the pitch was in excellent order, their was little wind and the sun shown throughout the game.

 The hosts were first off the mark with a pointed free. Darragh Moore playing in a more forward role than usual brought the sides level. David O’Neill had his eye in when he landed two converted frees. The town side hit a purple patch and really put it up to their visitors with four unanswered points to put them in the lead by two.

David O’Neill put the minimum between the sides with a pointed free only to see All Saints’ pull two ahead with a well earned point. It was now the Hill side to put the pressure on, Fergus Cunningham started the fight back with a beauty from out on the wing. That lad O’Neill popped up once again to level the scores when he pointed a 45. Patrick Gallagher went on one of his now famous runs to put his side in the lead by a point. Niall McCann split the posts from what seemed an impossible angle. The home side pulled a point back from a pointed 45 which was the result of a really excellent save from Stephen Daly. Darragh Moore finished the firsthalf scoring with a well executed point to leave the score 9 to 7 in Glenavy’s favour.

Fergus Cunningham pointed to put three between the sides. Conor Hamill popped up on the 20 meter line to finish a good move with a point. All Saints’ pointed a free to close the gap to two. St.Joseph’s were playing an excellent brand of quick passing which their opponents were finding hard to contain which resorted in some unnecessary frees. David O’Neill showed just what an excellent free taker he pointed three placed balls to put his side six up. Owen Gallagher finished an excellent run with a point.     

All Saints’ were coming back into the game and indeed would have closed the gap only for two brilliant saves from Stephen Daly. All Saints’ pointed a free in what proved to be their last score in the game. Conor Hamill went on a jinking run and was heading for goals when he was hauled down. David O’Neill pointed from the free. An excellent night was crowned when Stephen O’Neill buried one in the back of the net. This was the last score in a highly entertaining game. Final score St.Joseph’s 1.16 v 0.09 All Saints’.

Team: S. Daly, C. Scullion, M. Cleneghan, C. Hamill, C. Scullion, P. Gallagher, M. McCourt (F. McMullan 21 mins.). G. Phillips (B. Collins.53mis.), O. Gallagher, D. Moore,S. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, F. Cunningham (R. Phillips 55 mins), E. Gill, N. McCann                                                                     

McCormack Cup St.Joseph’s 1.11 v 1.08 St.Patrick’s

On a wet miserable day Glenavy and Lisburn played out a very entertaining game at Glenavy’s home ground. The home side started in great fashion and after 18 minutes had 1.4 on the scoreboard before the visitors opened with a point.

The inside forward line of Gareth O’Neill, Barry Collins and Ben McCambridge were leading the line ably backed up by half forwards Chris Smylie, Ryan Phillips and David O’Neill.

Chris Smylie opened the scoring with a well taken point. David O’Neill quickly added a goal. Donal Burke moved up from his centre back position to put one over the blackspot. Conal Gallagher at right corner back was playing with great gusto and on several occasions cleared his lines when scores seemed on. Kieran O’Neill and Patrick Corr completed a solid fullback line.

On 12 minutes David O’Neill pointed from a free and when Ben McCambridge pointed it looked bleak for the visitors. At this stage Donal Burke and Chris Smylie accidentally collided with both players being treated for several minutes. This seemed to upset the home side’s rhythm.

St.Patrick’s had their opening point on 18 minutes. Peter McClenaghan responded with a point. The side in blue and gold finished the half the stronger and added two more points.to leave the halftime score 1.05 to 0.3.

Conor Hamill replaced Donal Burke who was unable to start the second half due to him having a fractured jaw from the earlier clash of heads. We wish Donal a speedy and complete recovery.  

Whether the locals thought they had the game won or the visitors improved was soon put to the test when after 2 minutes in the ball was in the back of the Glenavy net. Only for the heroics of Joseph Magee in the home nets the score could and indeed would have been much different. St.Joseph’s halfbacks of Martin McPeake, Conor Hamill and Malachy McCourt were containing their opposite numbers.

Barry Collins once again put 3 between the sides and when Chris Smylie extended the lead to 4 things were looking rosy for the Hill side. Back came the city side to once again leave 2 between them with two excellent points.

Peter McClenaghan and Brian Rice in midfield were making a valuable contribution to their team’s cause. Peter popped a beauty over the bar and the ever present Chris Smylie finished a good move with a point to leave the score after 50 minutes 1.9 to 1.5 in Glenavy’s favour. St.Patrick’s weren’t done yet and once again closed the gap to two with 2 converted frees

Martin McPeake found himself on the 20 meter line to pop one over the bar. David O’Neill added another which proved to be the home side’s last score. Lisburn had the last point and from the kickout referee Martin Gavigan blew the fulltime whistle.  

 

St.Joseph’s team: J. Magee, C. Gallagher, K. O’Neill, P. Corr, M. McPeake, , D. Burke (C. Hamill halftime), M. McCourt, P.  Cleneghan, B. Rice, C, Smylie, R. Phillips, D. O’Neill, B. McCambridge  (N. Scullion 41 mins.), B. Collins, G. O’Neill.

St Joseph’s , Glenavy U16 camogs began their 2012 league campaign at a very wet and windy Hightown Road. They started the match well with some strong play from the midfield trio Megan McGarry, Hannah Singleton and Ann McCambridge. St Enda’s defended with determination against the pressure however in the 8th minute Orlaith McCambridge hit the back of the net with a powerful shot from about 30 metres.

 Glenavy continued to pressure the St Enda’s defence and their goalkeeper brought off some fine saves following up with long clearances. Glenavy made good use of the wings and after a couple of wides Megan McGarry scored a goal having received an excellent pass from Emily Falloon. Half forwards Orlaith McClinton and Orla McCambridge combined well to keep the ball in the forward line but a strong St Enda’s defence managed the sustained pressure. Despite the very cold and wet conditions Glenavys defence dealt confidently with the few St Enda’s attacks. Goalkeeper Siobhan O’Neill made a couple of fine saves and was well supported by Bronagh Collett, Elise Cafolla and Nuala Moran. Glenavy continued their control of the game and had a number of wides before Megan McGarry added a point. Both teams played with determination in the atrocious conditions but there were no further scores in the first half.

Glenavy made two changes at half time bringing on Emma O’Neill for Julie Hagan who took a knock to the hand and Jessica Falloon into nets allowing Siobhan O’Neill to move out. Both sides started the second half in a determined fashion however neither could add to the score sheet.

St Enda’s  took the ball up the pitch with some strong ground striking but Glenavy’s defence stood firm with Bronagh Collett, Louise O’Neill and Elise Cafolla combining well to clear  their goal mouth. A clearance up the right wing sent Emily Falloon on a long solo run before she found Megan McGarry who struck the ball low and hard to hit the back of the net. There followed a period of end to end play however both defences prevented any additions to the score sheet. Both Orlaith McCinton and Emily Falloon narrowly missed scoring with long range shorts from the midfield. With the teams tiring in the arctic conditions Megan McGarry again showed her strength  to break through and get the final score of the day bringing the tally to 4 goals and a point to no score. Despite the poor weather this was an entertaining game of camogie and Glenavy look forward to their next game which is a home fixture to Ahoghill.

                                                                     St.James’ 0.9 v 0.9 St.Joseph’s

                                                                                      Wednesday 18th April

This was a typical Glenavy v Aldergrove meeting, either side could have won or indeed lost this game. The game was played at Crumlin on a slippery surface after a heavy shower just before the throwin.

Niall McCann got the scoring going with a well taken point for the visitors. Back came the home side to make the score 3 to 1after 16 minutes. The Chapel Hill side were dominating play but with some wasteful shooting failed to make their hosts pay  David O’Neill put the minimum between the sides from a placed ball. AndiIt took the Hill side 25 minutes to bring the sides level when Niall McCann popped up to split the posts.

At this stage the Crumlin side was making their presence felt and was putting pressure on the Glenavy backs. From a free Aldergrove took the lead just before halftime. From the kickout Darragh Moore got possession and with the halftime whistle almost upon us he landed a beauty with his left foot to leave the sides level when the referee blew for the break.

Now playing down the slope the visitors once again became very wasteful and it took a Fergus Cunningham point to put his side one up. Once again the home side came right back into the game. The Glenavy backs now under great pressure gave away some soft frees and were punished by a very accurate freetaker. From 3 placed balls the home side went 2 in front.

To be fair to the visitors they kept plugging away and were rewarded with points from Eoghan Gill and Fergus Cunningham frees to once again level the scores. Once again Aldergrove went one up but down the pitch came Glenavy to level the scores with a Fergus Cunningham free.  

With time almost up a home win looked on the cards when the home side pointed what looked like the winning point. From the kickout the ball was played into Owen Gallagher who to the delight of the large Glenavy support split the post with the equalising score.

Referee Kieran Drayne, who had a good game under difficult conditions,  blew the fulltime whistle to leave the sides level.

With both sides bemoaning they didn’t win each would probably be satisfied with a draw.

I know I have only mentioned the scorers but it would be unfair to name individuals as everyone gave of their best.  

 

SOUTHWEST ANTRIM U14 HURLING FEILE

                                                                                    Rasharkin 0.2 v2.03 Glenavy 7th April

St Josephs Glenavy drew Rasharkin in the preliminary round of u14 hurling Feile.  Both teams had met the previous week at Glenavy in an U13 blitz & finished up playing each other in a very competitive shield final. The game was very tight with Glenavy winning by the smallest of margins, so it had all the making of a very even game. St Josephs started fast & were on the front foot with Ethan McGarry & Lorcan Heanan superb in midfield with some super high fielding & great distribution.  Lorcan opened the scoring early with a lovely long range point, which was soon added to by Padraig McCorry pouncing on a loose clearance in front of the Rasharkin goal & driving the ball into the back of the net. Ethan McGarry was getting plenty of ball & started attacking at every opportunity he was duly rewarded firstly, with a lovely point but soon after he hit a brilliant 40 yard goal. It was looking very good for St Josephs & a further point from Ruarí Bannon made the game look comfortable, but Rasharkin had other ideas & with a few minutes left got 2 quick points, but it was to late to change the result & St Josephs won with a score of Rasharkin 0.02 St Josephs Glenavy2.03.

Glenavy now face Tir na nÓg in the semi-final on Sunday 15th, this again should be a close encounter. Tir na nÓg had also taken part in the u13 blitz, walking away as Cup winners, so St Josephs will have to be on top of their game if they hope to qualify for their first hurling Feile final.

                                                                  St Joseph’s Glenavy u-13 Blitz

                                                                                           Sunday 1st April

 St Joseph’s Glenavy hosted an U13 hurling blitz, the idea was to give some of the younger U14 players the chance to really shine & it was a great success, with eight teams taking part.

 The format. was to have 2 leagues of 4 teams & after each team had played each other the top team in each league would qualify for the cup final, the teams finishing second would contest the shield final. After a late withdrawal Glenavy had to shuffle their resources & enter 2 teams, one in each league.

Group one involved Rasharkin, Brid Og, Ballyvarley (Co Down) & Glenavy.

After all the games were played the winners of group one was Brid Og, they had been superb all day & qualified for the final unbeaten. 2nd place was not so easy to sort out, Rasharkin & Ballyvarley were inseparable & it was decided to let them have a 7 minute game winners take all & qualify 2nd & make the shield final, there was nothing between the 2 teams but eventually Rasharkin just pipped Ballyvarley with a late score & made the final.

Group two involved Glenavy, Tir na nÓg, Lamh Dhearg & Gort na Mona.

Similar to the first group, one team Tir na nÓg qualified unbeaten & would set up a super Cup final with Brid Og, but again 2nd place was more complicated, all the teams had the same points, but on the count back  on points scored & head to heads Glenavy got the 2nd spot & qualified for the shield final against Rasharkin.

The cup final was everything we had hoped for, 2 teams going at it from start to finish, two teams with all the qualities they had shown in making the Cup final unbeaten.  The game was in the balance until the last minute, with Tir na nÓg just getting over line & winning the Cup , but Brid Og had pushed them all the way in a very competitive final.

The shield final was similar to the Cup final, there was nothing between the 2 teams, Rasharkin scored early & lead for the majority of the game, Glenavy pushed forward in search of an equalising score & with  few minutes left managed to get it. The game was in the balance now, it could have gone either way, but Glenavy managed another score just before the end & then held on for a hard fought win.

So on the day Tir na nÓg won the cup & Glenavy the shield. It was a day when all the teams were winners & helped make it a great day.

Special thanks has to go to all the young whistlers, Alex Gallagher, Martin Nelson, Marc Crean & Finbar McGrade & to all the ladies who helped on the day with the food & also the parents who provided the sandwiches etc & supported the kids during the games it all helped make it a successful day.

 

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U-14 Football
Date Comp Team Score   Score Team Venue Time
11 Apr  SW L Aghagallon  2.07 v  1.01  St.Joseph's  Away Loss 
 25 Apr    St.Joseph's  1.06 v  2.06   Aldergrove  Home Loss
 2 May    Dunloy  4.07 v  1.08 St.Joseph's Away  Loss
 9 May   St.Joseph's  1.03 v  4.07  Cargin  Home  Loss
 16 May   St.Enda's  7.09 v  2.05  St.Joseph's   Away  Loss
  23 May    St.Joseph's  1.06 v  7.10 All Saints' Home  Loss
27 May   St.Joseph's  2.05 v  2.04 Stinson's Home  Win
30 May     Aldergrove  5.10 v  1.07  St.Joseph's   Away  Loss
6 Jun   St.Joseph's  2.05 v  4.07   Dunloy  Home  Loss
10 Jun    Cargin  4.03 v  1.04 St.Joseph's Away  Loss
 4 Jul    St.Joseph's  1.09 v  2.12 St.Enda's  Home  Loss
18 Jul   All Saints'   v   St.Joseph's  Away  
 25 Jul    Stinson's   v   St.Joseph's  Away  
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Gaelic football has been played in the Glenavy area since 1899. The first club was "Owen Roes" and records show that it participated in competitions up until about 1916 - 17. The present club, can trace its foundation to its birth in 1942 when locals, including Dan Cardwell, Kevin Cinnamond, Joe Ayre, Bobby Heatley, John and Paddy O'Neill, Felix Mulholland, Donald Jordan, Tom Fleeton, and Joe McGarry enlisted the support of the then local curate Fr. O'Hare. The Club was to be formally known as St Joseph's Glenavy. In 1943 the club played in the South Antrim Junior League sporting blue shirts the clubs first colours!

Ten years later the clubs first success was the winning of the Intermediate League and the South West Junior Championship in 1952/3. The club was flourishing during this period and along with success on the pitch came development of new grounds. Indeed St. Joseph's first ever game at senior level was on the opening of their new pitch on Sunday November 15th 1954. The famous O'Connell's were the opponents that historic day and it was fitting that St Joseph's recorded a fine victory marking there arrival to Senior football in a most emphatic manner. Over the next decade the club participated in Senior competition but did slowly slide to Division 4 by 1960.

The early sixties saw a renaissance in Glenavy football, culminating in the club returning to Div 1 in 1966-67 season and the S.W. Junior Championship annexed. To the fore in the senior team were men like Joe Creaney, James Heatley, Joe Loughan, Brian Mulholland, Brian Falloon, Kieran O'Neill, Mark Kelly, Frank Rogers, Eamonn Kelly, Liam Cormican, Terry Cormican, Aodh Cormican, Owen Ruddy, Kevin McAreavy, Jim McCorry, Sean Devlin and George Grant.

St. Joseph's roller coaster ride through the divisions continued and unfortunately the early seventies were to see a decline in football fortunes and the club in Div 4 of the leagues. However work at underage level began to pay dividends and the senior team were in Div3 by 1978 taking the S.W. Championship and the Irish News Cup that year. The nucleus of a successful team had been found and in 1984 St. Joseph's became Intermediate Champions by beating St. Enda's in the final in Casement Park.

The 1990's were a decade of development, change and success within the club. A new pitch was opened during the summer of 1990 and in 1992 the senior team had unparalleled success. All competitions entered were won by the team- the Intermediate Championship, the Division 2 league title and the S.W. Championship- the O'Cahan Cup.

St. Joseph's have always been an active participant in Scor and had competed at All Ireland level in the Quiz section and Ballad group and at Ulster level in the in the Novelty Section. Junior Scor continues to be well supported in the club and there have been many successes over the years. Development of the grounds continued apace with new clubrooms being opened in 1998 and a new training pitch in 2001.

 Our senior team won the All County division 3 league in 2007. To follow on with promotion to division 1 football in 2008.

 Over the past number of years St.Joseph's underage teams have won a number of South West Trophy's. In 2008 the U-16 footballers won the All County Shield beating Davitt's in Casement Park. 2011 They also won the Breslin Cup in 2011 and the South West league the following year.

Ladies football has also come of age in the club with St. Joseph's contesting the Antrim Championship final on a number of occasions. We also field teams in camogie and hurling at U8, U10, U12, U14 & u16. Our u14 camogie team won the league in 2011. With growing experience it will hopefully only be a matter of time before more silverware adorns the trophy cabinet. Juvenile football continues to grow and the large numbers of young footballers thronging our pitches augurs well for the future of the game in Glenavy. The club fields teams at U-8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, U21 Division 2 & 5 all county league. , with modern facilities and growing numbers is well placed to be a force within the county and hopefully will be a source of talent for the county team as it has in the past.

Jim McCorry played at fullback with the Antrim team for 13 years. Jim was named at fullback on the Antrim millennium in 2000.

The club have almost 600members with over 400 underage players.

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