St Josephs Glenavy GAC

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St Joseph’s GAC - Glenavy Ogs Training comes to an end for 2017

This year’s Nursery group for under 4 year olds began on 3/4/17 and ran for 26 weeks and was based entirely at the Sports Hall in Ballymacrickett Primary School. It was a big group with over 50 enrolling on the programme.

We were able to secure sponsorship from Oaktree Nursery for a second year which enabled the nursery group to have their very own training top designed and made. The children took great pride in their tops and this has given the children a great sense of club identity.

There was a clear structure to our training and we covered the following areas:

·         Agility

·         Balance

·         Coordination

·         Running

·         Jumping

We spent around 4 weeks on each area and on the 5th week the child completed a short assessment gaining a sticker for themselves and one for their end of year certificate. The children really worked hard on these assessment nights and took great pride is achieving each sticker.

We made a special effort to explain to the children that training and exercise was only part of what is needed to be a ‘star’ player – they also need to eat healthy foods i.e. lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

On each assessment night each child got a treat of a bottle of water and a piece of fresh fruit (sponsored by (Eurospar Crumlin).

On our final presentation night each child received their certificate, a ‘Well Done’ medal and a goody bag of healthy treats (+ bag of Tayto crisps sponsored by Alan& Amanda Crossan ). Terrence Doran from ‘The Chip Factory’ supplied complimentary pizzas & chips which enabled the children to have a little celebration meal after their presentation. 

Lead coach Joe Mulholland commented ‘I have really enjoyed working with the children each year and more importantly meeting new parents and making new friends. There is a fantastic community feeling around that hall each week and I have watched it extend across to the side-lines of the pitch year by year.’

The club is currently looking more parents to get involved as volunteer coaches and has planned a great line up of training over the winter months. Anyone interested should speak to any of the current coaches as soon as possible.

Joe Mulholland concluded by saying ‘I enjoy seeing the children progress, knowing all their names and being able to cheer them on from the side-lines years after they have been through Nursery Group – so I’m very lucky and I hope to have more cheering to do in the future !!

 

2017 Club Dinner.

2017 Annual Presentation Dinner.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The annual awards were presented by Sean Kelly.

Senior Ladies player: Orla Fay.

Senior male player: Patrick Gallagher

Junior male player:: Ben McCambridge

Club person of the year: Gavin Phillips.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

2017 Underage awards

St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy 2017 Underage Presentation.

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

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

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

There were three categories of awards in each category.

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

U-10 Girls & Boys:

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

3 Ella O’Hare & Johnny Christie

U-12 Boys

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

Special award.

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

 

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

 

U-10

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

 

U-12

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

 

U-14

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

Special recognition 2017 Lucia Greatorex

2017 Match Reports

  

 

 

 

Under-21 Football Championship (Grading round)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Subs

Fergal Green for D Wilson

Paul Mc Cambridge for R Foster

Shay Cormican for S Gallagher

 

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

Subs

Cormac Birt for A Thornton

Michael Laverty for K Johnston

Referee Fiontan Mc Cotter (Sarsfield’s)

 

Thomas Devlin Car Sales U14 Shield Final

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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South West Under-12 League (Shield Final)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Peter Higgins (Tir na nOg)

 

Antrim Minor Football Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee Brendan Toland Lamh Dhearg.

 

Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship (quarter-final)

St John's 2-15 Glenavy 0-9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee Paul McKeever (Portglenone)

 

St.Enda’s Gain Promotion

St.Enda’s 2.11 v 2.08 St.Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee C. Hemsworth St.Paul’s 

 

2017 Laverty Cup Final

All Saints 4-13 v Glenavy 3-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

St.Joseph’s Glenavy Win Division Two League

St.Bridgid’s 2.10 v 1.16 St.Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Barry Coyle St.Paul’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Fiontan McCotter Sarsfield's.

 Breslin Shield Final

All Saints 4-13  Glenavy 3-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKED SHELL SHOCKED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VALUE FOR MONEY

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Kevin Parke (St. Enda’s)

 

Antrim Division 2 Football (2nd Phase)

St.Ergnat’s 2.10 v 5.11 St.Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Referee: Karol Doherty Rasharkin

Antrim Division 2 Football League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ladies Football - Under 16 League

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

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


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

Antrim Football League Division 2.

Davitt’s 0.02 v 6.19 St.Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

Davitt’s: Aaron Slane 0.02.

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

Referee: Mark McDonald St.Gall’s    

South West Antrim U14 Football League

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

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

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

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

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

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

South West Laverty Cup Semi-Final

Glenavy 3.10 v 3.07 Dunloy

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football League Div 1:

Moneyglass 7.1 Glenavy 0.6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                             Laverty Cup Minor Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee - Brendan McCartan (Aghagallon)

St.Joseph’s 1.14 v 0.09 Cuchullian’s

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

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

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

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

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

Antrim Division 2 football

 St.Joseph’s 2.09 v 1.09 St.Brigid’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Referee Sean Laverty Moneyglass.

Antrim League Division 2

Tir Na nÓg 0.10 v 0.11 St.Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laverty Cup

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

                                                               

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Referee John Moran St.James’

                                                                                     Antrim Division 2 Football

St.Joseph’s 2.08 v 0.15 St.Ergnat’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

St.Joseph’s 4.15 v St.Mary’s 3.11

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Sunday 12th. March 17

Antrim 0.09 v 1.16 Glenavy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee Sean McAtamney Tir na nÓg

Y 2016 Annual Dinner

2016 Annual Presentation Dinner.

 

St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy held their Annual Presentation Dinner in the Templeton Hotel on Friday 25th.. November 16.

 

Club chairman Joseph O’Boyle welcomed over one hundred members for a very enjoyable evening. Special guests were club president Fr. Colm McBride, South West chairman Columb Walsh with his wife Una, Frank and Kathleen Rogers.. Also present was the club’s main sponsor Martin McClinton from Hunky Dory. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Antrim intermediate football championship medals to the senior ladies team.

 

Columb Walsh congratulated the club for continuing to encourage the youth of the area to take part in club activities and to accept the ethos Gaelic games. He thanked the club for their participation in all South West competitions and the discipline shown from the players. The chairman congratulated the club on receiving the McStocker cup which is presented to club with the best discipline from managers and players. Columb congratulated the ladies for winning the Antrim intermediate championship. He also thanked our referees Paul Hanna and Christopher Eastwood for their dedication towards refereeing and encouraged others to come forward and take it up. . 

 

The chairman in his citation for the club’s hall of fame award spoke highly of the recipient Frank Rogers. Frank had moved in the early sixties from his home town of Lisnaskea County Fermanagh to teach in St.Aidan’s High School Glenavy where he taught physical education. He joined St.Joseph’s senior team and was an ever present member for the next decade. Joseph encouraged those present particularly the players to follow Frank’s example and be prepared to put something back into the club when they had retired from playing. 

 

When Frank retired from playing he continued to have a huge influence on our club with his expert knowledge of the rules and for keeping players fit he made great use of the school recreation hall for training and coaching. He also started a basketball team to keep the players fit and interested during the winter months. Frank helped several managers with the coaching and fitness of players and his influence held bring success on a number of occasions. Frank now lives with his wife Kathleen and family in Ballycastle.

 

Frank thanked the club for the award and had always kept up to date with results and what was happening in the club. He wished the club well for the future and encouraged d the young players enjoy themselves as much as he had.      

  

The following received the annual club awards.

 Senior Ladies player: Orla Fay.

Senior male player: Michael McCourt

Junior male player Joint:: Ronan Hamill & Martin McPeake

Club person of the year: Joint: Olwyn McCambridge & Marieanne Forester

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