At the U18 Camogie, An Riocht v Bredagh, played under the Dunavil lights An Riocht proved too strong for the visitors winning out on a 7-10 to 4-6 score line. An Riocht had great individual performances all over pitch with all players working hard for each other. Bredagh took a while to settle and as game progressed they became stronger but An Riocht battled and worked hard in all areas with an especially excellent defensive display from Yazmin McCrink and an attacking display from Lauren Clarke.
Team: Andrea ONeill, Yazmin McCrink, Caoimhe Leigh Spiers, Caoimhe McAlinden, Clare Fearon, Sinead ORourke, Patrice Matthews, Rachael Cunningham, Aoife McDowell, Emma Cousins, Lauren Clarke, Tiarna Donnan.
In the Senior Football played midweek in Mayobridge, An Riocht beat Rostrevor by a goal, 2-6 to 1-6. Conditions were extremely poor with driving wind and rain throughout and the team did exceptionally well to bounce back from championship disappointment and strengthen promotion hopes. First half goals from Sean Clarke following a sweeping length of the field move and another from man of the match Declan Doyle helped An Riocht to a 2-4 to 0-2 interval lead and despite coming under severe Rostrevor pressure after the break An Riocht held on for a deserved victory.
Team: Brendan McVeigh, Aidan Sloan, John O’Rourke, Michael Clarke, Conor Doyle, Paul Allen, Liam McVeigh 0-1, James Cunningham, Ronan McAlinden, Noel McArdle 0-1, Sean Clarke 1-1, Chris Killen 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1, Deaglan Morgan, Declan Doyle 1-1. Subs: Conor Cole, Darren Doyle, Brian Rodgers.
In the U16 Football Final An Riocht beat Bosco 3-12 to 2-6. An Riocht were dwarfed in every position by a big Bosco side but left their supporters excited by the quality football they produced to turn a five-point deficit into a twelve-point win.
Bosco pressed from the off and Curtis Flanagan saved well to deny them a goal chance within the first minute. After an early exchange of points Bosco surged ahead with three points and a goal prodded home at the third attempt. Christopher Flanagan set up Eoin Sloan for a twelfth minute goal and with three minutes remaining to half time Bosco led 1-6 to 1-2. Then a Ronan Campbell free left a goal between the teams and in added time at the end of the half, good play from Christopher Flanagan and Jack Rodgers put Ronan Campbell through and from the tightest of angles he found the Newry net.
Eoin Sloan goaled direct from a forty-five on the restart and four Ronan Campbell points had us seven clear after a dominant third quarter. Further points from Caomhan Campbell after a great length of the field move involving Dylan Nugent and Philip Curran and a superb solo effort from Christopher Flanagan made it double scores, 3-9 to 1-6 before Bosco scrambled in a second goal, their only second half score, in the fifty second minute. However, there was no stopping An Riocht now and Ronan Campbell’s seventh point and two from substitute William John Harper cancelled out the goal before Caomhan Campbell pulled off a great save to deny Bosco even a consolation score. This was a great team performance with every player playing their part, well done and thanks too to the management team who also led the U18s to championship success six days earlier.
Team: Curtis Flanagan, John Joe Eakins, Ryan Mackey, Cormac Clarke, Christopher Flanagan 0-1, Dylan Nugent, Ronan Campbell 1-7, Philip Curran, Caomhan Campbell 0-1, Eoin Sloan 2-1, Jack Rodgers, Joel Cunningham, Reece Flanagan. Subs William John Harper 0-2, Ryan Cunningham.
There was a large turnout for the An Riocht Juvenile (P1 to U12) Football Presentations on Saturday with each player receiving a medal. There were also presentations to the Mourne League and Fingallians tournament winners. New registration forms with updated contact numbers were distributed and should be returned asap. Practice for new school year begins on Saturday 8th October 11am for P1 & P2 (2016/17) and at 12pm for P3 & P4 (2016/17); and on Monday 10th October at 6.45pm for P5 & P6 (2016/17), all indoor. P7 and First Years should attend U13s while their games continue during October. Thanks were expressed to our juvenile team sponsors ‘DR Diesel, BP Electrics. Kilkeel Credit Union’. Thanks also to all the coaches, the kitchen staff, to Shane Cunningham (An Riocht Minor Championship winning captain) and to Christopher Flanagan (An Riocht U16 Championship winning captain) for making the presentations, and to the big number of parents who turned out to support the children.
The JG Donnan Memorial Cup Recreational Football and the Carmel Doran Memorial Cup Recreational Camogie matches took place at Dunavil on Saturday. Thanks to all who took part or helped in any way, players, referees, kitchen staff.
Football Masters: Barry Annett, Declan Campbell, Jerry Lee Cordell, Conor Fitzpatrick, Gavin Finnegan, Stephen Flanagan, Paddy McManus, Ryan McMillan, Kieran McVeigh, Wayne Morris, Paul Murney, Eamon O’Rourke, Colin Quinn, Michael Quinn, Paul Quinn, Deaglan O’Reilly, Martin Sloan, Stephen Sloan.
Football Want-a-bes: Brendan Allen, Leigh Campbell, Conor Clarke, Stephen Corr, Paddy Gartland, Michael Harper, Dane Matthews, Sean McArdle, Joe McCartan, Paddy McComiskey, Aidan McVeigh, Conor Morgan, Brian Rodgers, Liam Rodgers,
Marc Rooney, Brian Sloan, Adam White.
Camogie Winners: Patricia Clarke, Christine Donnelly, Sheila McAlinden, Christine Morgan, Deborah Morgan, Tracey Rafferty. Gwen Trainor.
Camogie Runners/up: Michelle Allen, Suzanne Campbell, Lauren Clarke, Louise Clarke, Jane Donnelly, Laura Donnelly, Teresa White.
Thanks to Kingdom Men’s Shed for their assistance with the painting at Dunavil during the week.
St Columbans and St Pauls played U14 and U16 football matches at Dunavil during the week.
Entries for the Down U21 championship must be in before 9th October.
Any player wanting a Down Minor trial should let the club know asap.
O’Neill’s Christmas order forms now due for return.
Participants required for Scor Na nOg (U17) – singers, dancers, instrumentalists, recitation. Contact the club to enter.
In the Ulster Camogie match, Castleblaney v An Riocht , the Farney girls won out.