An Riocht Minor Footballers - Past News 2012

Minor Football Championship An Riocht lost to Warrenpoint

In the Minor Football Championship An Riocht lost to Warrenpoint, 5-10 to 0-9, and exited the competition.

Minors v Mayobridge

In the Minor Football Championship An Riocht let an eight point lead slip at home to Mayobridge and now need huge displays in their remaining two matches both away v Warrenpoint and Carryduff.

Minors lose to Saval

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Minor: An Riocht 1-15 Rostrevor 2-10

An Riocht U18 Footballers visited Rostrevor on Tuesday and came away with a great win by 1-15 to 2-10 with County minors Declan Doyle and Ronan McAlinden particularly impressive.

Team S Doran; M Higgins, J O’Rourke, D Clarke; R Spiers, K Sloan, B Rodgers; R McAlinden, D Doyle; JP Farrell, J Reilly, J Sands; D Campbell, K Colgan, N McComiskey.

Minor Footballers played Warrenpoint

U18 Football: The Minor Footballers played Warrenpoint in a challenge match on Friday going down by five points.

Minor Car Wash


The Minor Footballers undertook a fund raising car wash at Dunavil on Saturday, thanks to all who supported this initiative in any way.


Minor League: An Riocht 1-16 Loughinisland 1-07

An Riocht Minor Footballers entertained Loughinisland in the Minor League on Thursday evening at Dunavil, eventually coming out on the right end of a 1-16 to 1-07 result. An Riocht played the game at a very high tempo, letting the ball do the work and reaping the rewards. Steven Doran made some excellent save and his distribution was first class, at Midfield, Declan Doyle gave a master class of long-range pointing and delivering the ball early. Its well known that every team needs a good free taker and in Ronan McAlinden, An Riocht had this in abundance, finishing with Ten scored placed balls.

An Riocht Team: Steven Doran, Declan Clarke, John O’Rourke, Mark Higgins, Brian Rodgers, Kevin Sloan, Ryan Speirs, Kory Colgan, Declan Doyle, John-Paul Farrell, Ronan McAlinden, John Sands, Adam Whit, James Reilly, Nathan McComiskey. Subs: Paul Doyle, Kevin Higgins, Ciaran Cunningham, Michael O’Rourke

The Minor Footballers played a friendly with Bryansford


The Minor Footballers played a friendly with Bryansford coming out on the right side of a 4-14 to 4-7 result. When An Riocht kept it simple and moved the ball at pace they were unstoppable and raced into an early lead before becoming a little over elaborate on the ball and allowing the Ford keep in contention.

Bryansford too had quality in their attack and exposed the home defence on occasions. An Riocht led 2-1 to nil early on and 3-8 to 2-1 at the break.

A host of changes disrupted the flow of the game but made for a better contest in the second half.



K Colgan M Higgins J O’Rourke 0-1 J Sands K Higgins D Clarke B Rodgers K Sloan 0-1 D Doyle 0-1 R Spiers 0-1 R McAlinden 0-4 C Cunningham JP Farrell 0-3 J Reilly 2-2 C McConville 1-0. Subs D Campbell 0-1 M O’Rourke 1-0 P Doyle.


Minor: Clonduff 2-16 An Riocht 1-05

The U18 Footballers enjoyed a perfect start in Clonduff when James Reilly punched a high ball to the net but up the other end Stephen Doran was frequently called upon to keep the home side at bay.

Adam White and Darragh Campbell added An Riocht points but Clonduff were dominating possession and led 1-6 to 1-2 at the break. Reilly and Declan Doyle popped up with points apiece on the restart but Clonduff replied with ten points in a row before Doyle added a late consolation for An Riocht who went down, 2-16 to 1-5.

Minors to host Car-Wash

An Riocht Minor footballers are hosting a Car-Wash at the club on Saturday 24th March from 9am to 4pm.

Minor: Brynansford 5-4 An Riocht 2-11

The U18 Footballers were back in Tuesday night action last week against a very strong Bryansford side at St. Patrick’s Park. A few lapses in concentration allowed Bryansford in for Five first half goals which left the score at the break, Bryansford 5-4 An Riocht 2-4. An Riocht improved greatly after the break and their defence was very disciplined, and while they kept the ‘Ford scoreless, they couldn’t do enough up front to claw it back enough to dig out a result. Final Score: Brynansford 5-4 An Riocht 2-11

Minors have first outing of 2012

An Riocht minor footballers had their first outing of the year against  a very physical Saval Team last Monday.

It proved a very entertaining and high-scoring match as both teams had an attacking mentality from the off-set with An Riocht winning comfortably at half-time. An Riocht made a number of substitutions and positional changes at the break and Saval capitalized with 4 unanswered points from the throw in.

An Riocht settled well and the high-scoring resumed and An Riocht survived a late Saval onslaught tohold on for the win.

An Riocht Team: Steven Doran, Mark Higgins, Declan Clarke, Ciaran Cunningham, Ryan Spiers, John O’Rourke, Brian Rodgers, Declan Doyle, Kevin Sloane, John Sands, Ronan McAlinden, Kevin Higgins, Adam White, James O’Rielly, Colin McConville. Subs: Kory Colgan, Michael O’Rourke, Darragh Campbell, Nathan McComiskey, John-Paul Farrell

Minor Footballers beat Bredagh 0-14 to 0-11

The Minor Footballers beat Bredagh 0-14 to 0-11 in the first game of the league. Ahead four nil An Riocht were handed a reality check by the adventurous visitors who went in two points to the good, 0-7 to 0-5, at the break. Bredagh packed the midfield and attacked from every angle causing An Riocht plenty of problems, drawing fouls and forcing a good save from Steven Doran. An Riocht were too slow delivering the ball forward and struggled for scores after their initial flurry. A good start to the second half restored An Riocht’s lead and they were able to keep a couple of scores to the good though were not entirely convincing.

Team S Doran, M Higgins, J O’Rourke, J Sands, B Rodgers, K Sloan, K Higgins, JP Farrell, D Doyle 0-3, R Spiers 0-2, R McAlinden 0-5, C Cunningham 0-1, C McConville 0-1, J Reilly 0-2, D Campbell. Subs P Doyle, A White, K Colgan, N McComiskey, M O’Rourke.

Then on Sunday morning, they travelled to St Pauls Hollywood, suffering their first league defeat of the year to a scoreline of  2-08 to 1-09.

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Upcoming Activities

Wednesday 18th

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 7pm P1 to U12 Camogie Presentation Night; 7pm Kingdom Walkers from the Leisure Centre; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+

Thursday 19th

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7.15pm visit from Mourne Youth Forum LOHAH group; 7.30pm U13 Football An Riocht v Clonduff; 7.30pm Senior Football Kilcoo v An Riocht 7.40pm Basketball Andersonstown Tigers v Knights at La Salle.

Friday 20th

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 6.30pm P6 Football; 7.30pm P7 Football

Saturday 21st 

7.30am Kingdom Walkers at Mourne Park; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 football; 3pm Birthday Party

Sunday 22nd

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U11 Football An Riocht Gaels v Ballyholland ‘A’ and An Riocht Ogs v Mayobridge ‘B’; 2.30pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 23rd  

11am Men’s Shed trip to Tayto Tandragee; 6.30pm Secondary School aged Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 7pm Dunaman Community meeting; 7pm P6 Football in the hall; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 24th  


6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Kilkeel Library presents Irish sources of local place-names by Gordon McCoy Irish Language Education Officer East Belfast Mission, everyone welcome (booking essential); 7pm Primary School aged Drop-in; 7.15pm Bootcamp.