An Riocht Minor Footballers - Past News 2013
The U18 Footballers were the only team to have game time over the past week.
Burren, the Division Two winners, were visitors to Dunavil and An Riocht really put it up to them in the first half.
The sides were level twice in the first ten minutes, Darragh Campbell with a brace from play for An Riocht. An Riocht were working the corners very well, there was urgency, direction and determination about their play and once Michael O’Rourke put An Riocht ahead from a tight angle they went on to add four more unanswered first half points; O’Rourke brought his tally to 0-3 and Ryan Spiers and John Sands chipped in with points apiece. Disciplined defending was the platform for An Riocht’s success, exemplified by Liam Rodgers timely interception midway through the half when Burren attacked with a man over.
It all went wrong after the break for the home team, they lost their concentration and with it their discipline. Burren got off to a flying restart and the first of their three goals helped bring them level by the thirty fifth minute.
O’Rourke replied for An Riocht but a second Burren goal in the forty fifth minute put the home side on the back foot.
O’Rourke who was a lone threat in the second half pointed from play and from placed ball to leave it 0-10 to 2-5 with ten minutes remaining.
It was still there to be won but Burren were now the better team and crashed in a third goal before quickly adding two frees to open a winning gap.
Ryan Spiers brought proceedings to a close with a point his overall play deserved to leave it 0-11 to 3-7 at the finish.
Team: S Doran, M Higgins, D Clarke, L Rodgers, A Sloan, K Colgan, S McDowell, JP Farrell, J O’Rourke, R White, R Spiers 0-2, J Sands 0-1, D Campbell 0-2, J Walker, M O’Rourke 0-6. Subs C Cunningham, D Morgan.
An Riocht runners up to Mayobridge in the South Down Minor 7s - May 2013
Mayobridge minor footballers won a closely contested in the South Down Minor 7s title. Only six clubs participated, however the competition was played in a competitive but fair manner. The teams were divided into two sections with the top two going forward to the semi-finals. Section one featured Clonduff, Warrenpoint and An Riocht. Clonduff emerged winners on score difference from An Riocht who emerged runners up.
Section two featured Mayobridge, Rostrevor and Longstone.
In this group Rostrevor and Mayobridge emerged as winners and runnerup respectively. In the semi finals Mayobridge defeated clonduff and An Riocht defeated a fancied Rostrevor.
Unusually it was the two group runners up who met in the final and it took extra time to separate them. In the semi darkness it was Mayobridge who ran out winners by two points and who go on to take on East Down winners Castlewellan in the minor Feis finals.
The U18 football match with Liatroim did not take place.
The next league match is scheduled for 23rd July in Glenn. An Riocht have two outstanding matches v Baileghlas and Liatroim to fit in.
In the Championship An Riocht are in a group with Mayobridge, Saul and Downpatrick starting 30th July.
An Riocht minors were good value for this win and were always in control. They led 0-8 to 0-2 before conceding a late goal which flattered the visitors at the break, 0-9 to 1-2 in arrears. Some of the home sides play both in defence and in attack was top quality. Glenn fired over a couple of points on the restart but they were answered three fold and when Michael O’Rourke claimed the home sides goal An Riocht then led by ten. Mark Higgins who took one off the line, Declan Clarke and Stephen McDowell stood out in defence while John Sands had a great hour in attack but it was overall a fine team performance which yielded the league points for the home side.
Team: S Doran 0-1; M Higgins, D Clarke, L Rodgers; N McComiskey 0-1, S McDowell 0-1, B Rafferty; K Colgan, J O’Rourke; R Spiers 0-2, JP Farrell 0-1, J Sands 0-3; M O’Rourke 1-4, J Walker, D Campbell 0-3. Sub R White 0-1.
Burren goaled from the throw-in before a Kingdom hand had touched the ball. While the defence soon tightened up and limited Burren to just four first half points, two from frees; at the other end An Riocht missed too many scorable chances and trailed 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.
Burren stepped it up on the restart adding 3-3 during the third quarter to put the result way beyond An Riocht who tried to the finish but fell well short, 4-10 to 0-9.
Team: S Doran; A Sloan, K Colgan 0-1, L Rodgers; N McComiskey 0-1, S McDowell, D Clarke; J O’Rourke, B Rafferty; R Spiers, JP Farrell 0-2, J Sands; R White, M O’Rourke 0-3, D Campbell 0-2. Subs M Higgins, J Walker, P Doyle, C Cunningham, D Morgan.