An Riocht Minor Footballers - Past News 2014

CONOR CLARKE ULSTER COLLEGES ALLSTAR 2014

 

CONOR CLARKE ULSTER COLLEGES ALLSTAR 2014.

CONOR CLARKE ULSTER COLLEGES ALLSTAR 2014

Well done to Conor - an Ulster Colleges’ All Star Award is to rightly earn a place in football’s hall of fame.  Conor won the award at Right Half Back is is the first player from St Columban’s, Kilkeel to win an award.  This is the first year that St Columban’s have played in the Colleges Football Competitions.  Conor is still U16 in 2015.

 

The 15 players selected are setting the benchmark in youth football and they can be justifiably proud of their achievement in being selected as All Stars. 

 

These All-stars are known as the 2014/15 Danske Bank Football All-stars and this is the 28th year of the Ulster Colleges’ All-star scheme.

 

Players  are selected over the course of two trial games, after being initially nominated by their own school to attend the trials.   The scheme rewards excellence in skill and in sportsmanship and a player who has been sent off in any game between September 1st and the dates of the trials is ineligible for selection.

 

 

CONOR CLARKE ULSTER COLLEGES ALLSTAR 2014

Well done to Conor - an Ulster Colleges’ All Star Award is to rightly earn a place in football’s Hall of Fame. Conor won the award at Right Half Back and is the first player from St Columbans, Kilkeel to win this award. This is the first year that St Columbans have played in the Colleges football competitions. Conor is still U16 in 2015. He follows An Riocht club mates Martin Clarke (2005/06), John Clarke (2000/01),  Stephen Flanagan (2000) and Paul Allen (2010). The 15 players selected are setting the benchmark in youth football and they can be justifiably proud of their achievement in being selected as All Stars.These All Stars are known as the 2014/15 Danske Bank Football All Stars and this is the 28th year of the Ulster Colleges’ All Star scheme.

 

Players are selected over the course of two trial games, after being initially nominated by their own school to attend the trials. The scheme rewards excellence in skill and in sportsmanship and a player who has been sent off in any game between 1st September and the dates of the trials is ineligible for selection.

 

U18 Football, Liatroim attended Dunavil in a league decider

In U18 Football, Liatroim attended Dunavil in a league decider and left with a comfortable 4-10 to 2-7 victory. This was a strangely subdued affair given the prize on offer to both teams. An Riocht were wasteful in the early stages with some wayward passing and Liatroim led from frees.

 

An Riocht suffered a setback in the fifth minute when keeper Stephen Doran was black carded but Thomas Sloan replaced him and saved the resultant penalty diving low to his right to turn the spot kick away for a fifty.

 

An Riocht were continually caught out by Liatroim’s quick kick outs and the visitors were happiest building from the back as Kory Colgan was dominating in the air around midfield.

After some good defensive play from Andrew and Michael Harper, An Riocht eventually got on the front foot and Conor Clarke fired in a lead goal off the post. Having built a narrow advantage, An Riocht gave it away conceding two goals in as many minutes just before the break to trail 2-4 to 1-3 at half time.

 

An Riocht shunned chances to reply on the restart and conceded two flick on goals in the thirty sixth minute to leave themselves too much to do. A now confident Liatroim added several points before Ronan White blasted home a second An Riocht goal and points from Deaglan Morgan and Michael O’Rourke left eight between the teams with a quarter hour to play. A final quarter exchange of scores did nothing for the deficit and Liatroim ran out clear winners by the finish.

 

Scorers: R White 1-1, C Clarke 1-0, D Morgan 0-2 (1f), M O’Rourke 0-2 (1f), A Sloan 0-1, M Rooney 0-1

U18 Football v Shamrocks

The Minor footballers exited the ‘A’ FC to favourites Shamrocks on Tuesday past.

 

At half time the scores were level, An Riocht 1-6 Shamrocks 0-9, but the Newry side pulled away in the second half to win 4-19 to 1-11. Apart from a few moments of individual brilliance from Conor Clarke, the forwards offered little with too many chances past up; the midfield did not chase back after the break as the Newry midfielders rampaged into the An Riocht half to devastating effect; defensively An Riocht played ok as a unit and in goals Stephen Doran made a couple of good saves but they were overrun in the later stages.

 

Scorers: M O’Rourke 1-4 (3f), D Morgan 0-2, C Clarke 0-2 (1f)S Doran 0-1 (45), D Campbell 0-1, J Rafferty 0-1.

A home fixture v Liatroim should decide the destiny of the league title but with the Fontenoys still in the Championship that may be some way off.

Minor Footballers followed up their win over Baileghlas with a loss in Mayobridge

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The Minor Footballers followed up their win over Baileghlas with a loss in Mayobridge and now meet Shamrocks in the Championship quarter-finals.

U18 Football v Saval

The Minor Footballers won a stormy championship encounter in Saval by 1-11 to 2-4.

 

Team & scorers: S Doran, A Harper, L Rodgers, A Eastwood, A Sloan, S McDowell, R White 0-1, B Rafferty, K Colgan, N McComiskey 0-1, D Morgan, D Campbell 0-2, M Rooney, M O’Rourke 1-4, C Clarke 0-3. Subs T Sloan, S Cunningham, D Matthews, J Rafferty.

U18 Football An Riocht v Saval

An Riocht had two points to spare over Saval, 2-12 to 3-7, on Tuesday past. We dominated possession but were left hanging on as Saval goaled with the last score to leave it an anxious finish. Misfiring forwards prevented An Riocht building a substantial first half lead and allowed the visitors stay in the game far longer than they should have. Conor Clarke soloed in to fist the first two points before collecting a long Ben Rafferty pass and rounding the keeper to goal. Deaglan Morgan and Stephen McDowell added points as An Riocht went seven nil ahead by the twentieth minute.


Then against the run of play Saval goaled and quickly tagged on two points. Young Clarke responded with another pair of points but with the last kick of the half Saval struck for a second goal to leave just the minimum between the teams.
An Riocht should have put the result to bed on the restart when John Paul Farrell powered in for a goal and from the kick out Deaglan Morgan added his second point.


When Stephen Doran saved well to deny Saval an immediate reply, An Riocht should have pushed on but the next ten points were shared equally between the two teams and that late, late goal left the result in doubt until the final whistle.
Scorers Conor Clarke 1-6, John Paul Farrell 1-1, Deaglan Morgan 0-2, Darragh Campbell 0-2, Stephen McDowell 0-1.

U18 Football v Downpatrick

The U18 Footballers beat Downpatrick in the Championship by 5-11 to 3-4 though the performance was by no means as convincing as the thirteen point winning margin would suggest. An Riocht got off to a great start when a long Deaglan Morgan pass was taken by Conor Clarke and despite falling over he directed his shot wide off the keeper to the bottom corner of the net.

 

Darragh Campbell who seems to be coming into form added a point but the momentum was broken when Campbell sent Michael O’Rourke away and from an angle he drove his shot into the side netting.  Hoops settled after this let off and they were allowed break from defence by lazy forward play and headed a goal before almost getting in again but for a timely Stephen McDowell tackle. However the visitors’ practice of carrying the ball forward was causing An Riocht problems and this time their midfielder advanced unchallenged for a levelling point.

 

An Riocht produced one sweeping move involving Aidan Sloan and Jack Rafferty before Conor Clarke pointed spectacularly but two points in response put Downpatrick ahead for the first time.  It could have been worse for the home side for Liam Rodgers took a goal bound shot off the line and Stephen Doran spread himself to deny them on another occasion before Darragh Campbell soloed into range to shoot the equaliser.

 

Three quick points on the restart were cancelled by a Downpatrick goal but despite missing some gilt edged chances An Riocht took control and created enough opportunities to edge clear.  Darragh Campbell shot 1-2 in a five minute spell as An Riocht led by five going into the last ten minutes, 2-9 to 2-4.  Then Kory Colgan began to catch and stride forward from midfield opening up the Downpatrick defence and Michael O’Rourke found his range with three quick fire goals to break the resistance of the visitors who goaled a penalty in added time.

 

Team: 

S Doran, A Eastwood, L Rodgers, A Harper, A Sloan, S McDowell, R White, B Rafferty, K Colgan, N McComiskey, D Morgan, D Campbell 1-6 (1f), M O’Rourke 3-2, J Walker, C Clarke 1-2.

Subs:

J Rafferty, D Matthews 0-1.

U18 Football Liatroim v An Riocht

The U18 Footballers lost in Liatroim by 1-11 to 3-13. After a good start in which we led three nil, our failure to take other chances allowed the home side settle and they replied with an uninterrupted 1-7 in a fifteen minute period of dominance. We had our chances but a combination of loose handling and poor shot selection prevented us building a substantial lead. Their twenty seventh minute goal stung a response from our team and at the break the deficit was five points, 0-6 to 1-8.

 

Nathan McComiskey came on for his first match after a yearlong injury layoff and pointed with his first touch and almost got in for a goal in the next attack but again Liatroim got on top and enjoyed a decent period of pressure which yielded a string of points before defensive errors allowed them in for two late goals despite some great saves by Stephen Doran.


Team: S Doran 0-1, A Eastwood, K Colgan, A Harper, L Rodgers, S McDowell, A Sloan 0-1, JP Farrell 0-1, J Walker, R White 0-2, D Morgan, D Matthews 0-1, C Clarke 0-1, M O’Rourke 1-3, D Campbell. Subs: C Morgan, N McComiskey 0-1, M Harper.

U18 Football An Riocht v Ballyholland

The Harps failed to field propelling An Riocht to the top of the table. 

 

There have now been seven walk overs since the tail end of June in what until then had been a competitive enough division, a sure sign it has gone on too long.

U18 Football An Riocht v Liatroim

Congratulations to the U18 footballers and mentors on winning the County Feis Sevens at Castlewellan on Sunday. The group created history as An Riocht have never won this County Title before. They beat Liatroim 3-9 to 3-8. We trailed 2-4 to 0-6 at the break and went six behind in the second half but goals from Stephen McDowell and Conor Clarke put us in front before Liatroim pounced for their third goal to retake the lead. However Conor Clarke came in on the end of a great Stephen McDowell / Ronan White move to chip the keeper for the winning goal.


Team: Stephen Doran, Aidan Sloan 0-1, Stephen McDowell 1-0, Deaglan Morgan 0-2, Kory Colgan, Darragh Campbell, Michael O’Rourke 0-5. Subs Ronan White 0-1, Conor Clarke 2-0, Liam Rodgers.

U18 Football win in Kilcoo

The Minor Footballers won in Kilcoo 8-13 to 3-5. At half time only two points separated the teams, 2-6 to 2-4, but An Riocht pulled away in the second half.

 

Team: S Doran, K Colgan, A Harper, A Sloan, S McDowell, R White, B Rafferty, J Walker, D Morgan, N McComiskey, D Campbell, M O’Rourke, A Eastwood.

Subs: T Sloan, L Rodgers, C Clarke, D Matthews, M Harper, S Cunningham.

Feis Final

Good Luck to the Minor Footballers in the Feis Final on Sunday.

U18 Football Kilcoo v An Riocht

The Minor Footballers won in Kilcoo 8-13 to 3-5. At half time only two points separated the teams, 2-6 to 2-4, but An Riocht pulled away in the second half.

 

Team: S Doran, K Colgan, A Harper, A Sloan, S McDowell, R White, B Rafferty, J Walker, D Morgan, N McComiskey, D Campbell, M O’Rourke, A Eastwood.

Subs: T Sloan, L Rodgers, C Clarke, D Matthews, M Harper, S Cunningham.

U16 & U18 Football Kilclief and Downpatrick

The U16 Football matches with Kilclief and Downpatrick and the U18 Football match with Ballyholland were postponed. 

U18 Football An Riocht win in Ballymartin

The Minor Footballers won in Ballymartin by 3-19 to 2-9. Having fallen behind early on An Riocht found their range and goals from Michael O’Rourke and Nathan McComiskey moved them 2-6 to 0-4 ahead. The home side then goaled to keep in touch, before a strong finish to the half left An Riocht leading 2-10 to 1-4 at the break. Baileghlas goaled a second time on the restart but An Riocht took control replying with 1-9, the goal coming from John Paul Farrell, to go seventeen points clear before the home side scored again.


Stephen McDowell and Andrew Harper were in top form at the back, Kory Colgan made some fine catches, while up front after a slow start the forwards gave their best performance in a while. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to John Paul who was stretchered off in the second half. Scorers: Michael O’Rourke 1-4, Nathan McComiskey 1-2, JP Farrell 1-0, Darragh Campbell 0-6, Deaglan Morgan 0-3, Michael Harper 0-1, Ronan White 0-1, Aidan Sloan 0-1, Stephen McDowell 0-1.

U18 Football Saul v An Riocht

The Minor Footballers won in Saul by 2-12 to 1-11. A goal down inside three minutes An Riocht hit back to score five points and take a narrow lead before a scoreless second quarter allowed the home side edge back in front by 1-7 to 0-5 at half time. At the three quarter mark despite a Ronan White goal we trailed by the minimum 1-8 to 1-9 and during the final quarter the teams were level three times. An Riocht kept in it thanks to a fantastic Stephen Doran save one on one with five minutes remaining and won it with a sixtieth minute Conor Clarke goal.

Stephen Doran, Ronan White, Deaglan Morgan, Stephen McDowell and Liam Rodgers were all outstanding for An Riocht. Michael O’Rourke was a classic target man up front and Darragh Campbell had a great night from frees. Ben Rafferty and Jack Walker worked well together to good effect at centre field while Aaron Eastwood and Andrew Harper proved tight man markers in defence.

The next game is on Saturday 24th May in Ballyholland.

Team: S Doran, A Eastwood, K Colgan, A Harper, L Rodgers, S McDowell, A Sloan 0-1, B Rafferty, J Walker, D Morgan 0-2, JP Farrell, R White 1-0, C Clarke 1-1, M O’Rourke 0-1, D Campbell 0-7. Subs C Morgan, T Sloan, D Matthews, M Rooney.


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