An Riocht Minor Footballers - Past News 2015

Minor Football Championship An Riocht lost to Shamrocks

In the Minor Football Championship An Riocht lost to Shamrocks at Pairc Esler by 0-5 to 2-18.


For the first quarter hour we more than held our own and trailed by a point 0-1 to 0-2 but once Conor Clarke went off injured we struggled to get out of our own half and were worn down by constant Shamrocks pressure.


Thomas Sloan was excellent in goals and his ability to pick men out with quick kick outs was a huge help. Shamrocks struck for goals either side of the break and the second half became a procession of Newry scores despite the best efforts of our players.


Team: Thomas Sloan, Michael Harper, Shane Cunningham, Aaron Eastwood, Conor Clarke 0-1, Liam Rodgers, Darragh Campbell, Dane Matthews, Deaglan Morgan 0-1, Paul Kearney, Ronan Cambell 0-2 (2f), Marc Rooney, Daniel Hardy, Jack Rafferty, Patrick McComiskey. Sub: Aidan Sloan 0-1. An Riocht Subway Player of the Match Thomas Sloan.

U18 Football at home v Bryansford

At the U18 Football at home v Bryansford, An Riocht won 3-11 to 2-9. Deaglan Morgan scored some good long range points, Philip Curran notched a goal in his debut appearance and Conor Clarke netted in both halves as An Riocht put in a decent team performance. Team: T Sloan, A Eastwood, S Cunningham, M Harper, L Rodgers, D Campbell, D Morgan, D Mathews, P McComiskey, R Campbell, P Curran, A Sloan, C Clarke.

U18 Football in Saul

At the U18 Football in Saul, An Riocht won 1-17 to 0-9. Team: Thomas Sloan, Michael Harper, Shane Cunningham, Aaron Eastwood, Paul Kearney, Liam Rodgers, Dane Mathews, Deaglan Morgan, Ronan Campbell, Conor Clarke, Marc Rooney, Darragh Campbell, Jack Rafferty, Paddy McComiskey.

U18 Footballers were well beaten by Warrenpoint

An Riocht U18 Footballers were well beaten by Warrenpoint at Dunavil. We trailed 1-11 to nil when Ronan Campbell pointed our first score and fifteen points separated the teams at the interval. The second half was more evenly contested; the highlights for An Riocht were a superb goal from our best player Michael Harper, two fifties converted by Conor Clarke and two point blank saves by Thomas Sloan. Team: T Sloan, S Cunningham, M Harper 1-0, A Eastwood, D Hardy, L Rodgers, P Kearney, D Matthews, D Morgan, P McComiskey, D Campbell, M Rooney, J Rafferty, C Clarke 0-5 (2x45), R Campbell 0-2 (1f).

U18 Footballers V Rostrevor

The U18 Footballers found the home side too strong in Rostrevor going down 4-15 to 0-10.

U18 Footballers lost at home v Shamrocks

The U18 Footballers lost at home v Shamrocks on Tuesday past. The boys played well in the first half and were level after twenty minutes but Shamrocks hit two quick goals to take control and ran out clear winners on a 2-13 to 1-6 score line.

Commiserations to Deaglan Morgan

*Commiserations to Deaglan Morgan who played on the Down Minor team on Sunday

U18 Footballers won in Bredagh 3-16 to 1-8

The U18 Footballers won in Bredagh 3-16 to 1-8 after a great team performance. The lads started fast and had Bredagh on the back foot. The movement of the forwards caused the Belfast boys problems and it was attack after attack with long range points and two well worked goals resulting. Bredagh found their chances limited with Deaglan Morgan and Andrew Harper covering back to help the An Riocht defence and Thomas Sloan alert between the Kingdom posts.


At half time An Riocht had it sown up 2-12 to 0-3. Bredagh enjoyed a better restart and hit an early goal and a couple of points but once An Riocht settled, the midfield, backed by a renewed half back line reinforced by the switch of Ronan White,retook control and An Riocht ran out convincing winners. When all the injuries clear up if they continue to work hard this An Riocht side will have more good days than bad ones.


Team: T Sloan, M Harper, S Cunningham, D Hardy, L Rodgers, A Eastwood, A Harper 0-2, D Morgan 1-2, C Clarke 1-5, D Campbell 1-2, R White, D Matthews, R Campbell 0-5. Sub: P McComiskey.

Minor Football Sevens

An Riocht took part in the Minor Football Sevens on Sunday.

U18 Footballers lost to Clonduff 2-12 to 0-7

The U18 Footballers lost to Clonduff 2-12 to 0-7. Early and late goals flattered the visitors who led seven nil at one stage against understrength An Riocht for whom U16 players shared five of our seven points. The Harpers, Michael and Andrew, and Deaglan Morgan performed best for An Riocht. Best wishes for a quick recovery to Paul who was injured during the match.Team: T Sloan, M Harper, S Cunningham, D Hardy, L Rodgers, M Rooney, A Harper, D Morgan 0-1, A Eastwood, C Clarke 0-3, D Matthews, D Campbell 0-1, P McComiskey. Subs: R Campbell 0-2, P Kearney.

The U18 Footballers lost at home v Burren 2-8 to 3-14

The U18 Footballers lost at home v Burren 2-8 to 3-14. An Riocht led early on but a fifteenth minute Burren goal helped the visitors to a 1-7 to 0-4 interval advantage despite a couple of good long range scores from Deaglan Morgan. Possession was shared in the opening half but Burren’s attack was much more potent than the home side.


On the restart Conor Clarke set up Marc Rooney for a goal and the gap was back to four. Despite a couple of good saves from Thomas Sloan, Burren stretched nine clear with ten minutes remaining before a well taken Ronan Campbell goal off a Ronan White pass set up a great finish. With four between the teams An Riocht missed a goal and Burren stepped it up to finish nine clear at the final whistle. Thomas Sloan, Shane Cunningham, Liam Rodgers, Deaglan Morgan and Ronan White were outstanding for An Riocht.

Team: Thomas Sloan, Michael Harper, Shane Cunningham, Aaron Eastwood, Daniel Hardy, Liam Rodgers, Marc Rooney 1-0, Deaglan Morgan 0-3, Andrew Harper, Ronan Campbell 1-3, Conor Clarke 0-1, Dane Matthews, Ronan White, Darragh Campbell 0-1, Paddy McComiskey.

Minor Footballers All County League campaign 2015 - Dates

The Minor Footballers have begun training ahead of their All County League campaign which begins at home to Clonduff on 14th April.


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Down All County Minor Football League

Round 1 - 14-04-2015 (Tue)

An Ríocht   V Clonduff 

Round 2 - 21-04-2015 (Tue)

Bredagh   V An Ríocht 

Round 3 - 28-04-2015 (Tue)

An Ríocht   V Shamrocks 

Round 4 - 05-05-2015 (Tue)

Downpatrick   V An Ríocht 

Round 5 - 12-05-2015 (Tue)

An Ríocht   V Burren 

Round 6 - 19-05-2015 (Tue)

Carryduff   V An Ríocht 

Round 7 - 16-06-2015 (Tue)

Rostrevor   V An Ríocht 

Round 8 **** - 23-06-2015 (Tue)

An Ríocht   V Warrenpoint 

Round 9 - 30-06-2015 (Tue)

Saul   V An Ríocht 

Round 10 - 07-07-2015 (Tue)

An Ríocht   V Bryansford 

Round 11 - 21-07-2015 (Tue)

Mayobridge   V An Ríocht 

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