Seconds Footballers - News from 2013
In the Reserve Football game, An Riocht v Bryansford, played at Dunavil on Sunday An Riocht produced one of their better displays this season. The visitors went into an early lead before a superb long range point from Conor Cole got An Riocht up and running and further scores followed before Deccy Morgan placed Stephen Doran for a goal. An Riocht were all over the visitors at this time and Niall McGovern crashed in a second goal to ensure An Riocht took a narrow lead into the break.
On the restart McGovern angled over a point and Aidan McVeigh and Stefan Knox added scores apiece but the Ford then took control and rattled over a series of fine scores leaving Morgan’s late strike a consolation for the home side. Team: B Allen, M Clarke, R Clarke, S McVeigh, J McCartan, P Sherry, C Cole 0-1, S Doran 1-0, S Knox 0-1, N McGovern 1-1, D Morgan 0-1, A McVeigh 0-1, S Corr.
The Reserve Footballers lost a high scoring gamein Mayobridgeby 3-9 (18) to 2-20 (26). An Riocht got off to a flyer and 1-2 from John Clarke helped us go seven nil clear within twelve minutes of the throw-in but once the home team settled they rattled over six points. With play now swinging end to end Conor Cole should have goaled to extend the lead but the Bridge keeper was down smartly to beat the ball away and in a sweeping move they shot the equaliser in the twenty fifth minute.
Mayobridge were visitors to Dunavil on Sunday and came away with the points. Michael Clarke, Stephen McVeigh, Paddy Gartland, Rory Cunningham and John Paul Farrell were prominent for the home side who played with the wind in the first half but soon found themselves four nil behind. A goal and a point direct from left and right side line balls drew An Riocht level and a free edged us in front. However despite Aidan McVeigh adding our only point from play over the hour we trailed 1-6 to 1-3 at the break.
The visitors made better use of the wind on the restart and stretched to a winning margin before a good move was finished to the net by Rory Cunningham to leave it 2-5 to 2-16 at the finish.
An Riocht: B Allen; R Clarke, M Clarke, S Sloan; S McVeigh, P Gartland, J McCartan; G Keenan, R Cunningham 2-3; B Rodgers, D Ross, C Cole 0-1; A McVeigh 0-1, S Corr, S Knox. Subs G O’Neill for Keenan (inj), JP Farrell for Gartland, N McComiskey for Rodgers (inj).
The Reserve footballers played Loughinisland on Sunday losing to a strong visiting side 0-12 to 5-11. An Riocht suffered a calamitous start to the match conceding three early goals all of our own making but showed good heart to fight back to a 0-8 to 3-4 half time score. Unfortunately all our good work was undone at the start of the second half when the visitors smashed in two further goals.
Again, however, we rallied and rattled over several good scores. Ryan Clarke, Stephen McVeigh and Joe McCartan impressed in defence while Niall McGovern, Conor Cole and Declan Ross had their moments in attack. Goalie Stephen Doran scored two fifties from two attempts.
An Riocht: S Doran 0-2; R Clarke, C McVeigh, S Knox; S McVeigh, G Keenan, G O’Neill; P Gartland, R Cunningham; B Rodgers, D Ross 0-1, C Cole 0-5; A McVeigh 0-2, S Corr 0-1, J McCartan. Subs N McGovern 0-1, J Walker.
Loughinisland: C Turley; C Corrigan, R Nixon, O Teague; P Digney, C O’Toole, P Martin; D McClements, D O’Toole; R Mason, M Doran, N McClements; A Nixon, C O’Reilly, C Megoran.
SUNDAY 7th APRIL
Reserve Football Panel v Loughinisland, be at Dunavil 11.15am:
R Clarke, C Cole, C Cunningham, R Cunningham, S Corr, E Galdikas, P Gartland, G Keenan, S Knox,
S McArdle, J McCartan, N McGovern, A McVeigh, C McVeigh, S McVeigh, G O’Neill, B Rodgers,
D Ross plus Minors.
The Championship brought no respite for An Riocht Reserves who are still looking for a first win of the season after this visit to Bredagh on Sunday. The first quarter was end to end before the city side were reduced to 14 men and An Riocht went on to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. Ten minutes into the second half Sean McArdle tucked away a Kingdom goal with a well placed low shot and An Riocht led by four, 1-8 to 0-7. However An Riocht could not see the game out and a brief Bredagh spell saw them go in front by two. An Riocht rallied and got on terms but the home side were buoyant and went back in front again and though the visitors scored again it was not the goal required to force a replay and Bredagh progressed to the next round 1-13 to 1-11.
Team: B Allen; S Sloan, S Corr, M Clarke; S McVeigh, G Keenan, J McCartan; C Cole 0-1, D Doyle 0-1; R Spiers, N McArdle 0-3, S McArdle 1-0; A McVeigh 0-1, R Cunningham 0-3, S Knox. Subs: JP Farrell 0-2, D Clarke.
An Riocht Reserves played their second friendly in a week when Aughlisnafin visited Dunavil on a cold and windy Thursday night.
The visitors played with a strong breeze in the first half and led nine points to two points at half time, An Riocht’s scores coming from Conor Cole with a finely judged curler and from Nathan McComiskey after a storming run from Michael Clarke.
Cole pointed again from the throw-in but the ‘Finn matched An Riocht score for score and led by 0-12 to 0-5 with thirty nine minutes played.
In the Reserve football league An Riocht put it up to visiting Clonduff for long periods but faded towards the end and were well beaten by the finish.
Team: S Doran; S Sloan, S Corr, J McCartan; P Sherry, C Cole, S McVeigh; Darren Doyle, G Keenan; L Harper, C McArdle, N McGovern; S Knox, P Cole, A McVeigh. Subs J Clarke, G O’Neill, P Gartland, Declan Doyle.
An Riocht Reserves scored their first win of the season on Thursday night under the Dunavil lights when they had two points to spare over Newry Mitchels, 4-6 to 0-16. An Riocht got off to a great start when Joe McCartan plucked a high cross from the air and rounded on the goals only to be dragged down with Declan Ross coolly slotting home the resultant penalty.
The Reserve footballers lost at home to Burren under the Dunavil lights on Thursday past, with strong winds and torrential rain throughout.
The better balanced visitors ran out clear winners by 3-12 to 0-6. An Riocht managed just a Liam Harper point in the first half and trailed 3-11 to 0-1.
In the second half An Riocht did slightly better adding points from Sean Clarke (3), Conor Cole and Ryan White.
The Reserve Footballers had two fixtures at the weekend with mixed fortunes resulting. On Friday in Rostrevor An Riocht lost the match but played some fine football. Reds went 2-6 to nil ahead by the fifteenth minute. An Riocht lost possession much too easily and the quality of the home side punished us on every occasion.
The Reserves got underway this weekend with a visit to Castlewellan; though we lost heavily in the end, given this was the players first outing with a ball the actual performance was not as bad as the score suggests. We were level at 0-4 apiece twenty five minutes into the match but the home side finished strongly with an unanswered 1-3 taking a grip of the match.
A decent start and finish to the second half from An Riocht counted for naught with Castlewellan dominating for twenty minutes between our scoring bursts and running up a big tally for a convincing win.
S Doran; S McVeigh, S Corr, S Sloan; D Clarke, M Clarke, P Sherry; Darren Doyle, R Cunningham; A McVeigh, R White, B Rodgers; D Ross, C Cole, J McCartan. Subs C Cunningham, N McComiskey, R Clarke, B Allen, G Keenan, S Knox.
Kilcoo used all their experience and overran An Riocht at times in this rearranged PRFL fixture at Dunavil. A ‘fifty’ from goalie Stephen Doran opened our account almost twenty minutes in and at half time we trailed 1-10 to 0-2 and had yet to score from play. An Riocht were a lot better in the second half and a cracking Ryan White goal rallied the team.
Aidan McVeigh came close when his pile driver was tipped over and the deficit was brought down to something more manageable for a time but despite a fine Stephen Doran save the visitors finished strongly for a comfortable win, 1-19 to 1-7.
Team: S Doran; R Clarke, M Clarke, C McVeigh; C Cole, L McVeigh, S McVeigh; D Doyle, D Doyle; P Cole, D White, N McComiskey; D Ross, S Corr, A McVeigh. Sub S Sloan.
An Riocht lose opening ACPRL Div 1 game against Castlewellan 2-17 to 0-07
Other results from today's ACPRL Div 1 games:
Kilcoo 3-11 Mayobridge 3-11
Burren 3-9 Bryansford 0-3
Rostrevor 1-8 Loughinisland 1-10
Castlewellan 2-17 An Ríocht 0-7
An Riocht Reserves are still searching for a first win after a poor performance in Bryansford. An Riocht played into the wind and were scoreless at half time. The match was entering the final quarter when we strung a few points together but even that did not bring any respectability to the final score board, 4-16 to 0-3. A poor display best put behind us.
Team: B Allen; G O’Neill, M Clarke, R Clarke; S McVeigh, C Doyle, D Clarke; G Keenan, R Cunningham; C Cole, D Ross, A McVeigh; S Sloan, S Corr, S Knox. Subs J McCartan, N McComiskey.
The Reserves get underway this weekend with a visit to Castlewellan, details at training.
The Reserve Fixtures for this year are
ACPRL Div 1
Round 1 - TBC
Castlewellan V An Ríocht
Round 2 - TBC
An Ríocht V Burren
Round 3 - TBC
An Ríocht V Clonduff
The Reserve Football match in Bryansford was postponed until 3rd May. This Sunday’s game will also be switched to facilitate Kilcoo, mostly likely on next Wednesday 1st May.