Seconds Footballers - News from 2014
The Reserve Footballers lost in Bredagh by 2-12 to 2-11 and will most likely miss out on promotion.
Team: B Allen, S Corr, J O’Rourke, J McCartan, P Sherry, AO’Hanlon, S McVeigh, G Keenan, M Clarke, A Sloan, J Cunningham, D Sherry, M O’Rourke, P Gartland, C Cole. Subs: D Clarke, S Doran.
An Riocht Reserves showed eight changes for their second game in three days at Kilcoo and started slowly going two nil behind and struggling to get the ball out in the face of a strong wind. Eventually An Riocht got on top with John O’Rourke commanding at full back and Damian Sherry and Sean McArdle influential between the fifties and led by the minimum five points to four at the break.
An Riocht were much too lateral on the restart and Kilcoo got on top; Sean McArdle took one off the line and Brendan Allen beat another effort away. The home goal did arrive but the next score was a like one for An Riocht and with seven minutes remaining An Riocht led by one, 1-8 to 1-7. However a lack of urgency and poor handling gave the initiative back to the home side and they fired over six unanswered points in as many minutes for a 1-13 to 1-8 win.
Team: B Allen, S Corr, J O’Rourke, R Clarke, J McCartan, M Clarke, B Rodgers 1-0, B Sloan, G Keenan, D Sherry 0-1, J Cunningham 0-1, S McVeigh, A McVeigh, D White 0-2, R McAlinden 0-4. Sub S McArdle.
An Riocht won 1-14 to 0-5 over visiting Annaclone on Friday at Dunavil. An Riocht led 0-4 to 0-1 before a run of frees brought Annaclone level. An Riocht almost goaled when a great Stephen McVeigh pass released Neil Doran but his shot was parried to safety; some of the An Riocht passing was of the highest order. Still a strong finish to the half saw An Riocht open a five point gap going in 0-9 to 0-4 to the good. An Riocht had added three second half points when Annaclone were reduced to fourteen men and the home side dominated to the finish with Annaclone registering their only second half point with virtually the last kick.
Brendan Allen was steady in goals, Aidan O’Hanlon strong at full back, and Michael Clarke influential at centre half. Brian Sloan and Gerard Keenan held their own at centre field and up front wing forwards Damian Sherry and Stephen McVeigh saw a lot of ball.
Team: B Allen, J O’Rourke, A O’Hanlon, M Trainor, J McVeigh 0-1, M Clarke, D Clarke, B Sloan, G Keenan 0-1, D Sherry 0-1, C Cole 1-1, S McVeigh, A McVeigh 0-1, N Doran 0-6, R Spiers 0-1. Subs: S Doran, R Clarke, P Cole 0-2, S Corr, J McCartan, A White, B Rodgers.
The Reserve Footballers remain in contention for promotion; four wins from their four remaining matches will secure the league title. They so nearly became undone in Downpatrick on Sunday, just about sneaking a 5-6 to 4-8 victory after a below par performance. Both sides struggled throughout with the big pitch asking too much of them.
Hoops led two nil after ten minutes when Conor Cole reacted quickest to a rebound to fire in the opening goal.
An Riocht led by one in the twenty eighth minute when Brian Sloan forced in a high cross at the back post for their second goal but Downpatrick struck for two quick goals before the break to lead 2-5 to 2-3.
An Riocht brought on all four substitutes for the second half.
Scores were hard to come by on the restart but in the forty fourth minute Damian Sherry rose bravely between keeper and defender to flick a third goal and when Neil Doran shot low to the net in the fiftieth minute An Riocht led 4-5 to 2-7.
The home side shot their third goal but within a minute Paddy Cole hit the visitors fifth before with five minutes remaining Downpatrick levelled at 5-5 to 6-2.
It could have gone either way but it was Neil Doran who popped up with the winning point to keep the race for silverware on track.
Team: B Allen, S Corr, K Colgan, J McCartan, J O’Rourke, A O’Hanlon, S McVeigh, B Sloan 1-0, G Keenan, R Cunningham 0-2, N McArdle, J Cunningham, C Cole 1-0, P Cole 1-1, N Doran 1-3. Subs: S Doran, S McArdle, D Sherry 1-0, Darren Doyle.
An Riocht Reserves beat visiting Bredagh 0-11 to 0-10 on Sunday. The first half was an end to end affair with An Riocht ahead at the break by 0-7 to 0-4 after some stylish play characterised by long kick passing. Bredagh had much the better of the third quarter and after forcing four fifties in quick succession narrowed the deficit to the minimum before An Riocht captain Brian Sloan came up with two late points to provide some needed breathing space and though the city side finished strongly An Riocht had done just enough to collect the league points on offer.
Team: Brendan Allen, Declan Clarke, Michael Clarke, Ryan Clarke; John O’Rourke, Aidan O’Hanlon, Gareth O’Neill, Brian Sloan 0-2, Darren Doyle, Stephen McVeigh, Noel McArdle 0-3, Neil Doran, Aidan McVeigh 0-1, Paddy Cole 0-5, Damian Sherry.
Subs Stephen Doran for Brendan Allen, Joe McCartan for Noel McArdle, Deaglan Morgan for John O’Rourke, Michael O’Rourke for Aidan McVeigh, Ryan Spiers for Damian Sherry, Gerard Keenan for Darren Doyle, Stephen Corr for Gareth O’Neill, Chris Cunningham for Ryan Clarke, Sean McArdle for Stephen McVeigh, Aidan Sloan for Neil Doran. Black Card Ryan Clarke for Michael Clarke.
The Reserve Footballers recovered from a slow start to lead 1-8 to 0-4 at half time and eventually beat visiting Tullylish at Dunavil on Sunday. Brendan Allen made a couple of good saves early on and Declan Clarke and John O’Rourke starred in defence with Paddy Gartland and Deaglan Morgan impressive in attack.
Team: Brendan Allen, Declan Clarke, Michael Clarke, Stephen Corr, John O’Rourke, Paul Allen, Stephen McVeigh, Brian Sloan, Gerard Keenan, Paddy Gartland, Noel McArdle, Deaglan Morgan, Conor Cole, Neil Doran, James Reilly.
An Riocht took a youthful side to Tullylish on Sunday and came away with a draw. We played with the breeze in the first half and led at the break
Team: Stephen Doran, Declan Clarke, Michael Clarke, Ryan Clarke; John O’Rourke, Aidan O’Hanlon, Gareth O’Neill, Brian Sloan, Conor Cole 0-1, Stephen McVeigh 0-1, Noel McArdle 1-5, Deaglan Morgan, Aidan McVeigh 0-1, Ryan White 0-3, Michael O’Rourke 0-2. Subs Joe McCartan, Darragh Campbell, Stephen McDowell, Damian Sherry, Christopher Morgan, Brendan Allen, Brian Rodgers.
The Reserve Footballers played Kilcoo at Dunavil and after a topsy turvy match won by 0-17 to 1-7. Playing long ball into a two man full forward line An Riocht went three nil up after five minutes but then changed tact and laboured possession in the middle third allowing Kilcoo to get in about them and turn the ball over, scoring 1-3 in the process. The final five minutes of the half saw An Riocht return to a more direct style and by the break the scores were tied at 0-6 to 1-3.
The teams were level at 0-8 apiece eight minutes into the restart when An Riocht upped the tempo and hit nine points in a row in a sixteen minute spell to put the result beyond the visitors. Kilcoo finished strongly and forced two exceptional saves from Stephen Doran in the closing moments.
It was encouraging to see five minors play significant roles in the victory; others to impress were Declan Clarke, John O’Rourke and Aidan O’Hanlon in defence; Gerard Keenan at centre field; and Damian Sherry and Noel McArdle in attack.
Thanks to Kilcoo for changing the match from Friday to Thursday.
Team: Stephen Doran, Declan Clarke, Kory Colgan, Stephen Corr, Paul Sherry, Aidan O’Hanlon, Stephen McVeigh, Brian Sloan, Gerard Keenan, Damian Sherry 0-3, Noel McArdle 0-5 (4f), Conor Cole, Deaglan Morgan 0-1, Neil Doran 0-3 (2f), Michael O’Rourke 0-4.
Subs: Stephen McDowell, John O’Rourke 0-1, Aidan Sloan, Chris Cunningham, Joe McCartan, Ryan Clarke, Brendan Allen.
The Reserves beat Downpatrick 3-10 to 0-15 after an entertaining hour’s football at Dunavil on Sunday. Deaglan Morgan sent over a magnificent opener but An Riocht missed two goal chances and failed to build on that early advantage with the visitors settling and shooting three uninterrupted points to lead after ten minutes. On the quarter hour Deaglan Morgan took the ball first time and slipped it to Joe McCartan on the overlap and he fisted it over the defence to free Brian Sloan who charged through the middle of the Hoops defence, stepped inside the last defender and fired an unstoppable shot to the net. The lead was short lived as Downpatrick hit a scoring spree before further points from Neil Doran and Aidan McVeigh brought An Riocht back within a point and then substitute Stephen Doran got on the end of a high ball and crashed home a goal to leave An Riocht winning 2-3 to 0-7 at the break.
Downpatrick scored 1-2 on the restart to hit the front again before Stephen Doran slotted home his second goal and three points from Neil Doran gave An Riocht a lead never surrendered. Downpatrick threw everything at An Riocht but some heroic defending from the keeper and all six backs denied them a major score and An Riocht nicked points from Darren Doyle and Aidan McVeigh on the counter attack to lead by two before late strikes from Neil Doran and Aidan Sloan made the victory secure.
Team: Brendan Allen; Stephen Corr, Michael Clarke, Ryan Clarke; Shane Sloan, Aidan O’Hanlon, Joe McCartan; Brian Sloan 1-0, Darren Doyle 0-1; Aidan Sloan 0-1, Neil Doran 0-5, Deaglan Morgan 0-1; Ryan Spiers, Conor Cole, Aidan McVeigh 0-2.
Subs: Stephen Doran 2-0, Christopher Morgan.
In the Premier Reserve Championship An Riocht lost in Rostrevor on Saturday evening, the game decided by a sixtieth minute own goal as a despairing defender attempting to flick the ball off the line actually deflected it into his own goal which left it 1-12 to 0-12 at the final whistle.
The game turned on a thirty fifth minute sending off when a player who had just been punched and head butted took his own retribution after the referee failed to apply the rules and was lined.
That said too many An Riocht players did not play to their potential though it was good to see minors, Deaglan Morgan, Michael O’Rourke and Kory Colgan coming on to make decent contributions in the second half.
In the first half loose passes from defence led directly to four Rostrevor points and Brendan Allen made a good save to deny Reds a goal.
At half time it was seven points apiece.
Rostrevor went two up on the restart and then were handed that numerical advantage but An Riocht playing catch up responded well to level on three occasions despite some poor wides before that late unfortunate goal settled the result.
Good luck to Rostrevor in the next round.
Team; B Allen; P Sherry, M Clarke, D Clarke; S Corr, A O’Hanlon, J O’Rourke; B Sloan, G Keenan; D Sherry, R McAlinden 0-6 (5f, 45), R Cunningham 0-2; A McVeigh 0-1, C Cole 0-1, N Doran 0-1.
Subs: R Spiers, D Morgan, M O’Rourke 0-1, K Colgan
An Riocht Reserves beat Carryduff at Dunavil on Sunday by 1-21 to 0-12. Team: B Allen; D Clarke, A O’Hanlon, C Cunningham; S McVeigh, D Doyle 0-2, G O’Neill; G Keenan, B Sloan; C Cole 1-4, N Doran 0-6, D Doyle 0-1; A McVeigh 0-3, R White 0-1, R Spiers 0-2. Subs: R Doran, S Sloan, R Clarke, S Corr, D Morgan 0-1, A Sloan 0-1.
An Riocht Reserves beat Warrenpoint at Dunavil by 1-17 to 3-6 on Sunday morning. The home side got off to a great start when Neil Doran pointed a free and then Thomas Sloan was fouled in the square and Paddy Gartland despatched the penalty kick to the visitors net. Though the ‘Point replied with a good point from play this proved to be their only score in the first half and by the break An Riocht led 1-8 to 0-1. Centre fielder Brian Sloan advanced for two powerful points, Paddy Gartland landed a fifty and a long range free and inside forward Aidan McVeigh snapped onto early ball to add two more.
The ‘Point struck for their first goal in the fortieth minute but An Riocht hit back with a brace from Stephen McVeigh and a score from attacking wing back Sean McArdle and going into the final ten minutes led 1-15 to 1-4 before two late Warrenpoint goals put a gloss on the final score.
In defence Michael Clarke was sound at full back, John O’Rourke had a very good first half, Sean McArdle a good second half, and Aidan O’Hanlon was impressive for the hour.
Brian Sloan was the dominant figure of the four centre fielders, while Damian Sherry played tirelessly in attack and Neil Doran and Paddy Gartland sprayed passes opening up the visitors defence time and again.
Team: Brendan Allen, Stephen Corr, Michael Clarke, Joe McCartan, John O’Rourke, Aidan O’Hanlon, Sean McArdle 0-1, Brian Sloan 0-2, Rory Cunningham 0-2, Damian Sherry, Stephen McVeigh 0-2, Neil Doran 0-3, Aidan McVeigh 0-3, Paddy Gartland 1-4, Thomas Sloan.
In the PRFL opening day fixture An Riocht travelled to Moygannon to face a strong CPN side and came away with a narrow loss 1-11 to 1-9.
An Riocht backed by the breeze started brightly and led early on through scores from Darren Doyle and Aidan McVeigh (2) before a home goal put CPN ahead 1-2 to 0-3. Two superb strikes from Neil Doran drew An Riocht level but CPN finished the half with four unanswered scores for a decisive lead 1-6 to 0-5 after An Riocht midfielder Darren Doyle was forced off injured.
The lead had extended to five despite a Neil Doran free before James Reilly breathed life into the An Riocht challenge with a fiftieth minute goal after Stephen McVeigh’s first attempt was parried by Conor D’Arcy in the home goals.
The ‘Point almost got in for a second goal but Stephen Doran brilliantly saved Aaron Magee’s shot over the bar at the expense of a point.
A strong finish saw An Riocht cut the deficit to two points and the comeback was almost completed when James Reilly’s goal bound shot was blocked only as far as Aidan McVeigh but his effort rebounded off the foot of the post and the ‘Point escaped with their goal intact.
Thanks to those who did umpires and linesman and helped with the kit, don’t leave it to the few, show your support by stepping up and getting involved; it’s Carryduff at Dunavil at 2pm on Sunday, see you there!
Team: B Allen; C Cunningham, S Corr, D Clarke; J O’Rourke, G O’Neill, A O’Hanlon; G Keenan, D Doyle 0-1; C Cole, P Sherry, N Doran 0-6; A McVeigh 0-2, J Reilly 1-0, R Spiers. Subs: S McVeigh, S Doran, J McCartan, R Clarke, S Sloan.
In the Reserve Football League An Riocht lost to Longstone on Friday by 1-12 to 4-8. Ahead two nil, then four two, An Riocht let in four first half goals in quick succession to leave an uphill task after the break, 4-2 to 0-7 in arrears. Two of the goals were well worked affairs which brought point blank saves from Stephen Doran between the home posts but the rebounds were dispatched to the net while the other two were the result of An Riocht losing possession cheaply on the way out having originally seen off the danger.
Though the visitors extended their advantage on the restart, An Riocht twice had the deficit down to two scores but Longstone were able to pick off the odd point to keep in front their better return from free kicks saw them run out five point victors after the hours play.
Scorers: P Cole 0-4, N Doran 0-3, A McVeigh 1-0, R McAlinden 0-2, B Sloan 0-1, G Keenan 0-1, D Clarke 0-1.
The Senior Reserve Football League will start on Sunday 16th March and the Senior Football League on Friday 11t April. The Minors start on Tuesday 1st April and the U16s on Thursday 3rd April.
The Reserve Footballers won in Ballyholland 3-14 to 4-9 on Friday past. Including just one player who started in the last senior match, and remember there were five debuts that day, An Riocht look to be building a solid core of players after a few lean years in terms of numbers available for selection.
A goal from Paddy Cole inside the first minute got An Riocht off to a flyer and Paddy Gartand added a couple more with Ronan McAlinden powering in from centre field for three points and Neil Doran coming off the bench for three more.
Team: Stephen Doran, Stephen Corr, John O’Rourke, Ryan Clarke, Paul Sherry, Gerard Keenan, Joe McCartan, Brian Sloan, Conor Cole, Paddy Gartland 2-2, Ronan McAlinden 0-3, Stephen McVeigh, Ryan Spiers, Paddy Cole 1-5, Aidan McVeigh.
Subs: Neil Doran 0-3, Noel McArdle 0-1, Sean McArdle, Aidan O’Hanlon, Brian Rodgers, Deaglan Morgan, Brendan Allen, Chris Cunningham.