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The Reserve Footballers beat Annaclone at Dunavil in a closely contested affair, 1-13 to 1-11. In a nip and tuck opening quarter a Michael Harper goal gave An Riocht a 1-3 to 0-4 advantage but other chances went a begging and the visitors were on level terms by the twenty fifth minute and went on to take a 1-8 to 1-4 lead into the half time break. Their good form continued on the restart and they extended their lead out to six points; given the home teams previous wastefulness it looked too big a gap to claw back.
Then Ronan Foley pointed to signal the start of an uninterrupted eight-point spree headlined by the move of Michael Harper to the edge of the square and he won high ball and pointed on the turn three times in quick succession. A missed penalty denied An Riocht the opportunity to stretch their lead to a winning position and Annaclone pointed some twenty minutes after their last score to leave the result on a knife edge until Conor Morgan dispossessed a defender and set up Michael O’Rourke for the insurance score. That’s seven wins from seven starts as the league reaches the half way stage with our next match in Liatroim on 22nd May.
Team: Stephen Doran 0-2 (2f), Marc Rooney, Christopher Mulligan, Joe McCartan, Stephen McVeigh, Aidan O’Hanlon, Dane Mathews 0-1, Brian Rodgers, Michael Harper 1-3, Aidan McVeigh, Michael O’Rourke 0-3, Stephen McDowell 0-1, Sean McArdle, Brian Sloan, Ronan Foley 0-1.
Subs: Conor Morgan, Deaglan Morgan, Conor Cole 0-2.
Subway An Riocht Player of the Match: Stephen Doran
Longstone failed to field in the Reserve Football League on Sunday bringing that competition to a close. An Riocht won the league with 11 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses but five of those wins came from walk overs so the boys only played nine matches, hardly enough for the season; hopefully we can get a run in the Championship to provide more games.
The Reserve Footballers beat Longstone 2-15 to 0-5 at Dunavil on Sunday in an unusually one sided local derby. An Riocht played extremely well and with the wind led four nil after ten minutes. Longstone got on the scoreboard in the fifteenth minute and five minutes from the break An Riocht were leading six two when Aidan McVeigh pounced for the first goal and at half time the advantage had stretched to 1-8 to 0-2. Some of the long range points were spectacular as An Riocht used the elements to the full. The second half was a tighter affair with the first four points, two apiece, all coming from frees. Then Longstone had a man red carded and An Riocht took advantage to post 1-4, the goal coming from Michael O’Rourke, to end any thoughts of a tight finish. When the ‘Stone lost a second player late on the gap was sixteen points and so it finished.
Team: Stephen Doran, Aidan Sloan, Brian Rodgers, Stephen McVeigh, Joe McCartan, Aidan O’Hanlon, Dane Mathews, Deaglan Morgan 0-4 (2f), Conor Cole 0-6, Michael Harper 0-1, Michael O’Rourke 1-2 (1f), Stephen McDowell, Darragh Campbell 0-1, Brian Sloan, Aidan McVeigh 1-1. Subs: Sean McArdle, Christopher Mulligan, Conor Morgan, Marc Rooney.
Subway An Riocht Player of the Match: Conor Cole
The Reserve Footballers beat Tullylish at Dunavil 4-17 to 4-7 to win the Premier Reserve League. A third minute Michael O’Rourke goal after good play from Kory Colgan and Aidan O’Hanlon helped An Riocht open a gap which grew following a series of well taken points though a game Tullylish side refused to give in and remained in contention at half time on a 1-12 to 1-3 score line.
When Kory Colgan grabbed possession on the restart and soloed through the centre before wrapping the ball around the stanchion it gave An Riocht breathing space though Tullylish responded with a second goal before Aidan O’Hanlon added a well taken An Riocht third and Aidan Sloan tapped in a late fourth. Tullylish played to the finish forcing a good double save from Brendan Allen before scrambling in a third goal and with the last kick converting a penalty for their fourth. Well done to the players and mentors on winning promotion and good luck in the upcoming championship.
An Riocht: Stephen Doran, Steven McVeigh, Christopher Mulligan, Joe McCartan, Aidan Sloan 1-2, John O’Rourke 0-2, Brian Rodgers 0-1, Kory Colgan 1-1, Conor Cole 0-5 (1f), Aidan O’Hanlon 1-0, Patrick Gartland, Lee Campbell, Aidan McVeigh 0-1, Michael O’Rourke 1-2 (1f), Sean McArdle 0-2 (1f).
Subs: Brendan Allen, Dane Matthews, Brian Sloan, Stephen Corr, Darragh Campbell 0-1, Marc Rooney, Adam White.
Subway An Riocht Player of the Match: Joe McCartan
The Reserve Footballers won in Tullylish 5-9 to 3-9. Ahead nine nil after ten minutes, An Riocht made hard work of securing the two points and actually trailed at the break, 2-6 to 3-4 before regrouping for the second half and going on to record a six point victory.
Team: S Doran, S Knox, B Rodgers, S McVeigh, A Sloan, A O’Hanlon, D Sherry 0-1, C Cole 0-4 (2f), B Sloan, D Campbell, M O’Rourke 1-1, A McVeigh, P Gartland 1-0, D Morgan 2-3 (pen, 2f), S McArdle.
Subs: M Rooney, A White 1-0, J McCartan, S Sloan, B Allen, R Foley.
An Riocht SUBWAY Player of the Match Aidan O’Hanlon.
The Reserve Footballers were in Downpatrick on Sunday and lost by two points 0-9 to 1-4 in horrible wind and rain to a strong home fifteen. Downpatrick began better and had plenty of early chances but the An Riocht defence put in a heavy shift to limit them to just three points before Deaglan Morgan opened our account in the twentieth minute and signalled a purple patch with Brian Sloan forcing in the only goal of the game under tremendous pressure and Michael O’Rourke and Deaglan Morgan adding points apiece.
The home side had the breeze on the restart and soon pulled a point back before in a classic counter attacking move Lee Campbell had a ground shot whizz off the greasy surface with Michael O’Rourke sliding in at the back post just failing to deflect the ball to the open net.
Though Brian Sloan shot a good fortieth minute point, thereafter it was a rear guard action for An Riocht as Hoops piled on the pressure and again our defence did brilliantly, Joe McCartan pulling off a great block, but with the last twenty minutes played out in the An Riocht half as the An Riocht players faded dramatically , Downpatrick eventually found their range and were level by the fifty-fifth minute with wing back Conor Doherty advancing to point twice and veteran Kevin Gracey landed the winning scores as the game moved into added time.
An Riocht now need a point from the visit of Tullylish to Dunavil on Sunday to wrap up the league title
An Riocht: Stephen Doran, Steven McVeigh, Christopher Mulligan, Joe McCartan, Aidan Sloan, Liam Rodgers, Dane Matthews, Deaglan Morgan 0-2 (1f), Brian Rodgers, Aidan O’Hanlon, Michael O’Rourke 0-1 (f), Lee Campbell, Patrick Gartland, Brian Sloan 1-1, Darragh Campbell.
Subs: Aidan McVeigh for A Sloan (BC), Sean McArdle for D Campbell, Marc Rooney for Dane Matthews, Michael Harper for L Campbell, Stephen Corr, Conor Morgan, Brendan Allen.
Hoops: Matthew McNabb, Ciaran Hampton, Conall McNabb, Tim Collins, Conor Doherty 0-2, Damian Braniff, Michael McGarrity, Johnny Collins, Kevin Gracey 0-1, Eoin McEvoy, Peter Telford 0-2, Andrew Telford 0-2 (2f), Ruairi Quinn 0-1, Garrett Trainor 0-1, Frank Starkey.
Subs: Gerard Deegan, Jonathan Deeny, John Shields.
Subway An Riocht Player of the Match: Aidan O’Hanlon
Reserve Footballers had Saval as visitors to Dunavil in the Premier League and won comfortably enough 2-13 to 1-8
The Reserve Footballers had Saval as visitors to Dunavil in the Premier League and won comfortably enough 2-13 to 1-8. An Riocht played some good football and took their scores well. Conor Cole started and finished the move for the first goal with Adam White heavily involved in the build-up and Paddy Gartland beat the visitors’ keeper soon after but had his shot cleared off the line. An Riocht led 1-6 to 0-1 and had missed several decent goal chances before a lazy finish to the half presented Saval with four tap over frees to keep them in it at the break 1-6 to 0-5.
Conor Cole, Paddy Gartland and Adam White continued to torment the visitors on the restart with points apiece but Saval threatened on occasions and Stephen Doran saved smartly to deny them a goal. Their goal did come ten minutes from the end when Domnall Murphy beat Brendan Allen from close range but with Paddy Gartland dropping back as sweeper the Saval men could not get through again while up the other end Stephen Doran played a high diagonal ball to Conor Morgan who drew the defenders before slipping the ball to Aidan McVeigh who pirouetted around and rolled it under the keeper for An Riocht’s second goal.
SUBWAY An Riocht Player of the Match Adam White
Team: Stephen Doran, Ryan Clarke, Christopher Mulligan, Marc Rooney, Aidan Sloan, Aidan O’Hanlon, Brian Rodgers, Deaglan Morgan 0-3 (1f), Conor Cole 1-5 (2f), Adam White 0-2, Darragh Campbell, Paddy Gartland 0-2, Joe McCartan, Brian Sloan 0-1, Aidan McVeigh 1-0.
Subs: Michael O’Rourke, Brendan Allen, Ronan Foley, Stephen McVeigh, Brian Sloan, Dane Matthews.
In the Premier Reserve Football League An Riocht had Liatroim as visitors to Dunavil and won 2-10 to 2-3. Keeper Stephen Doran helped his side to the perfect start when he converted a third minute penalty after a foul on Brian Sloan and then just minutes later made a great point blank save to keep the Fontenoys out.
Aidan McVeigh and Conor Cole added quick fire points as An Riocht went five nil clear. Liatroim enjoyed a good attacking spell scoring two frees and once from play but An Riocht reasserted control in the closing minutes of the half with points from Stephen Corr and Michael O’Rourke capped by a classic full forward goal from Brian Sloan off a Liam Rodgers cross.
An Riocht struck the first three points of the second half before Liatroim replied with a penalty goal but there was no way back for the visitors as An Riocht scored three more, the pick from Michael Harper after good interplay and then Damian Sherry from distance. In added time Liatroim goaled again but An Riocht had done enough to get their league campaign off to a winning start.
Team: S Doran 1-0 (pen), M Harper 0-1, S Corr 0-1, S Knox, D Sherry 0-1, L Rodgers, M Rooney, A Sloan, B Rodgers 0-1, C Cole 0-3 (1f), M O’Rourke 0-1 (f), A O’Hanlon, J McCartan, B Sloan 1-0, A McVeigh 0-2.
Subs, R Clarke, D Matthews, C Mulligan, C Morgan, B Alllen.
SUBWAY An Riocht Player of the Match Damian Sherry.
The Reserve Footballers were in Annaclone on Sunday and faced that, hopefully, once in a lifetime scenario when the referee counted up the scores wrong declaring the match a draw when we had actually won by a point.
Annaclone started brightly and kicked the first three points before a couple in reply from Michael O’Rourke brought An Riocht back into contention but the rally fizzled out with the home side converting three frees to lead six two with a quarter hour gone.
The next few minutes saw an exchange of points as Annaclone held their four-point advantage and An Riocht were unable to draw closer. An Riocht needed a goal and Ryan Spiers was put through but shot straight at the keeper before full back Brian Rodgers went on a mazy solo run, had his first effort blocked but persevered to force the rebound to the net and Deaglan Morgan got us on level terms for the first time. In added time Joe McCartan made a great block to prevent the home side retaking the lead.
On the restart a Paddy Gartland point put An Riocht in front for the first time and Leigh Campbell pointed with his first touch. Annaclone were not done yet and were level again and could have gone ahead only for a brave save from Stephen Doran on the boot of a home attacker and soon after Joe McCartan completed another diving block with Stephen Doran again quickly off his line to deny Annaclone from the rebound. However, all that pressure told and Annaclone went back in front only for Deaglan Morgan to square it at 1-10 to 0-13 going into the last quarter.
Annaclone went in front again before An Riocht put three points together from Conor Cole, Michael O’Rourke and Ryan Spiers. Annaclone went hunting a goal but Stephen Doran was unbeatable between the visitors posts. With five minutes remaining Annaclone narrowed the margin to the minimum but a Paddy Gartland free gave An Riocht a two point cushion. Annaclone pointed again in the fifty eighth minute to trail by one when the match was blown up early and to add insult to injury the wrong score declared, hopefully it won’t influence our position at the top of the table when the season ends. The next game is in Saval on Sunday week.
Team: S Doran, S McVeigh, B Rodgers 1-0, J McCartan, A Sloan, A O’Hanlon, C McVeigh, D Morgan 0-2, C Cole 0-3, D Matthews, M O’Rourke 0-4 (2f), R Spiers 0-1, A McVeigh, P Gartland 0-2 (1f), D Campbell 0-1.
Subs: S McArdle, L Campbell 0-1, C Mulligan, B Allen, M Rooney.