An Riocht Senior Footballers - News 2013

Senior footballers lost to Longstone

The Senior footballers lost toLongstone on Saturday and relegation is now all but a foregone conclusion.

An Riocht seniors lose in Longstone

ACFL Div 1: Rd 14
Longstone 3-15 An Ríocht 2-9

Senior footballers lost to Warrenpoint

The Senior footballers lost to Warrenpoint and now even wins in the last two games may not be enough to retain our senior status.

SFC Another defeat for An Riocht

Ballyholland beat An Riocht in the SFC wooden spoon game at Mayobridge on Friday.

Senior Football An Riocht v Kilcoo

The Senior Footballers pulled off something of a shock by defeating Kilcoo at Dunavil on Friday past.

Senior footballers lost to Liatroim

The Senior footballers lost to Liatroim on Friday night and now face an uphill struggle to survive in senior football.

Senior Football Loughinisland v An Riocht

The Senior footballers lost heavily in Loughinisland on Friday night 1-18 to 1-05.

Senior Football An Riocht v Clonduff

The Senior footballers lost to Clonduff by four points on Friday.

Cove Kilkeel sponsor new training tops

The Cove Kilkeel sponsored new training tops for An Riocht ahead of the Senior Football Championship.


Senior Football An Riocht v Castlewellan

The senior footballers lost heavily to Castlewellan following a second half collapse.

Downpatrick v An Riocht

In the Senior Football game, Downpatrick v An Riocht, on Friday evening past, An Riocht let a half time lead slip and finished well beaten 1-13 to 1-6.

ACFL Division 1: An Ríocht 1-8 V Castlewellan 3-19

 ACFL Division 1:An Ríocht 1-8 V Castlewellan 3-19

Senior Footballers beat Ballyholland

The Senior Footballers beat Ballyholland on Friday with a gutsy performance.

Senior Sevens

An Riocht Senior Footballers took part in both the Feis and the St Johns Sevens at the weekend.

Conor Cole high fielding in Sevens

Div 1 An Riocht 2-11 Ballyholland 1-5

As Monaghan showed a week ago hunger plays a major part in determining the outcome of GAA matches and so it was at Dunavil on Friday evening past.

Harps are safe in the league and have an eye on the championship, Kingdom need to put some decent results together to escape the threat of relegation, and their greater need transformed into a team display of huge commitment and no little skill to upset the odds and defeat the pre match favorites.

Read more: Div 1 An Riocht 2-11 Ballyholland 1-5

Senior footballers lost in Burren 3-7 to 0-7

The Senior footballers lost in Burren on Friday, 3-7 to 0-7. Burren took their chances in front of the nets while An Riocht didn’t.


Playing against a strong wind An Riocht battled well and had held the home side to 1-4 to 0-2 when they conceded an injury time goal to leave an uphill challenge for the second half. That hill became a mountain when a third Burren goal went in from the restart.


An Riocht lacked that killer instinct when their chances arose and never looked like closing the nine point gap.


Team: B McVeigh; M Trainor, C Doyle, C McVeigh; S Clarke, D O’Reilly, P Sherry; P Murney, J Cunningham 0-3; P Gartland, Declan Doyle, Darren Doyle; R White, C Killen 0-4, D white. Subs P Cole, C Cole, R Cunningham, M Clarke.

Div One An Riocht 3-10 Rostrevor 1-16

This was an entertaining, high scoring match with both sides needing to win to ease relegation worries but probably content with the draw at the finish.

Both teams scored ten from placed balls, An Riocht 1-7 and Rostrevor 0-10, but that still left 3-9 scored from open play on a perfect night for football.

Reds dominated the middle third through experienced pair Sean Parr and Martin Cole with Tomas Mulholland gathering lots of loose ball; that was until veteran Paul Murney arrived on the scene with a quarter hour remaining.

Read more: Div One An Riocht 3-10 Rostrevor 1-16

Down ACFL Division 1 Round 2: An Ríocht 1-6 V Saval 0-7

The Senior Footballers beat Saval at Dunavil on Friday. While never reaching any great heights for the purists there was still much to acknowledge in a gutsy home performance against high flyers Saval. This was a real war of attrition with defences on top and scores at a premium and again after a slow start An Riocht battled back into the match and deserved the narrow victory, 1-6 to 0-7, whichever team scored a goal always looked the likeliest winner.


Conor Doyle was immense at the back and while Liam McVeigh and Deaglan O’Reilly also epitomised the qualities required to prosper at this level all the defenders played well; also the four subs introduced Ryan White, John Clarke, Chris Killen and Joe McVeigh all added to the fight. At this level you have to earn the right to play football.

Senior Football v Ballyholland

The next Senior Football game is at Dunavil v Ballyholland on Friday 26th July

Down ACFL Division 1: Round 1 - Annaclone 1-11 V An Ríocht 1-9

In a one round league winning your home fixtures is all important and Annaclone did the business on Friday at Gaelic Park when they just about squeezed home against fellow new boys An Riocht.


The home side raced into a five nil lead with Gary McArdle dominant in the air at midfield and Kevin Anderson soloing strongly in attack.


The visitors found it hard to stay on their feet in the treacherous underfoot conditions and their scores were hard won.

Read more: Down ACFL Division 1: Round 1 - Annaclone 1-11 V An Ríocht 1-9

An Riocht v Rostrevor ends in a draw

The Senior footballers played Rostrevor at Dunavil on Friday in a game neither side could afford to lose and it ended a draw.


An Riocht kept in the match through two first half goals from Chris Killen and John Clarke but trailed 2-3 to 1-8 at the break. Reds pulled well clear on the restart opening an eight point gap before Clarke’s second goal brought us close enough to make a game of it and Killen’s last minute point secured a deserved draw. Steven Doran made four point blank saves during the match while their keeper saved a penalty.


The turning point was probably the introduction of Paul Murney to beef up our midfield and just after he came on Deaglan O’Reilly made the kind of whole hearted tackle that defines first division football. All the heavy pre season training meant An Riocht never lagged and as we get bodies back onto the pitch the competition for places should ensure good form going into the last half dozen matches.

Read more: An Riocht v Rostrevor ends in a draw

Senior footballers played two challenges away to Cooley (Louth) and Glen (Derry)

The Senior footballers played two challenges away to Cooley (Louth) and Glen (Derry) winning the first and drawing the second. We go to Annaclone on Friday in the opening league fixture.

Senior Football Championships R1 and R2

Round 1 Football Championships
MORGAN FUELS Senior Football Championship
Sun 11th Aug 6:00


An Riocht v Bryansford
Sun 11th Aug 7:30


Downpatrick v Kilcoo


Round 2 Football Championships         
MORGAN FUELS Senior Football Championship
Mon 19th Aug   8:30  


Burren  v   An Riocht

Senior Football Panel v Glen (Derry)

SUNDAY 7 APRIL: Senior Football Panel v Glen (Derry) leaving Dunavil 9am:


B Allen, P Allen, John Clarke. Jim Clarke, M Clarke, S Clarke, P Cole, J Cunningham, Darren Doyle, Declan Doyle, C Doyle, C Killen, L McVeigh, J McVeigh, P Murney, D O’Reilly, P Sherry, M Trainor,

D White, R White.

Senior Football Mayobridge v An Riocht

The Senior footballers lost in Mayobridge.


Having played well and ahead by a point, An Riocht collapsed in the final few minutes allowing the home side take both points.

Down welcome back McVeigh

An Riochts Brendan McVeigh will make his Down return this weekend against Mayo.

McVeigh replaces Michael Cunningham in the nets. This is the only change James McCartan has made to his side that were narrowly defeated by Cork on Sunday.

Down (NFL V Mayo) - Brendan McVeigh; Daniel McCartan, Brendan McArdle, Ryan Boyle; Ryan Mallon, Aidan Carr, Keith Quinn; Kalum King, Kevin McKernan; Conor Laverty, Mark Poland, Paul McComiskey; Donal O'Hare, Conor Harrison, Benny Coulter.

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Monday 13 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 14 November

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U12 Football Presentation; 8.15pm Basketball

Wednesday 15 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.45pm U14 Gaelic (born 04/05); 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+; 8pm Cards – 45 @ Dunavil

Thursday 16 November

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Friday 17 November

11am Men’s Shed; 5.30pm P5 Gaelic; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7.30pm Deceased Members Mass at Dunavil

Saturday 18 November

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; An Riocht Dinner Dance in Canal Court Hotel.

Sunday 19 November

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 20 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.15pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 21 November


6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, coaches, other volunteers and supporters should attend; 8.15pm Basketball