An Riocht Senior Footballers - News 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.