An Riocht Senior Footballers - News 2013

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.

An Riocht owed much to a good start which saw them go four nil clear after twelve minutes and the fact that they had seven scores from five different first half scorers demonstrated they had that bit more flair and creativity than their visitors who relied on only two scorers the whole match long.

The game itself was played in traditional style with both teams going for the win and defences not overly crowded by additional players. An Riocht looked comfortable on the break and their first two points from Paddy Gartland and Conor Cole came from

passes from adventurous defenders Joe McVeigh and Paul Allen. Two frees followed from Chris Killen after fouls on John Clarke and An Riocht could not have hoped for a better start.

Harps were doing themselves no favours with several poor attempts from free kicks before in the sixteenth minute Kealan Haughey found his range from a placed ball to get them onto the score board.

Young Ryan Spiers starting his first senior match played a one two with John Clarke before pointing the return ball in reply.

Ballyholland sub Paddy Quinn got their first from play with twenty minutes gone but An Riocht with Liam Harper and Liam McVeigh in top form at the back limited the visitors opportunities and up the other end the home side picked up another couple of scores from Chris Killen and Deaglan O’Reilly to move 0-7 to 0-2 ahead.

The game was drifting away from Harps and they needed a goal to get back into it and just on half time Kealan Haughey produced a moment of magic with a forceful solo run followed by a rocket of a shot to the roof of the home net to leave just two points separating the sides at the break.

A Paddy Quinn free cut the margin to the minimum on the restart and Brendan McVeigh was down smartly to deny Robbie White at the near post just moments later.

An Riocht settled and thereafter contained the visitors threat limiting them to just two further points, both from Paddy Quinn, a free after fifty five minutes and an injury time point from the same player.

Throughout the second half the An Riocht defence was touch tight and got in some great interceptions and the midfield, Darren Doyle in particular, battled manfully to secure a foothold in this vital sector; up front though he finished scoreless John Clarke was the focal point and Harps continual fouling of him allowed Chris Killen double his tally to six points from frees with no misses. Hard work to win the ball, hard work to frustrate the out going defenders and the enthusiasm and spring in the step of debutant Ryan Spiers all combined to make this an almost complete home performance.

Sandwiched between the Harps scores were three Chris Killen frees and a marvelous point from Darren Doyle off a Ryan Spiers pass to leave An Riocht ahead 0-11 to 1-4 with a minute remaining.

Then yet another foul on John Clarke resulted this time in a penalty and Brendan McVeigh tucked the spot kick away low and wide of the diving keeper. There were almost five minutes of added time in which Paddy Quinn took his tally to four points for Harps before a long ball over the defence was collected by Paddy Gartland and he rounded the keeper for An Riochts second goal and a ten point victory margin.

Kingdom: Brendan McVeigh 1-0; Liam Harper, Sean Clarke, Paul Allen; Joe McVeigh, Liam McVeigh, Deaglan O’Reilly 0-1; Paul Murney, Darren Doyle 0-1; Conor Cole 0-1, John Clarke, James Cunningham; Ryan Spiers 0-1, Paddy Gartland 1-1, Chris Killen 0-6.

Subs: Michael Trainor, Kory Colgan, Conor Doyle

Harps: Colm Keenan; Niall McQuillan, Paddy McNulty, Colm Barry; Robbie White, Kevin Dunne, Niall McKevitt; James Patterson, Paul Murphy; Kieran Murphy, Kealan Haughey 1-1, Tommy Kane; Rory White, Tony Havern, Joe Murphy.

Subs: Ronan Murtagh, Paddy Quinn 0-4, Damian McCrink.

Referee: Declan Ryan

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Upcoming Activities

Friday 22nd  

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7.30pm Senior Football

Saturday 23rd  

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 Football; 1pm U13 Football An Riocht v Burren; 2pm Birthday Party; 

Sunday 24th

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 10.45am U14 Football An Riocht v Aghagallon; 11am U11 Football Warrenpoint v An Riocht & Eire Og v An Riocht; 1pm Pioneer Presentation; 3pm Senior Football Downpatrick v An Riocht; 8pm Bingo

Monday 25th


11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P5/P6 Indoor Camogie; 7pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 26th

6pm Irish Dancing; 7pm Village Plan consultation; 7pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7pm Primary School aged Homework Club; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice; 8.15pm Dunaman

Wednesday 27th

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.30pm U13 Football; 7pm P1/P2 & P3/P4 Indoor Camogie; 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+; 7pm An Riocht Planning & Physical Development monthly committee; 7.30pm Senior Football; 7.30pm Ladies of Mourne; 8pm U12 Indoor Camogie

Thursday 28th

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm Relax Kids activities for 4 to 8 year old boys and girls; 7pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm Camogie committee monthly meeting; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U16 Football; 8.15pm Basketball

Friday 29th

11am Men’s Shed; 11am Schools Football; 6.30pm P6 in the hall; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7.30pm Senior Football

Saturday 30th

8am Kingdom Walkers; 9am P3/P4 Football Tournament in Shamrocks; 9am P1/P6 Camogie Blitzes; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm U16 Camogie Championship Quarter-final An Riocht v Kilclief; 2pm Birthday Party; 3pm Senior Football An Riocht v Downpatrick; 3.30pm U13 Football Mayobridge v An Riocht; 6pm P5/P6 Football tournament in Ballymartin.

Sunday 1st October

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U11 Football An Riocht v Drumgath & An Riocht v Longstone; 8pm Bingo

Monday 2nd October

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P5/P6 Indoor Camogie; 7pm Bridging the Divide Disability Inclusion programme; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 8pm An Riocht Executive committee meeting; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 3rd October


6pm Irish Dancing; 7pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7pm Primary School aged Homework Club; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice; 8.15pm Dunaman