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The U21 Footballers edged a close contest with Downpatrick under the lights at Dunavil on a cold and blustery November night.
An Riocht got off to a brilliant start with two early Declan Doyle goals after perfect passing by Darragh Campbell and Ronan McAlinden put the big target man in but thereafter they were inclined to take too much out of the ball.
Once the visitors settled they pulled back a couple of well taken frees before turning over a hesitant home attack and finishing off a length of the field move with a goal.
A second Downpatrick goal stirred An Riocht into a storming end to the half with five unanswered points, the pick from John Paul Farrell.
Leading 2-10 to 2-5 at the break, An Riocht were reduced to fourteen men five minutes into the restart and struggled to clear their lines with much of the remaining time played out in our half of the field.
JP Farrell pointed our only second half score in the forty fifth minute but a solid rear guard performance limited Downpatrick to a pointed free in the final quarter as An Riocht held on for a spirited if unconvincing win.
Ronan McAlinden was outstanding around the middle of the field with good support from Declan Doyle and John O’Rourke.
Team: S Doran, M Rooney, B Rodgers, S Cunningham, D Campbell, J O’Rourke, L Rodgers, K Colgan, R McAlinden 0-4, D Morgan 0-1, D Doyle 2-3, JP Farrell 0-2, A White 0-1, M O’Rourke, N McComiskey. Subs: C Campbell, D Matthews, J Rafferty.
The Senior Footballers remain unbeaten at home having ended league leaders Darragh’s 100% record at Dunavil on Friday night on a 0-12 to 1-7 score line. It was a gutsy performance built on a high energy game plan with every player giving their all including telling contributions from the substitutes introduced.
An Riocht: Brendan McVeigh, Paul Allen, Deaglan O’Reilly, Michael Clarke, Conor Doyle 0-1, John O’Rourke, Paul Sherry, Liam McVeigh, Kory Colgan, Sean Clarke, Noel McArdle, Damian Sherry, Conor Cole 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-3, Michael O’Rourke 0-5 (4f).
Subs: Conor McVeigh 0-1, Martin Clarke 0-1, Liam Rodgers.
The Reserve footballers drew with Liatroim at Dunavil (though the referee said we won by two!). Joe McCartan swung over a beauty to get us underway and though 14 man Fontenoys grabbed a goal in reply further points from half backs Declan Clarke and Sean McArdle made it four three with ten minutes played.
However we failed to utilise the extra man and were under steady pressure for the next ten minutes with the visitors scoring an uninterrupted 2-5 before Nathan McComiskey hit our fourth point and a Liam Rodgers goal meant the entire half back line was on the score sheet. Nine points down, despite the wind on our backs and Liatroim now reduced to 13 men we still conspired to make heavy work of getting back into the match, Liatroim scored back to back points before a James Reilly goal dragged us within four of Liatroim and a Michael O’Rourke point in the fifty sixth minute levelled the match, 2-12 to 3-9.
Battling Liatroim went back in front and looked to be heading for an unlikely victory before James Reilly got An Riocht back on terms in the final moments.
Team: B Allen, R Clarke, S Corr, C Cunningham, S McArdle 0-1, D Clarke 0-2, L Rodgers 1-0, M Clarke, B Sloan 0-1, N McComiskey 0-2, C Cole, A McVeigh, J McCartan 0-1, M O’Rourke 0-2 (1f), M Rooney. Subs: J Reilly 1-3, A Harper 0-1.
The Senior Footballers played Dromara on Friday and ran up another big score.
Team: B Allen, J O’Rourke, D O’Reilly, M Clarke, P Sherry 0-2, P Allen, C Doyle 0-1, R McAlinden 0-4 (3f), K Colgan, S Clarke, N McArdle 0-3, C Killen 0-2, M Clarke 0-6 (2f), D Doyle 0-1, R Cunningham 2-3. Subs: D Morgan 1-0, C Cole 1-1, M O’Rourke 0-1 (f), L Rodgers, D Clarke.
In the Reserve Football League An Riocht lost at home to Clann Na Banna on Wednesday past, 1-7 to 3-6. Points from Conor Cole and Kory Colgan got An Riocht off to a good start and when Michael O’Rourke got on the end of a long Michael Clarke pass and rounded the keeper to goal, the home side led 1-2 to 0-1. The visitors played hard and from limited chances kept in touch and were buoyed by an injury time goal which saw them trail by two, 1-6 to 1-4 at the break.
An Riocht never got going on the restart and by the twelfth minute Bann had drawn level. Both sides missed chances to go ahead before entering the final ten minutes a two goal salvo in quick succession propelled Bann well clear. Conor Cole scored An Riocht’s only second half point with five minutes remaining but it was too little too late to influence the final outcome. Best for An Riocht were Stephen Corr, Chris Cunningham, Michael Clarke and Kory Colgan.
Team: Brendan Allen, Chris Cunningham, Stephen Corr, Andrew Harper, Declan Clarke, Aidan O’Hanlon, Sean McArdle, Michael Clarke 0-1, Kory Colgan 0-2, Ryan Spiers0-1, Conor Cole 0-2, Aidan McVeigh, Joe McCartan, Michael O’Rourke 1-1, Shane Sloan. Subs Ryan Clarke, Nathan McComiskey, Marc Rooney, Darragh Campbell.
The U21 Football league got underway with a trip to Shamrocks which An Riocht won 6-16 to 0-7. An Riocht got off to the best possible start and scored 2-11 before the home side registered their first point; all six forwards and both mid fielders getting in on the scoring. At the break it was 3-11 to 0-2 and though Shamrocks enjoyed a dominant restart scoring four successive points, An Riocht finished in command with three fourth quarter goals. Thanks to Shamrocks for changing the time of this match. Team: Stephen Doran, Shane Cunningham, Brian Rodgers, Marc Rooney, Caolan Campbell, John O’Rourke 0-1, Liam Rodgers, Ronan McAlinden 0-2, Stephen McDowell 0-1, Darragh Campbell 0-2, Deaglan Morgan 2-1, John Paul Farrell 0-3, Adam White 1-2, Michael O’Rourke 2-2, Nathan McComiskey 1-2. Subs: Thomas Sloan, Conor Morgan, Dane Matthews, Jack Rafferty.
The Senior Footballers were at home v St Johns and produced a stunning performance to win 4-12 to 0-3.
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The Reserve Footballers beat Longstone at home on Sunday evening 0-11 to 2-4.
Two first half goals kept the visitors on terms at the break 0-8 to 2-2 and the teams were still level with only minutes to play when Aidan McVeigh popped up with the winning score. Best for An Riocht were Ryan Clarke, Nathan McComiskey and Declan Clarke.
Team: B Allen, C Cunningham, S Corr, R Clarke, D Clarke 0-1, C McVeigh, S McArdle, M Clarke, C Cole, N McComiskey 0-1, N McArdle 0-5 (5f), R Spiers 0-1, S Sloan, M O’Rourke 0-1, A McVeigh 0-1. Subs: S Clarke 0-1, A Harper, R Foley.
In the IFC Final v Loughinisland on Sunday, An Riocht disappointingly fell to a 12 point defeat, 0-8 to 3-11. Things did no go right for An Riocht on the day and Loughinisland were full value for their win. Still we did well to reach the Final and one off-day doesn’t change that.
Thanks to all the players and management for their efforts all year culminating in a great buzz about the club in the two weeks leading up to the Final and to those supporters who rallied round this past fortnight.
The two craft nights for kids making headbands, armbands and flags ahead of the Championship Final were a great success; thanks to everyone who helped and to the face painters on Sunday morning also.
For more photos including from the Dinner in the Balmoral please visit the An Riocht Facebook Page - Photos by Jane Donnelly Eakins
On behalf of Ballymartin GAC, I would like to congratulate you on reaching the Intermediate final and wish you every success against Loughinisland.
The Reserve Footballers won 5-15 to 1-12 away v Kilcoo with goals from Ryan Spiers, Rory Cunningham and Joe McCartan.
Team: Brendan Allen, Chris Cunningham, Stephen Corr, Andrew Harper, Declan Clarke 0-1, Michael Clarke, Sean McArdle, Conor Cole 0-1, Kory Colgan, Ryan Spiers 2-2, Rory Cunningham 2-6, Aidan McVeigh, Joe McCartan 1-0, Michael O’Rourke 0-5, Shane Sloan. Subs Nathan McComiskey, Marc Rooney.
Trocaire IFC Quarter-final: An Riocht 3-15 St Johns 1-14
Goals win games and much more clinical Kingdom stole through the Johnnies lines to plunder three whereas St Johns never really convinced when opportunities arose for them.
An Riocht were flying and 1-6 to 0-2 ahead, Martin Clarke having crashed a free in off the underside of the bar, when Declan Doyle received a second yellow card in the fifteenth minute.
St Johns made immediate use of their numerical advantage with the next three points but once the Mourne men rejigged their line out they were soon in control again and Rory Cunningham came in on the end of a fine move to round the keeper and score their second goal.
At the break An Riocht led 2-7 to 0-9.
Though St Johns opened the scoring on the restart, An Riocht were soon into their stride and outscored their opponents seven points to three before Michael Clarke flicked home their third goal.
Chris McKay nabbed a late consolation goal for St Johns but by then An Riocht were emptying their bench with an eye to Saturday’s semi-final.
An Riocht: Brendan McVeigh, John O’Rourke, Liam McVeigh, Michael Clarke 1-0, Conor Doyle 0-2, Sean Clarke, Paul Sherry, Rory Cunningham 1-3, Kory Colgan, Decl
an Doyle 0-1, Deaglan Morgan 0-1, Conor Cole 0-1, Noel McArdle, Chris Killen 0-1, Martin Clarke 1-5.
Subs: Patrick Gartland 0-1, Damian Sherry, Liam Rodgers, Paul Allen
St Johns: Darren McMullan, Cathal O’Connor, Harry McMullan 0-1, Mark Grant, Conor Burns, Conor Flanagan, Conor Braniff, Chris McKay 1-3, Martin Keenan 0-2, Conor Gilmore, Danny McKay 0-1, Conor Morgan 0-4, Joe Milligan, John Clarke 0-3, Ryan Gibney.
Subs: Darran Savage, Barry Russell, Anthony Doran
The Senior Footballers won at home v Drumaness on Friday.
An Riocht were always in control and ran up a big score by the finish, 7-12 to 0-7.
An Riocht scorers: Ronan McAlinden 1-5, Michael O’Rourke 2-1, Martin Clarke 1-1, Sean Clarke 0-3, Michael Clarke 1-0, Liam McVeigh 1-0, Rory Cunningham 1-0, James Cunningham 0-1, Noel McArdle 0-1.
The Senior Footballers lost away in Loughinisland on Monday.
After a poor first half An Riocht rallied and produced a spirited second half showing.
An Riocht scorers: Ronan McAlinden 0-9, Noel McArdle 0-2, Rory Cunningham 0-1, Liam McVeigh 0-1.
Reserve Footballers Championship run came to a halt on Sunday when Liatroim beated them 4-13 to 0-15
The Reserve Footballers Championship run came to a halt on Sunday when Liatroim beated them 4-13 to 0-15. A disastrous start saw An Riocht concede three goals in the opening ten minutes. Collie McCrickard was on top at midfield and Ryan Doyle and Pearse Og McCrickard were razor sharp forwards as the Fontenoys led 3-8 to 0-5 at the break with Andrew Harper (2), Michael O’Rourke (2) and Darragh Campbell replying with points for An Riocht.
A cleverer kick-out strategy on the restart bypassed centre field and An Riocht ate into the deficit with a succession of points but could not get in for the goal they needed and the visitors plundered a late fourth goal to cap their win.
Best in a poor performance were Michael Harper, Darragh Campbell, Michael O’Rourke and both subs Stephen McDowell and Shane Cunningham made good impacts when introduced.
An Riocht: B Allen, M Rooney, S Corr, M Harper, S McArdle 0-1, B Rodgers, L Rodgers 0-1, B Sloan, D Matthews, A Harper 0-2, M O’Rourke 0-5 (3f), D Campbell 0-2, N McComiskey, JL Cordell 0-3 (2f), S Flanagan. Subs S McDowell 0-1, S Cunningham.
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The Reserve Footballers beat Annaclone away on a 2-11 to 1-11 score line with a double goal blast from Joe McCartan making the difference after a battling team performance.
Team: B Allen, R Clarke, S Corr, C Cunningham, N McComiskey, S McArdle 0-1, L Rodgers 0-1, C Cole 0-3, D Clarke, R Spiers 0-1, M O’Rourke 0-3, A McVeigh 0-1, J McCartan 2-0, S Doran0-1, S Sloan.
Subs D Mathews, A Harper.
Trocaire Intermediate Football Championship Winners Group
An Riocht 3-11 Darragh Cross 1-11
An Riocht enjoyed a great start and led 1-3 to 0-1 after seven minutes, the goal coming from Sean Clarke. Thereafter Darragh took control and were level by the twenty fifth minute thanks mainly to Shane Murray’s accuracy from placed balls and were in front soon after from a Michael Monan strike.
Liam McVeigh did draw An Riocht back on terms but Darragh enjoyed a better finish to the half, a Shane Murray effort from top of the left sending them in 0-10 to 1-5 ahead.
An Riocht came out determined for the restart and held Darragh to a pointed free and a penalty goal and scored an uninterrupted 2-4 before the first of Darragh’s scores in the fifty second minute. Liam McVeigh on the overlap bagged the first and Deaglan Morgan off a one two with Sean Clarke hit the second.
There was no chance of Darragh’s late scores being of more than consolation value with Martin Clarke and Deaglan Morgan sending over late long range points for the winners.
An Riocht: Brendan McVeigh, John O’Rourke, Deaglan O’Reilly, Michael Clarke, Conor Doyle 0-1, Paul Allen, Liam McVeigh 1-1, Rory Cunningham 0-2, Kory Colgan, Patrick Gartland 0-1, Deaglan Morgan 1-1, Conor Cole, Noel McArdle 0-2, Sean Clarke 1-0, Martin Clarke 0-3.
Subs: Damian Sherry, Declan Doyle, Chris Killen, Paul Sherry
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match Liam McVeigh.
The IFC Quarter Finals are the weekend of 11 - 13 September.
The PRFC Quarter Final v Liatroim at Dunavil at 6pm on Sunday 30th August.
The Reserve Footballers played CPN at Dunavil going down 5-14 to 1-9. An Riocht trailed nine nil after fifteen minutes and but for a fine Stephen Doran save and a Kory Colgan block it would have been worse. We fared better in the second quarter and trailed 0-4 to 1-8 at the break.
A goal and a point within minutes of the restart suggested a rally was on the cards but our poor handling and worse passing continued and CPN ran through to score at ease in the final quarter.
Team: S Doran 0-1, R Clarke, S Corr, C Cunningham, C McVeigh, A O’Hanlon, D Clarke, M Clarke, K Colgan, N McComiskey 0-1, S McArdle 0-1, R Spiers 0-1, J McCartan, M O’Rourke 0-5, A McVeigh 1-0. Subs B Allen, L Harper, B Sloan, S Sloan.
At the Reserve Football Championship at Dunavil v Longstone, An Riocht recorded a good win 1-15 to 1-2 to reach the quarter finals. After Michael O’Rourke had opened the scoring, Stephen Doran landed two huge frees to give us a great start and though the visitors replied with a free this proved to be their only score of the half. The An Riocht defence dominated the Longstone attack and we were getting more than a fair pull at centre field so the forwards thrived on a regular supply of ball and pointed at will before approaching half time Jerry Lee Cordell punched a goal and we went in leading 1-9 to 0-1. Two Michael O’Rourke points on the restart ensured there would be no Longstone comeback and as we emptied our bench Dane Matthews shone at midfield for the final twenty minutes. Team: Stephen Doran 0-2 (2f), Michael Harper, Stephen Corr, Marc Rooney, Sean McArdle, Paul Sherry, Liam Rodgers, Brian Sloan 0-1, Brian Rodgers 0-1, Ryan Spiers 0-1, Michael O’Rourke 0-6 (2f), Darragh Campbell, Andrew Harper 0-1, Jerry Lee Cordell 1-1 (1f), Joe McCartan. Subs: Declan Clarke, Shane Sloan, Nathan McComiskey, Dane Matthews 0-1, Jack Rafferty, Stephen Flanagan 0-1, Brendan Allen.Subway Player of the Match Brian Sloan.
The Senior Footballers beat Clann Na Banna on Sunday at Dunavil by 2-14 to 0-9. The visitors started sharply and led two nil by the tenth minute. An Riocht took control in the second quarter and scored an unanswered 1-8 before the break, with some really well worked teammoves. Bann dominated the third quarter pointing six times without interruption before An Riocht came again and stretched away for a comfortable eleven point victory. Team: B McVeigh, J O’Rourke, D O’Reilly, D Sherry, P Sherry, P Allen, C Doyle, M Clarke, R McAlinden 0-4, D Doyle 0-2, J Cunningham, R Cunningham 0-2, N McArdle 0-3 (3f), M O’Rourke 1-2, D Morgan 1-0. Subs C McVeigh, K Colgan, J Reilly 0-1.
At the Senior Football in Atticall, An Riocht had the result secured as early as the fifteenth minute by which time we led 2-4 to nil. After Conor Cole had opened the scoring, Sean Clarke ghosted in for two goals in as many minutes and with Martin Clarke chipping in with three points, the match was already beyond the home side.
The more the hosts pressed, the bigger the gaps they left behind them and we picked off points at will to keep the scoreboard ticking over going in 2-7 to 0-4 at the break.
There was no let up for Atticall on the restart with An Riocht kicking the first five points of the half. A couple of scores in reply only triggered a burst of goals from An Riocht with Deaglan Morgan and Brian Rodgers adding one apiece and Sean Clarke completing his hat trick before Martin Clarke finished off the scoring with his sixth score of the night. Team: Brendan McVeigh, John O’Rourke, Deaglan O’Reilly, Michael Clarke, Conor Doyle 0-1, Paul Allen, Liam McVeigh, Rory Cunningham 0-1, Kory Colgan, Declan Doyle 0-1, Deaglan Morgan 1-1, Conor Cole 0-2, Noel McArdle 0-1, Sean Clarke 3-0, Martin Clarke 0-6 (4f). Subs: Michael O’Rourke, Patrick Gartland, Brian Rodgers 1-0. An Riocht Subway Player of the Match Sean Clarke.
The Senior Footballers played Annaclone on Sunday at Dunavil coming away with a 2-10 to 0-9 win. Best wishes to Paul Murney who sustained a serious injury during the match.
An Riocht got off to a great start when Michael O’Rourke goaled after a clever steal by Rory Cunningham but the visitors were the better team before the break and led 0-7 to 1-2. A fortieth minute Liam McVeigh top corner goal put us ahead again and a more confident final quarter showing had An Riocht outpointing Annaclone six one for a seven point victory margin.
Team: B McVeigh, J O’Rourke, D O’Reilly, L McVeigh 1-0, P Sherry, P Allen, C Doyle, P Murney, C Cole, J Cunningham 0-1, N McArdle 0-2 (1f), S Clarke 0-1, R Cunningham, M O’Rourke 1-2, D Morgan 0-4. Subs M Clarke, C McVeigh
An Riocht’s recent run of good form in the league continued with this 19 point win at Drumgath on Monday past. The winners backed by a fresh breeze led ten nil after twenty minutes and both Martin Clarke and Deaglan Morgan came close to goals apiece in the early stages.
Drumgath’s first score, a Mark Connolly point, triggered an immediate response from An Riocht with Martin Clarke shooting a goal to bring his first half tally to 1-5.
Just before the break Jack Lynch added Drumgath’s second score and they really gave it a go on the restart with the first four points of the half before An Riocht took control with the next five by the three quarter stage.
Drumgath then enjoyed another little spell which delivered goals to Paul Lively and Cathal Tumilty but the Mourne side stepped it up again adding 1-3, the goal a penalty from Brendan McVeigh, before the final whistle.
An Riocht: B McVeigh 1-0, J O’Rourke, D O’Reilly, Michael Clarke, C Doyle, P Allen, L McVeigh, R Cunningham 0-1, K Colgan, D Doyle 0-3, D Morgan 0-2, C Cole 0-5, N McArdle 0-4, C Killen 0-4 (3f), Martin Clarke 1-7 (1f).
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match - Kory Colgan.
In the Intermediate Football Championship An Riocht beat Tullyish in Burren 3-11 to 1-6 with goals from Martin Clarke, Declan Doyle and Deaglan Morgan, a combatitive midfield showing from Kory Colgan and Rory Cunningham and solid defence from Paul Allen, Deaglan O’Reilly, Conor Doyle and John O’Rourke. An Riocht Subway Player of the Match Paul Allen.
At the Reserve Football in Carryduff An Riocht lost 2-3 to 0-3 after a most disappointing display. To score only once from play and for that score to come from a defender says a lot about the inadequacies in this performance. Christopher Cunningham was the pick of the full back line; the half backs did no better than ok; the midfield was patchy; and in attack despite plentiful possession, there was a distinct lack of a scoring threat.
Team: B Allen, C Cunningham, S Corr, R Clarke, C Doyle 0-1, A O’Hanlon, C McVeigh, B Sloan, M Clarke, N McComiskey, C Cole 0-1 (f), R Spiers, A McVeigh, M O’Rourke 0-1 (f), D Campbell. Subs: S Doran, L Rodgers, M Rooney.
The Reserve Footballers lost in Banbridge on Wednesday. Team & scorers: S Doran, M Harper, L Rodgers, S Sloan, S McArdle, A O’Hanlon, B Rodgers, K Colgan, B Sloan, C Cole 0-3, M O’Rourke 1-0, P Gartland 0-1, J McCartan 0-1, JL Cordell 1-0, R Spiers 0-1. Subs: B Allen, D Matthews.
An Riocht won 5-15 to 1-7 in the Senior Football in Kilclief. Early goals laid the foundation and some of our play was of the highest order with minimum running with the ball and lots of running off the ball opening up the home defence time and again.
Subway An Riocht Player of the Match was Deaglan Morgan who pulled off some great high catches at midfield.
In the Reserve Football Championship in Annaclone, An Riocht won 4-12 to 1-11. We played with a strong first half breeze and shot some excellent long range points to build up a 2-10 to 0-5 interval lead.
Jerry Lee Cordell set the tone with a huge shot from all of sixty yards which flew over the bar. Deaglan Morgan added from a fifty and from play before setting Stephen Doran up for a goal and he went around the keeper before firing to the net.
Michael O’Rourke tagged on a point before Annaclone got on the scoreboard from a free and then doubled their tally from play.
Michael O’Rourke had a screamer touched over by ‘Clone keeper Mark McNeill and Deaglan Morgan and Conor Cole added points apiece as An Riocht led 1-7 to 0-2 after twenty minutes.
Annaclone put a couple of scores back to back but a Michael O’Rourke goal after a Deaglan Morgan solo more than clawed that back. The home side hit their fifth point two minutes before the break but in that two minutes Conor Cole and Michael O’Rourke (2) added to the An Riocht lead.
Annaclone had the breeze on the restart but it was An Riocht who grabbed the vital first score of the half when Paul Sherry’s cross was met by Joe McCartan who flicked the ball to the net. Conor Cole added a free and Annaclone found themselves fifteen points in arrears with twenty five minutes remaining.
They tried for a goal but Brendan Allen beat the ball away though Michael Wallace did kick four points on the trot to narrow the deficit to eleven by the end of the third quarter.
In a breakaway attack Michael O’Rourke pointed before with ten minutes remaining Joe McCartan fisted his second goal to bring An Riocht’s score to 4-12.
Annaclone played hard to the finish adding a point, a fifty and a Noel Byrne penalty before the final whistle sounded.
Subway An Riocht Man of the Match Brian Rodgers. An Riocht now play Longstone at Dunavil in the next round.
Team: B Allen, M Harper, B Rodgers, S Cunningham, S McArdle, P Sherry, L Rodgers, C Cole 0-4 (1f), D Morgan 0-3 (1x45), A Harper, JL Cordell 0-1, M O’Rourke 1-4 (1f), M Rooney, S Doran1-0, J McCartan 2-0. We had no subs.
An Riocht lost a high scoring Reserve Football match in Liatroim by 3-8 to 6-15. Shane Cunningham and Liam Rodgers were excellent in defence with Brian Rodgers, Ryan White and Jerry Lee Cordell the pick of the attackers while both Dane Mathews and Michael Harper impressed on their introduction. Team: B Allen, S Cunningham, S Corr, L Rodgers, P Sherry, S McArdle, D Clarke, B Sloan, M Clarke 0-1, R White 0-2, R Spiers 0-1 (f), B Rodgers 1-1, J McCartan, JL Cordell 2-3 (2f), J McCartan. Subs: D Mathews, M Harper.
CCC has released Championship Football details: the Reserves play in Annaclone at 6pm on Sunday 2nd August and the Seniors in Burren v Tullylish at 2pm on Saturday 8th August.
After the disappointment of having no game last week, the Reserves were in action at Tullylish and lost to an experienced home selection 0-9 to 3-13.
An Riocht had the better of the early exchanges but missed several scorable chances. Stephen Cunningham forced a fine save from the home keeper before in the twentieth minute Tullylish struck for the first goal and went on to lead 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.
With the breeze behind them Tullylish dominated the third quarter and despite a point blank save by Stephen Doran, An Riocht went 1-10 to 0-4 into arrears.
A little rally entering the final quarter suggested a grand stand finish but the home side put paid to that capitalising on An Riocht pushing forward with two late goals. We could have had goals ourselves late on but Dane Matthews thundered a shot off the post and Stephen McDowell had a pile driver forced over the bar.
Sean McArdle and Gary Cunningham were best in defence, while Stephen Cunningham and Stephen McDowell played hard at centre field, upfront Aidan McVeigh gathered a lot of break ball and Pearse Cunningham proved an able target man. Andrew Harper was most impressive when introduced late on.
Stephen Doran, Ryan Clarke, Stephen Corr, Christopher Cunningham, Gareth O’Neill, Gary Cunningham, Sean McArdle, Stephen Cunningham 0-1, Stephen McDowell 0-4, Liam Rodgers, Aidan McVeigh 0-2, Shane Cunningham, Aaron Eastwood, Pearse Cunningham 0-2, Nathan McComiskey.
Subs: Andrew Harper, Dane Matthews, Marc Rooney.
The Reserve Footballers won at home v Annaclone. Ahead 1-8 to 1-6 at half-time thanks to a Brian Rodgers goal, An Riocht went behind early in the second half but sub Jerry Lee Cordell rescued the result with a second half haul of 2-4 as An Riocht ran out winners 3-18 to 1-12. Team: B Allen, S Corr, M Clarke, A O’Hanlon, B Rodgers, D Sherry, D Clarke, B Sloan, C Cole, N McArdle, R Spiers, R White, S Sloan, M O’Rourke, J McCartan. Subs: JL Cordell, N McComiskey, P Sherry, R Doran.
The Senior Footballers had Drumragh Sarsfields from Tyrone as visitors to Dunavil in the Ulster League and won handsomely 3-12 to 0-8.
Three nil up An Riocht took a decisive grip on proceedings when Declan Doyle met a near perfect Sean Clarke delivery to find the visitors net. By the break An Riocht led 1-8 to 0-4 and two goals from attacking wing back Sean Clarke in the thirty eighth and forty second minutes wrapped up the result.
Team: B McVeigh, D Sherry, C McVeigh, J O’Rourke, S Clarke 2-0, P Allen, P Sherry, C Cole, R McAlinden 0-4, J Cunningham, C Killen, R Cunningham 0-2, P Cole 0-1, N McArdle 0-4, D Doyle 1-1. Sub R Spiers for J Cunningham.
An Riocht found the league leaders too good in the Reserve Football in Warrenpoint and despite the best efforts of the players CPN ran out convincing winners 7-18 to 0-7. Team: Brendan Allen, Chris Cunningham, Stephen Corr, Ryan Clarke, Declan Clarke, Sean McArdle, Liam Rodgers, Brian Sloan, Conor Cole, Brian Rodgers, Ryan Spiers, Nathan McComiskey, Joe McCartan, Shane Sloan, Michael Harper. Sub: Jerry Lee Cordell
On Sunday at 12pm in the Ulster League An Riocht entertain Drumragh of Tyrone at Dunavil in the opening fixture of a double header with the first Premier Reserve League game of the season v RGU Downpatrick following at 2pm.
The Senior Footballers were at home v Saul on Friday and despite several absentees and a dip in form still had enough strength in depth to come away with the points.
At the Senior Football in Galbally An Riocht lost 2-13 to 1-8. The home side got off to a good start when they were awarded a third minute penalty after what looked like a brilliant block by Michael Clarke! An Riocht were left chasing the result but shaded the half and had narrowed the deficit to the minimum by the break, 0-5 to 1-3.
The home side had the better of the second half, though were perhaps flattered by the victory margin having goaled again in the fifty fifth minute. A feature of the match was at least half a dozen blocks by An Riocht players, some good high catching and willingness to chase back.
Team: B McVeigh 1-0, D Sherry, M Clarke, J O’Rourke, P Sherry, S Clarke 0-1, P Allen, D Doyle, R McAlinden 0-1, D Morgan, C Killen 0-2, R Cunningham, N McArdle 0-2, P Cole, C Cole 0-2. Subs L Rodgers, S Cunningham, D Clarke, S Corr.
The Reserve Footballers gave their best performance of the season in the home match v Carryduff on Wednesday winning 3-16 to 2-13.
Early goals from corner forwards Nathan McComiskey and Shane Sloan kept An Riocht in the hunt as the visitors edged an open first half 2-10 to 2-9. The football was free flowing after the break with Carryduff extending their lead before a Michael O’Rourke goal swung the match back in our favour and a storming finish saw us end with a six point margin. Aidan O’Hanlon had a fine game in defence, Liam McVeigh at centre field and Ryan White up front with Joe McCartan the pick of the replacements.
Team: B Allen, R Clarke, S Corr, L Rodgers, A O’Hanlon, M Clarke, S McArdle, L McVeigh 0-2, K Colgan, R Spiers 0-2, C Cole 0-2, R White 0-1, N McComiskey 1-0, M O’Rourke 1-8, S Sloan 1-0. Subs: J McCartan 0-1, B Rodgers, D Sherry, B Sloan, M Rooney.
Starting fixtures for Senior Footballers; Sunday 1stFebruary Ulster League v Slaughmanus (Derry) in Cookstown and Sunday 19th April Down League v Ballymartin at Dunavil.
Suggested date for O'Neills Down ACFL 2
Round 1 - 19-04-2015 (Sun)
An Ríocht V Ballymartin
Round 2 - 27-04-2015 (Mon)
Loughinisland V An Ríocht
Round 3 - 01-05-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V Drumaness
Round 4 - 08-05-2015 (Fri)
Bredagh V An Ríocht
Round 5 - 15-05-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V St John's
Round 6 - 22-05-2015 (Fri)
Dromara V An Ríocht
Round 7 - 29-05-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V Darragh Cross
Round 8 - 12-06-2015 (Fri)
Drumgath V An Ríocht
Round 9 - 19-06-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V Saul
Round 10 - 03-07-2015 (Fri)
Carryduff V An Ríocht
Round 11 - 24-07-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V Tullylish
Round 12 - 31-07-2015 (Fri)
Kilclief V An Ríocht
Round 13 - 14-08-2015 (Fri)
Atticall V An Ríocht
Round 14 - 28-08-2015 (Fri)
An Ríocht V St John Bosco
Round 15 - 03-10-2015 (Sat)
Shamrocks V An Ríocht
The Reserve Footballers lost 2-5 to 0-10 at Dunavil on Wednesday night. Having gotten off to a good start with a Shane Sloan point An Riocht soon fell behind to two quick fire Tullylish goals but by the break had clawed their way back into contention with a couple of Michael O’Rourke frees to trail 0-6 to 2-2.
It was all square ten minutes into the restart but too many chances were not taken and entering the final quarter Tullylish found their range with three points in five minutes to open the gap again. Conor Doyle and Michael O’Rourke made it a one point game but again An Riocht were too wasteful and ran out of time.
Team: B Allen, R Clarke, S Corr, M Rooney, C McVeigh, C Doyle, D Clarke, M Clarke, C Cole, N McComiskey, R Spiers, A Harper, S Sloan 0-1, M O’Rourke 0-4 (2f), J McCartan. Subs: A McVeigh, JL Cordell, L Rodgers, B Rodgers, J Rafferty.