An Riocht U16 Footballers - Past News 2013
On Monday night Saul claimed the Seamus Fitzsimons Cup defeating An Ríocht in the All-County final 1-06 to 2-02.
The game between the East Down and South Down champions was played at Half time of the Down Senior Football Game between Downpatrick and Loughinisland in Newcastle.
The Óg Spórt competition is a 7-A-side U15 competation. In the earlier group stages Saul overcame Castlewellan, Aughlisnafin and Carryduff before defeating Loughinisland in the East Down Final.
Mark Hardy of Hardy’s Furniture Kilkeel suppliers of furniture, upholstery, bedding, carpets, rugs, vinyl and wooden flooring presented the U15/U16 Footballers with training tops ahead of the Og sport and football Championship.
An Riocht win the South Down Og Sport Competition which took place in Mayobridge on Monday evening. An Riocht won the final defeating Glenn 4-06 to 1-04. In the semi finals An Riocht overcame Newry Shamrocks by 2-01 o 1-03, while Glenn also won their match by a single point defeating Ballyholland 2-01 to 0-06.
The U16 Footballers won Division Two with a victory in Kilcoo. Their next match is the Championship on Thursday 29th August.
ACFL Div 2 and Darragh Campbell captain accepting the Cup from WJ Smith (County Board)
An Riocht overcame much bigger opposition amid a horrible hail shower to win this close encounter at Dunavil on Saturday afternoon. An Riocht were without Jack Rafferty (who scored 3 goals in Bryansford last week) who was playing hurling for Down but opted to go ahead with the match and were rewarded with victory.
An Riocht led three nil and were well in control before a harsh penalty award given against goalie Thomas Sloan for leading with his feet, resulted in a St Pauls goal and the visitors went on to impose themselves on the play adding a further 1-4 before the break to lead 2-4 to 0-3.
An Riocht used the interval to regroup and Conor Small gave them a great restart with a goal and they added three points to trail by the minimum at the three quarter stage.
The visitors then enjoyed another bout of dominance and stretched their lead to three points.
Darragh Campbell pulled one back but a goal was required and when full back Conor Clarke switched to the midfield area he was able to influence the play and soloed through for a cracking goal to restore An Rocht’s lead. Aidan Sloan tagged on a point and left St Pauls needing a goal but there was no way through for the visitors.
Team: T Sloan; A Eastwood, C Clarke 1-0, A Harper; M Harper, L Rodgers 0-1, S Cunningham; A Sloan 0-2, D Morgan 0-1; C Small 1-0, R White 0-1, S Flood; R Campbell, D Campbell 0-3, M Rooney. Subs D Hardy, C Morgan, D Matthews, P McComiskey,
A ten goal thriller at St Patricks Park Newcastle finished with An Riocht deservedly on the right side of the score line, 5-15 to 5-9. After falling behind early on An Riocht hit back with a Conor Small goal giving them the lead. Some of the passing from An Riocht was of the highest order, visionary and accurate, but for all that the home side battled back with two goals to lead by 2-5 to 1-4 after twenty minutes.
Thomas Sloan had hard luck making two fine saves but the loose ball fell kindly to the Ford forwards on both occasions. Then two late goals from full forward Jack Rafferty who took the ball first time and powered through were added to by an injury time strike from Darragh Campbell and An Riocht went in leading 4-7 to 3-5 at the break.
A superbly struck penalty from Stephen Flood on the restart moved the visitors into the comfort zone and with points exchanged at either end Ford failed to bridge the gap. Two late goals improved the look of the score board but by then An Riocht were safely home.
Team: T Sloan; D Hardy, L Rodgers, A Harper; M Harper, C Clarke 0-1, S Cunningham; A Sloan, D Morgan 0-1; C Small 1-0, R White 0-3, S Flood 1-0; D Campbell 1-6, J Rafferty 2-3, M Rooney. Subs C Morgan, D Matthews, A Eastwood, P McComiskey, R Campbell 0-1.
An Riocht U16 footballers played out a thrilling contest with Ballyholland at Dunavil, coming out victors by two points 2-9 to 1-10.
Despite dominating possession An Riocht found themselves two points down at the start of this game; then centre half back Ronan White took control and showed the way with a wonderful point that put his team on the front foot. Suddenly the over elaborate play and poor shot selection was replaced with a fast direct style made possible by a wide array of passing skills throughout the team.
Jack Rafferty who had drifted into full forward was the main beneficiary firing in two goals in as many minutes displaying good close control.
It took Ballyholland some time to get to grips with this more purposeful An Riocht approach but a second pointed free followed for the visitors in the seventeenth minute. They could have had a goal also but for a flying one handed save by Thomas Sloan and An Riocht finished the half strongly with four Darragh Campbell points, two from play.
Ahead 2-5 to 0-3 An Riocht shot too many wides on the restart and the visitors fired over three points by the fortieth minute. Jack Rafferty interrupted their flow with a home score but Ballyholland put another sequence of three together going into the final quarter.
Again play swung in An Riochts favour and Conor Small and Darragh Campbell (2) stretched the lead out again before a fifty eighth minute Ballyholland goal left for an uncomfortable finish for the home side but they held on for the win.
Team: T Sloan; A Harper, L Rodgers, A Eastwood; M Harper, R White 0-1, M Rooney; A Sloan, D Morgan; C Small 0-1, J Rafferty 2-1, D Matthews; R Campbell, D Campbell 0-6, C Morgan. Subs P McComiskey, C Clarke.
In the Championship An Riocht play Bryansford on 29th August.
The U16 footballers beat Castlewellan on Thursday. Playing some good football, long passing and high catching, An Riocht led five nil (Conor Clarke converted a fifty and Jack Rafferty goaled) when the visitors struck their first score, a goal in the fifteenth minute.
An Riocht continued to use the ball intelligently and built up a good lead (Darragh Campbell netted a second goal) only to concede two goals at the end of the half and Thomas Sloan tipped over a likely third as An Riocht went in narrowly ahead 2-7 to 3-1. A goal on the restart from Darragh Campbell doubled that advantage and An Riocht went on to win comfortably.
Team: T Sloan; D Hardy, C Clarke, A Harper; M Harper, R White, S Cunningham; L Rodgers, A Sloan; SC Small, D Morgan, S Flood; A Eastwood, J Rafferty, D Campbell. Subs C Morgan, D Matthews, R Campbell.
The U16 footballers won v Saval at Dunavil on Sunday afternoon on a 5-13 to 2-5 score line. Playing some delightful football the boys dominated throughout the hour; not that Saval hadn’t chances but the An Riocht defence was touch tight and tackled the ball expertly turning over possession and playing some classic passes to an eager attack always out in front.
Team: T Sloan; M Harper, L Rodgers, A Harper; D Hardy, R White 1-1, S Cunningham; A Sloan, D Morgan 1-1; M Rooney, D Campbell 0-4, C Small 2-2; A Eastwood 1-1, J Rafferty 0-3, C Morgan 0-1.