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ACHL Division 3 Carey Faughs v Carryduff

From the SaffronGael website
Carey Faughs 6-21 Carryduff 0-10

Carey Faughs ran up a big score as they overpowered visitors Carryduff in Wednesday evening’s Division 3 game in Ballyvoy. The visitors hit the opening score through a Sean O’Callaghan free but two inside thirty seconds from Paddy Butler and one apiece from Conor McBride and Shay Hunter had them 4-1 clear after five minutes. Two quick scores from Gareth Lynch and O’Callaghan left just a point between the teams after nine minutes but a Fiachra McVeigh goal on ten minutes turned the game firmly in the Faughs favour and five points on the trot in the next four minutes (three of them stemming from short puc-outs gone wrong by the visitors) put them in command. O’Callaghan pulled a couple back from free for Carryduff and Lynch got his second from play, but Carey were now in complete control and a series of excellently taken points put them 1-13 to 0-6 ahead by half time.4

It didn’t get any easier for Carryduff in the second half as the Faughs kept piling on the scores, and their second goal came in the 36th minute when midfielder Caolan McCaughan fired home. The introduction of a few subs did not dim the Carey fire and a late surge of goals from Daniel Martin, Patrick Gillan and Martin Hunter saw them home in style

Carey Faughs

Darren Magown, Eoin Hill, Sean McBride, Martin Hunter, Peadar McVeigh, Shea Hunter, Michael McVeigh, Nat Huner, Caolan McCaughan, Sean McLaughlin, Gerard McBride, Paddy Butler, Fiachra McVeigh, John McBride, Conor McBride.

Subs – Daniel Martin, Patrick Gillan, Daniel McKinley, Zack McCaughan

Carryfuff

Conor McLornan, Ciaran Rodgers, Nial McArdle, Ciaran Goodwin, Michael Woods, Conor Cassidy, Michael Collins, Eoin Conway, Aidan McManus, Conor Beatty, Michael Conway, Sean O’Callaghan, Gareth Lynch, Rory McKavanagh, Lorcan McCaughey.

Subs – Liam Laverty, Dermot McGorrian.

Referee – Malachy Leech (Oisins)
 

Countess of Antrim Cup Rasharkin v Carey Faughs

From SaffronGael website

Countess of Antrim Cup
Rasharkin 0-11 Carey Faughs 2-12

Carey came out on top in this Countess of Antrim Cup encounter against Rasharkin at Dreen on Thursday evening. The St Mary’s outfit had beaten Carey in the early rounds of the Division 3 League in Ballyvoy, and under new manager Paul McKillen have been playing some great hurling this season, but the Faughs got the better of them this time around to keep their good run in the Countess of Antrim Cup going.

Despite the non-appearance of the official referee, Carey coach Raymond McMullan got proceedings underway, and with only seconds on the clock Carey captain Sean McBride made a rare journey from full back to open the scoring with a fine point, this was followed by points from John McBride and Sean McLaughlin for the visitors who were enjoying the early possession, before Eamon McNeill opened the St Marys account. Carey centre half Shay Hunter replied with a pointed 65, but on the tight Rasharkin pitch the home side got into their stride and points from Conor McKeever and McNeill with two more levelled the scores on the 15th minute. The home side were now finding their range and went further ahead with two McNeill pointed frees and McKeever on hand with another, shay hunter kept his side in the game with a point from a free to leave the halftime score 0.7 to 0.5 for the Rasharkin men.

The opening quarter of the second half was a tough and feisty affair with the Carey defence of Sean McBride, Shay Hunter and Gerry McBride restricting the St Mary’s attack to long range efforts, the Faughs started to make their presence felt with McLaughlin and Shay Hunter reducing the arrears, an Eamon McNeill point gave the home side the lead again only to be cancelled out with a similar score from Carey’s Fiahra McVeigh. The team to find the net first in this close affair were always going to hold the advantage and this fell to Carey’s Sean McLaughlin in the 47th minute when he gave James O’Mullan no chance with his close range effort. Despite a Donagh Quigg point for the hosts, Carey who now were controlling midfield with Caolan McCaughan and Nat Hunter added further points through McBride and McLaughlin, and although Eamon McNeill added another point the game was sealed with a 59th minute Dan Martin goal when he latched on to a long ball from the impressive Shay Hunter, to leave the points going back to the coast.

RASHARKIN:  J O’Mullan, l Tunney, A McKeever, C Doherty, D Doherty, D McKay, J Sally, E McCarran, T McMullan, A Darragh, C McKeever, D Quigg, Donaghy, E McNeill, D Hasson.

CAREY: C Butler, G McBride, S McBride, M Hunter, M McVeigh, S Hunter, P McVeigh, N Hunter, C McCaughan, S McLaughlin, J McBride, P Butler, P

Gillian, D McGowan, F McVeigh.
 

ACHL Division 3 Carey Faughs v Gort na Mona

From SaffronGael website
Carey Faughs 2-17 Gort na Mona 0-8

Carey bounced back to winning ways after last week’s setback, with a victory over a dogged and tough Gort na Mona outfit. Despite dominating most of the game the home side made “heavy weather” of securing victory on a difficult surface, but getting back on the winning trail was their main aim in this game and they will be very satisfied that they have done just that.
The Faughs made a lively start and held a 4 point lead by the end of
the first quarter, with two points from Fiahra McVeigh, three from the
brilliant James ‘Rocket Black’ and points apiece from John McBride and young Patrick Gillian, who was making his senior debut. Dessie McLean kept the Gorts on track with three pointed frees but further points from Black, Paddy Butler, Sean McLaughlin, Fiahra McVeigh and a couple from Shay Hunter gave the Faughs an eight point half time cushion (0.13 to 0.5)
The second-half started with the visitors showing that they were determined to give the Faughs a run for their money and Dessie McClean reduced the deficit to six as he knocked over two unanswered frees.
After dominating the first half the home side were struggling to find their rhythm, but a brilliant point from centre back James Mc Couaig from all of 80metre seemed to settle the men in green. The visitors were in no mood to give up the fight however and McLean tagged on another couple of frees for the Gorts to keep his side within striking distance’
The stylish Black knocked over another point, and when the same player set up Darren McGowan for a Carey goal on the 54th minute the destiny of the league points was secured. A further Butler point, followed by a goal from the Rocket himself added to the home side’s dominance and sealed the much needed win.
Despite their efforts the Turf Lodge men they had only a Darren Boyd
point from play and seven pointed frees from McLean to their credit
For Carey James McCouaig at centre half had a great hour while midfielder Caolan McCaughan covered a lot of ground, while up front Fiahra McVeigh and James Black were in fine form. Carey scorers F Mc Veigh 0.3; P Butler 0.2; P Gillian 0.1; J McBride
0.1; J McCouaig 0.1; S Hunter 0.2; S McLaughlin 0.1; D McGowan 1.0 and J Black 1.6.
Carey – C Butler, D Hill, S McBride, M Hunter, M McVeigh J McCouaig, P McVeigh, S McLaughlin, J McBride, J Black, F McVeigh, S Hunter, P Gillan

Gortnamona P McCann, C Connley, G McKenna, B Cousins, D Hughes, P McHugh, G Doyle, D Cahill, T McCaffrey, D Boyd, B Ward, P McErlain, P McCaffrey, D McLean, P Scullion.
Referee – Ryan O’Reilly (Con Magees)
 

Countess of Antrim Cup Ballycastle v Carey Faughs

From Saffron Gael website
Ballycastle 0-5 Carey Faughs 5-15
 

Minor Hurling Championship Final

Dunloy Cuchullains 1-16 Naomh Padraig 0-8
By Brendan McTaggart

Dunloy made it three minor championship crowns in succession in Ballycastle on Sunday afternoon with an 11 point victory over Naomh Padraig.  Despite losing influential half back Paddy Graffin to a straight red card in the 19th minute, the Cuchullains never looked like losing.  In fairness, going down to 14 men seemed to help the Dunloy men, up until that point Naomh Padraig were more than a match for the Cuchullains but a virtuoso display from Ronan Molloy and a Sean O’Neill goal in the second half ensured the Cuchullains would be celebrating an unprecedented treble.

The Cuchullains came into the game without the services of their star forward Seaan Elliott who has a suspected ACL injury.  Neither side hit the ground running in the opening quarter, it was the resilience of the Naomh Padraig defence and the threat of Daniel Martin and Conor McBride in attack who were prominent in the opening exchanges.

Despite scoring the opening point of the final in the sixth minute thanks to Ronan Molloy’s first point of 10 throughout the hour, the Cuchullains were trailing after the tenth minute when Conor McHugh and James Morgan gave Naomh Padraig a deserving lead.  Molloy added his second soon after before Conor McBride gave Naomh Padraig the lead once more in the 13th minute and while a brace of scores from Molloy and Smyth gave the Cuchullains the lead once again, the final was about to change.

Paddy Graffin and Liam O’Hara were having a tough battle throughout the first half with both getting the upper-hand on different occasions.  Graffin overstepped the mark though in the 19th minute when he pulled O’Hara’s helmet off by the faceguard.  Referee Paul O’Neill was alerted to the incident by his linesman and Graffin’s final was cut short.

It should have given the Naomh Padraig men a lift.  They came into the match as underdogs and had more than held their own in the opening exchanges but instead, going down to 14 men helped to focus the young Cuchullains and they never looked behind them.  Ryan McFarlane dropped into the half back line to cover the hole left with Graffin’s sending off and the transition was seemless.  Full back Aaron Crawford was coming to terms with the physical presence of Martin on the edge of the square while Deaglan Smyth was finding more room around the midfield.

Three points from the impressively accurate Ronan Molloy, two from frees, gave the Cuchullains a four point lead before Naomh Padraig registered their first score in 14 minutes when David Kilgore split the posts.

The Cuchullains ended the half superbly though and a brace of points from Molloy, taking his tally to eight for the half before Smyth scored his second of the match to give Dunloy a six point lead at the short whistle.

Naomh Padraig will have left the field at half time wondering how they let the Cuchullains get away from them in the opening 30 minutes but the Cuchullains proved their worth in the final ten minutes of the first half scoring six points to Naomh Padraig’s one after going down to 14 men.

Naomh Padriag needed a fast start when the game restarted but instead it was the Cuchullains who fired the opening score, Smyth with his third of the match.  Ciaran McCormick-McKenna was playing as a sweeper but the Dunloy half back line and midfield were turning every ball send their way with Ryan McGarry in particular outstanding.  A trio of wides from the Cuchullains with a couple of uncharacteristic errors from placed ball by Molloy kept the Naomh Padraig challenge alive but when Sean O’Neill scored the Cuchullains goal in the 42nd minute, the writing was on the wall.  A long ball played into the corner was gathered superbly by Anton McGrath.  The Dunloy forward had been playing well throughout the match without much reward but he cut through the Naomh Padraig defence before finding O’Neill in space.  O’Neill lashed the sliotar to the back of Timothy Burns net and with 18 minutes remaining the Cuchullains had a strong grip on the minor crown.

A Darren McGowan free from inside his own half gave Naomh Padraig their opening score of the second half but a brace of scores from the Cuchullains dynamic duo of Smyth and Molloy made sure the momentum stayed with the Dunloy men.

As the game wore into the closing stages, Naomh Padraig went in search for goals and there were times when the Cuchullains defence was tested to its fullest.  Martin brought the best out of Adam Mooney, the Dunloy ‘keeper showing superb reflexes to beat away his goal bound effort but the Cuchullains remained on top all over the field.

David Kilgore and Conor McBride raised white flags for their side but scores from Callum Scullion, Molloy and substitute Rory Mullan ensured the Cuchullains would be celebrating at the full-time whistle.

A comfortable victroy in the end for the Cuchullains but credit must be given to the Naomh Padraig men and their management who despite their club being in their infancy, were competing in their second minor final in three years.  Unfortunately, on both occasions they have come up short against the Cuchullains who continue with their dominance at the age group.

Dunloy: Adam Mooney; Paddy Kinsella; Aaron Crawford; Eoin McMullan; Paddy Graffin; Ryan McGarry; Eoin McGrath; Callum Scullion; Ronan Molloy; Ryan McFarlane; Liam McCann; Deaglan Smith; Nathan Richmond; Sean O’Neill; Anton McGrath

Naomh Padraig: Timothy Burns; Emmett O’Hara; Tiarnán McGlynn; Ciarán McCormick-McKenna; Jack McKay; Darren McGowan; Patrick; Conor McHugh; Tomás Scally; Liam O’Hara; James Morgan; Callum Campbell; Conor McBride; Daniel Martin; David Kilgore

SCORERS

Dunloy: Ronan Molloy 0-10 (4 frees, 2 ‘65’s); Deaglan Smyth 0-4; Sean O’Neill 1-00; Callum Scullion 0-1 (1 free); Rory Mullan 0-1

Naomh Padraig: Conor McBride 0-3; David Kilgore 0-2; James Morgan 0-1; Conor McHugh 0-1; Darren McGowan 0-1 (1 free)

Referee: Paul O’Neill (Creggan)