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  • Nipper Quinn Final – Mac Dáibhéid 2-15 Naomh Pól 5-8

    This was a pulsating Nipper Quinn final between two evenly matched sides. The standard of hurling was incredible with all the attributes of quality hurling on display for the large contingent of supporters from both sides; first touch, catching, striking, hooking, blocking and score taking.

    Naomh Pól opened the scoring with a well-taken point but we immediately responded with a nice point from K Gorman. S. Smyth pointed a long range free put us into the lead but Naomh Pól then struck the first goal of the day and followed up with a point to open up a goal advantage. This didn’t knock us out of our stride and points from S. Smyth (0-2) and C. Mulligan soon had us back on level terms. Both sides traded further points with M. Jones on the mark with a point following a pinpoint pass, which he took on the run and his shot sailed over the bar. We finished the half strongly and further points from S. Smyth, one free and a 65 gave us a 2-point half time lead 0-8 to 1-3.

    Naomh Pól reduced the deficit with a point on the restart but as in the first half, K. Gorman responded to maintain our 2-point advantage. A brace of Naomh Pól points, one from a 65 brought the sides level but again K. Gorman pointed to edge us back into the lead. Naomh Pól then enjoyed a profitable spell in the game with three goals, however, points from S Smyth, (0-4) and A. Downey left a goal between the sides. A rasping shot to the back of the Naomh Pól net from S. Smyth then brought the sides level again and set up a pulsating finale to an excellent game. Naomh Pól added further points to gain the upper hand but P. Walsh struck the sliotar past the Naomh Pól keeper to give us the minimum lead. Naomh then replied with their fifth goal of the afternoon to move back into the lead and with the clock, ticking down we gave it one final effort. We were awarded a free in front of the goal and as S. Smyth stepped up to take it, he had no other option but to go for goal. He struck the sliotar with ferocity towards the Naomh Pól net but it was well stopped on the goal line and as the sliotar was cleared up field, the referee called time with Naomh Pól the winners on a score of 2-15 to 5-8.

    While the players were despondent after the game they should be applauded for the effort and commitment they have shown and the enjoyment, entertainment and buzz they have created around the club. They are a credit to their coaches, mentors and parents. There will be other winning days in the future, for sure.

    Congratulations to Naomh Pól on their win.

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  • IFC – Group 1 – Mac Dáibhéid 0-10 Tir Na nÓg 2-19

    The senior footballers were soundly beaten in this round four encounter of the Intermediate Football Championship at Páirc Mac Dáibhéid by a very good Randalstown team.

    Padraig McParland opened the scoring with a pointed free but Tir Na nÓg levelled before taking advantage of a misplaced kick out to score the opening goal of the day. They tagged on a further point before Padraig McParland landed a nice point to leave a goal between the sides. The Randalstown outfit then produced some outstanding football to open up an 8-point margin as we struggled to deal with their constant wave of attack. We steadied the ship and further points from Padraig McParland, (0-2) and Aaron Slane left the score 0-5 to 1-7 at the first water break. On the restart Tir Na nÓg moved up a gear and put the game to bed before half time as they kicked a further 1-5 to take a half time lead 0-5  to 2-12.

    The second half fizzled out as a contest and while we added points from Caoimhin Slane, Michael Connolly (0-2) and Padraig McParland (0-2) Tir Na nÓg kept the score board ticking over to win on a deserved score line of 0-10 to 2-19.

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    Scorers: Padraig McParland 0-6, Michael Connolly 0-2, Caoimhin Slane 0-1 and Aaron Slane 0-1

  • JHC – Group 1 – Round 3 – Naomh Uile 1-17 Mac Dáibhéid 3-11

    The senior hurlers needed a win to have an outside chance of advancing to the semi-final stages of the Junior Hurling Championship but in a keenly contested game with Naomh Uile came away with their second draw in the group stages. It was a highly entertaining game with both teams enjoying periods of dominance with the lead changing on several occasions. However, on the day we didn’t manage to get across the finishing line with the only consolation knowing that we wouldn’t have qualified for the semis even with the win as Lamh Dhearg defeated Ros Earcain to top the group with Ros Earcain taking the runners up spot.

  • JHC – Group 1 – Round 2 – Mac Dáibhéid 2-12 Lamh Dhearg 1-15

    This was a rousing encounter with no quarter given, which went right to the wire when a last gasp goal gave us a share of the spoils.

    The opening point of the game went to Lamh Dhearg from a close in free before Marcas Toner opened our account with a point following good work from Alan Rainey in defence. Both teams then matched each other, point for point as Lamh Dhearg tagged on 0-4 (0-3f) while Don Whelan, Stephen McGivern, Marcas Toner and Anton McLaughlin were all on the mark to tie the scores at 0-5 apiece. Don Whelan then edged us into the lead as he converted a long range free after a foul on Anton McLaughlin. Another Marcas Toner point from the left sideline extended our advantage but Lamh Dhearg replied with a point to reduce the deficit to the minimum. We finished the half well and another two points from Don Whelan gave us a half time lead 0-9 to 0-6.

    We picked up the tempo on the restart and the sliotar ended up in the Lamh Dhearg net, with several players claiming they got the final touch. Marcas Toner clipped over another 2 points giving us a commanding 8-point advantage. However, we then lost the services of Thomas Maguire who received a second yellow and this seemed to give the Hannahstown side renewed impetus. We were guilty of conceding frees in scoring positions and were duly punished as Lamh Dhearg chipped away at the lead to reduce the deficit to a single point. Don Whelan then pointed but another brace of pointed frees from Lamh Dhearg levelled the game and when they blasted the sliotar to the net it looked like they had snatched an unlikely victory. Credit to our lads for battling away and we were rewarded with a free in the dying seconds around 55 metres out. Don Whelan stepped up and struck a head high delivery goal wards, which somehow deceived everyone, and the sliotar found the back of the net. As the Lamh Dhearg keeper pucked the sliotar out, the referee called time to proceedings with the final score 2-12 to 1-15.

    This was definitely a game that got away from us, we were in a commanding position but gave away too many frees and were made to pay as 0-11 of the Lamh Dhearg scores came from frees.

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    Scorers: Marcas Toner 0-5, Don Whelan 1-5, Stephen McGivern 0-1, Anton McLaughlin 0-1, An other 1-0

  • JHC – Group 1 – Round 1 – Ros Earcain 2-18 Mac Dáibhéid 1-11

    This opening group game in the Junior Hurling Championship was a very tight affair as both teams went at it hammer and tong from the start with the game tied at 0-5 apiece after 16 minutes. Our scores came from Don Whelan who pointed 0-2 from frees, one from inside his own half, Canice Mooney, Stephen McGivern, also from inside his own half, and Marcas Toner. Ros Earcain edged a point in front to lead 0-6 to 0-5 at the first water break. We were back level on the resumption with another Don Whelan pointed free before Peter Carleton finished off a great passage of play involving Canice Mooney and Anthony Rowntree as he blasted the sliotar to the back of the net. Further points from Stephen McGivern a Marcas Toner gave us a much deserved half-time lead 1-8 to 0-6.

    It was Ros Earcain who dominated proceedings on the restart as they clawed their way back into the game and after 10 minutes of the second half had wiped out the deficit scoring 1-5 unanswered. A Marcas Toner point reduced the lead to two but Ros Earcain continued to pick off the points and two further points put them in a strong position with 10 minutes to go. Again, Marcas Toner pointed but the final blow came when Ros Earcain scored their second goal to dent any hopes of a comeback. From here on, Ros Earcain saw the game out adding 5 further points with our response a single point from Marcas Toner.

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    Scorers: Don Whelan 0-3, Canice Mooney 0-1, Stephen McGivern 0-2, Marcas Toner 0-5 and Peter Carleton 1-0

  • IFC – Group 1 – Naomh Uile 1-13 Mac Dáibhéid 1-6

    The senior footballers were well in this Round 3, Intermediate Championship tie and it took a late Naomh Uile goal to break our resistance as we eventually went down by 7 points.

    Both teams kicked early points from frees with Gerard Slane on the mark, to see Naomh Uile edge in front 0-2 to 0-1. At this stage, we were playing some nice football and causing Naomh Uile plenty of problems and were rewarded with a goal from the penalty spot from Michael Connolly. We stretched our advantage with points from Aaron Slane, who gave a short free, took the return and split the posts and the point of the half from Marcas Toner to deservedly lead 1-3 to 0-2. However, Naomh Uile played their way back into the game and finished the half on the front foot, kicking five unanswered points to hold a single point advantage at the half time whistle 0-7 to 1-3 .

    Naomh Uile kicked the first point of the second half but a Gerard Slane pointed free kept the minimum between the sides. Ballymena then took control and opened up a 4-point advantage with three well-worked points, before another Gerard Slane point kept us in touch. We then had a great opportunity for a goal but the Naomh Uile defence snuffed out the danger. The killer blow came late in the game when the ball was played across the square and the oncoming Naomh Uile forward palmed to the net to break. Chris Rafferty kicked a consolation point and Naomh Uile concluded the game with a further to points to maintain their unbeaten record in the group.

    Scorers: Gerard Slane 0-3, Michael Connolly 1-0, Aaron Slane 0-1, Marcas Toner 0-1 and Chris Rafferty 0-1

  • IFC – Group 1 – Mac Dáibhéid 1-9 Ciceam Ard Eoin 0-11

    The senior footballers took the spoils in this their second group match of the Intermediate Football Championship, at home to Ciceam Ard Eoin yesterday. In a keenly contested match, we came out on the right side of the result winning by the minimum margin.

    Scores were hard to come by early on with both defences on top and at the first water break both sides had only registered two points apiece. Ciceam Ard Eoin’s scores came from frees while Chris Gallagher was on the mark for us after a good spell of possession football and CJ Sullivan levelled after taking on several defenders and firing over the bar. We continued to enjoy plenty of possession and started to reap the dividends as Aaron Slane kicked two quality points from frees and Michael Connolly weighed in with a nice effort from the left side. However, our lead was short lived as Ciceam Ard Eoin bounced back with three points (two frees) to level the game. Conor Toner then restored our lead as he charged up field played a one two, took the return pass and split the posts. As the game went into first half injury time Ciceam Ard Eoin equalised with another pointed free to leave it all square at the break 0-6 to 0-6.

    Ciceam Ard Eoin went a point in front on the restart but Caoimhin Slane responded with a long range effort to again bring the sides level. Another Ciceam Ard Eoin point edged them in front but a Danny Wallace rasping shot found the back of the Ciceam Ard Eoin net to give us the advantage. We followed up with further points from frees from Aaron and Gerard Slane and it appeared this had been the decisive move that would give us the win. As the clocked ticked down Ciceam Ard Eoin staged a final effort, and with three quick fire points, the deficit was down to one. In the dying seconds, they had one final opportunity to get something from the game but the shot came back of the upright and we had done enough to hold on for the win 1-9 to 0-11.

    Scorers: Chris Gallagher 0-1, CJ Sullivan 0-1, Aaron Slane 0-3, Michael Connolly 0-1, Conor Toner 0-1, Caoimhin Slane 0-1, Danny Wallace 1-0, Gerard Slane 0-1

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