Longstone GAC Notes
(Sunday, June 09)
ACL I: Burren 0 -18 Longstone 1-10
*These two sides renewed rivalries at St Mary’s Pk. on Friday evening. Longstone were in a good position leading by four points ten minutes into the second half, but Burren finished stronger from therein to win the game. The first half was always a close affair with never more than two points between the teams. Of Longstone’s seven point haul in the first half four were frees and three were from play, scored by Conor Doran, Cormac Poland and Michael Hughes. Burren converted three frees in the same half along with five from play shared by Sean Murdock, Conaill McGovern and Chris Carroll. So at half-time it was 0-8 to 0-7 for the home team.
*The visitors had their best spell of the match in the opening ten minutes of the second half. They dominated possession and won many of the contests around the field and led 1-9 to 0-8 at the end of this spell but it could have been more but for several missed point opportunities. The goal was scored in the 5th minute by Stephen Doran who crashed the ball to the net with great force after a quick exchange of passes between a number of Longstone players. And two frees followed in the 7th and 9th minutes. Some Burren supporters were beginning to get worried with the way game was going, however, a Sean Murdock free in the 11th minute halted Longstone’s momentum and gradually the pendulum swung towards Burren who scored six points between the 17th and 25th minutes to lead 0-15 to 1-9. Ryan Kelly pointed a minute later to give Longstone hope of getting something from this game again. Eamon Toner of Burren scored the next crucial point and there was three separating the team with three minutes of normal time left. Shortly after this Eoin McCartan was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, but Burren were in the ascendancy and scored the last two points of the game in injury time to win by five points.
*Burren had their best spell of the game in the last quarter and Conaill McGovern, Sean Murdock and Eamon McGovern made important contributions throughout the game. Longstone tested Burren in this lively encounter and Cormac Poland and Stephen Doran performed well for the visitors.
Burren: Thomas Beggs, Jamie McGovern, Gerard McGovern, Ryan McGovern, Pauric O’Rourke, Ciaran McGovern, Gerard McCartan, Conaill McGovern 0-2, Eamon Toner 0-1, Eamon McGovern 0-2, Sean Murdock 0-6, 3 frees, Andrew Knapton, Chris Carroll 0-4, 3frees, Eoin McCartan, Shea McArdle 0-2.
Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Kieran Rogers, Cormac Poland 0-1, Eamon Quinn, Michael Hughes 0-1, Conor Smyth, Darren McDowell, John Magee, Gary Trainor, Stephen Doran 1-0, Conor Poland, Malachy Trainor, Conor Doran 0-5, 4 frees, Ryan Kelly 0-3, 3 frees, Mark Doran. 0-1. Subs used: Colin Burden, Ryan McDowell.
Referee: L Smyth.
*The Reserves had two games recently on successive Sundays. The first was away to Burren and after a tough, entertaining game Longstone pulled away in the last ten minutes to win. Pearse Trimble made his debut at adult level and had an accomplished game throughout. The second game was away to Clonduff which was a point for point affair, before the visitors edged ahead towards the end to win by three points. Shane Rodgers made a full return to action and showed some of his good defence qualities.
*Longstone U-16s had two game recently. The first game was away to Darragh Cross and the home team won by a small margin. Longstone had two players who went off injured which influenced the outcome of the game. The other game was home to Ardglass and Longstone performed very well all over the field to win comfortably. The whole defence worked tirelessly and played the ball out well to the forwards. The full-back line of Owen Haughian, Owen Rogers and Ryan Rafferty, in particular, were outstanding. Also Joseph Young was great at winning break ball and in terms of his distribution. Sean Mullan had some great solo runs and used the ball wisely. Tony Young showed a lot of skill n terms of fielding and laid the ball off first time very well. The midfield of Aidan Rogers and Dean Haughian passed well into their forwards to create many scores and led by example in terms of work-rate to win possession back. In the forward line Tiarnan Fegan, Tyrone Poland, Darren Fitzpatrick and Finn McElroy also showed terrific work-rate, as did the subs when introduced, Callum McDowell and Andrew McVeigh.
*The club minors last game was in May before the break for exams was a convincing win at home to Drumclone. The minor team mentors and players wish Daithi Young and Conor Kelly a speedy and complete recovery and look forward to having them back on board when fit for action. Daithi Young was called up to the Down minor panel recently but unfortunately is unavailable due to an injury just prior to the Derry game. Minor and U-16 training this Saturday at Longstone, 3.15 for 3.30pm start.
*The Longstone U-14 camogs travelled to Shamrocks recently for a league match. Longstone proved just too strong for the opposition and came out clear winners on the night. Breanna’s puck-outs soared to the other end of the pitch throughout the game and on the return, defenders Colleen and Aishlin refused to let the ball near the goals. There were the usual scores from Orianna and Taylor, but the real joy of the evening was when the three ‘young guns’ Orla, Sarah and Aine contributed to the final successful result with a goal each of their own. Well done to the U-14s. And also recently Longstone’s U-12 camogie side travelled to Darragh Cross for the last of the county blitzes. They played teams from Warrenpoint, An Riocht, Ballyholland and Ben Dearg. A great day’s camogie was had by all giving these girls the opportunity to put into practice their skills. The team on the day were: Taylor, Tierna, Shannon, Orla, Aine, Kirsty, Tara, Linden, Holly, Morgan, Nicole, Sophie, Sarah and Saoirse. Well done girls and thanks to Patricia for her help.
*The Draws for the Down championships took place recently and there is a new structure for this year’s championships with four round-robin groups. Longstone are in Group D of the SFC and will play Loughinisland, weekend August 8-11, Downpatrick, weekend, August 15-18 and Kilcoo, weekend August 29-September 1.
*Our U-8s took part in South Down Go Games last Saturday in Glenn and fielded two 7-a-side teams in separate groups. All the players gave their best and played at least three games. Thanks to Glenn for hosting the day and the great refreshments afterwards.
*The club U-10 side will take part in the An Riocht Jim Mulholland Cup Football Tournament this Saturday starting at 10.30am and the finals are scheduled for about 3.30pm. Longstone are in Group 4 along with Sarsfields (Antrim), Fingallions (Dublin), Clonduff, Bryansford and Teconnaught. The emphasis of the competition is on enjoyment and the opportunity to play new teams.
*Upcoming games: Thursday Seniors v Castlewellan (h) 7.30pm & U-14 camogie v Ben Dearg (a); Saturday U-10 Jim Mulholland Tournament (An Riocht) 10.30am; Sunday U-12 v Atticall (a) 11am; Tuesday Minors v St John’s (a) 7.30pm.
*Numbers May 26: 10, 14, 25, 26. Two matched 3. June 2: 4, 7, 21, 24. Nine matched 3. June 9: 13, 20, 21, 22. Four Matched 3. Jackpot £6400 on Sunday.