Longstone GAC Notes
(Saturday, May 04)
ACL I: Rostrevor 1-13 Longstone 1-7
*Monday evening of last week saw Longstone and Rostrevor battle it out at Petit Pk in the league, but the result was never really in doubt from early in the second half. After 6 minutes of the game it was 2-2 and both teams seemed to be settling into the game, however, the home team scored the next four points to lead 6-2 and were gaining in confidence. The visitors did respond with a Ryan McDowell point in the 16th minute to trial by three points, but failed to score for the remainder of the half, with a number of wides racked up which drained the confidence from the team. In the 18th and 20th minutes Rostrevor’s Gary Magee scored his 3rd and 4th point of the game, all from play, which proved to be the last scores of the half, which made it 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time.
*Rostrevor started the second period well and scored 1-2 between the 4th and 8th minutes to lead 1-10 to 0-3. The goal was scored by Ritchie Reynolds and the build-up included a soccer-style dummy, reminiscent of Pele at the 1970 World Cup when he ran around the goalkeeper. In fairness to Longstone the visitors rallied somewhat after this and had their most productive spell over the rest of the third quarter, scoring three points to reduce the deficit to seven, but again missed opportunities hurt the visitors. Rostrevor scored the next two points, both from play, and in between these had a Joe Fegan penalty saved by John-Paul Haughian, to lead 1-12 to 0-6 with ten minutes left. Longstone grabbed their goal, through a Conor Doran penalty, shortly after this to leave six between the sides. And the teams exchanged points just before the end to round off the scoring. Once Rostrevor established a sizeable lead they were able to keep their opponents at arm’s length, and their were impressive performances from Turlough Murphy, Sean Parr and Gary Magee, who scored five points form play. Longstone never rose to any great heights in this game, but their were good, consistent performances form Cormac Poland and Kieran Rogers, and it was good to see Ambrose Rogers, introduced into the action early in the second half, make his first competitive appearance this year.
Rostrevor: Johnny Parr, Turlough Murphy, Michael Boyle, Jarlath Farrell, Sean Magee, Chris Magee, Conor Clarke, Sean Parr 0-2, Gary Magee 0-5, Damian Magee 0-3, 3 frees, Declan Magee, Conor Fegan, Brian Keenan 0-1, Joe Fegan 0-1, Ritchie Reynolds 1-0. Sub used: Conor Doyle 0-1.
Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Darren McDowell, Cormac Poland, Kieran Rogers, Michael Hughes, John Magee, Daithi Young, Gary Trainor 0-1, Conor Doran 1-3, 5 frees, Steven Doran, Mark Poland, Malachy Trainor, Colin Burden, Ryan Kelly 0-2, 1 free, Ryan McDowell 0-1. Subs used: Ambrose Rogers, Tiarnan Haughian.
Referee: Con Reynolds.
*The club minors were away to Drumaness last week, on the Tuesday evening, and recorded a good win 8-7 to 3-6. Jamie McComb at full-back was very impressive and was aided by Padraig Fegan and Conor Kelly in the full-back line, winning good possession and working it out first time. Sean Mullan and Tony Young were formidable in defence. Upfield Daithi Young, who showed good leadership throughout, Pearse Trimble, Paul Gilmore and Dean Haughian won a lot of possession including break-ball and often took the right option moving the ball accurately first time. Tiarnan Fegan, Aidan Rogers and Gareth McDowell showed well for the ball at all times around the full-forward line and made good use of the ball. Overall, it was a very good team performance with work-rate and ability to win back possession especially impressive.
*Our U-16s were home to Drumaness on Thursday and put in a good display to win the game, 7-8 to 4-2. Defenders of Owen Haughian, Owen Rogers and Ryan Rafferty were great all evening at winning possession of the ball, and fellow backs, Sean Mullan and Tony Young, also showed good leadership and caught the eye on several occasions with their assured fielding and ball handling skills. The midfield pairing of Dean Haughian and Aidan Rogers won many kick-outs and worked the ball in early to the forwards, in particular, Tiarnan Fegan, who laid the ball off time and again to team mates for scores. The subs used, Andrew McVeigh, Ronan Harrison and Callum McDowell all played their part in the team’s good performance too.
*The U-12 footballers took the field against Rostrevor at half-time of the senior game last week and played well in front of a large attendance. Thanks to everyone for getting the players to the game on time.
* On Monday of last week the U-10s played their second game in the U-10 Mourne league away to Ballymartin, again performing very well maintaining their good form and enthusiasm for playing football. U-10 practice this Saturday on the Valley Rd. pitch 3.30-4.30pm.
*Upcoming games: Thursday Seniors v Bryansford (h) 7.30pm; Sunday Seniors v Annaclone (a) 3pm; Monday U-14s v Baileghlas (h) 7.30pm; Tuesday Minors v St Pauls (a) 7.30pm & U-14 camogie v Mayobridge (h); Wednesday 15th U-14s v Clann na Derg (h) 7.15pm.
*Congratulations to the Down minor camogie team which won the All Ireland B Shield final recently with a win over Waterford in Ashbourne, Co.Meath. The Longstone representativess are Niamh Rogers, who scored 1-1, and Sean Rogers, Roisin Rogers and Ann Rogers, team selectors.
*Longstone Golf Classic on Sunday May 26 at Kilkeel Golf Club. Will anyone who wants to play or sponsor a hole, tee or make a donation please contact Sean Haughian 07708 273223 or Michael Haughian 07974 928115.