ACL I: Longstone 2-10 Bryansford 1-10.
*The senior team put in a good performance in their third game of the season on Friday at home to Bryansford. At half-time the score was 1-5 to 0-5 for the visitors and the last action of the first half was a well executed shot to the corner of the net from Chris Clarke. However, during the first ten minutes of the second period Longstone scored 2-2, the goals coming from Michael Ireland, a deft fisted effort, and a penalty from Barry Doran, to put the home team into the lead by five points. A missed penalty by Barry Doran, his shot hitting the post, would have stretched the lead to eight points in the 20th minute of the half. Bryansford rallied a little during the last ten minutes to close the gap to two but a point from Barry Doran in injury time was the last score and the home team had won the points.
Longstone: Colin Trainor, Conor Smyth, Eamonn Quinn, Darren McDowell, Malachy Trainor, Mark Doran, Cormac Poland 0-3, Gary Trainor 0-1, John Magee, Steven Doran 0-1, Barry Doran 1-4(1-0pen,0-1free), Mark Poland, Michael Ireland 1-0, Ambrose Rogers 0-3, Ciaran Doran 0-1. Subs used: Ryan McDowell.
Bryansford scorers: Chris Clarke 1-2, Danny Savage & Chris Brannigan 0-3 each, Kallum King 0-2.
Referee: Jim Burns.
*Our Minors were defeated away to Drumgath last Tuesday. Longstone were short several players, but the team did play below par. There were good performances from Jamie McComb, Gareth McDowell and Michael Trimble.
*The U-16s were home to Glenn on Thursday evening and the team played very well from No.1 to 15 to win by three points. There was great work-rate in terms of defending and good movement when the team was on the attack. The players moved the ball first time which helped achieve the victory and leading by example were Gareth McDowell, Dean Haughian and Michael McAstocker.
*Longstone U-14s got their league campaign off to a winning start at home against a very tough and determined Atticall team. The first half was an end to end affair with the visitors going in 1 point up at the break. The Stone got off to a good start in the second period as they played with more shape, and created space up front. The home team threatened to pull away from their opponents, but for some wayward shooting. Atticall took full advantage of this and with a minute left fought back to within two points of the home side. The players could have panicked, but some great team play that left Karl Haughian with the opportunity to put the game beyond the visitors, which he duly did by blasting the ball to the top corner of the net to give the team a hard earned 5 point victory over a well organised Atticall team. Joseph Young played with lots of skill and determination despite the fact he was feeling unwell. In attack Andrew McComb made an impressive U-14 debut. Congratulations must go to the newly appointed and popular choices for U-14 captain, Eoin Rodgers, and vice-captain, Mathew McAstocker. Well done to the two lads and the team mentors are sure they can inspire all the players to progress as a team this season.
*The U-10’s kicked off their season in the Mourne League last Monday evening with a winning performance away to Atticall. In the second game both teams served up an exciting and skilful contest.
*On Saturday Longstone hosted a South Down Go games U-8 Blitz made up of three clubs, Burren, Glasdrumman and Longstone, and six teams between the clubs. Thankfully the weather was suitable and there was plenty of football for all the players to improve their skills and gain experience in playing in a team. It was an enjoyable event and thanks to the clubs for their full and sporting participation, and to everyone who helped in the organisation and running of the tournament.
*Camogie Notes: On Saturday the Longstone U-12 Camogie team travelled to Clonduff for the last of this year’s South Down Blitzes. They had strong opposition from Portaferry, Clonduff and Bredagh, but our very young side fought fire with fire with a terrific display of skill, talent and determination. The Longstone side consisted of: Katie, Orianna, Taylor, Caitlin, Tierna, Sarah, Orla, Saoirse, Aine, Linden, Holly, Tara and Morgan. Well done girls!
*Good luck to Down minor camogs in the All Ireland ‘C’ championship Final due to take place this Saturday, including Longstone player Niamh Rogers and mentors Sean, Roisin and Ann Rogers. It would be encouraging if some Longstone supporters could make it to the final to cheer on the team.
*Upcoming Fixtures: Sun U-12 v An Riocht (a)-to be confirmed- 11am & Res v Drumgath (a)/ Mon U-14 v Bosco (h) 7pm.
*Minor and U-16 football practice continues this Saturday in Longstone at 3pm. Kieran Rooney will contact the players should there be any changes.
*U-14 football practice every Saturday at the Valley Rd. pitch from 4-5.15pm.
*The Reserves should finally get their playing season started this Sunday with a game away to Drumgath at 6.30pm. Next Senior game is over two weeks away, on Friday May 18, home to Ballyholland.
*Next Friday, May 11, there will be a County Teams Open Night, for supporters of all ages to attend, throughout the 32 counties from 7-8.30pm. More details of Down’s night next week.
*Sale on the following club merchandise: T-shirts and tracksuits for various children’s sizes and Adult tracksuits. Club football socks and shorts, Juvenile up to Seniors, also available. Contact Dympna Rooney 078284 57610.
*Longstone GAC Golf Classic will take place on Friday, May 25, at Kilkeel Golf Club. To enter a team please contact Ashleen Poland, Michael Haughian, Hugh Trainor, Wilfred Rogers or Dympna Rooney 078284 57610.
*Numbers 13, 17, 21, 26. Four matched three. Jackpot £6300 on Sunday night.