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August 22

posted 24 Aug 2011, 14:42 by dencotter@hotmail.com

ACL I:             Mayobridge 2-13       Longstone 0-14

*St Patrick’s Pk., Mayobridge, was the venue on Sunday for the senior game against Mayobridge. And for the second game in a row Longstone conceded two goals to make it difficult for themselves against their opponents. Mayobridge started better and led by five as the first half progressed, but by half-time Longstone were back in contention and trailed by two points, 0-7 to 1-6. Midway through the second period Longstone were leading by two points and the game was there for the taking. However, Mayobridge quickly regained the lead and took advantage of Longstone mistakes and squandered opportunities, to push on from this position and make sure of the win.

Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Eamonn Quinn, John Magee, Darren McDowell,  Michael Hughes, Adrian Trainor, Cormac Poland, Conor Poland, Ambrose Rogers, Stephen Doran 0-4, Barry Doran 0-1, Mark Doran 0-1, Ciaran Doran 0-1, Michael Ireland 0-4, Mark Poland 0-2.

*Last Wednesday Longstone exited the senior championship in the refixture against Burren at Pairc Esler. As in the first game Longstone conceded an early goal, with little pressure put on the scorer beforehand, but they recovered well to draw level, 8-8, with five minutes left in the first half. A late flurry of Burren scores gave them the upper hand at half-time, leading 2-7 to 1-5. Longstone just about kept in touch during the second half and trailed by five after the impressive Michael Ireland confidently fired over in the 47th minute. Then in the 50th minute of the game Ambrose Rogers and Mark Doran worked a move which ended with the latter shooting to the net to put just two between the teams and we now had a game. It was end to end stuff for the last ten minutes but only three further points, Burren’s two to Longstone’s one. Burren showed the greater composure and made fewer mistakes when in possession to go through to the quarter-finals.

*Longstone minors played at home to Banbridge on Tuesday evening. All players played well, and with the help of a converted last minute penalty won the game by a point. This was their last league game of the season and despite a significant number of injuries throughout the campaign, the Longstone team always gave their best to finish runners-up in the division.

*Our U-16s were home to Glenn in series 2 of the championship. At half-time the score was 2-4 to 1-3 in Longstone’s favour, and gradually the home team pulled away to win 6-8 to 3-5. It was a very good team performance with players such as John Trimble, Gareth McDowell, Pearse Trimble and Daithi Young leading the way for their team-mates. Tyrone Poland, in his first U-16 game, also impressed. Well done lads and try to keep the teamwork and effort up for the rest of the season.

*The U-15 Og Sport finished up on Sunday in Pairc Thomas Russell, Downpatrick. The Longstone team gave a good account of themselves and were defeated in the semi-final of the Shield.

*The U-14s were defeated by nine points away to An Riocht on Monday evening in series 3 of the championship.

*On Saturday the club’s U-12 team took part in the Pat Doyle Memorial Tournament hosted by Liatroim. Longstone did very well to win the Shield title with an exciting 7-4 win over Clonduff, who had defeated Longstone in the group stages of the competition. Every player gave their best to achieve this success, namely, Taylor Poland, Eve Haughian, Andrew McVeigh, Lee Haughian, Ronan Harrison, Finn McElroy-Banjo, Conor Shields, Carl Haughian, Jordan Doran and Andrew McComb.

*Longstone U-14 Camogs played two games last week. On Sunday past they played Castlewellan in the County Shield Final and matched their opponents for three quarters of the game on the field and scoreboard. However, Castlewellan struck four goals in the last quarter to take the tile on a 7-7 to 4-3 scoreline. Well done to all involved with this team on reaching the final and playing at a high level all year. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday evening, Longstone were at home to Atticall in their last game of the season in Section 1 of the U-14 League and they had it all to play for as they went into the game as joint league leaders with the visitors, but with Atticall having a game in hand.  Atticall were the only team to beat Longstone in the league prior to this so they were favourites to claim the points but the hosts did not let this deter them.  Straight from the throw in Longstone got down to business with Niamh Rogers netting for the homeside with the sliotar coming off her boot rather than the caman. Courtney McComb and Danielle Corrigan followed this up with 2 goals apiece but Atticall replied with a goal and a point. Courtney McComb then added another point for the home side before the half-time whistle. The second half started pretty much as the first half finished with Longstone straight into attack.  Louise Quinn was absolutely superb for the home side sweeping up the ball on the centre half back line and giving a great supply to the forwards who capitalised on this with Niamh Rogers, Aoife McDowell and Courtney McComb all adding to the home score.  Ruth Collins was consistent as ever in midfield and was duly rewarded when she also recorded another point for Longstone and Aisling Trimble was outstanding in goals pulling off a number of saves and keeping a clean sheet in the second half.  All in all this was a terrific team performance from Longstone and they now face Atticall once again in a play-off for the winner of Section 1.

*Congratulations to St Joseph’s Pipe Band, Longstone, who won the All Ireland Fleadh title in their competition at Breffni Pk., Cavan, on Sunday. A great achievement by all connected with the Band.

*Upcoming games:  Sun U-12 v Ballymartin (h) 11am/ Tues Min v Tullylish (h) 7.15pm.

*U-8 football practice in Longstone this Saturday at 3.30pm

*Anyone who put their name down for the Cookery & Basic Computer classes to be held in Longstone must come to Longstone Hall on Wednesday September 7 at 7pm to enrol for either course.

*Congratulations to the Down camogie team who won their junior All Ireland semi-final against Meath on Saturday. The Junior final, the county’s first since 1991, will be played on Sunday, September 11, against Waterford.

*Condolences to the family of Sean Doran, Belfast and formerly of Longstone, a past Longstone player who passed away last week, and also to Paddy Mallon and family, on the passing of his father Daniel Mallon last month. May they rest in peace.

*Numbers 2, 6, 14, 26. Three matched 3. Sunday’s Jackpot £5300.