Longstone GAC Notes
(Monday, June 06)
ACL I: Bryansford 2-6 Longstone 0-16
*Longstone recorded their first win of the season on Friday evening at St Patrick’s Pk., Newcastle with a good team performance which gives them hope for the season ahead. The first quarter of the game was a pretty even affair and the visitors led 4-2. However in the 16th minute a blistering run from Bryansford’s Danny Savage set up a goal chance for Ciaran Brannigan which was duly finished to the net. The same player pointed two minutes later and the hosts led 6-4. Subsequently Longstone took over in terms of possession and scored seven points before half-time. Bryansford’s Joe Ireland fired a shot off the crossbar which would have tied the game, but following this miss Longstone scored two more to lead 0-11 to 1-3 at the break. Longstone continued in the same vein at the start of the second half and scored four points by the 13th minute to lead 15-6. During this time the visitors had two penalties. The first occurred in the 2nd minute and was taken by Ciaran Doran, and unlike his last penalty which was converted in a recent game against Burren, his shot was wide. And then in the 10th minute Barry Doran took up the responsibility and his shot was pointed, maybe intentionally. It looked like there would be only one winner at this stage. Over the next fifteen minutes the scores dried up somewhat although Bryansford clipped over three points to trail 1-6 to 0-15. Then in the 3oth minute a high ball into the Stone penalty area was well fielded by Kalum King and he quickly finished to the net and it was a three point game. During the next stage of play the Ford had a really good chance for a goal but the shot was bravely blocked by Mark Doran close to the line. Longstone breathed again and went up the field to score the insurance point through Michael Ireland in injury time. Longstone put in their best performance of the season and there were good performances from many players including Eamon Quinn, Michael Hughes, Norman McComb, Stephen Doran, Barry Doran and Michael Ireland. Bryansford’s best time in the game was during the last quarter but it was too late with their most consistent being Philip Bonny, Danny Savage and Ciaran Brannigan.
Longstone: Colin Trainor, Eamon Quinn, John Magee, Glen Burden, Michael Hughes, Conor Smyth, Mark Doran, Norman McComb, Conor Poland, Stephen Doran 0-4, Barry Doran 0-3, Mark Poland 0-2, Ciaran Doran 0-1, Michael Ireland 0-3, Ryan Kelly 0-3. Subs used: Adrian Trainor, Barry Kelly, Gary Trainor.
Bryansford: Peter Travers, Jim Magorrian, Stephen Toner, Ryan McDonald, David McKibbin, Daniel McDonald, Jonathan Cunningham, Joe Ireland, Philip Bonny, Danny Savage 0-1, Jonathan Scannell, Chris Brannigan 0-1, Ciaran Brannigan 1-4, Kalum King 1-0, Marc Brannigan. Subs used: Aidan Shields, Ciaran Keenan, Brendan Ward.
Referee: Damian Laverty.
*Our senior football team, with Gregory McCartan now at the helm, got off to a good start against Bryansford on Friday. We thank John Poland who acted as caretaker manager, recently finishing off with a draw against Mayobridge, and Jody Gormley, manager last year and at the start of this season, for their good effort and input.
*The reserve team were away to Ballyholland two Sundays ago and trailed by seven points at half-time. A better second half display from Longstone narrowed the gap to a couple of points, but a late goal by the home team ensured they claimed the league points.
*At the Paul Farrell Memorial Tournament on Saturday in Pairc na Riochta Longstone’s U14s won the Shield title. After the group games the team qualified to play Darragh Cross in the semi-finals and won this game by five points. The final was against Bryansford and two goals from Ryan Rafferty helped put the Stone into a six point lead by half-time. This was stretched to eight during the second period, but two late goal by the Ford made it an exciting finish, but the Longstone players had done enough to deservedly lift the Shield at the end of the tournament. Panel: Owen Haughian, Ryan Rafferty, Tony Young, Aidan Rogers, Darren Fitzpatrick, Tyrone Poland, Dean Haughian, Saran McElroy, Gerard Gilmore, Jordan Doran, Sean Mullan, Joseph Young and Tiarnan Fegan. Thanks to An Riocht for hosting an enjoyable tournament.
*The U12s were at home to Shamrocks B on Sunday and played some
*Our U10s were home to Atticall on Monday of last week in the Mourne league, and in 2 very competitive games the home side played some excellent football to win both games and keep their excellent run in the league going. Michael Burden was outstanding in defence, and with Taylor Poland and Aaron McComb winning midfield there was a good supply to Gareth Fitzpatrick, Christopher Burden and Shane McDowell in the forward line and they all took some fine scores. In the second game James McCartan made his debut and did really well, Dylan Poland and Cain Rogers were excellent in defence and Conor McPolin and Oisin Trimble tried hard up front. Keep it going boys and girls.
*Longstone’s Michael Hughes played for the Down minors recently in their narrow defeat to Armagh in the Ulster championship starting at right-half back and Conor Doran wasn’t available but was an important member of the panel all year until injury just two weeks before the game ruled him out. Unfortunately there is no qualifier series for the minors, so the defeat ends their season. Senior qualifier draw is this Sunday and Down are in the draw.
*Well done to Conor Shields who played for Down in the Primary Schools 7-a-side game at half-time of the Down-Armagh senior championship game recently.
*Last week the junior camogs were defeated at home to Ballygalget in the league on Monday evening.
*Upcoming fixtures: Thurs U14 v Drumgath (a) 7.30pm/ Fri Sen v Clonduff (h) 7.30pm/ Sat U12 camogie Blitz in Portaferry / Res v St John’s (h) 2pm & U12 v Saval (h) 11am/ Mon Jun camogie v Liatroim (a) & Football: U14 v Mitchels (h) 7.30pm, U10 v An Riocht (a) 7pm/ Tues U14 camogs v Aghaderg (a).
*Longstone GAC Golf Classic at Kilkeel Golf Club on Friday, June 17. If interested in sponsoring a tee or green (£50) or full hole (£100) or entering a 4-ball team (£120, inc. meal) please contact Ashleen Poland 07934 798009, Michael Haughian 07974 928115 or Sean Haughian 07708 273223 as soon as possible.
*Juvenile S-Factor, ages 6-16, returns to Longstone on Saturday, June 25. Please contact Raphael Haughian 07841 125988 or Margaret Rogers 07808 234195 to enter an act (individual or group) in whatever area your talent lies, e.g. singing, dancing, comedy or storytelling. All proceeds in aid of the Moneydarragh PS Playground Fund.
*There will be a Cul Camp, ages 6-13, in Longstone this Summer during the week August 8-12. Cost for nursery children (P1 and P2 pupils during 2010-11) is £25 per child. For older children the cost is £35 per child. A registration night will be arranged in Longstone soon to sign up or apply online at www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie
*Numbers 5, 16, 17, 22. 4 Matched 3. Jackpot £5500 this Sunday night.