ACL I: Rostrevor 0-14 Longstone 0-14
*On Sunday afternoon these two evenly matched teams served up an absorbing game of football in Petit Pk. which kept the large crowd interested from start to finish. The visitors started well and scored two early points, but by the 7th minute Rostrevor had drawn level at 2 points apiece. Over the next twenty minutes the rate of scoring reduced somewhat and there were a few stoppages which interrupted the flow of the game. And so after 26 minutes the teams were tied at 0-4. However, in the remaining time including a lengthy period of injury time both teams upped the tempo to score another three points apiece, including in the 6th minute of injury time a good score by Micheal Mackin, and it was quickly followed by a good effort from Mark Poland. At half-time it was 0-7 on the board for both teams. Rostrevor had the better of the third quarter and scored four points, including two from the impressive Colm Murney, to Longstone’s one during this period to lead 11-8. The hosts were playing towards the goal where the old changing rooms are and Rostrevor were building a good momentum. But in the 16th and 18th minutes the visitors broke up this run and scored a couple of points, a free won by Mark Doran and converted by Ryan Kelly, plus a good shot from Norman McComb to narrow the gap to the bare minimum. A minute later Kevin McGrath finished off a good move with a point to lift Rostrevor. The sides exchanged points over the next five minutes, including a fine shot by the hosts Caolan Mooney and it was 13-11 for Rostrevor with five minutes to go. The game got really exciting from this time to the finish. Firstly the visitors scored two points from play in the 27th minute, from Mark Poland and Stephen Doran respectively, to tie the game for the eighth time. Two minutes later Damian Magee fired over a lovely score from the wing for the hosts to lead by one with normal time nearly up. Shortly afterwards a high ball was kicked into the Longstone six-yard box. The visiting goalkeeper, John-Paul Haughian, got his fingers to the ball to prevent it going over the bar and it dropped right in front of him to where a Rostrevor player was positioned and he flicked the ball to the net. The goal was disallowed for square ball and Longstone wasted no time and moved the ball up the pitch before Michael Ireland accurately coverted a shot from the wing for the final score during injury time. In the following three minutes of injury time the play ebbed and flowed up and down the pitch but it ended a draw which was probably just rewards for both teams. Rostrevor’s most prominent players were Kevin McGrath, Colm Murney and Caolan Mooney. For Longstone Conor Poland, Norman McComb, Stephen Doran and Mark Poland led by example.
Rostrevor: Jonathan Parr, Aidan Cousins, Niall Farrell, Jarlath Farrell, Eamonn McConville, Martin Cole 0-1, Kevin McGrath 0-1, Colm Murney 0-3, Damian Magee 0-1, Micheal Mackin 0-1, John Fegan 0-1, Caolan Mooney 0-2, Brian Cole, Joseph Fegan, Adrian Mackin 0-4. Sub used: Anthony Donnan.
Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Michael Higgins, Eamon Quinn, Conor Smyth, Michael Hughes, Conor Poland, Mark Doran, Norman McComb 0-1, Gary Trainor 0-1, Stephen Doran 0-1, Barry Doran, Mark Poland 0-3, Ciaran Doran, Michael Ireland 0-4, Ryan Kelly 0-4. Sub used: Ambrose Rogers.
Referee: S Lowey.
*Last Friday evening the senior team played Kilcoo in Owen Roe Pk. in difficult conditions. Longstone had the wind advantage in the first half but missed chances ultimately proved costly and at half-time the teams were tied at 0-3 apiece. During the second period Kilcoo gradually pulled ahead and won the game 0-10 to 0-4.
*The Longstone Minors, resumed their league campaign at home to Arglass last Tuesday after a six week break. The lads got off to a slow start, and the visitors took advantage of this to go in at half time leading by 3 points. The players knuckled down in the 2nd half with some great detemination and team play and as a result finished comfortable winners by full-time. Longstone are away to Ardglass in the championship and a performance like that in the first half would not do! Congratulations to Michael McAstocker who started his first minor match and scored a goal.
*Our U16 side was away to Glasdrumman on Thursday evening and claimed the two league points after a good team performance. The team played a sharp passing game and always endeavoured to move the ball on quickly to a team-mate and there was some very good movement off the ball by players too. Players to impress included Aidan Rogers, Conor Rafferty and Pearse Trimble. Good to see Conor Rafferty and Ryan Rafferty back playing football again. Next game is on Thursday (tomorrow) away to Banbridge and players are asked to be at Longstone Hall for 6.15pm departure to the game.
*The U12s were at home to Saval recently and playing with a strong breeze in the first half the home side went in at the break with a decent lead but it could have been more but for some wayward shooting early on in the game. As expected the visitors came out for the second half firing on all cylinders and with the wind at their back knocked over some early scores. At this stage the home side were struggling to get a grip on the game but they picked up their efforts and by the middle of the second half had weathered the storm and moved forward to score some vital scores and hold out for the win. This was a tough game and all credit to the boys and girls for their resilience and hard work when the pressure was on which is a true reflection of the effort they are putting in at training each week. Tyrone Fegan and Andrew McVeigh were on top form in defence, Finn McElroy-Banjo and Ronan Harrison worked hard at midfield while Carl Haughian and Gareth Fitzpatrick were excellent up front.
*Our youngest players, the U8s, took part in the Burren tournament on Saturday involving five clubs. Well done to the boys and girls who gave their best and enjoyed their games.
*Upcoming games: Thurs U16 v Banbridge (a) 7.30pm/ Fri Sen v Ballyholland (h) 7.30pm/ Sun Res championship v St John’s (h)/ Mon U14 v Atticall (h) 7.30pm/ Tues U16 camogie championship v Clonduff.
*Good luck to our Reserves who host St John’s in the Premier Reserve championship.
*Juvenile S-Factor was a great success on Saturday night in Longstone Hall in aid of Moneydarragh PS Playground Fund. Many thanks are due to everyone who helped, including, the host, judges, vote counters and audience for making it a very entertaining show. Rebecca Shields, singing ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele, came 1st, and Darragh Haughian, Conor Shields, Ronan Harrison, Finn McElroy-Banjo and Andrew McVeigh did ‘Don’t Stop the Party’ by The Black Eyed Peas, were runners-up. Well done to the fourteen acts and all performed very well for the large audience.
*Committee meeting next Tuesday at 9.30pm.
*Anyone interested in helping out at the Longstone Cul camp, August 8-12, should contact Damian Young (07843 171293) as soon as possible please.
*Lower Mourne Gaelic League Scoil Samhraidh (summer school) will take place in Longstone next week from Monday, July 4-8. Boys and girls, age 4-14 can attend to experience a mixture of activities in gaelic games, dance, music and Irish language. Cost is £30, inc. all activities and a jersey. Register with Ronan, Irish language development officer, 4376 8784 or sign up on the first day of the summer school.
*Numbers 10, 12, 18, 26. 9 Matched 3. Jackpot £5800 this Sunday night.