*Longstone took part in the 39th Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Football 7s last Saturday. In Group 5 there were wins over Parnells (Dublin), Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) and Derrygonnelly (Fermanagh). In the knockout stages there was a Round 4 victory over St Mary’s (Dublin), 2-8 to 1-7, and these four games were played at the Silverpark venue. The action then moved to Glenalbyn, Kilmacud’s home ground, for the quarter-final against Ballymun Kickhams. The game ended 2-8 to 0-14 at full time with 2 late Longstone goals, both moves finished by Ambrose Rogers, drawing the game, before Longstone won on penalties. Bryansford were up next in the semi-finals and it was the Newcastle side who came out on top, 3-10 to 1-14, to reach the final which they won against their neighbours Castlewellan by one point. Longstone panel: Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland, Stephen Doran, Barry Doran, Ryan Kelly, Conor Poland, Michael Ireland, Michael Hughes, Adrian Trainor and Cormac Poland.
*Atticall 2-4 Longstone 3-10: Glasdrumman GAC was the venue last Tuesday evening for the play-off between Atticall and Longstone to establish the winners of Section 1 of the U-14 League. With the blustery conditions that prevailed it was predicted that it would be a game of two halves. Longstone won the toss and chose to play with the wind in the first half and they certainly used it to full advantage recording 2-7 to 0-0 at the half-time whistle with the scores coming from Niamh Rogers (1-6), Aoife McDowell (1-0) and Etain Dundas (0-1). But as predicted, with the wind in their backs, Atticall opened the scoring in the second half with a goal and 2 points in quick succession. However, the Longstone girls dug their heels in and went into ‘defence’ mode. Aisling Trimble, Cliodhna Rooney, Ruth Collins, Katie Smith, Orianna McGoey, Louise Quinn and Danielle Corrigan worked tirelessly to deter the Atticall attacks and their efforts ensured that Atticall only added another goal and 2 points to their final tally. At the other end of the pitch Breanna Magorrian and Courtney McComb caused a lot of problems for the Atticall defence and Courtney added her name to the score sheet with a well taken point while Niamh McDowell was justly rewarded for her superb performance throughout the match when she netted for the ‘Stone. Niamh Rogers completed her scoring with a further 2 points from frees to ensure victory for Longstone who now play Portaferry, the winners of Section 2, date and venue to be confirmed.
*There will be a School Around the Corner club fundraiser night in Longstone Hall next Saturday, October 1. Admission £5 and Doors open at 9.30pm.
*For the championship semi-finals this weekend in Pairc Esler, Saturday and Sunday evenings, there is a ‘Double Ticket’ Offer. Tickets can be purchased from the County Office in Castlewellan.
*Numbers 7, 11, 15, 28. Thirteen matched 3. Sunday’s Jackpot £5700.