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posted 26 Apr 2011, 14:25 by dencotter@hotmail.com

Longstone GAC Notes

(Monday, April 25)

*ACL I: Longstone 0-7          Ballyholland 1-14

A dominant last quarter performance from the home team ensured Longstone were convincingly beaten by the end of the game. The story of the game was quite different before this with never more than two points between the sides. Stephen Doran opened the scoring in the fourth minute for the visitors. The sides scored just one point apiece in the next fifteen minutes with Longstone in particular squandering good point scoring chances. Just before the twenty minute mark Barry Doran struck a point and the visitors led 3-1. However, in the space of two minutes the Harps hit three points from play, kickstarted by a good effort from Robbie White, to go into the lead for the first time. Michael Ireland levelled in the 25th minute with a good effort. During the last five minutes of the half Ballyholland’s Paul Murphy took the game by the scruff of the neck, scored two points and inspired his team-mates to go in at half-time leading 0-7 to 0-5.

During the third quarter there were just two points scored, one to each team. Again in the second half the visitors were more wasteful than their opponents missing twice as many scoreable chances. Leading 8-6 at this stage Ballyholland had the upper hand and during the remaining time they dominated throughout the field. Between the 16th and 18th minutes points from Paul Murphy, a free, and two from Paddy McAteer started this period of control and Longstone had little comeback subsequently. Murphy scored another two points before the end and in injury time the hosts cut through the Stone rearguard and Tony Havern goaled from close range to rubber-stamp the win. Ballyholland were hungry for the win which was epitomised by Paul Murphy who was the outstanding player on view. Longstone showed some sign in the first half that this would be a good contest, but there was no-one to provide the spark for Longstone in the second period of this game.

Longstone: Colin Trainor, Hugh Magee, Eamonn Quinn, Shane Rodgers, Adrian Trainor, Mark Doran 0-1, Barry Kelly, John Magee, Norman McComb, Barry Doran 0-2, Conor Poland, Mark Poland 0-1, Conor Smith, Stephen Doran 0-1, Michael Ireland 0-2. Subs used: Gary Trainor, Malachy Trainor.

Ballyholland: Paul Murphy 0-5, Tony Havern 1-1, Rory Keenan & Paddy McAteer 0-2 each, Joseph Murphy, Collie Barry, Robbie White & Paul McAteer 0-1 each.

Referee: Dominic Brogan.

*The Longstone minors started their league campaign away to Atticall, minus several lads due to injuries, work etc. The Stone lads shouldered their responsibility and played an all round committed team game, and emerged comfortable winners. Thanks to everyone who turned up to support the team, and hopefully they went home encouraged by the team’s performance. Finally congratulations to Shane ‘Ruud’ Rodgers who has been named Longstone minor captain, a popular choice amongst the whole panel. We wish him and all the players well for the season.

*Our U16s recorded a good win away to Drumgath on Thursday. At half-time the visitors led by just one point but a very good whole team display, characterised by good movement and pace, in the second half made the final score 4-12 to 2-8 in Longstone’s favour. In a very good team performance Conor Kelly and Paddy Fegan directed things in defence, John Trimble and Gareth McDowell moved the ball well from midfield, Jamie McComb and Darren Fitzpatrick did the simple things well with good, intelligent play. Next game is home to Clann na Banna this Friday evening. Players to be at Longstone for 6.20pm please.

*The U14s travelled to Annaclone last week on Monday evening determined to put their first game league defeat behind them. It was evident from the start with the work-rate that they were keen to perform well and in an excellent first half they had to be at their best to keep in touch with a big, strong home team in a game that swung one way and then the other. At half time Annaclone led by a single point. Longstone started the second half where they left off the first with some excellent first time football and gradually got a total grip on the game with a purple patch of scoring. This spell of scoring allowed the comfort of making substitutions to give some younger players, under 12s, experience at this level and they all did very well. This was a full team effort and well done to all. There was a panel of 20 travelled to this match which was very pleasing to see but this is a bigger number than turn up at training so everyone is asked to make every effort to get to training: Saturday 3-4pm at the Valley Rd. pitch. If you are unable to make it please let Michael Haughian or Joe Fegan know.

*Longstone will play in the Minor Feis 7s this Sunday at St mark’s Warrenpoint. Registration at 10.15am.

*U8 Go Games in Longstone this Saturday at 10.30am  and teams involved:- Longstone, Warrenpoint, Glasdrumman, Tullylish and Burren A&B.

*Upcoming games: Thurs Sen v An Riocht (h)/ Friday 7.15pm U16 v Banbridge (h)/ Sat U12 camogie An Riocht Blitz & U8 Go games 10.30am (h)/ Sun 2pm Reserve v Bredagh (a) & Minor Feis 7s in Warrenpoint & U12 Go games in Rostrevor at 11am/ Jun camogie v Ben Dearg (a)/ Mon 7.15pm U14 v Drumgath (h) & Junior camogs v Ben Dearg (a)/ Tues U14 camogs v Dromara (a).

*Longstone’s weekly session of Bingo on Wednesday nights, which starts at 9pm, is under threat of closure due to falling attendances. We appeal to all club members to spread the word to family members and people in the local community about coming to bingo. After running for about 40 years we are reluctant to call a halt to this social night, which is the only means of entertainment provided for senior citizens.

*Tickets for the ‘500 Draw’ will be on sale at the home senior game against An Riocht on Thursday evening. This could be your last chance to enter as it is drawing to a close. See Denis Cotter at the entrance gate.

*Traditional Music session in Longstone Hall on Easter Thursday (tomorrow) at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome to come along, sing a song, play along or just enjoy the music. Light supper will be served. Any donations at the door will go to the Lower Mourne Comhaltas Branch.

*Michael McCoy, comedy hypnotist, appearing in Longstone Hall this Saturday, April 30. Tickets can be obtained from behind the bar, any senior player or Art’s Shop. Disco to follow the show.

*Well done to Aidan Rogers who has qualified for the next trial stage of the U14 South Down development squad which starts this weekend.

*Full committee meeting next Tuesday night at 9.30pm.

*Numbers 4, 5, 16, 20. 4 Matched 3. Jackpot £9100 this Sunday night.