Longstone GAC Notes
(Sunday, May 22)
ACL I: Longstone 0-12 Mayobridge 1-9
*These two teams served up an exciting second half in Longstone Park on Friday evening to share the points. The two teams had periods of dominance in the second half when several consecutive points were fired over and it could be assumed that both sides were satisfied with the outcome at the final whistle. At the end of the first quarter the score was 2-2 and neither side was dominating. However, a minute later a long punt forward into the Mayobridge forward line resulted in a race for possession between opposing players and it was the visitors Conleth O’Hare who won the race and he deftly flicked the bouncing ball over the home goalkeeper and into the net. Before long Ryan Brady had pointed for Mayobridge and the Sky Blues led 6-2. The hosts responded well and two Michael Ireland frees in the 26th and 27th minutes reduced the deficit to two. And late in the first half the teams exchanged points to leave it 0-5 to 1-4 at the break in favour of the Bridge.
*Whatever was said in the home changing room at the interval certainly worked as for the first thirteen minutes of the second period Longstone upped their efforts and rattled over six points with five of these from play. The score which prompted this burst was a terrific effort by Conor Poland and suddenly Longstone led 11-7 and they dared to believe they could win this game. Then midway through the half the visitors introduced Cathal Magee to the fray and he was only on the pitch when he converted a long range free to break up Longstone’s momentum. Over the next ten minutes Mayobridge gained the upper hand in terms of possession and scored three points from play to level the game with about five minutes left. It looked at this stage that if the next score was by the visitors that they would win, but soon afterwards Longstone’s Michael Ireland pointed a fine shot, his fourth from play, to lift his team. And the last score of the game was a Mayobridge equaliser. The last couple of minutes were tense with both teams passing up a slim chance to go ahead through a 45metre kick. So at the final whistle both sides to earn a point for their hard endeavour in this game. Longstone’s performance was probably their best of the season to date and this was typified by Conor Smyth, Michael Ireland with fo and Ryan Kelly. Mayobridge showed good spirit to comeback well in the second period and Cathal Magee, Ryan Brady and Caolan Lynchehaun impressed overall.
Longstone: Colin Trainor, Hugh Magee, John Magee, Shane Rodgers, Barry Kelly, Eamonn Quinn, Conor Smyth, Norman McComb, Conor Poland 0-1, Gary Trainor, Barry Doran 0-1, Stephen Doran, Ciaran Doran, Michael Ireland 0-6, Ryan Kelly 0-2. Subs used: Darren McDowell, Cormac Poland.
Mayobridge: Shealin Strain, Caolan Lynchehaun, Darren Fegan, Brendan Rooney, Michael Lively, Ronan LiIvely, David Lynch, John Caldwell, Keith Quinn 0-1, John Quinn 0-1, Conleth O’Hare 1-0, Caolan Gallagher 0-2, Ryan Brady 0-2, Kevin O’Rourke 0-2, Ronan Sexton. Sub used: Cathal Magee 0-2.
Referee: Pascal Toner.
*Our reserve team won 3-12 to 1-11 at home to Tullylish on Sunday. Overall a good showing by the team with Gerard Quinn, Gary Trainor, Ciaran Doran and Michael Ireland leading by example.
*The U14s were at home to Tullylish last week and gave an excellent
*The junior camogie team were away to Atticall on Thursday evening and although Longstone played very well the hosts won 5-8 to 2-6. The Longstone girls put in a great performance especially in the second half as they limited the hosts to just one score during this time. Longstone were short a number of players due to injury and hopefully they will be available soon.
*Longstone U16 Camogs were in action twice last week. They travelled first to Warrenpoint on Tuesday past for Round 6 of the League and over the 60 minutes all 19 of the panel gave a solid team performance to earn them a comfortable win. Niamh Rogers opened the scoring with a super goal and Louise Quinn then showed her striking power adding a further 2 goals to the visitors scoresheet. Niamh McDowell’s constant pressure up front was rewarded when she too found the back of the Warrenpoint net and Ruth Collins, who caused a lot of problems for the Warrenpoint backs, also snatched a worthy goal. Hayley McDowell and Aleacha Rooney were very impressive for the visitors with great catching and delivery of the ball and they were rewarded with 1 and 3 points respectively while Courtney McComb also pointed for Longstone to seal the victory. However, on Saturday evening the tables were turned when Longstone played host to Clonduff for Round 7 of the League. The home side started well with Aleacha Rooney scoring a magnificent point in the early minutes of the game. She then pointed again from a 35 but this was as good as it got for Longstone. They did give a great first half performance holding the visitors to a 2 point lead at half-time but in the second half Clonduff stepped up through the gears and with the wind behind them availed of every scoring opportunity. Ruth Collins and Anthea Trainor worked tirelessly for the home side and most outstanding was Hayley McDowell who once again showed great catching skills and delivery of the ball. However, it wasn’t Longstone’s night and the pouring rain just added to their misery when Clonduff claimed the 2 points with a comfortable margin at the final whistle.
*Upcoming fixtures: Wed Res v Banbridge (a)/ Thurs U14 v Atticall (a) 7.30pm/ Sat U12 camogie v Atticall (a)/ Sun Res v Ballyholland (a) 2pm & U12 v Shamrocks B (h) 11am/ Mon Jun camogie v Ballygalget (h) & Football: U14 v Ballymartin (a) 7.30pm & U10 v Atticall (h) 7pm/ Tues U14 camogs v Mayobridge (h).
*Minor and U16 football practice next week on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm in Longstone. U8 practice this Saturday at 3pm in Longstone.
*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), then please contact Ashleen Poland (07934 798009), Michael Haughian (07974 928115) or Sean Haughian (07708 273223) by next Saturday, June 4.
*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 Playground Fund.
*Down’s championship season begins this Saturday away to Armagh. We wish both our senior and minor teams, including Longstone players Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland, Mark Doran, Conor Poland, Michael Hughes and Conor Doran, the very best in their first round games.
*The Southern Regional College wants to hear what courses adults from the Mourne Area are interested in taking up, e.g. Cookery or Numeracy & Literacy or Basic computing, etc. Please contact Dympna Rooney 07828 457610 by this Sunday to express an interest. If the interest level is sufficient the College would run course(s) in Longstone Hall starting this September.
*Numbers 2, 7, 11, 25. 10 Matched 3. Jackpot £5200 this Sunday night.
Longstone GAC Notes
(Monday, May 16)
*The Longstone minors got back to winning ways Tuesday of last week against a spirited St Josephs (Dundrum/Ballykinlar) team. Longstone started off well and took an early lead, but the lads started to shoot for goals instead of taking the easy point. Along with wrong shot selection, goalkeeping heroics and overall the team losing its shape, the visiting team caught us on the break several times, and as a result went in at half-time leading by 7 points. The second half was something similar, except the home team were kept their shape better and held their opponents to 3 pts in this period. With ten to go the Stone were down by 9 points, but the team showed some resilience, made better shot selections and ended up victorious by 1 point. There is a 5 week break until the next game due to exams. This will hopefully give the lads time to clear up their injuries, the latest being Conor Doran who we all hope can make a full and speedy recovery, a key player in our team.
*Our U-14s were away to Mitchels in the league and recorded a fine win,
*Longstone U14 camogs played host to Portaferry on Tuesday last week in the Preliminary Round of the U14 Championship. Longstone started well with a lot of pressure around the Portaferry goalmouth and this resulted in a penalty for the home side which Niamh McDowell calmly struck over the bar. However, this seemed to spur Portaferry on and with the wind behind them they went on to score two unanswered goals and points to leave them leading 2-2 to 0-1 at half-time. In the second half Longstone came out all hurls blazing, with the wind now to their advantage, and it wasn’t long before Niamh Rogers drove the sliotar to the back of the Portaferry net. They continued to put pressure on the visitors with Ruth Collins and Courtney McComb harrying and hustling at every opportunity setting up a lot of scoring chances which the forwards were very unlucky not to convert. Taylor Poland was most impressive for Longstone with her fine catching and pucking of the ball and Niamh Rogers worked tirelessly throughout the second half, both in defence and attack, adding a further three points to the Longstone score sheet. At the other end of the pitch Longstone’s goalie, Breanna Magorrian, made some breathtaking saves, ably assisted by Cliodhna Rooney, Danielle Corrigan and Katie Smith in backs, to keep the home side’s chances of victory alive but in the dying minutes of the game Portaferry snatched a late goal, their only score in the second half, leaving them the winners by a margin of four points at the final whistle. Longstone wishes Portaferry the very best of luck in the next round of the competition.
*Upcoming fixtures: Thurs U14 v Ballymartin (a) at 7.15pm/Fri Sen v Mayobridge (h) at 7.30pm/ Sat U12 camogie v Clonduff (h) & U16 camog v Clonduff (h) at 7pm/ Sun Res v Tullylish (h) at 2pm / Mon Jun camogie v An Riocht (h) & Football: U14 v Clonduff B (h) at 7.15pm & U10 v Glasdrumman (a)/ Tues U14 camogs v Atticall (a).
*Longstone GAC Golf Classic will take place on Friday, June 17. Please see any committee member to find out how you can sponsor the event in some way or enter a team.
*The Southern Regional College wants to hear what courses adults from the Mourne Area are interested in taking up, e.g. Cookery or Numeracy & Literacy or Basic computing, etc. Please contact Dympna Rooney 07828 457610 before Thursday, May 26 to express an interest. If the interest level is sufficient the College would run course(s) in Longstone Hall starting this September.
*Numbers 1, 3 ,4 , 24. 6 Matched 3. Jackpot £5100 this Sunday night.