Tir na nOg and Maghery serve 
up derby thriller

The Seagoe 3G venue recently staged Tir na nOg's second international gaelic football challenge game between players representing Ireland and Portugal. Boys and girls across the primary five, six and seven age ranges took part in the Tir na nOg-organised event thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
The Seagoe 3G venue recently staged Tir na nOg's second international gaelic football challenge game between players representing Ireland and Portugal. Boys and girls across the primary five, six and seven age ranges took part in the Tir na nOg-organised event thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
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Tir na nOg and Maghery produced a gripping All-County Senior League derby date - with the latter edging home by 1-11 to 1-10 against the hosts.

It proved a spirited performance by Tir na nOg against a Maghery side packed with county connections.

Barry McDonald and Tam McCooe worked hard for Tir na nOg in midfield, with the impressive Paul Carvill posting the first score.

Maghery hit back with a string of scores ahead of Brian Mallon’s free and the sides entered half-time level at six apiece thanks to home efforts from Conor McCormac and Paul Carvill.

Paul Carvill steered over two points early in the second half then capped clever play by Brian Mallon with a goal.

Maghery’s sustained scoring left the teams level before the visitors’ goal and a double dismissal added to Tir na nOg’s problems.

A resolute performance put Tir na nOg on the frontfoot in pursuit of regaining control.

Maghery failed to add to the scoreboard across the final stages as Brian Mallon and Paul Carvill helped to cut the gap.

Maghery also suffered a dismissal before the final whistle but held on for league success.

Leading players for Tir na nOg were Darragh McKee, Paul Carvill, Gareth McDonald and Conan Judge.

Tir na nOg under eights took part in a Go Games fixture against Clan na Gael and officials would like to thank everyone who helped to support the meeting.

Forthcoming youth fixtures are as follows:

Saturday, May 9: Simplyfruit Division One North (under eights, 11 o’clock) - Tir na nOg v Wolfe Tones Derrymacash, Maghery Sean McDermotts v Clann Eireann; Simplyfruit Division Two North (under eights, 11 o’clock) - Naomh Eoin v Sarsfields Derrytrasna, Eire Og v Ballyhegan Davitts; Simplyfruit Division One North (under 12s, 4 o’clock) - St Paul’s Lurgan v Tir na nOg; Simplyfruit Division Two North (under 12s, 4 o’clock) - Ballyhegan Davitts v Sarsfields Derrytrasna, Naomh Eoin v Maghery Sean McDermotts.

Sunday, May 10: Simplyfruit North Division (under 10s, 11 o’clock) - Maghery Sean McDermotts v Clan na Gael, Ballyhegan Davitts v Eire Og, Sarsfields Derrytrasna v Tir na nOg; Simplyfruit Mid-Division Two (under 10s, 11 o’clock) - Keady Michael Dwyers v Naomh Eoin; Simplyfruit Division Three North (under 14s, 6 o’clock) - Eire Og v Maghery Sean McDermotts.

Monday, May 11: Simplyfruit Division Two North (under 18s, 7.15) - Clan na Gael v Maghery Sean McDermotts, Wolfe Tones Derrymacash v Tir na nOg; Simplyfruit Division Three (under 18s, 7.15) - Middletown Owen Roes v Ballyhegan Davitts.